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Skills and Perks

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Perks are used by the player to increase their effectiveness with many different Game Mechanics (although not all of them). They can make the player more proficient with a certain type of weapon. They can help the player collect resources at a higher rate with Mother Lode (Perk), or teach the player to craft new items or higher quality items. Skills and Perks are the player's way of progressing in 7 Days to Die, and is a very important part of surviving.

Experience points are awarded every Character Level, granting the player 1 skill point each Character Level to increase the level of Attributes and Perks. Skill points can also be acquired from completing Quests.

You can create and share Skill and Perk builds for past, present and future versions of the game using Perkalator | The 7 Days to Die Skills and Perks Calculator for both Vanilla and Modded games, or simulate perk builds with the Alpha 17 Perks Calculator.

Attributes[edit | edit source]

There are 5 main Attributes: Perception, Strength, Fortitude, Agility, Intellect, each having 10 levels requiring one or more skill points and gives a bonus in that category with every level. The difference between Attributes and Perks is that Attributes must be learned first, as most Perks require a certain level of Attribute, which also requires a certain Character Level.

Perks[edit | edit source]

Perks are used to more effectively and immediately to affect the player's ability to do things. This can range from giving flat bonus damage to shotguns using Shotgun Messiah (Perk) or teach the player a new ability such as Master Chef (Perk).

You can use drugs to increase your attributes.

Perk Requirements[edit | edit source]

Attributes must be upgraded to certain levels before their Perks can be purchased or upgraded. Most Perks require the exact same Attribute levels, but there are exceptions.

Perk Requirement Levels
Skill Level Most Perks Pack Mule Hammer and Forge Grease Monkey Advanced Engineering Yeah, Science! Physician
1 Attribute 1 Attribute 1 Attribute 4 Attribute 4 Attribute 5 Attribute 6 Attribute 5
2 Attribute 3 Attribute 2 Attribute 5 Attribute 6 Attribute 7 Attribute 7 Attribute 7
3 Attribute 5 Attribute 3 Attribute 6 Attribute 7 Attribute 8 Attribute 8 Attribute 8
4 Attribute 7 Attribute 5 Attribute 8 Attribute 9 Attribute 9 Attribute 9 Attribute 9
5 Attribute 10 Attribute 7 Attribute 10 Attribute 10 Attribute 10 Attribute 10 Attribute 10

Perk Lists[edit | edit source]

PerceptionAttribute.png Perception Attribute[edit | edit source]

Each of its 10 levels increases ranged damage by 5%, and accuracy by 2%. It's split into two subcategories with various perks related to weapon damage increase and scavenging.

MarksmanshipPerks.png Marksmanship Perks
Gunslinger.png Gunslinger "Settle your disputes the old way and be a gunslinger in the apocalypse."
ShotgunMessiahPerk.png Shotgun Messiah "Specialize with shotguns and send your enemies to meet their maker."
AutomaticWeapons.png Automatic Weapons "Become a commando using automatic weapons to slay your foes."
DeadEye.png Dead Eye "Specialize in taking keen aim with rifles and wasting your target with an expertly-placed bullet. One shot, one kill."
Archery.png Archery "Master the use of bows and crossbows."
ExplosiveWeapons.png Explosive Weapons "Specialize in explosive weapons to stun, cripple and dismember your foes."
BoomHeadshot.png Boom! Headshot! "Specialize in cranial carnage as you pop enemy melons like, well, melons."
RunAndGun.png Run and Gun "Improve your hip fire accuracy and run faster while reloading."
ScavengingPerks.png Scavenging Perks
LuckyLooter.png Lucky Looter "Specialize in tracking down the motherlode, and maybe getting a little extra for your trouble."
SalvageOperations.png Salvage Operations "Waste not, want not! Scrap items for more resources."

StrenghtAttribute.png Strength Attribute[edit | edit source]

Each of it's 10 levels increases melee and block damage by 5%.

