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This page lists all skills in Wasteland 3.
  • The content is not described in full detail on this page. For details, please see the respective articles.
  • For skills in other Wasteland games, please see "Skill".

Overview[]

The skills system has been overhauled for Wasteland 3 to make it tighter and more focused. As your Rangers gain sill levels, they'll be able to craft more items, in addition to being more powerful.

Combat skills[]

Automatic Weapons[]

Makes you more effective with submachine guns and assault rifles. Recommended Attributes: Coordination, Awareness, Speed


Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Assault Rifle hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
SMG hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Puncturing Shot Gopher Hunter Spray N Pray Reckless Double Tap Stormer Trigger Happy

Big Guns[]

Makes you more effective with heavy machine guns, flamethrowers, and other oversized weapons. Recommended Attributes: Awareness, Coordination, Strength

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
HMG hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Flamer hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Move Up! Suppressing Fire Terrorizer Pressure Cooker Steady Shot Wide Spread

Brawling[]

Makes you more effective with fist-based weapons. Brawlers start out weak but have great potential at high levels. Recommended Attributes: Coordination, Intelligence, Charisma

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Combat speed +0.05 +0.1 +0.15 +0.2 +0.25 +0.3 +0.35 +0.4 +0.45 +0.5
Brawling hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Shaolin Surprise Extreme Combo Deadly Combo Flurry of Blows

Melee Combat[]

Makes you more effective with bladed and blunt weapons. Recommended Attributes: Strength, Coordination, Speed

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Bladed weapon hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Blunt weapon hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Bleeding Strike Stunning Blow Striking Distance Bloodsport Hack 'N' Slash Pursuit Shrug It Off

Small Arms[]

Makes you more effective with handguns and shotguns. Recommended Attributes: Coordination, Luck, Awareness

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Semi-auto pistol hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Revolver hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Pump shotgun hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Auto shotgun hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Shredder Shot Opportunist Trick Shot Clear Cover Draw! Devastation Counter-Offensive

Sniper Rifles[]

Makes you more effective with sniper rifles. Recommended Attributes: Intelligence, Awareness, Luck

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sniper rifle hit chance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Mark Target Masterful Precision Concentration Chain Ambush

General skills[]

Animal Whisperer[]

Allows you to tame friendly animals to follow you, and temporarily tame hostile animals in combat (level 3 and above).

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Animal level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Animal companion damage +5% +10% +15% +20% +25% +30% +35% +40% +45% +50%
Perks Animal Training Spirit Animal Vengeful Bond

Spirit Animal is a party perk (picked once, affects all animals from all companions).

Tameable animals[]

For a list of all tameable animals, see this article.


Wasteland 3 skills

Explosives[]

Allows you to deal more damage with explosives, defuse bombs, and avoid losing your digits when they go off.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Disarm difficulty 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Explosive resistance +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Explosive damage bonus +5% +10% +15% +20% +25% +30% +35% +40% +45% +50%
Perks Duck and Cover Bomb Recovery Minesweeper Mortar Blast High Impact Blast Radius

First Aid[]

Makes you more effective when using healing items and reviving squad members.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Healing item level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Healing effectiveness +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Healing when reviving +10% +20% +30% +40% +50% +60% +70% +80% +90% +100%
Perks Emergency Response Overhealing Physical Therapy Hypocritic Oath

Sneaky Shit[]

Makes it easier to disarm alarms, evade detection, spot hidden objects, and damage unaware enemies.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Alarm difficulty 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Perception +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +10
Initiative +4% +8% +12% +16% +20% +24% +28% +32% +36% +40$
Detection time +0.3 s +0.6 s +0.9 s +1.2 s +1.5 s +1.8 s +2.1 s +2.4 s +2.7 s + 3 s
Sneak attack damage +10% +20% +30% +40% +50% +60% +70% +80% +90% +100%
Perks Second Chance Close Call Lights Out

Weird Science[]

Increases the damage you deal with unconventional types of weapons, and serves as a requirement for exotic, high-tech equipment.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Weird science 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Energy damage +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Fire damage +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Cold damage +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Overcharge Microwave Research Conductive Beams

Exploration skills[]

Armor Modding[]

Allows you to modify armor, granting it increased protection and additional benefits.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Armor mod level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Perks Tender Loving Care

Lockpicking[]

Allows you to open containers, doors, and other locked objects.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Lock difficulty 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Safe difficulty 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Nerd Stuff[]

Allows you to use and hack computers, and turn hostile robots to your side.

Skill Level
Challenge level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Robot hack 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Computer hack 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Perks Targeting Override Electric Leakage Overclock

Mechanics[]

You can repair vehicles, generators and other machines more effectively. You also do more damage to mechanical foes.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mechanics req. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Fix machines 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Repair kit eff. +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Damage vs. robots +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Damage vs. vehicles +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Damage vs. synths +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Structural Weakness Handy Reinforced Plating Fortify

Survival[]

Improves your ability to avoid dangers on the World Map, and contend with hostile wildlife.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Avoid world map enc. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Damage vs. animals +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Damage vs. mutants +3% +6% +9% +12% +15% +18% +21% +24% +27% +30%
Perks Big Game Hunter Explorer's Instinct

Toaster Repair[]

Allows you to repair broken toasters.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Toaster repair lvl. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Perks Toaster Expert Breakfast Bandit Heating Element Toasty

Weapon Modding[]

Allows you to modify your weapons, and strip them down for parts.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Weapon mod lvl. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Field stripping scrap +10% +20% +30% +40% +50% +60% +70% +80% +90% +100%
Perks Scrounger's Touch Powder Packer Expert Disassembler

Social skills[]

Barter[]

Allows you to buy items for less, and sell them for more.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sell value +50% +100% +150% +200% +250% +300% +350% +400% +450% +500%
Buy cost -1% -2% -3% -4% -5% -6% -7% -8% -9% -10%
Perks Penny Pincher Antiques Appraiser

Hard Ass[]

Allows you to intimidate others to do what you want and throw them off guard.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Hard Ass lvl 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Kiss Ass[]

Allows you to sweet-talk information out of others and bring them to your way of thinking.

Leadership[]

Inspires your nearby allies, and grants you abilities to command the battlefield.

Skill Level
Challenge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Ally hit chance +1% +2% +3% +4% +5% +6% +7% +8% +9% +10%
Ally damage bonus

on boss kill

+2.5% +5% +7.5% +10% +12.5% +15% +17.5% +20% +22.5% +25%
Ally bonus crit chance

on multi-kill

+2% +4% +6% +8% +10% 12% +14% +16% 18% 20%
Ally bonus CON healed

on revive

+2% +4% +6% +8% +10% 12% +14% +16% 18% 20%
Perks Rally Demoralize

Behind the scenes[]

  • For reference, the internal codes for skills are as follows. Crafting and Scavenging were intended to be a skill, but was never implemented.
Combat General Exploration Social
Automatic Weapons 10 Animal Whisperer 210 Armor Modding 560 Barter 220
Big Guns 30 Explosives 240 Lockpicking 270 Hard Ass 400
Brawling 40 First Aid 250 Nerd Stuff 230 Kiss Ass 410
Melee Combat 20 Sneaky Shit 550 Mechanics 280 Leadership 260
Small Arms 60 Weird Science 330 Survival 290
Sniper Rifles 80 Toaster Repair 310
Combat Shooting 570 Weapon Modding 320