Gearbox released a hefty patch for Borderlands 3, with new content, general fixes, weapon adjustments and more. There’s also several changes to Mayhem Mode’s damage scaling, enabled loot spawns for Mayhem gear and bug fixes, among other adjustments.
Some of these alterations are for the Bounty of Blood DLC, which was released today. It’s a paid DLC, but Gearbox did increase the level cap for Vault Hunters to 60 for free. You can check out all the changes in today’s patch, below:
Due to complications related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, only English and German voice-overs will be available at launch for Borderlands 3’s third campaign add-on Bounty of Blood. Localized subtitles for all supported languages will be available at launch, and localized voice-overs will be added at a later date.
- Increased the level cap by 3 to 60
- Added 3 New Guardian Rank skills and Guardian Rank Increase
- Groundbreaker: Melee or Slam attacks will trigger an Aftershock, dealing 25% of all non-melee damage you have dealt over the last 5 seconds
- Dead Man Walking: While not moving in Fight for Your Life, your meter drains 50% more slowly.
- Lead or Alive: When you enter Fight for Your Life all your guns are automatically reloaded
- Addressed a reported crash that could sometimes occur during the mission “The Family Jewel” in Floodmoor Basin
- Addressed a reported concern where the game could become unresponsive after alt-tabbing out on PC
- Addressed a reported crash that could sometimes occur when the host backed out to the Main Menu
- Added Mayhem Level damage scaling to melee, slide and slam
- Added Mayhem Level skill damage scaling
- Added Mayhem Level pet damage scaling
- Added Mayhem Level vehicle damage scaling
- Updated several passive skills to properly respect Mayhem Level damage
The damage sources above now scale their damage according to the level of Mayhem you are in. Each type of damage is scaled uniquely to account for how different skills and gear interact with the different types of damage. This is significant change and we will be monitoring the community’s feedback intently and adjust gear, skills, or damage scaling to ensure that build diversity flourishes. To accommodate this scaling, a few passive skills were updated to use a new form of damage that prevents them from scaling inappropriately.
- Added skill damage as a rollable stat on Class Mods
Class Mods now can roll additional Bonus Skill Damage. When paired with the base Mayhem Level skill damage scaling, we anticipate builds centered on skills to become viable in late Mayhem.
- Added Mayhem Levels to Grenade Mods
Grenade Mods drop as weapons do in Mayhem, with additional damage relative to the Mayhem Level it was acquired in.
- Enabled all sources of loot to spawn Mayhem Gear
Mayhem Gear can now be acquired from all sources of loot in the game. Vending machines, chests, mail, mission rewards, and Loot enemies all have a chance to award Mayhem Level weapons and grenades.
- Changed damage source for Remnant, Short Fuse, Indiscriminate, Do Unto Others, and Ties That Bind to address that they “double dip” and scale inappropriately at higher Mayhem levels
As a result of this change, players will notice that Ties That Bind will not scale properly with Action Skill damage. This is a temporary fix that will be addressed in a future update.
- Vehicles now scale damage uniformly instead of just against non-vehicles
- Addressed a reported concern where splitscreen players could sometimes not scroll through the Mayhem 2.0 modifier list
- Addressed a reported concern where Mayhem Modifier Drone Ranger Healing Drones sometimes did not replicate position smoothly for clients
- Addressed a reported concern where the tether from the Boundary Issues Mayhem modifier would sometimes persist after enemies died
- Addressed a reported concern where the Mayhem vehicle damage scalars sometimes did not apply when players were in gunner seats
- Addressed a reported concern where the Laser Fare Mayhem modifier would sometimes generate new laser beams when it took damage
- Added the ability for DigiClone and Iron Bear to support damage scaling
- Addressed a reported concern an issue where vehicle health would sometimes be cut off
- Nativized Hotfixes
- Melee and Action Skill damage further increased
We are looking at adjusting manufacturers and weapon types across the board to bring greater parity at the base level between weapons. We are still monitoring balance between Legendary gear but wanted to first address groups of weapons to increase opportunities for weapon builds.
All pistols will see a slight increase with JAKOBS pistols receiving the smallest bump and MALIWAN pistols receiving the largest. As enemy health pools increased, low mag size weapons like pistols became less popular. The damage increase across all pistols should provide more opportunities for builds to equip a pistol to accommodate their other weapon choices.
We also increased damage of all TEDIORE SMG weapons because we believed the damage from the thrown weapon explosion would be an integral part of the loop. However, throwing the weapon was impractical compared to shooting enemies with other SMGs. Now the trade-off to throwing at full magazine versus shooting will be more dramatic.
COV, DAHL, and JAKOBS Assault Rifles were increased to match some of the VLADOF Assault Rifles. We will evaluate VLADOF Assault Rifles in totality after players try the changes to the other manufacturers first.
Finally, we increased the damage of our traditional multi-pellet shotguns. HYPERION, MALIWAN, and JAKOBS all received a damage increase. Some of these shotguns were underperforming compared to fast-firing weapons so now they will pack a greater punch.
- Increased pistol damage across all manufacturers
- Increased damage on Tediore SMGs
- Increased damage on COV, Dahl, and Jakobs Assault Rifles
- Increased damage on Hyperion, Maliwan, and Jakobs shotguns
Bounty Of Blood Hotfixes
These hotfixes are related specifically to the Bounty of Blood campaign add-on. To receive the changes and avoid seeing any of these issues arise, make sure that you have your hotfixes applied at the main menu.
- Removed two straggler townsfolk that were clapping their hands at the wrong time
- Addressed a potential progression blocker where FL4K the Beastmaster was sometimes unable to grab an important ledge
- Stopped Juno from sometimes getting stuck on a walkway
- Addressed instances where cash registers would sometimes float