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Skills are abilities which characters may learn by allocating skill points. Skills determine how effective the character is when in combat and during camping. Some skills require a minimum stat level in order to have skill points allocated to them. A character does not have to be present in the party to earn skill points whenever a quests, a battle or other task is completed which gives skill points as a reward. Since this game doesn't work with experience and levels, you can gain access to ranks 3, 4 and 5 by spending a certain amount of skill points. The thresholds for these ranks are 100, 175 and 250 skill points respectively. The five skill groups are:

  • weapon;
  • offensive;
  • support;
  • utility skills; and
  • passive.

Weapon Skills Edit

Weapon skills define how good a character is with specific weapons and unlock several abilities as you progress. Weapon skills have five available tiers. At every tier, a passive damage buff to that specific weapon type will be given for all attacks. A unique skill will be unlocked at tier one, three, and five.

Axe Skills Edit

Skill Name Required Actions Description
Shield Hook
Shield Hook
  • Attack
Pull the opponent's shield away, making them Exposed (Cannot block)
Cleave
Cleave
  • Attack
Make an attack that is always blocked, but any damage not absorbed by the shield is dealt to the target's hitpoints.
Weapon Hook
Weapon Hook
  • Attack
Uses the axe to pull the opponent's weapon away, adding the status effect Disarmed (Cannot use weapon or switch weapons)

Sword Skills Edit

Skill Name Required Actions Description
Ready
Ready
  • Attack
Automatically attacks the first enemy that enters melee range
HeavySwing
Heavy Swing
  • Full
  • Charges: 2
Ignores the target's Damage Reduction
Execute
Execute
  • Full
  • Charges: 2
Marks the target for a killing blow on the next turn, which will instantly dismember them if it deals any damage

Spear Skills Edit

Skill Name Required Actions Description
Extend
Extend
  • Attack
Attack a target 3 hexes away, but at 75% Damage
Smack
Smack
  • Full
Smack an adjacent target for 50% Damage, making them Concussed (Physical Resistance; Endurance -3), and then take 1 step back without incurring Attack of Opportunity
Distract
Distract
  • Free
  • Charges: 2
Neutralise the Attack of Opportunity of an enemy who is exactly 2 hexes away

Dane Axe SkillsEdit

Skill Name Required Actions Description
RecklessStrike
Reckless Strike
  • Attack
Deals 25% extra damage, but makes you Unbalanced (Lose all moves at beginning of next turn)
Pull
Pull
  • Attack
  • Charges: 2
Hooks the target's neck with the axe and pulls them into melee range
Swipe
Swipe
  • Attack
  • Charges: 2
Performs a wide-arced attack with no Armour Piercing Damage that simultaneously hits the target and any characters standing on either side of the target, but which cannot damage shields

Knife Skills Edit

Skill Name Required Actions Description
Deathblow
Deathblow
  • Attack
Deals double damage but can only target immobilised enemies
Flurry
Flurry
  • Attack
  • Charges: 3
Makes 2 attacks at half damage, on the same target or on 2 different targets, that each attempts to cause Bleeding (Physical Resistance; -8-16 Hitpoints per turn)
Slice
Slice
  • Free
  • Charges: 2
Makes a free attack at half damage

Bow SkillsEdit

Skill Name Required Actions Description
SignalArrow
Ranging Shot
  • Free
  • Charges: 1
All enemies adjacent to the target hex get the status effect Spotted (Cannot use low cover; ranged attacks vs. character have +25% Accuracy)
QuickShot
Quick Shot
  • Full
Make 2 ranged attacks at -30% accuracy each
AimedShot
Aimed Shot
  • Full
Negates distance penalties to hit chance and grants a 5 percent-point bonus to critical hit chance
FireArrow
Fire Arrow
  • Attack
  • Charges: 1
Deals normal ranged damage but also sets the target hex on fire, applying the status effect Burning (-20-30 Hitpoints per turn) to anyone in the hex. Can also target flammable objects such as haystacks
Hailstorm
Hailstorm
  • Full
  • Charges: 2
Performs an Area of Effect attack in 3 random hexes in and around the target hex, at 50% Damage each

