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Scaling Equipment / Upgrading Gear

Upgrade Scope

Source Starfinder Enhanced pg. 146
The more extensive the upgrades, the more expensive the project. When upgrading an item, you can make one minor change for every item level the item gains. This allows you to tweak the item gradually without difficulty. A minor change might include the following.
  • Replace one perk with another perk for which the item qualifies. If the replaced perk costs more than one perk slot to acquire, replace it with one or more perks whose total cost equals the replaced perk’s cost.
  • Reduce item’s number of perks by 1, and remove the item’s flaw.
  • Apply a drawback to the item, granting the item an additional perk.
  • Change a weapon’s damage type. This might also change the weapon’s ammunition type or damage die size.
  • Change the number of hands required to wield a weapon.
  • Add or remove the operative or unwieldy special weapon property.
Major Changes: Sometimes you need to overhaul an item’s design, and those changes can be costly. You can apply one or more major changes when upgrading an item, with each major change increasing the upgrade cost by 5%. Typical major changes include the following:
  • Change an armor’s type (such as light to heavy).
  • Change a weapon’s type (such as advanced melee to longarm).
  • Make up to three minor changes.
  • Rebuild the item using a special material, such as reforging a doshko out of adamantine alloy. The cost of the special material is added to the upgrade cost.
Radical Changes: Rarely, you just want to rebuild everything. In a process that takes 8 hours and requires a tech workshop, you can transform the item (minimum item level 3) into a different scaling item whose item level is 2 lower—such as changing a 5th-level heavy laser weapon into a 3rd-level suit of light armor. You redesign all aspects of the item in the process.