Let’s say you finished Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ main story. What do you do next? Well, most players will want to find a way to get their hands on some of the game’s best loot: Chaotic and Volatile gear.
In Borderlands 3, players could squeeze more content out of the game through Mayhem Mode, which increased the general difficulty of the experience and also added “Mayhem gear” to enemy loot tables. The higher you set Mayhem Mode’s difficulty level, the stronger the gear you could potentially receive. Well, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands offers similar rewards in the form of Chaotic and Volatile equipment. Like Mayhem gear, those items are only made available to you after you finish the main story, but acquiring them isn’t as simple as just raising the difficulty level.
That being the case, here’s a quick look at what you need to know about farming Chaotic and Volatile gear.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands: The Chaos Chamber and Chaos Levels Explained
Before players can start looting Chaotic and Volatile gear, they need to unlock the Chaos Chamber and its various Chaos Levels. At the time of writing, these are Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ sole sources of endgame content.
The Chaos Chamber is a random selection of battle arenas, enemies, and bosses players can repeatedly visit in order to farm rewards and equipment. This gauntlet is difficult enough, but players can make things even more difficult for themselves by upping the Chaos Level. Every new notch on the Chaos Level meter increases every enemy’s health and damage, but players can also acquire more and better loot as compensation for their hardships.
In order to access the Chaos Chamber, players need to enter Castle Sparklewithers in Brighthoof and talk to the Dragon Lord. He’ll offer you access to different flavors of Chaos Chamber runs. Most options, such as the Normal and Extended Runs, plop players into a Chaos Chamber that utilizes their current Chaos Level. However, in order to increase that level, gamers need to beat a Chaos Trial run. Each successful Chaos Trial run lets players raise their Chaos Level by one notch. Currently, the challenge maxes out at Chaos Level 20. Additionally, players can choose to activate Chaos Mode and turn all of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands into one big Chaos Chamber.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands: How to Find and Farm Chaotic Gear
Unlike Mayhem gear, Chaotic gear is simply upgraded equipment. During a Chaos Chamber run, or when you’re playing with Chaos Mode activated, the game might spawn a Chaotic variant of virtually any piece of loot (be it rare or legendary). Chaotic items look and function identical to their normal counterparts but feature stats, most commonly damage, that are usually about 19% higher than normal. The only way to tell the difference between Chaotic gear and normal gear without examining stats is via its name and rarity color. All pieces of Chaotic equipment have the word “Chaotic” in front of their names (e.g., instead of Blazing Volley of Screams, you might fight Chaotic Blazing Volley of Screams), and their colored beams are slightly brighter with more particle effects.
Moreover, Chaotic gear sets itself apart from Mayhem gear through those aforementioned Chaos Levels. While Mayhem equipment acquired from higher Mayhem Levels are stronger than Mayhem items acquired from lower difficulties, Chaotic gear doesn’t improve with Chaos Levels. Instead, greater Chaos challenges only increase the odds of acquiring Chaotic gear. So far, the chances of spawning those items caps out at 28.17% while you’re playing at Chaos Level 20. That number applies to both the Chaos Chamber and Chaos Mode.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands: How to Find and Farm Volatile Gear
While Chaotic gear is stronger than regular equipment in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, Volatile gear surpasses even Chaotic gear. Chaotic items generally offer about a 19% increase to the impacted weapon’s damage (or other stats), while Volatile equipment provides a whopping 41% increase to those same stats. In a sense, the end goal of the Chaos Chamber and Chaos Mode is to replace all your equipment with Chaotic gear and then swap those items out for Volatile gear. However, that is easier said than done.
While each increasingly higher Chaos Level improves the odds of acquiring Chaotic gear, players can only acquire Volatile gear starting at level 20. Unfortunately, the game’s RNG system only provides a 1.41% chance of spawning this super-powerful equipment. Much like Chaotic gear, though, players can immediately identify Volatile gear thanks to their names (e.g., Volatile Blazing Volley of Screams) and color beams. As usual, gamers can find Volatile gear either in the Chaos Chamber or Chaos Mode, but only when their Chaos Level is maxed out
Since Gearbox revamped Borderlands 3’s Mayhem system after launch, don’t be surprised if the company does the same for Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands and its Chaos mechanic. We might see ever-harder Chaos Levels that increase the odds of Chaotic and Volatile loot drops even further, or the company might add a few more methods that will afford you more opportunities to farm the equipment.