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Dead Island features an RPG-style leveling system for each character. As you earn XP for killing zombies, completing quests, etc., you gain skill points to put into one of three trees: Fury, Combat or Survival. Each character has some of their own specific skills to learn, and some are shared.
The skill trees go from top to bottom with rows of skills. To learn a skill from a particular row the player must put in any combination of 3 skill points into the previous row, with the exception of the first available skill. As well, the skills you master will help you become more tactically ready for a fight. Some heroes offer higher sharp weapons skills and some offer weapons bonuses and melee advantages.