Grim Dawn's skill classes are known as Masteries. Each Mastery has its own skill tree which represents the various character archetypes within the game. On reaching level 2, a player chooses a Mastery for their character to specialize in. At level 10, a second and final mastery may be chosen to complement the first choice and create a dual-class character.
Dual-classes[edit | edit source]
Skill Points[edit | edit source]
Skill points are earned each time a character levels up. Three points are granted per level to 50, and two per level-up after that to the level cap of 85. Several Quests also provide skill points as a reward, for a total of 223 obtainable skill points.
Skills[edit | edit source]
Mastery skills are first unlocked by investing skill points in the mastery bar. Filling the Mastery bar up to a particular tier allows points to then be spent on skills of that tier, as well as granting the character an increase in base attributes.
Skill Types[edit | edit source]
Skills in Grim Dawn can be divided into four types:
- Active skills require manual activation by the player, and are assigned to the mouse or skill bar.
- Passive skills activate automatically, and can provide bonuses or chance on attack effects.
- Modifiers alter the behavior of Active and Passive skills by adding additional effects.
- Transmuters are a class of Modifier that alters the basic function of an active or passive skill. They can provide interesting trade-offs and a greater range of build possibilities, and give players more flexibility as to how they use certain skills. Each Mastery features 3-5 Transmuters.
Skill Functions[edit | edit source]
Default Weapon Attacks[edit | edit source]
These are Active skills that serve as Auto-Attack Replacers, and can be bound to the left mouse button. In addition to those available from Masteries, several are granted by items.
|Troll Rage||Mistborn Talisman (relic)|
|Beronath's Fury||Shard of Beronath (component)|
Weapon Pool Skills[edit | edit source]
These are Passive abilities that have a chance to proc with default weapon/auto attacks.
|Amarasta's Quick Cut||Nightblade|
Nidalla's Hidden Hand
|Nidalla's Hidden Hand||Nightblade|
Exclusive Skills[edit | edit source]
These are Active skills which provide powerful buffs,only one of which can be activated at any one time.
|Menhir's Bulwark (Skill)||Soldier|
|Oleron's Rage (Skill)||Soldier|
|Primal Bond (Skill)||Shaman|
|Reckless Power (Skill)||Arcanist|
|Star Pact (Skill)||Arcanist|
|Stormcaller's Pact (Skill)||Shaman|
Respecs[edit | edit source]
Skills can be unlearned by visiting a Spirit Guide who will refund skill points for a small fee, which will increase the more skill points are refunded. Skills cannot be completely unlearned without first removing all points from passive skills which affect it. Points can also not be removed from the Mastery bar.
|Blade Arc (Clean Sweep - Laceration) • Blitz (Blindside) • Cadence (Discord - Fighting Form - Deadly Momentum) • Forcewave (Tremor - Rending Force - Internal Trauma) • Overguard • War Cry (Terrify - Break Morale)|
|Decorated Soldier • Fighting Spirit • Markovian's Advantage • Menhir's Will • Military Conditioning • Scars of Battle • Shield Training • Veterancy • Zolhan's Technique|
|Counter Strike • Field Command (Squad Tactics) • Menhir's Bulwark • Oleron's Rage|
|Blackwater Cocktail (High Potency - Demon Fire - Agonizing Flames) • Canister Bomb (Concussive Bomb - Improved Casing) • Fire Strike (Explosive Strike - Searing Might - Searing Strike - Static Strike - Brimstone) • Flashbang (Searing Light) • Gernado (High Impact - Skyfire Gernado) • Mortar Trap (Heavy Ordinance - "The Big One") • Stun Jacks (Quick Jacks - Full Spread) • Thermite Mine (Hellfire Mine)|
|Blast Shield • Ulzuin's Chosen|
|Flamed Touched (Temper) • Vindicative Flame (Ulzuin's Wrath)|
|Blood of Dreeg (Aspect of the Guardian) • Blood Pox (Fevered Rage - Wasting - Black Death) • Curse of Frailty (Vulnerability) • Doom Bolt • Dreeg's Evil Eye (Blood Burst - Focused Gaze - Terrifying Gaze - Vile Eruption) • Sigil of Consumption (Destruction)|
|Bonds of Bysmiel (Manipulation) • Possession • Solael's Witchfire (Consecrated Blade - Second Rite)|
|Summon Familiar (Mend Flesh - Storm Spirit - Lightning Strike) • Summon Hellhound (Ember Claw - Hellfire - Infernal Breath)|
|Amarasta's Blade Burst (Lethal Assault) • Blade Barrier • Blade Trap (Devouring Blades) • Phantasmal Blades (Frenetic Throw - Heart Seeker - Nether Edge) • Pneumatic Burst (Breath of Belgothian - Shadow Dance - Elemental Awakening) • Ring of Steel (Ring of Frost - Circle of Slaughter) • Shadow Strike (Nidalla's Justifiable Ends - Nightfall)|
|Anatomy of Murder • Dual Blades (Belgothian's Shears - Hidden Hands - Amarasta's Quick Cut - Whirling Death - Execution) • Merciless Repertoire • Phantasmal Armor|
|Veil of Shadow (Night's Chill)|
|Albrecht's Aether Ray (Tainted Power - Disintegration) • Callidor's Tempest (Wrath of Agrivix - Inferno) • Devastation • Maiven's Sphere of Protection (Conversion) • Mirror of Ereoctes • Nullification • Olexra's Flash Freeze (Absolute Zero) • Panetti's Replicating Missile (Distortion - Supercharged - Proliferation) • Trozan's Sky Shard (Frozen Core - Shattered Star)|
|Arcane Will • Fabric of Reality • Inner Focus • Mental Alacrity|
|Iskandra's Elemental Exchange (Manifestation - Overload - Elemental Balance) • Reckless Poweer Star Pact|
|Brute Force (Feral Hunger - Upheaval) • Devouring Swarm • Grasping Vines (Entangling Vines) • Primal Strike (Thunderous Strike - Torrent - Storm Surge) • Savagery (Might of the Bear - Tenacity of the Boar - Storm Touched)|
|Mogdrogen's Pact (Heart of the Wild - Oak Skin) • Primal Bond • Stormcaller's Pact|
|Conjure Primal Spirit • Storm Totem (Corrupted Storm) • Summon Briarthorn (Ground Slam - Emboldening Roar) • Wendigo Totem (Blood Pact) • Wind Devil (Raging Tempest - Maelstrom)|
| Weapons • Armor • Shields • Off-Hands • Accessories • Unique Items • Sets • Monster Infrequents|
Relics • Components • Augments • Blueprints • Recipes • Materials • Consumables
| Aetherial • Aether Corruption • Arachnid • Beast • Beastkin • Chthonic • Eldritch|
Human • Insectoid • Riftspawn • Undead • Heroes • Bosses • Pets
|Factions • Bounties|
| The Black Legion • Devil's Crossing • Homestead • Rovers • The Outcast|
Kymon's Chosen • Order of Death's Vigil • Aetherials • Chthonians • Cronley's Gang • Undead