Weapon Proficiency is an important stat you should keep your eye on in Returnal. Having a higher Weapon Proficiency will allow for better weapon stats and higher quality weapons. Having a higher proficiency will also allow you to find better weapons as you go across Atropos. The proficiency rate also increases in chunks rather than gradually which is pretty nifty as you face tougher enemies in the game. Selene’s character herself starts with a 100% Proficiency Rate but the Weapon Proficiency is at 0. Weapon Proficiency depends on the steps you take throughout the game and there are many things that impact it.
How to increase Weapon Proficiency in Returnal
Weapon Proficiency is dependent on a number of factors. External factors such as Artefacts can help boost this stat. You can even find items like Calibrators around the Atropos map. This is sure to give you a massive weapon proficiency boost. However, some Parasites might sap your Weapon Proficiency rate, so it might make sense to get rid of them.
Another way to boost Weapon Proficiency is to increase your Adrenaline. Increasing your adrenaline goes hand in hand with your Proficiency Rate, which in turn will affect Weapon Proficiency. Having a higher Weapon Proficiency will ensure that you get weapons of the same level and not lower. For example, a Weapon Proficiency Rate of Level 3 will net you Level 3 or higher weapons, but not lower. You also need to note that if you do die, your Weapon Proficiency will fall back to 0, so make sure you heal up in Returnal.
If you want to check your Weapon Proficiency stats, click on the touchpad on your PS5 controller. Go to the Status Menu option and look towards the lower left. Here you will see the option for Proficiency Level. Click on it and look at the stats you want to know about.