Circle of Slaughter Guide in Borderlands 3: How to Unlock, Locations, Rewards, Playing Solo & Multiplayer

Borderlands 3 Circle of Slaughter

The Circles of Slaughter are endgame missions in Borderlands 3 that serve as a sort of arena where you are to survive against several waves of enemies each round.

These enemies are at a high level and meant to be fought after completing the story of Borderlands 3 in order to satisfy players who are looking for a little more action aside from the other content available in the game.

Each of the Circles of Slaughter have their own environment and set of enemies in them depending on which one is chosen.

You cane enjoy playing the Circle of Slaughter missions as much as you want as there is no limit and you can bring friends along with you for even more fun.

There are currently 3 available Circle of Slaughter missions that you may choose from but these are located in different areas and must be found.

How To Unlock Circle of Slaughter?


In order to unlock a Circle of Slaughter mission, you will need to head over to the location where the mission giver is located.

This will allow you to start the Circle of Slaughter just as you would any mission and it will then be unlocked for you to enjoy.

Circle of Slaughter Locations

The different Circle of Slaughter missions may be normally found while doing the story of Borderlands 3 or by simply exploring the maps.

In order to easily find them we have marked their locations on maps where they are located.

Cistern of Slaughter (Meridian Metroplex, Promethea)


The Cistern of Slaughter is located in the Meridian Metroplex on Promethea by heading around to the back of an underground area.

The Slaughter Shaft (Konrad’s Hold, Pandora)


The Slaughter Shaft is located in Konrad’s Hold on Pandora and can be found by following the trail until you reach the mining area full of varkids.

Slaughterstar 3000 (Desolation’s Edge, Nekrotafeyo)


Unlike the other Circles of Slaughter, the Slaughterstar 3000 is located in another map which can be traveled to after completing a mission that takes you to it.

The mission giver for the Welcome To Slaughterhouse 3000 mission can be found in Desolation’s Edge on Nekrotafeyo at the bridge that was destroyed inside the Maliwan base.

Enemies In The Circle of Slaughter


Depending on which Circle of Slaughter you participate in, there will be different enemies from a certain list of enemies you would face.

Enemies will progress further along whichever table of units they have and will begin with a few of one type and progress to later on having a combined group of enemies.

Each wave of enemies will become increasingly harder and different enemies will spawn in until the waves have finished.

Every round will start of with a specific type of enemy from maps that you have encountered in story mode as well as some that you may have missed.

As you get closer to the Circle of Slaughter final round, you will find yourself facing the stronger types of enemies from each map or enemy table they are from.



During the Circles of Slaughter, you have a good chance of obtaining different gear of all rarities, even legendary ones.

If you do the Circles of Slaughter with Mayhem Mode activated, the rewards become even greater.


Once you have finished a Circle of Slaughter, a red chest will be available for you to loot which is usually in plain sight and easy to find.


As a bonus, completing a Circle of Slaughter by talking to the mission giver will result in you receiving both experience and an amount of cash.

Multiplayer Circle Of Slaughter


In order to play Circle of Slaughter with other players, you may simply invite friends to join you or you can start the mission from matchmaking which will find other players that you may play with.

Playing Circle Of Slaughter Solo


If you prefer to do the Circles of Slaughter alone, you may do so by heading to the location where the mission givers are located and simply start the mission from there.

In the event that other players are in your party, they will be able to join you when you begin the Circle of Slaughter.



  • Be sure to double check your build and make sure it will be fit to handle several groups of enemies as not all builds will work effectively in such a mission.
  • Bring different weapons to tackle the weaknesses of the enemies you will be facing as they will mostly be from the same table of units meaning they have similar weaknesses which you can exploit.
  • Playing in Mayhem Mode and at higher levels may provide you with a challenge if the mission is too easy for you and will also grant you better experience, cash and loot.
  • Having upgraded SDUs is vital since you can run out of ammunition easily regardless of what weapons you bring.
  • Use different types of weapons as your ammunition may deplete quickly if you are using the same type of weapons.
  • Playing with other players can help you overcome the Circles of Slaughter if things get to rough at first.
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