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7 Days To Die Skills & Perks Guide

“What are the best perks in 7 Days To Die?”

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As your game progresses and your character level increases, you will also need to improve your natural abilities. This can be done by increasing your attribute levels using the skill points you get every time you level up. The skill points can also be used to unlock different Perks, which help to enhance your abilities further.

To put it simply, attributes are associated with your base abilities, such as strength, agility, perception etc., while each perk is associated with its corresponding attribute type. So if you access your skills menu by pressing on ‘N’, then you will see the different Attribute sections at the top. In each Attribute section, you will see the list of perks associated with that attribute.

For example, when you gain a skill point, you can either increase your Strength Attribute level or unlock the next level of one of its perks, such as the Mother Lode. The Mother Lode perk will increase your harvest yield. Note that each level of your perk also requires its corresponding attribute to be at a certain level to be unlocked.

Attributes & Perks In 7D2D

As we’ve already mentioned, Attributes & Perks are closely related. You can unlock the different levels by using skill points that you gain as your character level increases. The first time you start your game, you begin at level 1 on all the attributes. After that, perks you need to purchase. You also get 4 skill points to spend.

Choosing which attributes or perks to spend on your skill points is integral to the game strategy. You should level up in a way that best suits your gameplay style. Since perks depend upon their attribute level, you first level up the attributes that most support your gameplay and then upgrade the different perks under those attributes.

Unlocking Perks In 7 Days To Die

To unlock Levels 2-5 of an attribute, you need to spend 1 skill point each time. Levels 6-8 require 2 skill points, and Levels 9-10 require 3 skill points. Additionally, certain drugs and clothing can have the effect of increasing a particular attribute level.

This can be useful to unlock certain perks before you have the required attribute level. In this case, though, if the drug’s effect wears off or you remove that particular piece of clothing, the attribute level drops and the perk you had bought also levels down.

Let’s consider a scenario where your Fortitude Attribute is at Level 3, and you have a Heavy Armor of Level 2. To get a Heavy Armor Perk of Level 3, you need the Fortitude to be Level 5.  A quick way to achieve this is by consuming Frost Bites. This drug temporarily increases your Fortitude Level, and you can use this to get the Level 5 Heavy Armor.

However, when the drug’s effect goes away, your fortitude level and the Heavy Armor level will both go down. If you check your skills menu, it will show the Heavy Armor Level 3 as unlocked but disabled (in red). This means that when your character’s Fortitude Level reaches 5, the heavy armour level 3 will automatically become enabled again.

The table below shows the Attribute level required to unlock different skill levels. Most Perks have the exact requirements. There are a few exceptions, though, as shown below.

Skill Level
Most Perks
Lucky Looter & Salvage Operations
Pack Mule
Miner69'er & Mother Load
Robotics Inventor
Advanced Engineering
Grease Monkey
Attribute 1
Perception 1
Strength 1
Strength 1
Intelligence 3
Intelligence 1
Intelligence 2
Attribute 3
Perception 3
Strength 2
Strength 2
Intelligence 5
Intelligence 4
Intelligence 4
Attribute 5
Perception 5
Strength 3
Strength 3
Intelligence 6
Intelligence 6
Intelligence 6
Attribute 7
Perception 7
Strength 4
Strength 5
Intelligence 8
Intelligence 8
Intelligence 8
Attribute 10
Perception 10
Strength 5
Strength 7
Intelligence 10
Intelligence 10
Intelligence 10

7 Days To Die Skills and Perks

7 Days To Die Skill #1: Perception

The Perception Attribute is primarily related to sensory awareness.  It helps improve accuracy, especially headshots with ranged weapons. With perspective level 1, RIfles, Spears, etc., their headshot damage rate was boosted by 200%. After that, from level 2 to 8, the headshot damage rate rises by 10% each time, with an additional 5% dismembering chance. With levels 9 & 10, the damage rate increases by another 15% each time, along with a 5% chance of dismembering. This attribute is divided into 3 categories – Combat, General & Scavenging, as shown below.

