All Skills and Rank Challenges - Starfield Guide - IGN (2024)

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How Skill Leveling Works in Starfield All Skills and Rank Challenges in Starfield Physical Skills Boxing Skill Fitness Skill Stealth Skill Weight Lifting Skill Wellness Skill Energy Weapon Dissipation Skill Environmental Conditioning Skill Gymnastics Skill Nutrition Skill Pain Tolerance Skill Cellular Regeneration Skill Decontamination Skill Martial Arts Skill Concealment Skill Neurostrikes Skill Rejuvenation Skill Social Skills Commerce Skill Gastronomy Skill Persuasion Skill Scavenging Skill Theft Skill Deception Skill Diplomacy Skill Intimidation Skill Isolation Skill Negotiation Skill Instigation Skill Leadership Skill Outpost Management Skill Manipulation Skill Ship Command Skill Xenosociology Skill Combat Skills Ballistics Skill Dueling Skill Lasers Skill Pistol Certification Skill Shotgun Certification Skill Demolitions Skill Heavy Weapons Certification Skill Incapacitation Skill Particle Beams Skill Rifle Certification Skill Marksmanship Skill Rapid Reloading Skill Sniper Certification Skill Targeting Skill Armor Penetration Skill Crippling Skill Sharpshooting Skill Science Skills Astrodynamics Skill Geology Skill Medicine Skill Research Methods Skill Surveying Skill Botany Skill Scanning Skill Spacesuit Design Skill Weapon Engineering Skill Zoology Skill Astrophysics Skill Chemistry Skill Outpost Engineering Skill Aneutronic Fusion Skill Planetary Habitation Skill Special Projects Skill Tech Skills Ballistic Weapon Systems Skill Boost Pack Training Skill Piloting Skill Security Skill Targeting Control Systems Skill Energy Weapon Systems Skill Engine Systems Skill Payloads Skill Shield Systems Skill Missile Weapon Systems Skill Particle Beam Weapon Systems Skill Robotics Skill Starship Design Skill Starship Engineering Skill Automated Weapon Systems Skill Boost Assault Training Skill EM Weapon Systems Skill Up Next: All Traits in Starfield Top Guide Sections Was this guide helpful? In This Guide References

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There are 82 unique skills to unlock in Starfield, with many of these skills providing helpful upgrades and unlocks such as boost pack functionality, pickpocketing, weapon damage bonuses, starship targeting controls, persuasion, and even piloting. With so many different choices available, this Skills and Rank Challenges guide provides a complete list of all Skills, including their Rank Challenges that are available across all five skill categories.

Related Guides:

  • How to Pickpocket and Steal
  • How to Use Grenades
  • How to Rank Up Piloting and Ship Skills Quickly
  • Best Starting Traits and Backgrounds

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How Skill Leveling Works in Starfield

Skills in Starfield level differently from Bethesda’s previous games, as after investing one point into a particular skill, you’re given a challenge to complete.

After you meet the requirements, such as using a Boost Pack in combat or killing a number of enemies with a particular kind of weapon, you can spend another skill point to level up that skill.

Multiple points are required to move down different levels of the five skill trees, so investing multiple points in a skill you use often rather than having to spread them out among the other beginner skills will still pay dividends down the line.

Not sure which skills are best to invest in? See our guide on the Best Skills to Unlock and Upgrade First for a comprehensive breakdown of the most essential skills to unlock in Starfield.

All Skills and Rank Challenges in Starfield

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  • Physical Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Combat Skills
  • Science Skills
  • Tech Skills

Physical Skills

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All Physical Skills
BoxingFitnessStealthWeight Lifting
WellnessEnergy Weapon DissipationEnvironmental ConditioningGymnastics
NutritionPain ToleranceCellular RegenerationDecontamination
Martial ArtsConcealmentNeurostrikesRejuvenation

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Boxing Skill

Boxing Skill
Once considered a "sport of kings," boxing is still practiced as a recreation competitive activity, but its combat applications can't be denied.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Unarmed attacks do 25% more damage. 25% less 02 used when using a power attack.Kill 20 enemies with an unarmed attack.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Unarmed attacks do 50% more damage. 50% less 02 used when using a power attack.Kill 50 enemies with an unarmed attack.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Unarmed attacks do 75% more damage. While in a fight and unwarmed, running consumes 30% less 02.Kill 100 enemies with an unarmed attack.
Rank 4
Unarmed attacks do 100% more damage and have a chance to knock down opponents.

Fitness Skill

Fitness Skill
In space, the greatest community commodity is oxygen, and the increased lung capacity gained by a regular physical fitness regimen is essential to survival.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You have 10% more oxygen available.Use up all available Oxygen 20 times.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You have 20% more oxygen available.Use up all available Oxygen 50 times.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You have 30% more oxygen available.Use up all available Oxygen 100 times.
Rank 4
Sprinting and power attacks now use significantly less oxygen

Stealth Skill

Stealth Skill
For a combatant who values discretion above all else, the ability to approach a target while undetected and kill with a silenced weapon is as terrifying as it is effective.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Adds a Stealth Meter. You are 25% more difficult to detect when sneaking. Suppressed weapons do an additional 5% sneak attack damage.Perform 10 sneak attacks.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Adds a Stealth Meter. You are 50% more difficult to detect when sneaking. Suppressed weapons do an additional 15% sneak attack damage.Perform 20 sneak attacks.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Adds a Stealth Meter. You are 75% more difficult to detect when sneaking. Suppressed weapons do an additional 15% sneak attack damage.Perform 40 sneak attacks.
Rank 4
Adds a Stealth Meter. You are 100% more difficult to detect when sneaking. Suppressed weapons do an additional 20% sneak attack damage. Doors you interact with while in stealth no longer alert enemies.

Weight Lifting Skill

Weight Lifting Skill
Weight training can significantly increase one's ability to carry weapons and equipment, both in space and on the ground.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Increase total carrying capacity by 10 kilograms.Sprint for 1,000 meters while at 75% or more of your maximum load capacity.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Increase total carrying capacity by 25 kilograms.Sprint for 2,500 meters while at 75% or more of your maximum load capacity.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Increase total carrying capacity by 50 kilograms.Sprint for 5,000 meters while at 75% or more of your maximum load capacity.
Rank 4
Increase total carrying capacity by 100 kilograms. Gain 50% resistance to stagger.

