Skills are a feature in the Survivor Timeline, beginning with Tomb Raider.
Skill points are earned by earning experience points (XP), which can be earned through combat (With bonus XP awarded for headshots, stealth kills and executions), hunting, Exploration, raiding tombs, collecting artifacts (with bonus XP awarded for examining them closer) and story progression.
Tomb Raider Edit
Skills can be upgraded at camps by spending skill points. Each skill takes one skill point to master (unlock).
Skill levels Edit
Depending on how many skill points have been spent so far, Lara will have a skill level. Each skill requires a certain skill level to unlock. The skill levels are as follows:
|Tier||Name|| Number of skill|
Passive skills: Reaching Hardened allows Lara to use her Climbing Axe as a melee weapon.
Skill Trees Edit
Skills are divided into three categories: Survivor, Hunter, and Brawler.
Survivor skills are more passive skills that are mostly to do with traversal, exploration and looting.
|Animal Instincts||1||Keen observation allows you to spot hard-to-find animals and food sources.||Press [Survival Instinct] to activate Survival Instincts to see animals and food glow.|
|Survivalist||1||Earn extra rewards when looting animal corpses and food caches.||Loot animal corpses and food caches for extra XP.|
|Advanced Salvaging||1||Thoroughly search crates and caches to find extra salvage.||Collect extra salvage from crates and other sources.|
|Bone Collector||1||Carefully looting animal corpses will reward you with extra salvage.||Collect salvage when looting animal corpses.|
|Arrow Retrieval||1||Resourceful archers can recover arrows from the bodies of enemies.||Loot an enemy or animal killed with the bow to retrieve arrows.|
|Scavenging||1||Requires Arrow Retrieval. Spotting hidden pockets on enemy corpses will reward you with extra ammunition||Loot an enemy corpse and receive extra ammunition.|
|Climber's Agility||2||Increase your climbing skills to traverse the environment with more speed and resist falling damage.||Press [Scramble] when landing from a hard fall to reduce damage - also increases climbing speed.|
|Orienteering||2||Use your keen perception to find hidden rewards in the environment.||Press [Survival Instinct] to see collectibles glow.|
|Cartography||3||Orienteering required. All tomb entrances and map locations will be revealed on your map||Examine your map closely to learn locations of treasure maps and tomb entrances.|
Hunter skills are used to increase Lara's skill with her ranged weapons.
|Steady Shot||1||A focused mind allows you more time to aim deadly shots with your bow.||Hold charged bow shots for double the time.|
|Ammo Capacity||1||Efficient use of bags and pockets allows you to carry more ammunition.||Increases total extra ammunition you can carry for all weapons.|
|Heavy Lifter||2||Ammo Capacity required. Your increased strength allows you to carry the maximum amount of ammunition.||Maximizes total extra ammunition you can carry for all weapons.|
|Accomplished Killer||2||Eliminate your enemies with finesse to earn greater rewards.||Earn extra XP with headshots, Finishing moves and stealth kills.|
|Bow Expert||3||Stab enemies at close range with your arrows for extra rewards. Also unlocks headshot reticule.||Press [Melee] while using the bow to finish stunned emenies with an arrow.|
|Pistol Expert||3||Execute enemies at point blank range for extra rewards. Also unlocks headshot reticule.||Press [Melee] to finish stunned enemies with pistol and earn bonus XP.|
|Rifle Expert||3||Unload your rifle at close range to brutally finish enemies and earn bonus rewards.||Press [Melee] to finish stunned enemies with the rifle and earn bonus XP.|
|Shotgun Expert||3||Blast enemies with the shotgun at close range to stop them in their tracks and earn extra rewards.||Press [Melee] to finish stunned enemies with the shotgun and earn bonus XP.|
Brawler skills are used to increase Lara's proficiency, in melee combat, and maximum health.
The Brawler skill tree isn't unlocked until the player reaches the Base Camp at the Base Approach.
