Skill books

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Skill book
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Farming book
Trapping book
Fishing book
Electrician book
Metalwork book
Carpentry book
Cooking book
Foraging book
Tailoring book
Mechanics book
Blackmith book
General
Category
Literature
Encumbrance
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0.8
Properties
Consumed
False
Total pages
220-380 pages
Technical
Item 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 eleven character skills: Carpentry, Cooking, Electrical, Farming, First Aid, Fishing, Foraging, Mechanics, Metalworking, Tailoring and Trapping, as well as books for Blacksmith, with a separate skill book applying to each two level of the skill.

They can also used as a fuel, but this is not recommended in case a player would like to keep using the same world if the character dies or when playing in multiplayer.

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. Without traits, each page will take 5 seconds of real-time to read, or 2 minutes of in-game time.
  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 (Vol. 1 = Level 1 and 2, Vol. 2 = Level 3 and 4, Vol. 3 = Level 5 and 6, Vol. 4 = Level 7 and 8, Vol. 5 = 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 Vol. 1 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. Vol. 1 - x3
  2. Vol. 2 - x5
  3. Vol. 3 - x8
  4. Vol. 4 - x12
  5. Vol. 5 - x16

Reading speed

The "Fast Reader" trait decreases the amount of time required to read a book to 70% of the normal time. The "Slow Reader" trait increases the time to 130%.

Real-time spent reading books on normal speed
Skill rank Pages Fast Reader 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

