Tides Of Numenera: The 8 Best Skills, Ranked

Tides Of Numenera: The 8 Best Skills, Ranked ...

Roleplaying games are all about stories. After all, thats what it means to play a role in RPGs. In some games, character development, worldbuilding, and lore begin to replace the narrative.

Torment: Tides of Numenerais is not the same, but rather a game in which combat takes a back seat to tell the stories of some of the most interesting people and certainly one of the most interesting settings in gaming. Because of this, it's easy to look at the games skill list and wonder which abilities are worth their time and dollars.

8 Quick Fingers

Torment: Tides of Numenera is a fantastic game as it allows players to solve problems and complete quests without going to battle. Although there are conflicts in the game, the player most always has another strategy to accomplish the task at hand, often through social interaction or stealth, which is difficult for beginners to grasp.

Quick Fingers is a basic stealer's skill that allows the player to manipulate complex devices, retrieve otherwise unaccessible items, and do a host of other sneaky tasks. Ideal for thieves and other seedy characters, it's even useful in situations where one wouldn't expect it to happen.

7 Perception

For some reason, it's commonplace for some of the most essential RPG skills to come with the most dull titles. Perception might not sound glamorous, but it's extremely important for players who want to learn as much about NPCs and the game's lore as possible, because it gives them information they otherwise would have missed.

Torment: Tides of Numenera is more about exploration and discovery than it is about combat. This means that abilities that extend the story are far more critical than those that simply assist the player win battles. This is an important tip for beginners since the situation is reversed in most other roleplaying games.

6 Lore

Lore: Machinery, Lore: Mystical, and Lore: Natural are three different lore skills that are used in the game. Where they differ is in their field of specialization. Lore: Natural will not reveal a rusted arcane device buried under rubble in some tomb, but Lore: Machinery may.

The three Lore skills may be used to assist the player in solving the game's many quests, but that's not their most important function. The Lore skills provide some of the most direct access to the game's lore, but Torment: Tides of Numenera is all about telling a compelling narrative first and foremost.

5 Intimidation

Torment: The Tides of Numenera are a complicated game. It's common for exchanges with NPCs to go on for a long time because of how much they have to say and how many directions conversations may go depending on the players skill.

Intimidation is the first of three major abilities that directly impact social interaction most of the time. It's well-known in a variety of situations, and while it's not suitable for people playing a friendly character, it's certainly effective.

4 Deception

Deception, the second of three major social skills in the game, is in many ways the opposite of Intimidation. While Intimidation is about being as big, bad, and obvious as possible in order to imitate others, Deception is about manipulating others so that they forget they were there in the first place.

Deception is a fantastic roleplaying skill for those who want to play a fantastic rogue. Deception skill checks occur frequently. In particular, Deception is fantastic for those who are playing a Red Tide game.

3 Persuasion

Persuasion is probably the best-kept social skill since, unlike the other two social skills, it does not involve tricking or bullying the other person, rather it is just good old-fashioned charm.

Persuasion plays a vital role in game success, and as with Intimidation and Deception, it is extremely effective at resolving conflicts in the players' favor.

2 Concentration

Concentration might be a skill that allows players to maintain a spell under pressure, study despite a lack of sleep, or maintain their balance while crossing a rickety bridge. In Torment, things are rarely what they appear, thus this ability has a completely different purpose.

Concentration allows the player to use Bonded Items without any penalty. Powerful and rare, Bonded Items grant new abilities to the player, aid them in battle, and enhance other abilities. For this reason, Concentration is almost always worthwhile.

1 Anamnesis

Torment: Tides of Numenera is a strange game, which makes it appropriate that it have a strange protagonist. The Last Castoff has incredible power, but has lost its memories and can only rebuild them piece by piece throughout the game. The player has numerous opportunities to recover some of these memories by interacting with NPCs, objects, and the environment.

Anamnesis improves the likelihood of regaining these memories. From a mechanical standpoint, this is important, as succeeding on these skill checks gives the player experience, and having more experience always helps. Even more, Anamnesis allows the player to reveal far more of the story than they would otherwise, which makes this skill invaluable.

Torment: Tides of Numenera is now available on PC, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.