A few weeks ago we talked about ‘Dauntless Forged‘, a series of radical changes to the game’s progression system that will arrive with update 1.5.0 in December 3, 2020. Now let’s see exactly what will change.
Path of the Slayer in Dauntless Reforged
To begin with, the Mastery System will be altered and will no longer have significant player enhancements. These have moved to the Path of the Slayer, a branched progression system with a main road and several branches.
In the main Path we will find 12 goals that are unlocked as we gain experience with weapons in Dauntless.
Branches are made up of nodes that can unlock islands. hunt types, grant weapon mods, passive bonuses and more. Activating the nodes will require rams and merits or completing a specific mission.
The merits, which can be exploration and combat. They are used to unlock nodes in the Path of the Slayer and we earn them by completing rewards, redeeming missions, opening patrol chests or conquering events on the islands in the Hunting Grounds. Many of the mastery levels now award merits.
New weapon system in Dauntless
Weapons and armor will no longer progress from level 1 to 15. They will be divided into levels that determine their base power. For example: a level 1 weapon may have a base power of 20, while a level 3 should be closer to 60. When we make a new weapon, it will be useful from that moment.
In Dauntless Reforged will also matter the weapon skill level. The more time we spend with a weapon, the more powerful we will be with it. Once we reach level 20 in a weapon ability and unlock the reforge node in the Slayer’s Route, we can reform its weapon ability through a Heart of Aether. This will make it even more powerful.
The players of Dauntless they surely wonder what will happen to their progress when the Path of the Slayer arrives. All improvements that impact the game will continue to be unlocked. We will also keep any titles or cosmetic rewards earned through the Masteries system.
For each weapon or piece of armor that we have at +15, we will receive an aether heart and we can use it to reform it and empower it. Having a +15 weapon will also put them at skill level 20 for that weapon class.
What if the weapons and armor are below +15? In that case we are going to obtain a number of aether hearts equivalent to the sum of the power of all the equipment that we have not improved to the maximum.
Source: Dauntless official website