Tomb Raider Skills Guide: Bow Expert

Among the new additions to the Tomb Raider gameplay formula is skill management. In this game Lara posses three different types of skills, related to the three main aspects of the game: surviving, hunting and fighting. The skills are really diverse and all serve a certain, useful purpose: leveling them up will be bring some good advantages whenever you level them up. In the end it all depends on your playstyle: some gamers may be better and uncovering treasures and areas or discovering enemies while some other may be better in the combat sequences of the game. You can improve these skills to improve your abilities in your best field or get some help in some other field where you are not so good. We’re not talking about role playing game level of customization but having a choice is better than having none at all! The inclusion of skills also makes the gameplay experience somewhat deeper. To improve your skills you’ll have to fill Lara’s experience shield, obtaining a single skill point used to improve unlocked skills or unlocking new skills. You will have to invest 7 skill points in rookie skills to unlock the higher tier; to unlock the final tier, seven more points must be used. Get as much experience as you can and you will be able to unlock most skills in the game as soon as possible.

  • Hunter Skills

Bow Expert

With this expert skill, you will unlock a special finishing move for the bow where Lara will finish a stunned enemies with an arrow to the eyeballs. This skill will also unlock the headshot reticule for the bow. This skill works best in conjunction with Accomplished Killer and Dodge Counter. There’s also an alternative way to unlock this killing animation: if you have unlocked Dodge Kill and Dodge Kill Mastery, this ability will become active even if you haven’t learned it yet. This skill is probably not worth it during the beginning of the game but consider learning it once the already mentioned skills have been already unlocked: by itself it’s not too useful. In the latter parts of the game, with most skills learned, you’ll be able to get quite a decent experience boost thanks to this and the other similar weapon expert skills.

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