Deep Rock Galactic is a fantastic game about delving into the darkness of dangerous bug-infested planets to mine valuable resources while fighting to survive. Completing countless missions as one of the four classes will nab you a Promotion from management. There are several benefits to Promoting not just one dwarf but all four of them in order to get the most fun out of Deep Rock Galactic.
How to Promote your Character
When you reach level 25 in any class, a Promotion will become available in your Assignment Board; Mission control will notify you that this Promotion mission is available. The qualification for each class is doing a series of four different mission types that tie to objectives that each class in Deep Rock Galactic excels at doing. From Mining Expeditions, Egg Hunts, On-site Refining, even to Escort Duty, your skills as a dwarf will be tested.
Of course, you have complete control of what Hazard Level you wish to play these missions on. Yet, the bigger the challenge, the better the payout. Once you are done with these missions, you must do the following:
- Enter the Memorial Hall and access the console at the back (i.e. the promotion terminal).
- Use the console and hit the promote button. After that, you will be officially Promoted in Deep Rock Galactic after paying a fee of credits and resources.
- Note that you must be in an empty lobby to Promote. Thus if you are playing with friends, you will need to leave for a quick moment.
Why Promoting in Deep Rock Galactic is Important
When you Promote in Deep Rock Galactic, there are no setbacks, only increasing rewards for progressing each class of dwarf. In some other games like Hunt: Showdown with a prestige system, promoting tends to set you back by removing your guns, perks, and other items you have built up all for cosmetics or bragging rights. However, in Deep Rock Galactic, there is almost no real downside to promoting whenever you get the chance.
Benefits of Promotions
After achieving level 25, completing your qualification assignment, and paying the fee, you are officially Promoted. Whichever class you promote will receive one Honor Badge above your portrait. There are three levels in each of the six tiers of Honor Badges. They range from Bronze to Legendary. Each tier is progressively harder to achieve.
The first time you promote any class to Bronze, you will also receive one additional Active Perk Slot. Having two Active Perks available like Field Medic, Iron Will, Dash, or Shield Link will make you feel incredibly powerful. The hidden benefit of resetting your dwarf’s back to level one allows you to increase your Player Rank. Player rank in Deep Rock Galactic is separate from your class level. The Higher your Player Rank, the more upgrades, cosmetics, and rank titles.
Thus, getting multiple promotions in Deep Rock Galactic means your future space dwarfs will be even stronger!
Breach The Core Assignment
The biggest plus of Promoting is gaining access to the Breach The Core assignment. After completing this nine-mission-long quest, you are rewarded with six Infused Matrix Cores. You will also unlock the Weekly Core Hunt assignment.
Matrix Cores are essential to your mid to late game progression giving you access to Overlock Weapons plus more cosmetics. Weapon Overlocks are additional attachments to your guns that can change the stats in potentially minor and major ways. There are 124 Overclocks in the game, with more likely to be added in the future.
To obtain more Weapon Overclocks after you Promote in Deep Rock Galactic at least once, you can participate in a Weekly Core Hunt. These missions give you access to more Matrix Cores. The Forge is also unlocked, which is where you use resources to make your Overclocks functional for the class they relate to.
Another mission type is also available after Promoting once in the form of Deep Dives. Deep Dives and Elite Deep Dives are three back-to-back missions with increasing difficulty. Each stage you complete in a Deep Dive will give you Blank Matrix Cores, Weapon overlocks, and Cosmetic Matrix Cores. Both versions of the Deep Dive will provide the same rewards, but each payout can only be received once per week. By completing all six stages in the regular and Elite Deep Dives, you can obtain up to six rewards weekly, resetting on Thursdays.
Machine Events in Deep Rock Galactic
Lastly, now that you have access to obtaining Blank Matrix Cores, you can activate Machine Events in any mission if you happen upon one. Machine Events are random events with up to four different challenges to complete. These events are entirely optional and can only be activated with a Tritilyte Key that is automatically provided to a player after their first Promotion.
These Machine Events can be difficult, so do your best to prepare before starting one. If you succeed, you can insert a Blank Matrix Core and get a selection of up to three choices of diverse Overlocks which appeal to different classes.
With the mountains of rewards, gameplay additions, weapon upgrades, and cosmetics that come from Promoting just your first dwarf, there is absolutely no reason not to Promote. There is so much extra content that comes after your first Promotion you would be complexly missing out if you didn’t.
Promoting each dwarf just once gives you a massive power spike with Overclocks, an extra Active Perk slot, and everything previously stated. Have no fear of hitting that Promote button; you’ve earned it after all.