As you progress in Returnal you will get improvements for Selene's costume. Some are temporary... but we're going to tell you about all the permanent upgrades.

The new PS5 exclusive, Returnal, developed by Housemarque, is now available. The new roguelike proposal is leaving us stunned by its frenzy, playable variety, and care setting, which reminds us of great science fiction films like Alien.

Surviving on the planet Atropos is not easy at all, and that is why we have already explained what the best weapons are or how to regenerate life and integrity. Selene will have to face terrible alien creatures throughout the six biomes of the game, and we cannot forget about the final bosses, a real headache.

To do this, you need to use Selene's costume upgrades. Throughout the adventure, we will get different options, but some of them are temporary. On the other hand, many others are permanent and we can use them during our forays through the planet Atropos,

If you want to survive the horrors of Returnal and be prepared for the worst, you need to know all the permanent upgrades to the suit in the Housemarque PS5 game.

Throughout the adventure, we can obtain different improvements for the suit, called Xenotech. Some of them (as with parasites) are temporary, and we will lose them when we finish a specific biome or when we die. Luckily, there are up to nine upgrades that are permanent, regardless of what happens to us.

These Xenotech are updates and improvements for Selene's suit, which give us certain advantages in combat, exploration, and movement through the scenarios. Most of these are mandatory to obtain to advance in the story, since they allow us to move through biomes that, otherwise, we could not overcome.

  • Atropian Weapon Charger
  • Hermetic Transmitter
  • Atropian Sabre
  • Xenotech Prism
  • Icarian Grapnel
  • Xenotech Prism 2
  • Promethean Insulators
  • Hadal Ballasts
  • Delphi viewer

All of these upgrades are permanent and can be applied to your suit in each biome. Of course, some can only be achieved at a specific moment in the game, since they give us competitive advantages against enemies and obstacles in Returnal.

The Atropian weapon magazine is found in the first biome and provides us with the useful alternate firing of the weapons. If we press L2 and then the R2 trigger, we will make use of this alternative trigger, which varies depending on the model we use in Returnal.

On the other hand, the hermetic transmitter allows us to teleport using the portals of the scenarios. If we press the triangle in these places, we will automatically reappear at another point on the stage, and we can only do this if we achieve this permanent improvement, present in the first biome.

As you can imagine, the Atropian Sabre is a powerful melee weapon, which we will also find in the first biome, while the Icarian Grapnel is a hook through which we can reach high structures. All these improvements will be your best companion in the PS5 title.

In the case of Xenotech prisms, their role is to expand the ability to carry items in inventory. There are two prisms, which allow us to carry up to a maximum of three consumables (which we use when pressing L1). The first is found in the Crimson Desert, while the second is in the Desolate Citadel.

Finally, three other major upgrades to Returnal's outfit are the Promethean Insulators, the Delphi Visor, and the Halast Ballasts. In the case of the latter, it is necessary to dive underwater, while the former is very useful to avoid damage when stepping on lava areas. The Delphi viewer allows us to see in dark areas and highlight bright objects, something vital in the last biome of the game.


Now that you know where the upgrades are and how to get them, why not check out more guides on the best guides around, here at GamesAtlas.

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