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Ghost Recon: Breakpoint beginners guide to armor, guns and attachments

Welcome to an island full of loot

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint enemies walk through the forest with a robot tank behind them. Ubisoft
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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint gives players a wide open map and plenty of things to do. But before you set off on your adventure, there are a few things you should know about loot.

Hidden inside the game’s massive map and RPG-like upgrade system is a laundry list of loot that’s important to your survival in-game. Here’s everything you need to know about Ghost Recon: Breakpoint’s loot and what you should be looking for.

Use your best armor, even if it’s ugly

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is just as much of a looter-shooter as it is a tactical shooter. Sneaking skills and headshots are important, but making sure you have the best armor and guns equipped should also be a priority.

Each piece of gear in Breakpoint has a number attached to it. This number is the gear’s level and represents how strong it is. The higher the number the better the gear. Enemies in Breakpoint have their own gear level. As you get into harder areas, the enemies will become harder as well. You’ll want to keep your best armor equipped so that you have a better chance against some of the game’s hardest enemies. And remember, if you don’t like the look of the armor, you can always change it in the customization menu.

The only exception to this is weapons. You shouldn’t equip a shotgun that’s a higher level if you prefer sniper rifles. Pick the best version of the weapon types that fit your playstyle.

Enemy compounds = more loot

The best way to find gear in Breakpoint is to open enemy storage crates. You can find these all over the map, but most of the time you can find them in small compounds and villages occupied by enemy soldiers. The gear from these crates is random, but will often be an upgrade over what you have equipped. You’ll visit several of these compounds in the main story, but some are off the beaten path. If you ever spot one, it’s a good idea to pop in and see what sort of loot they have stashed.

A character stands against a dark background with all the gear in their loadout displayed around them.
The Loadout screen in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
Ubisoft via Polygon

Always go quiet with a suppressor

There are dozens of weapons to find and unlock around the world of Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. You’ll get these weapons as drops from enemies or from the weapons stashes you find throughout the map. You can customize each weapon in the gunsmith menu, adding attachments like extended magazines, higher magnification optics, or under-barrel attachments that reduce recoil.

These attachments are hidden around the map and need to be found before you can use them, but suppressors come standard with almost every gun in the game. Suppressors are probably Breakpoint’s most useful items, since firing a gun at full volume can alert every enemy in the area. Whenever you unlock a new gun, it’s worth going through the gunsmith menu to equip a suppressor (assuming the gun supports one).

Choose your intel wisely

Sometimes, as you’re exploring the map of Breakpoint, you’ll come across a clipboard or a cell phone that has intel on it. Picking one up will often bring up a list of attachments. Read the options carefully, you’ll only be able to select one of the items from the list to mark on your map. You’ll be able to find the attachments you don’t select later in the game, but you should make sure you get the most useful item first when you’re selecting intel.

The best options in these cases are almost always scopes. Grips that dampen recoil are good, but fights in Breakpoint rarely last for longer than a few shots, so there isn’t much recoil to reduce. Having a variety of scopes will give you more options on how you engage the enemy, including taking safer, long-range fights.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint’s gear isn’t the first thing you’ll notice when you start the game, but as you progress it gets more and more important. By the time you’re just a few hours in you’ll already have plenty of choices to make, but if you keep an eye out for upgrades you’ll always be one step ahead.