Wellness Skill

Wellness Skill
By embracing an active lifestyle and good nutrition habits, one may improve their overall sense of health, and even gain prolonged life expectancy.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Increase your maximum health by 10%Heal 200 damage.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Increase your maximum health by 20%Heal 500 damage.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Increase your maximum health by 30%Heal 1,000 damage.
Rank 4
Increase your maximum health by 40%

Energy Weapon Dissipation Skill

Energy Weapon Dissipation Skill
Considering the widespread use of energy weapons in the Settled Systems, specialized training to minimize damage is considered invaluable.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Energy damage is reduced 5%.Take 150 points of energy damage.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Energy damage is reduced 10%.Take 350 points of energy damage.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Energy damage is reduced 15%.Take 750 points of energy damage.
Rank 4
25% chance to reflect energy damage back to an attacker when your health is below 50%.

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Environmental Conditioning Skill

Environmental Conditioning Skill
In the Settled Systems, even oxygen-rich planets and moons may have an atmosphere that is hazardous to human beings.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Gain 10 resistance to Airborne environmental damage.Take 100 environmental damage.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Gain 10 resistance to Thermal environment damage.Take 250 environmental damage.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Gain 10 resistance to Corrosive and Radiation environmental damage.Take 500 environmental damage.
Rank 4
Reduced chance to gain afflictions from environmental damage sources.

Gymnastics Skill

Gymnastics Skill
From navigating the elevations of alien landscapes to exploring derelict ships in Zero-G, gymnastic training is invaluable for improving both safety and maneuverability.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Unlock the ability to combat slide. Take 15% less fall damage.Take 100 fall damage.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Move faster in Zero-G. Take 20% less fall damage.Kill 5 enemies in Zero-G environments.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Become more stable while firing in Zero-G. Take 30% less fall damage. Replenish some 02 after mantling.Kill 20 enemies in Zero-G environments.
Rank 4
Increase jump height. Run faster after combat sliding or mantling.

Nutrition Skill

Nutrition Skill
Advanced nutritional science is no substitute for good life choices, and knowing how much and when to eat can be just as important as the food itself.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Food and drink are 10% more effective.Consume 10 food or drinks.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Food and drink are now 20% more effective.Consume 30 food or drinks.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Food and drink are now 30% more effective.Consume 75 food or drinks.
Rank 4
Food and drink are now 50% more effective.

Pain Tolerance Skill

Pain Tolerance Skill
Pain hurts - but only if you're not strong enough to take it.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Physical damage is reduced by 5%.Take 250 points of physical damage.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Physical damage is reduced by 10%.Take 500 points of physical damage.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Physical damage is reduced by 15%.Take 1,000 points of physical damage.
Rank 4
5% chance to ignore physical damage when you're health is low.

Cellular Regeneration Skill

Cellular Regeneration Skill
Whether through secret experimentation or just plain healthy living, boosting the body's ability to naturally recover from injuries can mean the difference between life and death.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Slight increase chance to recover from injuries naturally.Recover from 5 injuries.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Moderately increased chance to recover from injuries naturally.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Noticeably increased chance to recover from injuries naturally.Recover from 30 injuries.
Rank 4
20% chance of not gaining an injury when you otherwise would.

Decontamination Skill

Decontamination Skill
Through a deliberate regiment of conditioning and antibody therapy, one may effectively combat even the Settled System's unseen threats.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Slightly increased chance to recover from infections naturally.Recover from 5 infections.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Moderately increased chance to recover from infections naturally.Recover from 15 infections.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Noticeably increased chance to recover from infections naturally.Recover from 30 infections.
Rank 4
20% chance of not gaining an infection when you otherwise would.

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Martial Arts Skill

Martial Arts Skill
There are currently hundreds of marital arts practiced in the Settled Systems, some originating on ancient Earth, some newly created, almost all effective in combat.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
15% increased chance to crit with a melee or unarmed attack.Deal 250 damage with unarmed attacks.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
15% chance to disarm an opponent with a melee or unarmed power attack.Disarm 10 enemies using melee or unarmed attacks.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
While unwarmed or wielding a melee weapon, take 10% less damage.Disarm 30 enemies using melee or unarmed attacks.
Rank 4
Reflect 50% damage back when blocking a melee or unarmed attack.

Concealment Skill

Rename Skill
Few skills capture the imagination like the ability to remain undetected, used by assassins, special forces operatives, and simple thieves alike for centuries.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You no longer set off enemy mines. Ranged sneak attack do 2.5x normal damage and your melee sneak attacks do 4x normal damage.Perform 10 melee/unarmed sneak attacks.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Running while sneaking doesn't affect stealth. Ranged sneak attacks do 3x normal damage and your melee sneak attacks do 5x normal damage.Perform 30 melee/unarmed sneak attacks.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You gain a Chameleon-like ability when completely still and sneaking. Ranged sneak attacks do 3.5x normal damage and your melee sneak attacks do 8x normal damage.Perform 75 melee/unarmed sneak attacks.
Rank 4
Engaging stealth causes distant enemies to lose you. Ranged sneak attacks do 4x normal damage and your melee sneak attacks do 10x normal damage.

Neurostrikes Skill

Neurostrikes Skill
Once considered the realm of fiction, the ability to disable an opponent without using a weapon is terrifyingly effective when performed by a skilled practitioner.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
10% chance to stun an NPC with an unarmed attack.Stun 10 enemies with an unarmed attack.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Unarmed attacks now do additional EM damage.Stun 30 enemies with an unarmed attack.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
20% chance to stun an NPC with an unarmed attack.Stun 75 enemies with an unarmed attack.
Rank 4
After stunning an enemy, you also knock down any enemies within close range.

Rejuvenation Skill

Rejuvenation Skill
Utilizing both ancient meditation techniques and newly developed breathing exercises, it's possible for one to actually trigger their body's natural healing ability.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Slowly regenerate health outside of combat.Fall below 25% health 3 times and fully health.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Regenerate health much more quickly outside of combat.Fall below 25% health 8 times and fully health.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Regenerate health much faster outside of combat. You can now slowly regenerate health while in combat.Fall below 25% health 15 times and fully health.
Rank 4
Regenerate health even faster outside of combat. You can now regenerate health quickly while in combat.

