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Guide to the Forge & Forge Mastery in Deep Rock Galactic

Two of Deep Rock Galactic’s best features are the customization system and the weapon overclock system. There are so many unique cosmetics for you to unlock and equip onto your character, and there are even more weapon modifications for you to upgrade your gear with. One of the best ways to unlock new cosmetics and overclocks in Deep Rock Galactic is through the Forge.

But what exactly is the Forge, how do you use it, and what does Forge Mastery mean? We’ll be answering all of these questions and more in today’s article!

Forge Guide for Deep Rock Galactic

We’ll make sure you know everything you need to know by the end of this article.

What is the Forge in DRG?

The Forge - where you can craft overclocks and cosmetics in Deep Rock Galactic.
Image: Ghost Ship Games, Coffee Stain Publishing via HGG / Koby Gibson Ross

First and foremost, just what is the Forge, exactly? The Forge is a terminal/workbench that you can find inside the space rig, located to the left of the Abyss Bar and close to the giant window. While interacting with The Forge, you will be able to spend credits and minerals to turn Infused Matrix Cores into the item contained within each one.

And what is an Infused Matrix Core? They’re a special item that contains either a weapon overclock or a cosmetic. They’re created when you take a Blank Matrix Core and convert it into an infused one by completing a machine event during a mission.

Blank Matrix Cores can be obtained in a number of different ways. You can complete Weekly Core Hunt assignments from the assignment terminal for one. If you’re confident enough, you can take on the Deep Dives as well to earn a Blank Matrix Core. Both the normal and elite versions each award one Blank Matrix Core per week.

What is Forge Mastery?

Forge Mastery gives you an extra Infused Matrix Core for every 5 crafts you do.
Image: Ghost Ship Games, Coffee Stain Publishing via HGG / Koby Gibson Ross

Forge Mastery refers to the little bar at the bottom-left of your screen whenever you access the Forge. Every time you craft something from an Infused Matrix Core, one of the bars will fill up. Once you use a total of five Infused Matrix Cores at The Forge, the meter will be completely filled up and will spit out an additional Infused Matrix Core as a bonus!

The bonus Infused Matrix Core that you are given will be either a weapon overclock or a cosmetic item. This reward will alternate between the two types each time you level up. Meaning if you earned a weapon overclock this time, then next time you’ll receive a cosmetic item instead.

Tips For Using The Forge & Getting More Matrix Cores

Example of a forged overclock in Deep Rock Galactic.
Image: Ghost Ship Games, Coffee Stain Publishing via HGG / Koby Gibson Ross

Before we end this guide to the Forge in Deep Rock Galactic, let’s go over some quick tips and tricks for how to make the most out of The Forge.

  • Tip #1: Make sure you are always well stocked up on materials. Crafting a weapon overclock or cosmetic from an Infused Matrix Core costs not only credits but rare minerals as well. Oftentimes, I’ve found myself running low on certain materials, as the prices can be rather demanding. I recommend you always stay stocked up on them by mining everything in sight during missions and taking advantage of the sales at the resource exchange.
  • Tip #2: Complete Machine Events whenever you can. Machine Events are special side objectives that have a small chance of spawning during missions. If you find one and aren’t struggling to complete the main mission, your team should attempt the Machine Event. Afterwards, make sure to convert your Blank Matrix Core into an infused one. Even if you don’t particularly care for the selection of infusion choices, you can eliminate an option from the pool of possibilities for future infusions.
  • Tip #3: Complete Weekly Core Hunt Assignments and Deep Dives. If you’re still new to the game, focus on getting your Weekly Core Hunt assignments done. These missions are just your standard ones, and you can start to stockpile some Blank Matrix Cores for later. If you’re more confident and have promoted a class already, you can look at taking on the Deep Dives to get two additional Blank Matrix Cores a week!

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