Major Anthem Loot Patch Comes Out On PS4, Xbox One, and PC

BioWare has released a new patch for Anthem. The new Anthem update improves the loot and makes other changes to the overall experience of EA’s new looter shooter.

Along with changes made to the game, BioWare revealed the player feedback the studio has gathered. Here’s the list of feedback BioWare paid attention to:

  • Many inscriptions are not useful to the item they are attached to
  • Due to this, players need to get many masterworks of the same item to find a “good one”
  • Players want the frequency of masterwork drops to increase to help with the above OR…
  • They want us to change how masterwork inscriptions work so that they are more “useful”

Anthem Loot Update

Inscriptions are now better for the items they are on

– This applies to new items earned in Anthem (not existing ones in your Vault)

If an inscription applies only to the item it is on (gear icon), it will be useful to that item. Otherwise, the inscription will provide a Javelin wide benefit

For example, an Assault Rifle will not have an item specific +pistol damage inscription. It may have a +electric damage suit wide inscription (cool for a lightning build)

Some more information below

– Removed uncommon (white) and common (green) items from level 30 drop tables

This was a highly requested change and we agree, so that’s that.

– We have reduced the crafting materials needed to craft a masterwork from 25 masterwork embers to 15 masterwork embers

As you salvage or harvest, you should be able to craft more masterwork items to get the inscriptions you are looking for

Now that inscriptions are more relevant to their item, this should yield better results for players

Additional inscription change details

It’s hard to write a short version of this, but I’m going to try. If we need to add more information later we can do that…

– Current: There are a large pool of inscription options available to roll on items, the inscription pools are generic (e.g. Weapons)

Every masterwork item has 4 inscriptions – Major Primary, Minor Primary, Major Secondary, Minor Secondary

Change: Each item type now has a specific set of inscription options for each of their inscription pools. The pools are smaller and are targeted to the specific item type

E.g. there used to be a Weapon pool, now there is an Assault Rifle pool and the assault rifle pool has 4 pools for each of the inscription types listed above

Primary inscriptions are focused on damage or survivability

Any item specific inscriptions (gear icon) will always benefit the item they are on

Javelin wide inscriptions (suit icon) will benefit damage or survivability across the whole Javelin

Secondary inscriptions focus on utility and can be targeted to the item (gear icon) or the entire javelin (suit icon)

There will be more updates released in the coming months for Anthem.

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