Dying Light Skills, Perks, XP and Character Progression – Survivor, Agility, Power

By   /   Jan 27, 2015

As you progress through the story and earn XP, you will be able to select from a wide array of skills – which will give you an edge against mutants.

For more help on Dying Light, read our Blueprints Locations and Crafting Components Farming Guide.

Dying Light Skills, Perks, XP

In this guide, I have broken down all skills, pre-requisites, and possible effects for each one.

Survivor Skills

Novice Survivor Perks

Survival Starter Kit (Active)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 2

This skill teaches you how to craft the most common things like Lockpicks, Throwing Stars, Molotov, and more.

Backpacker (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 3 and Survival Starter Kit

You receive four extra weapon slots and learn to utilize backpack space more effectively.

Boosters (Active)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 3 and Survival Starter Kit

This skill teaches you how to craft Boosters which allow faster running, better sight in darkness, and more.

Elemental Throwing Stars (Active)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 4 and Survival Starter Kit

This skill teaches you how to craft Throwing Stars with effects including Paralyzing, Burning, and Exploding.

Barter (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 4 and Survival Starter Kit

This skill reduces shop prices by 10 per cent.

Master Backpacker (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 6 and Backpacker

You receive six extra weapon slots and 14 slots for gear.

Booster XL (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 6 and Boosters

You gain much longer effects from Boosters.

Haggle (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 8 and Barter

This skill further reduces shop prices by another 10 per cent.

DIY Grenades (Active)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 8 and Elemental Throwing Stars

This skill teaches you how to craft Shrapnel, Bleeding, Paralyzing, and Toxic grenades.

Trap Bombs (Active)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 11 and DIY Grenades

This skill teaches you to craft bombs that lure enemies and then explode.

Hard Bargain (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 11 and Haggle

This skill increases the amount you receive for selling extra items at your disposal.

Adept Survivor Perks

Crafting Expertise (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 5

This skill allows you to receive additional items while crafting something.

Electric Fences (Active)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 7 and Crafting Expertise

This skill teaches you how to craft Electrical Fence Traps which are amazing to fend off pursuing zombies.

Lucky Repair (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 7 and Crafting Expertise

Combine this skill with Conserve Weapons from Power Line and you will be able to keep your weapons for a long time.

Shield Mastery (Active)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 8 and Crafting Expertise

This skill teaches you how to craft shields.

Camouflage (Active)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 9

With this skill, you will be able to use dead bodies to your advantage and hide yourself from pursuing mutants.

Exploding Cars (Active)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 10 and Electric Fences

This skill teaches you how to craft Exploding Cars Traps. These traps lure mutants near them and then explode, dealing massive amount of damage.

Nimble Hands (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 10 and Lucky Repair

This skill allows you to search dead bodies a lot faster and have better chances of finding decent loot.

Shield Crafting (Active)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 11 and Shield Mastery

This skill teaches you how to add elemental effects to your crafted shields. The effects include Electricity, Stunning, and Blast.

Camouflage Attack (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 12 and Camouflage

With this skill, mutants will not be able to notice while you are attacking under the effect of Camouflage.

Expert Survivor Perks

Grappling Hook (Active)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 12

This skill teaches you how to craft Grappling Hook and move around the city in a much faster way.

Specialist (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 13 and Grappling Hook

This skill allows you to score more Critical Hits with crafted items.

Craftsman (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 14 and Grappling Hook

This skill increases the overall damage output of the crafted items having elemental effects.

Ultimate Survivor (Passive)
How to Unlock: Survivor Level 25 and Grappling Hook

With this skill, you will receive +25 extra HP and the ability to use Grappling Hook, Shields, and Camouflage in a much better way.

Required Experience

  • Level 1 – 0
  • Level 2 – 1,000
  • Level 3 – 3,250
  • Level 4 – 5,000
  • Level 5 – 10,000
  • Level 6 – 15,000
  • Level 7 – 20,750
  • Level 8 – 25,000
  • Level 9 – 30,000
  • Level 10 – 40,000
  • Level 11 – 50,000
  • Level 12 – 55,000
  • Level 13 – 60,000
  • Level 14 – 65,000
  • Level 15 – 70,000
  • Level 16 – 72,500
  • Level 17 – 77,500
  • Level 18 – 80,000
  • Level 19 – 95,000
  • Level 20 – 100,000
  • Level 21 – 125,000
  • Level 22 – 150,000
  • Level 23 – 175,000
  • Level 24 – 200,000
  • Level 25 – 475,000

Agility Skills

Novice Agility Perks

Dodge (Active)
How to Unlock: Agility Level 2

This skill allows you to dodge enemies’ attacks by dodging in any direction – one of the most skills in the game.

Grapple (Active)
How to Unlock: Agility Level 3 and Dodge

With this skill, you will be able to dodge enemies’ attacks and throw them in different directions. I would recommend tossing them on each other for the best results!

Slide (Active)
How to Unlock: Agility Level 3 and Dodge

This skill teaches you how to slide while running – pretty good for getting out of a heated zones and reach otherwise inaccessible areas.

Dropkick (Active)
How to Unlock: Agility Level 4 and Dodge

This skill teaches you how to perform a dropkick while sprinting towards an enemy. When combined with Stomp, this becomes one of the most effective skills in taking out enemies.

Vault (Active)
How to Unlock: Agility Level 4 and Dodge

With this skill, you will be able to vault over enemies and different things without having to engage enemies.

Health Regen (Passive)
How to Unlock: Agility Level 5 and Dodge

With this skill, you will be able to regenerate HP to a certain level when you are under a HP threshold.

Leg Breaker (Active)
How to Unlock: Agility Level 6 and Slide

With this skill, you will be able to break an enemy’s leg while sliding – a useful skill to move past enemies without having to engage every one of them.

Dropkick Bomb (Passive)
How to Unlock: Agility Level 7 and Dropkick

This skill increases the damage dealt by Dropkick three folds.

Vault Stun (Passive)
How to Unlock: Agility Level 8 and Vault

This skill stuns an enemy that you vaulted over for about five seconds.

Brutal Grapple (Passive)
How to Unlock: Agility Level 9 and Grapple

With this skill, any enemy thrown with Grapple will be knocked down, giving you opportunity to execute follow-up attacks.

Adept Agility Perks

Freerunning Adept (Passive)
How to Unlock: Agility Level 5

This skill improves your freerunning skills and allows you to climb and run faster than before.

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