Social Skills

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All Social Skills
CommerceGastronomyPersuasionScavenging
TheftDeceptionDiplomacyIntimidation
IsolationNegotiationInstigationLeadership
Outpost ManagementManipulationShip CommandXenosociology

Commerce Skill

Commerce Skill
In the Settled System's free market economy, almost anyone with the right skillset can open and run a successful business.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Buy for 5% less and sell for 10% more.Buy or sell 25 unique items.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Buy for 10% less and sell for 15% more.Buy or sell 75 unique items.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Buy for 15% less and sell for 20% more.Buy or sell 150 unique items.
Rank 4
Buy for 20% less and sell for 25% more.

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Gastronomy Skill

Gastronomy Skill
Access to brand-new worlds means access to brand-new ingredients, and there is almost no limit to the delicious foods and drinks a talented chef can prepare.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can craft speciality food and drinks, and research additional recipes at a Research Lab.Create 5 food or drink items.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can research and craft gourmet food and drinks.Create 25 food and drink items.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can research and craft food and drink delicacies.Create 50 food and drink items.
Rank 4
Crafting food and drinks occasionally doesn't use up resources. You can research and craft exotic recipes.

Persuasion Skill

Persuasion Skill
In the Settled Systems, the nuanced ability to listen and discuss can often accomplish far more than simply shooting first and asking questions later.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
10% increased chance of success when persuading someone.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
20% increased chance of success when persuading someone.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
30% increased chance of success when persuading someone.Succeed in 10 speech challenges.
Rank 4
50% increased chance of success when persuading someone.

Scavenging Skill

Rename Skill
There are those who can find just about anything, and their success is usually dependent on knowing how, and where, to look.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
There's a chance you'll find extra credits when searching containers.Loot 25 containers.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
There's a chance you'll find extra ammo when searching containers.Loot 75 containers.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
There's a chance you'll find extra aid items, like Med Packs, or chems, when searching containers.Loot 150 containers.
Rank 4
Tracked resources will get highlighted when using the hand scanner.

Theft Skill

Theft Skill
While not entirely honorable, and certainly not legal, it is nonetheless occasionally necessary to discreetly remove property from someone's person.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Unlock the ability to pickpocket targets.Successfully pickpocket 5 times.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
10% greater chance to successfully pickpocket.Successfully pickpocket 10 times.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
30% greater chance to successfully pickpocket.Successfully pickpocket 20 times.
Rank 4
50% greater chance to successfully pickpocket. Can now pickpocket holstered weapons.

Deception Skill

Deception Skill
Smuggling and piracy are both immoral and highly illegal, and considered plagues upon the Settled Systems. But certain undercover work may require a certain criminal skillset.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Ships 10% stronger will automatically surrender to piracy demands. Enemy contraband scans are 10% less effective.Convince 5 ships to surrender.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Ships 20% stronger will automatically surrender to piracy demands. Enemy contraband scans are 20% less effective.Convince 10 ships to surrender.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Ships 30% stronger will automatically surrender to piracy demands. Enemy contraband scans are 30% less effective.Convince 20 ships to surrender.
Rank 4
Ships 50% stronger will automatically surrender to piracy demands. Enemy contraband scans are 50% less effective.

Diplomacy Skill

Diplomacy Skill
When a situation calls for words and not weapons, it's best to rely on those trained in statecraft and de-escalation.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can force a target NPC at or below your level to stop fighting for a while.Successfully use Diplomacy on 5 different people.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can force a target NPC up to 10 levels higher than you to stop fighting for a while.Successfully use Diplomacy on 25 different people.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can force a target NPC up to 20 levels higher than you to stop fighting for a while.Successfully use Diplomacy on 50 different people.
Rank 4
You can force force target NPCs to permanently stop fighting (unless they're attacked again).

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Intimidation Skill

Intimidation Skill
The ability to strike fear into an opponent, causing them to flee so that you can escape or attack first, can prove critical in a battle.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can force a target NPC at or below your level to flee for a limited time.Successfully Intimidate 5 different people.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can force a target NPC up to 10 levels higher than you do flea for a limited time.Successfully Intimidate 25 different people.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can force a target NPC up to 20 levels higher than you to flee for a limited time.Successfully Intimidate 50 different people.
Rank 4
Intimidated targets now fully for substantial amount of time.

Isolation Skill

Isolation Skill
By eschewing team tactics and embracing the advantages of “lone wolf” operations, one can vastly improve their combat effectiveness.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Do +10% weapon damage and gain 15 Damage Resistance for each Spacesuit and Helmet equipped when you don’t have a companion or any crew.Kill 20 enemies while not in command of a follower.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Do +20% weapon damage and gain 30 Damage Resistance for each Spacesuit and Helmet equipped when you don’t have a companion or any crew.Kill 50 enemies while not in command of a follower.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Do +30% weapon damage and gain 45 Damage Resistance for each Spacesuit and Helmet equipped when you don’t have a companion or any crew.Kill 100 enemies while not in command of a follower.
Rank 4
Do +40% weapon damage and gain 60 Damage Resistance for each Spacesuit and Helmet equipped when you don’t have a companion or any crew.

Negotiation Skill

Negotiation Skill
In certain, more challenging communications, skillfully supplementing words with credits may help achieve the desired results.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You now have access to Bribery in speech challenges.Bribe 3 times through persuasion.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Reduces bribery cost by 25%.Bribe 5 times through persuasion.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Reduces bribery cost by 50%.Bribe 10 times through persuasion.
Rank 4
Occasionally, bribery won't cost any money.

Instigation Skill

Instigation Skill
When combat is required, it can be advantageous to convince others to do the fighting for you.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can force a target NPC at our below your level to attack their allies for a limited time.Successfully Instigate 5 different people.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can force a target NPC up to 10 levels higher than you to attack their allies for a limited time.Successfully Instigate 25 different people.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can force a target NPC up to 20 levels higher than you to attack their allies for a limited time.Successfully Instigate 50 different people.
Rank 4
Enemies affected by Instigation will attack their allies until they are dead.

