Skills are learned abilities of your character. The skill level shows us how good your character is at the skill. Skill levels are increased by allocating skill points into them whenever you level up. The amount of skill points you can distribute is equal to ((5 + Intelligence) * .5), rounded down. Skills can also be improved temporary by reading Skill Magazines or permanently with Skill Books.
The initial number for each skill is 2 + Associated Stat. At the beginning of each player character's creation, they choose up to three skills to tag. Tagged Skills instantly add 15 to the initial skill number. Whenever you distribute a skill point into a tagged skill, you add 2 instead of 1. Tagged skills define your character from the start of the game.
Some Skills have Sub-Skills, which have a initial value of 1/3 the base skill, rounded down. For example, if you have 9 in Light Weapons, you'll have 3 in the sub-skill, "Light, Shotgun". Remember to always add 1 to these sub-skills whenever you get to a multiple of 3.
You can choose to add a skill point to a sub-skill so you don't have to waste 3 on the general, mothering skill. This will not increase the mothering skill or the other subskills, however.
|Description||Associated Stat||Associated Skill Magazine||Associated Skill Book||Subskills|
|Academics||Proficiency at general knowledge and lore not covered by other skills||Intelligence||Past Magazine||Reign of Grelok: The Book Adaptation|
|Athletics||Proficiency at athletic nature and complex movement||Strength||Motivational Secrets of the Stars||How to Throw a Ball & 8 Other Things|
|Barter||Proficiency at trading and haggling||Charisma||Salesman Weekly||Tales of a Junkyard Jerky Vendor|
|Craftsmanship||Proficiency at creating custom equipment||Perception||Craft Singles||Maddock's Tricks & Traps|
|Deception||Proficiency at bluffing and disguises||Charisma||La Fantoma!||Lying, Congressional Style||
|Energy Weapons||Proficiency at energy-based weaponry||Perception||Future Weapons Today||Nikola Tesla and You||
|Explosives||Proficiency at using explosive weaponry and disarming||Perception||Patriot's Cookbook||Duck and Cover!|
|Heavy Weapons||Proficiency at using "unorthodox weapons"||Endurance||Big Guns||U.S. Army: 30 Handy Flamethrower Recipes||
|Investigation||Proficiency at actively perceiving the environment and people||Perception||The Inspector||True Police Stories|
|Light Weapons||Proficiency at using conventional firearms||Agility||Milsurp Review||Guns and Bullets||
|Lockpicking||Proficiency at picking locks||Perception||Locksmith's Reader||Tumbler's Today|
|Mechanics||Proficiency at repairing equipment||Intelligence||Fixin' Things||Dean's Electronics||
|Medicine||Proficency at using medical tools and drugs||Intelligence||Today's Physician||D.C. Journal of Internal Medicine||
|Melee Weapons||Proficiency at using melee weapons||Strength||Tales of Chivalrie||Grognak the Barbarian||
|Persuasion||Proficiency at persuading others||Charisma||Meeting People||The Adventures of Captain Cosmos||
|Pilot||Proficiency at driving and piloting||Perception||Tales from the Front||Zen and the Art of Piloting|
|Pugilism||Proficiency at unarmed combat||Agility||Boxing Times||Pugilism Illustrated|
|Science||Proficiency at hacking terminals and understanding data||Intelligence||Programmer's Digest||Big Book of Science||
|Stealth||Proficiency at remaining undetected||Agility||Stealth Girl||Chinese Army: Special Ops Training Manual|
|Survival||Proficiency at cooking and scouting||Endurance||Lad's Life||The Wasteland Survival Guide||
|Thievery||Proficiency at stealing||Agility||Iron & Stealing||Underground Life|