2. How To Get The Best Weapon Blueprints
Anthem still needs to get a handle on how rewarding weapons feel over time, being the only thing that's actually changing are the numbers on-screen, rather than access to fire modes or more unique firearms.
However, you're still going to need top-tier gear to best Stronghold dungeons and bosses, and that means obtaining the best blueprints.
Many are available right from the get-go in terms of acquisition (you'll still have to find the crafting components by salvaging ore in the world), but pause and hop into the Challenges tab to bring up the requirements for each specific weapon's next tier upgrade.
To unlock blueprints for weapons or powers outside what you already have, you need to interact with the game's three factions: Freelancers, Arcanists and Sentinels. This boils down to chatting with as many NPCs as possible, as besides giving you boosts to unlock blueprints through dialogue, you can undertake side-missions for each group, too.
To see how far you are to unlocking the next reward, once again hop into the Challenges tab and you can track each faction from there.