Survival

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Survival is one of the five skills in Pillars of Eternity. It is used when it comes to situations where knowledge about the wilds, creatures, poisons and the like is in demand, and determines which resting bonuses a character may choose when camping.

In-game description[edit | edit source]

Survival allows characters to choose from a variety of long-term bonuses each time they camp. The first six ranks grant the following bonuses:

1 – Damage Reduction
2 – Received Healing Multiplier
3 – Bonus Movement
4 – Accuracy Bonus vs. Creature Type
5 – Increased Consumable Duration
6 – Bonus Damage vs. Flanked Enemies

After the sixth rank, the previously-earned bonuses become more powerful in the same order they were received.

Survival can also be used in conversations and scripted interactions that involve wilderness challenges or specialized information about nature.

Class bonuses[edit | edit source]

  • Barbarians receive a +1 bonus to Survival at character creation.
  • Druids receive a +2 bonus to Survival at character creation.
  • Fighters receive a +1 bonus to Survival at character creation.
  • Monks receive a +1 bonus to Survival at character creation.
  • Rangers receive a +2 bonus to Survival at character creation.

Culture bonuses[edit | edit source]

  • Colonists receive a +2 bonus to Survival at character creation.
  • Drifters receive a +1 bonus to Survival at character creation.
  • Explorers receive a +1 bonus to Survival at character creation.
  • Hunters receive a +1 bonus to Survival at character creation.
  • Slaves receive a +1 bonus to Survival at character creation.

Uses of Survival in interactions[edit | edit source]

Quest dialogs[edit | edit source]

In quest related dialogs the player's Survival score may unlock options as a result of his knowledge about things related to the environment and how to deal with its dangers.

Quest Location NPC Description Survival required Other requirements
Clandestine Cargo Ondra's Gift Imatl  ? 7
Blood Legacy Dyrford VillageDracogen Inn (first floor) Lord Harond Tell him there are better roads to Eina's Rest than travelling through Dyrford. 5
Blood Legacy Dyrford Village Hendyna Know, she's speaking of pregnancy when asked about Lady Aelys. 4
A Farmer's Plight Dyrford Crossing Korgrak Tell him he can't hide here any longer. 5

Other dialogs[edit | edit source]

In dialogs, not related to certain quests, the player's Survival score may as well unlock additional conversation options.

Location NPC Description Survival required Other requirements
CopperlaneThe Goose and Fox Kaenra Have more detailed knowledge about svef when talking about her fiancé's old self. 2
CopperlaneScriveners' Dormitory Coren Guess he used some drugs. 2
Endless Paths of Od Nua Level 2 Barely living xaurip, lying on the floor in the northernmost chamber Examine it and find skin discolorments and ritualistic paint applied, additionally signs of a certain poison coinciding with the paintings. (Less detailed results possible with only [Perception 16].) 5