Similar to the Skill trees for the assassins, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate also gives us a set of three upgrade trees to upgrade our Gang. Whilst the upgrades don’t have much of an impact on the player characters per se, but they do have some notable impacts on the environment, Rooks and Blighters.
Players can spend their hard earned resources and money to purchase upgrades for the Gang which will unlock additional passive bonuses, useful new abilities for the Rooks, additional money and money-saving measures and some perks to make traversing the city a little less hostile. The three upgrade trees are Ringleader, Insider and Swindler and each has its own unique series of unlocks and bonuses.
The Gang Upgrade menu becomes available during Memory Sequence 03-02 during which you’ll need to purchase the 'Medicine Market' upgrade located in the Insider tree.
Below you’ll find a breakdown of the three skill trees, the skills that each contains and the cost of said upgrades.
Note: It’s a great idea to start with the ‘Swindler’ skill tree to increase your passive income and reduce the price of Gang Upgrades and items at shops.
The Ringleader tree focuses on making your life easier in combat with gang members in tow. It centers on improving your Rooks to make them tougher, give them additional abilities and expand their archetype pool whilst also containing some upgrades that will sabotage Templar/Blighter equipment.
The following upgrades are for upgrading your Rooks and are included in the Ringleader tree:
|Rook Training I||1,000£ + 50 Leather||Rooks are now Level 5.|
|Allies in Arms||2,500£ + 50 Metal + 25 Chemical||Rooks initiate fights with firearms.|
|Training Rooks II||10,000£ + 100 Metal + 50 Silk||Rooks are now Level 7.|
|Enhanced Firepower||6,000£ + 100 Metal + 50 Silk||Rook firearms are more effective.|
|Training Rooks III||16,000£ + 100 Metal + 50 Silk||Rooks are now Level 9.|
|Rook Riders||1,500£ + 100 Metal + 50 Leather||Rooks will now ride carriages.|
|Rook Riders II||3,000£ + 100 Metal + 50 Leather||More Rook carriages riding about.|
|Rook Carriage||5,000£ + 100 Leather + 100 Silk||Rook carriages have more health.|
|Cavalry Call||6,400£ + 150 Metal + 100 Leather||Summon a carriage full of Rooks.|
The following upgrades will expand the available Rook archetypes:
|Rook Watchers||2,000£ + 50 Leather||Rooks now include Lookouts.|
|Rook Brutes||5,000£ + 50 Leather||Rooks now include Brutes.|
|Rook Enforcers||8,000£ + 100 Metal + 50 Silk||Rooks now include Enforcers.|
The following upgrades will negatively impact Blighters and Templars:
|Carriage Sabotage||4,500£ + 50 Metal + 50 Chemical||Blighter carriages have less health.|
|Poison the Well||4,000£ + 50 Chemical||Reduce the health of all Blighters.|
|Dull Blades||2,800£ + 50 Leather + 25 Silk||Take less damage from melee weapons.|
|Bad Powder I||3,200£ + 100 Metal + 50 Chemical||Blighter firearms may misfire or explode.|
|Bad Powder II||4,800£ + 100 Metal + 80 Chemical||Templar firearms may misfire or explode.|
The Insider tree focuses on manipulating the environment. This tree provides numerous upgrades such as reducing police and Blighter hostility, adding additional explosives/hanging barrels in the environment and increasing the prevalence of certain vehicle types on the roads.
The following upgrades are included in the Insider tree:
|Police Bribes||5,000£ + 25 Silk||Police will not be as aggressive.|
|Notoriety||7,500£||Blighters will not attack you in the street.|
|Little Rooks||1,500£ + 100 Metal + 50 Chemical||Children will give you improved items.|
|Delivery Service||1,000£ + 50 Leather + 25 Silk||More hanging barrels on the map.|
|Explosive Delivery||2,000£ + 50 Metal + 50 Chemical||More explosive crates on the map.|
|Growler Boom||1,500£ + 25 Metal||More Growler carriages on the map.|
|Dispatcher||1,500£||More fire trucks on the map.|
|Medicine Market||500£ + 10 Metal + 50 Chemical||Purchase medicine from shops.|
|Mad Science||2,500£ + 50 Metal + 25 Chemical||Schematic: Voltaic Bomb Upgrade II|
The Swindler tree is centered around both increasing your passive income and saving you money. It includes upgrades to the Train Hideout safe to allow it to store more money, quicker and discounts at stores to reduce the cost of purchases.
The following upgrades are present in the Swindler tree and are useful for saving you money on purchases:
|City-wide Craze||500£ + 50 Metal + 50 Chemical||50% discount on Hallucinogenic Darts.|
|Bomb Discount||4,500£ + 100 Metal + 25 Chemical||50% discound on bombs.|
|Black Market Affiliation||3,000£ + 50 Metal + 50 Chemical||25% discount on gun/knife ammo.|
|Black Market Ties||4,000£ + 50 Chemical||20% discount on weapons/gear.|
|City Takeover||10,000£ + 50 Chemical + 50 Silk||Discount on Gang Upgrades.|
The following upgrades will earn you additional money:
|Ale Heist||1,500£ + 50 Chemical||Additional Hijack/Escort tasks on the map.|
|Shell Company||5,000£ + 25 Chemical + 25 Silk||Increases revenue from associate activities.|
|Rate of Income||8,000£ + 25 Chemical + 25 Silk||Increase money deposited to train vault by 25%.|
|Pub Investor||6,000£ + 150 Leather + 50 Chemical||Increase Safe capacity by 500£ and income by 500£/30 mins.|
|Pub Games||10,000£ + 100 Leather||Increase Safe capacity by 500£ and income by 500£/30 mins.|
|Bookmaker||12,000£ + 100 Leather + 50 Silk||Increase Safe capacity by 500£ and income by 500£/30 mins.|
|Tea Magnate||15,000£ + 50 Metal + 50 Silk||Increase Safe capacity by 500£ and income by 500£/30 mins.|
|Shop Investor||20,000£ + 100 Metal + 100 Silk||Increase Safe capacity by 1,000£ and income by 1,000£/30 mins.|