MeleeCombatPerks.png Melee Combat Perks
SexualTyranosaurus.png Sexual Tyrannosaurus "Specialize in unleashing a relentless assault of blows guaranteed to leave your prey slack-jawed at your unyielding stamina."
FlurryOfBlows.png Flurry of Blows "Specialize in light weapons and beating the tar out of your opponents in a furious flurry of quick strikes."
DeepCuts.png Deep Cuts "Specialize in using bladed weapons to bleed your foes dry."
StayDown.png Stay Down "Specialize in knocking your foes senseless with clubs."
HeavyMetal.png Heavy Metal "Specialize in destroying enemies with heavy weapons like sledgehammers."
SkullCrusher.png Skull Crusher "Specialize in causing head trauma with melee weapons."
ConstructionPerks.png Construction Perks
Miner69er.png Miner 69’er "Maximize your mining efforts by increasing block damage to bring down rocks and trees faster."
PackMule.png Pack Mule "You're a pack mule and can carry more items in your inventory without suffering movement penalties."
MotherLode.png Mother Lode "Harvest more resources and bring home the mother lode."

FortitudeAttribute.png Fortitude Attribute[edit | edit source]

Fortitude is the measure of your physical resilience. Increasing Fortitude increases your maximum health by 10 per level or 20 by level 9

SurvivalPerks.png Survival Perks
HeavyArmor.png Heavy Armor "Specialize in shielding yourself with iron and steel, becoming an unstoppable behemoth on the battlefield."
TheHuntsman.png The Huntsman "Specialize in hunting your prey and harvesting more meat and leather."
IntrinsicImmunity.png Intrinsic Immunity "Specialize in fighting off the host of internal attackers ready to take you down from the inside."
WellInsulated.png Well Insulated "Specialize in using a combination of clothing and natural resilience to weather even the harshest of environments."
LivingOffTheLand.png Living Off The Land "Specialize in harvesting more crops using your hands or a hoe."
PainTolerance.png Pain Tolerance "Specialize in shrugging off blows, fighting through pain and staying in the fight when others would be down for the count."
RecoveryPerks.png Recovery Perks
HealingFactor.png Healing Factor "Specialize in boosting your natural healing rates."
SlowMetabolism.png Slow Metabolism "Specialize in metabolic optimization so that food and water are more filling and give you longer lasting energy."
SelfMedicated.png Self Medicated "Specialize in boosting the benefits of mixing up your meds while not sweating the side effects."

AgilityAttribute.png Agility Attribute[edit | edit source]

Agility is the measure of your ability to move quickly and/or quietly. Increasing Agility increases your maximum stamina by 10 per level or 20 by level 9

AthleticPerks.png Athletic Perks
Cardio.png Rule 1: Cardio "Specialize in training your body in the most effective tactic against the zombie menace: running away from them."
LightArmor.png Light Armor "Specialize in light armor to increase armor rating and armor durability."
ChargingBull.png Charging Bull "Specialize in rushing headfirst into combat, plowing through enemies and delivering bone-shattering blows on the go."
Parkour.png Parkour "Specialize in acrobatically getting anywhere you want to go, no matter how far up or far down that may be."
OlympicSwimmer.png Olympic Swimmer "Specialize in taking to water like a fish; moving through it more swiftly and staying submerged in it for longer."
StealthPerks.png Stealth Perks
NinjaMovement.png Ninja Movement "Specialize in getting around sight unseen and sound unheard, increasing the quickness and quietness of your sneak."
HiddenStrike.png Hidden Strike "Specialize in catching your enemies unaware; delivering your attack before they can even think to defend against it."
FromTheShadows.png From The Shadows "Specialize in blending into the darkness to completely disappear in even the slightest of shadows."

IntellectAttribute.png Intellect Attribute[edit | edit source]

Increasing Intellect increases the rate and quality of item production.

InfluencePerks.png Influence Perks
BetterBarter.png Better Barter "Specialize in convincing area traders to give you a better deal and open up their secret stashes of the really good stuff."
TheDaringAdventurer.png The Daring Adventurer "Be a daring adventurer! Get better rewards for doing quests."
CharismaticNature.png Charismatic Nature "Use your charismatic nature to inspire allies."
CraftsmanshipPerks.pngCraftsmanship Perks
HammerAndForge.png Hammer and Forge "Use forges and workstations to craft better weapons and armor."
GreaseMonkey.png Grease Monkey ""Specialize in building, modifying and maintaining mechanical methods of transportation.""
AdvancedEngineering.png Advanced Engineering "Engineer advanced items such as firearms, electrical items and traps."
YeahScience.png Yeah, Science "Use Chemistry to create fuel, explosives and ammunition."
Physician.png Physician "Treat medical conditions and craft advanced medicines."
MasterChef.png Master Chef "Create more filling meals with advanced benefits."

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