Skills are special abilities that can be unlocked using skill points. The Skills tree includes various offensive, defensive, and support abilities for Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn. Skills are organized into three primary sections: Prowler, Brave, and Forager with a fourth section, Traveler, introduced in the Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds add-on.

Skills are unlocked by using earned skill points to level up abilities, giving players new advantages to help Aloy through her journey. As the player unlocks each skill tree, skills further down become more expensive.

Earning Skill Points

Skill points are earned by leveling up through experience points and by completing certain quests and activities. There are a total of 84 skill points available in the base game, though only 81 are necessary to purchase all skills from the first three skill trees. Up to 50 points can be earned by reaching the maximum level and 34 points are available through quests: 17 from main quests, 3 from side quests (Acquired Taste, Redmaw, and Queen's Gambit), and 14 from activities.

The Frozen Wilds adds 14 additional skill points, 4 short of the 18 needed to purchase all skills from the new Traveler skill tree. Ten can be gained through experience given that the expansion raises the level cap to 60 and 4 points are available through quests and activities. In order to get the 4 points left, the player can complete some quests several times, as for example, the last main quests.

Available Skills

Prowler

The Prowler skill tree consists of stealth-based maneuvers and combat improvements.

Icon Name Description Requirement Cost
SilentStrike-Icon.png Silent Strike Press R1 to perform a silent takedown on small machines and humans, or deal high damage to medium enemies. None EXPIcon.png 1
StrikeFromAbove-Icon.png Strike From Above Press R1 to silently drop and take down small machines and humans, or deal high damage to medium enemies. Silent Strike EXPIcon.png 2
StrikeFromBelow-Icon.png Strike From Below Press R1 when hanging below human enemies to perform a silent takedown. Strike From Above EXPIcon.png 3
LeaderStrike-Icon.png Leader Strike Press R1 to perform a silent takedown on heavy and elite human enemies. Strike From Below EXPIcon.png 3
HunterReflexes-Icon.png Hunter Reflexes Time slows while aiming during a jump or slide. None EXPIcon.png 1
BalancedAim-Icon.png Balanced Aim Use range weapons while balancing on ropes. Hunter Reflexes EXPIcon.png 2
StrongStrike-Icon.png Strong Strike 15% damage increase to Stike attacks. Strike From Above EXPIcon.png 3
StrongStrike+-Icon.png Strong Strike+ 30% damage increase to Strike attacks. Strong Strike EXPIcon.png 3
SilentDrop-Icon.png Silent Drop Landing from a fall or jump is completely silent, and will not alert otherwise unaware enemies. None EXPIcon.png 1
LowProfile-Icon.png Low Profile Further reduces your visibility to enemies when crouching. Silent Drop EXPIcon.png 2
DodgeProwess-Icon.png Dodge Prowess Hold circle for a long dodge roll, or tap circle for a short dodge roll. Low Profile EXPIcon.png 3
QuietSprint-Icon.png Quiet Sprint Sprinting is quiet, greatly reducing the chances of alerting nearby enemies. Dodge Prowess EXPIcon.png 3

Brave

Brave is a skill tree that focuses on direct combat improvements for Aloy. Abilities in this tree include damage and accuracy improvements on a variety of weapons.

