Upgrades for Alex Mercer's strength, attack, survivability, movement, vehicles and few other powers to improve or unlock new abilities can be purchased with Evolution points (EP) in Prototype.

Mass amounts of EP are easy to obtain, with the average mission granting 72,500-90,000 EP as a reward, but the actual content and killing boost it up to around 150,000 with each objective granting roughly 8,000 EP.

Massive EP bonuses are given for stealth consuming targets within a military base without raising the alarm. Netting 55,000 or 60,000 per target, depending on whether it was a mission target, a Web of Intrigue target, or a weapon skill upgrade target.

If a Strike team is called, destroying it nets 8000 per chopper bonus if the entire strike team is destroyed (destroying individual planes nets a separate EP bonus), with early strike teams having 2, and later increasing to 3 and 4. Evading a strike team gives a much smaller amount. With a 4 chopper strike team netting 15k only. Total cost of all upgrades (excluding those which require consuming) breaches 17.5 million.

After finding 10 hints or 10 location markers, the rewards per each additional one found increases to 5k EP.

All EP rewards increase the farther you get into the game, though the cost for the actual upgrades increase too.


Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Blade Power Biological Imperative none
Blade Air Slice Children of Blacklight 1,000,000
Blade Frenzy Children of Blacklight 700,000
Blade Sprint Frenzy Shock and Awe 1,200,000

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Claw Power Behind the Glass none
Groundspike Behind the Glass 50,000

Upgrade 1

A New Order 80,000

Upgrade Max

Biological Imperative 500,000
Dashing Slice A New Order 65,000

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Shield Power Past and Present 10,000
Armor Power Biological Imperative none

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Hammerfist Power Behind the Glass 48,000
Hammerfist Smackdown Behind the Glass 48,000
Hammerfist Elbow Slam Biological Imperative 675,000
Hammertoss Making the Future 900,000

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Whipfist Power A New Order 55,000
Street Sweeper A New Order 57,500
Longshot Grab Biological Imperative 250,000

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Musclemass Power A New Order 80,000
Musclemass Boost Children of Blacklight 1,000,000
Musclemass Throw Biological Imperative 250,000

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Thermal Vision Power Behind the Glass 30,000
Infected Vision Power The First Monster none


Air Upgrades
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
AirDash Past and Present 2,500
Glide Past and Present 15,000
AirDash Boost (AirDash) Past and Present 20,000
AirDash Double (AirDash) Behind the Glass 48,000
AirDash Double Boost A New Order 80,000
Air Recovery Behind the Glass 30,000

Sprint Upgrades
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
DiveRoll Past and Present 100
Sprint Speed 1 Past and Present 10,000
Sprint Speed 2 Behind the Glass 45,000
Sprint Speed Max Errand Boy 100,000

Jump Upgrades
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Jump Upgrade 1 Past and Present 10,000
Jump Upgrade 2 Behind the Glass 30,000
Jump Upgrade 3 A New Order 100,000
Jump Upgrade Max Errand Boy 135,000
Wall Jump Latch A New Order 32,500

Critical Mass Upgrades
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Critical Mass Ability Past and Present 15,000
Adrenaline Surge Past and Present 20,000
Critical Mass Boost 1

(Requirement: Critical Mass)

A New Order 80,000
Critical Mass Boost Max Biological Imperative 400,000

Health Upgrade
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Health Boost 1 Past and Present 36,000
Health Boost 2

(Requirement: Critical Mass)

A New Order 130,000
Health Boost Max Biological Imperative 550,000

Health Regeneration
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Regen Rate Boost 1 A New Order 80,000
Regen Rate Boost Max

(Requirement: Critical Mass)

Errand Boy 100,000
Regen Delay 1

(Requirement: Critical Mass)

Errand Boy 135,000
Regen Delay Max Biological Imperative 475,000


Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Flying Kick Boost Past and Present 10,000
Flying Elbow Drop Errand Boy 100,000
Flipkick Launcher A New Order 75,000
Body Surf Errand Boy 120,000
Air Stomp Errand Boy 50,000
Bulletdive Drop

