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Perks unlocking at the Key Performance Indicator

Perks

Perks are optional bonuses and abilities the player may equip on a Dwarf. Perks were implemented in Update 14: Feature Creep as a major new feature and reworked with Update 28: Feeling Perky. They are purchased using Perk Points Perk points icon.png which are awarded by completing Milestones. Once a milestone has been completed, the Perk Point reward can be claimed at your Key Performance Indicator terminal in the Space Rig. They offer small boosts to certain stats or give certain abilities, such as increasing the amount of minerals a Dwarf can hold in their pouch, or allowing a Dwarf to revive someone instantly once per mission. Once unlocked, all classes can equip a perk. Players start with one Active and one Passive Perk Slot. Active perks are activated as abilities by the player using a button, while passive perks are always active and always give a bonus. Some active perks also have a passive effect which does not need to be activated. An additional Active Slot is unlocked after Promoting each dwarf, and two extra Passive Slots can be unlocked for all dwarfs at perk Tier 4 and Tier 9. A list of perks and their functions can be found just below.

Milestones

Perks are purchased using Perk Points Perk points icon.png , which can be acquired by completing Milestones. Milestones may include completing missions in certain biomes, completing missions with certain mutators, gaining levels with a class, or unlocking a certain number of accessories. Milestones and milestone progress can be checked at your Key Performance Indicator terminal. Milestones have levels, typically from 1 to 5, with each level awarding perk points upon completion. For example, completing the 'Complete 1 Deep Dive' milestone will award points, and also unlock the 'Complete 3 Deep Dives' milestone, which will require the player to complete three additional deep dives. Milestones are not dwarf specific, and each class shares completed milestones and milestone progress.

Perk Tiers

Perks are divided into tiers. To progress to the the next tier of perks, you must buy a set amount of perks from the previous tiers. For example, to unlock tier 3 perks you must buy three tier 2 or tier 1 perks. Additional passive perk slots are available for purchase at tier 4 and at tier 9. Higher tiers may also contain higher levels of perks. The previous perk level must be purchased before you may buy the next level, even if you have access to that level's tier.


List of available Tier 1 perks
Field medic perk icon.png

Field Medic I

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Passive: Leave no dwarf behind! You revive teammates 15% faster!
Active: Once per mission, you can get a downed teammate instantly back on their feet!

Loveable perk icon.png

Friendly I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

Through the power of friendship you both take and deal 50% less damage from friendly fire!

Leech sense perk icon.png

Heightened Senses I

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Passive: You get an early warning when a creature is about to grab you.
Active: 1 times per mission, you can escape after being grabbed, killing your captor in the process!

Second wind perk icon.png

Second Wind I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

Get a 8% sprint speed boost.
Effect activates after running for 5 seconds.

See you in hell perk icon.png

See You In Hell I

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Passive: Right after an enemy hits you with a melee attack you get a temporary melee damage bonus.
Active: 3 times each mission, you can trigger a large neuro-pulse explosion after you go down. A residual neuro-electric field will electrocute and scare off enemies.
(2 minute cooldown)

Thorns perk icon.png

Thorns I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

Any time an enemy hits you with a melee attack it will itself take 6 damage.

List of available Tier 2 perks
Three perks required from previous Tiers to unlock.
Expert depositor perk icon.png

Veteran Depositor I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

Expert bucket handling! You now deposit valuables into the MULE and Drop Pod 20% faster!
20% Damage Reduction while within 7m of the MULE or other deposit points!

Field medic perk icon.png

Field Medic II

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Passive: Leave no dwarf behind! You revive teammates 20% faster!
Active: Once per mission, you can get a downed teammate instantly back on their feet!

Leech sense perk icon.png

Heightened Senses II

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points

Passive: You get an early warning when a creature is about to grab you.
Active: 2 times per mission, you can escape after being grabbed, killing your captor in the process!
(90 seconds cooldown)

Second wind perk icon.png

Second Wind II

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Get a 8% sprint speed boost.
Effect activates after running for 4.5 seconds.

See you in hell perk icon.png

See You In Hell II

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points

Passive: Right after an enemy hits you with a melee attack you get a temporary melee damage bonus.
Active: 3 times each mission, you can trigger a large neuro-pulse explosion after you go down. A residual neuro-electric field will electrocute and scare off enemies.
(2 minute cooldown)
Neuro-pulse radius increased!

