Welcome to our Deep Rock Galactic guide for answers to all the most commonly asked questions by the community. As there’s a good variety of questions from beginner ones to more complicated questions, feel free to use the table of contents below. Clicking any of the questions below will bring you right to an answer with in-detail information.
If you’re not sure how to get perks for your characters, here’s a quick guide explaining how it works. The perk system in Deep Rock Galactic has been overhauled a few times, so if you’re a returning player, things may look a little weird. Before you can unlock any perks, you’ll need to get perk points by completing milestones. These are goals that you’ll passively complete by simply playing the game such as completing missions or gaining levels on different characters. You can find the milestones and perks tab near each other inside the pod at base, on the Mission Statistics/Review Key Performance Indicators computer.
Make sure to check your milestones page every so often for completed tasks so you can get your perk points from them. Then, head over to the perks tab to see the screenshot above where you can unlock new perks. If you’re not sure how to equip perks, you can do this at the Equipment computer, left of the Assignment Board. This window shows all your equipped gear as well as a column of slots to the right of your weapons on the left side. Click each slot to equip an unlocked perk.
When you play Deep Rock Galactic alone, you’ll have a small drone following you around named Bosco. So long as you go into a mission via the solo mode option, the difficulty will be scaled to you as well as having Bosco to help. Here are a few ways below to take advantage of Bosco while playing alone.
- Using your laser pointer for scanning, you can mark things for Bosco to interact with.
- Marking an enemy with left-click on PC makes Bosco start shooting at it.
- Marking an enemy with right-click on PC makes Bosco shoot a missile at it. They have up to two missiles that return over time.
- Marking a carryable object with left-click on PC tells Bosco to pick it up and follow you. You can grab it from them or mark a different spot to make them drop it.
- Marking compacted dirt or minerals with left-click on PC tells Bosco to mine it. Make sure to pick up minerals dropped by Bosco when mining minerals.
The best solo class in Deep Rock Galactic tends to vary for most people, but I prefer the Scout for their mobility. Depending on the difficulty and mission you’re playing, different classes have their advantages. This is an area where developer Ghost Ship Games excels at making every class important. However, I recommend the Scout since they can kite around/escape enemies easily using the Grappling Hook. Their damage potential is high with upgrades and overclocks, but you still need to keep an eye out for Nitra on higher difficulties.
If you’re playing below Hazard 3, I wouldn’t worry too much about picking the best class. However, once you push past Hazard 3, swarms can definitely become overwhelming. Before pushing high hazard difficulties, make sure to upgrade your weapons and equipment. This makes a significant difference against hordes of bugs. Be sure to let us know in the comments what class you think is best.
Deep Rock Galactic has all different types of beer that you can drink for buffs and silly purposes. By talking to the robot bartender, Lloyd, you can buy Today’s Special at the top for a buff or craft beer below that for silly effects. Instead of needing money or minerals for beer recipes, you’ll need ingredients from your missions. And before you can craft silly beer recipes, you’ll need to upgrade your beer license by spending credits and ingredients.
If you want to get your character completely drunk, the Glyphid Slammer for 85 credits will help you out. But if you need to sober up, you can drink the Leaf Lover’s Special for 25 credits. Also, it’s useful to know that when you buy beer, Lloyd provides a mug for each player in the lobby. Otherwise, here are a few examples of buffs you can receive from beers under Today’s Special.
- Dark Morkite – Provides more Morkite when mining it.
- Pots O’ Gold – Provides 100% more gold when mining.
- Red Rock Blaster – Gives you extra max health.
If you’re not sure how to Salvage Mules in the Salvage Operation mission, here’s a quick explanation. First, you’ll need to find a damaged mule that makes a beeping sound and has a green aura around it. Then, look for legs in the nearby area that have a white aura around them. You may need to dig the legs out before you can pick them up. Afterward, bring them back to a damaged mule to replace its legs. Once you’ve brought three legs to a damaged mule, you can repair it so it comes back to life. The next step in the mission once you’ve salvaged all mules is as simple as pressing the button on Molly to, “Return to Drop Pod”.
