A Plague Tale: Requiem continues the bleak story of Hugo and Amicia de Rune. Once again with the world against them, Amicia tries to protect her brother against new and old enemies in the hopes they can simply live quietly and peacefully together. Amicia uses a wide range of weapons and abilities to keep her and her brother alive throughout the game.
All of her equipment can be upgraded at workbenches scattered throughout each chapter, and will help in several areas like improving sneaking around enemies and crafting alchemical projectiles. Amicia also possesses a variety of passive abilities that she will gradually master as you play the game, which will also pay dividends as you progress. We break down all of Amicia’s upgrades and which are the most important to surviving A Plague Tale: Requiem.
How To Upgrade
Through Amicia’s travels, the young protector will find Tools and Pieces that she can use to upgrade her equipment. She can only upgrade her weapons and gear on workbenches, which are located sporadically throughout each chapter. However, Amicia can learn how to upgrade her equipment without workbenches with the Traveller Tools upgrade.
There are also locked workbenches that can only be accessed with a knife, and you’ll find a treasure trove of resources, Tools, and Pieces. Otherwise, Amicia can find Tools and Pieces mainly in chests. Having the Unbreakable Tool perk will allow Amicia to upgrade her equipment without needing to satisfy the tool cost.
What To Upgrade
Amicia has five categories to upgrade in the game: Sling, Crossbow, Alchemy, Gear, and Instruments. Within each category, there are three levels to unlock that give Amicia new perks and abilities. The first tier requires one Tool and 30 Pieces, the second tier requires two Tools and 65 Pieces, and the third tier requires three Tools and 90 Pieces.
While it might be tempting to unlock Flexible Limb or Softened Cords first to gain an upper hand in combat, opt for Hidden Pockets, Ringed Belt, or Recycling Tool. Having these abilities unlocked early will make it easier for Amicia to be well stocked with alchemical ammo, and quickly build up Pieces from extra resources Amicia finds. Sacrificing Amicia’s killing abilities for crafting and inventory will pay dividends in the early game.
Besides upgrading Amicia’s weapons and gear, she also has three sets of passive skills that affect her movement, offer new attacks, improve her crafting, and reload her weapons faster. Amicia’s skills are divided into Prudence, Aggressive, and Opportunism, and each set has four abilities for Amicia to learn throughout the game.
Successfully avoiding guards and not raising alerts will increase Amicia’s Prudence skills. Although it’s best to avoid using knives, the last upgrade, Armour Piercer, lets Amicia backstab armoured enemies, making her extremely deadly. Electing to kill guards will impact her Aggressive skills, giving her faster reloads in Quick Fingers, and the ability to push enemies into fire or rats in Grappler. Crafting alchemical projectiles increases Amicia’s Opportunism skills, which will greatly impact crafting and lets her obtain additional Pieces when crafting in Material Division.