How to get your Mastery rank up in The First Descendant

The First Descendant Mastery Ranks Up
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Getting your The First Descendant Mastery rank up means using the Prime Hands in Albion. With enough experience you can get a permanent buff to things like player and weapon enhancement module slots, Inventory and Storage across the board, as well various other slot increases. 

However, it's not clear what you do to earn Mastery EXP and ranks if you're a newcomer. Plus it doesn't increase your rank automatically, like your character's level - there are specific things you need to do to make it happen. Fortunately, I'll explain below how to get your Mastery rank up in The First Descendant, and how you earn Mastery Rank EXP. 

How to level up Mastery in The First Descendant

The First Descendant Mastery Ranks Up

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Assuming you've got the Mastery Rank EXP to increase your rank (which the game usually makes clear) you'll need to then go to Albion, the hub area available from the map, and specifically the Prime Hands, marked with an icon on the East side of Albion.

The First Descendant Mastery Ranks terminal

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There's a console terminal you can interact with here where you'll be given the option to increase your rank. Do so, and there'll be a short cinematic where two giant hands do… something unclear, but when it's done you'll have increased your Mastery Rank! You'll have all the benefits of the rank from that point on, but will need to go fill the EXP bar before you can come back for the next one.

How to get Mastery Rank EXP in The First Descendant

The First Descendant Mastery Ranks Up

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Getting EXP for your Mastery Rank can be done through numerous methods, but is generally a lot slower than levelling up your character. Here's a few ways to increase it: 

  • Levelling up individual characters without any Socket Types assigned to any Module Slots
  • Completing missions for the first time
  • Increasing the proficiency level of weapons

This generally means that you'll be wise to switch between weapons early on before it starts taking longer and longer to level them up, but ultimately your Mastery Level Rank ups are probably going to slow down the longer you play the First Descendant - there's no real way around it.

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