Skill Books

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Skill Book
Skill Book
General
Category Literature
Weight
Heavy Load
0.8
Consumed False
Number of pages 220-380 pages
Technical details
Base ID See Types

This page lists all skill books.

General Information

Skill books are usable items which apply an experience multiplier to a given skill. There are currently skill books in-game for all levels of nine character skills: Carpentry, Cooking, Electricity Farming, First Aid, Fishing, Foraging, Mechanics, Metalworking and Trapping with a separate skill book applying to each level of the skill--Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, and finally Master.

They can also be burnt in a fire as a consumable, but this is not recommended incase you wish to revisit the same world if your character dies.

Usage

  1. Put the skill book in your main inventory.
  2. Right click the skill book and click "Read".
  3. Wait for the progress bar to finish.
  4. Double check that all pages have been read (sometimes anywhere from 1-20 pages of the book will not have been read). If some pages have not been read, repeat step 2 & 3.
  5. Check your character's "Skills" page to verify you are now getting a boost to the appropriate skill. (There will be sequential arrows running from the skill name to the skill boxes and hovering over the skill box that is currently being worked on will show the multiplier that is being given.)

Note: If at any point the player is interrupted during reading, they do not lose the pages they have read; they will continue where they left off. Therefore, other matters can be attended to, such as killing a zombie or tending to a garden, before returning to the book. The total amount of pages read so far will show up in the book's tooltip when hovered over. Depending on the situation, it may be best to spend a few hours a day (usually at night) over several days working through a skill book rather than attempting to read one straight through in one sitting (boredom, hunger, thirst, and unhappiness will all accrue while reading).

Note: If the character says, "I don't get it" or other similar lines above their head, they are reading a book too complicated for their level. No progress will be made or multiplier applied, when reading a book too complicated. Make sure they are reading the book that corresponds to the level they are currently working on (Beginner = Level 1 and 2, Intermediate = Level 3 and 4, Advanced = Level 5 and 6, Expert = Level 7 and 8, Master = Level 9 and 10). Books cannot be read early.

Benefits

Reading a skill book even partially will give your character a multiplier on any points gained for a given skill. For example, if sawing wood normally gives 3 XP and you've read all of the level 1 (Beginner) skill book, you will now gain 9 XP each time you saw wood until you reach level 2. This will dramatically decrease the time required to learn a skill. In most cases, it is not worth wasting resources to grind out a level in a skill unless you have fully read the skill book and have the maximum multiplier.

Higher-tier skill books have more pages and take longer to read. Upon accruing enough experience to finish that skill level (even if you don't use a skill point to level it up), the multiplier is removed and experience gain returns to 1.0x until the next proficiency level book has been read for that skill. You can have as many active multipliers as you want simultaneously (i.e. four skills being boosted at the same time).

Maximum multiplier

  1. Beginner - x3
  2. Intermediate - x5
  3. Advanced - x8
  4. Expert - x12
  5. Mastery - x16

Reading speed

Real-time spent reading books on normal speed
Skill Rank Pages Fast Reader Trait No traits Slow Reader
1-2 220 12m50s 18m20s 23m50s
3-4 260 15m10s 21m40s 28m10s
5-6 300 17m30s 25m 32m30s
7-8 340 19m50s 28m20s 36m50s
9-10 380 22m10s 31m20s 41m10s