7 Days To Die Perception Perks for combat
Dead Eye
Specialize in taking keen aim with rifles and wasting your target with an expertly-placed bullet. One-shot, one kill.
Demolitions Expert
Specialize in explosive weapons to stun, cripple and dismember your foes.
Javelin Master
Learn to inflict more damage and throw spears further and with more accuracy.
The Penetrator
You find weak spots in a target’s armor and can use AP rifle bullets to shoot through multiple organic targets.
7 Days To Die Perception Perks for Survival
Lock Picking
Learn to pick locks faster and break less lock picks.
The Infiltrator
Use your heightened senses to take less damage from traps.
Animal Tracker
Learn to detect and track animals within 100m and never go hungry.
7 Days To Die Perception Perks for Scavenging
Lucky Looter
Specialize in tracking down the motherlode, and maybe getting a little extra for your trouble. You find better loot with every perk level.
Treasure Hunter
Become one of the greatest treasure hunters of all time learning tricks that would even make Blackbeard envious.
Salvage Operations
Waste not, want not! Salvage items for more resources with a wrench, ratchet, or impact driver.

7 Days To Die Skill #2: Strength

The strength attribute represents raw strength, i.e. the muscle power that you can pack behind a punch. This attribute is beneficial, especially if you go all-out attacking head-on with melee weapons. For example, the strength attribute of level 1 increases headshot damage with a Sledgehammer, Club & Shotgun by 200%.

At levels 2 to 8, this damage rate increases another 10%, with a 5% chance of dismembering the opponent. Finally, with Levels 9 & 10, the headshot damage rate goes up by 15%, with the dismembering chance also increasing by 5%. This attribute is divided into 3 categories – Combat or Weapons, General & Construction, as shown in the table below.

7 Days To Die Strength Perks for combat
Specialize with shotguns and send your enemies to meet their maker. Do more damage, blow limbs off, shoot and reload faster.
Pummel Pete
Specialize in knocking your foes senseless with clubs and bats.
Skull Crusher
Specialize in destroying enemies with heavy weapons like sledgehammers.
7 Days To Die Strength Perks for Survival
Sexual Tyrannosaurus
Specialize in unleashing a relentless assault of blows guaranteed to leave your prey slack-jawed at your unyielding stamina.
Heavy Armor
Specialize in shielding yourself with iron and steel, becoming an unstoppable behemoth on the battlefield.
Pack Mule
You’re a pack mule and can carry more items in your inventory without suffering movement penalties.
Master Chef
Create more filling meals with advanced benefits and learn to cook faster.
7 Days To Die Strength Perks for Mining
Miner 69’er
Maximize your mining efforts by increasing tool damage to bring down rocks and trees faster.
Mother Lode
Harvest more resources and bring home the mother lode.

7 Days To Die Skill #3: Fortitude

The Fortitude attribute is related to your character’s physical resiliency. At Fortitude Level 1, you gain a 200% extra headshot damage rate when using Machine Guns or even your fists. At fortitude levels 2 to 8, this damage rate is further boosted by 10%, with a 5% chance of dismemberment. Finally, at fortitude levels, 9 to 10, the headshot damage further increases by 15%, with a 5% more probability of dismemberment. This attribute is divided into 3 categories – Combat or Weapons, Survival & Recovery, as given in the table below.

7 Days To Die Fortitude Perks for combat
The Brawler
Learn martial arts and use your fists to stun, knockdown, disarm and ragdoll your opponent.
Machine Gunner
Become a commando using automatic weapons to slay your foes.
7 Days To Die Fortitude Perks for Survival
The Huntsman
Specialize in hunting your prey and harvesting more meat, bone and leather.
Well Insulated
Specialize in using a combination of clothing and natural resilience to weather even the harshest of environments.
Living Off The Land
Specialize in harvesting more crops using your hands or a tool.
Pain Tolerance
Specialize in shrugging off blows, fighting through pain and staying in the fight when others would be down for the count.
7 Days To Die Fortitude Perks for Recovery
Healing Factor
Specialize in boosting your natural healing rates as long as you’re not starving.
Iron Gut
Specialize in gastrointestinal health to reduce chance of food poisoning and nutrient uptake to use less calories and oxygen swimming.
Rule 1: Cardio
Train your body in number one tactic against the zombie menace: Running away from them.