Leadership Skill

Leadership Skill
Teamwork is the cornerstone of galactic survival, and nothing motivates a team more than a trained, decisive leader.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Companions gain affinity 25% faster.Sprint 1,000 meters with an active follower.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Companions have 50 more health and 50kg more carrying capacity.Sprint 2,500 meters with an active follower.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Companions will occasionally heal you when you get low health.Sprint 5,000 meters with an active follower.
Rank 4
Doubles the bonuses of Combat and Physical Crew Skills on Companions. Companions have a chance to pick themselves up from a downed state.

Outpost Management Skill

Outpost Management Skill
While constructing an outpost offers its own challenges, properly managing that outpost takes a special personality type and specialized training.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Additional cargo links can be placed at outposts.Build cargo links on 6 different planets.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Additional robots can be constructed at outposts.Construct 8 robots at outposts.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Additional crew can be assigned at outposts.Construct 10 crew stations at outposts.
Rank 4
Outpost extractors produce twice as fast.

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Manipulation Skill

Rename Skill
Recent studies have shown that suggestions is not an art, but a science, and as such, can be weaponized to exert control over the susceptible.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can force a target NPC at or below your level to obey commands for a limited time.Successfully Manipulate 5 different people.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can force a target NPC up to 10 levels higher than you to obey commands for a limited time.Successfully Manipulate 25 different people.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can force a target NPC up to 20 levels higher than you to obey commands for a limited time.Successfully Manipulate 50 different people.
Rank 4
Manipulated targets now obey commands for a substantial amount of time.

Ship Command Skill

Ship Command Skill
They say a ship is only as good as its crew, but that is contingent upon that crew having the right captain to lead them.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can have up to four active crew members.Destroy or board 5 ships with a crew of two or more.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can have up to five action crew members.Destroy or board 25 ships with a crew of four or more.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can have up to six active crew members.Destroy or board 50 ships with a crew of six or more.
Rank 4
You can have up to eight active crew members.

Xenosociology Skill

Xenosociology Skill
While sentient life has yet to be discovered, the galaxy's alien species are generally intelligent enough to be susceptible to the power of suggestion.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can force a target alien creature up to 10 levels higher than you to stop fighting for a limited time.Successfully use Pacify on 15 different aliens.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can force a target alien creature up to 10 levels higher than you to flee for a limited time.Successfully use Flee on 15 different aliens.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can force a target alien creature up to 10 levels higher than you to attack their allies for a limited time.Successfully use Frenzy on 15 different aliens.
Rank 4
You can force a target creature up to 10 levels higher than you to obey commands for a limited time.

Combat Skills

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All Combat Skills
BallisticsDuelingLasersPistol Certification
Shotgun CertificationDemolitionsHeavy Weapons CertificationIncapacitation
Particle BeamsRifle CertificationMarksmanshipRapid Reloading
Sniper CertificationTargetingArmor PenetrationCrippling
Sharpshooting

Ballistics Skill

Ballistics Skill
Centuries of conflict have proven that when it comes to threat elimination, few things stack up to the reliable power of high-speed projectiles.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Ballistic weapons do 10% more damage.Kill 20 enemies with a ballistic weapon.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Ballistic weapons do 20% more damage.Kill 50 enemies with a ballistic weapon.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Ballistic weapons do 30% more damage.Kill 100 enemies with a ballistic weapon.
Rank 4
Ballistic weapons range is increased by 30%.

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Dueling Skill

Dueling Skill
Considered by many to be a lost art, close attacks with a melee weapon can often be deadlier than ranged combat when carried out by a skilled practitioner.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Melee weapons do 25% more damage. Take 10% less damage while wielding a melee weapon.Kill 20 enemies with a melee weapon.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Melee kills make you run 20% faster for 10 seconds.Kill 50 enemies with a melee weapon.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Melee weapons do 50% more damage. Take 15% less damage while wielding a melee weapon.Kill 100 enemies with a melee weapon.
Rank 4
Melee kills heal you for 10% of your health.

Lasers Skill

Lasers Skill
Personal laser weapons are in widespread use across the Settled Systems, and specialized training can greatly increase their effectiveness.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Laser weapons do 10% more damage.Kill 20 enemies with a laser weapon.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Laser weapons do 20% more damage.Kill 50 enemies with a laser weapon.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Laser weapons do 30% more damage.Kill 100 enemies with a laser weapon.
Rank 4
Laser weapons have a 5% chance to set a target on fire.

Pistol Certification Skill

Pistol Certification Skill
Considering the popularity of the personal sidearm in the Settled Systems, familiarity with such weapons is often considered essential.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Pistols do 10% more damage.Kill 20 enemies with a pistol.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Pistols do 25% more damage.Kill 50 enemies with a pistol.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Pistols do 50% more damage.Kill 100 enemies with a pistol.
Rank 4
Pistol kills grant +25% critical hit chance for 5 seconds.

Shotgun Certification Skill

Shotgun Certification Skill
The cornerstone of close quarters combat, or COC, the shotgun has proven a simple, deadly weapon for hundreds of years.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Shotguns do 10% more damage.Kill 20 enemies with a shotgun.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Shotguns do 20% more damage.Kill 50 enemies with a shotgun.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Shotguns do 30% more damage.Kill 100 enemies with a shotgun.
Rank 4
Shotgun kills grant a small chance to stun additional targets with shotguns for a limited time.

Demolitions Skill

Demolitions Skill
With the proper adjustment of chemical mixtures, coupled with modifications to the detonation mechanism, explosives can produce an even greater destructive yield.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Throwing grenades now shows a trajectory arc. Explosions have a 25% larger radius.Kill 20 enemies with explosives.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Explosives do 25% more damage.Kill 50 enemies with explosives.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Reduce damage taken from explosives by 25%.Kill 100 enemies with explosives.
Rank 4
All previous bonuses are doubled.

Heavy Weapons Certification Skill

Heavy Weapons Certification Skill
Oversized weapons may prove cumbersome to wield, but their excessive damage output can't be ignored, especially in the hands of a trained combatant.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Heavy weapons do 10% more damageKill 20 enemies with a heavy weapon.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Heavy weapons do 20% more damageKill 50 enemies with a heavy weapon.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Heavy weapons do 30% more damageKill 100 enemies with a heavy weapon.
Rank 4
Gain 25% Physical resistance while aiming down sights with a heavy weapon.

