Earning XP in the Saints Row reboot isn't too complicated, but there are ways to make the process quicker. Our guide will help you earn XP quicker and reach the level cap of 20, which unlocks all the active and passive skills.
Main story missions
Completing main missions grants you the largest amounts of XP. Pretty much every main mission rewards you with a few thousand experience points.
Our advice is to focus completely on the main missions early on to gain a few levels and unlock your first active skills.
Another worthwhile activity is related to ventures - various businesses you can start and develop.
Making your way through the venture's questline does come with an XP payout. Fully completing the venture, however, completely eclipses the previous reward, as you'll be granted 5,000 XP for each venture you max out.
You can also receive XP by completing certain optional activities from the world map. Bounty Hunting off the Wanted app and Side Hustles are especially profitable. Completing each of these missions can grant you more than a 1,000 XP.
Read the descriptions of activities discovered on the world map, as they always list their rewards, including XP, before you start them. This lets you prioritize the ones you're interested in.
One of the more obscure ways of earning XP is completing store challenges, that is, making your first purchase in the store. Each time you do, you'll receive 450 XP, which adds up decently given there are over 30 different stores in the game. Purchasing even the cheapest product offered still completes the challenge.
Major and minor challenges
Major challenges are the ones found in the second tab of the Missions app. The list grows as you progress through the campaign and discover new activities. They can task you with using a specific weapon, stealing a specific number of vehicles or completing optional activities. Completing a challenge can reward you with over 1,000 XP.
Minor challenges are the ones tied to combat, driving or exploring, which pop up from time to time as you traverse the game world. You'll often receive them for driving in the wrong lane, narrowly avoiding other vehicles, drifting or killing enemies with headshots. The rewards for them are small (such as 50 XP), but they can be completed many times.