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Skills denote a character's areas of expertise. Altogether, there are 15 different skills currently in the game.

Skills are purely passive and never need to be activated. As long as you use a weapon or item or perform an action that falls within a skill's domain, you receive that skill's bonus. For example, if you are playing a character with the Damage Bonus skill, firing an Assault Rifle will automatically deal more damage depending on the skill's level.

Class-specificEdit

OfficersEdit

Special WeaponsEdit

MedicsEdit

TechsEdit

Not class-specificEdit

NotesEdit

  • Each character has 5 skills, 2 of which are unique to his/her class. Furthermore, to differentiate marines belonging to the same class, each has 1 specialized skill, except for Techs, who have 2. Specialized skills are not unique to any marine or class; they merely serve to make marines of the same class attractive to different play styles.
  • Normally, skill levels are fixed for each character and cannot be increased or decreased, but there is a console command that lets you modify them (as in Alien Swarm 2K4) if used in the lobby before other players connect:
asw_custom_skill_points 1
The above command is a "cheat command", which prevents players from earning experience points.

Characteristics and skills synthesisEdit

Officers Officers Special Weapons Special Weapons Medics Medics Techs Techs
Sarge Jaeger Wildcat Wolfe Faith Bastille Crash Vegas
Sarge Jaeger Wildcat Wolfe Faith Bastille Crash Vegas
Health 140 125 80 125 80 80 80 125
Movement Speed 290 290 330 290 320 290 290 290
Leadership Leadership 5/5 3/5 - - - - - -
Vindicator Damage Vindicator Damage 2/5 5/5 - - - - - -
Autogun Damage Autogun Damage - - 4/5 5/5 - - - -
Piercing Bullets Piercing Bullets - - 2/5 3/5 - - - -
Healing Bonus Healing Bonus - - - - 5/5 4/5 - -
Infestation Curing Infestation Curing - - - - 3/3 1/3 - -
Scanner Scanner - - - - - - 3/3 3/3
Engineering Engineering - - - - - - 1/3 3/3
Damage Bonus Damage Bonus 3/5 - 4/5 2/5 1/5 3/5 3/5 -
Reload Speed Bonus Reload Speed Bonus - - 3/5 2/5 2/5 3/5 4/5 2/5
Health Bonus Health Bonus 4/5 3/5 - 3/5 - - - 3/5
Explosives Bonus Explosives Bonus 2/5 4/5 - - - - 2/5 -
Melee Damage Bonus Melee Damage Bonus - 2/5 - - - - - 4/5
Speed Bonus Speed Bonus - - 4/5 - 3/5 - - -
Combat Drugs Combat Drugs - - - - - 3/5 - -