Salt and Sacrifice: How to Equip Higher Tier Weapons and Armor

There are some powerful weapons and armor in Salt and Sacrifice, and this guide has the details on how to use the higher tier gear you find or craft.

Salt and Sacrifice borrows mechanics from across genres. Its take on equipping gear comes straight out of Final Fantasy XII, as beginning characters simply can’t equip the better weapons and armor. You must manually unlock the ability to do so.

Instead, there’s an entirely separate means of equipping powerful weapons and armor in Salt and Sacrifice. Here’s how.

How to Equip Higher Tier Weapons and Armor in Salt and Sacrifice

As you level up in Salt and Sacrifice, you’ll earn the ability to activate the many nodes of the Tree of Skill grid. Most of these nodes raise a single stat point by one, meaning your progression will be slow but consistent.

If the node has a picture of a weapon or chest piece, it serves two purposes.

  • It will grant you the ability to use that weapon or armor.
  • It will add a point to a stat appropriate to the type of weapon or armor so unlocked.

Every piece of gear in the game, including Runic Arts, which are tied to specific weapons, has a Tier attached to them. When you start a new character, you’ll have access to all Tier 0 gear and one set of Tier 1 equipment: the weapon type and armor your starting class comes with by default.

Unlocking the ability to wear or wield Tier 5 gear will see you spending thousands and thousands of Salt to activate all the Skill grid nodes required. You’ll need to choose where to specialize because you won’t be using everything on a single character for a long, long time, especially on a first playthrough.

By the time you’ve unlocked Tier 5 of anything, you’ll be far along on your chosen build path. If you focused only on making it to Tier 5, you might have a lot of work to unlock any other abilities, weapons, or armor types. We recommend you branch out a little, as increasing your Vitality and Endurance is important to not end up as a smear on the floor, even if doing so takes you a few extra Skill grid nodes.

Now you know how to equip all tiers of armor and weapon in Salt and Sacrifice. Like leveling, it’s not the most elegant process, but it’s what we’re working with here. Thankfully, the Metroidvania elements in this game are a little more straightforward, so look at our guide to getting the Grappling Hook for an example. Read our review of Salt and Sacrifice and head over to the guides hub for more.


John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.

Published May. 13th 2022

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