Sling SkillsEdit

Skill Name Required Actions Description
Puffball
Puffball
  • Attack
  • Charges: 3
Launches mushroom that explodes into a cloud of dust spores that covers the target hex and all adjacent hexes for 1 turn, treating them as full cover for purposes of ranged attacks
Scattershot
Scattershot
  • Attack
  • Charges: 1
Any character within a 2-hex arc at a 6-hex distance or less have 75% chance to be Harried (Mental Resistance; Base DR is 0%), 50% chance to be Blinded (Mental Resistance; Perception -5), and 25% chance to be Concussed (Physical Resistance; Endurance -3). The attack deals no damage
Grenade
Grenade
  • Attack
  • Charges: 1
Launches a bladder which spreads oil across the target hex and all adjacent hexes. Any occupying character gets the status effect Flammable (Burning will last twice as long)

Shield SkillsEdit

Skill Name Required Actions Description
Brace
Brace
  • Attack
  • Charges: 1
Restores your shield to mint condition
Defend
Defend
  • Attack
You get the status effect Defend (Shield is impervious to damage)
ShieldBash
Shield Bash
  • Attack
Pushes the target 1 hex away and applies the status effect Knocked Down (Physical Resistance; Unable to act, cannot block, Base DR is 0%; recovering costs 2 moves). This ability is nearly the same as Rebuke with the passive skill Powerful Kick.

Unarmed SkillsEdit

Skill Name Required Actions Description
Grapple
Grapple
  • Attack
When flanking an enemy, grab hold of them to immobilise them until your next turn
HeavyPunch
Heavy Punch
  • Full
A heavier punch that deals +50% Damage
Headbutt
Headbutt
  • Attack
Attack at full damage and apply the status effect Stunned (Physical Resistance; Unable to act, cannot block, Base DR is 0%) if the attack isn't blocked. Provokes Attack of Opportunity and cannot be used against characters with helmets


Offensive SkillsEdit

Offensive Skills provide extra abilities to be used during combat that aren't tied to any specific weapon.

Skill Name Description
AnticipateOpening-SkillIcon AnticipateOpening Anticipate Opening The next attack will always be a critical.
Charge-SkillIcon Charge Charge +5 damage for every hex moved before attacking
Cripple-SkillIcon Cripple Cripple Ranged weapons only: 25% damage but takes away all movement in next turn.
DualWielding-SkillIcon Hook Slash Hook and Slash

Dual Wielding (at Skill Points 3/6/9/12/15) Hook and Slash - an unblockable attack.

Parry - increases the reduction of damage taken and allows you to take an occasional attack in the next turn.

One-Two is an action that allows you to attack twice, or two different enemies. If you are being attacked on two sides, you will attack both of the opponents with an unblockable attack. Only knives and axes can be wielded off-hand.

DualWielding-SkillIcon Parry Parry
DualWielding-SkillIcon OneTwo OneTwo
Feint-SkillIcon Feint Feint Move to the other side and make the opponent use his 'Attack of Opportunity'.
Rebuke-SkillIcon Rebuke Rebuke A kick that moves the target one hex away. Can be upgraded with the 'Passive Skill' called 'Powerful Kick' to make opponent 'Knocked Down' (Physical Resistance: Unable to act).
Stun-SkillIcon Stun Stun A melee attack that applies the status 'Stunned' (Physical Resistance: Unable to act)
Throwing-SkillIcon ThrowRock Throw Rock

Throwing (at Skill Points 6/9/12/15/18). Throw Rock - It is difficult to be accurate with the stone, even after you have performed it after a regular attack.

Toss - toss either your enemy or an ally into a field next to your position.

Throw Axe - a ranged attack over short distance. They do not have to carry raneged weapons to attack a nearby enemy.

Throwing-SkillIcon Toss Toss
Throwing-SkillIcon ThrowAxe Throw Axe


Support Skills help allies by buffing, hindering enemies by debuffing, or provide tactical advantages without dealing direct damage. In addition, the support skill healing can be used to cure injured hirdmen and the witchcraft skill can be used at a camp to produce medicine which requires herbs as ingredient.


Benediction Edit

This skill can only be used by Northumbrians, thus the only long time party member with access to this skill is Morcant.

Skill Name SP Required Actions Description
Sacrament Attack. Double physical and mental resistances.
Damnation 12 Attack.
Supplication Attack
Condemnation Attack.
Litany Attack.

Galder Edit

This skill can only be used by Norsemen and only Norsemen benefit from using the abilities. You need 4 Sense to have access to all skills.

