As you play through The Surge’s opening areas, you’re bound to come across more and more enemies that may seem tougher than the enemies that you first began fighting. These enemies hit harder, they hit faster, and they can easily take you down a few notches if you aren’t careful. If you want to survive against these enemies, you’re going to need to learn more about your Exo-Rig’s Implants in The Surge, and how those Implants can affect your gameplay. In this article we’ll teach you everything you need to know about Implants in The Surge, including how to acquire more Implant slots.

How Implants Work

Implants are kind of like skill points, but the main facet here is that you can change out the Implants that you’re running at any point in time. This means you can swap out your healing Implant for an HP increase, if you see fit, but you’ll have to visit a Medbay in the Ops Center to do so.

There are quite a few different Implant types that you can find and acquire throughout The Surge. While many range from things like healing items or HP increases, others will allow you to see enemy health bars, increase weapon damage, and even point out nearby objects on your HUD. The Implants that you equip really define how you play the game.

How to Get More Implant Slots

From the start your Exo-Rig is most likely only going to be equipped with one open Implant slot. If you want to run multiple Implants—you do, trust us—you’re going to need to learn how to unlock more Implant slots.

The easiest way to unlock more Implant Slots is to upgrade your Power Core. We’ve already shown you how to get your Power Core, but now let’s take a look at how the Power Core works.

Upgrading your Power Core is basically The Surge’s leveling system, and the higher your Power Core level, the more you’ll be able to do with your Exo-Rig. The type of armor that you can equip is also directly related to your Power Core level, as stronger armor takes more power to run.

Simply visit a Medbay while you have some Tech Scrap in your Inventory, and then level up your Power Core from the very first menu that appears in the Medbay. The Exo-Rig armor that you are running doesn't change how many Implants you can have, so no matter which Gear you choose to run, you'll always have the same amount of Implant slots available. Implants themselves can be acquired from the game world, as well as dropped by enemies.

Using your Implants is very important, as this is the only way to directly increase your HP and Stamina. When you level up your Power Core, these numbers stay static, and unchanging. But, once you have equipped an Implant that increases your overall health amount, then that number will usually continue to expand based on your Power Core level. You can also equip multiple Implants of the same type in the various slots you have available, so if you want to run four HP boosters, then that is an option.

Now that you know more about Implants, be sure to head back over to our The Surge guide, where we have plenty of other tips and guides to help you make sense of your journey through CREO’s destroyed facilities.