Outriders is the latest looter-shooter to release in this ever-growing genre. Developed by People Can Fly, this action RPG places you in the shoes of a cryogenically frozen soldier who has gained enhanced abilities thanks to a mysterious storm called the Anomaly. With four classes available upon release, players can bend time, ignite enemies on fire, summon powerful constructs, and shake the very planet. While many of your skills and gear will be potent by themselves, you can enhance these further by using the various mods you’ll obtain throughout your journey.
Here’s everything you need to know about how mods work in Outriders:
How to Unlock Crafting
You will unlock the ability to swap and enhance mods after you rescue Dr. Zahedi. This is about 4-5 hours into the main campaign after you complete the main story mission upon reaching the First City. For those who played the demo, this is the area that you were supposed to visit if the demo didn’t end. Upon completing this story mission, you will be informed back at your camp that the mod system has been unlocked. Now just go speak to Dr. Zahedi and select “I need to upgrade my gear” to bring up the crafting menu.
How to Get Mods
This is the easiest part of the entire process, as you will get mods from dismantling gear. Any gear piece that is Rare (blue) tier or above will come with 1-2 mods. These mods can be anything from healing when you kill an enemy to freezing combatants in their tracks. Even though you can sell these items for Scrap, often it’s way more beneficial to just dismantle them. This will not only give you resources but one of the mods attached to that gun.
What this does is allow you to keep one of the best aspects of a gun or piece of armor that’s no longer at your level. You can see what mods you’ve assembled by visiting Dr. Zahedi and then selecting Mod Gear. You’ll be presented with a catalog you can peruse of all the Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 mods acquired. Tier 1 mods are tied to Blue gear, Tier 2 is for Purple, and Tier 3 is for Orange. Any mod that doesn’t have a white lock symbol on it means you can use it. Don’t expect to assemble all the Tier 2 and Tier 3 mods right away, this will take a bit of luck and time to acquire everything Outriders has to offer. Remember there is a separate mod list for both armor and weapons.
How to Equip Mods
So you found a mod that you really like and want to equip it to a weapon? Great! To do this, visit Dr. Zahedi, select the gear piece you want to put the mod on, and then select Mod Gear. Search for the mod you want among the ones unlocked and then pick which perk on your current weapon you’re willing to sacrifice. Remember, you can only change one mod slot per piece of gear. The moment you swap mods, the other mod on that gear piece will be locked forever. Because of this, you’ll always want to try and keep a mod that will synergize with any future mods you may try on this gun.
Additionally, swapping mods will cost you some Iron. This resource is earned by harvesting it at iron deposits or by dismantling weapons and armor pieces. You can see the cost of swapping a mod for another underneath the gear’s stats in the bottom left. It’s relatively cheap to swap Tier 1 and Tier 2 mods around, so don’t be shy about experimenting as you progress through the campaign.