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Skills are the basic physical, mental, and magical tasks that your character is able to perform. As skills are used, their values will increase. Higher values in skills indicate a better mastery of that specific skill, and will allow you to perform the skill more efficiently and with greater success.

Parent Skills

Parent skills help the success chance of their sub-skills by a small amount. Using sub-skills increases parent skills as well, although bonuses from the tool (including quality and enchantments) are not applied.


Skills can have characteristics as parent skills. Raising the skill will automatically raise the characteristic, although at a very low rate. As with other parent skills, increase of a characteristic is not affected by bonuses from the tool (including quality and enchantments). A high characteristic help the success chance of all the skills that use that characteristic.

For details on which skills increase which characteristics, see the characteristics page on the wiki.


Most skills can also give titles when reaching a certain level. The usual level requirements for a title are 50, 70, 90, and 100. See the titles page.

Enemy Presence on PVP server

When an enemy player is within your local area for a while, you will getting warning messages about decreased skillgain until you are outside the enemy's local range. This only applies on PVP servers.

List of Skills

Alchemy Natural Substances
Archaeology Restoration
Archery Long bow Reflex bow Short bow
Axes Hatchet Huge axe Large axe Small Axe
Carpentry Bowyery Fine carpentry Fletching Ship building
Toy making
Cartography -
Climbing -
Clubs Huge club
Coal-making -
Cooking Baking Beverages Butchering Dairy food making
Hot food cooking
Digging -
Fighting Aggressive fighting Defensive fighting Normal fighting Shield bashing
Taunting Weaponless fighting
Firemaking -
Hammers Warhammer
Healing First aid
Knives Butchering knife Carving knife
Masonry Stone cutting
Mauls Large maul Medium maul Small maul
Milling -
Mining -
Miscellaneous items Hammer Pickaxe Rake Repairing
Saw Scythe Shovel Sickle
Stone chisel
Nature Animal husbandry Animal taming Botanizing Farming
Fishing Foraging Forestry Gardening
Meditating Milking Papyrusmaking
Paving -
Polearms Halberd Long spear Staff
Pottery -
Prospecting -
Religion Channeling Exorcism Prayer
Ropemaking -
Shields Large metal shield Medium metal shield Small metal shield Large wooden shield
Medium wooden shield Small wooden shield
Smithing Weapon smithing Blades smithing Weapon heads smithing
Armour smithing Chain armour smithing Plate armour smithing Shield smithing
Blacksmithing Jewelry smithing Locksmithing Metallurgy
Swords Longsword Shortsword Two handed sword
Tailoring Cloth tailoring Leatherworking
Thatching -
Thievery Lockpicking Stealing Traps
Toys Puppeteering Yoyo
Tracking -
War machines Catapults Trebuchet
Woodcutting -

Skill Gain

Most actions give skill in a specific pattern: Each action has a chance of giving skill. The chance is determined by the character's skill level, the difficulty of the action and, usually, the quality of the tool being used. The amount depends on the length of the action timer. If the action timer takes twice as long the gain is twice as high too. The amount is also affected by sleep bonus and tool enchantments like Circle of cunning.

Improving actions will usually give much more skill than creating actions.

The maximum skill increase you can get in one attempt is 1.00 (including a [3x] on the skill and sleep bonus).

You may gain skill even failing an action, depending on the action being performed.

In most cases you gain much less skill when you have no stamina left.

For effectively tracking skill gain it is helpful to set the Skillgain tab updates in the Wurm game settings to always. That way you can monitor how much gain each action gives.

Improving for Skill

Sweet spot improving is a method of improving (imping) quality way over your skill level and that gives double the skill and attribute gain on top of Sleep Bonus and other skill gain bonuses. The formula to find where sweet spot ql starts at is x*0.77+23. LINK to graph to visually find it quickly for your skill (X is your skill and Y is the quality you need to improve over)

See also