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This is a list of all Combat Skills and their effects in the game Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Read on for information on each Combat Skill's effects and required points, or click on an ability's name to see its upgrades.

List of Combat Skills and Effects

Fast Attack


Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Muscle Memory 1/5
Muscle Memory
Fast Attack 0 S Rank Icon
Effect: Fast attack damage increased by 5%.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Precise Blows 1/5
Precise Blows
Fast Attack 8 A Rank Icon
Effect: Increases chance of landing a fast attack critical hit by 2% and fast attack critical hit damage by 15%.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Whirl 1/5
Whirl
Fast Attack 20 B Rank Icon
Effect: Spinning attack that strikes all foes in the surrounding area.
Maintaining the attack consumes Stamina and Adrenaline.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Crippling Strikes 1/5
Crippling Strikes
Fast Attack 30 B Rank Icon
Effect: Fast attack now also apply a Bleeding effect. Affected enemies lose 25 Vitality or Essence points per second. Duration: 5 seconds.

Strong Attack


Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Strength Training 1/5
Strength Training
Strong Attack 0 S Rank Icon
Effect: Strong attack damage increased by 5%.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Crushing Blows 1/5
Crushing Blows
Strong Attack 8 A Rank Icon
Effect: Increases strong attack critical hit chance by 2% and strong attack critical hit damage by 15%.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Rend 1/5
Rend
Strong Attack 20 B Rank Icon
Effect: Deals additional damage in proportion to the Stamina consumed. Ignores enemy Defense and increases critical hit chance by 10%. Adrenaline Points increase total damage by 33%.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Sunder Armor 1/5
Sunder Armor
Strong Attack 30 S Rank Icon
Effect: Reduces enemy damage resistance by 5%.

Defense


Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Arrow Deflection 1/3
Arrow Deflection
Defense 0 S Rank Icon
Effect: Deflect arrows while parrying.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Fleet Footed 1/5
Fleet Footed
Defense 8 S Rank Icon
Effect: Damage from hits received while dodging is reduced by 20%.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Counterattack 1/3
Counterattack
Defense 20 C Rank Icon
Effect: After a successful counterattack, the next attack deals +30% damage per skill level.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Deadly Precision 1/2
Deadly Precision
Defense 30 S Rank Icon
Effect: Each Adrenaline Point adds 1% to the chance of killing an opponent instantly. This effect cannot be triggered more than once every 15s.

Marksmanship


Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Lightning Reflexes 1/3
Lightning Reflexes
Marksmanship 0 C Rank Icon
Effect: Time slowed by an additional 15% while aiming the crossbow.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Cold Blood 1/5
Cold Blood
Marksmanship 8 C Rank Icon
Effect: Each bolt that hits its target adds 0.04 Adrenaline Points.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Anatomical Knowledge 1/5
Anatomical Knowledge
Marksmanship 20 C Rank Icon
Effect: Increases crossbow critical hit chance by 5%.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Crippling Shot 1/5
Crippling Shot
Marksmanship 30 B Rank Icon
Effect: Critical hits dealt with the crossbow disable monster special abilities for 5 seconds.

Battle Trance


Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Resolve 1/5
Resolve
Battle Trance 0 A Rank Icon
Effect: Adrenaline Point loss upon taking damage is lowered by 20%.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Undying 1/5
Undying
Battle Trance 8 B Rank Icon
Effect: When Vitality reaches 0, Adrenaline Points will immediately be consumed to restore it. The amount restored is based on the number of Adrenaline Points used. If no Adrenaline Points are available, a small portion of Vitality will be restored.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Razor Focus 1/5
Razor Focus
Battle Trance 20 S Rank Icon
Effect: Instantly gain one Adrenaline Point when entering combat. The Adrenaline Points generated by sword blows are increased by 5%.

Ability Name Core Skill Req. Points Ranking
Flood of Anger 1/5
Flood of Anger
Battle Trance 30 A Rank Icon
Effect: When casting a Sign, 3 Adrenaline Points (if available) will be consumed to upgrade the Sign to the highest level (unlocking all bonuses) and increase Sign intensity by 25%.

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