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Undawn Skill Chip Guide: Everything You Need to Know

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Skill Chips are one of the most expensive yet effective ways to enhance your character in Undawn. In this brief guide, I will share everything I know about Skill Chips and attempt to answer the most common questions.

How to Create Special Skill Chips

Special Skill Chips in Undawn come in two types:

  • Normal (Purple) skill chips are created from 30 corresponding chip modules directly in your inventory and only increase your character’s stats (e.g., +42 Damage).
  • Ultimate (Gold) skill chips are created from 50 corresponding chip modules and are much more expensive. Each chip not only provides stat boosts but also features a unique skill that activates under specific conditions (e.g., +60 Damage, “Hitting a weak point increases your base damage by 16.5% for 3.5 seconds”).

To create a skill chip, gather the required number of corresponding chip modules (30 or 50) in your inventory, select one of them, and press “Craft.”

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Once created, a skill chip can still be sold to other players in the Trade section, but after equipping it, it becomes bound to your character.

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As far as I know, it’s impossible to unlink a purple skill chip for further sale. There is currently no information available regarding the ability to unlink a gold skill chip.

How to obtain Skill Chip Modules

There are several main ways to acquire Skill Chip Modules.

  1. Participation and victory in evening events: You have a chance to receive a Chip Module Crate in almost any event. However, the primary source of Ultimate Chip Module Crates is the Camp Competition event, which takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays. If your Camp is in a high league, you have a good chance of getting 4 or even 6 Ultimate Chip Modules per week (or at least 2).
  2. Looting crates in Blockade: This is a PVP mode where you can obtain up to 5 crates per day. Crates contain useful rewards and sometimes (quite rarely) purple and gold skill chips.
  3. Purchasing from other players: The main way to acquire Skill Chips is to buy them for gold in the Trade section. They are quite expensive, so you need to be able to earn gold in Undawn.

How to Enhance Skill Chips

Each special skill chip has a level, which is displayed in its description, and can be improved several times using the corresponding chip modules (the enhancement limit is currently unknown).

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For example, upgrading the purple skill chip “Utter Destruction” to the 2nd level requires 15 chip modules, and the bonus “Critical Hit +2.8%” increases to “Critical Hit +4.2%” (+1.4%).

How Skill Chips Work

At present, each player can equip up to 4 skill chips simultaneously (2 for weapons and 2 for armor) in the following items:

  • Main weapon,
  • Heavy weapon,
  • Clothing,
  • Armor.

How to Determine Which Skill Chips Can Be Installed in Each Slot

  1. Highlight an equipment item of the types listed above in your inventory and click “Special Skill.” In this section, you can see all items that can have a skill chip equipped.
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  2. Select the item you’re interested in (e.g., Clothing) and click on the “Install Chip” slot. You will see a list of chips that can be installed in that item.
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  3. If you already have a suitable skill chip, select it from the list and click “Assemble.”
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How to Unequip Skill Chips

Highlight the item with an installed chip in the list and press the “Unequip” button. The chip will be placed in your inventory.

Can Skill Chips Be Sold After Equipping?

As far as I know, no. After unequipping, a chip will display a green lock icon, indicating “non-tradable, personal use only.” When selecting a skill chip, the “Unlink” option is absent, meaning you cannot unlink it even for RC.

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Is the skill chip effect tied to the weapon?

No. For example, if you equip Utter Destruction in the slot of your Heavy Weapon, you will receive a bonus Critical Hit even if you are holding a Main Weapon, and vice versa.

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The special effects of Ultimate Skill Chips are also not tied to the weapon. Today, on November 21, 2023, I finally crafted the Skill Chip: Increased Concentration and tested it personally.

Skill Chip: Increased Concentration

Even if the chip is installed in your heavy weapon, when hitting an enemy’s weak point with the main weapon, you will still receive +16.5% to Base Damage (if you don’t know what Base Damage is and don’t understand how damage is calculated, read the Undawn Character Stats Guide).

Skill Chip: Increased Concentration effect

This means that you can use, for example, Skill Chip: Increased Concentration and Skill Chip: Increased Tenacity simultaneously, and these chips will work fine together, both for heavy and main weapons. In my current Camp in Undawn, there is a person who uses these two chips.

