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Skills are the learned abilities of your character. The skill level shows how adept your character is at a specific skill. Skill levels can be increased by allocating Skill Points earned from gaining levels.
Skills are currently divided into the categories Agility, Blade, Blunt, Crafting, Firearm, and Survivalist.
As the player hones the various skills that are in the game (carpentry, sprinting, etc), the player will gain skill points to use to improve on a skill (if there is a skill available for improvement). Each time a player gets a skill point, getting the next skill point requires 100 more XP.
The next time the Player opens his or her "skills" tab in the UI section, the Skill Point Allocation Panel will appear, allowing the player to distribute Skill Points to the category that has been trained only.
Gold Squares are already obtained Skills. Black Squares are skills that have yet to be trained. Partially white squares are skills that are being trained but have not been trained enough to get a skill level increase in. How much of the black square is white shows how close the player is to achieving the next skill level.
The sub-skills Carpentry, Cooking, Farming, Fishing, and Trapping have skill books that award an XP multiplier once read. The level of the book corresponds to the character's level in the respective skill; reading Master Carpentry with with level 0 Carpentry skill does not provide any benefits, as it is too complex for the character's understanding.
A leveling bonus applies depending on your starting/base level in the given skill. This bonus is active for the entire game, regardless of whether you invest further skill points into skills or not.
For example, if you start with +1 carpentry, you have a 1x speed (base speed is 0.25x), even if you then train to level 4 in carpentry, you will still only have the 1x speed, not the 1.5x that starting with level 4 carpentry provides.
And in detail, it is as follows
Level 0) 0.25x speed
Level 1) 1x speed
Level 2) 1.25x speed
Level 3) 1.5x speed
Level 4) 1.5x speed
Level 5) -
List of Skills
|Sprinting||This affects how fast you can Run.
This can be leveled by Running (hold SHIFT).
|Nimble||The Nimble skill affects how fast you move while Sneaking, jumping over windows/fences,
and how much visibility you lose when aiming. 
This can be leveled by sneaking, climbing through windows, and jumping over fences.
|Lightfooted||This is your ability to Run or Walk quietly.
This can be leveled by Walking or Running near zombies while undetected.
|Sneaking||Your general ability to avoid detection when Sneaking.
This can be leveled by Sneaking (holding CTRL or Z) near zombies while undetected.
|Accuracy||Influences hit chance, damage done, and critical chance of bladed weapons.|
|Guard||Helps the player to avoid being scratched when a bladed weapon is equipped.|
|Maintenance||Condition of the bladed weapon lowers at a slower rate.|
|Accuracy||Influences hit chance, damage done, and critical chance of blunt weapons.|
|Guard||Helps the player to avoid being scratched when a blunt weapon is equipped.|
|Maintenance||Condition of the blunt weapon lowers at a slower rate.|
|Carpentry||Raising the Carpentry skill allows you to repair items, perform new building options and improve the quality and increases the health of player-constructed carpentry.|
|Cooking||Raising the Cooking skill allows you to increase your crafted food's hunger reduction. In addition, raising your cooking skill to level 4 allows you to make soups and stews with rotten ingredients.|
|Farming||Raising the Farming skill allows you to check up on a plants status and the information available increases as the skill does.
The farming skill is leveled by harvesting crops.
|First Aid||Raising the First Aid skill allows you to treat wounds faster, make better bandages, understand more ailments and spot infections on your health panel and much more besides.
The first aid skill is leveled by performing medical actions on yourself or others.
|Electrical||Raising the Electrical skill allows you to operate generators and create devices.
The Electrical skill is leveled by dismantling electronics (Radios, CD players, etc.).
|Aiming||Your aiming skill determines how accurately you can shoot, your chance to make a critical hit, range, angle, and recoil time.
This can be leveled up by killing an enemy with a firearm.
|Reloading||Your reloading skill determines how long it takes your character to take out a magazine, load some bullets, and insert the magazine back in.
This can be leveled up by reloading any firearm.
|Fishing||Your fishing skill determines how long it takes you to fish, chance of breaking the line, letting the fish escape, losing bait or tackle,
and increases your chance to catch a larger fish.
This can be leveled up by casting your line into the water. No matter what the outcome of the cast you will gain some XP. Larger fish will bring in more XP.
|Trapping||Your trapping skill gives you a better chance of catching something in your trap and the ability to make new traps.
This can be leveled by retrieving the animals caught in your traps.
|Foraging||Your foraging skill gives you a better chance to find a higher quality food items and a higher quantity of them.
This can be leveled by going into the forest, right-clicking on an area and selecting Forage.