Survival skills are a player's trainable abilities that may be leveled through gameplay. Any given skill can be trained by various actions that relate to the skill. Performing any of these various actions grants the player skill points in that skill.
Skills are increased upon successfully repeated tasks. When a task is complete, an icon for the relevant skill with a plus sign will show up on the lower right of the HUD, and experience in that skill will be rewarded. Achieving higher levels in skills can give players various advantages, dependent on the skill level.
In Survival mode, skills can also be increased by researching the research book that corresponds with the skill.
Players have access to eight primary survival skills and are able to track the progress and status of these skills through the journal in the game menu. Clicking on a skill area will display a description of the player's current level, as well as a list of any bonuses for that level.
|Archery||Archery is used to hunt animals with the use of a survival bow.|
|Carcass Harvesting||Carcass harvesting is used to harvest meat, hides, and guts from wildlife.|
|Cooking||Cooking is used to cook raw food for a number of reasons, including increasing the condition of raw food and preventing food poisoning prior to consuming food.|
|Fire Starting||Fire starting is used to start fires, which are used to generate heat, food, melt snow, and purify water.|
|Ice Fishing||Ice fishing is used to catch raw fish, which are used for cooking and for creating lantern fuel.|
|Mending||Mending is used to repair cloth or leather equipment, such as clothing.|
|Revolver Firearm||Revolver firearm is used to scare animals. Can be used during a melee fight.|
|Gunsmithing||Gunsmithing is used to craft new bullets for the revolver and rifle, as well as repairing them using firearm cleaning kit .|
Players also have access to three secondary survival skills, which are not tracked by the journal in the game menu. The skill status can only be viewed while attempting to perform an action related to that skill within the game menu.
|Cleaning||Cleaning is used to repair hunting rifles and the revolver. Keeping a rifle in optimal condition reduces the likelihood of the rifle jamming.|
|Repair||Repair is used to repair a variety of metal tools, such as hacksaws and heavy hammers.|
|Sharpening||Sharpening is used to repair bladed tools. Higher levels in the sharpening skill reduce the amount of time required to sharpen, and additionally increase the amount of condition restored to a tool by sharpening.|
|Hunting||Archery • Rifle Firearm • Revolver Firearm|
|Gathering||Carcass Harvesting • Ice Fishing|
|Crafting||Cooking • Fire Starting • Mending • Gunsmithing|
|Other||Cleaning • Repair • Sharpening|