They are a totally new set of abilities that you can choose for your character as you progress through Anarchy Online, the higher in level you get, the more options open up to you through this system. There are two sets of Perks to be obtained: Shadowlands expansion set perks and Alien Invasion expansion set perks.
For Shadowlands expansion set perks, you don't actually have to do anything other then level in the normal fashion, every ten levels starting at level ten you will be awarded a perk point until you reach level 200, for every shadow level you reach after level 200 you will gain an extra perk point. This means that you get forty perks in all at level 220. Shadowland perks have grey text.
For Alien Invasion expansion set perks, you have to kill alien mobs that give Alien XP and with each Alien Level you obtain, you receive an Alien perk point. Alien perks have green text.
The Perk Menu
To access the perks menu you can either just press the Perks menu button in the new GUI, or simply press shift-p to bring the menu up directly. That will bring up the perks menu. You will notice that there are three tabs across the top of the screen; this breaks down the perks in categories:
- Profession Perks:
- These are the perks unique to your profession, special abilities that other professions can not specialize in
- Group Perks:
- These perks are accessible by several professions, but the display will only show those relevant to your own profession
- General Perks:
- These are available to all professions and contain more generic bonuses
The first thing you will probably notice is that there are lots of perks! Don't worry and don't rush into anything there is many ways in which you might want to specialize your character so take some time to look through them all and see what they have to offer.
To view exactly what a perk offers just run your cursor over the perk and the description will display
You will notice that it shows you the level requirements and any other requirements, to train in each level of perk you must have the previous level of that perk already trained, you can't jump straight to the last tier of a Perk. Each perk requires the previous one.
The perk window shows you which perks are currently available. They will have a grey dot next to them; the perks you already have will show a green dot, and the ones you can't yet pick will be red. Once you click on it a warning window will appear to confirm that you want to take this perk as you can see in the screenshot below:
See also Perk Chains
Most of the perks are 'passive' meaning they just confer a stat bonus to you, you don't actually have to use them, they are there on your character all of the time just like a piece of armor or an implant.
Some of the perks though also have special abilities attached. These abilities will become available in your actions menu once the perk is taken. To access perks actions click the action button on the menu as shown and navigate to Perk Actions depending on your keyboard and mouse configuration you can then left or right click the action. It's also possible for you to move your special abilities to a hot bar spot for easy access in the heat of a fight!
Putting a Perk Special on your Hot bar
This is a simple case of holding down the relevant mouse button until you see a special icon appear at the end of your cursor. Then you can just drag it to your hot bar like any other icon.
Removing a Perk
Ok, so now you have your perks going, now what happens if you make a mistake or would like to re-train and take a different perk? This is very much possible by using the Remove Perk command, although with one consideration - you can only do this once every 2hrs.
Note: this isn't in-game time, it is two hours of real time, the counter keeps ticking down while you are off-line or even playing another character.
To remove a perk, go to the perk line you wish to remove one from, then click remove perk, it will remove the last perk trained in that line.
You will then get a confirm box asking you to confirm. Press ok and you will notice that a timer has appeared in the display in the bottom right and it has started counting down. You will not be able to reset another perk until that timer reaches zero again. Note that although you can't do it for another 2hrs, the perk point for the perk you just untrained becomes available immediately.
- Perkplanner on Auno