Xbox One Platform RSS Feed | Xbox One RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Should You Buy Blackstone Key DLC for Dredge? Answered Sat, 01 Apr 2023 15:25:22 -0400 Ashley Erickson

The Dredge Blackstone Key DLC is part of the fishing game's Deluxe Edition and available as part of a stand-alone $4.99 purchase. The small expansion comes with several different bonuses, including a Workshop on Blackstone Isle, which contains two exclusive items. But should you buy the DLC? 

What's in the Dredge Blackstone Key DLC? 

Blackstone Isle Workshop Items

The Blackstone Key DLC gives you access to the Blackstone Isle Workshop. If you have the DLC, you'll be able to enter the workshop the first time you visit the island. Inside you'll discover two items: The Arterial Engine and the Sign of Ruin.

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The Arterial Engine is basically a giant heart with engine blades that beats in rhythm with your character's heart. It takes an hour to install and is in an operational state. It only goes 7.4 knots, however, which is slower than every other engine in the game. 

The Sign of Ruin is the real star of the Blackstone Key DLC. This carved stone item installs in a Rods square in your cargo. The Sign of Ruin description says, "It's sure to draw the attention of those attuned to it."

When equipped, it increases your rate for catching Aberrant fish. It's also hypothesized that it may increase attacks on your ship by deep sea creatures during the night, but this hasn't been confirmed. 

Should You Buy the Blackstone Key DLC? Answered

The Blackstone Key DLC for Dredge only impacts the game by boosting how often you might catch Aberrant Fish — and by proxy, possibly gain more money to get rich fast(er). Otherwise, it doesn't give you access to any new stories or prompt any new dialogue.

The Blackstone Key DLC can make the game a more enjoyable experience by giving you access to more resources to explore all available options fully, but it isn't necessary. 

And that answers the question of whether or not you should buy the Dredge Blackstone Key DLC. For more help with the Lovecraftian fishing game, drop anchor at our guides hub.

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Dredge: How to Get the Signet Ring Sat, 01 Apr 2023 15:14:22 -0400 Ashley Erickson

The Dredge Signet Ring is a reward for completing a specific Pursuit that can be picked up in Devil's Spine. After finding a castaway, you'll have a prize that may not sell for much but is steeped in mystery, much like the waters of this Lovecraftian fishing game. If you're wondering how to get the Signet ring or curious about its effects, you're not alone. 

Dredge Signet Ring Explained

The Dredge Signet Ring is a reward for completing the Castaway Pursuit. If you don't already have this Pursuit logged, you'll need to head toward Devil's Spine to get it.

Near Devil's Spine, you'll find various rocks positioned to spell out SOS. Investigate the area, and you'll discover a stranded captain castaway. Take him to Little Marrow, and he'll give you the Signet Ring as a reward. 

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What is the Signet Ring Used for In Dredge? Answered

So what's the Signet Ring used for in Dredge? There's really only speculation on the actual use of the Signet Ring. It can be sold to any merchant or trader for $90, though the description indicates it may provide an increase to luck.

The item's description has led some to keep it in storage until another use comes up or more information is discovered. Others have noted that they traveled with it and didn't notice an increase in luck — or any changes at all. 

While the Signet Ring could be an item that comes into play in the future, the team at Black Salt Games has stated they don't have definite DLC plans moving forward from release. It could just be that the fancy ring was all the castaway had left on him to repay you for the ride. It's still a mystery. 

Whether you decide to keep the Signet Ring or sell it, it doesn't seem to impact the game endings in any way. For more on Dredge items, how to fish, or other guides, our guides page has your haul

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Dredge: How to Get Abyssal and Hadal Fishing Catches Sat, 01 Apr 2023 15:03:05 -0400 Ashley Erickson

Abyssal and Hadal Fish are the hardest to fish gain access to in Dredge. You can't just go out and trawl or fish for them. Instead, you'll need a specific item related to a quest to do soThey're the last of the location types you can unlock and take a few different steps to do so. 

Unlocking Abyssal and Hadal Fishing Catches Explained

To gain access to Abyssal fish, you'll need to complete the first part of the Collect All Samples Pursuit. This quest is given to you by the Research Assistant in the Stellar Basin region of the Old Fortress. The coordinates for the Old Fortress are D5.

The Research Assistant will ask you to catch and bring back: 

  • Aurora Jellyfish x1
  • Firefly Squid x1
  • Glowing Octopus x1

Aberrant versions of fish don't count toward this Pursuit. Instead, the fish need to be of the normal variety. 

Once you've caught the fish you need, bring them back to complete this stage of the Pursuit. The Research Assistant will then send you to the Research Outpost, located right on the line between coordinates F4 and G4.

Here, you'll need to obtain Prototype Parts, which can be found by investigating the Laboratory. 

When you return to the Research Assistant with the Prototype Parts, they'll give you the Sampling Device. This allows you to catch Abyssal fish. With this item, you can now research the Bottomless Lines under Rods using x1 Research Parts. You'll then need to purchase and install Bottomless Lines to actually catch Abyssal and Hadal fish. 

That's how you unlock the ability to catch Abyssal and Hadal fish in Dredge. For more Pursuit guides, item locations, or fishing guides, check out our guides page

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Dredge: How to Get Research Parts Sat, 01 Apr 2023 14:56:19 -0400 Ashley Erickson

Dredge Research Parts are an important component in the Lovecraftian fishing game. With them, you're able to upgrade your fishing gear and vessel by researching new improvements. If you're wondering where to find them or how to use them, this guide has the information you're looking for. 

What are Research Parts? Explained

Research Parts take up one square in your cargo and can be acquired in a variety of ways. They're needed to unlock new fishing gear and Engines for your ship, and they appear as a cluster of gears and other odds and ends.

When you dock, you have the option to use them to unlock new Rods, Trawl Nets, Engines, or Crab Pots for various costs. More advanced items need more parts, as well as the previous versions of those items, to be unlocked.

At the beginning of Dredge, put your Research Parts into new Rods so you can fish from more locations — and catch more fish

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Where to Get Research Parts

There are three ways to get Research Parts in Dredge. 

  • Pursuits: Pursuits, the game's side quests, often reward Research Parts upon completion. These reward you the most parts for the smallest investment.
  • Dredging: Research Parts can sometimes be collected when dredging. 
  • Buy Them: Buying Research Parts is the fastest way to obtain them. The Traveling Merchant sells Research Parts for $300 each. If you have the extra money and need to research something right away, buying them will do the trick.

Those are the three ways to obtain Research Parts in Dredge, as well as how to use them and what they're for. We have more Dredge guides here, including how to get the alternate ending and how to get rich quick.

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How to Complete Week 3 Fortnite Quests in Season 2 of Chapter 4 Sat, 01 Apr 2023 14:47:44 -0400 Maddison Ahlbrand

Fortnite's Spring Breakout brings new weekly challenges to the battle royale, and you may be wondering how to complete the quests in Week 3 of Season 2, Chapter 4. Completing the challenges will give you XP for your Battle Pass, and give you more to do in-game, too. Here's find all you need to know to complete the challenges in Week 3. 