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Incapacitation Skill

Incapacitation Skill
EM weapons are generally employed to damage robots, but can also be used to render human beings unconsious.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
EM weapons do 5% more damage.Deal 400 EM damage.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
EM weapons do 10% more damage.Deal 1,000 EM damage.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
EM weapons do 15% more damage.Deal 2,500 EM damage.
Rank 4
EM weapons have a 15% chance to do 300% EM damage.

Particle Beams Skill

Particle Beams Skill
While considered by some to be exotic, particle weapons can be a devastating combat option, subjecting a target to multiple forms of damage.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Particle beam weapons do 10% more damage.Kill 20 enemies with a particle beam weapon.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Particle beam weapons do 20% more damage.Kill 50 enemies with a particle beam weapon.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Particle beam weapons do 30% more damage.Kill 100 enemies with a particle beam weapon.
Rank 4
Particle beam weapons have a +5% crit chance.

Rifle Certification Skill

Rifle Certification Skill
Whether used for combat, hunting, or some other deadly purpose, the rifle has become a mainstay of Settled Systems weaponary.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Rifles do 10% more damage.Kill 20 enemies with a rifle.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Rifles do 20% more damage.Kill 50 enemies with a rifle.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Rifles do 30% more damage.Kill 100 enemies with a rifle.
Rank 4
Reload rifles 30% faster while you're standing still.

Marksmanship Skill

Marksmanship Skill
Perhaps no combat scenario is more frightening, or lethal, as a single-shot weapon wielded by someone skilled in critical shot placement.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Increase critical hit chance with non-automatic ranged weapons by 3%.Deal 10 ranged critical hits.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Increase critical hit chance with non-automatic ranged weapons by 8%.Deal 30 ranged critical hits.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Increase critical hit chance with non-automatic ranged weapons by 15%.Deal 75 ranged critical hits.
Rank 4
Critical hits using a non-automatic ranged weapon without a scope do double damage, and those with scopes knock down enemies on the next shot.

Rapid Reloading Skill

Rapid Reloading Skill
In the chaos of combat, the seonds needed to reload your weapon could be the difference between life and death.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Reload Ballistic weapons 30% faster.Reload 30 empty magazines.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Reload Energy and EM weapons 30% faster.Reload 75 empty magazines.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Reload Particle Beam weapons 30% faster. 50% chance to avoid getting interrupted while reloading.Reload 150 empty magazines.
Rank 4
Chance on hitting enemies to increase reload speed for all weapons by 50% for 15 seconds.

Sniper Certification Skill

Sniper Certification Skill
Only a trained sniper truly understands all the elements necessary to patiently and effectively neutralize a target at excessive range.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Scoped weapons are steadier and have less sway.Kill 50 enemies using a scoped weapon.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can hold your breath longer with scoped weaponsKill 125 enemies using a scoped weapon.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Headshots while aiming with a scoped weapon have a +25% critical hit chance.Kill 250 enemies using a scoped weapon.
Rank 4
Scoped weapons do 50% more damage while using the scope.

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Targeting Skill

Targeting Skill
While careful aiming is generally preferred in combat, "shooting from the hip" can prove a fast and deadly alternative with sufficient training.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Increased accuracy and range when shooting without aiming. Marks up to one enemy without 25m that damages you.Kill 50 enemies without aiming with a ranged weapon.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Notably increases accuracy and range when shooting without aiming. Marks up to two enemies within 50m that damage you.Kill 125 enemies without aiming with a ranged weapon.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Greatly increased accuracy and range when shooting without aiming. Marks up to three enemies within 75m that damage you.Kill 250 enemies without aiming with a ranged weapon.
Rank 4
10% chance to disarm targets hit when shooting without aiming. Marks up to four enemies within 100m that damage.

Armor Penetration Skill

Armor Penetration Skill
By identifying gaps or weak points in body armor, an attacker can often gain a tactical advantage in combat.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Attacks ignore 15% of a target's armor.Kill 20 enemies with a non-automatic weapon.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Attacks ignore 30% of a target's armor.Kill 50 enemies with a non-automatic weapon.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Attacks ignore 50% of a target's armor.Kill 100 enemies with a non-automatic weapon.
Rank 4
Enemy armor is decreased by 25% for 6 seconds after a critical hit.

Crippling Skill

Crippling Skill
Specifically targeting the pressure points and neves of various limbs can disable an opponent, limiting their combat effectiveness.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Human enemies have a 30% increased chance to enter a downed state after taking enough damage.Put 20 enemies into the bleedout state.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Humanoid enemies have a 50% increased chance to not naturally recover from a downed state.Put 50 enemies into the bleedout state.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Human enemies now can enter a downed state earlier.Put 100 enemies into the bleedout state.
Rank 4
Previous ranks now apply to all enemy types. You now do 100% more damage to downed enemies.

Sharpshooting Skill

Sharpshooting Skill
For those who specialize in precise targeting that maximizes damage, combat is often a quickly efficient affair.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Increase headshot critical damage by 50% with ranged weapons.Deal 50 ranged critical hits.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Increased critical damage to enemy legs by 50% within ranged weapons,Deal 125 ranged critical hits.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Increase all critical damage to enemies by 50% with ranged weapons.Deal 250 ranged critical hits.
Rank 4
Ranged critical hit kills increase your critical hit chance with all ranged weapons by 25% for 20 seconds.

Science Skills

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All Science Skills
BallisticsDuelingLasersPistol Certification
Shotgun CertificationDemolitionsHeavy Weapons CertificationIncapacitation
Particle BeamsRifle CertificationMarksmanshipRapid Reloading
Sniper CertificationTargetingArmor PenetrationCrippling
Sharpshooting

Astrodynamics Skill

Astrodynamics Skill
Advanced technology is one thing, but it takes skill, patience, and a little bit of love to coax even more capability out of a ship's grav drive.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Increased grav jump range of jump drives by 15%.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Reduced fuel cost of jump drives by 15%.Make 15 grav jumps.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Increased grav jump range and reduced fuel cost of jump drives by 30%.Make 30 grav jumps.
Rank 4
Reduced fuel cost of jump drives by 50%.

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Geology Skill

Geology Skill
Newly discovered minerals mined from alien planets and moons have directly led to some incredible technological advancements.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Get more common and uncommon inorganic resources from surface objects.Harvest inorganic resources from 20 sources.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Get more rare inorganic resources from surface objects.Harvest inorganic resources from 50 sources.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Get more exotic inorganic resources from surface objects.Harvest inorganic resources from 100 sources.
Rank 4
Occasionally harvest additional rare resources from surface objects.