|Pain Tolerance||1||Withstand more punishment in combat and live to fight another day.||Take more damage before dying.|
|Dirty Tricks||1||Cleverly use dirt and rocks to blind enemies and leave them vulnerable to your attacks.||Press [Scramble] to scramble and then [Melee] to throw dirt in enemies' eyes to blind them briefly.|
|Axe Strikes||2||Deliver two swift strikes with your climbing axe to stun your enemies.||Tap [Melee] twice to stun enemies in close range with two swift axe strikes.|
|Axe Expert||2||Axe Strikes required. Use your climbing axe to deliver a deadly, stunning blow to your enemies.||Press [Melee] to finish stunned enemies with the axe.|
|Dodge Counter||2||After dodging an enemy, stab them in the knee with an arrow to cripple them and leave them vulnerable to killing blow.||Press [Scramble] to dodge them, then press [Melee] to stun enemies with an arrow to the knee.|
|Dodge Kill||2||Dodge Counter required. Skillfully dodge lightly armored opponents and then strike them at close range to kill them instantly.||Press [Scramble] to dodge them, then press [Melee] to kill enemies without helmets.|
|Dodge Kill Mastery||3||Dodge Kill required. Striking after dodging becomes even more deadly, allowing you to kill almost any enemy.||Press [Scramble] to dodge them, then press [Melee] to kill almost any enemies.|
The Multiplayer offers a variety of different skills, all of which are passive in nature; once selected, they are always active.
|Accomplished Killer||Increases the experience gained from killing enemies.||0|
|Increased Ammo Capacity||Increases the amount of ammo carried||2|
|Harder Hits||Increases melee attack damage.||8|
|Spite||Upon death your corpse becomes an explosive trap.||10|
|Eagle Eye||Greatly increases the default passive detection range of enemies on screen.||16|
|Rancor||See the name of your last killer from further away, so long as they remain in line of sight.||21|
|Second Wind||Reduces the recovery time between sprints and allows you to sprint longer.||27|
|Speedloader||Increases reload speed for the crossbow, and all firearms.||35|
|Steady Shot||Increases stability duration with drawn bows, and accuracy with all other weapons.||43|
|Advanced Looting||Increases the amount of ammo and salvage recovered from player kills and crates.||0|
|Thick Skin||Reduce damage taken from shotgun pellets, but useless against bullets.||4|
|Pincushion||Reduces the damage taken from arrows.||6|
|Grenadier||Greatly reduces the damage taken from explosives.||12|
|Bulletproof||Reduces the damage taken from bullets.||14|
|Fireproof||Greatly reduces the damage taken from fire.||18|
|Tracker||Allows you to detect all enemy traps in your line of sight, disarm them, and steal those matching your loadout.||24|
|Lightfoot||Stepping on traps or landmines will not automatically trigger them.||31|
|Rejuvenation||Reduces the health recovery delay after taking damage, and speeds overall healing.||39|
Rise of the Tomb Raider Edit
The skill XP and skill system returns in Rise of the Tomb Raider, featuring than double the number of skills.
In addition to unlocking skills by spending skill points, some skills are rewarded for completing challenge tombs.
|Thick-skinned||1||Take less damage from enemy gunfire and melee attacks. Effect is cumulative with the HEART OF STONE skill.||Passive|
|Iron Hide||1||Take significantly less damage from explosions and fire.||Passive|
|Dodge Counter||1||Incapacitate unarmored enemies while dodging with a well-timed press of the [Melee] button.||Press [Scramble] to dodge them, then press [Melee] to stun enemies with an arrow to the knee.|
|Efficient Killer||1||Enemies killed while in stealth will be automatically looted for resources.||Press [Melee] on unaware enemies to stealth kill them.|
|Duelist Reflexes||1||Increased timing window available for DODGE COUNTER and earn extra XP when successfully performing a DODGE KILL||Passive|
|Fast Healer||1||Bandage wounds more quickly. Effect is cumulative with the FIELD MEDIC skill.||Press [Heal] to recover health.|
(Unlocked via Challenge Tomb)
|Health is instantly restored once per combat encounter when critically injured.||Passive|
|Deadly Force||2||Stealth finishers are much faster and kill enemies with brutal force. Press [Melee} to kill nearby, unaware enemies.||Press [Melee] on unaware enemies to stealth kill them.|
|Stealth Landing||2||Landing from jumps and drops is always silent and generates no noise for enemies to detect.||Passive|
|Dodge Kill||2||Kill unarmored enemies during a DODGE COUNTER with a perfectly-timed press of the [Melee] button.||Press [Scramble] to dodge them, then press [Melee] to kill enemies with an arrow to the head.|
|Death from Above||2||Knife kill foes instantly when leaping down on them from above.||Press [Melee] to attack when indicator prompt appears.|