Does the Ultimate Skill Chip effect for weapons trigger on the first shot?

No. I mean, if you equip Skill Chip: Increased Concentration or Skill Chip: Increased Tenacity and shoot an enemy, for example, with an SVD, the first shot will deal regular damage and apply the corresponding effect to you, and subsequent shots will be enhanced by this effect. This is important to understand if you like playing with sniper rifles.

Can You Use Two Identical Skill Chips?

There is no precise information on this matter yet, so I suggest assuming that it’s not possible (no effect). I asked about this in the global chat on my server, and no one has tested it so far.

In all honesty, there isn’t much point in doing this. Take “Utter Destruction” as an example; you receive the same 1.4% Critical Hit bonus for both crafting and enhancing the chip with 15 chip modules. This means you can simply strengthen your skill chip. Of course, there is some limit to this enhancement (as I mentioned, it’s currently unknown), but until you reach it, there’s nothing to worry about.

What’s Better: Using Purple Skill Chips or Saving Gold for Ultimate Skill Chips?

Not all skill chips in Undawn are created equal, so it depends on your priorities in the game. If you don’t care too much about your immediate competitiveness but play for the long term, it makes sense to save gold for ultimate skill chips right away. There’s already a good article on how to earn gold in Undawn.

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However, in most cases, it would be wiser to first acquire 2-3 purple skill chips and possibly enhance them since this is much cheaper by a factor of ten or more. If you can buy a purple skill chip for 300-500k, the prices for top-tier gold skill chips start at 3 million.

Best Skill Chips in Undawn

In my subjective opinion (based on objective data but still subjective), the best skill chips are as follows. This information is primarily based on my in-game experience and observations of players who already possess these chips.

For a better understanding of everything discussed here, I recommend reading the Undawn character stats guide. Pay special attention to the damage formula and the difference between “armor” and “max armor.” Also, note that if a chip’s description mentions “restores armor,” it means the restoration of max armor (the blue bar).

For Main and Heavy Weapons:

  • Increased Concentration (Ultimate): Damage +60, hitting a weak point increases your base weapon damage by 16.5% for 3.5 seconds (cooldown: 0.5s). In simple terms, you gain +16.5% damage when hitting an enemy’s head in PVP or a weak point in PVE. Best suited for PC players.
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  • Increased Tenacity (Ultimate): Damage +60, increases your base damage by 4.5% for 3.5 seconds each time you land a hit. The effect stacks up to 3 times and has a cooldown of 1 second. Due to the longer cooldown, you can achieve the maximum bonus (13.5% damage increase) only after 2 seconds. Better suited for players with touch devices.
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  • Absolute Suppression (Ultimate): Critical Hit +4.1%, when a critical hit lands on the enemy, they receive bleeding damage equal to 160% skill strength + 106% level growth bonus per second for 3 seconds (cooldown: 12s). I haven’t personally tested this chip, and I rarely see people using it. But in theory, it looks very powerful because it inflicts significant bleeding damage. This chip is particularly interesting in combination with bleeding from the AK-47.
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  • Fearless Vanguard (Purple): Damage +42. Roughly +4% damage.
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  • Utter Destruction (Purple): Critical Hit +2.8%.
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For Clothing and Armor:

  • An Eye For An Eye (Ultimate): Max Armor +76, while you still have armor remaining, your attackers receive bleeding damage equal to 44% skill strength + 29% level growth bonus every second and are slowed by 16% for 3 seconds (cooldown: 5s). The key feature of this chip is enemy slowing. In combination with the AK-47 effect, it allows you to reduce the attacking enemy’s speed by nearly half, making them an easy target. Remember that in PVP in Undawn, teamwork and controlling opponents are crucial.
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  • Armor Regeneration (Ultimate): Critical Resistance +3.2%, resists fatal damage and immediately restores 37.8% armor (cooldown 60s). In simple terms, it allows you to avoid fatal damage once every 60 seconds. In my opinion, this is a must-have for PVP events on Radiation Island. As for other PVP modes, I’m not sure because battles are more dynamic and at shorter distances. In such conditions, the HP Technology chip seems much more effective (emphasis on this being my subjective opinion and nothing more).
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  • HP Technology (Ultimate): Armor +48, converts 10.9% of HP into max armor at a 1:2 ratio. For example, 1500 HP * 0.1 (10%) * 2 = +300 Max Armor. In practice, this provides a significant increase in character survivability. Remember that it’s more beneficial to develop max armor than HP because max armor replenishes on its own if the character doesn’t take damage for a certain period. Additionally, some special effects (such as the “An Eye For An Eye” chip effect) are tied to max armor. This versatile chip is suitable for any PVP battles.
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  • Enabled Mecha (Purple): Max Armor +53.
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  • Callous Precinct (Purple): Armor +33.
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Note