Medicine Skill

Medicine Skill
Only through advancements in medical training and technology has humanity been able to withstand the galaxy's many dangers.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Med Packs, Trauma Packs, and Emergency Kits restore 10% additional Health 10% faster.Use healing items 20 times while wounded.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Med Packs, Trauma Packs, and Emergency Kits restore 20% additional Health 20% faster.Use healing items 50 times while wounded.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Med Packs, Trauma Packs, and Emergency Kits restore 30% additional Health 30% faster.Use healing items 100 times while wounded.
Rank 4
Med Packs, Trauma Packs, and Emergency Kits restore 50% additional Health 50% faster, and have a chance to cure an afflicition.

Research Methods Skill

Research Methods Skill
By skillfully employing both new and time tested methods, a researcher may complete projects faster, and even gain unexpected insights.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Resources require to craft items and complete research projects is reduced by 10%.Craft 5 unique food, drinks, drugs, weapon mods, or equipment mods.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Resources require to craft items and complete research projects is reduced by 20%Craft 10 unique food, drinks, drugs, weapon mods, or equipment mods.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Resources require to craft items and complete research projects is reduced by 40%.Craft 15 unique food, drinks, drugs, weapon mods, or equipment mods.
Rank 4
Sudden developments during research are twice as common. Resources required to craft items and complete research projects is reduced by 60%.

Surveying Skill

Surveying Skill
Humanity now has access to untold alien worlds, and the ability to decipher all that data while on the ground has become an essential skillset.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Adds an optional zoom to the hand scanner, and scan distance is increased to 20 meters.Use the hand scanner to scan 10 unique resources, flora, or fauna.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Adds another level of zoom to the hand scanner, and scan distance is increased to 30 meters,Use the hand scanner to scan 25 unique resources, flora, or fauna.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Adds another level of zoom to the hand scanner, and scan distance is increased to 40 meters.Use the hand scanner to scan 50 unique resources, flora, or fauna.
Rank 4
Adds another level zoom to the hand scanner, and scan distance is increased to 50 meters.

Botany Skill

Botany Skill
The scientific study of flora, while important on Earth, become even more essential as humanity began exploring alien worlds.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Get more common and uncommon organic resource from plants, learn additional info about them from the scanner, and allows some plants to be cultivated at your outposts.Harvest 20 organic resources from plants.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Get more rare organic resources from plants, and learn information about them more quickly using the scanner.Harvest 50 organic resources from plants.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Get more exoticorganic resources from plants, and learn information about them more quickly using the scanner.Harvest 100 organic resources from plants.
Rank 4
Occasionally harvest additional rare resources from plants, and learn information about them more quickly using the scanner.

Scanning Skill

Scanning Skill
While anyone can use a ship's scanner, it takes a specially trained operator to detect hard-to-find planetary resources, or uncover the details of nearby ships.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can detect uncommon inorganic resources on planet and moon surfaces, and more information about ships in shape.Scan 5 planets or moons.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can detect rare inorganic resources on planet and moon surfaces, and more specific information about ships in shape.Scan 15 planets or moons.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can detect exotic inorganic resources on planet and moon surfaces, and gain better combat information on ships in space.Scan 30 planets or moons.
Rank 4
You can detect unique inorganic resources on planet and moon surfaces, and gain a complete list of cargo on ships in space.

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Spacesuit Design Skill

Spacesuit Design Skill
While a basic spacesuit can protect one from the vacuum of space, it takes a specialized design to withstand the rigors of many alien worlds.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can craft improved spacesuits, helmets, and pack mods, and research additional mods at a Research Lab.Craft 5 spacesuit, helmet, and pack mods.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can research and craft superior spacesuits, helmet, and pack mods.Craft 15 spacesuit, helmet, and pack mods.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can research and craft cutting-edge spacesuits, helmet, and pack mods.Craft 30 spacesuit, helmet, and pack mods.
Rank 4
Construction of spacesuit, helmet, and pack mods occasionally doesn't cost resources.

Weapon Engineering Skill

Weapon Engineering Skill
Life in the 24th century can be exceedingly dangerous, and the ability to maintain and modify personal weapons can be essential to one's survival.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can craft improved weapon mods at a Weapon Workbench, and research additional weapon mods at a Research Lab.Craft 5 weapon mods.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can research and craft superior weapon mods.Craft 15 weapon mods.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can research and craft cutting-edge weapon mods.Craft 30 weapon mods.
Rank 4
You can research and craft master-level weapon mods.

Zoology Skill

Zoology Skill
No one could have expected the number of new species encountered on alien worlds, or the importance of those skilled in their behavior and domestication.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Get more common organic resources from creatures and harvest from them without harming them, learn additional info about them from the scanner, and allows you to produce animal resources at your outposts.Harvest organic resources from 20 creatures.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Get more uncommon organic resources from creatures and learn information about them more quickly using the scanner.Harvest organic resources from 50 creatures.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Get more rare organic resources from creatures, and learn information about them more quickly using the scanner.Harvest organic resources from 100 creatures.
Rank 4
Occasionally harvest additional rare resources from creatures, and learn information about them more quickly using the scanner.

Astrophysics Skill

Astrophysics Skill
A ship's scanner receives vast amounts of data, but it takes a trained mind to efficiently analyze it all.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can scan the moons on your current planet. You have a 10% chance to discover a trait when scanning.Scan 10 unique planets or moons.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can scan any planet or moon in this system. You have a 20% chance to discover a trait when scanning.Scan 25 unique planets or moons.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can scan any planet or moon within 16 Light Years. You have a 30% chance to discover a trait when scanning.Scan 50 unique planets or moons.
Rank 4
You can scan any planet or moon within 30 Light Years. You have a 50% chance to discover a trait when scanning.

Chemistry Skill

Chemistry Skill
When crafted by the skilled and safety conscious, chems can be used to enhance health and performance across the Settled Systems.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can create improved chems, and research additional chems at a Research Lab.Create 10 chems.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can research and create superior chems.Create 25 chems.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can search and create cutting-edge chems.Create 50 chems.
Rank 4
Crafting chems occasionally triples the amount crafted.

