Category:Skills

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Character skills in West of Loathing are a mix of class-specific abilities and generic skills acquired through various means. Skills are also either usable only in combat, for which most require using Action Points (AP), or provide non-combat or passive abilities. Combat skills are further broken down depending on whether you can only use them once in a given combat scenario or multiple times, and whether or not using the skill ends your combat round.

Other characters also have skills. The core pardners all have skills, a special set of skills is used when playing The Bovermind during the Fort Memoriam minigame, and if you dip into necromancy you can gain perks for summoning skeletal thralls that have their own skills.

Below is a full list of all skills you as a player may end up using or selecting. Below the table is the formal category listing with some useful sub-categories. For opponent skills see the mob skills page.

Skills List[edit | edit source]

Image Name Description Type AP Class Restrictions Source
Icon badmedicine.png Bad Medicine First, do no harm. Is how that oath you didn't take starts. combat 1 Snake Oiler Does not end turn Reading the "Debilitating Toxins: Where Are They Now?" article in Modern Snake Oiler
Icon beangolem.png Bean Golem Summon a powerful golem made of beans who will (probably) do your bidding. combat 2 Beanslinger Once per combat Does not end turn Reading a volume of Advanced Beancraft
Icon beanshield.png Beanshield Conjure up a whirling sphere of beans that will protect you from melee attacks. combat 1 Beanslinger Once per combat Does not end turn Starting combat skill for a Beanslinger.
Icon beanwall.png Beanwall Conjure up a wall of beans in front of you, which will provide cover from gunfire. combat 2 Beanslinger Does not end turn Reading a volume of Advanced Beancraft
Icon beefup.png Beef Up Tap into your inner wellspring of beefiness, temporarily increasing your Muscle. combat 1 Cow Puncher Once per combat Does not end turn Starting combat skill for a Cow Puncher.
Icon radiation.png Beta Blast Once per combat
Icon bloodbeans.png Bloodbeans Your bloodstream is chock full of tiny beans, which are in turn chock full of restorative proteins. misc Beanslinger Reading a volume of Advanced Beancraft
Icon bonesaw.png Bonesaw An instant kill on any skeleton opponent. Doc Alice
Icon buildcover.png Build Cover Susie builds a wooden wall to block (ranged) attacks. The wall is immediately destroyed by melee damage. Susie Once per combat
Icon stomp.png Bull Stomp Sometimes, you just hate the ground. combat 1 Cow Puncher Reading Advanced Cow Punchin'
Icon butterbean.png Butter Bean This spell lets you conjure a giant bean made of pure butter, then use it to gum up an opponent's works. combat 1 Beanslinger Reading a volume of Advanced Beancraft
Icon darkhowdy.png Dark Howdy Say hello. To EVIL combat 2 Once per combat Reading Dangerously Advanced Nex-Mex
Icon darkwhisper.png Dark Whisperin' Spooks all enemies for minor spooky damage. Crazy Pete Once per combat
Icon deadeye.png Deadeye You're a crack shot. You can bullseye a bull's eye at 300 paces. You can shoot a fish in a barrel, even if the fish is really small and the barrel is really big. misc Snake Oiler Starting misc skill for a Snake Oiler
Icon deploysnake.png Deploy Snake What good is a briefcase full of snakes if you can't occasionally pull a snake out and tell it what to do? combat 1 Snake Oiler Starting combat skill for a Snake Oiler
Icon moneybag.png Dickerin' You drive a hard bargain, and you never let anybody sell you the long end of a stick. misc Reading Mind Your Meat
Icon cards.png Dirty Poker You've learned how to cheat at the weird variant of Poker they play in these parts. misc Reading How to "Cheat" at "Poker"
Icon upfield.png Enlightenment Field
Icon fanhammer.png Fan Hammer Shoot first, then shoot again, then shoot again, and then ask questions if there's anything left to ask questions of. combat 3 Snake Oiler Reading the letter to the editor from a woman in Wyoming in Modern Snake Oiler
Icon firstaid.png First Aid In the West, doctors are few, far between, expensive, and poorly trained. You've decided it's safer to take matters into your own hands. combat 1 Cow Puncher Once per combat Does not end turn Starting combat skill for a Cow Puncher.
Icon turnip.png Foragin' You know how to live off the land, by extracting booze and cactus potions from the land. misc Read Desert Eatin' and Drinkin'
Icon spores.png Fungal Spores Allows Gary to blast out fungal spores, reducing the entire enemy team's stats by 3. Gary
Icon garyfu.png Gary-Fu Gary attacks a single target multiple times, with the number of attacks based on his level, capped at 6. Gary
Icon ghoststampede.png Ghost Stampede Deal approximately X Spooky damage to all enemies. combat Skeletal Thrall Available to your skeletal thrall, and your ominous skeletal thrall
Icon strongmedicine.png Good Medicine Some of your patent medicines actually work! You save those for your own use. combat 1 Snake Oiler Reading the recipe for a new kind of snake-oil concoction in Modern Snake Oiler
Icon gore.png Gore You've spent enough time in the triangular area where two trails merge to know how to most efficiently hurt a whole row of things. combat 2 Cow Puncher Reading a Cowpunchin' Manual.
Icon beanblizzard.png Great Northern Blizzard Summon a whirling blizzard of frozen Great Northern beans, dealing Cold damage to all of your enemies. combat 4 Beanslinger Reading a volume of Advanced Beancraft
