When can it be required?
Asking for total GS is a very quick way to find out how well equipped a character is. Imagine you want to team up and destroy a serious enemy. You know your own character has 5500 GS and you want your future teammates to have the same strength level. It is not a good idea to bring much weaker players to your future team as you know the enemy / boss is tough. Weak allies can put your mission at risk and destroy your entire squad. This is where GS can help.

You just write something like this in chat: “I'm looking for a tank and a healer to kill the boss. GS> 5000.”

All players who see this message will know that you are looking for specific characters with a certain gear level. So all players with a lower GS will hardly bother you. This can save a lot of time as you don't have to check each volunteer equipment and decide if their equipment is good for your mission or not.

Some may say that measuring players by their GS is a bad idea. Well, if you think so, you can ignore it and apply different recruiting criteria.

This metric becomes more important in the late game. High level players can have completely different items. A player who has just peaked at the maximum tends to have worse items than a player who reached that level a long time ago. Recruiting players only according to their level is not a wise decision in this case.

How to check?
Open your inventory and hover over any equipable item. You will see the result of this item in the tooltip.

At the moment it is not possible to check the total GS. Hopefully the developers will make such a counter in the future.

How to increase GS?
There is only one way to increase your Gear Score: you have to find better equipment for your character. You can craft, loot, or buy equipment from a dealer. The source doesn't matter. Typically, if an item has a higher tire or a higher rarity than your current item, it also has a higher Equipment Score.

Crafting is a pretty fun and interesting way to get gear. You can focus on one of the professions and create items for yourself. It can also become a very good way to earn money. Read our crafting guide to learn more.