All four classes in Deep Rock Galactic start with two weapons unlocked and two weapons locked. Before you can unlock the locked weapons, you’ll need to reach a certain class level and then complete an assignment. While I can’t confirm it, I believe it’s level 15 for each new weapon. Regardless, you can check the requirements on the Assignment Board by looking for License Upgrade assignments. These will have the weapon name in the assignment name.
Once you’ve completed the assignment for a new weapon, return to the Equipment computer where you can buy it. All you need to do is have the right class chosen, click your primary or secondary weapon, and then there will be a tab to swap weapons.
If you’re wondering how to get pickaxe parts to customize your own pickaxe like the screenshot above, here’s how. You’ll need to complete Pickaxe Hunt assignments. These will give you a full set of pickaxe parts as shown in the screenshot. If you’re not sure where to customize your pickaxe, you can do this to the left of the equipment computer where it says, “Pickaxe Customization”.
Before you can get overclocks in Deep Rock Galactic, you’ll need to promote a class. This requires reaching level 25 with a class and completing an assignment as explained in the tip below. Then, you can get overclocks from Weekly Core Hunt assignments and by completing weekly Deep Dives. Weekly Core Hunts also give a Blank Matrix Core which can be turned into an overclock by completing machine events.
If you’re wondering how to promote your character, you’ll need to first reach level 25 with a class. Then, go to the Assignment Board where you’ll find a Promotion Qualification assignment for your class. By completing the four missions attached to this assignment, you can then spend credits and minerals to promote your class. You can head to the Character Selection terminal in your cell to promote or the Promotions computer in the Memorial Hall. For further information about promoting like if you lose anything or why to promote, head to our guide here.
If you’ve played a Deep Rock Galactic mission with a Haunted Cave warning, you may have run into a ghost creature. Unfortunately, there’s no way to kill the ghost bug, and you’ll just need to avoid it while working on your mission. As long as you don’t let it get close to you, it can’t do its short-range explosive attack. While playing with others you can use the laser pointer to mark it for a short amount of time.
Deep Dives are end-game content added in Update 25 for people who have a promoted class. Unlike normal missions that are one and done, Deep Dives are a set of three missions combined. Your ammo, health, and Nitra carry over between missions until you’re finished with them all. Also, Deep Dive missions have two primary objectives, unlike other missions that have one primary and an optional secondary. Mission examples are shown in the screenshot above.
Something neat about Deep Dives is that they’re the same seed for all Deep Rock Galactic players. This means everyone is experiencing the same group of missions for that week. Also, it’s important to know that players can’t join Deep Dives that are in-progress unless they’re trying to reconnect. Deep Dives also provide Matrix Cores for use at the base’s Forge.
If you’re wondering whether you get anything from mining extra Morkite during Mining Expedition missions, you do. Any extra Morkite mined provides a small amount of experience mentioned in the end screen as, “Minerals Mined By Team“. This is grouped in with other minerals that provide experience, so it’s difficult to say how much is from Morkite specifically. However, a developer at Ghost Ship Games has confirmed that you don’t gain a lot.
There’s no actual confirmation of who Karl is in the Deep Rock Galactic universe. However, there are a few pieces of lore and random information that hint at who Karl may have been. Many players in the community assume that Karl was one of the first dwarves working for Deep Rock Galactic. Here are a few places where Karl is mentioned:
- One of the many shouts you can say is, “For Karl!”
- The achievement Karl Would Be Proud is: “Successfully complete a Hazard Level 5 mission from start to finish where no dwarf goes down and without ordering a resupply.”
- Skull Crusher Ale has a description referring to Karl, “The cosmic fury of a thousand raging suns course through this midnight-black, glistening concoction. People ask why we remember Karl. People ask what made him a legend. Rumor has it Skull Crusher Ale is at least partly to blame. Make of that what you will. Beware.”
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Deep Rock Galactic released on Xbox One and PC via Steam on May 13, 2020. It originally launched on Steam Early Access on February 28, 2018. via Humble Bundle and Steam Early Access as of February 28, 2018.
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