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A big update hit Borderlands 2 today, and along with adding a new level cap with a bunch of bug/exploit fixes, it added the new mode "Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode".

What's the difference between "Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode" and "True Vault Hunter Mode"? Has the level scaling changed anyways? Does it affect item drops in any way? Do I have to restart the storyline?

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It's mostly explained in these patch notes and this explanation:

  • Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode is unlocked for a character once they have completed the main story missions in True Vault Hunter Mode and reached level 50.
  • Unlike other playthroughs, Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode can be replayed multiple times with players able to reset their overall mission progress at any time from the Main Menu.
  • No more tutorial missions -- characters in Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode begin in Southern Shelf with the "Cleaning Up the Berg" mission.
  • While playing in Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode, enemies and bosses will scale according to the player's current level or, if playing with others, the highest-level player in that party. -Gameplay changes in UVHM:
    • Enemy health generally increased 4x.
    • Enemies now have a moderate amount of health regeneration.
    • Increased duration of slag damage multiplier effect.
    • Upped the damage that slagged enemies take from 2x to 3x.
    • Weapon swap speed increased to better facilitate slag use.
    • Enemies now more likely to drop ammo.
    • Loot Midgets are now "Legendary Loot Midgets" that can drop Legendary and other top-tier gear.
    • Powerful new “Ancient” E-Tech relics and rare Pearlscent-grade weapons can be picked up in Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode.

Generally speaking, enemies are harder, have much more health, slag is much more effective, rare drops are increased and certain new E-Tech relics and Pearlescent (cyan colored) equips are avalible only in UVHM. The E-tech relics and Pearlescents are only availible in UVHM for people with the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade pack ($5 DLC, included for free with the Season Pass).

Note that due to the increased difficulty and increased efficacy of Slag, UCHM is particularly suited to co-op play. Just like in "raid" boss fights, a Siren with Res is always useful.

Note also that the first Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack increases the level cap by 11, from 50 to 61, and Ultimate Vault Hunter Pack 2 increases the level 61 cap by yet 11 more levels to 72, and includes new content entitled The Raid on Digistruct Peak.

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Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode is a third playthrough.

Gameplay changes:

  • Monster level is scaled to highest-leveled player in the party (I believe in TVHM it scales to the host, not sure)
  • Monsters have about 4 times more health and award more experience.
  • Monsters regenerate.
  • Items of new rarity level, Pearlescent, can be found.
  • Slag bonus is +200% instead of +100%.
  • Slag duration is increased.
  • Weapon swap speed is increased.
  • Loot Midgets have a chance to drop Legendary gear.

The storyline is reset and starts at the entrance to Liar's Berg. You can also reset all quests in UVHM at any time from playthrough selection dialog (default [Q] on PC).

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