Dust 514 is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online first person shooter game that ties into the EVE Online universe. Basically, when EVE players are making their corporate moves and staging hostile takeovers, it’s the mercenaries in the 514 universe that are doing the nitty-gritty on the beaches for them.
The game is also very robust, as far as the character development system goes. There are about a hundred different skills that you train and specialize in, from weapon and armor skills to vehicle and shield buffing.
For this reason, we’ve compiled a small guide on which skills are absolutely vital and how you can make developing your mercenary a bit easier.
These are the skills that will help you and are almost essential no matter what class you play, and how you specialize in it. Most of the following skills you should get to level five as soon as possible, but level 4 will also suffice.
Almost all of them give bonuses in 5% increments, but one or two do so in 3%, maxing out at 15% at rank 5.
Dropsuit Command 5
This will unlock various tier dropsuits and provides a 25% scan profile decrease.
Combat Engineering 5
This unlocks the Shield Boost Systems skill and provides a 25% powergrid boost.
Shield Boost Systems 5
This unlocks the Shield Control skill and increases dropsuit and vehicle shield recharge rate by 15%.
Shield Control V
Provides you with a 25% increase in dropsuit and vehicle shield capacity.
Field Mechanics V
Provides you with a 25% increase in dropsuit and vehicle armor capacity.
Increases stamina by 25%.
Increases stamina and stamina recovery rate by 25%.
This unlocks the sensor upgrades skill and provides you with 25% more CPU power.
Sensor Upgrades II
This simply unlocks the profile dampening.
Profile Analysis V
This decreases scan profile by 25%.
Weapon Skills largely depend on the kind of weapons that you choose to play with, but there are certain skills that benefit all specializations regardless of weapon type. If you’re unsure which weapon really feels ‘you’ then it’s best if you spend the majority of your points upgrading these skills.
Weapon Capacity V
Provides a 25% increase in ammunition.
Weapon Capacity Proficiency V
Provides a 15% increase in ammunition.
Weapon Rapid Reload V
Provides a 15% increase in reload speed.
Weapon Rapid Reload Proficiency V
Provides a 10% increase in reload speed.
Weapon Sharpshooter V
Provides a 25% increase in effective range.
Weapon Sharpshooter Proficiency V
Provides a 15% increase in effective range.
Weapon Upgrade V
Decreases CPU usage by 25%.
Weapon Upgrade Proficiency V
Decreases CPU usage by 15%.