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Saint's Row

How to Unlock and Upgrade the Machete

Nathan Garvin

Information about the Machete in Saints Row, including how to obtain it, how to upgrade it and how to unlock its Signature Ability.

You can buy the Machete from any Friendly Fire store for $1,000.

How to Find and Upgrade the Machete in Saints Row

The Machete is a Melee Weapon in Saints Row, and it can be acquired by purchasing it from any Friendly Fire store location in Santo Ileso. It’ll set you back a $1,000, and can be purchased as soon as you’re done with the Mission Making Rent.

As with all weapons, the Machete can be upgraded three times, depending on your level. At level 5 you’ll unlock the tier 1 upgrade, which will set you back $5,000. At level 10 you can upgrade this weapon to tier 2, which costs $25,000. Finally, at level 15 you can max out the weapon by upgrading it to tier 3, which is quite expensive at $100,000. Upgrading the Machete will increase its Damage and Bleed Duration.

How to Unlock the Bleeding Edge Signature Ability for the Machete

All weapons have a Signature Ability, which will grant the weapon a special ability when its unlock conditions are met. Unlike normal weapon upgrades, you can’t buy Signature Abilities, which can include boons such as life leech, area-of-effect damage, knockback, full-auto firing mode, armor-piercing rounds, elemental damage and bonus damage over time, and so on. Once a Signature Abilities unlock conditions are met you can activate it by visiting Friendly Fire or using the armory at your HQ. Signature Abilities can also be toggled off, if you prefer.

The Machete’s Signature Ability is Bleeding Edge, which grants the weapon to inflict “…triple bleeding damage over time.“. To unlock this Signature Ability you must “Defeat 30 Panteros with regular attacks.” To perform a regular attack, just press the DualSense-R2 / Xbox-TriggerRight.

Los Panteros gangers can be found throughout the southeastern regions of Santo Ileso, including Mercado, West Providencia, East Providencia, Smelterville West and Smelterville East. You can always just run up and start stabbing them when you see them to make progress towards unlocking this Signature Ability. Lowering the difficulty will make grinding this Signature Ability much easier. Like most Signature Abilities, you can grind this out fairly easily by just repeatedly summoning rival gangs by leaving negative reviews via @TCHA Side Hustles.

You also need to kill 10 Idols with a Machete for the Challenge [The Most Dangerous Game].

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  • Publisher
    Deep Silver
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, XB One, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action Adventure
  • Guide Release
    22 August 2022
  • Last Updated
    24 September 2022
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