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The First Descendant - Viessa getting Mastery rank up
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The First Descendant: How To Rank Up Your Mastery

Rank up your Mastery and make your Descendant powerful!

Leveling up your Descendant is as important as ranking up the Mastery in The First Descendant. Without the higher level, you will struggle to take down tough enemies and will die easily. This guide explains how to get Mastery XP and rank up in the game.

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How To Rank Up Mastery

The First Descendant - A player interacting with activation terminal
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Mastery Rank is achieved by playing main or side missions, raising a gun’s proficiency, or leveling up your Descendant. All of these factors contribute towards earning the Mastery XP.

The Mastery Rank is visible below your Descendant level when you explore the ‘Inventory’ menu screen. As you accrue more XP, the bar will fill and eventually turn into a ‘Rank Up Available‘ message over the XP bar.

This means your Descendant is now ready to rank up to the Mastery level.

What To Do After ‘Mastery Rank Up Available’ Message?

The First Descendant - Albion map showing for Arche Factor Manipulator
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You cannot rank up from the character inventory even if you see the ‘Rank Up Available’ message. For this, you will need to go back to Albion.

Once you are at Albion, visit the Arche Factor Manipulator on the East side. You can find a hand-print icon on the Albion’s map. You will find a giant mechanized hand beside the activation terminal.

Interact with the Prime Hands activation terminal and hover over the on-screen options and a shortcut scene will play. The mechanized hand will strengthen your Descendant as he or she ranks up the Mastery level.

Why Mastery Ranks Are Important

The First Descendant- All Mastery Rank benefits
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Mastery Rank benefits your character’s gear by increasing the following elements:

  • Descendant Module capacity and slots
  • Weapon Module capacity and slots
  • Equipment inventory slots
  • Consumable Inventory slots
  • Shape Stabilizer inventory limit slots

Check out our The First Descendant tier list to decide which characters you should level up first. We also have a guide on XP and Mastery farm that you’ll find essential in leveling up your descendant.

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Irfan Ansari
Irfan Ansari is a Guides Writer at Gamepur who boasts five years of expertise in Video Game Journalism. With over two decades of gaming under his belt, he's honed his writing skills at renowned sites like TheGamer and eXputer. His heart belongs to games like Dark Souls, Elden Ring, and any title that demands a minimum 100-hour investment.