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Shadowrun Returns Level Up Guide

Updated on December 29, 2014

Shadowrun Returns Level Up Guide

Shadowrun Returns Level Up Guide
Shadowrun Returns Level Up Guide

In Shadowrun Returns, the hero will gain experience points and level up. In the game, experience points are referred to Karma points. As the hero survives fights, defeats enemies and completes quest, he will gain karma points. Karma points can then be redistributed to into various attributes within the six categories to level up the character.

The six categories are –

  • Body
  • Quickness
  • Strength
  • Intelligence
  • Willpower
  • Charisma

Shadowrun Returns Level Up Body Attribute

The Body category comprises of twelve slots from 1 to 17. Each slot requires that amount of karma points to go to the next level. However, the extreme category (like level 11 and onward) is only available to certain species. In this case, the troll can open up level 17 in the body category and get access to powers (if any) in that level.

Shadowrun Returns Level Up Quickness Attribute

Leveling up the quickness attribute allows the hero to put in more points into the following areas –

Ranged Combat – this is the main component to be used for hitting in ranged combat. It also reduces the chances to be hit by enemy physical attacks -

  • Level 3 – unlocks additional weapon slot.
  • Level 4Overwatch is unlocked for ranged weapons.

Pistol – increases the chances for greater damage when points are added to level up the pistol category. As the pistol category is unlocked, special abilities are also unlocked.

  • Level 2 – critical percentage visible.
  • Level 3Auto reload allows for reloading without any action points (AP).
  • Level 4Dead-eye allows chances to hit by 20%.
  • Level 5Double Tap allows 2 attacks on a single target with increased critical hit chances.
  • Level 6Chainshot allows three different targets to be attacked in a single attack.
  • Level 8Disarm allows the hero to force the target to drop his weapon.

SMG level up unlocks these special abilities –

  • Level 2 – critical percentage visible.
  • Level 3Armed Shot increases the chances of hitting a target by 10%.

Shotgun level up unlocks these special abilities –

  • Level 2 – critical percentage visible.
  • Level 3Armed Shot increases the chances of hitting a target by 15%.
  • Level 5Wide Load becomes available. Wide Load allows for wider than normal spread to enemies but reduces critical chance.

Rifle level up unlocks these special abilities –

  • Level 2 – critical damage percentage visible. Allows burst fire if the rifle has such a special ability.
  • Level 3Full auto allows the rifle to create more damage.
  • Level 5Dead-eye increases hit percentage by 20%.
  • Level 6Double Tap allows two attacks on a single target. Critical hit chance is increased.
  • Level 7Headshot – increases chances of critical hit but reduces accuracy.

Dodge allows the hero to reduce the chance to be hit by physical attacks.

Shadowrun Returns Level Up Strength Attribute

Strength is the attribute that measures one’s ability to hit with melee or throwing weapons. Also, the stronger one is, the farther one can throw a grenade. Unlocking more strength points will unlock the following categories –

Close Combat – leveling up close combat increases the chances of hitting enemies with melee weapojns and unarmed combat. Also, special abilities are unlocked –

  • Level 3 - additional weapon slot is unlocked.
  • Level 4Overwatch with close combat is unlocked.
  • Level 6Defence Bonus allows one to gain defence bonus against non-magical close combat attacks.

Melee Weapons – leveling up this category increases the melee fighter’s chances of creating more damage with melee weapons. Also unlocks special abilities –

  • Level 1Thrust – increases damage, but reduced percentage to hit.
  • Level 2 – critical percentage visible.
  • Level 3Pommel Strike – increases AP damage only.
  • Level 5Cleave – strikes multiple targets in range.
  • Level 8Disarm – forces the enemies to drop their weapons.

Unarmed – leveling up unarmed unlocks the following special abilities –

  • Level 2 – critical percentage visible.
  • Level 3Roundhouse Kick allows one to strike at multiple targets in range.
  • Level 8Disarm forces target to drop weapon.

Throwing Weapons – the higher the level of this category, the higher of hitting a target with thrown weapons. Also unlocks the following special abilities –

  • Level 5 – grenade use reduced to 1 AP.

Shadowrun Returns Level Up Intelligence Attribute

The intelligence attribute is used to increase decking or rigging success. It will increase one’s abilities to use drones and will reduce to be hit by enemy programs within the matrix. Leveling up the intelligence attribute will allow one to increase the following category –

Biotech – leveling up this category will give more and more bonuses when using a Medkit.

