I am playing this game solo.

I think I am going to get a lot of exp from the DLC quests in Normal. So I can reach level 72.

Is this a good idea?


2 Answers 2


No, you cannot reach level 72 without True or Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode. On a normal playthrough, your level is capped at 50.

You will not be able to get higher than level 50 until you attempt playthroughs 2 or 3. Your second playthrough (New Game+, essentially) will raise your level cap by 11, to 61. Your third playthrough (New Game++) will raise your level cap by another 11, to a maximum level of 72.

Thus, without playing True or Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode, you cannot get above level 50.

See this Q&A for more detailed info about how subsequent playthroughs work.

  • Even if I had the level upgrade DLC?
    – Lyeco
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 4:52
  • Correct. You'll still need to do multiple playthroughs to get above level 50.
    – Vemonus
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 4:53
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    @Lyeco Also, it's worth noting that enemies cap each playthrough as well. Iirc, things won't be higher than mid-30s until you start an NG+
    – Vemonus
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 5:14
  • Yeah, the original playthrough caps your level at 50, but your loot is capped much lower, IIRC, around level 30 to 40. If you grind to level 50 and then go to TVHM (New Game+) you'll be facing level 50 enemies with level 30-40 loot. You'll get rolled hard. Source: I did this on accident before I knew TVHM existed. It took me a ton of luck to get past the Gluttonous Thresher.
    – Bacon Bits
    Commented Oct 13, 2021 at 15:08

is true after level 50 your advance will be slowed down drastically if you will not start UVHM but once you start it you can level up very quick just only farming savage lee idk, Gentle in the dust for Lyuda so is not necessary to complete UVHM for levelling to 72 but only to start it and your levelling speed will back to normal . start UVHM doing first missions and level up quickly farming ,then you good to go in Digistruct peack without UVHM finished , doing the UVHM story line at which OP you want for updating your gear with the proper OP level rewards

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    The existing answers to this and other questions seem very much like this is not true. If it is, please show sources. And definitely work on your grammar. Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 13:07
  • Hi Fabian I’m not here to help the ppl with the grammar , my apologies, about what I said now , all is very true and connected with the question cause , probably that user needed the level 72 for starting the OP , and can you please tell me what is not true ? after you finish TVHM but you don’t want to start UVHM you are kinda stacked at 50 , then once you start UVHM the levelling speed is back to normal , as well , for DP the only requirement is to be on lv72 , so please tell me what is not true . Thank you
    – user202884
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 13:35
  • I'm just saying that you're claiming the opposite of the existing answer by a 50K user with 6 upvotes showing sources. So please show your own sources so that it can be objectively checked if you are correct. Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 13:38
  • I don’t get you , I am not supporting any user in here , I just said that it is possible to level up quicker even if you skip a part of the UVHM , but for sure he had to do the first two playgrounds , then he will leave the last one for later which looks like a good thing in order to level quicker to 72
    – user202884
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 13:44
  • And sorry but that user with 6 upvotes did a mistake saying that you can’t reach 72 without completing TVHM and UVHM which is not true as all you need is only to start UVHM
    – user202884
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 13:48

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