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Marvel's Avengers is built around the core concept of loot. No matter what mission you undertake, strongboxes play a big role in each. These chests contain new epic, legendary, and exotic gear that will (hopefully) level up your hero. One of the many strongboxes you'll come across are DNA chests.

When you first inspect DNA chests, they're seemingly locked. Marvel's Avengers is pretty nebulous about what you actually need to do to unlock these chests since accessing them is the best way to grab the highest tier gear.

This guide will go over how to get DNA keys, how to unlock DNA chests, and where to chests if you're having trouble pinpointing their locations. 

How to Unlock DNA Chests in Marvel's Avengers

It's important to know that unlocking DNA chests is a hard feat unless you're already in Avenger's endgame. Unlocking DNA chests requires DNA, and getting DNA is no easy task.

How to get DNA

To get DNA, you need to defeat a human boss. This means villains like:

  • Taskmaster
  • Monica Rappaccini

Other bosses such as Abomination, Warbot, and Warship will not give you DNA.

Farm DNA Keys through Villain Sector Missions

To replay past boss fights, you must take on Villain Sector missions. These can be obtained from Faction Coordinators on the Chimera or the Ant Hill, so be sure to obtain both for two chances to gain the DNA keys.

Alisande Morales giving a villain sector mission called Tame the Titan.

Where to find DNA chests in Marvel's Avengers

For the most part, the spawn rate for DNA chests is random, and they can mostly be found around many of the open environments in Marvel's Avengers.

Vault Missions

For a guaranteed DNA chest (and a SHIELD Cache), be sure to complete Vault Missions after the main campaign. Vault Missions will task you with unlocking a vault, which can be fairly challenging. You'll need to input codes, defeat multiple waves of enemies, and survive, so having a strong team is advised. But inside, you'll find high-level goodies to help power up your heroes.

Doing Vault Missions is a sure-fire way to grab DNA chests and some of the best gear in the game. For more on Marvel's Avengers, including our guide on Synthoids and how to find Sidney Levine, visit our tips page here.

Marvel's Avengers SHIELD Cache Guide: How to Find SHIELD Caches Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:17:42 -0400 JosephYaden

Marvel's Avengers loot system is one of its key elements. You're tasked with taking on quests to gather gear and materials for upgrades to enhance your heroes. Typically, you'll find loot by simply completing missions or defeating enemies. But an even better way to gather powerful gear is by finding SHIELD Caches, which are hidden in certain levels.

But how do you find SHIELD Caches? And which levels contain them? In this guide, we'll show you how and where to find SHIELD Caches in Marvel's Avengers.

Missions With SHIELD Caches

The Avengers war table showing the Stark Realities mission, challenge difficulty, and rewards.

SHIELD Caches are hidden chests within specific levels of Marvel's Avengers. They're different than the standard chests you encounter, which are marked on the map.

SHIELD Caches include far better material than regular chests since they're harder to come by and are cleverly hidden in secret vaults.

Currently, we only know of a handful of missions that contain SHIELD Caches, which is listed below. All of them are located in the Pacific Northwest region within Avengers Initiative.

The missions are:

  • Stark Realities
  • Vault
  • Bad Blood
  • In Honor's Name

The strange thing is that these missions aren't always available. Since Marvel's Avengers is a live service game, levels are rotated continuously. So, if you jump in and don't see these missions, don't worry. Just check back another day to see if they're available. It's also possible that more missions that contain SHIELD Caches will be added at a later time through patches, updates, DLCs, or other expansions. 

For the purposes of this guide, we'll be referring to the Stark Realities mission to show you how SHIELD Caches work. 

How to Find SHIELD Caches

Black Widow running through the jungle, between two massive trees.

Start the Stark Realities mission and head diagonally to the left (towards your 9 o'clock from the starting point).

You'll eventually come to a batch of enemies next to a small canyon. Jump down into the canyon and follow it to the very end. Then jump up, and go to the right. You'll get a notice from Jarvis and a radar notification in the top left of the screen. 

