Surviving out in the Wasteland can a tough endeavor if you’re not prepared.

Learn how to be the baddest Ranger you can be with these key survival tips for Avalanche Studios and Id Software’s post-apocalyptic first-person shooter, Rage 2.

Unlock the Shotgun as soon as possible

After a brief introduction, you’ll be able to more or less go where ever you want and tackle any mission. The first thing you’ll want to do is tackle the Blackout story mission in order to acquire the Combat Shotgun. Head to the town of Gunbarrel and talk to the salt old war-vet John Marshall to get started. The Combat Shogun is great at close-range and completely chews through unarmored enemies which makes it a perfect weapon for the early-mid game. It would also be a good idea to invest some of your Feltrite and Weapon Mods to upgrade the shotgun making it the perfect secondary weapon.

Hunt down those ARKS

Now that you have the perfect tool for clearing rooms of mutants and other riff-raff, it’s time you started hunting down ARKS. ARKS are long lost vaults that contain power upgrades for your Ranger suit. The reason you’ll to hunt down ARKS early and often is that the the powers each of these ARKS hold will make your life in the Wasteland easier. I’d start with the Great Crack ARK just south of Gunbarrel and the Quake Hill ARK on the Northeast coast of Vineland right of Authority Base which contains the Grav-Jump (double-jump) and Vortex (jump pad) abilities which are crucial for exploration and combat.

Know your crafting materials

The world of Rage 2 is full of all sorts of goodies you can use to become an even more efficient and deadly Ranger. At first glance, the upgrade and crafting system might seem a little jarring. So, let’s break down what each of these materials is actually good for.  

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