Icon Name Description Requirement Cost
Concentration-Icon.png Concentration While aiming toggle with R3 to slow down time. None EXPIcon.png 1
HeavyLifter-Icon.png Heavy Lifter Move faster while wielding a heavy weapon. Concentration EXPIcon.png 2
Concentration+-Icon.png Concentration+ Increases the maximum duration of Concentration. Heavy Lifter EXPIcon.png 3
FastReload-Icon.png Fast Reload Faster reload while using Concentration. Concentration+ EXPIcon.png 3
CriticalHit-Icon.png Critical Hit Press R1 for a high damage attack on downed enemies. None EXPIcon.png 1
CriticalHit+-Icon.png Critical Hit+ Critical hits deal more damage. Critical Hit EXPIcon.png 2
DoubleShot-Icon.png Double Shot Use R1 while aiming to notch an additional arrow on all bow weapons. Heavy Lifter EXPIcon.png 3
TripleShot-Icon.png Triple Shot Use R1 while aiming to notch up to 3 arrows at once on all bow weapons. Double Shot EXPIcon.png 3
Precision-Icon.png Precision Light spear attacks have an increased chance to knock off armor and components. None EXPIcon.png 1
Precision+-Icon.png Precision+ Light spear attacks have a greatly increased chance to knock off armor and components. Precision EXPIcon.png 2
KnockDown-Icon.png Knock Down Heavy spear attacks will knock down machines faster. Precision+ EXPIcon.png 3
FightingBack-Icon.png Fighting Back Heavy spear attacks deal increased damage when Aloy's health is low. Knock Down EXPIcon.png 3

Forager

The Forager skill tree is a support-focused tree that includes passive skills, health improvements, and abilities that help Aloy find resources from enemies and the environment.

Icon Name Description Requirement Cost
LureCall-Icon.png Lure Call Use (!) from the tools menu to lure a single enemy to your position. The target will be the closest, most centered in Aloy's view. None EXPIcon.png 1
CombatOverride-Icon.png Combat Override [1] Increases the time a machine will remain overridden by 50%. Lure Call EXPIcon.png 2
CombatOverride+-Icon.png Combat Override+ [1] Increases the time a machine will remain overridden indefinitely. Combat Override EXPIcon.png 3
CallMount+-Icon.png Call Mount+ [1] Calls a new overridden mount if no mount is available. Combat Override+ EXPIcon.png 3
Healer-Icon.png Healer Speeds up healing from the medicine pouch. None EXPIcon.png 1
Herbalist-Icon.png Herbalist Doubles the capacity of the medicine pouch. Healer EXPIcon.png 2
DisarmTraps-Icon.png Disarm Traps Traps and tripwires can now be disarmed and reused. Scavenger EXPIcon.png 3
Tinker-Icon.png Tinker Weapon Coils and Outfit Weaves can now be removed and reused. Disarm Traps EXPIcon.png 3
Gatherer-Icon.png Gatherer Additional natural resources when foraging. None EXPIcon.png 1
Scavenger-Icon.png Scavenger Chance for extra resources when looting downed machines. Gatherer EXPIcon.png 2
AmmoCrafter-Icon.png Ammo Crafter Craft additional ammo from the same amount of resources. Scavenger EXPIcon.png 3
Scavenger+-Icon.png Scavenger+ Increased chances for extra resources when looting downed machines. Ammo Crafter EXPIcon.png 3

Traveler

The Traveler skill tree is available through the Frozen Wilds add-on. These skills improve the usefulness of resources and mounts.

Icon Name Description Requirement Cost
MountedPickup-Icon.png Mounted Pickup [1] Gather resources and search downed enemies while mounted. None EXPIcon.png 1
MountRepair-Icon.png Mount Repair [1] Repair a damaged mount using Metal Shards. Mounted Pickup EXPIcon.png 2
MachineRepair-Icon.png Machine Repair [1] Repair any overridden machine using Metal Shards. Mount Repair EXPIcon.png 3
MountRepair+-Icon.png Mount Repair+ [1] Increases mount health and repair speed. Machine Repair EXPIcon.png 3
DismountStrike-Icon.png Dismount Strike [1] Press square to launch a jumping attack from your mount. Machine Repair EXPIcon.png 3
ShardSalvager-Icon.png Shard Salvager Disassemble resources and modifications into 50% of their Metal Shard value. None EXPIcon.png 1
ExpertCarver-Icon.png Expert Carver Increased chance to loot Skins, Bones, Lenses, and Hearts. Shard Salvager EXPIcon.png 2
Hoarder-Icon.png Hoarder Increases resource inventory slots by 20%. Expert Carver EXPIcon.png 3

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 This skill cannot be obtained until after completion of the main quest, The Womb of the Mountain.
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