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Top 5 Wasteland 3 Skills YOU DON’T NEED

Wondering which Wasteland 3 skills are a waste of space? This guide will tell you which Wasteland 3 skills you can avoid when making your party.

If you’re playing Wasteland 3, you’re going to spend some time at the start of the game making the perfect party that will be able to scour the depths of the Colorado wastes. So, you’re going to need o figure out which Wasteland 3 skills you want to load onto your characters.

There are a lot of guides out there telling you which Wasteland 3 skills you should take, but now that I’ve beaten the game 3 times, I feel qualified to tell you which ones you shouldn’t bother with.

There are the Top 5 Wasteland 3 Skills You SHOULDN’T Take.

5. Barter – Wasteland 3 Skills

worst wasteland 3 skills barter

For the most part, Barter is not worth your time. The level 7 perk is actually really cool, since you’ll sell your junk stash and end up randomly getting like $100000 back. The problem is, you’re not poor in Wasteland 3. Unless you’re constantly blowing your money on things you don’t need, you’ll have tens of thousands of dollars by the end of the game.

The only things you’re going to need to buy are the occasional unique item (like skill books), a handful of car parts, some of the more rare ammo, and a handful of endgame weapons.

Aside from that, money just isn’t a big deal. Besides, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from making a skill doll character at HQ and maxing out its Barter skill, then just selling your junk like 3 times over the course of the game when you happen to stop by Ranger HQ.

4. Weapon Modding – Wasteland 3 Skills

worst wasteland 3 skills weapon modding

Weapon Modding isn’t useless. Far from it, it’s actually pretty good. But in a game where you want to have as many exploration and combat focused skills as possible, there’s not much benefit to carrying around a Weapon Modding expert wherever you go.

There are maybe two or three weapon modding skill checks in the entire game, and they mostly give you weapons that are already outdated by the time you get access to them. The only ones I can think of off the top of my head at at the Bizarre, which rewards a weak Brawling weapon, and at the Western White House, which has a similarly disappointing reward.

What you should do is what I recommended above. You should have a dedicated skill character hanging around Ranger HQ (feel free to use one of the companions you’re not using; replacing them is less glitchy than replacing your custom characters).

Then, when you need to do you Weapon Modding, stop by your skill doll at HQ

3. Armor Modding – Wasteland 3 Skills

worst wasteland 3 skills armor modding

Armor Modding is like Weapon Modding except even less necessary. While Weapon Modding can genuinely improve your weapons in creative and exciting ways, Armor Modding, for the most part, just adds a few more points of armor and some extra status effect resistance.

You get a party member (Fishlips) who already has a fair amount of points slotted into Armor Modding, so unless you’re planning to use Fishlips in your party, you might as well just use him to mod your armor whenever you find a worthy mod and happen to be in the vicinity of your HQ.

2. Toaster Repair – Wasteland 3 Skills

worst wasteland 3 skills toaster repair

In Wasteland 2, Toaster Repair was invaluable. Here, in Wasteland 3, if you invest all the points necessary for full Toaster Repair and find all the broken toasters in Colorado, your reward is a golden toaster companion named Courageous, a parody of The Brave Little Toaster and a set of the best armor in the game.

Not a horrible reward, but the thing is, you don’t need to bring someone with Toaster Repair around with you everywhere. There are only 5 toasters in the game you need to open (6 if you want an extra little perk from the Provost), and once the last one becomes available, you can just make a throwaway Toaster Repair character to go on a little mini-quest to unlock those 5 toasters.

In fact, you can just use Fishlips for that, too. Heck, toss all of your throwaway skills onto Fishlips. You don’t need to hang out with him. He eats people.

The only thing worthwhile about Toaster Repair is its level 7 perk for Fire Damage, which you’ll want to take if you’re making a Flamethrower character.

1. Survival – Wasteland 3 Skills

worst wasteland 3 skills survival

Run, don’t walk, away from taking points in Survival. This skill only does two things, both of which are extremely useless:

First, it lets you skip ambush encounters in the overworld. Which may seem like a good thing at first, but it’s not. You see, Wasteland 3 doesn’t have random encounters. Wasteland 3 has a limited number of scripted ambushes that you encounter randomly.

Those ambushes have set enemies and give extra experience and loot. I think one of them even has a toaster. If you skip all the random encounters you’ll lose out on about 5 potential levels.

Second, Survival lets you scavenge extra berries from about half of the various tents littering the world map. All that does is give you some additional free healing. Not worth it.

It also gives you extra damage against animals and drools. Big whoop, there are like 5 Drool encounters in the entire game.

Definitely do not take any points in Survival.

That about covers it when it comes to the Top 5 Useless Wasteland 3 Skills. Be sure to check out the Main Page or the Game Guides section for more gaming content, or click here for more content related to Wasteland 3.


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