Fortnite Season 2, Chapter 4 Week 3 Quests Guide

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  • Accept a bounty at different dueling circle Bounty Board locations (12,000 XP)
    • Go into your quest menu, and select this challenge from the list to reveal the challenge locations on your map in-game. They appear as star symbols. You'll need to accept two bounties total.
      • North of Mega City
      • Northeast of Mega City, above Knotty Nets
      • Southwest of Kenjutsu Crossing
      • Southwest of Steamy Springs

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  • Hit a speed of 86 on a Rogue bike (12,000 XP)
    • You can complete this Fortnite quest with any Rogue bike found on the island, but the bikes are most easily found in Mega City. You'll have the best luck picking up speed on the bike if you stick to the roadways; Offroading isn't this vehicle's strong suit, and you'll quickly notice it struggle when you veer to the dirt. Once you're on the road, hit your respective boost button found on the left side of the screen.

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  • Recover a Combat Cache (12,000 XP)
    • Combat Caches can be regularly found throughout a match and are marked on the mini-map when you're nearby. This challenge is particularly great because Combat Caches can provide you with some amazing loot if you reach them quickly. However, the recovery process takes an entire minute, so make you have a safe place to wait.

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  • Hire a Scout, Heavy, Supply, and Medic Specialist (2,000 XP)
    • You'll need 900 gold bars to complete this challenge.
    • If you go into your quest menu and select this challenge from the list, it will reveal the NPC locations on your map in-game. They appear as exclamation points. Simply hire all four NPCs to complete the challenge.
      • West of Steamy Springs
      • Northwest of Brutal Bastion
      • North of Breakwater Bay
      • Southeast of Lonely Labs

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  • Claim the Capture Point on the floating Loot Island (12,000 XP)
    • The floating Loot Island appears after a few Storm Cycles have elapsed. Once enough time has passed, you'll be able to spot it on your map and mini-map.
    • Getting to it is just a matter of riding a zipline up the side or gliding over. Once you reach the island, capture the Point by staying within the flag zone until the flag reaches the top of the pole. Once you capture it, you'll get treated to some legendary loot. 

That's it for completing the Week 3 Fortnite challenges in Season 4, Chapter 4. There will be new challenges released every Tuesday at 9 a.m EST/6 a.m. PST, so stay tuned for more guides on Spring Breakout.

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Destiny 2: How to Farm Commendations Fri, 31 Mar 2023 23:39:51 -0400 John Schutt

The controversial Commendation system in Destiny 2 isn’t likely to go anywhere anytime soon. With the mechanic tied to progressing Guardian Ranks, you’ll need as many Commendations as you can farm.

Farming Commendations was once much easier, but Bungie saw to nerfing the old cheese rather quickly. Now getting lots of recommendations quickly takes a bit more effort and is just a tad more interesting to do. Here’s how.

Best Commendation Farms in Destiny 2

The short version is there are no hyper-efficient farms for Commendations currently in Destiny 2. The previous method of continually defeating Riven, the final boss of the Last Wish Raid, no longer functions, as there’s a significant cooldown on giving Commendations in both Raids and Dungeons.

Bungie has also drastically reduced the number of Commendation points needed for higher Guardian Ranks. Farming is less important than it once was. 

The only way to get Commendations is to play with other people, so you’ll need to either have a fireteam of friends or LFG players or stick to matchmade activities. And as always, the best and easiest farm is to stick to the core ritual playlists: Vanguard Ops, Gambit, and Crucible.

The competitive modes are technically better, as more players means more potential to give and receive Commendations, but if PvP is out of the question, Vanguard Ops is your main recourse.

You can also head into any Seasonal activity or Dares of Eternity for relatively consistent player activity. Dares is the better of the two, as it’s also a six-person playlist, and you can finish most runs in about ten minutes or so.

If you exhaust yourself of the core playlists in Destiny 2, you can go into higher-difficulty and more specialized activities. You still can get Commendations from doing Raids and Dungeons. You just can't get an effectively infinite amount of them anymore.

The only way to not get Commendations is to do all the soloable content in the game: much of Neomuna, anything in a patrol space, Legend/Master Lost Sectors, and solo story campaigns for Witch Queen and Lightfall.

Sadly, there’s not much more to say about farming Commendations in Destiny 2 right now. If a new cheesy strategy comes along, we’ll update this guide appropriately. For now, the best way to get more Commendation Score is to play the game normally and participate in as many multiplayer activities as possible. If you’re looking for help with other Destiny 2 content, check out our D2 guides hub.

How to Catch Aberrant Fish in Dredge Fri, 31 Mar 2023 18:56:46 -0400 Ashley Erickson

Aberrant Fish is just one of many species of fish in Dredge, the Lovecraftian adventure game. Sometimes, these critters are a little different than usual, with this specific variety having mutated in some way. However, they're worth catching because they can be sold at a high price. Here's where to find and catch Aberrant Fish. 

Where to Find Aberrant Fish in Dredge

Aberrant Fish can be found at the same fishing spots as regular fish. The key to catching them is to look for a greenish mist and multicolored sparkles above fishing spots.

Aberrant Fish could be the first fish you bring up or the last, but as long as the shimmer is there, the fish can be caught. 

Each type of fish has multiple Aberrant versions in the Encyclopedia. You can tell a fish is Aberrant in your cargo or storage by its dark purple background. Depending on the Aberrant that ends up in your cargo, it may spread disease to your other fish, so keep that in mind. 

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The first time you catch an Aberrant Fish, it will most likely be a Squid. You'll get a Pursuit to bring the fish to the Fishmonger. He'll end up taking a Handkerchief from inside it but pay you more for it, as well.

If you purchased the Blackstone Key DLC, the Sign of Ruin increases your chance of encountering Aberrant fish. This is a quick way to make money if you can bring in multiple Aberrant fish per haul. 

If your Psyche is low, you can sometimes get attacked by an Aberrant fish. While getting scared and having a bad Psyche is not recommended, it can be something to try every now and again if you're looking for this specific type of catch. 

That's how to catch an Aberrant fish in Dredge. For other guides and tips articles, check out our Dredge library.

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Dredge: How to Get Refined Metal Fri, 31 Mar 2023 15:43:47 -0400 Ashley Erickson

Refined Metal is an important component for Hull upgrades in DredgeThese enhancements give your vessel more cargo space, which is key to hauling massive loads of fish. However, it's not exactly clear how to get the material. Here's what you need to know. 

Where to Find Refined Metal in Dredge

Refined Metal is required for the Tier 2 and Tier 3 Hull upgrades. Unlike Planks or Cloth, this material can't be obtained by clearing out dredge spots. Instead, it's only available from merchants for $500 per unit. It's easiest to get it from the Traveling Merchant. 

Here's how many units you'll need for each Hull upgrade:

  • Tier 2 Hull Upgrade: x1 Refined Metal
  • Tier 3 Hull Upgrade: x2 Refined Metal

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How to Find the Traveling Merchant

The Traveling Merchant hangs out at the Dusty Pontoon in the Gale Cliffs region. His vessel is in the southeast corner of the map, across from Ingfell, in the northwest part of that island. You'll have the easiest time finding it when you start at Ingfell and head northwest.  

Expensive at $500 a unit, you'll need to get rich quick to buy Refined Metal. The nice part of the Traveling Merchant is that he'll buy your fish and other items, so you can catch two fish with one net.

