Free Fire is like PUBG Mobile on steroids. Each of the 30 unique characters in Free Fire has special abilities which give the survivor an edge in battle (except Adam and Eve). The game also features 2 characters with a special ‘awakened’ state. Kelly “The Swift” and the newest addition Hayato “Firebrand” both upgrade the existing characters’ abilities. The awakened characters can be unlocked using ‘Awakening Shards’. Note that levelling up a character is different from awakening them. So far only Kelly and Hayato have an awakened state.
This state gives characters an extra boost. While Kelly’s special ability is that her sprinting speed is increased by up to 6%, Awakened Kelly “The Swift” has deadly velocity which activates after 7 seconds of sprinting. The first shots on target inflict damages of 110%. This effect lasts for 5 seconds.
How To Awaken Characters Using Shards
Survivors can awaken Kelly “The Swift” and Hayato “Firebrand” using Awakening Shards. To unlock the awakened state, survivors will first have to obtain the original characters Kelly and Hayato and reach level 2 to unlock special awakening missions.
These include missions like achieving a total running distance of 125km in all modes and forming a team with friends and completing 15 matches. Unlocking the awakened state will also give survivors access to their story which includes chapters like Sword Training, Lost Cousin and Biomech Arm for Hayato.
To awaken the characters, survivors will need to collect both Character Fragments and Awakening Shards and then click on the upgrade button to level up your character. The shards are ‘full of mysterious powers, can be used to awaken characters’ according to their in-game description. Players will need to complete all the awakening missions and then click on the ‘Awaken’ button. As you complete the missions, you will be rewarded with 125 fragments for every mission completed. This will enable you to unlock Kelly "The Swift" Deluxe bundle containing her special outfit. When equipped with the outfit, she will be able to display special moves on the starting island. This special bundle will be combined with the Awakening Shard to awaken her character.