This Saints Row guide has a lot of the essential information you’ll need to levelling up, earning money, and establishing a criminal enterprise that’ll be the talk of Santo Ileso. To the get the Saints running, you’ll need plenty of money to fund your purchases, and ways of earning more money through missions and investing in ventures. Getting XP is going to help you unlock upgrades and Skills that make your boss a force to be reckoned with in the criminal world of Saints Row. Here’s everything you’ll need to get you off to a good start in Saints Row.
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Earn money to fund your criminal lifestyle
When building up your criminal organization from scratch, you’ll need plenty of Saints Row money to buy what you need. Things like weapons, cars, side ventures, clothes, and upgrades aren’t going to pay for themselves! With our guide, we’ve got some tips on how to make money efficiently in Saints Row.
Get XP to level up
Levelling up is done by earning Saints Row XP. Boosting your boss’ level will unlock new Skills for you to try out in combat and will give you access to certain upgrades for things like weapons. Missions are going to be your main source of XP, so check out our guide to read about the most XP-lucrative activities you can do.
All Skills and which ones to use
As you level up, you’ll unlock new Saints Row Skills – special abilities that can be used in combat that range from tossing out a frag grenade, to unleashing a devastating fire punch. Skills are where Saints Row starts to get wacky and are definitely some of the most fun aspects of the game, so we recommend that you try to unlock them quickly to try them out and build a suitable loadout.
The best weapons to use
As well as Skills, you’ll want the best Saints Row weapons in your inventory so that you can complete missions with your ideal loadout. You can buy and upgrade a large selection of weapons at Friendly Fire weapon shops around Santo Ileso, including assault rifles, SMGs, shotguns, an array of melee weapons, and even a stun gun.
While you can get around in cars, Saints Row fast travel is a great way for zipping about Santo Ileso to reach missions. However, it’s not easy to use as fast travel points around the map need to be unlocked by finding and photographing particular landmarks. It’s a bit of an ordeal, so read our guide to ensure you understand the requirements to use fast travel in Saints Row.
Every Venture and the best ones to get
Saints Row Ventures are going to be one of your main money-making schemes, earning you plenty of passive income just for playing, and unlocking plenty of other opportunities for new missions, activities, and rewards. There are lots to choose from though, so make sure you know exactly how ventures work in Saints Row and which ones you should prioritize.
Unlock the Insurance Fraud minigame
The renowned Saints Row Insurance Fraud minigame returns in this latest instalment of the franchise. If you want to unlock this bone-breaking minigame, you’ll need to invest in the Shady Oaks Venture. Furthermore, you can learn all about playing the minigame and getting a high score with our guide.
Change your appearance
There are fantastic character customization options for your boss, allowing you to change your appearance in Saints Row easily. Not only can you play around with a lot of appearance options, including the face, hair, body type, prosthetics, voice, emotes, and more, but you can also change these at any time using an app on your in-game phone. It doesn’t cost anything either, giving players plenty of freedom to shake up how their boss character looks.
If you’re looking to hop into some co-op, there is unfortunately no Saints Row crossplay, meaning you won’t be able to play with friends on PC or Xbox if you own a PS5, for example. There is, however, cross-generational play, so while you won’t be able to play with those on completely different platforms, you will be able to join players within the same platform family. Read our Saints Row crossplay guide for all the details on the limitations of cross-gen play, as well as how online co-op works.