Saints Row Best Skills Guide

Beating up your foes in Saints Row does seem like an easy task. After all, all you need to do is come in with guns blazing. Still, there are a few abilities that you can use as you progress to aid you in combat. Here’s our Saints Row skills guide to help you with the best level-up skills that the Boss can equip.

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Saints Row skills guide – The best skills for you to equip

Generally speaking, the skills in Saints Row are unlocked by earning XP and leveling up. It’s a fairly simple process. Barring some exceptions, you’ll obtain one new active skill (or passive) from level 2 onwards. However, do take note that you can only equip up to four any given time.

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Level Skill Name Effect
2 Pineapple Express Drop a grenade in your enemy’s pants and throw them away
3 Smokescreen Toss a smoke bomb at your feet to confuse enemies
4 Proximity Mine Throw a mine that explodes when hostiles go near it
5 Health Upgrade Passive: Permanently increases your health
6 Tough Mother Gain a temporary health boost to absorb damage and negate staggers
7 Frag Out Throw a frag grenade
8 Flow Upgrade Passive: Permanently increases your flow
9 Flaming Punch Ignites your fist for an explosive punch
10 Health Upgrade Passive: Permanently increases your health
11 Transfusion Heal yourself and your friends when you deal damage to foes
12 Overscope Pulls out a powerful sniper rifle; headshots cause explosions
13 Impulse Trap An anti-gravity mine suspends nearby targets in mid-air so you can line up your shots
14 Flow Upgrade Passive: Permanently increases your flow
15 Health Upgrade Passive: Permanently increases your health
16 Berserker Attacks deal more damage
17 Intercession Calls more Saints to join the fight
18 Quick Draw Pull out a powerful revolver and gun down up to four targets
19 Death Blossom Spin around while firing bullets in every direction
20 Flow Upgrade Passive: Permanently increases your flow
N/A Quantum Aperture
– Obtained as part of the Eurekabator Criminal Venture tasks
Creates a field that lets you shoot through walls and obstacles; increases the damage of bullets that pass through the field

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The best skills in Saints Row

Here are some of what I consider the best skills in Saints Row. A couple are integral for general combat, while others are pretty decent once you get them later in the campaign:

  • Pineapple Express – This allows you to grab an opponent, including shielded troopers, before tossing them away to go kaboom. It’s a good way to eliminate specialists without having to remove their shield bar for a takedown. The only downside is that you won’t be able to aim the throw properly, so you could miss most of the target’s other pals.
  • Proximity Mine – If you do want a throwable explosive, choose this instead of Frag Out. The Proximity Mine is more reliable, as opposed to the frag grenade that enemies tend to dodge.
  • Flaming Punch – I think this is one of the best skills in Saints Row due to its multi-kill capabilities. If you have a lot of enemies rushing you (i.e., Los Panteros or melee elites), you can send all of them flying with this blazing punch.
  • Death Blossom – This one is obtained a bit later in your grind/progression. It does significant damage for crowd-clearing, and it’s flashy to boot.

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Saints Row is available via the Epic Games Store.

Jason Rodriguez
Jason Rodriguez writes for various websites under the Enthusiast Gaming umbrella -- Destructoid, Flixist, Daily Esports, PlayStation Enthusiast, and PC Invasion. Jason's Steam library has 1,400+ games at the moment so he definitely has a lot of things to talk about. He's also one of only five games journalists from the Philippines. Just kidding. There are definitely more around, but he doesn't know anyone. Mabuhay!

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