Crafting is easy, fun and extremely potent – here’s how to make the most of it.
Outriders unlocks crafting once you save Dr. Abraham Zahedi in the story, allowing you to raise attributes on your gear, increase its level, improve the rarity and so on. It can be slightly overwhelming at first but crafting is actually fairly straightforward once you get the hang of it. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know.
There are four main resources in Outriders – Scrap, Leather, Iron, Titanium and Anomaly Shards. Scrap is your default currency. Iron and Titanium can be obtained from dismantling weapons, though you’ll find the former by mining ore veins randomly encountered in maps and the latter by dismantling Epic and Legendary weapons (or even as drops from tough foes). Anomaly Shards are straight up obtained from dismantling weapons and fall into several different types of categories. Leather is obtained by killing beasts and dismantling armor.
The first step is improving rarity, which essentially takes an Unusual item up to Rare, or a Rare item up to Epic. Epic items can not be upgraded to Legendary. Though you can raise an Unusual item to Rare using Iron and Leather, raising a Rare item to Epic requires Titanium. Since Titanium isn’t as common, you should be absolutely certain before raising a Rare item to Epic. Raising the rarity is a good way to gain an instant power boost in the early game since it increases an item’s stats and adds a mod slot when going from Unusual to Rare. Raising a Rare item to Epic tier unlocks another mod slot along with overall increased attributes.
How to Mod Items
Mods will become some of your best friends in Outriders – they confer powerful benefits and effects along with augmenting your abilities. Mods are broken up into three tiers based on their effectiveness – Tier 1 mods are fairly common and include benefits like reduced cooldown on abilities or an extra charge for an ability. Tier 2 mods start to slowly roll in as you make your way through the early game, and provide bonuses like added armor (which can stack up to three times) when killing burning enemies. Tier 3 mods are obtained from Legendary gear and start appearing as you approach the endgame.
Mods are obtained by dismantling gear and weapons. Once you’ve dismantled an item and obtained its mod, that mod will be available for adding on to anything else whenever you’d like. You can see which mods you’ve unlocked by looking for a little dice-like icon next to a weapon or armor piece in your inventory. If the icon is present, then that mod has been unlocked and can be used for crafting.
Modding items is otherwise easy. Select an item for crafting, go to “Mod Gear”, choose a mod and simply add it to your gear. If you have two mod slots, then a choice for adding it to slot 1 or 2 will be provided. After modding one slot, the other slot becomes locked, preventing it from being changed. Keep that in mind when modding.
Leveling up Items
If you like a particular gun and want to keep using it until better gear drops, then use the “Level Up” option. Iron and Leather is needed for raising the level of Unusual and Rare items while Titanium is needed to level up Epic gear. If you level up Unusual and Rare items at level 11, they’ll receive an additional stat. Doing so at level 21 will unlock a third stat. Each item has a maximum level which is usually within range of your current level so it can only be raised up till that point.
How to Raise Attributes
As you dismantle weapons, you’ll obtain different Anomaly Shards corresponding to attributes to like Critical Damage, Healing Receiving and so on. If you look at the “Raise Attributes” option in the Crafting menu, you’ll find that depending on an item’s attributes, its stats can be raised. So if you have a weapon with the Weapon Leech stat and the corresponding Shards, then this attribute can be raised.
To check which Shards you have, hover over the “Shards” text in the Crafting menu and it will tell you how many Shards are available for each type. Don’t worry if you don’t have the right Shards for raising an attribute – just keep dismantling any weapons you don’t need and it should inevitably pop up.
How to Swap Weapon Variants
Depending on the weapon type, you can change its firing mode. An assault rifle, for example, can fire in single shot, burst or full auto, with each variant having different accuracy, ammo counts and effects. It only costs Iron to switch a weapon’s variant so depending on your needs – like whether you fight at range or up close – it’s easy to change out.
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