Icon Name Encumbrance Number of pages Multiplier Skill Base ID
Book6.png Blacksmith Vol. 1Future 0.8 220 3 Blacksmith Base.BookBlacksmith1
Book6.png Blacksmith Vol. 2Future 0.8 260 5 Blacksmith Base.SmithingMag2
Book6.png Blacksmith Vol. 3Future 0.8 300 8 Blacksmith Base.BookBlacksmith3
Book6.png Blacksmith Vol. 4Future 0.8 340 12 Blacksmith Base.BookBlacksmith4
Book6.png Blacksmith Vol. 5Future 0.8 380 16 Blacksmith Base.BookBlacksmith5
Carpentry Vol. 1 Carpentry Vol. 1 0.8 220 3 Carpentry Base.BookCarpentry1
Carpentry Vol. 2 Carpentry Vol. 2 0.8 260 5 Carpentry Base.BookCarpentry2
Carpentry Vol. 3 Carpentry Vol. 3 0.8 300 8 Carpentry Base.BookCarpentry3
Carpentry Vol. 4 Carpentry Vol. 4 0.8 340 12 Carpentry Base.BookCarpentry4
Carpentry Vol. 5 Carpentry Vol. 5 0.8 380 16 Carpentry Base.BookCarpentry5
Cooking Vol. 1 Cooking Vol. 1 0.8 220 3 Cooking Base.BookCooking1
Cooking Vol. 2 Cooking Vol. 2 0.8 260 5 Cooking Base.BookCooking2
Cooking Vol. 3 Cooking Vol. 3 0.8 300 8 Cooking Base.BookCooking3
Cooking Vol. 4 Cooking Vol. 4 0.8 340 12 Cooking Base.BookCooking4
Cooking Vol. 5 Cooking Vol. 5 0.8 380 16 Cooking Base.BookCooking5
Electrician Vol. 1 Electrician Vol. 1 0.8 220 3 Electrical Base.BookElectrician1
Electrician Vol. 2 Electrician Vol. 2 0.8 260 5 Electrical Base.BookElectrician2
Electrician Vol. 3 Electrician Vol. 3 0.8 300 8 Electrical Base.BookElectrician3
Electrician Vol. 4 Electrician Vol. 4 0.8 340 12 Electrical Base.BookElectrician4
Electrician Vol. 5 Electrician Vol. 5 0.8 380 16 Electrical Base.BookElectrician5
Farming Vol. 1 Farming Vol. 1 0.8 220 3 Farming Base.BookFarming1
Farming Vol. 2 Farming Vol. 2 0.8 260 5 Farming Base.BookFarming2
Farming Vol. 3 Farming Vol. 3 0.8 300 8 Farming Base.BookFarming3
Farming Vol. 4 Farming Vol. 4 0.8 340 12 Farming Base.BookFarming4
Farming Vol. 5 Farming Vol. 5 0.8 380 16 Farming Base.BookFarming5
First Aid Vol. 1 First Aid Vol. 1 0.8 220 3 First Aid Base.BookFirstAid1
First Aid Vol. 2 First Aid Vol. 2 0.8 260 5 First Aid Base.BookFirstAid2
First Aid Vol. 3 First Aid Vol. 3 0.8 300 8 First Aid Base.BookFirstAid3
First Aid Vol. 4 First Aid Vol. 4 0.8 340 12 First Aid Base.BookFirstAid4
First Aid Vol. 5 First Aid Vol. 5 0.8 380 16 First Aid Base.BookFirstAid5
Fishing Vol. 1 Fishing Vol. 1 0.8 220 3 Fishing Base.BookFishing1
Fishing Vol. 2 Fishing Vol. 2 0.8 260 5 Fishing Base.BookFishing2
Fishing Vol. 3 Fishing Vol. 3 0.8 300 8 Fishing Base.BookFishing3
Fishing Vol. 4 Fishing Vol. 4 0.8 340 12 Fishing Base.BookFishing4
Fishing Vol. 5 Fishing Vol. 5 0.8 380 16 Fishing Base.BookFishing5
Foraging Vol. 1 Foraging Vol. 1 0.8 220 3 Foraging Base.BookForaging1
Foraging Vol. 2 Foraging Vol. 2 0.8 260 5 Foraging Base.BookForaging2
Foraging Vol. 3 Foraging Vol. 3 0.8 300 8 Foraging Base.BookForaging3
Foraging Vol. 4 Foraging Vol. 4 0.8 340 12 Foraging Base.BookForaging4
Foraging Vol. 5 Foraging Vol. 5 0.8 380 16 Foraging Base.BookForaging5
Mechanics Vol. 1 Mechanics Vol. 1 0.8 220 3 Mechanics Base.BookMechanic1
Mechanics Vol. 2 Mechanics Vol. 2 0.8 260 5 Mechanics Base.BookMechanic2
Mechanics Vol. 3 Mechanics Vol. 3 0.8 300 8 Mechanics Base.BookMechanic3
Mechanics Vol. 4 Mechanics Vol. 4 0.8 340 12 Mechanics Base.BookMechanic4
Mechanics Vol. 5 Mechanics Vol. 5 0.8 380 16 Mechanics Base.BookMechanic5
Metalwork Vol. 1 Metalwork Vol. 1 0.8 220 3 Metalworking Base.BookMetalWelding1
Metalwork Vol. 2 Metalwork Vol. 2 0.8 260 5 Metalworking Base.BookMetalWelding2
Metalwork Vol. 3 Metalwork Vol. 3 0.8 300 8 Metalworking Base.BookMetalWelding3
Metalwork Vol. 4 Metalwork Vol. 4 0.8 340 12 Metalworking Base.BookMetalWelding4
Metalwork Vol. 5 Metalwork Vol. 5 0.8 380 16 Metalworking Base.BookMetalWelding5
Tailoring Vol. 1 Tailoring Vol. 1 0.8 220 3 Tailoring Base.BookTailoring1
Tailoring Vol. 2 Tailoring Vol. 2 0.8 260 5 Tailoring Base.BookTailoring2
Tailoring Vol. 3 Tailoring Vol. 3 0.8 300 8 Tailoring Base.BookTailoring3
Tailoring Vol. 4 Tailoring Vol. 4 0.8 340 12 Tailoring Base.BookTailoring4
Tailoring Vol. 5 Tailoring Vol. 5 0.8 380 16 Tailoring Base.BookTailoring5
Trapping Vol. 1 Trapping Vol. 1 0.8 220 3 Trapping Base.BookTrapping1
Trapping Vol. 2 Trapping Vol. 2 0.8 260 5 Trapping Base.BookTrapping2
Trapping Vol. 3 Trapping Vol. 3 0.8 300 8 Trapping Base.BookTrapping3
Trapping Vol. 4 Trapping Vol. 4 0.8 340 12 Trapping Base.BookTrapping4
Trapping Vol. 5 Trapping Vol. 5 0.8 380 16 Trapping Base.BookTrapping5

See also