7 Days To Die Skill #4: Agility

Agility is essential, especially when trying to get away from multiple enemies. As your character levels up, so does its agility. You will notice how you can move faster and more efficiently through different terrains. Your mobility, in general, improves. This attribute is divided into 3 categories – Combat or Weapons, Athletic & Stealth, as shown in the table below.

7 Days To Die Agility Perks for combat
Master the use of bows and crossbows.
Settle your disputes the old way and be a gunslinger in the apocalypse. Master the use of handguns and SMG. Unlocks pistol crafting
Deep Cuts
Specialize in using bladed weapons like knives or machetes (not axes) to bleed your foes dry.
Run and Gun
Improve your hip-fire accuracy and run faster while reloading any ranged weapon.
Flurry of Blows
Specialize in one-handed melee weapons and beating the tar out of your opponents in a furious flurry of quick strikes.
7 Days To Die Agility Perks for Survival
Light Armor
Specialize in light armor to increase armor rating and armor durability.
Specialize in acrobatically getting anywhere you want to go, no matter how far up or far down that may be.
7 Days To Die Fortitude Perks for Recovery
Hidden Strike
Specialize in catching your enemies unaware while you are sneaking and they are resting or wandering aimlessly.
From The Shadows
Specialize in sneaking around in the dark and making less noise in general.

7 Days To Die Skill #5: Intellect

The Intellect attribute relates to your character’s intelligence level and mental capabilities. As your character levels up and you increase your Intellect level, you will be able to craft more advanced weapons, tools and traps. This is especially useful during the game’s later stages when the enemies are much stronger and many more in number. This attribute also helps you get better deals and rewards for quests from traders.

This attribute is divided into 3 categories – Combat or Weapons, Influence & Craftsmanship, as shown in the table below.

7 Days To Die Intellect Perks for combat
Learn how to use stun batons more effectively. Incapacitate your victims easier and do more damage.
Robotics Inventor
You are fascinated with robotics. Learn to use and craft deployed weapons.
7 Days To Die Intellect Perks for Influence
Better Barter
Specialize in convincing area traders to give you a better deal and open up their secret stashes of the really good stuff.
The Daring Adventurer
Be a daring adventurer! Get better rewards for doing quests.
Charismatic Nature
You are an inspiration to your allies, increasing their combat prowess.
7 Days To Die Intellect Perks for Craftmanship
Use medicine and health items more effectively
Advanced Engineering
Engineer advanced items such as workbenches, electrical items and traps and craft 20% faster on workbenches.
Grease Monkey
Learn to build vehicles from junk in the wasteland! Vehicles can be assembled from parts without this perk.

Perk Books:

Apart from perks associated with attributes, there is one other way to gain different perks in the game, and that is through the Perk Books. Each Perk Book belongs to a particular series, and reading the book enhances your skills related to the series to which it belongs. So, if you read any book of the Lucky Looter series, your loot quality improves.

You can get perk books by either purchasing them from a Trader or finding them while looting. There are a total of 19 different series, each containing 7 volumes. The perk book title will let you know the series it belongs to. Furthermore, completing a series by reading all its volumes gets you an additional bonus perk related to your completed series.

The perk books can be found all over the 7 days to die world. However, there are certain places where your chances of finding one are higher such as in bookcases. Of course, looting a POI with lots of bookcases, such as a book store, will undoubtedly increase your chances of finding multiple perk books. So if you are on the hunt for perk books, then a place like crack-a-book is the place to rummage through!

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