Leveling up your Mastery Rank in The First Descendant grants some much needed perks as you progress through the game.

The Mastery Rank is an important feature in The First Descendant, as leveling it provides massive power increases. Of course, there are a lot of categories you can level up in the game, but this one might be the most valuable to your combat efforts.

The game doesn't explicitly explain where or how to level up your Mastery Rank, so let us walk you through it.

How to increase your Mastery Rank level in The First Descendant

(Screenshot via esports.gg)
(Screenshot via esports.gg)

Whether you see "Rank Up Available" via your inventory or you receive a message in battle that "Mastery Rank Up Available", you may be wondering how to actually rank up. Surprisingly you can not rank up via your profile but instead need to visit a specific location known as Prime Hands located in Albion.

Prime Hands in Albion
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How to Level Up your Mastery Rank

To level up your Mastery Rank in The First Descendant, follow these steps:

  1. Do missions and complete objectives until the Rank Up Available message is shown for your Mastery Rank
  2. Return to Albion if you are not there already
  3. Go to the Arche Factor Manipulator on the East side of the hub
  4. Interact with the machine there to activate Prime Hands
  5. Select Mastery Rank up and then select it again with the required conditions met
<a href="https://esports.gg/guides/the-first-descendant/how-to-unlock-ultimate-bunny-in-the-first-descendant-for-free/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Ultimate Bunny</a> entering the Prime Hands
Ultimate Bunny entering the Prime Hands

A fun cutscene will play where your chosen Descendant enters the Prime Hands. It closes on them and when the process is done, they come out feeling much more powerful. That is because you leveled up their Mastery Rank in The First Descendant.

(Screenshot via esports.gg)
(Screenshot via esports.gg)


Upgrading your Mastery Rank has many benefits in The First Descendant, the most basic perks are:

  • Increases your Descendant Module
  • Increases your Descendant Slots
  • Increase Inventory Slots
  • Increases Storage Slots
  • Increase Consumable Inventory
  • Increases Shape Stabilizer Inventory Limit

It can also unlock new weapon upgrades such as Weapon Level Transmission (Mastery Rank 3) and Weapon Readjustments (Mastery Rank 4), as well as the Laboratory (Mastery Rank 8), which lets you demo other Descendants and weapons.

Now, you have more capacity for your weapon module, more equipment inventory, extra storage slots, and additional perks to ensure you can bring everything you need to fight the Vulgus into battle.

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