Stop at a few spots on your way to the Dusty Pontoon if you're concerned you won't have enough to cover the amount needed for the Refined Metal and upgrades. 

That's how to get Refined Metal in Dredge. While relatively straightforward, it can be costly to obtain all three pieces at once. For more help with the game, check out our Dredge guides page

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Dredge: How to Get the Alternate Ending Fri, 31 Mar 2023 14:38:04 -0400 Ashley Erickson

Dredge is a narrative-driven fishing game laced with increasingly unnerving psychological horror elements as you push through its story. Many consider the default ending to be the "bad ending", but it's not the only one you can get. Here's how to get the alternate ending in Dredge, which is considered the "good" ending.

How to get the Alternate Ending

The alternate ending takes a bit of work to achieve. Both the good and bad endings can trigger within the same game, as it saves before the ending and does not overwrite that save afterward.

Loading up a save and then changing your last actions can result in the alternate ending triggering. There are a couple things you'll need to do before you reach the end of the game, however. 

Visit the Lighthouse Keeper

While it hasn't been confirmed that this is a requirement, visiting the Lighthouse Keeper in Greater Marrow does reveal quite a bit of the story. She has unique conversations when you visit her between chapters. She has to tell you that you can still make things right in order for the good ending to trigger.

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Devil's Spine

Once you start Chapter 5 and the Collector tasks you with heading to Devil's Spine, you should make a pit stop. There is a small island at coordinates P10 where you will meet the Old Mayor, who insists he knows you.

After rambling some nonsense, the Old Mayor will send you back to the Lighthouse Keeper. Once you go back to the Lighthouse Keeper you should head to Blackstone Isle and confront the Collector. 

As long as these two things are complete before the end of Chapter 5, you will be able to trigger the good ending. To get the ending, you want to talk to the Lighthouse Keeper before you collect the last relic instead of the Collector. She will instruct you on how to do a ritual behind Greater Marrow. The good ending will begin when this ritual is performed. 

That is what you need to do to get the alternate ending in Dredge. For more help, from how to fish or where to find a Relic, check out our growing Dredge guide hub

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Is Dredge on Xbox Game Pass or PC? Fri, 31 Mar 2023 13:47:50 -0400 Maddison Ahlbrand

If you’re like us and love making the most of your Xbox Game Pass, you may be wondering if the brand-new Lovecraftian fishing extravaganza, Dredge, has made its way to the subscription service. And if PC is your primary platform, you may be wondering if you can get your hands on it through Steam or other storefronts. 

In Dredge, you'll take on the role of a fishing boat Captain tasked with navigating mysterious open waters. There's a dark twist to fishing here, and you'll undoubtedly come across some haunting creatures, as you would expect from a game with a Lovecraftian name. So, is Dredge on Game Pass and PC? 

Will Dredge be on Xbox Game Pass? Answered

The answer to whether or not Dredge is on Game Pass or not is no: Dredge is not currently on Xbox Game Pass. That isn’t to say the fishing game won’t be on the subscription service in the future, though. We’ll update this article if that changes.

Is Dredge on PC?

Yes, Dredge is on PC via Steam and Good Old Games (GoG), but it is not on PC Game Pass. The game can also be purchased for Playstation, Xbox, and the Nintendo Switch for $24.99. 

Dredge Minimum and Recommended PC Requirements

If you decide to purchase Dredge for PC, these are the minimum system requirements:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 | AMD Phenom II X4 965
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia 8800 GT 512MB | Radeon HD 6570 1GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 720p @ 30 FPS

Black Salt Games recommends the following for best performance: 

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2550K | AMD FX-8370
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450 1GB | Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: 1080p @ 60 FPS

The current player base has agreed that the indie game runs successfully on Steam Deck, as well.

But that answers the question of whether Dredge is currently available on Xbox Game Pass and PC. To help you through the dark, Lovecraftian adventure, we've got a net full of guides right over here.  

Dredge Fishing Guide: How to Catch Fish Fri, 31 Mar 2023 13:20:51 -0400 Ashley Erickson

Understanding how to catch fish in Dredge is an essential part of the game loop. You'll need to pay off your debt and explore waters steeped in mystery and full of psychological horror. And to succeed, there are some tips to keep in mind. 

Below, we'll cover how the fishing mini-game works, explain why Rods are important, and unravel the secrets of Carb Pots and Trawl Nets. 

Dredge Fishing Basics

Dredge will run you through a very basic tutorial when you embark on your first fishing trip. While you drive your boat through the murky waters, be on the lookout for bubbling areas of water — called Disturbed Water — where fish are teeming.

Start the fishing mini-game by pressing the interact button (F on PC, X on PlayStation, A on Xbox). This will bring up the fishing screen. Hit the interact button again to drop your line.

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Once you catch a fish, a meter will appear. Hit the interact button when the meter is in the green sections. This causes the line meter to jump, allowing you to reel the fishing more quickly.

Reeling in a fish quickly is especially important when night fishing, as you don't want to spend more time away from the dock than necessary. 

Once you catch a fish, put it in your cargo hold. Each fish takes up a different number of squares in a different shape. Mackerel is a straight, two-square fish. Eels is a straight, three-square fish. And Cod is L-shaped.

As you play, fitting fish into cargo becomes a bit of a puzzle. You can rotate items going into your cargo by clicking the right mouse button (RMB) on PC, LB/RB on PlayStation, and LT/RT on Xbox. 

Related: How to Get Rich Quick in Dredge

Rods and Water Types Explained

There will be some fishing spots you come across, especially in the beginning of the game, that you can't fish from. This is because you don't have the correct Fishing Rod for the water type yet. 

There are various Dredge water types, from the coastal waters you start in to the volcanic and mangrove areas. To catch fish in these waters, buy the corresponding Rod from the shipwright. For the more complex areas, you'll need to research the correct Rod before it's available for purchase.

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Crab Pots and Trawl Nets Explained

As you progress in Dredge, you'll gain access to Crab Pots and Trawl Nets, increasing the ways you can catch fish.

  • Crab Pots are droppable items you can leave in the water to check on later. They only function for so long, so its best to remember when you placed them.
  • Trawl Nets are added to your ship at the Shipyard and catch fish as you navigate the waters. 

Those are the basics of fishing in Dredge. There is a large variety of fish to discover, as well as strange occurrences to investigate, so keep setting sail to catch fish and explore. Good luck, and here's to full hauls! For more Dredge tips, check out our guides page

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Dredge: How to Get Rich Quick Fri, 31 Mar 2023 12:54:48 -0400 Ashley Erickson

Knowing how to get rich quick in Dredge means you'll be able to make boat repairs more often and get more upgrades faster. Since you start out saddled with debt, a few money making tips can go a long way. This guide lays out a few tips and tricks to keep the money flowing. 

Below, we'll cover two different types of fish to look out for and how to catch them, why buying rods is important, how relics factor into making money, and more. 

Tips for Getting Rich Quick in Dredge

Trophy Fish and Mutated Aberrations Explained

The main way of earning money in Dredge is to catch fish. And as you might expect, not all fish have the same values. The rarer, larger Trophy Fish are worth more money, as are the Mutated Aberrations you can find while fishing.

