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I have completed the small challenges in all 3 arenas by myself and I wonder how hard the waves become towards the later rounds of the larger challenges.

Is it too difficult to complete the larger challenges alone? Is it worth doing alone?

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"Is it worth doing alone?" Only if you actually enjoy the challenge. The reward vs time is virtually nil. You get one skill point for all challenges which could easily take 3hrs each. So is 9 - 12 hours of your time (of which you cannot save and can only stop in between rounds) worth the skill point? Also, NOTE: failing a round will make you start from the round before! – LittleTreeX Sep 14 '11 at 18:40
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Its worth doing if you want the skill point as reward at the end of the quest. As for doing them solo, I know its fairly easy to do on Hell-Burbia as there's a spot you can jump up to (above the stack of crates) where the enemies cannot reach you. As long as you have a class mod that regenerates whatever ammo you use (I prefer sniper rifles in those situations), you'll be fine.

The Angelic Ruins and Gully don't have easy hiding spots so it entirely depends on what character you have but its much more difficult to solo due to the different enemies that spawn in those areas (I have never had the patience to fully attempt either one to completion with any of my characters).

I would suggest joining a game with another character who's at much lower level than you, as the enemies will be scaled to fit their level and then you'll have a much easier time to complete the missions.

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Hmm... Sounds like it's possible then. I'll give it a shot. Going to take forever! – khr055 Sep 14 '11 at 2:46
@Mike tell me how it goes. Some day I might pick up borderlands again, I have many fond memories of that game – l I Sep 14 '11 at 15:23
just posted my findings for attempting this tonite in case you're interested – khr055 Sep 15 '11 at 6:19
The Angelic Ruins and the Gully do have spots where you can't be (easily) reached, which is good for horde waves, but you're going to often be dealing with the guardians in the badass wave so you can't stay really get away with camping too much. – Donal Fellows Jul 17 '12 at 21:55

Tried to do this tonight and it sucked. Got to the 10th round and it was midnight already.

So to answer my own question: do this with friends, or at least with another low level character being the host so you can blow through the waves.

It was not a bad experience, I would just not recommend it because of the amount of time it takes to finish. Had I more patience, I would have finished it.

I don't have a lot of playing time during the week, so it was a waste of time for me.

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that's pretty much the same conclusion I ended up with, haha – l I Sep 15 '11 at 11:24

It has taken me at least 4 days and probably around 24 hours of game time to get to round 18 so far. I have in excess of 3,000 kills so I've gone through at least 300 waves. I hope my computer doesn't crash or I'm going to be pissed. It is insanely hard at the last levels where you have 4 handicaps applied and the enemy's shields and health are significantly boosted.

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Wait it seriously took that long? I played it two player and it was insane, like 2+ hours per, but that doesn't seem right. – Ben Brocka Feb 22 '12 at 5:32

today i managed to beat the angelic ruins and the gulley solo... and my character is level 29... I'm going to complete hell burbia soon as well... it requires a way for you to regenerate health and a lot of guerrilla tactics

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Can you elaborate more on these tactics? As it stands this doesn't really answer the question. – Mana Oct 27 '13 at 3:00

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