Borderlands 3 Update Patch Notes: Rare Chest Event, DLC changes and hotfix news

Borderlands 3 is releasing a significant new update to the game later today which the developers say will be live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC by 3:00 PM PST.

For those not on the Pacific timezone, that's 8pm ET and 11pm GMT in the UK.

A cursory explanation of the changes coming was shared in a tweet from the official Borderlands 3 Twitter account and reads:

"This hotfix activates a new "Rare Chest Riches" mini-event, addresses drop rates, and implements permanent scaling for the Maliwan Takedown!"

However, more details were also shared on the games official website, which also gave a quick explainer of what players need to do.

Thankfully, it's relatively straightforward and shouldn't incur any massive download which is certainly good news.

"To apply hotfixes, wait at the main menu until you see a sign that says "Hotfixes Applied"! If these hotfixes are not applied, you will not benefit from the changes!".

The three primary changes that should be implemented by the Hotfix are:

  • Activate the Rare Chest Riches event, running until February 13
  • Increased the chance to receive Legendary loot from red car trunk chests
  • Addressed a reported issue that the player could sometimes rise into the sky with the cannon during the "One Man's Treasure" mission in Moxxi's Heist of The Handsome Jackpot

You'll find more info on each of these just below. But otherwise, stay tuned for more info coming later today as we've plenty of hours to go before the content goes live so it's possible we may see some further changes.


We've been looking at the feedback we received during the Scaling Event for Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite and have decided to make this Scaled event permanent starting today.

In a February update, we will include a new switch to re-enable what we call True Takedown Mode . True Takedown Mode will restore the Takedown to the 4-player experience that it launched with for extra difficulty. Once implemented, a lever activating True Takedown Mode will be located on the right side of the door leading out of the airlock at the beginning of the map.


Once the Farming Frenzy event is over, we are implementing a permanent change to the Rare Spawns and Drop Rates. After analyzing play patterns, we are permanently increasing the spawn rate for these enemies and have buffed their drop rates and their Anointed chance to be on par with bosses.


When the hotfixes roll out today before 3:00 PM PST, a new event will be activated! During the Rare Chest Riches Event, which runs until February 13 at 8:59am PST, all Rare Chests will drop rare loot at an increased rate, so you're more likely to receive Legendary items any time you open one. This increased drop rate will also apply when you watch a Twitch streamer open a Rare Chest, assuming both of you have the ECHOcast Twitch Extension enabled. Any rewards you score while watching streamers will be waiting for you in your in-game mailbox the next time you play Borderlands 3. In case you haven't done so already, click here for a step-by-step guide to linking your SHiFT and Twitch accounts so you can receive ECHOcast rewards. The Rare Chest Riches event will also apply to the Stadia version of Borderlands 3.

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