  • To find and catch Trophy Fish, press the interact button (F on PC, X on PlayStation, A on Xbox) in the gold segment of the fishing mini-game. 
  • To find and catch Mutated Aberrations, find the fishing spots with sparkles. 

Remember to keep your fish fresh, as they sell for a higher price. As soon as your cargo is full, head back to the dock to sell them. 

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Buy Fishing Rods

As the saying goes, you'll need to spend money to make money in Dredge. Purchase rods for the Shallows and Oceanic fishing spots as soon as possible. These spots hold larger fish that sell for a higher price. 

Complete Pursuits 

Completing Pursuits is a surefire way to get more money quick — doubly so for the Fishmonger Pursuit. The Fishmonger will occasionally ask for specific fish for a client, and you can drop deliver them to him once you catch them for a pretty penny. You don't need to have all the requested species at the same time to turn them in. 

Dredge for Relics

Once you have the ability to dredge, you'll discover lost items from time to time. Rings, old metal chains, and more are all profitable when sold to the merchant on Little Marrow. These items typically only take up one square in your cargo inventory, but you can also move them to your storage since you can sell them directly from storage to the merchant. 

Avoid Taking Damage

Until you can afford a light, you'll want to stick to fishing during the day. The minimal light you start with in Dredge makes it hard to avoid rocks in open waters. Damage to your hull costs $30 to repair each time, which can rack up quickly. Damage can also cause you to lose a fish if the hull becomes weak near your catch. In general, avoid heading into any tight areas so you can remain damage free. 

Those are the main ways to get rich quick in Dredge. Before you leave port, head over to our Dredge guides page

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Vampire Survivors Tides of the Foscari DLC Releasing This Spring Fri, 31 Mar 2023 12:30:24 -0400 Maddison Ahlbrand

Vampire Survivors DLC is on the way. Tides of the Foscari is the second expansion for the highly-acclaimed roguelike, and it will take you to the fantastical and foreboding Great Forest of Western Europe surrounding The Foscari Academy. It will release on April 13, 2023, and cost $1.99.

The Tides of the Foscari DLC will be saturated with the influence of fairy tales and folklore, which, of course, means there’ll be danger lurking, whether it be magical beasts, spellcasters, demi-humans, demons, or other spooky foes.

Unfortunately, players will lose their previous 100% save files when starting the DLC, according to developer and publisher Poncle. RIP. Nonetheless, Poncle has revealed all we have to look forward to with the upcoming release via Xbox Wire, and we couldn’t be more excited.

The Foscari Academy takes inspiration from Western Europe, too, and is divided into houses. There will be three houses in total: The Azure Tower, the Crimson Anvil, and the Amber Sickle.

In the Azure Tower, you’ll find hedge witches, novice mages, and sorcerers alike. Arcane magic shines here, and the Tower is where you’ll find the most powerful witches and wizards alumni. 

The Crimson Anvil is as its namesake suggests, and teaches the art of weaponry and warfare. Engineering, architecture, demolition, and blacksmithing are the foci of this house. There’s plenty to learn about swinging a battle axe here. 

Lastly, the Amber Sickle is the house of scholars and agriculture. Here you’ll find pursuits of animal husbandry, archery, and even spycraft. The Amber Sickle is perfect for those seeking a more humble approach. 

While we eagerly await the arrival of Tides of the Foscari DLC, we know upfront that we can look forward to the following:

  • 20 new achievements 
  • 8 new characters
  • 13 new weapons
  • 1 stage: Lake Foscari — An enchanted forest filled with fantastical beasts.
  • 7 music tracks

The base game is required to play the DLC and is available for $4.99 on Steam. It is also included with Xbox game pass. There's currently a bundle for Vampire Survivors' previous DLC, Legacy of the Moonspell, for $5.93 on Steam, so we'll keep our eyes peeled for a similar bargain for the upcoming release. Stay tuned for more on Tides of the Foscari.

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Destiny 2 Lightfall: Best Iron Banner Weapons Ranked Fri, 31 Mar 2023 12:17:47 -0400 John Schutt

Destiny 2's Iron Banner weapons have a mixed history of effectiveness, with some of their number helping define metas and others being effectively worthless outside of very niche situations. That’s mainly the case these days. Here's our list of the best Iron Banner weapons you can use in Destiny 2 today.

Best Iron Banner Destiny 2 Light Fall Weapons, Ranked

We’ll rank each weapon based on its usability across PvE and PvP. While none of the current Iron Banner options are particularly effective in both activity types, their usefulness is a simple, gauged metric.

1. The Wizened Rebuke

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Fusion Rifles have long been a strong choice in both PvE and PvP and while there are better overall choices for one or the other, the Wizened Rebuke holds its own regardless of where you use it.

Its effectiveness is partly due to its Void element synergy with tons of potential builds and its decent perk pool. Its base stats are also nothing to sneeze at, with its only major weakness being its slow charge time.

2. The Dark Decider

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Auto Rifles have always occupied a weird place in the Destiny 2 sandbox, but they’ve always been good choices if you played to their strengths.

Dark Decider’s ability to roll with Voltshot makes it strong in PvE, and its suite of PvP perks is also quite strong. Its huge magazine and solid base stats give it plenty of worth no matter where you take it.

3. The Hero’s Burden

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This Void SMG would rank higher had it retained its previous set of perks, but sadly Destabilizing Rounds is no replacement for Repulsor Brace. Still, the Hero’s Burden is a great workhorse SMG for Void builds, especially those with easy access to other ways of activating Volatile rounds.

4. Roar of the Bear

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There are tons of fantastic Rocket Launcher options no matter what activity you’re playing, making suggesting the Roar of the Bear a hard sell, even with its updated Perks.

In a world where the Two-Tailed Fox with its Catalyst, Gjallarhorn, Bump in the Night, and Hothead are all easily attainable for PvE, you might only use Roar in PvP. It can shine in that role, provided you grab Heavy ammo when it's up and have a great PvP roll.

5. Jorum’s Claw

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Unfortunately, Pulse Rifles can be wet noodles in PvE, but Jorum’s Claw’s quality perk pool — that includes Incandescent, Iron Reach, and Moving Target — gives it plenty of versatility.

It’s stronger overall in the Crucible, but when Bungie eventually adjusts Pulse Rifles against PvE enemies, having a good Jorum’s Claw handy will be pretty nice.

6. Bite of the Fox

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There’s little about the Bite of the Fox Sniper Rifle worth writing home in PvE. It lacks any sustain and burst damage potential required of an endgame option and is outclassed in almost every way by even middling PvE choices.

Legendary Sniper Rifles have never really been the core of a DPS phase in Destiny 2, and Bite of the Fox’s absence from PvE is almost entirely eclipsed by its potential in the Crucible. Snapshot Sights and Moving Target on a Sniper? Yes, please.

7. Allied Demand

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Sidearms are the forgotten child of the Destiny 2 sandbox, with few ever making enough of a splash to be remembered, let alone cherished. The Allied Demand is one of the more forgettable out of a large group of mediocre guns.

While you can use it in PvP to some effectiveness against the IKELOS SMG or the Immortal and the dozens of other more optimal choices, this weapon should be a hard pass no matter what you’re doing.

