Levels are gained by collecting experience points, each level requiring more experience. To gain experience, kill enemies and complete quests. Each level will give you one new attribute point to assign.
Skills improve your character's proficiency at a given task. They are trained automatically as you perform the relevant activity; for example running will improve your Endurance skill. You can check your skills on the character sheet. Skills are unlocked when the character performs the relevant activity for the first time. Each skill has a set of 3 attributes out of the total 6. Improving any of the 3 attributes will increase the maximum level you can reach in the skill.
Your first level in a skill will give you the cosmetic title of Greenhorn. This title changes based on your level.
1 - 4 = Greenhorn
5 - 9 = Beginner
10 - 19 = Skilled
20 - 29 = Advanced
30 - 39 = Professional
40 - 49 = Specialist
50 - 99 = Master
100 = Grandmaster
List of skills
Ability to manage and gain control over immovable property efficiently.
Each level increases claiming speed by 0.5%.
Ability to dive and hold breath for extended periods of time.
Each level increases the maximum duration to hold breath by 0.5 seconds.
Ability to sustain exhausting activities for extended periods of time.
Each level increases maximum stamina by one point.
Ability to stand up to direct damage taken by attacks.
Each level increases maximum hitpoints.
Ability to buy and sell goods from NPCs.
Each level decreases the cost of items in shops by 0.25%, and increases profit from selling items in shops by 1%.
Ability to handle and attack with improvised weapons.
Each level increases damage with improvised weapons by 1%, and increases critical chance by 0.25%.
Ability to handle and attack with knives.
Each level increases damage with knives by 1%, and increases critical chance by 0.25%.
Ability to handle and attack with pistols.
Each level increases damage with pistols by 1%, and increases critical chance by 0.25%.
Ability to handle and attack with revolvers.
Each level increases damage with revolvers by 1%, and increases critical chance by 0.25%.
Shotguns & pumpguns
Ability to handle and attack with shotguns & pumpguns.
Each level increases damage with shotguns & pumpguns by 1%, and increases critical chance by 0.25%.
Ability to attack at very short range without the use of any weapons.
Each level increases unarmed damage by 1%, and increases critical chance by 0.25%.
Ability to differentiate and handle all kinds of plant life.
Each level increases botany speed by 0.5%.
Ability to break up, turn, or loosen earth with an implement.
Each level increases digging speed by 0.5%.
Ability to deal with the effects and behavior of electronic devices.
Each level increases electronics speed by 0.5%.
Ability to treat wounds before regular medical aid can be obtained.
Each level increases health restored when healing.
Ability to differentiate, handle and catch fish of all kinds.
Each level increases fishing speed by 0.5%.
Ability to pick all kinds of locks.
Each level increases lockpicking speed by 0.5%.
Ability to chop and process all kinds of timber.
Each level increases lumbering speed by 0.5%.
Ability to the construction and operation of machines or tools.
Each level increases mechanics speed by 0.5%.
Ability to obtain raw materials or minerals from ore deposits and other sources.
Each level increases mining speed by 0.5%.
Ability to separate the integument of a creature from the body.
Each level increases skinning speed by 0.5%.
Ability to destroy all kinds of things with large tools and pure bodypower.
Each level increases wrecking speed by 0.5%.
There are 6 attributes: willpower, strength, stamina, intelligence, charisma, and agility. Their only purpose so far is increasing the maximum level of skills that you can reach.
Killing zombies increases karma. Killing another player decreases karma by 500 points.