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Anthem loot tiers explained

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There's plenty of loot to pick up as you play through the many missions, raids, and Strongholds in Anthem. You'll get better loot as you play and level up, but how does it all work? When will you start seeing uncommon or even Legendary weapons and javelin components?

We've broken down the six loot tiers that currently exist in Anthem and how you get access to each. In most cases, it's a matter of just leveling up, but with others, you'll have to try the most difficult missions.

So what are the loot tiers?

Anthem has six loot tiers. Similar to other online games, they're color-coded to facilitate identification. Also similarly to other games, the colors might be familiar to you.

The likelihood of finding rarer loot scales with the difficulty of the missions, Strongholds, and Freeplay. So if you go on the hardest difficulty or do the Grandmaster missions (more on this later), you can get access to better weapons and components.

Below is the basic rundown for each of the loot tiers. We'll be sure to update as more information becomes available or if anything changes.

Common

Common items are the ones you'll start off with in early levels. They're marked by the color white and you'll probably be finding them everywhere. You'll also probably be swapping out for better gear as you level up and salvaging them for parts.

These are also the easiest items to craft since most materials you find will be white. However, once you hit higher levels, common loot will more difficult to find, although you won't be needing it anyway since there's way better loot to find.

Uncommon

Starting at pilot level 7, you'll be able to farm for uncommon, or green items. These are often similar to common items, but with a little more power or some unusual abilities.

You can get find these items in chests after you complete certain missions. You can also craft uncommon loot with uncommon embers, crafting materials you can find scattered out in the world.

You'll also gain the ability to craft universal, sigil, and iconic uncommon components once you rank up your loyalties with the freelancers, arcanists, and sentinels respectively.

Anthem complete weapons list (so far)

Rare

Rare, or blue items will appear once you hit level 10. They're still relatively hard to find, even when you reach that level, but you can find rare guns or components in chests out in the world.

Like with uncommon items, you can craft rare components using rare embers. You can also access rare blueprints by getting to loyalty rank 2 with the groups in Fort Tarsis.

Epic

You'll be able to get epic, or purple, weapons and components starting at around level 20. You can access them by completing raids on the highest difficulty. It's also around this point when common loot drops start disappearing. Once you start doing Grandmaster play, epic loot will basically become the new common loot.

If you get to the highest loyalty rank — level 3 — with each of the groups, you'll get access to epic blueprints.

Masterwork

This is where things get tricky. Masterwork, or orange, loot is available after you reach level 30. Only then can you access Grandmaster difficulty missions. There are three Grandmaster tiers and for each, your chance of finding a Masterwork item greatly increases.

You can also get Masterwork loot by completing Legendary Contracts and Strongholds, which you can get through NPCs in Fort Tarsis.

Best ways to earn Masterwork and Legendary items in Anthem

Legendary

This is the final loot tier in Anthem, and the toughest to achieve. These items and components appear in the world as yellow and can only be found if you complete missions in the highest Grandmaster difficulty tier.

Your thoughts

What do you think about the loot tier levels? Do you think it's balanced? Do you have any tips you want to share about how to best get Legendary or Masterwork items? Sound off in the comments below.

Anthem is expected to release fully on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on Feb. 22 for $60. If you have an EA/Origin Access or Origin Access Premiere subscription, you can play it early right now on Xbox One and PC.

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12 Comments
  • What does it take to get to Grandmaster missions? Can this be done solo, or are these Raid/4 player only? Can they be done Co-op?...Have you seen anyone do a "is Co-op" viable for Anthem? I really do not need another MMORPG, but would love to play a BioWare game in Co-op with my son(without 2 randos). Thanks!
  • You can flip it to private for all missions but free roam ( I don't know if the contracts are played in this mode or not I would guess so) and strongholds and only play it with the people in your squad.
  • Grandmaster is suicidal solo. Anything above Hard requires a team of four, absolutely.
  • I don't know about all missions, or if there is, or is going to be, a private option. What I do know is that some missions are done in free roam; or, you can earn rewards in free roam without doing "missions." You can do *events* instead, etc. While in free roam, it's very spread out and there is no pressure whatsoever to group up with the other players, who might be miles away. This would be a perfect opportunity for you to play with your son, just the two of you.
  • According to Annullator, there IS a private setting for missions.
  • For grandmaster missions, you simply need to change the difficulty; however, grandmaster is hard enough without splitting your squad in half.
  • I didn't see my first rare item until level 17. Wtf?
  • These items and the farming Sounds a lot like warframe if you ask me.
  • This game sounds like it should be free to play. Instead of trying to scam people full retail price.
  • Well, your explanation for Masterwork items is absolutely wrong. I got my first Masterwork item at level 18 doing a normal level Tyrant Mine stronghold on Friday (admittedly during the 11 hour buff loot window). Thought it was a fluke of the patch glitch until last night. Got a level 45 Masterwork grenade launcher during a NORMAL level Freeplay world event! I think their loot tier/difficulty is broken. I got several Epic pieces during a easy freeplay (was trying to finish out outlaw kills for weekly) before I saw them in hard mode.
  • Yeah, either this article is totally wrong(probably) or the RNG is super broken.
    I got my first couple of Masterwork on Normal before lvl 30(have not done much of the story, this is all drop in freeplay or strongholds)
    My first 10 Masterwork were split into 3 weapons. Poppa Shotgun, Wyvern Sniper and Artimis LMG. Are their masterwork/legendary articles for other pieces of the Javelin or are they only weapons?
    I just got a Masterwork last night (at lvl 30) when running an EASY mission. If they are only weapons, how the heck do you get to lvl 475/500 for Grandmaster 2 and 3? Am I the only one confused by the benefit of getting 10 Legendary kills with a Specfic Masterworks weapon being a blueprint for the same weapon(you just used to kill those "Legendary" mobs")? What good are the blueprints overall? Without trade/auction house, the only way you get a blueprint for a specific weapon is to use that weapon to kill mobs. If you have the item, have used it...why would you craft a new one(since you can not trade/sell it)? Is that the way to get higher level weapons? Keep crafting and salvaging a specific weapon hoping to pop a Lottery win and get a Legendary? So confused....
  • I appreciate your input on the weapons; however, I was wondering how leveling them factors in? In other words, you might get a level 25 drop, but your skill in it, from playing it before, might only be 3. How high do these skill levels go, and how much impact do they have on weapon performance?