Payday 2: A Beginner’s Guide – Episode 7 – Skills and Perks

Hello, this is Small Oil, and Welcome to the
seventh episode of: Payday 2 – a beginner’s guide. This episode will cover the skills and perks
of Payday. I’ll be giving an overview of how the Role-Playing-Game (or RPG) element
of Payday works; including experience, skill points and perk decks. Payday is an FPS/RPG hybrid and, as such,
contains a level progression system based on experience points. Every heist you complete
will net you experience to contribute to your level. The amount of experience you receive
is based on multiple factors: Each contract has a base job experience dependant
on mission complexity; the difficulty you play adds a risk bonus
which is usually the largest component; having crew members alive in the escape zone
provides a bonus, while being in custody will negatively impact on your experience; certain skills will give a multiplicative bonus; your infamy level grants an infamy bonus; any packages you collect will net a small
Gage bonus; Stealth bonuses from the previous heist are
added; and finally a heat bonus is given dependant
on whether you have played this heist recently. The maximum level in Payday is 100, which
can be extended by the Infamy system, similar to Prestiging in Call of Duty. The experience
required for each level follows an exponential curve, meaning more experience is required
per level as you level up. Each contract also has a level limit which
will limit the amount of experience you receive depending on your current level. Contracts
with a higher perceived complexity and difficulty will have higher limits. For example, easier
contracts such as Diamond Store and Ukrainian Job have a limit of 20, while harder contracts
like Big Oil and Framing Frame Pro have a limit of 70. You are able to play any contract
at any level, but if your current level is more than 10 below a contract level limit.
you will not receive the full job experience for that heist. Each level you gain will net you one or more
skill points to spend on skills and classes to better your character. There are currently
5 classes in the game each filling a certain niche. You may spend your points across any
number of classes. In each class, more effective and game-changing
skills are located near the top of their respective skill tree, thus requiring more skill points
to unlock. Without the infamy bonus, the final tier in each tree
requires 40 points to be spent in it to unlock. Each skill in Payday may be ‘aced’ once
unlocked. This upgrades the skill in some way, but costs more skill points. The bottom
3 tiers of each tree require 1 point to unlock and 3 points to Ace, while the top 3 tiers
require 4 points to unlock and a pricey 8 points to Ace. Unlocking skills also requires
some spending cash. You may reset a skill tree, allowing you to
‘respec’ it, however it will only refund half of the spending cash you’ve spent on
that tree’s skills. There are also unlockable build slots which
allow you to run multiple switchable builds without the need to reset your skill trees
or perk decks. Perk Decks are an additional way of customising
your build and playstyle. There are a number of decks based on the playable characters
in the game which provide unique bonuses for you and your crew.
As you gain experience, you will also gain perk points to spend on perks. You must unlock
perks in a certain order in each deck, with each successive perk costing more points.
Every second perk in each deck is common between all decks and you may only equip one deck
at a time. Each perk deck has its own niche and playstyle.
For example, the Rogue deck supports a dodge playstyle, while the Burglar deck is more
appropriate for stealth gameplay. Skills and perks add a complexity layer to
Payday which gives the player a way to deeply customize and enhance their play-style as
well as encouraging crew members to work together to complete objectives. This marks the end of this episode. In the
next episodes, I’ll be covering the individual skill trees in the game and the roles they
fill, beginning with the Mastermind class. Thanks for watching and be sure to tune in
next time.

28 comments on “Payday 2: A Beginner’s Guide – Episode 7 – Skills and Perks”

  1. Ellixist says:

    Yay! Finally!

  2. TheRozzienator says:

    Thank you for this series! It's been very helpful for me. Looking forward to the next episode!

  3. Killerlotr says:


  4. mooman0015 says:

    Very well made. Good job. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. James Doo says:

    Awesome vid! Was waiting a long time for this one but it did not disappoint ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Jenny Sun says:

    nice video!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Nathan Phillips says:

    lol are you from new zealand? all i hear is dick dick rogue dick and more dick

  8. Christopher Connors says:

    Thank you so much for these, bought the game last night and feel so much more prepared to jump in. Keep 'em coming!

  9. Daniel Jenkins says:

    Aww I wanted 2 dicks on Payd- XD

  10. Sperium3000 says:

    So… All the skills I bought in all the trees are always active, but I can only equip one perk deck at a time? Also, the skill trees and perk decks I use are not affected in any way by the character I choose to play as? That's left a bit unclear considering each character is by default associated with a skill tree or a perk deck.

  11. Fruktum Kalasbajen says:

    3:46 Did I hear correctly? Did he just say "There are a number of dicks"?

  12. Installing Memes says:

    I don't want a rogue dick…

  13. SlayTheRake says:

    "you must unlock perks in a certain order for each dick"

  14. SlayTheRake says:

    "you may only equip one dick at a time"

  15. Swxrd says:

    "The burglar dick is more appropriate…" ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  16. British Beef says:

    I love a cheeky perk dick

  17. Kybo says:

    I know this is an old video but the skills and perks dont look like that to me

  18. Mute18 says:

    I like playing with all the DICKS XD

  19. Memza says:

    "the rouge dick" XD

  20. Polartec says:

    perk dicks

  21. Mr. Twitchy says:

    "you may only equip one dick at a time"

  22. Mr. Twitchy says:

    "The Burglar Dick Is More Appropriate For Stealth"

  23. Jaki says:

    perk dicks

  24. cupcake_ ะกะะ“ says:

    Perk Dicks

  25. TrueProGamer says:

    The Rogue dick and the burglar dick omfg Iโ€™m crying

  26. fl4shy .? says:

    perk dicks?

  27. how does one breathe ? says:

    Rouge dick

  28. J. Smith says:

    Wow the game has changed a lot in 3 years. Totally restructured Skills.

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