Decking – leveling up Decking will increase one’s chances to hit enemy computer programs or deckers. Also increases special abilities –

  • Level 1 – can equip Sony CTY-360.
  • Level 2Mark Target 1 increases the decker’s chances to hit enemies by 10%.
  • Level 3 – allows the decker to equip Renraku Kraftwork-1.
  • Level 4Mark Target 2 increases the decker’s chances to hit enemies by 15%.
  • Level 5 – allows the decker to equip Fuchi VirtuaX.
  • Level 6Mark Target 3 increases the decker’s chances to hit enemies by 20%.
  • Level 7 – allows the decker to equip Fairlight Excalibur.

Esp Control – increases the power of the Decker’s Expert Systems programs in the Matrix.

Drone Control – allows the Rigger access to more and different drones with different abilities.

  • Level 1 – allows the Rigger to equip Class C drones.
  • Level 3 – allows the Rigger to equip Class B drones.
  • Level 5 – allows the Rigger to equip Class A drones.
  • Level 7 – allows the Rigger to equip Class S drones.

Drone Combat – allows the Rigger to add special abilities and bonuses to Rigger drones as he levels up –

  • Level 1Drone Armor + 1 armor.
  • Level 2Drone Accuracy I – increases drone accuracy by 5%.
  • Level 3Drone Dodge I allows the drone to have + 1 dodge.
  • Level 4Drone Damage I adds + 2 HP to damage to drone attacks.
  • Level 5Drone Armor II adds + 2 armor.
  • Level 6Drone AP I adds + 1 AP bonus to drones.
  • Level 7Drone Accuracy II – increases drone accuracy by 10%. Drone Damage II adds + 4 HP damage.
  • Level 8Drone Dodge II allows the drone to have + 2 dodge.
  • Level 9Drone AP II adds + 2 AP to drones.

Shadowrun Returns Level Up Willpower Attribute

Willpower will interest the mage class. However, the dwarf has the ultimate say in the willpower attribute, being able to increase this attribute to 11. Leveling up willpower increases the chances of hitting with magical attacks. It will also reduce the chance of being hit by enemy magical attacks. Leveling up the willpower attribute will allow one to increase these categories –

Spellcasting – this is the main component used to measure the chance of hitting with certain spells. Also, special abilities are unlocked –

  • Level 2 – additional spellbook slot unlocked.
  • Level 3 – Ley lines visible.
  • Level 4 – additional spellbook slot unlocked.
  • Level 6 – additional spellbook slot unlocked.
  • Level 7 – Ley lines visible through FOW.

Note – spells are not unlocked through level up. They have to be purchased from merchants around the world of Shadowrun Returns.

Chi Casting – this is the main component used to measure the chance of hitting with Adept powers. Leveling up this unlocks special abilities –

  • Level 1 – allows the chi caster to equip Killer Hands.
  • Level 2 – allows the chi caster to equip Magic Resistance. Also unlocks spellbook slot.
  • Level 3 – allows the chi caster to equip Mana Fist. Chi Focus allows the chi caster to attack a single target with a melee weapon.
  • Level 4 – allows the chi caster to equip Stride. Also unlocks spellbook slot.
  • Level 5 – allows the chi caster to equip Counterstrike.
  • Level 6 – allows the chi caster to equip Magic Resistance II. Also unlocks spellbook slot.
  • Level 7 – allows the chi caster to equip Quick Strike.
  • Level 8 – allows the chi caster to equip Mystic Armor.
  • Level 9 – allows the chi caster to equip Pain Resistance.
  • Level 10 – allows the chi caster to equip Magic Resistance III.

Shadowrun Returns Level Up Charisma Attribute

The charisma attribute is important for the shaman. It allows one to increase one’s chances of hitting with Conjuring spells, once it is leveled up. Also unlocks etiquette that affects conversations as the charisma attribute is leveled up.

Spirit Summoning – the shaman uses this to summon spirits. The higher the skill, the more powerful the spirit summoned.

  • Level 1 – spirit summoning points visible.
  • Level 2 – spellbook slot is unlocked.
  • Level 3 – totem choice available.
  • Level 4 – spellbook slot is unlocked.
  • Level 5 – allows the shaman to summon 2 spirits from the same summoning point.
  • Level 6 – spellbook slot is unlocked.

Spirit Control – increases the chance for a Shaman to maintain control of the summoned spirit.

Conjuring – main component measuring chance to hit with Conjuring spells. Also unlocks special abilities.

  • Level 2 – allows one to equip Air Barrier.
  • Level 4 – allows one to equip Lightning Barrier. Also unlocks additional spellbook slot.
  • Level 6 – allows one to equip Fire Barrier. Also unlocks additional spellbook slot.
  • Level 8 – allows one to equip Hellstorm Barrier.

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