This page covers all the Upgrades you can get for Rico. They are obtained by collecting Gears, the reward you obtain each time you complete one of the games many Challenges.
Once you unlock an upgrade, you can equip it by going to the Gear Mods section of your Commlink. Not all upgrades can be applied at once, as some overwrite others, so make sure to pick the ones best suited for the situation at hand.
Important Gear Mods
While there are dozens of mods and upgrades to unlock, players may want to focus on improving some abilities over others. For example, giving your boats the ability to perform jumps may be fun, but that won’t be particularly useful during your liberation of Medici. Here are the mods we suggest focusing your efforts on unlocking:
- Tether Mods: Rico’s signature grappling hook is the focal point of many of JC3’s mechanics. That said, as powerful as Rico’s starting grappel is, the Tether Upgrades will allow him to do a lot more damage without using any weapons. The Scrapyard Scramble challenges are spread out across Medici, so consider using our Interactive Map to find them.
- Glass Grenades: This is an easy one to get since it only requires three gears in a Destruction Frenzy challenge, but these grenades that explode on impact make combat much easier during large firefights.
- More Grenades: This upgrade, which increases Rico’s grenade capacity, is another that can be obtained early on. That said, you can never have too many grenades.
- More Explosives: Just like with grenades, it always helps to have more things that go “boom.” Simply collect 3 gears from any of the Crash Bomb challenges to increase your active GL-64 count by one.
- Reel-In Boost: While the Wingsuit Courses may be difficult, earning this Traversal Mod will allow Rico to gain more altitude and cover a greater distance in less time.
- Land Nitrous I: This Land Vehicle mod is invaluable if you want to earn more gears when completing Land Races – plus, a nitrous boost never hurts when trying to escape the DRM.
There are eight types of Gear Mod upgrades that can be unlocked by earning gears when completing various challenges.
|3||Glass Grenades||Grenades explode as soon as they hit anything.|
|7||More Grenades I||Increases grenade capacity to 4.|
|13||Selective Glass||Grenades explode as soon as they hit a person or vehicle.|
|21||Smart Fuse||Decreases the fuse on grenades when thrown near enemies.|
|30||Homing Grenades I||Grenades home-in on targets.|
|40||More Grenades II||Increases grenade capacity to 5.|
|50||Long Fuse||Grenades take longer to explode.|
|62||Homing Grenades II||Extends the range and seeking ability of Rico’s Homing Grenades.|
|74||Smart Glass||Grenades explode instantly upon contact with an enemy.|
|87||More Grenades III||Increases grenade capacity to 6.|
|100||Chaos Object Homing||Homing Grenades seek out both enemies and chaos objects.|
|3||More Explosives I||Increase max number of active planted explosive to 4.|
|7||Booster Explosives I||Your explosives are now equipped with rocket thrusters that can propel objects forward upon detonation.|
|15||Proximity Trigger||Planted explosives will automatically explode if approached by enemies.|
|24||Safety Detonator||Planted explosives will not detonate if Rico is within the explosion radius.|
|34||Booster Explosives II||The rocket thrusters on Rico’s explosives fire for an extended amount of time with greater force.|
|45||More Explosives II||Increase the max number of active explosives to 5.|
|3||Precision Aim||Rico can now increase his aim by zooming in on targets.|
|7||Weapon Restock I||Rebel Drop weapons are restocked in half the time.|
|13||Double Special Weapon Ammo||Rico can now carry twice as much ammunition for Special Weapons.|
|20||Weapon Restock II||Rebel Drop weapons are now instantly restocked, and FOW strikes are restocked faster.|
|3||Double Tethers||Increases the maximum number
of active tethers to 4.
|6||Tether Strength I||All dual tethers can withstand greater strains and retract with a greater amount of force.|
|10||Triple Tethers||Increases the maximum number
of active tethers to 6.
|15||Tether Strength II||Further increases the strength and durability of dual tethers.|
|3||Reel-In Boost||Gain a burst of speed when reeling in on a grappel line.|
|7||Steady Hand||Shoot any weapon while reeling in.|
|12||Slingshot Boost||Gain a burst of speed while slingshotting in a parachute.|
|20||Reel-In Kick I||Reeling into enemies impacts with greater force.|
|28||Wingsuit Air Brake||Manually slow down while wingsuiting for tighter turns.|
|37||Wingsuit Quick Close||Automatically close the wingsuit for a smooth landing at low speeds.|
|47||Impact Resistance I||Take less damage from impacts.|
|57||Re-Reel||Gain the ability to fire another grapple line while reeling in.|
|68||Slingsuit-to-Reel||Gain the ability to reel-in to
a target while wingsuiting.
|80||Slingsuit Boost||Gain a boost of speed
|92||Impact Resistance II||Take even less impact damage.|
|105||Reel-In Kick II||Deliver even more damage when performing a Reel-In Kick.|
|Land Vehicle Mods|
|3||Land Nitrous I||All Rebel Drop land vehicles are equipped with nitrous boosters.|
|7||Land Turbo Jump I||All Rebel Drop land vehicles can launch themselves into the air.|
|12||Garage Vehicle Detector||The collectible detector will now mark vehicles that Rico has yet
to bring to Rebel garages.
|19||Max Beacons I||Increase the maximum number of Rebel Drop beacons to 3.|
Restock Speed I
|Rebel Drop land vehicles are restocked in half the time.|
|34||Faster In-Air Recharge||Nitrous and Turbo-Jump fuel recharges much faster midair.|
|43||Max Beacons II||Increase the maximum number of Rebel Drop beacons to 5.|
|51||Land Turbo Jump II||Rebel Drop land vehicles can jump higher into the air, and the ability recharges much faster.|
|60||Land Nitrous II||Nitrous ability on land vehicles recharges considerably faster.|
Restock Speed II
|Land vehicles are instantly restocked for Rebel Drops.|
|Air Vehicle Mods|
|3||Air Nitrous I||Helicopters and planes obtained via Rebel Drop are equipped with nitrous for a temporary speed boost.|
|7||Max Flares I||Increase Rico’s maximum supply of Fast Travel flares to 3.|
|13||Air Vehicle Restock I||Planes and helicopters are restocked in the Rebel Drop
menu in half the time.
|21||Max Flares II||Increase Rico’s maximum supply of Fast Travel flares to 5.|
|30||Air Nitrous II||Nitrous on planes and helicopters recharges much faster.|
|40||Air Vehicle Restock II||Planes and helicopters are instantly restocked in the Rebel Drop menu.|
|Sea Vehicle Mods|
|3||Boat Turbo Jump I||All boats acquired via Rebel Drops can launch into the air.|
|7||Boat Nitrous I||All boats acquired via Rebel Drops are equipped with nitrous boosters.|
|13||Boat Restock I||Boats are restocked in the Rebel Drop menu in half the time.|
|19||Boat Turbo Jump II||Boats recharge their turbo jump ability much faster.|
|27||Boat Nitrous II||Nitrous on all boats recharges
|35||Boat Restock II||Boats are instantly restocked in
the Rebel Drop menu.