The Darktide crafting system is one of the most anticipated features for the upcoming Warhammer 40K game, allowing players to tinker with their weapons (opens in new tab) and curiosities (opens in new tab), but also do a little buildcrafting for their character. Update 1.0.8 adds the Shrine of the Omnissiah, which basically functions like the forge from Vermintide 2. Once all features are in place, you can upgrade your gear and roll again.
If you’ve just started playing the pre-order beta, you might be looking for some tips (opens in new tab)which Darktide class (opens in new tab) choose how cosmetics (opens in new tab) work, or what the little one weapon symbols (opens in new tab) on your equipment actually mean. Anyway, here’s how Warhammer 40K: Darktide crafting works, and where to find the materials you’ll need, like Plasteel and Diamantine.
How crafting works in Darktide
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Fatshark has added the first elements of the Darktide crafting system, allowing you to upgrade your weapons and curios with the tech priest in the Shrine of the Omnissiah. This one unlocks confidence level four for all Rejects and you can get there by turning right from the Mourningstar spawn point and running down the hallway.
At this point, you can only “initiate,” a process that incurs a cost Plastic and Diamantine, and lets you upgrade the rarity and power of a weapon/curio by adding the required perks and blessings. The higher the rarity you want to reach, the more it will cost. The maximum rarity is currently orange. Here’s the price for each upgrade jump for both weapons and curiosities:
- White – Green: 150 Plastic
- Green Blue: 50 Diamantine, 200 Plasteel
- Blue Purple: 150 Diamantine, 400 Plasteel
- Purple – Orange: 350 Diamantine, 900 Plasteel
And here’s what each rarity level gives you in terms of stat boosts and weapon blessings, which are similar to Vermintide traits:
- White: Nothing
- Vegetable: One stat boost
- Blue: One stat boost, one blessing
- Purple: Two stat boosts, one boon
- Orange: Two stat boosts, two blessings
Curios have no blessings at this point – they only have that total number in stat boosts, i.e. curios with orange rarity have four. In general, you can get anything up to rarity blue at the Requisitorium, and rarity purple at Sire Melk’s Requisitorium, or as a rare reward for completing quests. With that in mind, it’s probably not worth upgrading anything below the blue rarity. Once you upgrade, your weapon will gain a new random stat and random blessing depending on the level you boost it to.
Where can you find Plasteel and Diamantine
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To initiate your weapons, you first need Diamantine and Plasteel. Both can be found in missions, either in containers or just lying around marked with a crafting symbol. The good news is that any craft material picked up counts for everyone on the team, so you don’t have to squirrel them away yourself. It seems that the higher the difficulty, the more crafting materials you’re likely to find, and as far as I know you can’t find Diamantine on Sedition difficulty missions.
It may seem like a lot of crafting material to craft to dedicate, but to put it into perspective, I upgraded my chainsword from blue to orange in one evening by playing Malice difficulty missions and looking out for Diamantine and Plasteel supplies. If you’re actively looking for scriptures or grimoires, you’re likely to come across some craft supplies as well.