The First Descendant – Equipment Guide (Weapons, Abilities, Transmission System and More)

This guide provides information about equipment, arguably the most important aspect of The First Descendant.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at systems that can enhance the weapons of your Descendants, and newly added equipment.

Equipment Tiers

Items such as weapons, external components, reactors, consumables, and modules are all assigned a tier.

The tier of each item is shown in the tooltip.

The item tiers in The First Descendant are shown below, with stats and values increasing at higher tiers.

TierName
Tier 1Common
Tier 2Rare
Tier 3Ultimate
Tier 4Transcendent

Enhancing Unique Abilities

What Are Unique Abilities?

Unique Abilities are optional features available to some Ultimate-tier weapons, and using these weapons can make the game somewhat easier to play.

A Unique Ability is an exclusive feature granted to a weapon. A weapon’s Unique Ability cannot be replaced by another Unique Ability with different effects.

A weapon that has been granted a Unique Ability has enhancement slots on the right side of its icon, and its tooltip shows which Unique Ability it has.

If the right side of a weapon icon looks similar to the picture above, it means the weapon has a Unique Ability.

You can check a weapon’s Unique Ability in the item tooltip and view the effects in Details (F1).

How to Enhance Unique Abilities

Unique Abilities can be accessed through the Workbench NPC in Albion or in each field camp upon reaching Mastery Rank 7.

Enhancing a Unique Ability costs one piece of equipment identical to the one being enhanced and Gold.

When you click the ‘Enhance Unique Ability’ button, you will see a list of currently owned weapons that have Unique Abilities as shown below, from which you can select a weapon to enhance.

Weapons currently equipped by your Descendant have a mark in the upper-left hand corner.

Clicking the ‘Enhance Unique Ability’ button shows the Enhance UI

Clicking a weapon to enhance shows identical weapons that can be used as materials in your Inventory if you own them. Clicking the ‘Enhance’ button after selecting these weapons enhances the Unique Ability.

The increase in stats from enhancing a Unique Ability is displayed on the right side of the UI.

Enhancing a Unique Ability consumes the material weapon and Gold.

Tip: The weapon used as material disappears when you enhance a Unique Ability, so make sure to check carefully before enhancing!

When enhancing a Unique Ability, because the target weapon and material weapon are identical, it is possible to mistakenly enhancing the Unique Ability of a weapon you didn’t intend to enhance.

In this case, enhancement cannot be reverted, so make sure to check carefully before enhancing!

Tip: Is the level of a newly acquired weapon higher than your current weapon with an enhanced Unique Ability?

Worried about having to restart the enhancement of a Unique Ability process all over again when you acquire a new weapon of a higher level than your current weapon with an enhanced Unique Ability?

Fear not, the enhancement information of the material weapon is transferred over when you enhance the Unique Ability.

If you set a higher-level weapon as the target weapon and your previously used weapon with an enhanced Unique Ability as the material weapon, the enhancement information of the material weapon will be transferred over.

  • Example 1: If a material weapon has a Lv.1 Unique Ability and the target weapon has a Lv.0 Unique Ability, the target weapon will gain 2 enhancement levels
  • Example 2: If a material weapon has a Lv.2 Unique Ability and the target weapon has a Lv.1 Unique Ability, the target weapon will gain 3 enhancement levels

If material weapon has a Lv.1 Unique Ability and the target weapon has a Lv.0 Unique Ability, the target weapon gains enhancement 2 levels

Weapons List

The Weapons List is where you can see a list of weapons you’ve acquired in the game while playing on your account.

You can access the Weapons List in the Descendant Inventory (I).

Clicking the ‘Weapons List’ button in your Inventory (I) shows a list of weapons you’ve acquired.

In the Weapons List UI, the weapons you have acquired are active, while the weapons you have yet to acquire are locked.

The Weapons List provides information about the status of module sets in the weapon, whether or not the Max Capacity has increased, whether or not the weapon has a Unique Ability, and the weapon’s Proficiency level.

Activated weapons in the list remain activated even if they disappear from your Inventory.

More details about modules will be provided in the Module Guide.

