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Do my weapons evolve based on the part of the story I'm on or the Road to Rule chests?

Are all the "evolutions" just cosmetic, and do the changes apply to just hero weapons or all weapons? Last, is there any way of knowing what will happen after they do evolve or is it just a "do it and see what happens" thing?

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Your hero weapons, and only your hero weapons, evolve whenever you open one of the "core" chests in the Road to Rule, namely Might and Guile (other weapons evolve based on conditions placed on each weapon). Opening each of those chests will evolve your weapons by one "level" and change their appearance.

It should be noted that opening the Magic core chest will not affect your weapons as such, but rather will cause glowing blue (if good) or red (if evil) lines to appear on your body.

Also, the manner in which the weapon changes depends on your previous actions. For example, if you gave lots of gold to beggars, then your weapons will appear golden.

More in-depth guides can be found here and here.

Hope this helps!

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So opening chests has no cosmetic effect on other weapons then, just hero weapons? – VanBuzzKill Mar 5 '13 at 14:39
Exactly; cosmetic appearances of non-hero weapons are not determined by Road to Rule chests opened. – Jonathan Pitre Mar 5 '13 at 17:16
Do they have any cosmetic change at all, or do they always look the same? – VanBuzzKill Mar 5 '13 at 17:24
That I can't answer with any certainty; I seem to remember them looking different over time, based on how many "conditions" of a weapon have been fulfilled, but some weapons also came completely "ornate" off the bat, so I think it depends on the weapon. – Jonathan Pitre Mar 5 '13 at 17:26
I can't tell either which is why I ask. I do know that the Facemelter is covered in fire after Completing the Melter augment though. I think the appearance does change but It isn't listed like the Hero Weapons. I'm going to look later but right now I'm thinking all swords share the same design as your Hero Sword. Same going for axes, rifles and pistols. – VanBuzzKill Mar 5 '13 at 17:35

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