Types

Item Weight Skill Page No. Effect Base ID
CarpentrySkillbook.png
Carpentry for Beginners
0.8 Carpentry 220 3x experience for levels 1-2 in Carpentry Base.BookCarpentry1
CarpentrySkillbook.png
Carpentry for Intermediates
0.8 Carpentry 260 5x experience for levels 3-4 in Carpentry Base.BookCarpentry2
CarpentrySkillbook.png
Advanced Carpentry
0.8 Carpentry 300 8x experience for levels 5-6 in Carpentry Base.BookCarpentry3
CarpentrySkillbook.png
Expert Carpentry
0.8 Carpentry 340 12x experience for levels 7-8 in Carpentry Base.BookCarpentry4
CarpentrySkillbook.png
Master Carpentry
0.8 Carpentry 380 16x experience for levels 9-10 in Carpentry Base.BookCarpentry5
CookingSkillbook.png
Cooking for Beginners
0.8 Cooking 220 3x experience for levels 1-2 in Cooking Base.BookCooking1
CookingSkillbook.png
Cooking for Intermediates
0.8 Cooking 260 5x experience for levels 3-4 in Cooking Base.BookCooking2
CookingSkillbook.png
Advanced Cooking
0.8 Cooking 300 8x experience for levels 5-6 in Cooking Base.BookCooking3
CookingSkillbook.png
Expert Cooking
0.8 Cooking 340 12x experience for levels 7-8 in Cooking Base.BookCooking4
CookingSkillbook.png
Master Cooking
0.8 Cooking 380 16x experience for levels 9-10 in Cooking Base.BookCooking5
ElectricitySkillbook.png
Electricity for Beginners
0.8 Electrical 220 3x experience for levels 1-2 in Electrical Base.BookElectrician1
ElectricitySkillbook.png
Electricity for Intermediates
0.8 Electrical 260 5x experience for levels 3-4 in Electrical Base.BookElectrician2
ElectricitySkillbook.png
Advanced Electricity
0.8 Electrical 300 8x experience for levels 5-6 in Electrical Base.BookElectrician3
ElectricitySkillbook.png
Expert Electricity
0.8 Electrical 340 12x experience for levels 7-8 in Electrical Base.BookElectrician4
ElectricitySkillbook.png
Master Electricity
0.8 Electrical 380 16x experience for levels 9-10 in Electrical Base.BookElectrician5
FarmingSkillbook.png
Farming for Beginners
0.8 Farming 220 3x experience for levels 1-2 in Farming Base.BookFarming1
FarmingSkillbook.png
Farming for Intermediates
0.8 Farming 260 5x experience for levels 3-4 in Farming Base.BookFarming2
FarmingSkillbook.png
Advanced Farming
0.8 Farming 300 8x experience for levels 5-6 in Farming Base.BookFarming3
FarmingSkillbook.png
Expert Farming
0.8 Farming 340 12x experience for levels 7-8 in Farming Base.BookFarming4
FarmingSkillbook.png
Master Farming
0.8 Farming 380 16x experience for levels 9-10 in Farming Base.BookFarming5
FirstaidSkillbook.png
First Aid for Beginners
0.8 First Aid 220 3x experience for levels 1-2 in First Aid Base.BookFirstAid1
FirstaidSkillbook.png
First Aid for Intermediates
0.8 First Aid 260 5x experience for levels 3-4 in First Aid Base.BookFirstAid2
FirstaidSkillbook.png
Advanced First Aid
0.8 First Aid 300 8x experience for levels 5-6 in First Aid Base.BookFirstAid3
FirstaidSkillbook.png
Expert First Aid
0.8 First Aid 340 12x experience for levels 7-8 in First Aid Base.BookFirstAid4
FirstaidSkillbook.png
Master First Aid
0.8 First Aid 380 16x experience for levels 9-10 in First Aid Base.BookFirstAid5
FishingSkillbook.png
Fishing for Beginners
0.8 Fishing 220 3x multiplier for levels 1-2 in Fishing Base.BookFishing1
FishingSkillbook.png
Fishing for Intermediates
0.8 Fishing 260 5x experience for levels 3-4 in Fishing Base.BookFishing2
FishingSkillbook.png
Advanced Fishing
0.8 Fishing 300 8x experience for levels 5-6 in Fishing Base.BookFishing3
FishingSkillbook.png
Expert Fishing
0.8 Fishing 340 12x experience for levels 7-8 in Fishing Base.BookFishing4
FishingSkillbook.png
Master Fishing
0.8 Fishing 380 16x experience for levels 9-10 in Fishing Base.BookFishing5
ForagingSkillbook.png
Foraging for Beginners
0.8 Foraging 220 3x multiplier for levels 1-2 in Foraging Base.BookForaging1
ForagingSkillbook.png
Foraging for Intermediates
0.8 Foraging 260 5x experience for levels 3-4 in Foraging Base.BookForaging2
ForagingSkillbook.png
Advanced Foraging
0.8 Foraging 300 8x experience for levels 5-6 in Foraging Base.BookForaging3
ForagingSkillbook.png
Expert Foraging
0.8 Foraging 340 12x experience for levels 7-8 in Foraging Base.BookForaging4
ForagingSkillbook.png
Master Foraging
0.8 Foraging 380 16x experience for levels 9-10 in Foraging Base.BookForaging5
Book11.png
Mechanics for Beginners
0.8 Mechanics 220 3x multiplier for levels 1-2 in Mechanics Base.BookMechanic1
Book11.png
Mechanics for Intermediates
0.8 Mechanics 260 5x experience for levels 3-4 in Mechanics Base.BookMechanic2
Book11.png
Advanced Mechanics
0.8 Mechanics 300 8x experience for levels 5-6 in Mechanics Base.BookMechanic3
Book11.png
Expert Mechanics
0.8 Mechanics 340 12x experience for levels 7-8 in Mechanics Base.BookMechanic4
Book11.png
Master Mechanics
0.8 Mechanics 380 16x experience for levels 9-10 in Mechanics Base.BookMechanic5
MetalworkSkillbook.png
Metalwork for Beginners
0.8 Metalworking 220 3x multiplier for levels 1-2 in Metalworking Base.BookMetalWelding1
MetalworkSkillbook.png
Metalwork for Intermediates
0.8 Metalworking 260 5x experience for levels 3-4 in Metalworking Base.BookMetalWelding2
MetalworkSkillbook.png
Advanced Metalwork
0.8 Metalworking 300 8x experience for levels 5-6 in Metalworking Base.BookMetalWelding3
MetalworkSkillbook.png
Expert Metalwork
0.8 Metalworking 340 12x experience for levels 7-8 in Metalworking Base.BookMetalWelding4
MetalworkSkillbook.png
Master Metalwork
0.8 Metalworking 380 16x experience for levels 9-10 in Metalworking Base.BookMetalWelding5
TrappingSkillbook.png
Trapping for Beginners
0.8 Trapping 220 3x multiplier for levels 1-2 in Trapping Base.BookTrapping1
TrappingSkillbook.png
Trapping for Intermediates
0.8 Trapping 260 5x experience for levels 3-4 in Trapping Base.BookTrapping2
TrappingSkillbook.png
Advanced Trapping
0.8 Trapping 300 8x experience for levels 5-6 in Trapping Base.BookTrapping3
TrappingSkillbook.png
Expert Trapping
0.8 Trapping 340 12x experience for levels 7-8 in Trapping Base.BookTrapping4
TrappingSkillbook.png
Master Trapping
0.8 Trapping 380 16x experience for levels 9-10 in Trapping Base.BookTrapping5

