There are a lot of different enemy types you’ll go up against in Soulstice, and if you want to hold your own you’ll need to make sure to upgrade Briar’s weapons as well as Lute’s abilities. The good news is that the game makes it fairly easy to upgrade everything, although you’ll need plenty of resources in the process. Here’s everything you need to know about how to upgrade abilities in Soulstice.
How to Upgrade Weapons and Abilities in Soulstice
Weapon and ability upgrades can only be purchased from Layton’s shop, although you can view the upgrade menu at any time. Layton appears at set points during each chapter, and he’s always put along the main path so it’s impossible to miss.
Briar and Lute will remark on hearing Layton’s bell whenever he’s about to appear, but he’ll also greet the sisters. Alternatively, weapon upgrades and skills can also be bought at the end of each chapter, before you start the next one.
Simply select the skills option at Layton’s shop or the end of chapter, then use the triggers to select Briar or Lute.
Briar uses red crystals to purchase new abilities and combos for her weapons, while Lute uses blue crystals to purchase enhancements for her abilities from four categories; offense, defense, fields, and rapture. Feel free to focus on one weapon or category, or mix and match as you see fit.
It’s important to note that Lute’s abilities can be respecced at any time, which we’ll explain later, but Briar’s upgrades are permanent. So choose wisely.
How to Get More Red and Blue Crystals
You’ll obviously want as many crystals as you can get your hands on, as there are a lot of upgrades to purchase. You’ll get crystals from each enemy you kill, but unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of other tricks to getting more. Your two best options are to explore every nook and cranny and replay past chapters.
Soulstice has tons of motherlode crystals hidden around each chapter, so you’ll want to explore thoroughly. You can also break all the barrels and objects you see for a bit of extra red crystals, and keep an eye out for smaller floating blue crystals that can be broken as well. The more you explore the more experience you’ll gain.
Alternatively, you can go back and replay past chapters to gain more experience. Later chapters will typically yield more crystals than earlier ones, especially if you’re exploring. It can be time-consuming, but if you’re really desperate to unlock more abilities it’s one option.
How to Respect Abilities
Soulstice lets you respec Lute’s abilities at any time, trying out different playstyles wherever you feel like it. The catch, of course, is that you can only refund abilities at Layton’s shop, or at the end of chapters.
To respec something do the exact same thing you would to purchase them, but instead hit the refund button when you’re selecting an ability. Don’t be afraid to try out different abilities, or focus entirely on offense or defense if you feel like it. There’s no downside to changing up Lute’s abilities.
That’s everything you need to know about upgrading Briar’s weapons and Lute’s abilities. For even more tips make sure to check out our Soulstice guides hub.