Skill Tree System Guide

Introduction

Skill Trees are additional perks that grant your skills various benefits. The benefits can range from basic stats such as Cooldown Reduction, Damage Increase, Crit Rate/Damage, to ones that completely alter how skills function. Some Skill Trees are more powerful than others, so choosing the correct ones is important. Skill Trees can gain additional levels from Tier 3 gear to further enhance their benefits. Let's start optimizing your character!


System Overview

Skill Window

Each skill has 3 tiers of Skill Trees, unlocked when leveled to 4, 7 and 10. The points required to invest for those breakpoints are 4, 20 and 48. Levels 4 and 7 provide three options to choose from, while Level 10 provides two options. Awakenings and skills for classes that possess a separate move set during their transformation state (Shadowhunter, Artillerist, etc.) cannot be adjusted with Skill Trees. Skills can be dragged from the Skill Window to the Skill Bar for use.


Choosing the Right Skill Tree

Prioritize leveling your most useful skills to gain Skill Trees. Some Tier 3 skill trees are quite powerful, while others are not worth the points. The skill trees you pick can depend on your build and playstyle. Here are some general recommendations:

  • Damage scaling Skill Trees, such as % Damage and Crit Rate/Damage increase, are worth obtaining for your most hard hitting Skills.
  • Useful skills with long Cooldowns benefit from Cooldown Reduction (CDR) Skill Trees.
  • Consider Skill Trees with Push Immunity to guarantee landing hard hitting skills on bosses without being interrupted or knocked down. These Skill Trees are also high priority for PvP Builds.
  • Most Raid Bosses & Guardians are weak to certain types of elements. Skills that offer Trees for these elemental damage types take advantage of this weakness and grant you increased damage against them. More detailed information about elemental weakness can be found in our Raid Guide.

For optimal Skill and Skill Tree setups for a specific class/build, check our Class Guide Section.


Skill Tree Levels

Starting from Tier 3 content, you get access to a new feature that lets you increase Skill Tree levels to raise their power. Punika Item Level 1302 Chaos Dungeons and higher reward gear that lets you accomplish this. The maximum level a skill can reach is 5.

Skill Tree Levels
Skill Tree Gear

Depending on the rarity of the item, they can have 1-3 random Skill Tree lines, granting anywhere from +1 to 4 levels to any skill of your class. These items can be brought to a Skill Tree NPC available in all major cities shown as a on the map. They let you transfer these effects to your currently equipped gear with various rates of success depending on the Skill Tree level. Here are the maximum obtainable Skill Tree effects and levels found on gear:

RarityEffectsLevel
Rare11
Epic21-2
Legendary31-3
Artifact33-4

Skill Tree Filter

Skill Tree Notification FIlter

When in your character skill window (K), press "Settings" on the bottom to access the filter window. Here you can select Skill Trees for the skills you want to level. By clicking on the icon, you can either enable or disable notifications for these skills. This same symbol will then appear on items you find that have your desired Skill Tree effects on them.


Skill Tree Transfer

Skill Tree Transfer Window

Equipped items can carry up to 3 Skill Tree effects at the same time. Even though rare and epic items only roll with 1-2 effects on them initially, more can be added at the Transfer Skill Tree NPC. This is how it works:

  1. Select the item you're wearing from the left side.
  2. Choose Material Gear from the right side that has your desired Skill Tree effect.
  3. On the left side, select one of the 3 available transfer slots for your item.
  4. On the right side, select the Skill Tree you wish to transfer over.
  5. Decide if you want to use Powder of Sage to double your success rate.
  6. Click Transfer and hope it succeeds!
  7. Your Material Gear gets destroyed in the process.

Note that:

  • You can transfer Skill Tree effects between any item slot.
  • Silver cost depends on the level you're transferring.
  • Multiple Skill Tree levels for the same skill don't stack. Only the highest one is applied.
  • Your Material Gear is always destroyed during a successful or failed transfer.
  • You can replace existing Skill Tree effects if you don't have free slots.

Your success rate is affected by the level of the Skill Tree you wish to transfer. This rate can be further increased with Powder of Sage. This special item is typically obtained from weekly Heroic Guardian Raids, crafted in your Stronghold or bought from the Guild Vendor with Sylmael Bloodstones.

Skill Tree LevelBase Success RatePowder Rate
1100%N/A
230%60%
315%30%
45%10%

To know which Skill Tree effect to level, check our Class Guides.


Skill Tree Inventory

Skill Tree Inventory

The Skill Tree Inventory is utilized when a fodder item has more than 1 useful Skill Tree effect, or you want to preserve your current setup to transition into a different one. This system is especially useful for guaranteeing high level Skill Trees on your gear without having to rely on success rates from the regular transfer.

Select a desired item to save its existing effects into the Skill Tree Inventory. This preserves an exact copy of the Skill Tree effects that can be reapplied to any future item of your choice with a 100% transfer rate.

  • Saved library effects can only be transferred between the same gear slot (for example, weapon → weapon and helmet → helmet).
  • You have access to 2 library pages to store different presets. Additional pages can be unlocked for 100 blue crystals.
  • Items saved to the Skill Tree Inventory don't get destroyed in the process.
  • The source of the copy can be dismantled, sold or destroyed afterwards, without any effect on the saved copy.
  • Fodder items with good or high level effects can be saved to the inventory and later sold on the Auction House.
  • When applying effects to an item from the inventory, it becomes untradable and unextractable for the regular transfer.

Summary

  • Prioritize leveling skills to 4, 7 and 10 to unlock Skill Trees. Select the ones that benefit you the most depending on the situation.
  • Curious about how to further improve your skills or obtain more points to allocate? Check out our Rune Guide and Skill Point Guide.
  • Awakenings and skills for classes that possess a separate move set during their transformation state (Shadowhunter, Artillerist, etc.) cannot be adjusted with Skill Trees.
  • Starting from Tier 3 content, you get access to a new feature that lets you increase your chosen Skill Tree levels.
  • Setup a notification filter for the Skill Trees you want to level.
  • Equipped items can carry up to 3 Skill Tree effects.
  • Skill Tree effects grant anywhere from +1-4 levels, depending on the rarity of the item.
  • Preserve your current setup in the Skill Tree Inventory when transferring to new gear sets.
  • Sell gear with high level Skill Trees on the Auction House for profit.

Credits

Written by Choilicious
Reviewed by Lexyu