Thorns perk icon.png

Thorns II

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Any time an enemy hits you with a melee attack it will itself take 12 damage.

List of available Tier 3 perks
Three perks required from previous Tiers to unlock.
Expert depositor perk icon.png

Veteran Depositor II

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Expert bucket handling! You now deposit valuables into the MULE and Drop Pod 30% faster!
20% Damage Reduction while within 7m of the MULE or other deposit points!

Field medic perk icon.png

Field Medic III

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points

Passive: Leave no dwarf behind! You revive teammates 25% faster!
Active: Once per mission, you can get a downed teammate instantly back on their feet!

Resupplier perk icon.png

Resupplier I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

You’re a busy dwarf, got aliens to shoot!
Stock up on Ammo and Health 20% faster at the Resupply Pod.
Regain an extra 10% health when you resupply!
After resupplying, all weapons instantly reload!

Iron will perk icon.png

Iron Will I

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Active: Never give up! Once per mission, get back into the fight with all your weapons reloaded and a rage-fueled strength for a 6 second last stand before going down for good!
While in this state you move faster, hit harder, and are resistant to slowdowns.
Make it count!

Leech sense perk icon.png

Heightened Senses III

Costs Perk points icon.png 11 perk points (21 total)

Passive: You get an early warning when a creature is about to grab you.
Active: 2 times per mission, you can escape after being grabbed, killing your captor in the process!
(5 seconds cooldown)

Second wind perk icon.png

Second Wind III

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Get a 12% sprint speed boost.
Effect activates after running for 4.5 seconds.

See you in hell perk icon.png

See You In Hell III

Costs Perk points icon.png 11 perk points (21 total)

Passive: Right after an enemy hits you with a melee attack you get a temporary melee damage bonus.
Active: 3 times each mission, you can trigger a large neuro-pulse explosion after you go down. A residual neuro-electric field will electrocute and scare off enemies.
(1 minute cooldown)
Neuro-pulse radius increased!

Thorns perk icon.png

Thorns III

Costs Perk points icon.png 8 perk points

Any time an enemy hits you with a melee attack it will itself take 18 damage.

Thick soles perk icon.png

Hover Boots I

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Active: Fancy boots that let you hover in midair for 2 seconds.
(120 seconds cooldown)

List of available Tier 4 perks
Four perks required from previous Tiers to unlock.
Berzerker perk icon.png

Berzerker I

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Active: Go berzerk for 10 seconds during which you get boosted melee damage and a lightning-fast pickaxe Power Attack recharge.
(10 minutes cooldown)

Expert depositor perk icon.png

Veteran Depositor III

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Expert bucket handling! You now deposit valuables into the MULE and Drop Pod 40% faster!
20% Damage Reduction while within 7m of the MULE or other deposit points!

Field medic perk icon.png

Field Medic IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 9 perk points (24 total)

Passive: Leave no dwarf behind! You revive teammates 30% faster!
Upon reviving someone, nearby enemies flee! Active: Once per mission, you can get a downed teammate instantly back on their feet!

Red sugar rocks perk icon.png

Sweet Tooth I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

Getting a taste for that stuff! Get 10% more healing from consuming Red Sugar!

Resupplier perk icon.png

Resupplier II

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

You’re a busy dwarf, got aliens to shoot!
Stock up on Ammo and Health 30% faster at the Resupply Pod.
Regain an extra 15% health when you resupply!
After resupplying, all weapons instantly reload!

Iron will perk icon.png

Iron Will II

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Active: Never give up! Once per mission, get back into the fight with all your weapons reloaded and a rage-fueled strength for a 8 second last stand before going down for good!
While in this state you move faster, hit harder, and are resistant to slowdowns.
Make it count!

Elemental insulation perk icon.png

Elemental Insulation I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

Get 20% resistance to all elemental damage.

Second wind perk icon.png

Second Wind IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points (17 total)

Get a 12% sprint speed boost.
Effect activates after running for 4 seconds.

Thorns perk icon.png

Thorns IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 11 perk points (26 total)

Any time an enemy hits you with a melee attack it will itself take 24 damage.

More perks perk icon.png

New Passive Perk Slot I

Costs Perk points icon.png 15 perk points

Moving on up! Equip up to 2 passive perks at a time!

