Since you spend more time improving your skills than a normal person, you gain more skill points. The tradeoff is that you do not gain as many extra abilities. You will gain a perk every four levels. You will get an additional 5 skill points per new experience level.”— Vault Dweller's Survival Guide
You gain +10% to all skills but gain a perk only every 4 levels instead of 3.
It is supposed to also give +5 Skill Points per level, but the player never received these, only the extra +10% at character creation. As the in-game description doesn't mention the +5 skill points per level, it is not clear whether this was an intentional removal from the game, or an oversight by the designers.
Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics
You gain +5 skill points per level but gain a perk only every 4 levels instead of 3.
Old World Blues
- Taking the Swift Learner perk (or using the Well Rested bonus) will not completely nullify the downside of this trait, though it does certainly render it negligible: you will only take a 1% overall experience loss on rewards of 100 or more (e.g.: 99 instead of 100, 792 instead of 800, etc.).
- As the rest of the enemies and characters level up alongside you, you effectively feel no difference in the game surrounding, but take longer to level up, making the trait a very useful early-game effect.
- The Sink for a total of 15 points to all skills, while the penalty remains at -10%. If you use this at the beginning of the game, you will have the normal effects. However, if you re-apply it before going into the wasteland, the positive effect doubles and the negative effect doesn't double, remaining at -10% Experience. The trait can also be later reapplied at
- In addition, if Skilled is removed via the Sink autodoc, the skill bonuses remain while the debuff is removed (this does not effect XP already missed, it merely means that the -10% penalty no longer applies).
J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game
You gain an additional Tag skill. However, you gain -1 skill points every level because you often spread yourself too thin.
You spend more time improving your skills than a normal person does, allowing you to gain more skill points per level. The tradeoff is that you do not gain as many extra abilities. You will gain a perk one level later than you usually would (i.e., a human would gain perks once every four levels, and so on). You will get an additional 5 skill points per new experience level.
Behind the scenes
- The image in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues is a modified image of the Center of Mass perk.
- Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader manual