How Biomutant Crafting and Upgrades Work

Our Biomutant crafting and upgrade bench guide lays out everything you need to know to make the best gear in the game.

Biomutant crafting is one of the game’s most important subsystems and can make the difference between saving the world or getting merced by a Mork. Crafting is a deep system with plenty of options for weapon and equipment creation and upgrades, though the game throws a lot of information at you once the system opens up.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything on hand, especially considering there are plenty of crafting items to pick up once the game officially kicks off. But lucky for you, our Biomutant crafting guide is here to help.

Biomutant Crafting and Upgrades Explained

Alongside an upgrade system, which we'll get to in a bit, Biomutant crafting is split into three types:

  • Melee crafting
  • Ranged weapon crafting
  • Equipment mods crafting.

You’ll find plenty of weapons scattered across the world or from quests, but typically, the best way to gear up is by making your own weapons and armor. 

All crafting types require some of the unique Biomutant resources that are also scattered around the world. However, Biomutant’s resource totems are scarce compared to how many of each resource type you’ll need for crafting. The best way to get resources in Biomutant is scrapping existing items. 

You’ll end up with far more gear than you actually need as you explore, particularly if you’re completing side quests. You'll also often find repeats of the same items with a different item or material quality.

Keeping some excess gear aside to sell for Green is a good idea, but you rarely need money in Biomutant anyway. Scrap most of what you don’t plan on using.

Whether you’re playing on easy or hard, it’s worth at least experimenting with a few add-ons for your weapons and gear. Some add-ons bolster hazard resistance, for example, while others add elemental damage to your weapons and make combat more fun.

Biomutant: How to Craft Melee Weapons

Crafting melee weapons in Biomutant is simple. You’ll need a base item — a blade, for example, or a club — and then a handle. These also have one slot for an add-on, but add-ons aren’t required to craft the item. 

Biomutant: How to Craft Guns

Ranged weapons (guns) are a bit more involved. You need a grip, base, and muzzle to craft a ranged weapon, which means crafting guns requires more resources. Ranged weapons also have more add-on slots — magazine, stock, and top mod — to help augment the gun’s armor-piercing, overall power, and accuracy.

Biomutant: How to Craft Equipment (Armor)

Crafting gear in Biomutant is a bit different from crafting weapons, mostly because you’re augmenting armor instead of creating it from scratch. Different gear types and quality levels have different numbers of add-on slots, but most equipment add-ons just increase your armor or hazard resistance.

Biomutant Upgrade Benches —  Item Quality and Material Quality Explained

All the Biomutant upgrade bench locations are in the hot air balloons you’ve probably seen above settlements and tribe outposts. Typically, each balloon has a bench for upgrading weapons and for upgrading armor, and both bench types also require resources for the upgrades.

You get a slight boost in item quality or material quality for your valuable skrap, the second and third tags respectively in an item description.

In my experience with the game, however, it’s not worth the resource cost to upgrade either, depending on where you’re at in the game. The boost you get is relatively low, and in the early-to-mid game, you could put the resources to better use crafting an entirely new weapon.

If you somehow don’t have enough parts or want to stick with a specific weapon, however, then upgrading is a good choice.

That's everything you need to know about Biomutant crafting and upgrade benches, but be sure to check out our other Biomutant guides to help make the apocalypse a bit more bearable. 


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published May. 27th 2021

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