Thick soles perk icon.png

Hover Boots II

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Active: Fancy boots that let you hover in midair for 2.5 seconds.
(105 seconds cooldown)

List of available Tier 5 perks
Five perks required from previous Tiers to unlock.
Berzerker perk icon.png

Berzerker II

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Active: Go berzerk for 10 seconds during which you get boosted melee damage and a lightning-fast pickaxe Power Attack recharge.
(8 minutes cooldown)

Expert depositor perk icon.png

Veteran Depositor IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points (17 total)

Expert bucket handling! You now deposit valuables into the MULE and Drop Pod 50% faster!
30% Damage Reduction while within 7m of the MULE!

Red sugar rocks perk icon.png

Sweet Tooth II

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Getting a taste for that stuff! Get 20% more healing from consuming Red Sugar!

Resupplier perk icon.png

Resupplier III

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

You’re a busy dwarf, got aliens to shoot!
Stock up on Ammo and Health 40% faster at the Resupply Pod.
Regain an extra 20% health when you resupply!
After resupplying, all weapons instantly reload!

Unstoppable perk icon.png

Unstoppable I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

Nothing holds you back! Environmental slow-down effects are reduced by 20%!
You move 10% faster while carrying heavy objects!

Iron will perk icon.png

Iron Will III

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points

Active: Never give up! Once per mission, get back into the fight with all your weapons reloaded and a rage-fueled strength for a 10 second last stand before going down for good!
While in this state you move faster, hit harder, and are resistant to slowdowns.
Make it count!

Strong arm perk icon.png

Strong Arm I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

You throw flares with 20% more force than the average Dwarf! Woosh!
Gems and other heavy objects get a 10% bonus throwing force.

Elemental insulation perk icon.png

Elemental Insulation II

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Get 25% resistance to all elemental damage.

Thick soles perk icon.png

Hover Boots III

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points

Active: Fancy boots that let you hover in midair for 3 seconds.
(90 seconds cooldown)

List of available Tier 6 perks
Five perks required from previous Tiers to unlock.
Berzerker perk icon.png

Berzerker III

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points

Active: Go berzerk for 10 seconds during which you get boosted melee damage and a lightning-fast pickaxe Power Attack recharge.
(6 minutes cooldown)

Red sugar rocks perk icon.png

Sweet Tooth III

Costs Perk points icon.png 8 perk points (15 total)

Getting a taste for that stuff! Get 30% more healing from consuming Red Sugar!
20% movement speed bonus for 10 seconds after consuming Red Sugar!

Resupplier perk icon.png

Resupplier IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points (17 total)

You’re a busy dwarf, got aliens to shoot!
Stock up on Ammo and Health 50% faster at the Resupply Pod.
Regain an extra 25% health when you resupply!
After resupplying, all weapons instantly reload!

Unstoppable perk icon.png

Unstoppable II

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Nothing holds you back! Environmental slow-down effects are reduced by 30%!
You move 15% faster while carrying heavy objects!

Iron will perk icon.png

Iron Will IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 9 perk points (24 total)

Active: Never give up! Once per mission, get back into the fight with all your weapons reloaded and a rage-fueled strength for a 12 second last stand before going down for good!
While in this state you move faster, hit harder, and are resistant to slowdowns.
Make it count!

Vampire perk icon.png

Vampire I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

Good thing you work underground!
Regain 2 health when you kill a medium sized or larger creature with a melee attack!

Strong arm perk icon.png

Strong Arm II

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

You throw flares with 30% more force than the average Dwarf! Woosh!
Gems and other heavy objects get a 10% bonus throwing force.

Elemental insulation perk icon.png

Elemental Insulation III

Costs Perk points icon.png 8 perk points (15 total)

Get 30% resistance to all elemental damage.

Dash perk icon.png

Dash I

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Active: Get out of trouble with a short burst of speed.
While dashing, you ignore all slowdown effects.
(40 seconds cooldown)

Beast master perk icon.png

Beast Master I

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Active: Charm a Glyphid Grunt to become your loyal companion. You can only have one tamed Grunt at a time.
(5 minute cooldown)

Thick soles perk icon.png

Hover Boots IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 9 perk points (24 total)

Active: Fancy boots that let you hover in midair for 3.5 seconds.
(75 seconds cooldown)

List of available Tier 7 perks
Five perks required from previous Tiers to unlock.
Berzerker perk icon.png

Berzerker IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 9 perk points (24 total)

Active: Go berzerk for 10 seconds during which you get boosted melee damage and a lightning-fast pickaxe Power Attack recharge.
(4 minutes cooldown)

Deep pockets perk icon.png

Deep Pockets I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

Leave nothing behind! Each of your mineral pouches hold +5 more valuables!

