Saints Row guide to help you build your criminal organization

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This Saints Row guide covers all of the main areas you need to learn about, so if you follow the advice here you'll soon be earning stacks of cash, levelling up fast, and building a criminal empire that can rule over Santo Ileso. Money is key to building up the Saints so you can fund the required purchases to further your career, while picking up XP efficiently will give you a head start on unlocking the skills and upgrades to put your boss at the top of the food chain. If you're looking for help with dominating the criminal world of Saints Row, then here's everything you need to know.

Earn money to fund your criminal lifestyle

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Fast Travel

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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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.

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