I want to emphasize once again that what I’ve mentioned is based on my subjective perception of PVP in Undawn.

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I believe that teamwork, controlling opponents in all ways, instant damage boosts, and character survivability (in the moment) are key to victory. The floor is open for discussions in the comments below this post, so you can always share your expert opinion on this matter.

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  • Andrea
    Andrea
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    After watching ur last video, I gave up saving gold even for purple chip and I just sold my modules.  Moreover a part purple stat (but now I want that armour piercing on drone too!) accessories of course (from lv 9 to lv 10 you gain a lot of dmg) genes and polishing, of course,

    I’m impressed still about weapon expert , the skill only costs few hundred thousand but of silver, very easy to gain more than gold, and above all enhanced syringes from exploration shop, I realized I was saving 1 milion gold, and was not using something completely free that gives more or less same dmg, oreect me if im wrong..

    I mean all ppl complain ptw, but you aware there is a free vanguard  chip in exploration shop, lol 

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  • Andrea
    Andrea
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    Would like only to mention how much is a big deal improve weapon expert skill in training camp just realized these days.  At beginnings is possible increase damage of 10 points with few 10k of silver and guild points that every active player has.

    Increasing dmg of 10 points with a purple chip is not less than 230 -250k gold, while is always possible buy 100k silver with only 60k gold….

    So not only polishing genes, but Basically till upgrading And max out weapon expert, guess is not worth buying the chip 

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  • Andrea
    Andrea
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    What does it mean exactly 33 armour in that calleoustous chip?

     I have around 1000 max armour right now, already a pink perk (7.7% max armour) So I guess 66 armour (2 chips) roughly correspond to 6.6% damage less on armour.

    So in my case roughly to 66 max armour more, so I would go for a double enabled metcha (106 max armour,  and with a better gain with that  pink perk too )

    But idk if im correct….

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    • Kianl
      Kianl
      ADMIN
      Reply to Andrea

      Hello. I’m still not sure how exactly armor damage reduction works. But just in case, I’ll remind you that armor (reducing damage) and max armor (blue scale) are two different parameters. And so far I have not seen any relationship between them. Max armor does not reduce damage. It’s just like “extra HP”. The only difference is that max armor begins to recover 10-15 seconds after receiving damage.

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      • Andrea
        Andrea
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        Reply to Kianl

        A ok.. still worth tho right? 

        Cause hp technology looks way better as much as your hp increase. But it costs around 3kk against around 1.2kk for  2 defense purples chips, so it will be the next step for sure.

        Btw may I ask which is Ur ign? 

        Would like add u lol if u dont mind

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        • Kianl
          Kianl
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          Reply to Andrea

          Whether it is worth it or not needs to be calculated relative to other ways of developing this parameter or alternatives. For example, regarding the cost of obtaining the corresponding purple stat (or even two) in equipment, polishing, etc.
          P.S. I don’t know what is “Ur ign”. What do u mean? 🤨

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          • Andrea
            Andrea
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            Reply to Kianl

            In game name, im revenant 

            I ve already a purple stat on armour, for the 2nd one I should block the purple stat tand it will be very expensive. 

            A part maths, Guess that I just don’t wanna wait to reach 3kk only for one cheap and in meanwhile buy 2 purples as everybody is doing lol, even if here hp technology is clery a winner cause is a dynamic value, I mean max armour will increase always with that chip together with hp. So it’s pretty crazy good stuff

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  • Andrea
    Andrea
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    I’m playing this game more like an all around survival  community experience, as it should primary be, however to fill a bit the gap between my power and that of advanced players in (usually toxic lol) top guilds, and enjoy all kind of pvp pve battles more, im starting to saving gold for a ultimate chip.

