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Deep Rock Galactic Promotion – How To Promote Characters
Master the Deep Rock Galactic promotion cycle with this guide on how to promote characters and what these ranks mean for your account. In short chasing promotion is always worth your time in Deep Rock as this promotion upgrade allows you to unlock an additional active perk slot and unlock honour badges to show off your experience to other players. Promotion is also a key reference point of game progression for players in the community with many challenging themselves to promote all characters at least once or reach their own promotion target on their main class.
Regardless of your reasons for seeking Deep Rock Galactic promotion and which character you are looking to promote this guide will help you achieve your goal. This guide covers the mechanics of how to promote characters, what level to promote and useful player level up tips to help you reach that point in an efficient manner.
Deep Rock Galactic Promotion – Overview and Benefits
Promotion is a mechanic in Deep Rock that is designed to allow players to continue playing their favourite class beyond the max player level of 25 and still have a sense of progression for the missions they complete. With promotion players can also continue to grow their blue level (player rank) which unlocks various elements of content commonly bundled together in the term ‘player rank rewards’ in the community.
After you promote a character in Deep Rock Galactic it is reset to level 1 but does not reset acquired equipment or cosmetics so you can continue to play with your preferred build and visual style. Note that prior to 2018 this promotion mechanic was known as retirement and actually did reset these unlocks.
Promotion is often set as an end game goal for the community either on a single class or all classes but also highly sought after for the following promotion rewards:
- Increasing the number of active perk slots (only applies to the class promoted) from 1 to 2. This dramatically improves your class build diversity, allows for safer attempts at higher hazard levels and helps players to tackle the new promotion content to earn cores.
- An honour badge that displays on your avatar to show off your current promotion status to friends and other players. Honour badges increase with each promotion from bronze, silver, gold, platinum, diamond and legendary that each have 3 levels.
- Unlock the Tritilyte Key which is used to activate machine events that spawn during normal missions for a significant experience boost and core rewards.
- Access to a once off assignment to earn your first cores and a weekly mission that provides a regular source of cores.
- Access to deep dive missions to earn cores.
- Unlocks the forge to use your acquired cores from the above activities in crafting.
Given some of these benefits can help your other classes and are time blocked (weekly missions) a common recommendation is to complete one promotion as soon as possible to aide your overall progression. Promotion is also a key step to unlocking the end game of Deep Rock Galactic which revolves around deep dive missions to earn cores to customise your character builds further and complete higher difficulty content.
Deep Rock Galactic Promotion – How To Promote Character
The mechanics of completing a promotion in Deep Rock Galactic are the same across all of the game classes and included in the video above and as follows:
- Players must first reach character (red) level 25 before being able to access promotion. A Deep Rock promotion available pop-up will be available in game to bring this to your attention.
- Accept a promotion qualification assignment from the assignment board which requires 4 missions to be completed. While not obvious players don’t actually need to complete these with the character they plan to promote which is useful as a level 25 dwarf earns no experience and you may want to fill a needed role on the team instead. Using a non level 25 dwarf for this missions is a small but efficient way to continue levelling your blue player rank during the promotion quests.
- After completing the assignment players can visit the memorial hall located to the left of the equipment terminal computer that you will be familiar with at this stage of your progression.
- At the back of the memorial hall you’ll find the terminal to activate a promotion which requires credits and planet resources that increase with each promotion. The requirements are quite minimal for your first Deep Rock Galactic promotion so you should have them on hand although can be obtained from normal missions if you are short on the resource requirements.
Deep Rock Galactic Promotion – How To Level Up Fast
While the process of Deep Rock Galactic promotion is fairly straight forward once you achieve the level 25 requirement reaching this point is no small task. If you’re finding the levelling process difficult these tips can help you achieve a fast promotion by maximising the experience you earn in your dwarven missions.
- A total of 315,000 experience is required to reach level 25. The experience curve is not significant in Deep Rock compared to other games though with players earning half the required experience at around level 16 so it is a steady pace of progression from level 1 to 25.
- Players earn experience for completion of primary and secondary objectives, minerals mined and enemies killed which is then multiplied by the total hazard bonus based on cave length, complexity, negative modifiers and hazard level. Finding a balance between these and the time taken is often the heart of experience efficiency in Deep Rock Galactic.
- Looking for missions with double experience on the mission select screen should always be prioritised, these rotate regularly so check all game locations for these maps first.
- Maximising your experience gained per minute is all about finding a balance of a hazard level you can complete at a fast pace. For many in the community this makes point extraction a popular choice as the hazard level has the least impact on difficulty and it also involves killing many enemies (although these are only worth a single experience point each they do add up).
- Other popular choices for experience gains as a solo player in Deep Rock include morkite and dreadnought missions as these can be quickly completed with the help of Bosco.
- Joining multiplayer games near the end of the completion can be a sneaky method to claim a large amount of experience for only a few minutes of time invested at the end of the mission. Sniping these games can be highly efficient but might not be as fun as actually playing the game from start to finish.