Icon skull.png Grinnin' Skull Skulls are scary, and ghosts are scary, so you know what would be double scary? Yes you do. combat 1 Reading Introductory Nex-Mex
Icon haymaker.png Haymaker A haymaker is when you punch somebody while the sun shines. There's a different name for when you punch somebody where the sun doesn't shine. combat 2 Cow Puncher Reading Advanced Cow Punchin'
Icon hellbolt.png Hell Bolt You will deal 3 damage to this revolting human. combat 0 Bovermind This skill is available to you if you play the table-top game at Fort Memoriam
Icon hellheal.png Hell Heal Heal your target for 5 HP combat 1 Bovermind Does not end turn This skill is available to you if you play the table-top game at Fort Memoriam
Icon hellnuke.png Hell Missile This revolting human will be utterly destroyed. combat 3 Bovermind This skill is available to you if you play the table-top game at Fort Memoriam
Icon hellboost.png Hell Raise Increase the target's stats by 1 combat 1 Bovermind Does not end turn This skill is available to you if you play the table-top game at Fort Memoriam
Icon hellbender.png Hellbender You tamper with the forces of nature, making you yourself a force of nature. misc Beanslinger Starting misc skill for a Beanslinger
Icon hornswogglin.png Hornswogglin' You're a city slicker and a witty trickster. misc Snake Oiler Starting misc skill for a Snake Oiler
Icon peptalk.png Intimidatin' You have a way of getting what you want. misc Cow Puncher Starting misc skill for a Cow Puncher
Icon lanternbash.png Lantern Bash * Does hot/melee damage based on the difference between Pete's and the opponent's Muscle, modified by any hot resistance they may have. Crazy Pete
Icon rope.png Lasso (skill) Allows Susie to tie up an enemy and prevent it from acting for 1 turn. Susie Once per combat
Icon lavafava.png Lava Fava Summon a fava bean made of boiling lava, and hurl it at your unsuspecting foes! combat 1 Beanslinger Starting combat skill for a Beanslinger.
Icon leatherworkin.png Leatherworkery Your understanding of occult cow anatomy allows you to make seriously enchanted leather goods. misc Cow Puncher Reading a burned leatherworking manual
Icon lock.png Lockpickin' Expertise They ain't yet invented a lock that'll keep you out! misc Reading Locks and How to Pick Them
Icon cookery.png Master Cookery Your cooking skills have boiled over and splattered all over the sublime. misc Beanslinger Reading Beans Illustrated
Icon medicalgas.png Medicinal Gas
Icon moo.png Menacing Moo Moo at your foes, weakening their resolve and their muscles. combat 2 Cow Puncher Reading Advanced Cow Punchin'
Icon outfoxin.png Outfoxin' You're smarter than a box of rocks. misc Beanslinger Starting misc skill for a Beanslinger
Icon medicine.png Patch Up Lets Doc heal a target. Doc Alice
Icon tombstone.png Peace of the Grave Heal all friendly characters for 20 HP. combat Skeletal Thrall Available to your ominous skeletal thrall
Icon peptalk.png Pep Talk Gives the selected target a boost to all stats for the duration of combat. Crazy Pete
Icon oil2.png Potionology Your potion-mixing skills are the toast of the West. misc Snake Oiler Reading Oils I Have Known
Icon quickdraw.png Quick on the Draw A feller has to get up pretty early in the morning to shoot you. misc Snake Oiler Reading an issue of Modern Snake Oiler
Icon rainofteeth.png Rain of Teeth At any given point, there are millions of human teeth suspended in the clouds above us. You just know how to jostle them loose. combat 4 Reading Horrifying Concepts of Nex-Mex
Icon crosshair.png Rifle Shot Susie inflicts ranged damage to enemies. Susie
Icon safecrackin.png Safecrackin' The word "safe" is a real misnomer when you're around. misc Get Crackin': A Guide to Modern Safes
Icon shotgunblast.png Scattergun Blast Does a fixed amount of damage (based on Doc's level) to all opponents. Doc Alice
Icon 3beam.png Science Blast
Icon tumbleweed.png Shadow Tumbleweed Will deal X Spooky damage! combat Skeletal Thrall Available to your neophyte skeletal thrall, your skeletal thrall, and your ominous skeletal thrall
Icon sciencegun.png Shoot Science Pistol
Icon shootenanny.png Shootenanny Have a wild shootin' party! combat 3 Snake Oiler Modern Snake Oiler
Icon snakewhip.png Snakewhip Whip out a snake, then whip something with it! This skill deals a flat amount of damage and poisons its target. combat 1 Snake Oiler Starting combat skill for a Snake Oiler
Icon spawngoblin.png Spawn Grunt Allows Gary create a copy of himself to use as a meatshield/attack. Gary Once per combat
Icon oil8.png Strong Medicine The right combination of chemicals, extracts and oils can make you smarter, stronger and more stylish, respectively. combat 2 Snake Oiler Once per combat
Icon onetwothree.png The Ol' One Two Three You've learned that the only thing better than hitting an enemy once is hitting an enemy several times. combat 3 Cow Puncher
Icon toughnails.png Tough Customer You're rough and tumble, rowdy and ready to rumble. misc Cow Puncher Starting misc skill for a Cow Puncher.
Icon usebean.png Use The Ol' Bean Get smarter! combat 2 Beanslinger Once per combat Does not end turn Reading a volume of Advanced Beancraft
Icon vampiricyodel.png Vampiric Yodel Yodelay-hee-boo. combat 1 Reading Intermediate Nex-Mex
Icon wary.png Wary You're keepin' an eye out for trouble, 'cause you know it's keepin' an eye out for you. misc Beanslinger Reading a volume of Advanced Beancraft

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