And that’s our ranking of the current crop of Iron Banner weapons. It’s a bit of a mixed bag, but Iron Banner has been one for some time. If you want more information on other weapons in Destiny 2, check out our guides on the Quicksilver Storm, the Eyasluna, and the Imperial Decree, among many other weapon guides in our D2 guides hub.

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Destiny 2: Best Anti-Barrier Weapons to Use Against Champions Tier List Fri, 31 Mar 2023 12:07:42 -0400 John Schutt

Champions in Destiny 2 are mini-boss level enemies with special abilities that make them particularly hard to kill. Barrier Champions periodically throw up an invincible barrier you need an Anti-Barrier weapon to overcome. Lightfall introduced additional Anti-Barrier methods, and we'll cover the best options currently available in the game.

The Best Anti-Barrier Weapons in Destiny 2

For our tier list of the best Anti-Barrier weapons in Destiny 2, we're accounting not only for current season anti-Champion artifact mods but also the various effects that allow other types of weapons to stun Champions: Void volatile effects and Strand unraveling rounds.

Note that Strand suspend effects and Stasis also freezes technically bypass an Anti-Barrier's defenses by robbing them of the ability to raise their shield in the first.

S-Tier Anti-Barrier Weapons

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Arbalest Linear Fusion Rifle

The premiere Anti-Barrier weapon, the Arbalest Exotic Linear Fusion Rifle, will break any Barrier Champion shield in a single shot no matter the difficulty, comes with a healthy ammo supply and is also usable as a backup DPS option should you run out of Heavy ammo.

While not as ubiquitous as something like Witherhoard, if you need something to cut through shields, Arbalest is your go-to.

How to get the Arbalest

The only way to get Arbalest is either from Xur or as a random drop from an Exotic Engram.

Wish-Ender Exotic Bow

Bows have always been a niche pick in Destiny 2, but the Wishender is one of the best. It's a solid option for its stopping power, intrinsic Anti-Barrier traits, and ability to see enemies through walls.

Its slow draw time and general bow-ness will always make its use situational, but it can keep almost any enemy in high-difficulty content locked down while delivering solid primary DPS.

How to get the Wish-Ender

You'll need to own the Forsaken pack and complete an Exotic quest that takes you through the Shattered Throne Dungeon.

Commemoration Legendary LMG

A craftable drop from the Deep Stone Crypt Raid, Commemoration was recently reissued with a new, even more powerful Perk pool.

With more ways to activate Volatile rounds these days, most Barrier Champions won't know what hit them. You'll want Reconstruction and Killing Tally for best results, but most Perk combinations work.

How to get the Commemoration

The only way to get a Commemoration is to play the Deep Stone Crypt and beat the final boss: Taniks, the Abomination. It's well worth the effort, though.

A-Tier Anti-Barrier Weapons

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Eriana's Vow Exotic Hand Cannon

Released in Shadowkeep as a Seasonal Exotic, Eraina's Vow is a high-powered Hand Cannon. While it doesn't have the utility of Arbalest or even the Wishender as a secondary option, it functions admirably. With a Solar build that boosts it, Eriana's Vow can still shine.

How to get Eriana's Vow

You can buy Eriana's Vow from the Exotic Archive at the Tower for an Exotic Cipher, 150,000 Glimmer, 250 Legendary Shards, and one Ascendant Shard.

Quicksilver Storm Exotic Auto Rifle

Provided you have the Catalyst for Quicksilver Storm, it's easily one of the best Strand-element weapons in Destiny 2.

Combined with the Thread of Propagation Fragment that gives you Unraveling Rounds for a powered melee final blow, you probably have the best all-around Auto Rifle in the game and one of the more reliable Anti-Barrier weapons as well.

How to Get the Quicksilver Storm

Currently, the only way to get the Quicksilver Storm is to purchase the Lightfall expansion and Annual Pass bundle, which retails for $100. A steep price, but one you may not mind paying. You'll receive the weapon from Master Rahool in the Tower.

Funnelweb Legendary SMG

Probably the best and easiest-to-get Void SMG in Destiny 2, the Funnelweb has a solid perk pool, a deep 40-round mag, and is a dream to use in almost any PvE activity. If Anti-Barrier SMG is available as an artifact mod, it's a top-tier choice.

How to get the Funnelweb

The Funnelweb is a world drop, so any Legendary Engram you find while playing has a chance to drop one. Banshee-44 at the Tower also sometimes sells it for Legendary Shards.

B-Tier Anti-Barrier Weapons

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Outbreak Perfected Exotic Pulse Rifle

The Outbreak Perfected has always been a top-tier choice for day-to-day content and was once an endgame DPS option.

Pulse Rifles have been in an odd spot for a while now, but if Anti-Barrier Pulse Rifle is available during a season, the Outbreak can fulfill its old role admirably while breaking Barrier Champion shields in a few bursts.

How to get the Outbreak Perfected

Without the Zero Hour Exotic mission, the only way to get Outbreak Perfected is through the Red War section of the Exotic Archive in the Tower near the Vault.

You'll need to pay one Exotic Cipher, 150,000 Glimmer, 250 Legendary Shards, and 2 Ascendant Shards.

Rufus's Fury Legendary Auto Rifle

One of the newest weapons in Destiny 2, the Rufus's Fury, is a drop from the Root of Nightmares Raid and is also craftable once you find and decode five Deepsight versions of the gun.

It's got a very deep magazine, some of the best damage Perk combinations for Strand currently available, and is even solid in PvP.

How to get Rufus's Fury

Rufus's Fury is only available from the third Planets encounter from the Raid, but you can also purchase them from Nezerec's reward scythe for 20 Spoils once you've gotten it once.

Hero's Burden Legendary SMG

The Hero's Burden is an Iron Banner-exclusive SMG, and while it comes with Destabilizing Rounds, that's not the main reason it appears here. Instead, it's the base quality of the gun putting it on our list. It's not Funnelweb good, and its refreshed Perk pool is a little less viable than previously, but it's a good backup option nonetheless.

How to get the Hero's Burden

Whenever Iron Banner week rolls around in Destiny 2, you can either Focus Iron Engrams for it or receive it randomly as a drop at the end of a match.

Those are our picks for the top three tiers of Anti-Barrier weapons currently available in Destiny 2. There are dozens of other choices if you want to get a little spicy or just prefer the feel of different weapons. For more content on the game, check out our guides to the Regnant Grenade Launcher, Imperial Decree, and Immortal god rolls, and even more in our D2 guides hub.

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Path of Exile: Crucible Carves Out April Release Date Fri, 31 Mar 2023 11:42:07 -0400 Peter Glagowski

Developer Grinding Gear Games has unveiled a new trailer and release date for Path of Exile: Crucible, the 31st expansion of the popular CRPG.

Set for release on April 7, 2023, for PC and Mac with a console release coming on April 12, this expansion will include a host of new features and updates, such as the "Crucible Challenge League," and will give longtime players a laundry list of new content to work through.


The biggest addition to Crucible is the aforementioned Crucible Challenge League.

One new feature of Crucible is the ability to augment weapons with their own skill trees and players will proceed to unlock weapon experience via Crucible encounters. You'll start a challenge by selecting which weapon you wish to improve and then set off against ever-increasing odds. Going deeper into each challenge will yield a stronger weapon, but you'll also run the risk of failing and needing to start over.