Unstoppable perk icon.png

Unstoppable III

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Nothing holds you back! Environmental slow-down effects are reduced by 40%!
You move 20% faster while carrying heavy objects!

Vampire perk icon.png

Vampire II

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Good thing you work underground!
Regain 3 health when you kill a medium sized or larger creature with a melee attack!

Strong arm perk icon.png

Strong Arm III

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

You throw flares with 40% more force than the average Dwarf! Woosh!
Gems and other heavy objects get a 20% bonus throwing force.

Born ready perk icon.png

Born Ready I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

Unequipped weapons automatically reload after 15 seconds.

Shield link perk icon.png

Shield Link I

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points

Passive: Whenever you are within 4m of a teammate, both of your shields recharge 50% faster!
Active: You can overcharge a teammate’s shield to 300% for 20 seconds.
(3 minutes cooldown)

Dash perk icon.png

Dash II

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Active: Get out of trouble with a short burst of speed.
While dashing, you ignore all slowdown effects.
(35 seconds cooldown)

Beast master perk icon.png

Beast Master II

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Active: Charm a Glyphid Grunt to become your loyal companion. You can only have one tamed Grunt at a time.
(5 minute cooldown)
Tamed Grunts deal 100% more damage to their targets!

List of available Tier 8 perks
Five perks required from previous Tiers to unlock.
Deep pockets perk icon.png

Deep Pockets II

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Leave nothing behind! Each of your mineral pouches hold +10 more valuables!

Unstoppable perk icon.png

Unstoppable IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points (17 total)

Nothing holds you back! Environmental slow-down effects are reduced by 50%!
You move 25% faster while carrying heavy objects!

Vampire perk icon.png

Vampire III

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Good thing you work underground!
Regain 4 health when you kill a medium sized or larger creature with a melee attack!

Strong arm perk icon.png

Strong Arm IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points (17 total)

You throw flares with 50% more force than the average Dwarf! Woosh!
Gems and other heavy objects get a 20% bonus throwing force.

Born ready perk icon.png

Born Ready II

Costs Perk points icon.png 5 perk points

Unequipped weapons automatically reload after 10 seconds.

Shield link perk icon.png

Shield Link II

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points

Passive: Whenever you are within 4m of a teammate, both of your shields recharge 50% faster!
Active: You can overcharge a teammate’s shield to 300% for 30 seconds.
(3 minutes cooldown)

Dash perk icon.png

Dash III

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points

Active: Get out of trouble with a short burst of speed.
While dashing, you ignore all slowdown effects.
(30 seconds cooldown)

Bug thing perk icon.png

It's a Bug Thing I

Costs Perk points icon.png 2 perk points

For some reason, Loot Bugs explode whenever you get within 2m of them…!

Beast master perk icon.png

Beast Master III

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points

Active: Charm a Glyphid Grunt to become your loyal companion. You can only have one tamed Grunt at a time.
(5 minute cooldown)
Tamed Grunts deal 200% more damage to their targets!

List of available Tier 9 perks
Five perks required from previous Tiers to unlock.
Deep pockets perk icon.png

Deep Pockets III

Costs Perk points icon.png 8 perk points (15 total)

Leave nothing behind! Each of your mineral pouches hold +15 more valuables!

Vampire perk icon.png

Vampire IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 7 perk points (17 total)

Good thing you work underground!
Regain 5 health when you kill a medium sized or larger creature with a melee attack!

Born ready perk icon.png

Born Ready III

Costs Perk points icon.png 8 perk points (15 total)

Unequipped weapons automatically reload after 5 seconds.

Shield link perk icon.png

Shield Link III

Costs Perk points icon.png 11 perk points (21 total)

Passive: Whenever you are within 4m of a teammate, both of your shields recharge 50% faster!
Active: You can overcharge a teammate’s shield to 300% for 30 seconds.
(2 minutes cooldown)

Dash perk icon.png

Dash IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 9 perk points (24 total)

Active: Get out of trouble with a short burst of speed.
While dashing, you ignore all slowdown effects.
(25 seconds cooldown)

Bug thing perk icon.png

It's a Bug Thing II

Costs Perk points icon.png 3 perk points (5 total)

For some reason, Loot Bugs explode whenever you get within 5m of them…!

