Survivor Skill Trees by john_h_rand

Last Updated 2014-02-11

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This guide is here to save players the trouble of starting a new game just to see what the skill tree is.

The format offers you your initial choices for your second skill point, and bolds them to keep track of separate large branches of your character's skill tree.

General Advice

  • Bear in mind that the level cap will leave you short 4 skill points from completing a character's entire skill tree. Personally, the guage depletion skills are not worth it as you should be able to get water before its an issue, find some gurana berries to stave of sleep, and find enough edible roots or special white plants to avoid malnutrion.
  • Each character has four skill resets available, so feel free to go after the extra experience skills offered by Abby, for example, then optimize the skill tree for challenge mode.
  • As you level, each of your basic attributes, Health, Stamina, Precision, Strength, will increase by a predetermined amount.

The Initial Skill

Cave Man - allows you to light a camp fire in the preexisting fire pits. This is the initial skill for all survivors.

Kenji

Kenji is good at three things - anything arrow related, hunting, and fire.

Kenji is bad at - guage depletion and potions. He's the only survivor who does not get a combined hunger & thirst reduction skill and he has less useful skills as per-requisites for making potions.

Health - Moderate (Final 84) Stamina - Moderate (Final 84) Precision - Very High (Final 100) Strength - Moderate (Final 84)

Kenji's Initial Unlocked Skills: Quick Aim, Hunger Killer, Last Hunter

Quick Aim - decreases aiming time for a headshot. (Unlocks Lucky Arrow, Fast Hand, Fire Storm)

Lucky Arrow - increased chance for an critical hit. (Unlocks Daryle Style)

Daryle Style - craft crossbows.

Fast Hand - faster reload speed.

Fire Storm - craft flame arrows. (Unlocks Flying Bomb, Pyromaniac)

Flying Bomb - craft explosive arrows.

Pyromaniac - increased fire damage. (Unlocks Flambéed Dish, Molotov Stack Extension)

Flambéed Dish - craft attractive Molotov.

Molotov Stack Extension - carry twice as many Moltov's; 6 total. (Unlocks Extra Molotov)

Extra Molotov - gain one extra Molotov for each craft.

Hunger Killer - slows depletion of hunger guage. (Unlocks Insomniac)

Insomniac - slows depletion of sleep guage. (Unlocks Camel Thirst)

Camel thirst - slows depletion of thirst guage.

Last Hunter - animals appear on the mini-map. (Unlocks Herborist)

Herborist - shows collectible herbs on the mini-map, but not special plants. (Unlocks Unbreakable)

Unbreakable - craft shield potions. (Unlocks Super Solider)

Super Solider - craft strength and aim potions. (Unlocks Pain Insensitive)

Pain Insensitive - ability to run while severely injured.

Jack

Jack is actually a jack-of-all-trades as he has four skills available after the initial skill, and the best at scavenging and explosives. While there is no real melee related skill, he has the best default strength ergo is the best melee character.

  • Jack can make up for his lack of precision with his handmade scopes, making him as good as Kenji with a gun in story mode. In survival mode thou' - it will be rare for you to have found crafting equipment for scopes.
  • Double Explosive Damage + Explosive Arrows kills most enemies quickly, particularly the large Brute zombies.
  • Jack's extra ammo drop skill counter balances the reduced drop rate of Iron difficulty.

Health - High (Final 94) Stamina - Low (Final 79) Precision - Low (Final 79) Strength - Very High (Final 100)

Jack's Initial Unlocked Skills : Fast Hand, Firestorm, Unbreakable, Hard Diet

Fast Hand - faster reload speed. (Unlocks Quick Aim, Armed to the Teeth)

Quick Aim - decreases aiming time for a headshot. (Unlocks Lucky Bullet)

Lucky Bullet - increased critical damage. (Unlocks Dead Lucky Bullet)

Dead Lucky Bullet - increased chance for a random headshot. (Unlocks Optician)

Optician - craft handmade scopes.

Armed to the Teeth - increased ammunition drops. (Unlocks Lucky Survivor)

Lucky Survivor - Item find up, e.g. find potions, Molotovs, etc... on random zombies.

Fire Storm - craft incendiary arrows. (Unlocks Boomber)

Boomer - increased explosion damage. (Unlocks Flying Bomb)

Flying Bomb - craft explosive arrows. (Unlocks Spicy Bait)

Spicy Bait - craft explosive bait. (Unlocks Explosive Stack Extension)

Explosive Stack Extension - carry twice as many explosive charges; 6 total. (Unlocks Extra Explosive)

Extra Explosive - get an additional explosive charge per craft.

Unbreakable - craft shield potions. (Unlocks Super Solider)

Super Solider - craft strength and aim potions.

Hard Diet - slow the depletion of Hunger & Thirst guages. (Unlocks Insomniac)

Insomniac - slow the depletion of sleep guage. (Unlocks Pain Insensitive)

Pain Insensitive - ability to run while severely injured.

Abby

Abby is the best runner and crafter of performance enhancing items and has her choice mass carnage between fire & explosives, and her choice of bait. While she can get equally lucky with random shots from bullets and arrows, she doesn't have the increased reload speed, making arrows a slightly better bet for her over all.

Health - Low (Final 84) Stamina - Very High (Final 100) Precision - High (Final 94) Strength - Very Low (Final 74)

Abby's Initial Unlocked Skills: Quick Aim, Unbreakable, Hard Diet

Quick Aim - decreases aiming time for a headshot. (Unlocks Lucky Arrow, Lucky Bullet, Firestorm)

Lucky Arrow - increased chance for an unaimed headshot with a bow.

Lucky Bullet - increased chance for critical hit with a firearm.

Pyromaniac - increased fire damage. (Unlocks Boomer, Fire Storm)

Fire Storm - craft flame arrows. (Unlocks Flambéed Dish)

Flambéed Dish - craft attractive Molotov.

Boomer - Increased explosives damage. (Unlocks Flying Bomb)

Flying Bomb - craft explosive arrows. (Unlocks Spicy Bait)

Spicy Bait - craft explosive bait.

Unbreakable - craft shield potions. (Unlocks Super Solider)

Super Solider - craft strength & aim potions. (Unlocks Senior Herbalist)

Senior Herbalist - craft Ultra strength, shield, and aim potions. (Unlocks Extra Booster)

Extra Booster - one additional potion per craft. (Unlocks Natural Booster Stack Extension)

Natural Booster Stack Extension - hold twice as many potions per stack.

Hard Diet - slow the depletion of Hunger & Thirst guages. (Unlocks Insomniac)

Insomniac - slow the depletion of sleep guage. (Unlocks Night Work)

Night Work - 25% experience bonus for kills at night. (Unlocks Extra Experience)

Extra Experience - 25% experience bonus for all kills.

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