As a looter shooter, Outriders from People Can Fly and Square Enix is all about the gear — or "loot" — you can find as a reward for defeating the game's many enemies. Outriders features tons of weapons and armor whose power increases with increased rarity in the same manner as Destiny 2 and even Fortnite. The familiar rarity system goes from Common all the way to Legendary.
The publicly available Outriders demo released towards the end of February only contains the first several hours of the game, but it is still technically possible to get Legendary weapons. These are the weapons with the coolest designs, best mods, and most powerful stats.
However, if you want to grind for Legendary weapons in the demo, you should keep the following four tips in mind.
Tip 1: Higher World Tiers give better gear
Instead of a traditional difficulty system, Outriders features a World Tier system. Enemies get tougher as you go to higher world tiers, but the gear and weapons you can obtain get better. In the Outriders demo, players can only get up to World Tier 5. While this is far from the highest level in the final game, it is your best shot at claiming Legendary Weapons. On the plus side, it'll only get easier in the full game.
According to the Outriders wiki, World Tier 4 increases the possibility of Legendary drops by 10 percent, and World Tier 5 increases that chance by 25 percent. But it's unclear precisely how low the base drop rates are. Regardless, playing on World Tier 5 in the Outriders demo is your best chance to farm Legendaries.
Tip 2: Story Points let players go back to older missions
The normal way to get Legendary Gear is by finding them in chests after completing missions, but the low Legendary drop rate means most players probably won't get something at that level the first time around. If you decide to replay the mission without resetting anything, the gear won't reappear. While this is initially concerning, all you have to do is load a previous Story Point to reset the gear.
While it isn't a live service game, Outriders has an online component and lobby. Here, players can choose a Story Point from earlier in the narrative, spawn in there, and get gear from completing the mission once again. This is meant to keep the experience rewarding even if a higher-level player plays earlier missions with a new player.
Gear and weapons will carry over when the Story Point changes, so you can use this feature to grind for Legendary items on missions you've already completed. This process can get lengthy as players have to reload and replay missions, but the developers intentionally set it up like this.
Update: On March 5, People Can Fly released a patch that changes which chests drop Legendary items. They can no longer be found by opening a chest; instead, side quest rewards will now have a chance to drop Legendary weapons on repeat runs.
"While we do not want to prevent farming runs (We get it!), the lootcave discovered via the triple chest-run, as well as the store exploit, do not feel to be within the spirit of the game," a tweet explains. "To that end, we are redirecting farming efforts to mechanics in the game that may be more enjoyable for players to play through and repeat."
Tip 3: Players can die, respawn, and recollect gear after killing powerful enemies
Powerful enemies called Captains also have a chance of dropping Legendary gear. The easiest Captain to draw away from enemies and kill is located in the demo's Terra Firma mission, which can be replayed using the Story Point system explained above. Find this Captain, draw him away from the other enemies, and kill him.
If you're lucky, he'll drop a Legendary weapon. If it doesn't work, let the enemy grunts kill you, respawn, and try again. As of now, this is the best spot to grind in the demo if you want to toss yourself at a single enemy and don't want to replay entire missions.
This way of farming Legendary items still works following the demo's latest update. "Drop rates for enemies are NOT being changed at this time as we feel these are balanced quite well for the average player experience," a tweet says. "You can still farm captains. #RipThatCaptain."
Tip 4: You have plenty of time to grind in the demo
While this doesn't change much in terms of how to play, you still have as much time as you need to track down Legendary gear. Square Enix has already confirmed that there are no plans to delist the Outriders demo. The game also doesn't launch until April 1, so you have at least a whole month to grind for gear.
You should have some great gear by the time the full game actually rolls around if you continuously play this demo until then, even with the March 5 changes to the system.
The Outriders demo is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.