Payday 3 skill tree explained – how skill points work

A good criminal is a skilled one.
How to check Payday 3 Server Status
Screenshot: PC Invasion

The skill tree in Payday 3 is interesting because it allows you to play in any way you want to. For players who like going loud, there are skills for that. For the ones who prefer hacking, well the game’s got you covered. The skills make the combat and other mechanics of Payday 3 fun and more lively. However, if you’re a newcomer to the series like I am, the skill tree is rather confusing. To help understand how this system works, this guide will explain the skill tree system in Payday 3, and how the skill points work. So read on below.

Recommended Videos

Payday 3: Skill tree explained and how skill points work

Understanding the progression system will take you far in Payday 3. Things may even become easier on the harder modes. Let’s break it down so you can get back to your heist. When you go into your loadout press it and you’ll see skills in a line. This is what many are calling a skill line. To unlock a skill line, research it. Once, the research bar is filled the skill line is available to use. This allows you to spend the skill points on the line. To use the skill you bought, equip it by pressing T on the skill you want. At the start, you can only equip 3 but that number can go up to at least 5 as you progress your Infamy. Note: The starting node in the line is also an equipable skill. When it’s on your loadout, it will count towards your skill count.

Payday 3 Skill Menue With Skills Unlocked

Screenshot: PC Invasion


How to earn skill points

Getting skill points is easy to do, all you have to do is level up your Infamy. The more you level up, the more points you can accumulate. To level up your Infanmy, simply play the heists and do everything each match asks of you. This is just one way to quickly level up in Payday 3. I often forgot the spend my skill points, the game does give an indicator of how many points you have, but you’ll have to remember it yourself. If you press and hold T, you can reset the skills and swap to other unlocked traits. I did this a few times to experiment with different builds. Resetting your skills is something many Payday 3 players will do because it can show you how to play in different ways. Which I believe you should be doing often.

Other Payday 3 articles


Payday 3 is available now via Steam.

related content
Read Article PSA: Complete your side quests before completing chapters in The Thaumaturge
The Thaumaturge Warsaw
Read Article Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth: Best Folio upgrades for Barret
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Best Folio Upgrades For Barret
Read Article Best ways to earn VC in WWE 2K24
Best Ways To Earn Vc In Wwe 2k24(1)
Related Content
Read Article PSA: Complete your side quests before completing chapters in The Thaumaturge
The Thaumaturge Warsaw
Read Article Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth: Best Folio upgrades for Barret
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Best Folio Upgrades For Barret
Read Article Best ways to earn VC in WWE 2K24
Best Ways To Earn Vc In Wwe 2k24(1)
Author
Raza Malik
Raza is a Contributing Writer who's been at PC Invasion since March 2023. After he earned his Media Arts degree at Niagara College, he went on to grow his portfolio by working at such publications as GameRant. While he plays a wide array of different types of games, Raza enjoys discussing open-world games, shooters, and live service games. Some of his favorite series include Assassin's Creed, God of War, and the Diablo series. On the side, he enjoys editing videos, and creating content for his side project Marching Into Madness.