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Each survivor has a set of skills, composed of the four core skills (Cardio, Wits, Fighting and Shooting) and a fifth optional skill (Community or Quirk Skill). The core skills affect the survivors' stats and survival abilities out in the open world, while the skills in the fifth slot may benefit only the survivor, the whole community or both. Since these fifth skills are granted by certain Traits upon a survivor's generation, it can happen that a survivor will not have a skill in the fifth slot, however by obtaining Textbooks you can teach these survivors to get a fifth skill of your choice (requires the appropriate textbook).

The core skills and community skills can be leveled up by performing respective actions with your survivors or within the community (unless they're limited by a trait). Upon reaching level 7 with a skill you will get the opportunity to specialize it, replacing it with an advanced skill.

Core Skills

Each of the four Core Skills can be specialized into one of four different specializations. When your survivor reaches level 7 with a skill, you will be able to choose from anywhere between one and four of these options depending on the survivor's Traits. Choose your specializations wisely, since you can only change them if you acquire a Training Manual (which is hard to come by).

There are also Special versions of each Core Skill that are only available for DLC characters. Skills with the (DB) tag are only available for Red Talon Contractors, while skills with the (HL) tag are only available for certain characters in the Heartland DLC.

Core Skill Icon Specializations Special versions
  • Acrobatics
  • Backpacking
  • Marathon
  • Powerhouse
  • Gymnastics (HL)
  • Prowess (DB)
  • Discipline
  • Resourcefulness
  • Scouting
  • Stealth
  • Field Testing (HL)
  • Obsession (HL)
  • Scavenging (HL)
  • Tactics (DB)
  • Vigilance (HL)
  • Close Combat
  • Endurance
  • Striking
  • Swordplay
  • Butchery (HL)
  • Heroism (DB)
  • Assault
  • Gunslinging
  • Sharpshooting
  • Weapon Handling
  • Warfighting (DB)

Can't find the Skill you're looking for? Check out Community Skills and Quirk Skills too!