An augmentation is a small boost to a common stat or the addition of an additional stat or additional loothunter that can be added to companions once they have reached level 5.
The augmentations that your level 5 companion receives are totally random and you have no control over them.
You do not have to augment your companion. It is a choice you can make.
Standard number of augmentations
You can give your level 5 companion one to three augmentations if you want. You are not required to add augmentations to any companion!
Standard cost to augment
Talent tree cost
If you select the gambler talent from the buster talent tree (requires at least 10 points assigned to the buster tree), then each augmentation will cost 900 Nessy's or 40 ghost plasma instead of the normal charges.
The augmentation button can be reached through the laboratory on the first floor of S.C.O.T.C.H. HQ or can be found at the bottom of your companions page in inventory (Inventory Companion from the main menus).
Your currently-equipped companion is the one that will get the bonus when you press the augmentation button at the bottom of your companions page.
Hate your augments?
If you hate the augmentations your companion receives, you can (for a price) deaugment your companion and remove all its augmentations if you are that unhappy with them. You receive no refund on the augmentations you have made. And you can't pick and chose which augments to remove—you have to remove them all.
Index to augmentations
Augmentations are small additional bonuses added to common stats to enhance your setup.
You can choose your augmentations from the normal pool of augmentations, or from supergroup 1 augmentations,, or from supergroup 2 augmentations.
Loothunter augmentations increase the number of special edition bottles or other loot that you can receive as a drop. Each loothunter is specific to one type of loot, except for the special editions loothunter which increases the size of any non-Nessy magic potion or mocktail drop.
Each loothunter augmentation can only be added once to any particular companion.
Only some consumable items (currency, bait, etc.) have loothunter augmentations. For many of those consumable items, there is a standard-issue loothunter that comes with one or more companions, contracts, or accessories, but you cannot increase the number of that item that get dropped with an augmentation.
If you are dissatisfied with the augments your companion received, you can remove them with the deaugmentator.
Using the deaugmentator removes ALL of the augmentations from a companion. You can not pick and choose which attributes will be removed. It's all or nothing.
Once the original attributes are removed, you can try augmenting your companion again.
After using the deaugmentator, your companion will remain at level 5.
How to deaugment
To deaugment your companion type DEAUGMENT (all caps) in the deaugmentator box.
The deaugmentator itself is consumed in the deaugmentation process.
You must acquire a new deaugmentator for each companion whose attributes you want to remove.
Deaugmentation using Nessy's
To deaugment using Nessy's follow these steps:
- Select the button next to "Use 1000 Nessy's"
- Type the word "DEAUGMENT" (minus the quote marks) in the box
- Click on the red "Deaugmentate" button
There are five ways you can acquire a deaugmentator.
You can occasionally receive a deaugmentator as part of the reward for completing a special mission.
You can receive 5 deaugmentators as a thank-you gift when you make a one-time donation to Diviad in support of Ghost Trappers. See the in-game Donations page for additional details about pricing and currency options.
- 10 May 2010: The companion augmentations are introduced to the game.
- 19 January 2011: The deaugmentator is added to Ghost Trappers.
- 20 January 2011: The number of deaugmentators received from donating is increased from 1 to 5.
- 25 January 2011: 5 new companion augmentations are introduced; loot hunter screaming strawberry juice, lucid lemonade, jurassic plasma; and purify and monsterslayer.
- 16 August 2011: 4 new companion augmentations are introduced; loot hunter blood plasma and elemental plasma; and sanguine scent and leprechaun's luck.
- 16 April 2012: Players gained the ability to add a fourth augmentation slot.
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