In terms of traversal, Crucible introduces new Atlas Gateways for instant travel between two locations. By investing in the Atlas Passive Tree, you'll reduce the number of travel points required for fast travel and be able to focus on the skills that better suit your playstyle. As for the rest, there are too many minute changes to list here. You can find a full changelog over on the official Path of Exile website.

Over the last 10 years, Path of Exile has carved out a niche for itself as a spiritual successor to Activision Blizzard's Diablo series. With its latest expansion, the game will continue to thrive until Path of Exile 2 hits sometime next year.

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How to Get the Divinity Exotic Trace Rifle in Destiny 2 Fri, 31 Mar 2023 11:37:04 -0400 John Schutt

Despite a fairly substantial nerf, the Divinity Exotic Trace Rifle is still one of the best endgame weapons in all of Destiny 2. You won't be doing tons of damage with it, but the sizeable weak spot it creates — and the debuff that comes with it — can trivialize mobile Raid and Dungeon bosses or those without good crit points. However, getting it is quite the grind, and you'll need a Raid team. Here are all the steps to getting Divinity.

All Steps to Get the Divinity Exotic Trace Rifle in Destiny 2

Head to the Sorrow's Harbor landing zone on the Moon to start the Divine Fragmentation Exotic quest that rewards the Divinity. Head directly east until you see a red metal bridge on your right. Take the path beyond it until you reach the Lunar Battlegrounds, then make an immediate left.

Follow the tunnel until you reach a large Vex Gate. Vex enemies will begin to spawn in great numbers. Kill everything, and once the dust clears, approach the gate to spawn Zeteon, Redemptive Mind, a boss-level Minotaur.

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Once defeated, Zeteon will drop an Exotic engram that grants access to the Divine Fragmentation quest.

Divine Fragmentation Quest for Divinity Step 1: Analyze Vex Cores

Head to The Orrery, Ancient Haunt, and The Conflux Lost Sectors on Nessus. Off the beaten path in each sector will be a side room with a glowing Vex core in it. Interact with the core to spawn a wave of enemies, and once they're defeated, you can analyze the core.

Divine Fragmentation Quest for Divinity Step 2: Repair the Decryption Core

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For this step, you need to defeat 120 Sol Divisive Vex, but those are pretty hard to come by. Your only guaranteed sources are the Garden of Salvation Raid, the Spire of the Watcher Dungeon, and in small numbers, on the Moon.

Divine Fragmentation Quest for Divinity Step 3: Empower the Core

Go to the Sanctuary landing zone on the Moon and use the Lectern of Enchantment to empower the decryption core. You'll need 30 Phantasmal Fragments to do so, and you can earn these by defeating Nightmare enemies anywhere in the system.

The Altars of Sorrow activity is a great way to farm Phantasmal Fragments, as are many Lost Sectors in the EDZ and on Nessus and the Moon.

Divine Fragmentation Quest for Divinity Step 4: Enter the Garden

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The fourth and final step of Divine Fragmentation has you going through the Garden of Salvation Raid. In the initial areas following the first three encounters, there will be laser tether puzzles you'll need to solve, much like you opened the gate in the first encounter.

Hidden in the Raid are various Vex terminals that, once activated, spawn a tether at the starting player. A message at the bottom left of your screen will read "INITIATED: Security bypass protocol" once you start.

There will be six diamond structures you need to pass the tether through and blue-lit portals that you can see your teammates through, but reaching either side of the wall takes some lengthy platforming. You'll also need all six members of your fireteam involved. Each time you complete a connection, you'll receive the "ACCEPTED: Singular security bypass" message.

The third encounter puzzle sees your team collecting a completed tether and having all six connected Guardians transfer the connection from the middle area to a second set of diamond structures.

There's one more tether puzzle to solve after the third encounter, following the third encounter as you keep to the right of the large Vex radiolarian river area. Just beyond that puzzle is the final challenge.

Six bright diamonds will be arranged in a rectangular pattern on the floor. Activating the tether cube will start the final puzzle. White lines will connect the diamonds, and your team must replicate those patterns shortly after they appear. Assign each squadmate a number and a number to each plate. The person with number one will always need to be on the starting diamond, and six will always go on the end. You'll be recreating these patterns seven times.

If you're successful at this final trial, you'll receive the "COMPLETED: All security bypassed" message.

Now, beat the final boss of Garden of Salvation. If you've done everything right and have the Divine Fragmentation quest in your inventory, you'll receive the Divinity as a separate reward.

Expect the whole process to take several hours, especially if your team has trouble with the puzzles in the Raid. But know this: Divinity is well worth the effort, even if only one member of your team has it. For more Destiny 2 content, check out our guides hub.

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Forza Horizon 5 Rally DLC Grit Reapers Challenges Guide Fri, 31 Mar 2023 11:26:01 -0400 Jason Rodriguez

The Grit Reapers are one of the teams that you can join in Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure. This group presents a rather peculiar change of pace: mixed-surface tracks and nighttime racing. Here's how to complete their challenges, as well as Rami's Reputation challenges.

How to Complete the Grit Reapers Challenges in Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure

Similar to other teams — like the Horizon Raptors and Apex Predators — the Forza Horizon 5 Grit Reapers Challenges follow a tier-based progression system. Each activity you complete adds Reputation points, further increasing your tier to unlock additional challenges.

The end goal is to reach Tier 8 and win eight races, which will allow you to compete against the team leader, Rami, in the Desafio Champion Race.

General Racing Tips for Grit Reapers Challenges

Here's the gist when it comes to the Grit Reapers Challenges in Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure:

  • Main activities: Rally or Race on mixed-surface track at any weather and during nighttime:
    • Rallies are solo time trials where you have to achieve a decent time for each split gate/checkpoint.
    • Races are the traditional competition against other drivers.
      • Each track has a Pro challenge that requires you to win the event, rewarding you with some goodies on top of reputation points. This will also complete the Rookie challenges, which are just for completion/participation.
      • Due to the mixed-surface tracks, you'll want a Rally-type suspension, Off-road tire compounds, and an AWD drivetrain.
      • The weather will also play a pivotal role here, as rain-swept roads will cause cars to skid off the track unless they're tuned for rugged terrain.
  • Side activities:
    • Grit Reapers Crates: These are small boxes with purple borders.
    • Drift Zones: Attain a score threshold when drifting through certain areas. Hoonigan and Formula Drift vehicles would serve you well here.
    • Point A to Point B: Go from one location to another within the time limit.

Grit Reapers Challenges List

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There are 9 Challenge Tiers to get through for Grit Reapers, with a Champion Race against Rami at the end. We've listed all of the challenges and their rewards below. 

Tier 1 Challenges

  • Reserva del Carrizo Pro: #2 Audi Sport Quattro S1. This is not one of the new cars added in Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure as it was a reward for a previous festival season.
  • Reserva del Carrizo Rookie: Will automatically get completed if you win the event.

