Borderlands 3's Rare Chest Riches mini event kicks off later today

By Heidi Nicholas,
The next event for Borderlands 3 is Rare Chest Riches, which runs for two weeks, increases the rarity of loot inside Rare Chests, and boosts your chances of finding Legendary items. Gearbox will first release a hotfix today at 9:00am PT/ 5pm GMT, which will go live at 3pm PMT/11pm GMT, activating the event. Rare Chest Riches will run until 8:59am PT on Thursday, February 13th.

Rare Chest Riches mini event

This event has been planned to coincide with the end of Farming Frenzy and the Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite events. Aside from the increased chance of finding rarer and Legendary loot inside Rare Chests, Gearbox are also making it possible for players to share increased rarity when watching a Twitch streamer open a Rare Chest. This will only work if both the streamer and the viewer have the ECHOcast Twitch Extension enabled. You'll have a one-in-four chance of claiming one of the items they find when opening a Rare Chest, which can then be found in your in-game mailbox. To recieve ECHOcast rewards, you'll need to link your SHiFT account (which can be created for free at the Gearbox SHiFT site) and your Twitch account.

Rare Chest Riches mini event

The hotfix releasing later today will also put in place permanent scaling for Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite. "We've been looking at the feedback we received during the Scaling Event for Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite" Gearbox say, "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." On top of this, they're also putting in place a permanent change to the Rare Spawns and Drop Rates once Farming Frenzy is over, by permanently increasing the spawn rate for those enemies and buffing their drop rates and their Anointed chance, so that they'll be level with bosses.

The Rare Chest Riches mini event will begin after Gearbox's hotfix goes live at 3pm PMT/11pm GMT today.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!