Outpost Engineering Skill

Outpost Engineering Skill
Proper construction of habitation modules is essential to one's survival on any alien world!
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can construct improved outpost modules, and research additional modules at a Research Lab.Build 5 different outpost modules.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can research and construct superior outpost modules.Build 25 different outpost modules.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can research and construct cutting-edge outpost modules.Build 50 different outpost modules.
Rank 4
Outpost modules now cost 50% fewer resources to build.

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Aneutronic Fusion Skill

Aneutronic Fusion Skill
It is possible to maximize a ship's energy output by specifically directing the unique nuclear processes that occur within its reactor.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Ship reactors produce 1 extra unit of power.Destroy 5 ships.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Ship reactors produce 2 extra units of power.Destroy 25 ships.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Ship reactors produce 3 extra units of power.Destroy 50 ships.
Rank 4
Ship reactors produce 5 extra units of power.

Planetary Habitation Skill

Planetary Habitation Skill
While outpost building is always challenging, doing so on a world with a dangerous environment requires specialized training.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can build outposts on planets with extreme temperatures (Deep Freeze and Inferno). Increase the maximum number of Outposts you can build by 4.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can build outposts on planets with extreme pressure. Increase the maximum number of Outposts you can build by 8.Build habitable outposts on 5 different planets.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can build outposts on planets with toxic or corrosive atmospheres. Increase the maximum number of Outposts you can build by 12.Build habitable outposts on 10 different planets.
Rank 4
You can build outposts on planets with extreme gravity. Increase the maximum number of Outposts you can build by 16.

Special Projects Skill

Special Projects Skill
Big guns are great, but in the Settled Systems, sometimes the best weapon is simply an old adage: "Knowledge is Power."
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can research experimental projects at a Research Lab.Craft 10 common or uncommon manufactured components.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can craft rare manufactured components at an Industrial Workbench.Craft 10 rare manufactured components.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can craft exotic manufactured components at an Industrial Workbench.Craft 10 exotic manufactured components.
Rank 4
You can craft unique manufactured components at an Industrial Workbench. Outpost extractors have a chance to produce additional resources.

Tech Skills

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All Tech Skills
Ballistic Weapon SystemsBoost Pack TrainingPilotingSecurity
Targeting Control SystemsEnergy Weapon SystemsEngine SystemsPayloads
Shield SystemsMissile Weapon SystemsParticle Beam Weapon SystemsRobotics
Starship DesignStarship EngineeringAutomated Weapon SystemsBoost Assault Training
EM Weapon Systems

Ballistic Weapon Systems Skill

Ballistic Weapon Systems Skill
While there have been significant advancements in ship-borne weaponry, sometimes the simplest tool is the most effective.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Ballistic ship weapons have 10% increased damage and cost 20% less to use in Targeting Mode.Deal 1,000 damage to enemy ships with ballistic weapons.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Ballistic ship weapons have 20% increased damage and recharge 15% faster.Deal 4,000 damage to enemy ships with ballistic weapons.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Ballistic ship weapons have 30% increased damage and recharge 30% faster.Deal 10,000 damage to enemy ships with ballistic weapons.
Rank 4
Ballistic ship weapons do 50% more damage to individual systems.

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Boost Pack Training Skill

Boost Pack Training Skill
Specialized training and innovations in personal mobility systems have allowed for unfettered exploration on alien worlds.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can now utilize boost packs.Boost jump 10 times while in combat.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Using boost pack expends less fuel.Boost jump 25 times while in combat.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Boost pack fuel regenerates more quickly.Boost jump 50 times while in combat.
Rank 4
Doubles previous bonuses.

Piloting Skill

Piloting Skill
As more people journey into space, the number of those certified to effectively pilot various types of spacecraft has increased dramatically.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can now utilize ship thrusters.Destory 5 ships.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Increased ship turning rate and maneuverability.Destroy 15 ships.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Unlock the ability to pilot Class B ships.Destroy 30 ships.
Rank 4
Unlock the ability to pilot Class C ships.

Security Skill

Security Skill
While the standardized digital locking mechanism is renowned for its security, any code can be broken with the proper training.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You can attempt to a hack Advanced locks, and 2 auto attempts can be banked.Pick 5 locks.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You can attempt to hack Expert locks, and 3 auto attempts can be banked. Rings now turn blue when the pick can be slotted.Pick 15 locks.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You can attempt to hack Master-level locks, and 4 auto attempts can be banked.Pick 30 locks.
Rank 4
Expend a digipick to eliminate keys that aren't required to solve the puzzle. 5 auto attempts can be banked.

Targeting Control Systems Skill

Targeting Control Systems Skill
Missile weapons are favored because they can lock onto an enemy ship, but an intimate knowledge of tackling systems can make them even more effective.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Unlock ship targeting functionality.Destroy 5 enemy ships while in targeting mode.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Time to lock onto enemy ships reduced by 15%. Target-locked ships fire at you 25% slower.Destroy 15 enemy ships while in targeting mode.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Time to lock onto enemy ships is reduced by 30%. You have a 10% increased chance of critically hitting a target-locked ship.Destroy 30 enemy ships while in targeting mode.
Rank 4
Time to lock onto enemy ships is reduced by 60%. Deal 20% increased system damage in targeting mode.

Energy Weapon Systems Skill

Energy Weapon Systems Skill
In the 24th century, advancements in energy weapons technology have revolutionized combat, as much in space as on the ground.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Energy ship weapons have 10% increased damage and cost 15% less to use in Targeting Mode.Deal 1,000 damage to enemy ships with Energy weapons.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Energy ship weapons have 20% increased damage and cost 30% less to use in Targeting Mode.Deal 4,000 damage to enemy ships with Energy weapons.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Energy ship weapons have 30% increased damage and cost 45% less to use in Targeting Mode.Deal 10,000 damage to enemy ships with Energy weapons.
Rank 4
Energy ship weapons recharge 30% faster.

Engine Systems Skill

Engine Systems Skill
Space is both vast and dangerous, and the ability to push a ship's engine to increase speed can be done safely and effectively, with the right training.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You ship's top speed is increased by 10%.Boost 5 times with your spaceship while in combat.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Ship boosts last longer and the cooldown is shoter.Boost 25 times with your spaceship while in combat.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Your ship's top speed is increased by 20%.Boost 50 times with your spaceship while in combat.
Rank 4
While boosting, all enemies disengage the player and can only reacquire them as a target after the player stops boosting.