    Since it will be very long (without or with very few real money) I wouldn’t mistake my choices

    As you suggest I dont ever consider the purples ones, fearless vanguard is just like a polish level over 30, I would barely notice it. For survivability I would go for hp technology, It seems to me the best all around choice, I just will notice always that 350 max armour more (with my currently hp, so it will be even more), while i would leave out eye for an eye, since i dont wanna be forced using always an ak47 (even if im a touchscreen player).

    Regarding offensive capabilities, for the same reason absolute soppression is not that attractive, remain increased tenacity and increased concentration,  both seem to be huge boost to equipped weapon, with a slighty preference for increased concentration. 

    Tenaacity will give a longer boost, basically 5.5 sec vs 3.5 with a max value of 13.5%dmg, but that 16.5% for 3.5 sec and only half sec cooldown sounds a bit better to me expecially for pvp.  (For pve a slightly smaller but longer boost could be better) Now I dont understand 2 things, once you reach max boost (stuck up 3 times) with increased tenacity and 3.5 sec are gone , you can activate it immediatly again by hitting a weak point?

    The other thing why you are suggesting tenacity for touchscreen players and concentration for PC ones? Cause we can hit easier weak point with aim assistance? 

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    • Kianl
      Kianl
      ADMIN
      Reply to Andrea

      Hello. You’re wrong about purple chips. In current realities, top-end gold chips for damage cost about 4.5-5k gold. For the same money, the damage of the main weapon can be increased even higher and without unnecessary additional conditions. For example, 2 purple Vanguard chips = +8% damage for about 1.8kk. For another 1-1.2kk you can add 8-10% damage to your main and heavy weapons due to the second purple parameter (according to the guarantee system). And, of course, polishing, genes, etc. The only reason why I personally am now collecting the concentration (already have 27 parts) is that I am afraid of inflation. I saw prices on Chinese servers, where for 1 part of this chip they no longer demand 80-100k, but 200-300k. This happens because over time, the demand for chips will grow, and the supply, on the contrary, will fall, as players slowly leave the game.

      As for tenacity for touchscreen, this is my subjective vision. Judging by the feedback from my friends in the game, it is much more difficult to play on touch devices. I think Concentration is more suitable for PC players because the game has an “aim assist” feature that automatically “pulls” the crosshair to the enemy’s head while shooting. The rest is just my subjective conclusions.

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      • Andrea
        Andrea
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        Reply to Kianl

        Well, in Shadowgun L. playing with PC is considered cheating and punished with banishment. Idk exactly how aim assistance work on the 2 platforms, but with touch input you just can’t reach the accuracy of a mouse input. A medium PC is better than ever mobile device imo, just to mention other differences such as bigger screen, better performance by far and top graphics ..

        Regarding the chips I follow your conclusions then, thought was better save gold for top chips but 5kk is s huge amount of gold, reaching same performance with half gold feels better.

        As I told many times this game has no long future imo, I’ve done weeklies in one day camp events required to be free each day at dinner time, other rewards are meaningless, all the rest is real money, so ppl slowly will leave and chip prices increase, as u said , is realistic .

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  • Renz
    Renz
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    Can we you 2 same skill chip in 2 equipment? like i have 2 callous and i want to put it in armor and torso shirt

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    • Kianl
      Kianl
      ADMIN
      Reply to Renz

      I can’t confirm or deny because I haven’t tried it personally.

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  • Leo
    Leo
    GUEST

    how can i get skill chips or components for chips?

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    • Kianl
      Kianl
      ADMIN
      Reply to Leo

      It seems I forgot to write about the most important thing 😀. Well, I’ll fix it soon.
      For now, in short, you can get skill chip modules by buying them for gold in the Trade section, participating in Camp Competition and other camp events, or opening Blockade boxes (quite rarely). Sometimes you can get it by opening boxes with rewards for weekly tasks. The main way is to buy from other players.

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  • m1estro
    m1estro
    GUEST

    Do you have any idea what does level growth bonus means on abs suppression?

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    • Kianl
      Kianl
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      Reply to m1estro

      This probably means that this is a dynamic bonus that will grow with the chip level, or with the character level. I can’t say anything for sure, since I haven’t tested it personally.

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