Ghost of Tsushima: Legends debuted in October 2020 as a free DLC. It added a multiplayer experience to the formerly single-player-only game.
The content debuted as Update 1.1, and it offers a new game mode you can open from the main menu. In other words, it’s a stand-alone mode, so you won’t get to play with the Jin Sakai you crafted during the campaign.
The multiplayer slightly tweaks the gameplay, as it leans less into stealth, and more into action and fantasy. Nevertheless, it translates the game’s successful formula into a fully-fledged co-op with no micro-transactions or hidden fees.
Also, we should clarify that Ghost of Tsushima is available for free for all PlayStation Plus subscribers. If you own a digital or physical copy of the PS4 title, or if you’re a member of the service, you get access to Legends.
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How Does Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Work?
Ghost Tsushima: Legends is a co-op mode that takes you to a Japanese mythology fantasy. You can access it via the game’s menu by going to the “Legends” section.
Once inside the Legends mode, you’ll see it offers four additional gameplay modes. You can play these modes with a character you create, and you may choose one of the four available classes for Legends.
Then, you can level up your character in various ways, regardless of the multiplayer mode you play.
So, in essence, the Legends mode offers four classes, five gameplay modes, and simple character progression. To deliver it as a co-op experience, the game uses a regular matchmaking process, although you can also easily join your friends’ lobbies or vice-versa.
Ghost of Tsushima Multiplayer Game Modes
Overall, Legends allows you to play an adventure or a survival adventure with your friends. It follows a different storyline than the campaign, you get to play with a different character, and it introduces new areas, enemies, bosses, loot, and skills.
You can enjoy these mechanics on one of the four available multiplayer game modes
- Quickplay: You can join “Survival Quick Play” or “Story Quickplay.” These allow you to join random and ongoing battles if matchmaking is enabled.
- Story: These offer a series of levels you can play with an additional player. These missions lean heavily into Japanese folklore, and it delivers a fantasy setting where dark and demonic beings become your enemies. The story mode is available for two players, and it goes across 10 acts with three chapters each.
- Survival: These support up to four players. The mode puts you on one of the seven available maps, and the goal is to defend areas against enemy waves, and there is going to be a boss every 5th wave. Defeating a boss will refresh areas you have lost on previous waves. Lastly, as you play, you’ll earn currency you can spend to purchase skills.
- Challenge: These raids are part of “The Tale of Iyo. It’s a four-player co-op that puts the team in dungeon-like locations. The game mode goes across three chapters, and, because of its difficulty, it’s the end-game section of Tsushima’s multiplayer co-op.
Both Survival and Story missions have three difficulty modes. Each new tier raises the drop rate of high-level and rare items. Particularly, raising the difficulty level will raise the maximum number of waves you have to hold on Survival – 15 for Bronze, 20 for Silver, and 25 for Gold and Nightmare.
So, as you see, the three difficulties are Bronze, Silver, and Gold. You may play Story and Survival missions as many times as you want, on the difficulty you choose. The enemy spawns and the loot is random, so you find different things and have a different experience each time.
Lastly, once you reach level 90, you can play these two modes in the “Nightmare” difficulty. This is a challenge mode that delivers one Story mission and one Survival mission each week. Similarly, level 90 would allow you to play the challenge raids without dying in a couple of seconds.
Ghost of Tsushima Multiplayer Classes
Ghost of Tsushima’s main character Jin Sakai can learn dozens of skills. He can master all aspects of samurai melee, ranged attacks, stealth, combos, and more.
In Legends, though, those skills are divided into four classes. Each one has a unique passive or active ability and “Ultimate” skill to match the class and skills they have.
In any case, to play the Legends mode, you have to pick one of the four available classes:
- Samurai: Samurai is an offensive melee class focusing on Katanas and swordplay. Its Ultimate, “Samurai Ultimate,” allows the warrior to slow down time to attack enemies. Its ability allows him to siphon health from enemies passively.
- Hunter: Hunter is a long-range fighter focusing on bows and explosive arrows. Its Ultimate ability, “The Eye of Uchitsune” unleashes a rain of arrows at enemies. Then, Hunter’s class ability allows him to stun targets in an area.
- Ronin: Ronin is the team medic, but he also has affinities for mystical abilities and swordplay. The Ronin’s Ultimate is “Breath of Izanami,” which can revive a team member or the entire team. Then, Ronin’s special ability allows him to summon a spirit dog companion to fight alongside the party.
- Assassin: Assassin focuses on stealth and Katanas. Its Ultimate is “Shadow Strike,” which teleports him across the battlefield to land surprise attacks. Lastly, its class ability lets him vanish in a cloud of poison that staggers enemies.
At first, you’ll only be able to play with a single class. However, as you advance to the Legends mode, you’ll unlock the other classes and become able to swap between them freely.
Ghost of Tsushima Multiplayer Character Progression
Your Legends characters can level up, buy skills on skill trees, find weapons with techniques, loot tons of gear, upgrade weapons and armor, and find resources to purchase upgrades.
Notably, though, the four classes have a unique skill tree plus their “Class Ability” and their “Ultimate.” So, you can level these characters as you’d do on any other action-RPG, get skill points, and purchase further skills.
Completing any activity within the Legends mode grants XP to your character. Activities mean completing levels on Story mode, completing a Survival map, completing a challenge, or finishing a quick play.
Then, leveling up grants you the possibility to unlock Techniques. Unlike Jin Sakai, though, you can pick a single Technique per row.
Likewise, Legend’s characters don’t have the four Sword Stances available. Each character has a Sword Stance, but they can find swords with built-in Stances or Stance combos.
The other character progression elements are:
- Gear: You obtain gear as a reward for completing missions and activities. The stronger you get, the better the loot becomes. Also, gear comes in four rarities (Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary). Each rarity comes with more stats and bonuses, but you can “Reforge” and “Reroll” Legendary items to get other bonuses, or boost these bonuses.
- Cosmetic Items: Aside from regular gear, you can also find cosmetic items to customize your appearance. These include masks, class items, body items, sword kits, emotes, and sword VFXs. Some of these cosmetics are available in the Legends mode, but you need to unlock others in the single-player campaign.
- Power Level/Ki: The “Ki” is the summation of your gear’s rarity and levels. It’s an indication that easily tells you how much you have progressed your character, or how difficult a mission can be. That said, the maximum power level is 110, and only Nightmare difficulty missions drop gear with 110 Ki.
- Resources: You get resources as a reward for completing missions and activities. These resources are “Essence,” “Honor,” and “Shrines,” and you need these to Reforge and Reroll gear. Reforging and Rerolling can raise your Power Level.
How to Level up Your Legends Character?
The Ghost of Tsushima Legends requires some grinding to reach Power Level 110. Luckily, you have three difficulty settings to climb your way up.
In essence, you’d want to play on Bronze until your Power Level hits 35. It can be tough at first, so you’d be better off playing on Survival, as it allows you to tackle the challenge with three additional players.
After level 35, you can run the story missions on Silver difficulty. It may take you a single run of the entire co-op story mode to reach level 80. Afterward, you’d want to keep playing any of the modes on Gold difficulty. The Tales of Iyo challenge are especially rewarding around this Power Level.
Once you reach level 105 on Gold, you’d have to rely on Nightmare challenges to reach the peak, 110. You may also keep playing the Raids for the loot they offer.