Skill Name SP Required Actions Description
TyrsFavour Tyr's Favour 9 Attack.
Charge: 1
Raise damage reduction by 25% percent points for three turns.
BaldersFavour Balder's Favour 12 Attack.
Charge: 1
Sets Physical resistance to 100% for three turns, making warriors immune to status effects like fire and poison.
ThorsFavour Thor's Favour 15 Attack.
Charge: 1
Improves base melee damage by 20% for three turns.
OdinsFavour Odin's Favour 18 Attack.
Charge: 1
Sets Mental resistances to 100% for three turns, making warriors fearless
LokisFavour Loki's Favour 21 Attack.
Charge: 1
Improves critical hit chances by 10 for three turns.
Total: 75

Healing Edit

This skill can be used by all characters with at least 6 Sense.

Skill Name SP Required Actions Description
Restore Heal
(Restore)
9 Attack.
Charges: 3
Restore lost health to a character.
Improves healing by 10.
12 Improves healing by 20.
Cure Cure 15 Attack Heals almost any negative status effect the character is inflicted with.
Improves healing by 30.
18 Improves healing by 40.
Revive Revive 21 Full action.
Charges: 2
Revives an incapacitated character with about 50% of his total hitpoints.
Improves healing by 50.
Total: 75

Leadership Edit

This skill can be used by all characters with at least 4 Sense.

Skill Name SP Required Actions Description
Manoeuvring Movement 6 Attack.
Charges: 3
+5% physical and mental resistances.
Gives every allied unit one extra movement in the current turn. In case they spend the attack on movement as well, they can move two spaces more in that turn.
9 +5% physical and mental resistances.
Inspire Inspire 12 Attack.
Charges: 3
+5% physical and mental resistances.
Gives a chosen friendly unit one extra attack. The extra attack can only be spent by using a normal attack or a skill which requires an attack, can't be used for movement like a normal attack action.
15 +5% physical and mental resistances.
Ruse Ruse 18 Attack.
Charge: 1
+5% physical and mental resistances.
Every enemy in a 2 hex radius from the centre must leave the area, unless they are engaged in melee combat. (?)
Total: 60

Protect Edit

This ability can be used by character who have at least four Endurance.

Skill Name SP Required Actions Description
Protect 6 Attack. Gives every allied unit adjacent to the user the same damage reductions as the user. In case one or two damage reduction are higher than the user, this skill doesn't lower them. Great skill for tanks and other units frequently found in the shieldwall.

Snaring Edit

Spot Traps Edit

To being able to invest skill points in this skill, a character needs 4 Perpection.

Skill Name SP Required Actions Description
Spot traps 6 Free Whenever the character moves a hex, the hex where the unit walks to, will be checked on the presence of traps. In case there is a trap, the character will halt at the previous hex in the chosen route and the hex with a trap, has a red circle inside it.
9 Whenever the character moves a hex with spot traps activated, all adjacent hexes will be checked on the presence of traps.
Disarm 12 Attack The character can disarm spotted traps. The disarmed trap is added to the inventory.

Tactical Move Edit

Taunt Edit

Witchcraft Edit

This skill can be used by all characters with at least 4 Sense.

Skill Name SP Required Actions Description
Demoralise Demoralise 6 Attack. Makes from one herb, one medicine each shift at the campsite.
If an enemy fails to pass a mental resistance check, he/she will be demoralised for one turn (?), which gives a -50 penalty to max. ranged accuracy.
Poison Poison 9 Attack Makes from two herbs, two medicine each shift at the campsite.
Gives the target the effect "Venomous", venomous attacks apply "Posioned" on hit.
Dust Dust 12 Free
Charges: 2
Makes from three herbs, three medicine each shift at the campsite.
Gives -2 Finesse and Perception to anyone occupying the 3 front facing hexes.
Talon Talon 16 Free Makes from four herbs, four medicine each shift at the campsite.
(Description needed.)
Suggestion Suggestion 18 Attack.
Charge: 1
Makes from five herbs, five medicine each shift at the campsite.
Target gets "Hypnotized" (Mental Resistance; Switches sides for 1 turn).
Total 60


Utility Skills are useful for keeping the party equipped, happy, well fed and in general help the party to function as a whole.

The Utility Skills are the skills used when you are at a campsite. These skills are used to guard the camp, keep your party well equipped, scout the area for resources or game and other tasks. While visiting any camp site, the party can also use the support skills healing to cure injured hirdmen and witchcraft to produce medicine, which requires herbs.

