The Surge - How to Get New Schematics

Learn the best way to unlock new armor by collecting Schematics in The Surge.

This guide will show you how to get new armor and weapon Schematics in The Surge. One of the main mechanics in The Surge is creating new pieces of armor and weapons to help increase your defences, give you new abilities, and help you defeat enemies. Creating these new pieces of gear requires you to have the appropriate Schematic, but first you need to collect them.

Another benefit of collecting Schematics is that, once you create weapons, you can learn how to equip more weapons and even learn how to upgrade weapons and armor to deal more damage and give you greater defence!

How to Get New Schematics

The Schematics tab shows all the Schematics you've been able to collect in The Surge.
The Schematics tab shows all the Schematics you've been able to collect in The Surge.

To get new Schematics in The Surge you will need to learn how to target individual body parts of an enemy. Each armored body part is able to drop a Schematic of that type. For instance, legs will only drop Leg Schematics and Chests/Torsos will only drop Chest Schematics.

The type of Schematic you receive is entirely dependent upon what enemy you are fighting. If you want to collect a complete set of Gorgon Security Armor, you will need to fight the CREO Security Guards you find around the levels. These guards put up a mean fight, so come prepared.

Much like farming for components, collecting Schematics requires you to cut off enemy limbs in The Surge.
Much like farming for components, collecting Schematics requires you to cut off enemy limbs in The Surge.

After finding an enemy that is wearing the type of body armor you want to collect, you will need to engage them in combat and target the piece of body armor you want. Start attacking that piece of armor, remembering to use the appropriate attack style, horizontal or vertical, in order to hit the armor better. For instance, when attacking arms, a vertical attack won’t work as well as a horizontal attack.

Attack the piece of armor until you have filled your energy bar and have dealt enough damage. Once your energy bar has enough charge to do a Finisher, make sure the armor has sustained enough damage to begin the move. Hold the Finisher button and watch as Warren slices off the limb.

The armor won’t always be available to be collected, so you may need to try a few times. If there is an item on the ground, pick it up and you will receive a new Schematic! Now all you need to do is know how to farm armor materials so you can create it at a Gear Assembly station.

Collect the salvage off the ground to get a new Schematic in The Surge. Take the Schematic back to the Gear Assembly in the Ops center to use in crafting new gear.
Collect the salvage off the ground to get a new Schematic in The Surge. Take the Schematic back to the Gear Assembly in the Ops center to use in crafting new gear.

You will want to be careful when attacking a piece of armor you want that is highlighted blue. This means the armor is a weakpoint and will deal bonus damage to the enemy. Oftentimes, this can lead to the enemy dying before you’ve even gained enough energy to initiate a Finisher.

In situations like this, consider building up your energy bar by attacking a yellow highlighted piece of armor or use a weaker weapon if that option is killing them too fast as well. Build up your energy, switch back to your primary weapon, and deal enough damage to start the Finisher.

Collecting new Schematics in The Surge is important if you want to collect complete sets of armor to activate their hidden abilities. When you reach a new area, take the time killing the enemies and collecting their armor parts so you don’t have to backtrack and find them again!

If you read this guide, you should now know how to get new armor and weapon Schematics in The Surge.

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Sam Chandler

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