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Payloads Skill

Payloads Skill
Any pilot can haul cargo, but it takes special determination and training to maximize cargo space.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Ship cargo holds have 10% more capacity.Make 10 grav jumps with 75% or more of maximum cargo capacity.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Ship cargo holds have 20% more capacity.Make 25 grav jumps with 75% or more of maximum cargo capacity.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Ship cargo holds have 30% more capacity.Make 50 grav jumps with 75% or more of maximum cargo capacity.
Rank 4
Ship cargo holds have 50% more capacity.

Shield Systems Skill

Shield Systems Skill
Regardless of the power allocated by the reactor, a ship's shields can be further bolstered by direct manipulation of the system's hardware.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Your ship has 20% increased shield capacity.Take 150 shield damage.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Your ship has 40% increased shield capacity.Take 350 shield damage.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Your ship has 80% increased shield capacity.Take 750 shield damage.
Rank 4
Your shields will occasionally resist 100% of all damage received.

Missile Weapon Systems Skill

Missile Weapon Systems Skill
In space, few weapons can match the range and destructive power of missiles, especially in the hands of a skilled tactician.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Ship missile weapons do 10% more damage, and their Targeting mode cost is reduced by 20%.Damage 1,000 damage to enemy ships with missile weapons.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Ship missile weapons do 20% more damage, and their Targeting mode cost is reduced by 40%.Damage 4,000 damage to enemy ships with missile weapons.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Ship missile weapons do 30% more damage, and their Targeting mode cost is reduced by 60%.Damage 10,000 damage to enemy ships with missile weapons.
Rank 4
Ship missiles have a 20% Increased Range, Travel Speed, and Reload Speed.

Particle Beam Weapon Systems Skill

Particle Beam Weapon Systems Skill
Ship weapons utilizing particle beam technology are the preferred choice for captains who prefer to damage multiple ship systems at once.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Ship particle beam weapons do 10% more damage, and Targeting mode is reduced by 10%,Damage 1,000 damage to enemy ships with particle beam weapons.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Ship particle beam weapons do 20% more damage, and Targeting mode is reduced by 20%,Damage 4,000 damage to enemy ships with particle beam weapons.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Ship particle beam weapons do 30% more damage, and Targeting mode is reduced by 30%,Damage 10,000 damage to enemy ships with particle beam weapons.
Rank 4
Increased critical hit chance with ship particle beam weapons.

Robotics Skill

Robotics Skill
In an age where robots and autonomous turrets are employed in a combat capacity, the study of robotics can be instrumental in gaining a tactical edge.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
You deal 10% more damage to Robots and Turrets. You can force a target robot up to 10 levels higher than you to stop fighting for a limited time.Destroy 5 robots.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
You deal 20% more damage to Robots and Turrets. You can force a target robot up to 10 levels higher than you to flee for a limited time.Destroy 25 robots.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
You deal 30% more damage to Robots and Turrets. You can force a target robot up to 10 levels higher than you to attack their allies for a limited time.Destroy 50 robots.
Rank 4
You can force a target robot up to 10 levels higher than you to obey commands for a limited time.

Starship Design Skill

Starship Design Skill
As with "car culture" on Earth centuries ago, there are those who pride themselves on the ability to modify their own spaceships.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Allows the installation of improved ship modules.Install 5 unique ship modules.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Allows the installation of superior ship modules.Install 15 unique ship modules.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Allows the installation of cutting-edge ship modules.Install 30 unique ship modules.
Rank 4
Allows the installation of experimental ship modules.

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Starship Engineering Skill

Starship Engineering Skill
It takes skilled hands to not only make a ship's systems more resistant to damage, but to repair those systems efficiently when damage does occur.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
All ship systems repair 10% faster.Use 5 ship repair kits,
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
All ship systems have 25% increased damage mitigation.Use 10 ship repair kits,
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
All ship systems repair 25% faster.Use 15 ship repair kits,
Rank 4
Occasionally, repairing one block of a system will repair the entire system.

Automated Weapon Systems Skill

Automated Weapon Systems Skill
Turret weapons are known for their easy-to-use, autonomous nature, but they can be made even deadlier with some specific technical adjustments.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Automated ship weapons do 10% more damage and reduce all targeting mode costs by 20%.Deal 1,000 damage to enemy ships with automated turret weapons.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Automated ship weapons do 20% more damage and reduce all targeting mode costs by 30%. Your ship takes 20% less damage while in targeting mode.Deal 4,000 damage to enemy ships with automated turret weapons.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Automated ship weapons do 30% more damage and reduce all targeting mode costs by 40%. Increases crit chance against targeted sub-systems by 20%.Deal 10,000 damage to enemy ships with automated turret weapons.
Rank 4
Ship turret weapons recharge 40% faster and do 20% more damage to target sub-systems.

Boost Assault Training Skill

Boost Assault Training Skill
Combat training with boost packs allow for more shock and awe tactics.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
Nearby enemies take damage when you boost and have a chance to catch on fire.Deal 200 damage to enemies using the boost pack.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
Chance to knockdown nearby enemies when you boost.Knockdown 20 enemies with a boost.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
Aiming down sights while boosting will let you hover in place. Fuel is still expended until empty.Deal 500 damage to enemies using the boost pack.
Rank 4
While hovering, time slows down and the world moves 70% slower around you.

EM Weapon Systems Skill

EM Weapon Systems Skill
In the hands of a capable pilot, no weapons can disable an enemy ship faster than those that deliver electromagnetic damage.
Rank 1Rank 1 Challenge
EM ship weapons have 10% increased damage and cost 15% less to use in Targeting Mode.Deal 1,000 damage to enemy ships with EM weapons.
Rank 2Rank 2 Challenge
EM ship weapons have 20% increased damage and cost 30% less to use in Targeting Mode.Deal 4,000 damage to enemy ships with EM weapons.
Rank 3Rank 3 Challenge
EM ship weapons have 30% increased damage and cost 45% less to use in Targeting Mode.Deal 10,000 damage to enemy ships with EM weapons.
Rank 4
EM ship weapons have a small chance of instantly disabling enemy engines.

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