  • Armoursmithing (4 ranks)- Skill to craft armour and helmets during camp
  • Crafting (5 ranks) - The skill to craft weapons (including shields) during camp
  • Artisan (3 ranks) - Skill to add special abilities to the items made by crafting and armoursmithing
  • Constitution (1 rank) - Halves the risk to deteriorate after being injured
  • Cooking (5 ranks) - Gives the party a chance to get bonuses when camping
  • Diplomacy (5 ranks) - Unlocks special dialogue options
  • Guarding (5 ranks) - Increases security when camping
  • Heavy sleeper (1 rank) - The ability to become fully rested in 1 shift during camping
  • Hunting (5 ranks) - The skill of bringing meat back to during camp
  • Preserving (5 ranks) - Meat brought back to the camp must be preserved into rations to prevent it from spoiling
  • Repairing (5 ranks) - The skill to repair damaged equipment and to improve recycling gains when recycling items.
  • Scouting (5 ranks) - Ability to find useful things when camping
  • Tinkering (5 ranks) - Skill that allows you to create items from minor resources which can only be used during combat.

The crafting skill and the tinkering skill are explained in greater detail on their own page.

Skills tableEdit

In the table below, you can find in detail what the effects are per rank when you invest in a rank of an utility skills and how much skill points it cost per rank and in total for each skill.

Skill Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 4 Rank 5
Armoursmithing Armour-smithing Tier 1 armor Tier 2 armor Tier 3 armor Tier 4 armor Does not apply.
Total: 44 SP 8 SP 10 SP 12 SP 14 SP
Artisan Artisan 50% 75% 100% Does not apply.
Total: 21 SP 6 SP 6 SP 9 SP
Crafting Crafting Tier 1 weapons Tier 2 weapons Tier 3 weapons Tier 4 weapons Tier 5 weapons
Total: 50 SP 6 SP 8 SP 10 SP 12 SP 14 SP
Constitution Constitution Halves deteriotation risk of wounds Does not apply.
3 SP
Cooking Cooking 10% well fed, 10% chance you gain 1 ration. 20% well fed, 10% chance you gain 2 rations. 30% well fed, 10% chance you gain 3 rations. 40% well fed, 10% chance you gain 4 rations. 50% well fed, 10% chance you gain 5 rations.
Total: 1 SP 6 SP
Diplomacy Diplomacy You gain access to additional conversation options as you upgrade this skill.
Total: 45 SP. 3 SP 6 SP 9 SP 12 SP 15 SP
Guarding Guarding 22% guarding 44% guarding 64% guarding 84% guarding 95% guarding
Total: 2 SP
HeavySleeper Heavy Sleeper Only one shift needed to fully restore stamina of a character with this skill.
10 SP
Hunting Hunting Bring back 2-3 meat Bring back 3-5 meat. Bring back 5-6 meat. Bring back 6-8 meat. Bring back 8-9 meat.
Total: 2 SP 4 SP 6 SP 8 SP
Preserving Preserving Preserve 1 meat. Preserve 2 meat. Preserve 3 meat. Preserve 4 meat. Preserve 5 meat.
Total: 21 1 SP 2 SP 4 SP 6 SP 8 SP
Repairing Repairing Character can repair items, 10% more from recycling. 10% less resources repairing, 20% more from recycling. 20% less resources repairing, 30% more from recycling. 30% less resources repairing, 40% more from recycling. 40% less resources repairing, 50% more from recycling.
Total: 2 SP 8 SP
Scouting Scouting 22% chance 44% chance 64% chance 84% chance 95% chance
Total: 2 SP 4 SP
Tinkering Tinkering Rank 1 items Rank 2 items Rank 3 items Rank 4 items Rank 5 items
Total: 4 SP 6 SP? 8 SP? 10 SP

Passive Skills provide small but permanent boosts to stats or give you an extra edge under specific conditions.

The 29 passive skills are skills which can improve the overall combat effectiveness of a character who possesses them, for example, by improving damage, increasing movement and lowering accuracy penalties which don't have to be or can be activated during battle. In the table below you can find out:

