Ghost of Tsushima: Legends – Gear & XP farming guide

The best spot for grinding Ki and high level gear.

Like most online games nowadays, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is loot driven. Although there’s plenty of fun to be had in slicing and dicing Oni, you’ll soon focus on farming gear, piecing together the ultimate class loadouts.

However, with gear drops being random, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends will have you grinding a lot to chase the game’s most coveted prizes. Luckily, you’ll earn resources along the way including Essence, Honor, and Blessing, which can also be gained from dismantling unwanted gear.

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Before we dive into the best gear farming techniques, it’s best to get a proper understanding of how gear works in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends.

Understanding gear stats and Ki

Completing missions – as well as certain bonus objectives – will reward you with weapons and charms that are level-appropriate, their “Ki” slowly rising as you move from bronze up to gold tier difficulty, then onto Nightmare. Your Ghost’s Ki is calculated by taking the average value from your five equipped items. Your Ki wont influence your raw stats such as damage and defence though it does limit which modes you can participate in, locking out higher difficulties.

As your Ki approaches 100, this number no longer holds much relevance. Instead, you’ll be paying attention to individual pieces of gear – their stats, traits, perks, and rarity. This is also when Legendary Items will begin to randomly appear in drops, offering unique powers that can really spice up a loadout. You can view a list of the game’s Legendary Items here.

Those resources you’ve been accumulating (and likely holding onto) will now come in handy as you spend them on modifications. Pressing square while hovering a piece of high level gear will allow you to reroll traits and perks. This is randomised and if you choose to only reroll one stat then this prevents you from rerolling the others.

Best gear farming techniques

In order to get the best gear as quickly as possible, you’ll want to play missions that offer plenty of gear drops but don’t require much time to beat.

We’d strongly recommend playing the first story mission in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, Severed Hearts, on gold difficulty. Of all the story missions available this is by far the quickest and easiest for farming tier loot. Split into three stages, you’ll attack a small Mongol warband, then chase down a caravan before conquering a war camp. Depending on which modifiers Ghost of Tsushima randomly throws into the mix, Severed Hearst on gold should take between 10 and 15 minutes.

For each of the three parts you complete you’ll earn one gear chest with another awarded for completing the entire mission. You can farm an extra piece of loot onto every run by finding the Oni treasure. In total that’s 5 bits of gear every quarter of an hour.

In comparison, playing survival on gold will shower you with 7 gear drops. However, this demands that you beat 25 waves, relying on the competence of your three allies. Not only is this risky, it can take in excess of an hour, making it a far less efficient farming technique.

Playing on gold difficulty, the max Ki level you get on gear caps out at 105. If you want ever more powerful weapons and charms you’ll need to dip your toes in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends’ Nightmare mode. Grinding for gear that is Ki 105+ is brutal and hugely time consuming but could help you get a leg up on the game’s three-part Raid.


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