Tier 2 Challenges

  • Orogrande Pro: Grit Reapers Crew Top.
  • Lights Out: Smash a Grit Reapers Crate; rewards you with the Grit Reapers Helmet.
  • Orogrande Rookie: Will automatically get completed if you win the event.
  • Rally Photography: Take a promo shot of the #2 Audi Sport Quattro S1 (no specific location necessary).
  • Bye Bye Cacti: Smash 20 cacti.
  • Tres Colinas Drift Zone: Earn one star.

 Tier 3 Challenges

  • Tierra Verdes Pro: Grit Reapers Race Suit.
  • Devil's Pass Drift Zone: Earn one star; get a Wheelspin.
  • Tierras Verdes Rookie: Will automatically get completed if you win the event.
  • Don't Stop: Maintain a speed of 100mph/161kph in any Grit Reapers Race for 10 seconds.
  • Driving With Style: Earn 10 Drift Skills or E-Drift Skills during a Grit Reapers event.
  • I Said Night: Smash 20 Grit Reapers Crates.

Tier 4 Challenges

  • Joya Marron Pro: Grit Reapers Modern Helmet.
  • Southeast Recce: Drive from the Horizon Badlands Festival Outpost to La Presa Dam in any Modern Rally car in under 2:00; rewards you with the Mic car horn.
  • Joya Marron Rookie: Will automatically get completed if you win the event.
  • Rally Reaper: Win two Grit Reapers events in any Rally Monster.
  • Recce Complete: Discover all roads in the Sierra Nueva region.
  • Canyon Sweep Drift Zone: Earn one star.

Tier 5 Challenges

  • Crateres Secos Pro: 2020 Jimco #179 Hammerhead Class 1.
  • Did Somebody Order a Warthog?: Get three Air Skills during an event while driving the M12S Warthog CST; rewards you with a Wheelspin.
    • This is the iconic Warthog from the Halo games. You can buy it from the car shop for 850,000 credits.
  • Crateres Secos Rookie: Will automatically get completed if you win the event.
  • Crateres Secos Challenge: Achieve a time of 3:00 in any Unlimited Offroad Vehicle.
    • Since the Warthog is classified as an Unlimited Offroad Vehicle, you can complete this task along with several others in one go.
  • Car Wash: Drive from the Bike Track to the Cascada Fuerte Waterfall in 3:00.
  • Retro, Meet Retro: Take a promo shot of any Retro Rally car in front of the Cave Paintings.
    • The Cave Paintings are in the western portion of the map near the Devil's Pass Drift Zone. You can see it in the image below.

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Tier 6 Challenges

  • Valle de Pozas Pro: Lightning Desert Scarf.
  • Modern Solutions: Win two Grit Reapers events in any Modern Rally car; rewards the Rhythm Guitar car horn.
  • Valle de Pozas Rookie: Will automatically get completed if you win the event.
  • Night Watch: Smash 30 Grit Reapers crates.
  • Tierras Verdes Drift Zone: Earn two stars.
  • Drift Dual: Earn one star from the Tierras Verdes and Canyon Swift Drift Zones within 3:00.

 Tier 7 Challenges

  • Palm Forest Pro: Reapers Cargo Trousers.
  • Drift Off: Earn 10 stars from Drift Zones; get a Wheelspin.
  • Palm Forest Rookie: Will automatically get completed if you win the event.
  • Speedy: Maintain a speed of 100mph/161kph in any Grit Reapers Race for 10 seconds.
  • Joya Marron Drift Zone: Earn two stars.
  • Drift Champ: Amass a total of 800,000 points from Drift Zones.

Tier 8 Challenges

  • Switchback Run Pro: Grit Reapers Mechanic Suit.
  • A Highly Skilled Grit Reaper: Win three Grit Reapers events on Highly Skilled difficulty or tougher; get a Super Wheelspin.
  • Switchback Run Rookie: Will automatically get completed if you win the event.
  • Speedeasy: Achieve 10 Speed Skills in Grit Reapers events.
  • Absolutely Smashing: Smash 100 Grit Reapers Crates.
  • Hold On: Obtain two Awesome Air skills within 3:00 in a single Grit Reapers event.

Tier 9 Challenges

  • Grit Reapers Champion: Win the Desafio Champion Race (more on this below); rewards you with the 2021 Alumicraft #122 Class 1 Buggy.
  • Horizon Badlands Champion: Win the Horizon Badlands Goliath (more on this below); rewards you with the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum.
  • Grit Reapers Rally Champion: Win all Grit Reapers Rally events.
  • Grit Reapers Race Champion: Win all Grit Reapers Race events.
  • Horizon Badlands Drifting Champion: Earn three stars on all Sierra Nueva Drift Zones.
  • Grit Reapers Legend: Complete all Grit Reapers challenges.

Desafio Champion's Race and Horizon Badlands Goliath — Rami's Challenge

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Once you reach Reputation Tier 8 and have won eight races, you may then attempt the last Forza Horizon 5 Grit Reapers objective, where you complete Rami's Reputation Challenge.

The Desafio is a one-on-one race where you take on Rami, who's driving a 2021 Alumicraft #122 Class 1 Buggy. Achieve victory, and the vehicle is yours.

Assuming you've already beaten the other team leaders in their respective Champion Race, you'll unlock the Horizon Badlands Goliath. This is technically the final race in the Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure DLC. You can use any vehicle here, but be prepared for a mixed-surface track, one that takes you all over the Sierra Nueva region.

From sand dunes in the desert to lush fields, you can expect a race that should take around seven minutes to complete. In any case, there's plenty more to do in the Rally Adventure DLC, so head over to our garage full of guides for additional info.

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Resident Evil 4 Remake: How to Get and Use the Biosensor Scope Thu, 30 Mar 2023 17:34:11 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

The Biosensor Scope in Resident Evil 4 remake is an important item because you'll need it to kill a terrifying enemy. True to their name, the Regenaradors you fight on the Island regenerate unless you can shoot them in the correct spots. The only problem is you can't see through them to hit the plagas inside. 

The RE4 Biosensor Scope is a thermal vision scope and a necessary attachment if you want to defeat the Regenaradors. However, it will only appear after the first one spawns. Until you get the Scope, we recommend running from these monstrosities. 

Where to Find the RE4 Biosensor Scope Location

The Biosensor Scope in Resident Evil 4 remake is in the Island Lab. You'll need to get the Level 2 Security Keycard, which is found in the Freezer. From the Freezer room, run to the Incubation Lab, being careful to avoid the Regeneradors as you move.  

Go to the room attached to the Lab to the North. The Biosensor Scope will be in a small open case on the table next to a note explaining how to use it. 

How to Use the Biosensor Scope

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Once you have the Biosensor Scope in RE4 remake, you can equip it to any weapon that supports a scope (rifles and one submachine gun). Just select the weapon you want to equip the Scope to and go to "parts."

From there, you'll see the new scope in the drop-down menu and be able to equip it to whichever weapon you want. We recommend putting it on your rifle, just like in the good old days. 

When you aim using the Biosensor Scope, you see in thermal vision — allowing you to see the plagas inside the Regenaradors. Now you'll be able to shoot and kill the parasites inside these nearly invincible enemies to take them down for good. 

Follow these instructions, and you'll be able to get the Biosensor Scope and learn how to use it in no time. For more Resident Evil 4 Remake tips and tricks, visit the guide hub. Over here, stranger.