Follow the numbers, which will go down as you get closer to the objective. Once reach the objective, you'll find a button you can interact with. Press it to open a secret vault.

Black Widow standing over a mossy button on the ground, which opens the SHIELD Vault.

After you've interacted with the button, an underground area will be revealed. This underground area is where you'll find the SHIELD Cache for the Stark Realities mission. Head down the stairs to enter the vault.

Black Widow opening a SHIELD Cache vault in the ground.

In addition to the SHIELD Caches, you'll usually find other resources in these underground vaults, as well, so make sure you explore them thoroughly. The vaults are small, so you should be able to grab all the resources without missing any.

Our SHIELD Cache contained a Norn Stone of Conquest, a Norn Stone of the Fanatic, a Blue ISO-8, a URU, a Reactive Explosion Vest, and a Vault resource.

If you're wondering how to find other SHIELD Caches, the process is the same for the other levels listed above. Play until the radar appears in the top left, and you get a notice from Jarvis. Follow the numbers to find the button.

Keep in mind that you can only reap the benefits of a SHIELD Cache once. 

Hopefully, this will clear up any confusion you might have had about the SHIELD Caches and vaults in Marvel's Avengers. For more on Marvel's Avengers, including our guide on Synthoids and tips for defeating Dreadbots, visit its main hub page here.

Marvel's Avengers Guide: How to Find Dreadbots Sat, 12 Sep 2020 09:53:57 -0400 JosephYaden

There are a variety of different enemies to take down in Marvel's Avengers, and one of the more formidable foes you'll come across are the Dreadbots. These are large, four-legged mechs with deadly ranged and AoE attacks that can take you out if you aren't prepared. 

You might've already come across Dreadbots throughout your initial playthrough, but what if you want to farm them for XP, resources, or for Daily Challenges?

There's a great spot that features two Dreadbots right off the bat, and they're relatively quick to defeat. In this guide, we'll show you where to easily farm Dreadbots and how to take them out.

Where to Find Dreadbots in Marvel's Avengers

The easiest and fastest way to farm Dreadbots is by booting up the "Enter: The Avengers" mission from the War Table.

It's found in the Eastern Seaboard area. As soon as the mission begins, head right towards the Ash Hotel and follow the road in front of it, as it veers to the left. 

Keep going, and you'll end up in front of a bridge on your right, guarded by the first Dreadbot. Lots of mobs will spawn around it, so do your best to focus on the Dreadbot first. 

Once you've taken out the Dreadbot, head towards the Starnight building ahead and make a left, in the opposite direction of the bridge you were just by. Follow this street towards the Metropol (which will be on your right). 

Keep going until you reach the Roxxon (on your left) and turn left on the street just past it (in between the Manhattan building).

Follow this road until you reach the second Dreadbot at the end. 

Keep in mind that it might take 10 seconds or so for the Dreadbot to spawn, so don't be alarmed if you don't see it right away.

Defeat this Dreadbot, collect your goodies, and restart the checkpoint to do it again. You can continuously repeat this process until you've defeated enough to complete the Challenges. 

Other missions with Dreadbots

You can also find Dreadbots in the following missions:

  • HARM Challenge II
  • To Tame A Titan
  • House Call
  • HARM Training: Iron Man
  • Breakout
  • Agony and the Ant Hill
  • Out of the Shadows
  • By Force of Mind
  • Heart Of The Monster
  • City Under Siege
  • Let the Game Begin 

How to Defeat Dreadbots

Taking out the Dreadbots can be tough, but if you use the farming method listed above, you'll start out with all three of your special moves. That means you can spam all three of your special moves right away to deal tremendous damage to the first one you come across.

How much damage you do is determined by your gear, so it's best to have a Power Level of around 22 before attempting this mission. 

You should also focus on its weak points on the sides, which are small orange spots between its legs. If you attack these spots and spam your specials, you'll have them down in no time.

Look out for the button prompt that appears on-screen denoted by "Triangle" and "Circle" on PS4 or "Y" and "B" on Xbox One. Executing this move will likely finish off the Dreadbot and give you invulnerability during the animation of the attack.

