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The upgrade Tracking Critters causes each shot to automatically hit the target. I found the Fang Repeater 1st prize challenge impossible to complete without the upgrade, and extremely easy with. This has already been covered for the pike, machete, breakers bow and fang repeater proving grounds on the site.

Are there any other weapon upgrades that make the associated challenge trivially easy, or have a significant impact on performance?

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This has already been addressed for four of the eight proving grounds on our site. I've edited your question to include references to these to narrow its focus to the proving grounds not already covered on our site. Feel free to rollback my edit if you have a problem with this. –  Wipqozn Feb 1 '12 at 21:54
    
Uhh...for the Fang Repeater, if you hold down shift while firing it auto-aims at targets. You don't need any upgrades to 1st prize the eight challenges. –  Kotsu Feb 1 '12 at 22:16
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@Kotsu, I was using shift. Still couldn't get first. Not sure what point you're trying to make. –  Toast Feb 2 '12 at 20:45
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The Fire Bellows challenge is significantly easier with Lasting Burn and Cripple. Those birds are a pain when they get out of your range and squawk around - this lets you tag them and easily catch up if they don't die from the damage over time. –  Sadly Not Jan 30 '13 at 0:36
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Also Brusher's Pike challenge is mostly your choice of route (hint: a fast route goes bottom left, mid, then bottom right) - but if you choose Throw Reload Speed, Crit Damage, and Werewhiskey (100% crit when under 33% HP) messily walk to the first point to hurt yourself, then you will one shot multiple pincushions with a single throw. It makes the run a joke. –  Sadly Not Jan 30 '13 at 0:44

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I can't remember for sure, but Power String should help with the Breaker's Bow proving ground. Impact Shells and Expanded Chamber can make the Scrap Musket challenge trivial.

Beyond that, I'm at a loss for now.

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I beat the Scrap Musket proving ground on my first try thanks to Impact Shells and Expanded Chamber. Knockback ftw. –  TehShrike Feb 2 '12 at 20:24

The Werewhiskey spirit, which gives you 100% critical hits, helps a lot on the repeater, pistol, bow, and pike challenges ... and possibly others. Before starting the challenge, jump off the ledge to lose health until it activates. Then you'll be able to one-shot everything.

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Generally, for the challenges it's best to spec for the speed/reload upgrades as opposed to damage (The Calamity Cannon and Army Carbine in particular benefit from this).

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Having both reload advantages for Army Carbine makes it a cakewalk. You just have to remember to move to keep things in range. –  Allen Gould Nov 23 '12 at 20:16

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