Injustice 2 has arrived - bringing with it a host of easter eggs, unlockable characters, and premiere skins and we're laying out how to collect them all in a handy guide.
Injustice 2 reviews are strong, with critics praising the one-on-one fighting game's rock-solid combat mechanics and the complex RPG-style loot system. The team at NetherRealm (the same team behind the ultra-violent Mortal Kombat franchise) have truly outdone themselves when it comes to the variety of characters at players' disposal. From DC titans like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, to more obscure figures like Doctor Fate and Atrocitus, there are more than enough characters here to satisfy even the most hardcore of comic book fans.
Unbeknownst to some, there are actually even more characters than the initially available 27 fighters. Several combatants have alternate costumes which transform them into brand new characters. Their movesets are the same, but they all have brand new voice actors and dialogue to go along with their new looks. Here's how to unlock all of the currently available "Premiere Skins," as they are known, as well as more traditional secret and DLC characters.
Unlockable Characters & DLC
Injustice 2 only has a single traditional "secret character," but he's a big one: Brainiac, one of Superman's greatest enemies, and the final boss of the game's arcade ladder. To unlock Brainiac, one must simply play the story mode through to completion. A message following the credits will confirm that the green-skinned technomaniac (voiced by none other than Re-Animator's Jeffrey Combs!) will be available for play.
Aside from Brainiac, there are no other wholly unique unlockable characters, though NetherRealm has suggested that there could be as many as ten or more DLC characters coming to the title at a later date. For now, the only DLC fighter is Darkseid, one of the most dangerous villains in the whole DC universe. Currently this character is only available to players who pre-ordered the game, but he should be available for for everyone else to purchase eventually.
Earlier this month, NetherRealm announced the Fighter Pack 1, which will include DLC combatants Red Hood, Starfire, and Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat. If the developer aims to include ten DLC characters, then fans can expect two more Fighter Packs to release over the next year or so. Interestingly, the Fighter Pack 1 also includes access to the Power Girl premium skin, which is already accessible within the game, provided one can collect enough Source Crystals...
There are currently seven Premiere Skins in Injustice 2, and most of them require an investment of 6,000 Source Crystals, though several of them can also be obtained through other means, and one can only be received by linking to the Injustice 2 mobile game.
What are Source Crystals? This form of currency is separate from the Credits, Guild Credits, and Regen Coins. Players receive Source Crystals far more sparingly than other currency, so be sure you know what you want before you spend them; that way, it's less tempting to resort to spending real-world money to purchase additional Source Crystals.
While Source Crystals have several uses, the two most valuable are the purchasing of Premiere Skins and bringing other characters up to rank 20 (provided you've already reached that threshold with at least one character). We recommend using the Crystals for Premiere Skins, and simply play the game to rank up other characters; sure, it's time-consuming, but depending on how much one values the Premiere Skins, they're arguably more fun and a better bargain for the cost. Ultimately, the choice of how to spend premium currency is up to each individual player.