See also


Consumables
Medical Items Adhesive BandagesAlcohol Cotton BallsAlcohol WipesAntibioticsAntidepressantsBandageBath TowelBeta BlockersBottle of DisinfectantCigarettesCotton BallsDish TowelNeedlePainkillersRipped SheetsSleeping TabletsSplintSterilized BandageSterilized RagSuture NeedleThreadTissueTweezersVitamins
Perishable Food AppleAvocadoBaconBacon BitsBacon RashersBananaBell PepperBerryBowl of BeansBowl of SoupBreadBread DoughBread SlicesBroccoliBroccoli (Seeding)BurgerCabbageCakeCake SliceCarrotsCheeseCheese SandwichCherryChickenCornCorndogDead BirdDead MouseDead RabbitDead RatDead SquirrelEggEgg CartonEggplantFish FilletFried ChickenFriesFrog MeatGrapesHamHam SlicesHotdogJar of Bell PeppersJar of BroccoliJar of CabbageJar of CarrotsJar of EggplantsJar of LeeksJar of PotatoesJar of Red RadishesJar of TomatoesLeekLemonLettuceMayonnaiseMeat PattyMushroomsMutton ChopOnionOpen Can of BeansOpen Can of BologneseOpen Canned CarrotsOpen Canned ChiliOpen Canned CornOpen Canned Corned BeefOpen Canned Mushroom SoupOpen Canned PeasOpen Canned PotatoOpen Canned SardinesOpen Canned TomatoOpen Tin of TunaOrangePancakesPeachPeanut Butter SandwichPeasPiePumpkin PiePineapplePizzaPork ChopPotatoPot of SoupProcessed CheeseRabbit MeatRadishRemouladeSalmonSmall Animal MeatSmall Bird MeatPot of Soup (Recipe)SteakPot of StewStrawberriesTofuTomatoWafflesWatermelonWatermelon ChunksWatermelon SliceYoghurtZucchini
Non-Perishable Food Beef JerkyButterCan of OatsCandy PackageCanned BeansCanned BologneseCanned CarrotsCanned ChiliCanned CornCanned Corned BeefCanned Mushroom SoupCanned PeasCanned PotatoCanned SardinesCanned SoupCanned TomatoCerealChocolateRaspberry ShortbreadCookieChipsCupcakeDry Ramen NoodlesDog FoodFloraHoneyIcecreamInsectsKetchupLollipopMac and CheeseMarinaraMint CandyModjeskaMustardPastaPeanutsPeanut ButterPepperPicklesPopcornRiceSaltSunflower SeedsTin of TunaTV Dinner
Non-Perishable (Non Edible) Food Cake BatterCoffeeFlourFrogPie DoughVinegarSugarTea BagYeast
Drinks BeverageBleachBowl of WaterChardonnayCold CuppaCooking Pot with WaterHot CuppaJuice BoxKettle of WaterMilk PackageMug of WaterOrange SodaPopRed WineSaucepan with WaterWater BottleWater Bottle (Mayonnaise)Water Bottle (Pop)Water Bottle (Remoulade)Water Bottle (Whiskey)Whiskey Bottle
Literature BookComic BookMagazineNewspaperSkill BooksRecipe Magazines
Removed Items Boring Bowl of SoupBoring SaladBoring SoupBowl of Ramen NoodlesBroccoli Chicken CasseroleChardonnay (Full)Complex Bowl of SoupComplicated SoupDoodleGrilled Cheese SandwichHearty Bowl of SoupHearty SoupSimple Bowl of SoupSimple SaladSimple SoupSuture Needle HolderTasty Bowl of SoupTasty SaladTasty SoupWhiskey Bottle (Half)