  • Which passive skills there are.
  • How much skill points (SP) they cost.
  • What the potential requirements are for unlocking them.
  • What they do.
  • How they can be used in an effective way.
Name SP Requirements Effect Advise
AdrenalineJunkie Adrenaline Junkie 3 None. Increases melee damage by 30% when hitpoints are below 20% of total health.
Avenger Avenger 3 None. Enemies who take down a friendly unit will receive 10% more damage.
Backstabber Backstabber 4 None. Inflict 20% extra damage to characters with the harried status.
BloodThirsty Blood Thirsty 4 None. Upon taking down an opponent, inflict 10% extra damage the next turn.
Dodge Dodge 9 None. Halves the chance to receive a critical hit.
Evade Evade 6 None. Increases ranged damage reduction by 5 percentage points.
Fencer Fencer 3 None. Flanking damage multiplier is reduced by 15%.
FortuneFavored Fortune Favoured 9 None. Increases the chance for critical hits with 3 percent points.
GoodPatient Good Patient 3 None. Increases the amount of health restored with healing by 20%.
Hardened Hardened 12 None. Increases the amount of hitpoints by 10.
KeenEye Keen Eye 6 Perception rank 6. Increases the armor piercing score by 50%. Increases amount of damage against enemies with damage reduction. Combined with high armor piercing weapons, you can deal good damage, even vs. enemies with 70%+ DR. Useful for all offensive characters.
LoneWolf Lone Wolf 3 None. Grants 10% extra damage if the character is at least 8 hexes away from the nearest friendly unit.
LowProfile Low Profile 3 None. Enemies will less likey attack a character with this skill. A great passive skill for support units or characters with low endurance.
NightOwl Night Owl 6 None. Improves mental resistance by 25% points during the night.
NightVision Night Vision 4 Bow rank 1. Removes the accuracy penalty during night battles. Great ability for archers and other units who use ranged attacks frequently.
Nimble Nimble 9 None. Lower the movement penalty gained from armor by 1 point. Useless if character is not wearing hide armor or better. If you want to improve movement no matter what armor the character wears, invest in Strider.
Opportunist Opportunist 6 None. In case of attacks of opportunity, the enemy may be stunned as well. Good for front line units. Can be combined with the panic ability of Morcant or the Ruse ability from Leadership. This forces enemy units to flee and might trigger attacks of opportunity.
PointBlank Point Blank 9 Bow rank 1. Ranged attacks have 100% critical change when the target is in melee range. Not recommended. Point blank shots can be missed, depending on accuracy. A ranged attack in melee range provokes an attack of opportunity. The enemy attack is dealt before the ranged attack, so you will suffer damage. Very dangerous if the target has the Opportunist skill, which stuns on hit.
PowerfulKick Powerful Kick 9 Requires Rebuke. Rebuke will now also apply the knocked down effect. The knock down effect knocks down the victim for 1 turn, which gives the party this and the next turn to attack the target, who can't block or move.
QuickFeet Quick Feet 6 Finesse rank 4. No attack of opportunity when moving around the enemy. A nice substitute for the Feint skill, since this skill allows you to walk through the enemy lines without suffering an attack of opportunity, though the enemy won't lose the opportunity attack for the turn and you must stay in adjacent hex.
Relentless Relentless 8 None. Gives a 5% chance to deal an extra attack when using a normal attack.
Sexist Sexist 6 None. Attacks againt the opposite sex do 10% extra damage. Since the male / female ratio is about equal, this passive skill increases damage output by 5% on average.
Sharpshooter Sharpshooter 3 Bow rank 3. Halves the damage penalty when using the  Aimed Shot ability.
SneakAttack Sneak Attack 6 None. Increases the flanked multiplier with +10% Great ability for damage dealers who also have the quick feet passive skill, because it allows the character to manouvre around the target and improve the odds of flanking
SteadyHands Steady Hands 6 None. Interruption attacks have 100% hit chance. Since interruption is a free skill, this passive skill is also available for characters with no ranged skills. With this ability they can wield ranged with good accuracy, but you can't choose your target with interruption.
StoneFists Stone Fists 6 Unarmed rank 1. Gives unarmed attacks 10 armor piercing and they can kill enemies.
Strider Strider 12 None. Improves movement by 1 point. Recommended for melee units. Can also improve the amount of damage dealt when the unit uses the charge ability.
ThickSkin Thick Skin 9 None. Increases physical resistance by 10 percentage points. Hirdman with access to the leadership skill, can gain better result by investing 6 more SP in the first two ranks of leadership.
WalkYourShots Walk Your Shots 12 Perception rank 6. Reduces the distance penalty for ranged attacks from 6% per hex, to 5% per hex. Great ability for archers and other units who use ranged attacks frequently.

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Character Unique Skills Edit

These skills are unique to certain recruitable characters.

AifeEdit

  • Snaring

Morcant Edit

  • Benediction

Moving SkillsEdit

It is possible to change the location of all character skills on the bottom bar in game. Click the info button and then click again on the character whose skills you would like to change to select them. All available skills will now be shown, and it is simply an issue of dragging and dropping the desired skill to the desired location.

Since the skill bar has a maximum of 10 slots, it is sometimes necessary to use multiple skill bars for a character. To switch which skill bar is selected, click the up and down arrows directly to the left of the skill bar.

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