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Forza Horizon 5 Rally DLC Apex Predators Challenges Guide Thu, 30 Mar 2023 16:46:30 -0400 Jason Rodriguez

The Apex Predators are one of the teams that you can join in Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure. While you'll still be driving around the countryside of Sierra Nueva, you'll do so on asphalt roads, which is quite different from the classic rally experience. Here's how to complete their challenges, as well as Alejandra's Reputation challenges.

How to Complete the Apex Predators Challenges in Forza Horizon 5 Rally Adventure

Similar to other teams — like the Horizon Raptors — the Forza Horizon 5 Apex Predators Challenges follow a tier-based progression system. Each activity you complete adds Reputation points, further increasing your tier to unlock additional challenges.

The end goal is to reach Tier 8 and win eight races, which will allow you to compete against the team leader, Alejandra, in the Apex Run race.

General Racing Tips for Predators Challenges

Here's the gist when it comes to the Apex Predators Challenges:

  • Main activities: Rally or Race on asphalt tracks
    • Rallies are solo time trials where you have to achieve a decent time for each split gate/checkpoint.
    • Races are the traditional competition against other drivers.
      • Each track has a Pro challenge that requires you to win the event, rewarding you with some goodies on top of reputation points. This will also complete the Rookie challenges, which are just for completion/participation.
  • Side activities:
    • Apex Predators Boards: These are blue boards that are marked on the map. As your tier level increases, you'll see more board icons, too.
    • Speed Traps: Reach a high speed when you pass through cameras on the road.
    • Speed Zones: Maintain a high speed from the start of a section to the end.
    • Point A to Point B: Go from one location to another within the time limit.

Apex Predators Challenges List

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There are 9 Challenge Tiers to get through for Apex Predators, with a Champion Race against Alejandra at the end. We've listed all of the challenges and their rewards below. 

Tier 1 Challenges
  • Devil's Pass Pro — Wheelspin.
  • Devil's Pass Rookie — Automatically completed if you win the event.
Tier 2 Challenges
  • El Bosque Pro — Apex Predators Helm.
  • Team Bonus Boon — Smash your first Apex Predator board; receive the Chopper car horn.
  • El Bosque Rookie — Automatically completed if you win the event.
  • Cascada Fuerte Speed Trap — Earn 1 star.
  • Digging Deep — Drive from the Horizon Badlands Outpost to the Orogranded Quarry in 40 seconds.
  • Deep Rinse — Take a photo of the #4 Ford Focus RS at the Cascada Fuerte Waterfall.
    • The waterfall is in the northern section of the map. You can see it in the image below.

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Tier 3 Challenges
  • Quarry Trail Pro — Apex Predators Race Suit.
  • Tres Colinas Speed Zone — Earn 1 star; rewards a Wheelspin.
  • Quarry Trail Rookie — Automatically completed if you win the event.
  • All I Need is S2 — Win Quarry Trail in any S2-class car.
  • Canyon Rush Novice — Earn 1 star.
  • Foot Down — Get three Speed Skills in any Apex Predator event.
Tier 4 Challenges
  • Arzate Sprint Pro — Apex Predators Cargo Pants.
  • Northeast Recce — Drive from Valle de Pozas to La Presa Dam in under 50 seconds; also rewards you with the Carbon Fiber Helmet.
  • Arzate Spint Rookie — Automatically completed if you win the event.
  • Arzate Sprint Master — Drive any A-class vehicle and complete Arzate Sprint in under 3:20.
  • La Cantera Novice — Earn 1 star.
  • I Am Speed — Achieve two Speed Skills with the #4 Ford Focus RS in under 45 seconds.
Tier 5 Challenges
  • The Narrows Pro — 2021 RJ Anderson #37 Polaris RZR Pro 4 Truck.
  • A New Kind of Marketing — Smash 20 Apex Predator boards; also nets you the Apex Predators Crew Shirt.
  • The Narrows Rookie — Automatically completed if you win the event.
  • Let It Be - Complete The Narrows in under 3:20 while driving a B-class vehicle.
  • Reservoir View Speed Zone — Earn 1 star.
  • Star Chart — Earn 6 stars across all Speed Traps.
Tier 6 Challenges
  • La Cantera Pro — Apex Predators Mechanic Suit.
  • Flash Drive — Earn 1 star at Cascada Fuerte and Canyon Rush within one minute; rewards the Drum Kit horn.
  • La Cantera Rookie — Automatically completed if you win the event.
  • S1 Predator — Win two Apex Predators events in any S1-class Rally Monster.
  • Flat Out 2.0 — Maintain a speed of 100mph/161kph in any Apex Predators race for 10 seconds.
  • Devil's Pass Speed Zone — Earn 2 stars.

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Tier 7 Challenges
  • Canyon Trail Pro — Tweed Desert Scarf.
  • Zone Away — Amass a total of 1,000mph/1,609.3kph across all Speed Zones; rewards a Wheelspin.
  • Canyon Trail Rookie — Automatically completed if you win the event.
  • Crateres Secos Speed Zone — Earn 2 stars.
  • Duna Escarpada Expert — Earn 2 stars.
  • All Zone Up — Earn 10 stars across all Speed Zones.
Tier 8 Challenges
  • Senda de Montana Pro — Apex Predators Modern Helmet.
  • Apex Predator in the Making — Win three Apex Predator events on Highly Skilled difficulty or tougher; rewards a Super Wheelspin.
  • Senda de Montana Rookie — Automatically completed if you win the event.
  • Tierras Verdes Speed Zone — Earn 2 stars.
  • Speeding Double — Earn 1 star from the Devil's Pass and Crateres Secos Speed Zones within 3:30.
  • Fast But Not Least — Amass a total of 1,500mph/2414kph across all Speed Traps.
Tier 9 Challenges
  • The Apex Run Pro — This is the Champion Race (more on this below); rewards you with the 2019 Jimco #240 Fastball Racing Spec Trophy Truck.
  • Apex Predators Legend — Complete all other Apex Predators challenges; rewards a Super Wheelspin.
  • You Literally Destroyed — Smash all 30 Apex Predators boards.
  • Apex Predators Race Champion — Win all Race events.
  • Apex Predators Rally Champion — Win all Rally events.
  • One Fast Blur — Earn 3 stars on all Speed Zones and Speed Traps.
Champion Race: Apex Run — Alejandra's Challenge

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Once you reach Reputation Tier 8 and have won eight races, you may then attempt the last Forza Horizon 5 Apex Predators objective, where you complete Alejandra's Reputation Challenge.

Alejandra's Reputation Challenge is a one-on-one race. You'll be driving the RJ Anderson Polaris RZR Pro 4 Truck against her Jimco Fastball Racing Spec Trophy Truck. Funnily enough, she'll be at a disadvantage since the truck is slower. Still, if you're having a tough time, you can lower the difficulty further.

After cruising past fields and hills, you'll have completed this Forza Horizon 5 Apex Predators Challenge and Alejandra's Reputation Challenge. She'll then hand over the keys to the 2019 Jimco #240 Fastball Racing Spec Trophy Truck. In any case, there's plenty more to do in the Rally Adventure DLC, so head over to our garage full of guides for additional info.