  • – Weapon groups categorized by the type of ammo used.
  • – Acquiring a weapon in the game activates the weapon in the Weapons List, making its information available.
  • – Unacquired weapons are locked and their information is not available.

Tip: The Weapons List shows a wide variety of information about your activated weapons!

You can check the Proficiency level, Unique Ability, equipped module information, and Max Module Capacity increase status of each activated weapon.

This information is applied to all weapons of the same name.

  • Example: If you have two weapons, Thunder Cage A and Thunder Cage B, both weapons have the same Proficiency level, Unique Ability, equipped module information, and Max Capacity.
  • – Shows the ammo type used by the weapon.
  • – Shows the weapon’s Proficiency level.
  • – Shows the weapon’s Unique Ability.
  • – Shows the weapon’s equipped modules and their tiers. (You can see a more detailed view of the equipped modules in Module Info (N))
  • – Shows when the weapon’s Max Module Capacity has increased. (Not shown if Max Module Capacity hasn’t increased)
  • – Shows the number of times the weapon’s Module Socket Type has been changed.

Weapon Level Transmission

What is Weapon Level Transmission?

Weapon Level Transmission is a feature that transfers the level of a higher-level weapon you own to a lower-level weapon. This will increase the level and ATK of the recipient weapon.

So, only a weapon with a higher level than the target weapon can be used as material for Transmission. This feature becomes accessible upon reaching Mastery Rank 5.

The level and ATK of the material equipment are transmitted to the target weapon, increasing its level and ATK.

Weapon Level Transmission Process

Transmission is available through Workbench NPCs in Albion or in each field camp.

Transmission requires equipment of higher level than the target weapon, and ‘Phase Exchangers.’

The number of ‘Phase Exchangers’ required for Transmission depends on the tier of the target weapon.

‘Phase Exchangers’ can be crafted through Research, and crafting materials can be obtained from Weapon Dismantling.

More details about Research will be provided in a separate guide.

When you click ‘Transmission’, you will see a list of currently owned weapons from which you can select a weapon to be transmitted, as shown below.

Weapons currently equipped by your Descendant are marked with an orange check mark in the upper-left.

Clicking the Transmission button shows the Weapon Transmission UI

Selecting a weapon for Transmission displays available material weapons at the bottom. Selecting a material weapon shows the change in stats of the target weapon on the right side of the screen.

Material weapons are only displayed if you have a weapon higher in level than the target weapon.

Screen displayed upon selecting a Transmission weapon – The change in stats due to Transmission and the number of Phase Exchangers required is displayed.

If there are no weapons higher in level than the target weapon, information about material weapons and Transmission materials needed is not displayed.

Tip: ‘Phase Exchangers’ are obtained through Research Requests, and their crafting materials are obtained from Weapon Dismantling!

You can obtain Phase Exchangers required for Transmission by crafting them through Research Requests.

Crafting materials can be obtained from Weapon Dismantling, so you will need to dismantle weapons and complete Research Requests to carry out Weapon Transmission.

Phase Exchangers can be obtained through Research Requests using materials obtained from Weapon Dismantling.

External Component Set Effects

External Components consist of Auxiliary Power, Sensors, Memory, and Processors, which increase the HP, DEF, and Shield of Descendants.

Some of these External Components have set effects. Equipping the required parts for a set effect activates the effect and increases your stats.

A minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 components are required to activate the set effects.

In this 4-piece set, only the 2-piece effect is active

These External Components can be obtained from Void Intercept Battles, with each boss dropping a different set.

Reactors

What is a Reactor?

A Reactor is an item that increases the power of Descendant skills.

Each Descendant has a type for their skills, and similarly, each Reactor has a skill type that it supports.

Check the item tooltip of each Reactor and equip a Reactor that matches the type of your Descendant’s skills to boost their Skill Power.

You can view your Descendant’s skill type in Descendant (H) Descendant skill tooltip.

Viessa’s Blizzard skill has the types ‘Chill’ and ‘Tech.’

In addition, each class of Reactor has an additional Optimization Condition that, if met, grants an even greater boost to Skill Power.

The Optimization Conditions are largely depend on either the equipping Descendant or the weapon in use.

Reactors stats vary depending on whether the Optimization Condition is met.