Beast master perk icon.png

Beast Master IV

Costs Perk points icon.png 9 perk points (24 total)

Active: Charm a Glyphid Grunt to become your loyal companion. You can only have one tamed Grunt at a time.
(5 minute cooldown)
Tamed Grunts deal 300% more damage to their targets!

More perks perk icon.png

New Passive Perk Slot II

Costs Perk points icon.png 20 perk points (35 total)

Moving on up! Equip up to 3 passive perks at a time!

Milestones

Each milestone rewards the player with perk points; some milestones can only be claimed once. All milestones that can be claimed more than once will have their requirement increase each time it is claimed. The perk point reward amount remains constant. After completing the final requirement tier of a milestone, it will no longer appear in the milestones window. Total progress will still be tracked, and can be found on the statistics window.

Milestone progress is not cumulative. After claiming a completed milestone, your progress starts from zero.

Milestone Requirements Reward
Gain levels as the Driller Gain 4/5/5/5
levels
Perk points icon.png 5
perk points
Gain levels as the Engineer
Gain levels as the Gunner
Gain levels as the Scout
Complete Missions Complete 10/15/20/25/30
missions
Perk points icon.png 3
perk points
Complete Secondary Objectives Complete 10/12/14/16/20
secondary objectives
Complete Egg Hunts Complete 2/4/6/8/10
missions of specified type
Perk points icon.png 2
perk points
Complete Eliminations
Complete Mining Expeditions
Complete Point Extractions
Complete Salvage Operations
Complete Escort Duties
Complete On-Site Refinings
Complete Hazard 3 or Higher Missions Complete 2/3/5/10/15
missions on specified difficulty or above
Complete Hazard 5 Missions Complete 1/2/3/5/7
missions on Hazard 5
Complete Collect Apoca Bloom Objectives Complete 2/4/6/8/10
secondary objectives
of specified type (2/3/4/5/6 dystrum)
Complete Collect Boolo Cap Objectives
Complete Collect Dystrum Objectives
Complete Collect Ebonut Objectives
Complete Eliminate Fester Fleas Objectives
Complete Collect Fossil Objectives
Complete Collect Gunk Seed Objectives
Complete Collect Hollomite Objectives
Complete Missions in Crystalline Caverns Complete 2/3/4/5/6
missions in specified biome
Complete Missions in Dense Biozone
Complete Missions in Fungus Bogs
Complete Missions in Glacial Strata
Complete Missions in Magma Core
Complete Missions in Radioactive Exclusion Zone
Complete Missions in Sandblasted Corridors
Complete Missions in The Salt Pits
Complete Missions in Azure Weald
Complete Missions in Hollow Bough
Complete 'Cave Leech Cluster' Warnings Complete 1/2/3/4/5
missions with the specified mutator
Complete 'Exploder Infestation' Warnings
Complete 'Haunted Cave' Warnings
Complete 'Lethal Enemies' Warnings
Complete 'Low Oxygen' Warnings
Complete 'Mactera Plague' Warnings
Complete 'Parasites' Warnings
Complete 'Regenerative Bugs' Warnings
Complete 'Shield Disruption' Warnings
Complete 'Swarmageddon' Warnings
Complete 'Elite Threat' Warnings
Purchase Accessory Items Purchase 5/10/15/20/25
Purchase Equipment Upgrades Purchase 5/10/25/50/75
Complete Weapon License Assignments Complete 1/3/4
of specified assignment
Complete Deep Dives Complete 2/3/5
Deep Dives
Complete Elite Deep Dives Complete 2/2/3
Elite Deep Dives
Reach Crafting Mastery Level Reach Crafting Mastery Level 6/11/16/21/26
Forge Weapon Overclocks Forge 4/8/12/16/20
Forge Equipment Skins Forge 2/5/8
Forge Cosmetic Items Forge2/4/6/8/10
Unlock Special Beers Unlock Special Beers 3/3/6

Milestone Icons

Trivia

  • As of Update 33: New Frontiers, it costs 437 Perk points icon.png Perk Points to unlock everything and 570 Perk points icon.png Perk Points are available from Milestones, leaving 133 unused.
    • Before the Rebalance of the Hotfix 4 (Update 28) the total perks cost was 547 Perk points icon.png Perk Points, resulting in a total reduction of 22%.

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