Welcome to this post Warhammer 40000: Darktide – Weapon Progression & Upgrades guide.
Basic weapon upgrades.
Darktide’s bizarre, horrible progression system is built around weapons. The below processes and suggestions should make things as easy as possible. But there’s still a fair amount of pain. Send your love Slaanesh.
Basic Shop – Buying Items
- Browse the basic shop and look for items with high base ratings. Grey & Green Items are the best to purchase. Blue items are okay but not ideal. It would be best if you were on the lookout for good items. Do not get too focused on a single item type.
- Items in the Shop aren’t ideal as the Blessings can only be obtained at Tier 1 or 2. You must upgrade to Orange to find out if you will have a good blessing.
- Watch out for items with blue blessings, which can work just fine at Tiers 1 or 2. Tier 2 deflectors, for instance, are very useful.
- Don’t spend money at Brunt’s shop to try and fish for good basic items. You’ll waste your ordo and run out of money when new items appear in the basic store. You can use the browser extension (hourly shop refresh) to keep up with what’s new in the basic shop.
- You should buy all gray/green high-base stat items that appear, even if you are not pursuing the item type. You never can tell when you might want to try out something new or when a future balance patch will make an item worth using.
- If you see green or grey items with high base ratings (365+), yet BAD stats distributions may still be worth it because they can be upgraded into blue and possibly orange to add to your “farming” blessings library.
Melk’s Shop – Purchasing Items
- The overall goal is for you to accumulate 4,000 credits on each character so that you have a nice pool of Melk Money available to buy anything in the shop.
- Reroll the weekly challenges and choose those that are easy to complete to receive the bonus. A good combination is X crafting material (both diamanine and plaster), killing X dregs/scabs using melee/ranged attacks, and killing X enemies. You can usually accomplish the above on damnation in three to four runs. Other challenges can be harder to achieve (finding the books takes longer and no team deaths are difficult on damnation unless you’re playing with a top-notch team).
- You should be looking for weapons that have a high base rating, at least one perk and a desired blessing OR a weapon which has a high tier of a desired blessing (regardless if the stats are high or low).
- Prioritize the character with credits below 4,000, until you complete their weekly tasks and get their credits back. If you’re really looking to max-out, then give weekly challenges priority for the character who has the most minor credits. You can potentially buy two high level items per week if you reach 6000+ credit.
Crafting and Upgrading Weapons
If you follow the above steps to acquire items, you’ll eventually accumulate a lot of things in all the different types of items you might want to craft. At this point, it’s likely that you have a specific item in mind.
Let’s look at an example of a Force Sword blessed with Deflectors and Slaughter.
- If you received from Melk a Force Sword of “good” stats or as part of a missions reward, it will have one of two blessings that you desire (e.g. You’re all set if you have a Force Sword with a “good” base stat and at least one good perk (e.g. Upgrade that item to Orange if it hasn’t been blessed yet. Then, re-bless it to add the other blessing. The less desirable perk can be changed to anything you want.
- To maximize the chances of receiving the above, it is best to have both blessings already in your library/pool of blessings, so the base item you are going for will only need one.
- You can upgrade green items to blue and get a decent blessing, but the rarer and higher tier 4 blessings will only appear when upgrading to orange. Green items are upgradeable to blue, which can give a decent blessing. But the rarer tier four blessings only appear when upgrading from green to orange.
- To increase your chances of getting top-tier blessings, upgrade as many items with high base ratings as possible to orange. You’ll want to scrap your “bad stats distribution” weapons if you do get the blessing. If you own “good stats distribution” weapons you will also be hoping to get one of two blessings (which would move that weapon up to the top bullet above).
- For reference, upgrading a gray or orange item requires 1,500 total Plasteel. You can usually get this in 3-4 Damnation runs.
- When it comes to perks, get the Re-Roll Until Rarity mod – [nexusmods.com]
Making your life easier. It takes 300 plasteel for the perk reroll cost to be zero.
- When it comes to managing your blessing pool, get the Blessings of the Omnissiah mod – [nexusmods.com]
. This mod’s benefit is that it indicates when you have a blessing already of a higher tier in your blessings pool.
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