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There’s actually just one motive individuals play Borderlands 3, and it’s not the story. It’s the weapons. And proper now, there are extra superior weapons than you possibly can shake a Claptrap at.

Borderlands video games characteristic a mind-boggling quantity of weaponry. It’s sort of their factor. The primary sport featured 17.75 million completely different weapons. In pre-launch promoting, Borderlands 2 cheekily touted a complete of “870 gajillion” weapons. (Reality test: Not an actual quantity.) For Borderlands 3, developer Gearbox dialed issues as much as a billion. Paul Sage, the sport’s inventive director, mentioned in a recent interview that the newest entry actually does characteristic greater than 1,000,000,000 particular person weapons. (As for a way a developer can implement 10 figures’ value of distinctive gadgets in a single sport, the weapons in Borderlands video games are procedurally generated.)

Weapons (and kit like shields or class mods) in Borderlands 3 get filtered into 5 conveniently color-coded classes. White stuff is the weakest, and the most typical. Inexperienced is a bit higher, and a bit much less frequent. Blue gear is formally billed as “uncommon,” however any seasoned participant will inform you that, by the endgame, it’s fairly frequent. Blue gear is ok. Purple gear is definitely uncommon, and usually nice. Orange gear, fittingly dubbed “legendary,” is the most effective within the sport—and it’s extraordinarily, extraordinarily uncommon.

Or not less than, it was.

Final week, Gearbox kicked off the “Rare Chest Riches” mini-event, an replace that, amongst different issues, drastically will increase the drop price of legendary gear in uncommon chests via Thursday, February 13. Lest you suppose that is some PR gambit to get extra individuals taking part in the sport… properly, okay, positive it might be precisely that. However you actually can get a ton of legendary gear proper now.

What precisely is a uncommon chest?

Usually talking, uncommon chests—or crimson chests, to make use of the in-game nomenclature—are discovered by beating bosses, finishing facet quests, or exploring off the crushed path. Most Borderlands 3 zones have three; some have fewer. You may see precisely what number of crimson chests are in a specific zone by opening the map, deciding on a particular zone, and clicking the left stick.

A uncommon (or crimson) chest in Meridian Outskirts.
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When you loot a crimson chest, you possibly can’t loot it once more throughout that gaming session. Even in the event you depart a zone—or swap planets—and return, you continue to can’t reopen a crimson chest. However there’s a loophole: Stop to the primary menu and reload the sport, and most crimson chests will reset. You should use this trick to repeatedly plunder them to your coronary heart’s content material—or not less than till the morning of February 13, when Uncommon Chest Riches involves an finish.

Gearbox doesn’t share information in regards to the legendary drop price in crimson chests, and declined to inform Kotaku simply how a lot it’s been elevated throughout this occasion. Nevertheless, each shred of accessible anecdotal proof means that, proper now, it’s shot up by 870 gajillion p.c.

Scroll via the Borderlands 3 Reddit for a number of seconds and also you’ll discover post after post after post of gamers discovering chests which can be completely loaded with orange gear. Some players have even been fortunate sufficient to search out chests with 5 (5!) particular person items of legendary gear.

For what it’s value, out of all of the crimson chests I’ve opened over the previous few days—and it’s been a lot—I’ve discovered not less than one piece of legendary gear in all however certainly one of them. (It was in Carnivora. Screw you, Carnivora.)

In different phrases, Uncommon Chest Riches is the most effective farming simulator of 2020.

The place can I simply discover crimson chests?

It relies upon. If you happen to’re in your first playthrough, you’ll come throughout loads of crimson chests naturally. And due to this occasion, you’ll reap significantly better loot than you’d’ve in the event you’d performed the sport in September, when it got here out. Take pleasure in it. We early adopters aren’t jealous. Actually. We’re high quality.

A uncommon chest in Atlas HQ.
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For many who’ve already accomplished the primary story—and in the event you’re farming legendaries, that’s most likely you—there are some things you are able to do to get orange gear with out a lot of a time-sink.

First, you’ll need to activate Mayhem. This can be sure that enemies, facet quests, and loot all scale as much as the extent of your character, not the zone you’re in. Enemies are buffed with elevated well being, shields, and armor—and on your efforts, you’ll make more money, Eridium, and expertise factors. There are numerous ranges of Mayhem, however even setting the sport to Mayhem 1 (the bottom stage) ought to appropriately scale crimson chest loot up.

One easily-found chest is on Promethea, in Meridian Outskirts. Go to the quick journey station that isn’t the drop pod. Head out of the tunnel, into the spillway, and instantly flip left. There ought to be a suspended platform. Take the elevator up and kill all of the enemies. On the far finish of the platform, down a set of stairs on the left facet, you’ll discover a delivery container that’s illuminated by a purple gentle. Soar to it. You’ll discover a crimson chest inside.

That is the purple-lit room you’re on the lookout for.
Screenshot: Gearbox (Kotaku)

One other simple pair of crimson chests doesn’t even require you to go away the planet. Keep on Promethea and go to Atlas HQ. If you happen to’ve accomplished the primary story [spoiler warning], Atlas HQ ought to be devoid of enemies, apart from one man: Katagawa Jr. Stroll via the map, which ought to be a breeze since there’s nobody in your method, till you get to the Govt Suite. Drop into the boss struggle zone and beat Katagawa Jr. into oblivion. (Sure, throughout a vanilla playthrough, he’s sort of a ache within the ass. However in the event you’re outfitted with endgame gear, he shouldn’t be too robust.) When you win, you could find two crimson chests within the room that opens up.

The primary one is in plain sight, to the correct of the orange quick journey machine, within the a part of the room that appears like what would occur if RoboCop designed a ‘70s-style sunken front room. You may’t miss it. The opposite is a bit trickier to search out: Direct your self to the now-opened elevator down the corridor. Then, somewhat than taking it again to the highest ground, stroll via the far-side doorways and instantly flip left. There ought to be a crimson chest.

Right here’s the place you could find one of many crimson chests in Atlas HQ.
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However a number of the most simply accessible crimson chests will be present in one of many earliest areas of the sport: The Droughts. Yow will discover two very near major quick journey machine. Spawn into the realm and also you’ll see a Marcus’ Munitions machine in a fenced-off space proper in entrance of you. There’s a vertical shaft proper behind it. Drop down. You’ll discover a crimson chest in that room.

The second is on high of Ellie’s Storage, all of seven steps to the correct of the Marcus’ Munitions machine. Reasonably than going via the storage, head to the left facet of it. You’ll see a tour bus that’s clearly seen higher days. Soar on it, and soar from there to the roof. Flip proper and go over the shattered ridge board and also you’ll see one other crimson chest. That soar to the roof will be irritating, however I’ve discovered that sprinting and aiming for the decrease nook does the trick.

To get onto Ellie’s Storage, purpose for the decrease a part of the roof.
Screenshot: Gearbox (Kotaku)

One other technique for getting all you possibly can out of Uncommon Chest Riches entails turning Mayhem off. Sure, I do know I simply instructed you to show it on. With it off, any loot from crimson chests received’t scale to your stage. However the different facet of that coin is that you may simply waltz via sport zones at a excessive stage, selecting off enemies such as you’re John Wick and loading up on lower-level legendary gear as you go. Then, you may drop all of it in your financial institution, the place your alternate characters can have their choose at legendary gear of assorted ranges—irrespective of the place they’re within the sport.

Or, you may simply play via the sport with an alternate. In any case, what with all of the legendary gear abound, proper now’s the most effective time to do it.

How’s the Uncommon Chest Riches occasion been treating you? Discovered every other nice methods to get legendary gear on the fast?