By the time you've taken out the first Dreadbot, you should have at least one of your other specials ready (if not more), so head to the second one to finish it off. 

That's everything you need to know about finding, farming, and defeating Dreadbots in Marvel's Avengers. For more on Marvel's Avengers, like our guide on Prime Synthoid locations, be sure to head over to our growing list of tips.  

Marvel's Avengers Guide: Prime Synthoid Locations Thu, 10 Sep 2020 18:04:09 -0400 Daniel Hollis

If you're reaching the end of the campaign in Marvel's Avengers, then Prime Senthoids are most likely the bane of your existence. For those that are unversed and without spoiling too much, before the final mission of Marvel's Avengers, you will need to find a lot of Synthoids to craft new outfits for your heroes. And we're here to help you find their locations. 

Finding Synthoids is a roadblock and can leave many scratching their heads. They're needed to craft the outfits needed to continue. Annoyingly, it takes a mixture of patience and luck to find them, with a tiny bit of grinding added to the mix.

This guide will ease some of the pressure and make the quest for Synthoids a tiny bit easier to accomplish.

What are Prime Synthoids?

Menu showing discovered synthoids, highlighting the prime adept synthoid.

Prime Synthoids are enemies that need to be defeated to gain Energy Amplifier loot drops. The mission for the outfits will require you to find Memory Chips, Optic Decoders, and Energy Amplifiers. While the others are quite easy to find, Energy Amplifiers are specifically tied to Prime Synthoids

Prime Synthoids are robotic enemies, equipped with staffs that can shoot powerful elemental attacks. They are also very rare and finding them can make the quest longer than it needs to be.

Prime Synthoid Locations

To easily find Prime Synthoids, you're going to want to replay the "Our Town" mission. By this point in the Avengers campaign, you will have the mission unlocked, and it can be found in the Utah Badlands.

The mission has AIM performing experiments on civilians and will have you and your team battling hordes of robots. One of the rare enemy spawns is the Prime Synthoids and by eliminating them, you run the chance of being able to obtain some Energy Amplifiers.

Another viable mission for Prime Synthoids is "Communication Nexus," which can also be found in the Utah Badlands. Here you will encounter numerous enemies, and again, the Prime Synthoids are one of them.

There's no easier way of obtaining all the necessary materials other than constantly chasing after the same enemy mob. That's pretty much it for Prime Synthoids in Marvel's Avengers. Be sure to check GameSkinny for more Marvel's Avengers guides, including how to find the factions vender Sidney Levine!

Marvel's Avengers Guide: How to Find Sidney Levine Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:21:25 -0400 Daniel Hollis

Marvel's Avengers really wants you to turn in faction rewards to Sidney Levine, especially in the early missions. The already notorious "reminder" message is plaguing many people's games and leaving players scratching their heads, wondering, "Where is Sidney Levine?"

It can be incredibly frustrating in the game's opening hours to be (constantly) bombarded with the same message because it's one that seemingly offers very little in terms of an answer.

Luckily, the process of getting to Sidney Levine is much easier than it seems, and once Levine is unlocked, he offers some pretty unique and interesting rewards.

Marvel's Avengers Guide: How to Find Sidney Levine

Iron Man standing in front of Sidney Levine's shop in the hangar of the Helicarrier.

Before you begin looking for Sidney, you must advance a little bit in the campaign. Without giving out any story spoilers, complete the first mission with Iron Man.

After you complete Iron Man's first mission, you'll go back to the Helicarrier. You'll then be asked to complete a list of minor tasks, mainly introducing you to the live service elements of the game.

Where is Sidney Levine?

One of these tasks is to hunt down Sidney Levine.

To find Sidney, go to the hangar in the back of the Helicarrier. You'll find Sidney Levine located on the right side of the hangar in a small vendor kiosk surrounded by crates and weapons.

What Does Sidney Levine Do?

By visiting Sidney Levine, you will be able to purchase a variety of faction rewards.

Most of these will be locked behind higher levels, but as you level up, complete assignments and challenges, and venture deeper into the game, more of these will open up.

