Tomb Raider Skills Guide: Rifle 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

Rifle Expert

As probably no one could have ever guessed, the Rifle Expert skill is an expert skill which unlocks a special finishing move for Lara. When trying to kill a stunned enemy with the Rifle equipped, Lara will be able to perform a special finishing animation. Like the Bow and Gun expert skills, the Rifle Expert skill is pretty useless when used before learning the Accomplished Killer skill which boost experience gained for all special kills, including these special animations as well as stealth kills and some others. Like with the other Weapons Expert skills, it’s better to invest in the main growth skills before learning the Accomplished Killer and all the accompanying skills: while you’ll need some special conditions to earn bonus experience, with the basic growth skills you’ll be able to earn more experience for almost everything you do in the game.


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