Curiosity got a hold of me again so I decided to see just how “good” the chests in this game are. Comparing 100 Rare Hyperion chests to 100 of Borderlands 2 yielded… disturbing results.
TPS at UVHM 70, Borderlands 2 at UVHM 72/OP0. Legendary Hotfix on in both cases.
I am surprised about the Legendary drop rate but with such a low sample size that can easily change.
However, the amount of Green guns found reveal a shockingly poor quality. Almost 9 out of 10 chests have nothing but Greens in them!
(The Legendaries in question are the ZX-1 and Pandemic)
Let’s compare to Borderlands 2 on 72 or OP0:
(the row beneath the normal rate refers to guns only calculations. This is done to get a better look at the E-Tech drop rate and gives an insight on how Pearlescents are overall. 16,78% is the combined rate of Purples and E-Tech)
A huge difference. Just about every second chest is full of Blues and even Purples got a significant increase. Relics slightly skew with the result as they are generally poor in quality but the impact is very insignificant.
I am however very surprised that I found the same amount of Legendaries here.
(The Legendaries here were both Legendary Psycho)
(Is it actually possible to find shields in these chests? 200 of them and not a single shield)
What does all this mean? While a significantly larger sample size is required for a precise Legendary rate, the generally low quality of TPS’ chests makes them a very poor farming choice and heavily implies that you most likely won’t find a Legendary after many tries and even if you do it’s probably not the one you want.
Aren’t rare chests supposed to be enjoyable to open, potentially rewarding us with incredible but random loot? With that quality you do not feel the thrill that maybe this time you could find that elusive orange beam or that amazing Purple gun you always wanted.
So what went wrong? We do not expect Borderlands 1 chest quality but we do expect quality loot at the highest level possible in the (more or less) most difficult mode.
At least the quality of Level 9 Glitch chests in the Mutator Arena is amazing.