State of Decay 2 Skills - How to Unlock Special Skills in State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2 Skills - How to Unlock Special Skills in State of Decay 2

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State of Decay 2 Skills aren’t made immediately obvious at first, but they’re going to give you chance to hone your character as you make it further into the zombie apocalypse survival game. In this State of Decay 2 Skills guide, we’ll be walking you through how to unlock Specialized Skills, which are buried away and are hidden for at least the first few hours of the game.

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State of Decay 2 Skills Guide

All throughout State of Decay 2, the characters you play as will have four major Skills, which are the following:

  • Cardio
  • Wits
  • Fighting
  • Shooting

These Skills govern different aspects of each and every single character. Your Cardio will govern your stamina, your Wits control how effectively you can loot any item, your Fighting affects how much melee damage you deal, and your Shooting stat controls how much weapon sway your character suffers from when aiming.

There’s also a fifth Skill that some characters may or may not have, entirely at random. This includes Skills like Mechanics that gives you a bonus to repairing vehicles, Craftsmanship, Chemistry and Gardening to name but a few. These Skills appear to come entirely at random in State of Decay 2, and there’s often no telling how they completely work.

There are seven total levels to each of these Skills, and you’ll be continually levelling up these Skills through fighting and exploring. You’ll level up Cardio as you sprint, Wits as you loot, Fighting as you land melee hits, and Shooting for every bullet that you fire.

State of Decay 2 Specialized Skills

It may take a while, but you’ll eventually max out one of these Skills, and that’s where Specialized Skills come into play. When a Skill reaches its maximum level of seven, you can Specialize it by choosing one of two new Skills to obtain. You can’t go back on this option once you’ve selected it, so you’ll need to carefully ponder your options here.

Here’s all the Specialized Skills you can unlock for each character, and the bonuses they grant:

  • Marathon - Sprinting costs no Stamina when you’re carrying a light load.
  • Stealth - Grants much quicker stealth kills.
  • Sword Play - Grants an instant kill when you attack and grab a zombie.
  • Backpacking - Adds one more inventory slot for your pockets.
  • Discipline - Lets you regenerate +5 Stamina on each melee kill.
  • Endurance - Grants a health boost and makes injury severity 50 per cent less.
  • Weapon Handling - Lets your character resolve weapon jamming quicker.
  • Sharpshooting - Makes all shots pierce through enemies.
  • Gunslinger - Reduces the Stamina cost of snap aiming.
  • Agriculture - Grants +1 food item per day for your base camp.
  • Herbalism - Adds +1 medical item a day for your base camp.
  • Munitions - Adds +3 ammunition to your base camp per day.

These are all the Specialized Skills that we’ve managed to uncover so far in State of Decay 2. If we unlock any others we’ll update this guide with all the relevant information straight away.

We might be all done with this State of Decay 2 guide on Skills, but we’ve got plenty more guides on the game here at USGamer. Head over to our Blood Plague guide for information on how to cure the deadly disease, or our State of Decay 2 weapons guide for how to get hold of some elite equipment.

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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