Salvage is vital if you plan on improving your characters’ damage and survivability. Unfortunately, there’s not an easy way to reliably farm Salvage—especially when one item level costs hundreds of Salvage. Luckily, there are a few places in the game where you can get items somewhat regularly, albeit very slowly. Here are all the different ways to get Salvage in Tacticus.
Redeeming In-Game Codes
This is first on our list for two reasons. For one, if you’re not already staying up-to-date on in-game codes, you’re missing out on a ton of free Blackstone and other resources. Secondly, Snowprint occasionally includes Salvage or items you can turn into Salvage in codes. For both of these reasons, you’re not going to want to miss out on in-game codes. They expire quickly, so you really have to stay on top of them.
Scrap (Almost) Everything You’re Not Using
This is easily the best way to get Salvage. There’s no real reason to keep every piece of common and uncommon item you get. As you progress through the game, rare items will become easier to get. Make sure that everyone on your roster has the highest possible item equipped, then scrap all of your commons and uncommon items. Unless you know for a fact you won’t need a rare piece of equipment, you should hold off on scrapping those too.
To scrap items, just go into your inventory and tap the green plus symbol next to your Salvage in the upper-right-hand corner. Items that are equipped cannot be scrapped, so don’t worry about accidentally getting rid of your best gear. There’s a button that automatically selects every piece of common items, but you’ll have to manually select all of your uncommon items.
If you invested any Salvage into an item, you’ll automatically get it back upon salvaging it—as long as you didn’t turn it into an item of a higher rarity. Once you ascend an item, you won’t be able to get back any Salvage and gold spent on it beforehand. Some players level up items to the max without ascending them just so they can maximize their damage or defense without throwing away resources, as they can easily reclaim their investment at any time.
Buy Equipment in the Daily Store
You should avoid spending Blackstone on gear that pops up in the Daily Store unless it’s a Legendary Item for a character you use; that said, spending gold on common, uncommon, or rare items can be a decent way of building your pile of Salvage. You should only do this if you’re rich in coins and can afford to do it. Otherwise, stick to other methods of getting equipment to scrap or Salvage.
Coins become a limited resource later on and are best used for adding upgrades, XP books, and increasing skill levels. Avoid buying equipment with it, but it can be an easy way to build up salvage in a pinch.
Buy Equipment or Salvage in the Rogue Trader
If you have it unlocked, you can sometimes find Salvage for sale in the Rogue Trader. It’s typically not a bad buy if you’re really hurting for some Salvage. You can also buy Legendary Items and turn them into Salvage, but that is often more expensive than what most players can afford. Whales that have thousands of Archeotech Shards might not bat an eye at picking up a Legendary Item to scrap, but the rest of us have to be a bit more conservative.
Fight in the Arena
You should be fighting in the Arena regardless, but if you’re hurting for Salvage, you should really be making use of the Arena. Not only does it have decent rewards in general, but it can be a great source of equipment to reclaim for Salvage. Each milestone crate that you receive for winning matches contains a piece of equipment, and the final end-of-season chest you receive for your position on the leaderboard also contains equipment.
There is a small ~5% chance of getting Salvage from one of the milestone crates, but you’re more likely to get raid tickets or an XP book. It’s only a handful of Salvage anyways, so don’t hold your breath waiting for it.
Open Onslaught Chests
As you complete Onslaught Killzones, you’ll collect Onslaught XP. Get enough XP, and you’ll increase your Onslaught Level and unlock a chest with some rewards. Again, there is a ~5% chance of getting Salvage, but you’re always guaranteed a piece of equipment. At higher levels, this equipment can even be Legendary or Epic. If you get a Legendary or Epic Item, you’re better off keeping it, but it does make sense to reclaim it for Salvage occasionally, depending on your roster and current gear.
Complete Salvage Runs
Salvage Runs can be another source of equipment to reclaim for Salvage. You won’t get too much Salvage this way, but every little bit counts—especially if you play the game for months on end. 10-20 Salvage a day from Salvage Runs can add up to hundreds over the course of a month. Always make sure you’re completing at least one a day to avoid getting bogged down with max tokens and missing out on rewards.
Progressing Through the Battle Pass
The Battle Pass is a great way of getting various in-game materials, from XP books to badges to salvage. There isn’t a lot of salvage included in the Battle Pass, but you can certainly turn the various gear you get from the battle pass into salvage to boost it a little bit.
In short, you’ll acquire lots of salvage as you progress through and play Tacticus from various sources. If you’re in a pinch and need salvage quickly, your best bet is turning your old, unused gear into salvage or acquiring new gear from Onslaughts, Salvage Runs, or Arena and scrapping it.