Tip: How do I check if a Reactor’s Optimization Condition has been met?

You can check in the Reactor’s tooltip to see if its Optimization Condition has been met.

The Optimization Condition in the item tooltip appears checked when the condition is met, and is shown in red when it isn’t met.

Tooltip when the Optimization Condition is met

Tooltip when the Optimization Condition isn’t met

Enhancing Reactors

You can enhance Reactors through the Workbench NPC in Albion or in each field camp upon reaching Mastery Rank 3.

Enhancing a Reactor consumes ‘Ion Accelerators’ as materials, and the amount consumed varies depending on the tier and level of the target Reactor.

The number of ‘Ion Accelerators’ required increases with the Enhancement Level.

‘Ion Accelerators’ can be crafted through Research Requests, and crafting materials are obtained by dismantling Reactors.

When enhancing a Reactor, using the + and – buttons to set the Enhancement Level allows you to see the increase in Skill Power and quantity of ‘Ion Accelerators’ required.

Tip: The maximum level to which a Reactor can be enhanced depends on the Reactor’s tier.

Reactors have different maximum levels to which they can be enhanced based on their tier.

Common-tier Reactors can be enhanced up to Lv.2

Ultimate-tier Reactors can be enhanced up to Lv.8

Tip: Checking your Reactor’s Enhancement Level

The Reactor’s current Enhancement Level is shown in the top right of the Reactor icon.

Each Reactor enhancement fills an empty slot in the top right of the icon. The number of filled slots represents the Reactor’s Enhancement Level.

Storage Feature

We’ve added a Storage system that can be used when you are running out of space in the Inventory for weapons, External Components, and Reactors.

You can only store weapons, Reactors, and External Components in the Storage, which is available in Albion and the Camp in each Zone.

The Storage location in Albion is shown above.

Using the Storage

To use the Storage, go to Storage Inventory Click (Place) an item and the item will be moved to the Storage.

However, equipped items cannot be moved to the Storage.

Clicking an item moves the item to the Storage.

Then, you can check the ‘Storage’ tab to find the item you clicked, which has been placed in the Storage.

If you want to move an item from the Storage to your Inventory, click the item in the Storage again.

Checking the ‘Storage’ tab shows the items that have been moved to the Storage. Clicking the item again returns it to your Inventory.

Expanding Storage Slots

If you’re running low on Storage slots and need to expand, there are two possible methods.

One is through Mastery Rank Ups that increase the number of Storage slots, and the other is by expanding Storage slots with Credits (a paid currency).

Clicking the ‘Expand Storage’ button in the top left of the Storage UI allows you to expand the Storage using Credits.

You can expand Storage slots using Credits when you click the Expand Storage button.

Tip: What is a Mastery Rank Up?

You receive a certain amount of Mastery EXP from leveling your Descendant, increasing your weapon’s Proficiency, completing Missions, and Quest rewards.

When the Mastery EXP bar is full, you can perform a Mastery Rank Up through ‘Prime Hands’ in Albion.

As your Mastery Rank increases, your weapon/Descendant module slots, Capacity, and Equipment Inventory/Storage slots also increase according to the increased rank.

You can Rank Up when the Mastery Rank EXP bar is full

Prime Hands location – Right side of Albion

Prime Hands Mastery Rank Up screen – shows Mastery Rank benefits

[Equipment Recap]

  1. Unique Ability enhancements, Weapon Transmissions, and Reactor enhancements can be performed through the Workbench NPC in Albion or in each field camp!

Equipment enhancement features are available through the Workbench NPC in Albion or in each field camp.

Albion – Workbench NPC location

  1. Equipment Transmission requires ‘Phase Exchangers’, and Reactor enhancement requires ‘Ion Accelerators’!

Both ‘Phase Exchangers’ and ‘Ion Accelerators’ can be crafted through Research Requests, and their respective crafting materials can be obtained by dismantling weapons or Reactors.

  1. Unique Ability enhancement uses an identical weapon as a material! Transmission uses a weapon of a higher level than the target weapon as a material!

In this Equipment guide, we’ve covered systems that boost your equipment and Descendants in The First Descendant.

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