Madden 18 Ultimate Team Player Upgrades Guide - Upgrade Sets Guide, How to Upgrade Players, GOATs Sets

Madden 18 Ultimate Team Player Upgrades Guide - Upgrade Sets Guide, How to Upgrade Players, GOATs Sets

MUT might just be the biggest mode in Madden 18, which is why we've put together this guide on earning coins and other items as quickly as possible.

In the Madden 18 Ultimate Team subsection of the game, there's a variety of uses for some of your older and weaker player cards outside of simply being auctioned off on the MUT market. In this Madden 18 Ultimate Team upgrades guide, we'll be walking you through the best and easiest ways to upgrade some of your player cards.

For everything else on Madden 18's Ulimate Team mode, including how to earn MUT coins as quickly as possible, as well as the best players you can get for cheap in the auction house, head over to our Madden 18 Ultimate Team guide.

Madden 18 Player Upgrades Guide

If you go over to the 'Team' tab in the Ultimate Team section of Madden 18, you'll find the 'Upgrade Sets' option near the bottom of the screen. There are a variety of options in this section, but the one you want to be focusing on first is the 'Upgrades' area.

Select the 'Players' option after this, and then choose from AFC or NFC, depending on which team you're after. For example, when I picked the Colts pack at the beginning of Ultimate Team, I was given a 70 OVR Vontae Davis, which I can now upgrade to 75, and then 84 OVR, but only with a few key items.

Madden 18 MUT Team Tokens

The items you'll need to upgrade individual players are Team Tokens, which come in either Silver or Gold variants. To upgrade the Vontae Davis card to an 80 OVR, we'll need his base card and a Colts Silver Token, but to take him to 84 OVR, we'll need both a Gold and a Silver Colts Team Token.

To obtain one of these elusive Silver or Gold tokens, you'll need to back out all the way to the first menu after you went into the 'Upgrade Sets' menu, and scroll all the way along to the right till you get to the 'Team Tokens' area. In here, you'll find item sets to unlock Silver, Gold, and Elite Team Tokens, each of which require a number of cards.

How to Earn MUT Team Tokens

MUT Team Tokens unfortunately can't be purchased in the auction house, nor can they be traded for on the trade block. Instead, you'll have to find them in packs (although the odds are slim), or complete item sets in order to earn them.

Each Team Token requires a number of cards in order to be unlocked - for example the Bears Gold Team Token requires 10 Gold Bears players, all ranked between 70 and 79 OVR. Silver Team Tokens are easier to obtain than this, as they instead require 12 Silver players from any teams, ranked between 60 and 69 OVR.

It's certainly a slog, and there's even debate among the MUT community as to whether these player upgrades are even worth the effort, as they require some expensive Elite items in the later stages. But, if you do happen to have an NFL Stars player lying around, it could be well worthwhile to merely upgrade them once.

Madden 18 Ultimate Team Best Players to Upgrade

So, obtaining Team Tokens is by no means an easy job, so once you've got hold of some, which players should you prioritise upgrading over others?

For starters, you definitely want to go with skill position players, over any players on the offensive or defensive lines. Skill players undoubtedly have a larger impact on your average game of Madden than any other players, to it's best to go with quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends, wide receivers, cornerbacks, and safeties over any other positions.

Madden 18 Ultimate Team GOATs Sets Guide

Madden 18's Ultimate Team features many other sets that can be completed, one of which is the 'GOATS' subsection. Once you're inside the Goats area, you can see many formidable players that can be upgraded multiple times, for example Tom Brady, Barry Sanders, Randy Moss, and Jerry Rice all have collectible sets.

If you go into any of these sets, for example the Tom Brady one, you'll find there are a number of items you need in order to unlock his 86 OVR Goat card. For starters, you'll need the base 85 OVR Goat Tom Brady card, which you can get either through packs, or completing a set of 30 Baby Goat Cards.

So, we know how to obtain the base Goat player card, but how do you unlock the Baby Goat cards? Aside from in the auction house and in packs, you can find these cards by taking part in the '20 Days of Goats' Ultimate Team solo challenges. On completion, these will give you a Baby Goat card, and they change every 24 hours, meaning you'll always be bound to unlock new cards every time you go back to the challenges.

Once you've acquired the base Goat player card through sheer luck or hard work, and played enough 20 Days of Goats challenges in order to earn enough Baby Goat cards, you can successfully upgrade your base Goat players.

EA are always introducing brand new upgrade sets for Madden 18 Ultimate Team, and just below you'll find guides on how to complete some of the later additions to the game, including Flashback players, and the Predictor Challenges.

Madden 18 Ultimate Team Predictor Challenges

As you can see in the screenshot, each week in Madden 18 Ultimate Team you can take on the Predictor Challenge in the Upgrade Sets section, where you can guess the results of various NFL games around the league that week, all with the goal of winning coins or Elite players.

This isn't quite as simple as it seems however, as you'll have to apply True or False Tokens that can only be found in packs, to situations posed to you by Ultimate Team. For example, the game can ask you whether you believe the Titans will beat the Texans by at least 2 points, and you can put in a True or False Token based on what you believe the outcome will be.

You can gain 250 MUT coins for each correct individual pick that you make, but it's the overall rewards that you want. If you pick 18 options correctly, you'll win 5,000 MUT coins, 15,000 for 21 correct picks, and 50,000 for 24 correct choices. If the majority of the choices you make are correct in any given week, you'll be able to choose an 89+ OVR player, and select them as your reward.

Madden 18 Ultimate Team Flashback Players

MUT Flashback players are extremely sought after year upon year, and this is no different in Madden 18, as some of the best players you can currently find in Madden 18 Ultimate Team come in the form of Flashback players. You can see 2 of them just below, and every Flashback player is currently rated at right around 88 OVR.

These MUT Flashback players are nice, but how do you actually get your hands on them? If you head to the Flashbacks section in the Upgrade Sets menu of MUT, you'll find that you have to trade in 2 Elite Tokens in order to earn one Flashback player. This player is randomised however, so we can never guarantee that you'll get your hands on a certain Flashback player.

Now that we're done here with the Madden 18 player upgrades, why not check out our guides on the best offensive/defensive playbooks in the game, or our complete player ratings guide.

We've gone over the best ways to obtain Team Tokens in Madden 18 Ultimate Team, now all you need to do is acquire them to get your hands on some nice players for your lineup.

Hirun Cryer

Staff Writer

Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

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