(Requirement: Glide)

Children of Blacklight 1,500,000

(Requirement: Palm Slam)

Errand Boy 80,000
Spike Driver

(Requirement: Air Combo)

Children of



Area Effect
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Groundshatter Behind the Glass 40,000
Groundspike Graveyard Devastator Behind the Glass 60,000
Knuckle Shockwave Behind the Glass 24,000
Tendril Barrage Devastator Behind the Glass 54,000
Groundshatter Drop

(Requirement: Groundshatter)

A New Order 110,000
Air Groundspike Graveyard Devastator Biological Imperative 540,000
Air Knuckle Shockwave

(Requirement: Knuckle Shockwave)

Biological Imperative 380,000
Air Tendril Barrage Devastator Biological Imperative 450,000

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Breakdown Smash Errand Boy 45,000
Uppercut Launcher Errand Boy 35,000
Air Combo Errand Boy 135,000
Curb Stomp Errand Boy 120,000
Palm Slam Errand Boy 75,000
Critical Pain Devastator Biological Imperative 475,000
Air Critical Pain Devastator

(Requirement: Cannonball)

Biological Imperative 200,000
Snapkick Launcher Shock and Awe 900,000

Grab and Throw Upgrades
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Charged Throw Behind the Glass 30,000
Sprinting Grab Past and Present 5,000
Sprinting Throw Behind the Glass 25,000
Long Range Throw

(Requirement: Charged Throw)

A New Order 50,000
Hunter Dirtnap A New Order 250,000

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Grappleslam A New Order 195,000

(Requirement: Air Combo)

Children of Blacklight 500,000

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Disguise Power Past and Present none
Stealth Consume Behind the Glass 3,000
Stealth Consume Boost Errand Boy 100,000
Consume Boost 1 New Order 40,000
Consume Boost Max Biological Imperative 550,000

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Artillery Strike Behind the Glass Consume
Artillery Strike Upgrade 1 A New Order Consume
Artillery Strike Upgrade 2 Errand Boy Consume
Artillery Strike Upgrade 3 Biological Imperative Consume
Artillery Strike Upgrade 4 Children of Blacklight Consume
Artillery Strike Upgrade Max Shock and Awe Consume

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Patsy Errand Boy 100,000
Patsy Range Boost Errand Boy 270,000


Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Hijack Armored Vehicle Wheels of Chance Consume
Skyjack Helicopter Errand Boy Consume

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Armored Vehicle 1 Behind the Glass Consume
Armored Vehicle 2 A New Order Consume
Armored Vehicle Max Errand Boy Consume

Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Helicopter 1 Errand Boy Consume
Helicopter 2 Biological Imperative Consume
Helicopter Max Children of Blacklight Consume


Missile Launcher
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Missile Launcher 1 Errand Boy Consume
Missile Launcher 2 Biological Imperative Consume
Missile Launcher Max Children of Blacklight Consume

Grenade Launcher
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Grenade Launcher 1 A New Order Consume
Grenade Launcher 2 Errand Boy Consume
Grenade Launcher Max Biological Imperative Consume

Machine Gun
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Machine Gun 1 A New Order Consume
Machine Gun 2 Biological Imperative Consume
Machine Gun Max Shock and Awe Consume

Assault Rifle
Upgrade Unlocked Cost[EP]
Assault Rifle 1 Behind the Glass Consume
Assault Rifle 2 A New Order Consume
Assault Rifle Max Errand Boy Consume

Note Edit

  • When the player completes the game they will receive the option of New Game+, this allows them to play through the game on the same difficulty, keeping all the collectibles collected, all EP points obtained but not spent and all their abilities from the previous playthrough. The exception to this is vehicle skills, which only become available again at the appropriate time in the storyline.
  • A glitch in the game, is that if the player purchases an upgrade, then dies and reverts to a checkpoint, they will retain their EP at the time of the checkpoint, and the upgrade. (It also should be noted this only works during missions, and hasn't been patched.)