One of the more confusing bits of Ghost Recon Breakpoint is figuring out how to upgrade weapons. To do it, you'll need weapon parts and it's not easy to tell which things you need to salvage in order to get the things you need to upgrade your arsenal. Standard weapon parts do become very hard to come by after reaching a certain gear level and this can be infuriating.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint weapon parts guide
Our Ghost Recon Breakpoint weapon parts guide will go through the steps to getting weapon components like high-end parts and upgrading weapons from Mk.1 to Mk.2 and eventually Mk.3. We also have an answer for where to farm for standard weapon parts at high levels, as well as why some weapons aren't able to be salvaged and how to fix it.
This guide is specifically aimed at helping upgrade weapons. If you want more about getting weapons and using them, head to our Ghost Recon Breakpoint weapons guide, while those looking for Signature Weapons should look at our Ghost Recon Breakpoint signature weapons guide.
- How to get weapon parts in Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- How to farm standard weapon parts at high levels in Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Salvaging locked weapons that aren't in presets
- Upgrading weapons to Mk.2 and Mk.3
How to get weapon parts in Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Every weapon or gear can be either sold for more cash at the shop or salvaged for weapon parts. What you get depends on the weapons or gear that you deconstruct. To salvage a weapon or gear part, hover over it with the mouse and hold the X button. Here is a list of all the parts you can get by salvaging your stuff:
- Gun part: Salvage a weapon. The part you get depends on the type of gun you salvage. For example, if you salvage a DMR, you'll get a DMR part.
- Metal part: Salvage any weapon. Can also find on downed drones.
- Standard weapon part: Salvage any grey weapon.
- Improved weapon part: Salvage any green weapon.
- Advanced weapon part: Salvage any blue weapon.
- High-End weapon part: Salvage any purple weapon. Can occasionally appear as loot dropped from support troops.
- Elite weapon part: Salvage any yellow "Elite weapon". Can rarely appear as loot dropped from support troops.
- Standard gear part: Salvage any grey armour piece.
- Improved gear part: Salvage any green armour piece.
- Advanced gear part: Salvage any blue armour piece.
- High-End gear part: Salvage any purple armour piece.
- Elite gear part: Salvage any yellow armour piece.
Note that Signature Weapons, despite being yellow in colour, do not give any parts other than the weapon type part and standard metal parts.
How to farm standard weapon parts at high levels in Ghost Recon Breakpoint
At some point, you will find that basic weapons to salvage for upgrading your weapons disappear entirely. This can be aggravating, particularly if you decide on a new weapon you wish to upgrade. There is thankfully a workaround for this.
Head to the Sinking Country and look for the Aamon Assault Area in the peninsula in Sinking Country close to the Typhoon Bay bivouac. There are two drones here at around gear level 100. Provided that your gear level is sufficiently high enough, these two drones shouldn't prove to be much of a problem. The one thing to note however is that there's a wooden shack in the middle that you can use as a sanctuary to kill the drones from if you get overwhelmed.
These drones don't always drop standard weapon parts, but they more often than not do. However, they can also occasionally drop Improved weapon parts, which are also hard to come by at the levels where you're killing drones.
It's a nice little workaround, but there's one more step. The main problem is that the drones don't respawn immediately, not even if you fast travel back to the bivouac. There is however a solution to this. If you log out of the game after killing them and log back in, you should spawn somewhat nearby and the drones should be back for you to kill again.
The only other way to do farm these parts is to have the "Convoy Upgrade" perk and to go looting convoys, but this is far less consistent.
Salvaging locked weapons that aren't in presets
This is one of the more infuriating things about obtaining Ghost Recon Breakpoint weapon parts. When you go to salvage a weapon, it may state that you have it equipped to a preset and that you can't salvage it unless you unequip it. However, when you go to do so, you only have the one preset and it's made up of the weapons you have equipped already and not the ones it's saying it can't unequip.
The answer lies in the bivouac. Head there and look at the Tactics menu. Have a look at each of the classes one by one. You'll notice that the equipment is different and it's based on what you had equipped at the time at which you changed classes. Now that you know and that you've properly head-desked the table upon realising just how stupid this is, go ahead and press the button indicated to change the preset in the Tactics menu to the items you want. You should now be able to salvage the stuff you couldn't beforehand.
Upgrading weapons to Mk.2 & Mk.3
Now that you have some Ghost Recon Breakpoint weapon parts, how do you use them? Well, you'll need to head into the gunsmith, which can be done by pressing G while hoving the mouse over the weapon of choice. All upgrades are tied to every single one of that weapon. For the sake of clarity, we're going to refer to them as "weapon brands". This is to differentiate it from weapon types, which include Sniper Rifles, DMRs, Assault Rifles, etc. The "weapon brand" refers to whether it is an M93 or an M82.
To unlock an upgrade node, simply have the weapon parts required and upgrade it. Once you've unlocked all of the upgrade nodes for that weapon brand, it'll automatically be upgraded to a Mk.2 weapon, or Mk.3 weapon. Doing so will not only unlock more nodes for you to upgrade for that weapon brand, but you'll also unlock a permanent passive bonus for that weapon type. These are fixed for all weapon brands.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint guide links
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint guide - The main guide for Ghost Recon Breakpoint, together with some tips for beginners.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint weapons - Details on how equipment works, which are the best gun types.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint signature weapons - Where to find the best guns in the game.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint blueprint locations - Learn how to find blueprints and how to craft weapons.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint bipod location - Where to find the bipod attachment.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint NVG locations - Location of several night vision goggles.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint health - how to heal injuries and healing item recipes.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint Erewhon - where everything is in the hub, and how to get out.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint skills - All class bonuses and all the skills and perks listed.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint PC performance - How to get the best performance for Ghost Recon Breakpoint for your rig.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint preorder/bonus items - how to unlock your preorder bonuses in-game.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint gear level - Everything you need to know about gear levels.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint Faction missions - Find out what Battle Points are, the difference is between Faction Missions and Faction Support tasks, and the rewards for Battle Tiers.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint Year 1 - All of the upcoming stuff coming in the next year to Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint raids - Details on how to access the raids and the raid release date.