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Defiance Masters' Blog

A blog where we share leveling tips, weapon guides, and other useful info for the Defiance video game from Trion Worlds.

Author: DefianceMasters

How to Level Up Your EGO Rating Faster in Defiance

Posted by DefianceMasters Thursday June 27 2013 at 2:20AM
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Leveling up your Ark Hunter in the Defiance game can be somewhat confusing to new players. There are several different things you can do to raise your overall EGO rating but the game doesn’t do a great job of explaining the process. In fact, it hardly even touches on the subject. But, no worries, has you covered. Below you’ll find some of our top suggestions for increasing your EGO level, amassing Scrip, earning Ark Salvage, and more.


Pursuits are by far the fastest and most effective way to up your EGO rating in Defiance. Pursuits are collections of goals that need to be completed. Just within the season 1 content of the game there are over 100 different pursuits that players can complete. Some are based on discovering different locations, some ask that you kill different enemy species, and others require that you level up your EGO powers, earn perks, and finish various other objectives.

Defiance Dodge Challenger Vehicle

Another method of earning points for your EGO rating is to level up the different weapons and vehicles that are available in the game. Anytime you gain a level on either a weapon or a vehicle your player will gain 4 points toward his/her EGO rating. Every weapon and vehicle in Defiance is able to be maxed out at level 20. This means you can earn up to 76 EGO rating per weapon or vehicle you level. As the game is, there are 13 available weapon types you can level and 3 different varieties of vehicles. So, overall, you can earn a total of 1216 EGO just from leveling up your weaponry and vehicles.

To level your weapons, simply use them a lot. You earn weapon experience for every kill you get using a specific weapon. Once you’ve maxed out one weapon type, immediately swap to a new one so you can continue earning XP and EGO for it. To level your vehicles, you need to drive them around a lot, use boost as much as possible, earn kills by ramming into enemies that get in your way, and make some long/high jumps over ramps, bridges, hills, whatever. All of these things can help you level your vehicles up to earn more EGO.

Powers & Perks

Another huge chunk of the overall EGO level that you can achieve comes from working on both your EGO powers and their associated perks. You can actually earn a massive 2600 EGO rating just from maxing out these. Now, it does take quite a while to accomplish this, because you have to earn EGO points to upgrade each power or perk but it is well worth the effort.


There are a total of 4 powers that have 5 levels and 80 perks that have 3 levels each. You will earn 50 EGO rating for each power that you max out and 30 EGO rating for every perk you max out. So, any chance you get, be sure to spend your EGO points to upgrade these. Focus on your favorites and most used ones first, but once they are maxed be sure to expand out to every other option. Even if you’ll never use the power/perk in your own EGO build, upgrade them to earn the EGO rating boosts.

Hitting the EGO Cap

Currently, the EGO level cap stands at 5016. In order to hit that level you’ll have to dedicate a serious amount of time and effort. If you want to do it quickly make sure you plan out everything you need to do. Start with Pursuits and be working on leveling your weapons, ranking up your vehicles, earning EGO points, and upgrading your powers/perks as you go. Most of this stuff can be completed as you are going through the main missions in the game if you choose to go through the story. Just always be trying to earn as many kills as possible, swap out weapons to mix up the different types to gain levels on them, change out vehicles when you’ve maxed one out, and branch out in your perks and such after you’ve finished your primary choices.

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