|Field Medic||2||Bandage wounds more quickly. Effect is cumulative with the FAST HEALER skill.||Press [Heal] to recover health.|
|Heart of Stone||3||Take significantly less damage from enemy gunfire and melee attacks. Effect is cumulative with the THICK SKINNED sill.||Passive|
|Adrenaline||3||Resist damage from enemies for a short period of time after a successful stealth kill.||Press [Heal] to recover health.|
|Dodge Kill Mastery||3||Instantly kill armored enemies with a perfectly-timed press of the Y button during a DODGE COUNTER.||Press [Scramble] to dodge them, then press [Melee] to kill enemies with an arrow to the head.|
|Silent Killer||3||Stealth kill enemies without alerting nearby foes.||Press [Melee] on unaware enemies to stealth kill them.|
|Strong Medicine||3||Resist damage from enemies for a short period of time after bandaging wounds during combat.||Press [Heal] to recover health.|
|Arrow Retrieval||1||Gain a chance at recovering arrows when looting enemies killed with a bow.||Press [Action] to loot the bodies of enemies and animals killed with the bow.|
|Breath Control||1||Increase steady aim time on bow charged shots.||Hold [Aim] and [Fire]|
|Scavenger||1||Increase the amount of ammunition looted from enemy corpses.||Press [Action] to loot the bodies of enemies.|
|Master of the Land||1||Reveal when exotic animals are nearby and pinpoint their location using Survival Instincts.||Press [Survival Instincts] to highlight animals.|
|Animal Instincts||1||Animals glow when using Survival Instincts. Larger animals leave footprints.||Press [Survival Instincts] to highlight animals.|
(Unlocked via Challenge Tomb)
|Sense the location of animal hearts using Survival Instincts for a chance of inflicting massive damage. Does not apply to bears or larger cats.||Press [Survival Instincts] to highlight animals' hearts for instant kills.|
(Unlocked via Challenge Tomb)
|Mining ore vines yield ore MAGNESITE and can also recover CHROMITE ORE.||Press [Action] at deposits of magnesite.|
|Double Shot||2||Simultaneously shoot up to two arrows at separate locked targets while zoomed-in with a fully drawn bow.||Aim charged shots over multiple enemies to tag them, and release to execute both enemies.|
|Nerves of Steel||2||Fully charged bow aiming remains steady for significantly longer.||Hold [Aim] and [Fire]|
|Dead Eye||2||A headshot indicator will appear when successfully aimed over an enemies head.||Aim charged shots over enemies head.|
|Finesses||2||Earn bonus XP for successively chaining headshots, stealth kills, or DEATH FROM ABOVE kills. Longer chains increase bonus multipliers.||Chain together kills.|
|Naturalist||2||Increase the amount of natural crafting resources gathered from each source.||Press [Action] to loot natural resource deposits.|
|Survivalist||2||Increase the amount of man-made crafting resources gathered from each source.||Press [Action] to loot crates.|
(Unlocked via Challenge Tomb)
|Quickly fire two successive arrows without delay. Cannot be used simultaneously with DOUBLE / TRIPLE SHOT.||Tap [Fire] after shooting the bow for a rapid second shot.|
|Triple Shot||3||Simultaneously shoot up the three arrows at separate locked targets while zoomed in with a fully drawn bow.||Aim charged shots over multiple enemies to tag them, and release to execute both enemies.|
|True Shot||3||Locked shots for TRIPLE SHOT now automatically target heads instead of bodies.||Aim charged shots over enemies to tag them for multiple head shots.|
|Bow Expert||3||Execute a close range bow finisher and improve chances of looting special arrows from enemies. Press [Melee] to finish an incapacitated enemy.||Press [Melee] while wielding any bow to execute an incapacitated enemy.|
|Pistol Expert||3||Execute a close range pistol finisher and improve chances of looting hollow-point bullets from enemies. Press [Melee]to finish an incapacitated enemy.||Press [Melee] while wielding any pistol to execute an incapacitated enemy.|
|Rifle Expert||3||Execute a close range rifle finisher and improve chances of looting incendiary shells from enemies. Press [Melee] to finish an incapacitated enemy.||Press [Melee] while wielding any rifle to execute an incapacitated enemy.|
|Shotgun Expert||3||Execute a close range shotgun finisher and improve chances of looting incendiary shells from enemies. Press [Melee] to finish an incapacitated enemy.||Press [Melee] while wielding any shotgun to execute an incapacitated enemy.|
|Classically Trained||3||Increase the number of arrows that can be rapidly shot without redrawing from the quiver to three.||Double tap [Fire] after shooting the bow to rapidly fire.|
- The Decision to include skills as a rewards for completing challenge tombs in Rise of the Tomb Raider was possibly a response to the online communities making jokes about the fact ancient Tombs would contain parts for modern weaponry, as is the case in Tomb Raider.