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Borderlands 3 True Vault Hunter Mode explained

How to unlock True Vault Hunter Mode in Borderlands 3.

True Vault Hunter Mode is a new Playthrough Mode that you can unlock after completing the main story-line of Borderlands 3.

True Vault Hunter Mode is the hardest difficulty level for Borderlands 3 and, unlike Mayhem Mode, if you want to play through the game at this level of difficulty, you'll have to start right back at the beginning of the plot.

Thankfully, you can do this with your existing Vault Hunter, keeping all the loot you've earned, their current level and Guardian Rank.

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True Vault Hunter Mode in Borderlands 3 explained

True Vault Hunter Mode is a Playthrough Mode that you unlock after completing the main story-line of Borderlands 3.

If you're looking for a new challenge, but want to continue playing Borderlands 3, then True Vault Hunter mode is for you. It will put you up against tougher enemies and promises far better loot.

If you're playing in a group, then the enemies will scale to the group leader.

Switching to True Vault Hunter Mode will put you right back at the beginning of the story-line. You will, however, still have all your equipment and stay at your current Vault Hunter and Guardian Rank.


Borderlands 3 has arrived! Check out our skill tree guides for Amara, Fl4k, Moze and Zane.

If you're looking for more challenges to complete, check out our guides on the Dead Claptraps, Broadcast Towers, Eridian Writing,Hijack Targets, Legendary Hunts and Typhon Logs and Typhon Dead Drops. If you want some easy rewards, consult our Borderlands 3 Shift Codes and VIP Codes page.

When you've finished Borderlands 3, visit our guides on Guardian Rank and Rewards, Mayhem Mode and True Vault Hunter mode to learn more about what you unlock in the post-game.


How do you switch to True Vault Hunter Mode in Borderlands 3?

To switch Playthrough Modes go to the main menu for Borderlands 3.

First, select Play to take you to the next menu.

On this menu, select the last option 'Mode:.'

You can select True Vault Hunter Mode in the main menus.

This option will also tell you which Playthrough Mode you currently have selected. If it says 'Normal' then you're playing in Normal Mode. If it says 'TVHM' then you're playing in True Vault Hunter Mode.

Select Mode and you'll be able to pick which Playthrough Mode you prefer.

Just remember - True Vault Hunter Mode is a story reset, you will still retain your equipment, level and Guardian Rank.

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