Sideny Levine showing his faction reward items, with some unlocked and other still hidden.

Most of the rewards are focused on gear for certain characters and often require a large number of resources to obtain, which Levine also sells on a rotating basis as Specialty Items in exchange for other rare resources or exclusive artifacts for your characters.

These high-level gear pieces pack some substantial perks, so it's worth getting your hands on them. 

Marvel's Avengers is full of many complex systems, many of which are buried until later in the campaign. Be sure to check GameSkinny for all things Marvel's Avengers, including a rundown on how to get credits!

Marvel's Avengers Guide: How to Get Credits Tue, 08 Sep 2020 15:14:07 -0400 JosephYaden

Marvel's Avengers falls into the games as a service category, meaning its developer wants you to keep checking in often to enjoy the game's latest updates as they roll out. Keeping in line with the live service model, Marvel's Avengers features a Credits system that you can use to purchase cosmetics, emotes, and other features for your heroes. 

But how do you get Credits and what can you get with them? In this guide, we'll walk you through the game's Credit system so you'll be well prepared when using them to buy in-game items. 

What Can You Get with Credits in Marvel's Avengers?

Marvel's Avengers marketplace showing different Hulk outfits, emotes, and takedowns.

There are lots of things you can buy with Credits. Here are the four categories of items that can be purchased:

  • Outfits
  • Takedowns
  • Emotes
  • Nameplates

Each category has multiple items that can be purchased with Credits, and Crystal Dynamics will continue to add more to keep you playing. The items all vary in price. Nameplates are the least expensive, while Outfits and Takedowns will cost you more.

For example:

  • Legendary Outfits tend to hover around 1,400 Credits
  • Takedowns are around 1,200 Credits
  • Emotes are between 700-1,000 Credits
  • Nameplates are around 100 Credits

You can buy these items at the Marketplace from the main menu. Keep checking in to see what's available for each character as the game changes over time. 

How to Earn Credits

Captain America standing to the right of his weekly and daily challenge cards.

There are two ways to earn Credits in Marvel's Avengers.

Complete Challenges for Credits

The first method is free and involves completing challenges to level up your Challenge Card. Each hero has their own Challenge Card, so make sure you check them all out by going into the menu and tabbing over to the Challenge Card sub-menu.

Here, you'll find what is effectively a Battle Pass, with each tier rewarding you in some way. Some tiers give you skins and nameplates, while other tiers will reward you with Credits.

There are 40 tiers within a Battle Pass for each character and a possible 1,300 Credits that can be earned from each. 

The way you level up your Challenge Card is by completing Daily and Weekly Challenges. These can be found within the Challenge Card menu, towards the bottom.

Here, you can see how much each Challenge is worth, ranging from a couple of points for the Daily Challenges to upwards of 11 points for the Weekly challenges. Make sure you check in each day to get your points to level up your Challenge Card to earn Credits!

Buy Credits with Real Money

Credit packages in a menu showing different tiers players can purchase for credits.

Of course, you can buy Credits with real money, and their prices are as follows:

  • 500 Credits: $4.99
  • 2,000 Credits: $19.99
  • 5,000 Credits: $49.99
  • 10,000 Credits: $99.99

To buy Credits, head to the menu by pressing the Touchpad on PS4 or the Back button on Xbox One.

Here, you'll see a little plus icon on the right side of the screen that you can navigate to. This is also available from the main menu. Press "X" on PS4 or "A" on Xbox One here to go to the Credit Packages menu, where you can select a package to buy. 

In its current form, the menu has fairly expensive packs of Credits, so your best bet is to earn them by playing.

You do get extra Credits for buying the more expensive packages, but even with 10,000 Credits, you'll only be able to get a handful of skins.

It's unclear if the Credits system will evolve over time, but as with many games as a service, the in-game economy could see some changes in the future.

For now, that's everything you'll need to know about how to earn Credits in Marvel's Avengers. Stay tuned for more guides in the near future, such as our quick walkthrough for finding Sidney Levine.