Saints Row: How to Unlock Perks

Being the boss of your own gang in Saints Row comes with many perks but unfortunately for us, those perks need to be unlocked.

Whether it be bonuses to health, combat or bonuses, perks are a great way for players to customize their own boss of the Saints when playing through the story of the game.

Here's a look at all the perks and how to unlock them.

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How to Unlock Saints Row Perks

How to unlock perks in Saints Row
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Unlocking perks is going to be something that you should try to do so you can better make your boss stand out amongst the crowd as you take over Santo Ileso for yourself and your crew.

Unlocking and then using perks is a two-part process and one that will take some time so we recommend taking thinking of a build using this article and then only doing as much as you need to before fully committing to gathering them all.

The first thing you're going to need to do is to unlock the perk slots. There are a total of five perk slots with two minor, two major and one epic slot being fillable by the equivalent perks. To do so, you'll need to purchase them so focusing on making money fast is a good idea.

Here are the unlock requirements for Perk slots:

  • Minor Perk slot one: “Making Rent” mission completion
  • Minor Perk slot two: Spend $10,000
  • Major Perk slot one: Spend $25,000
  • Major Perk slot two: Spend $100,000
  • Elite Perk slot: Spend $250,000

Once you have slots available, you will need to complete as many challenges as possible to unlock all the minor, major and elite perks.

Saints Row Perks

A list of all the perks in Saints Row
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Below you can find a breakdown of all the perks available in the Saints Row Reboot including their name, effect and the number of challenges needed to unlock them (e.g. 1).

We have broken down the challenges into their in-game categories.

Minor Perks

  • Tactical Training: You move faster when crouching and when using fine aim (0)
  • Death Race: When you’re close to death, you can run a lot faster (1)
  • In The Flow: You never lose flow except when you perform a skill (2)
  • Close Call: The vehicle you’re driving gains more boost time when you have a near miss (3)
  • Gunslinger: You can shoot from the hip more accurately (5)
  • Sneak Attack: You do more damage when you attack from behind (6)
  • Fire Resistant: You stay in control while on fire and take less fire damage (8)
  • Dead Eye: After you get a headshot kill, your reload speed increases (9)
  • Loot Grab: You automatically pull in nearby cash and ammo (11)
  • Shock Tactics: Tase enemies who hit you with a melee attack. This perk has a cooldown (12)
  • Trampoline: You gain more altitude on a wingsuit bounce. (15)
  • Speed Demon: You can boost a longer time while driving (18)

Major Perks

  • On The Down Low: All actions generate less notoriety (4)
  • Scavenger: You collect more rounds when you pick up an ammo box (7)
  • Full Contact: Reduce the cooldown of your takedown when you kick an enemy then kill them (10)
  • Fast Learner: You recieve a bonus on XP earned. (13)
  • Nihil Obstat: Non-player Saints do more damage. (14)
  • Shiny & Chrome: You do more damage when sideswiping in a car (16)
  • Dual Wield: When wielding pistols or SMGs, you hold a weapon in each hand (19)
  • Back Off!: After you kick an enemy, your bullets do more damage against them (20)
  • Flow Gambit: You deal less damage but gain more Flow whenever you hit an enemy (24)
  • Not Dead Yet: You can regenerate twice the amount of health in combat
  • Lust For Life: Your health starts regenerating as soon as you kill an enemy.
  • Finishing School: Takedowns sometimes make nearby enemies cower in feat. (32)
  • Eagle Eye: You reduce the cooldown of your takedown when you get a headshot (36)

Elite Perks

  • Saving Throw: Gain 2 health bars when your health is depleted. This perk has a cooldown. (17)
  • Surgical Strike: Temporarily do more damage for each precision kill (up to 5) made in quick succession (22)
  • Ride Eternal: The vehicle you're driving gains health whenever you destroy another vehicle (30)
  • Big Finish: You gain double the amount of health from takedowns (34)
  • Dodge Baller: You temporarily do more damage after dodging a melee attack. (38)
  • Rampage: You do more damage when your flow meter is full (40)
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