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Talents were introduced in the second part of The Banner Saga. They represent the chance to get a small bonus in combat, enough to give you the edge in a critical situation without breaking the delicate balance of the game's battle mechanics.

Talents Description[]

Once stats are maxed, then high-ranked heroes can be further specialized by spending promotion points to unlock Talents. There are six Ranks for each Talent, but promotion points can be added only up to Rank 3; Ranks 4-6 are only accessible through powerful Items.

List of Talents[]

There are currently two Talents for each of the five stats. Each hero can have only one Talent per stat, i.e. up to five Talents per hero.

Hunker Down[]

Hunker Down

Ruling stat: Armor

Flavor text: "Bracing at the right time can ruin an enemy's plans to weaken you."

  • Rank 1: 20% chance to Resist 1 Armor damage.
  • Rank 2: 20% chance to Resist 2 Armor damage.
  • Rank 3: 20% chance to Resist 3 Armor damage.
  • Rank 4: 20% chance to Resist 4 Armor damage.
  • Rank 5: 20% chance to Resist 5 Armor damage.
  • Rank 6: 20% chance to Resist 6 Armor damage.

Tighten Straps[]

Tighten Straps

Ruling stat: Armor

Flavor text: "Armor works better when you get it back where it belongs."

  • Rank 1: 20% chance to Regenerate +1 Armor per turn.
  • Rank 2: 25% chance to Regenerate +1 Armor per turn.
  • Rank 3: 30% chance to Regenerate +1 Armor per turn.
  • Rank 4: 35% chance to Regenerate +1 Armor per turn.
  • Rank 5: 40% chance to Regenerate +1 Armor per turn.
  • Rank 6: 45% chance to Regenerate +1 Armor per turn.

Robust[]

Robust

Ruling stat: Strength

Flavor text: "Years of toil in field and battle have hardened your body against pain."

  • Rank 1: 20% chance to Resist 1 Strength damage.
  • Rank 2: 20% chance to Resist 2 Strength damage.
  • Rank 3: 20% chance to Resist 3 Strength damage.
  • Rank 4: 20% chance to Resist 4 Strength damage.
  • Rank 5: 20% chance to Resist 5 Strength damage.
  • Rank 6: 20% chance to Resist 6 Strength damage.

Artery Strike[]

Artery Strike

Ruling stat: Strength

Flavor text: "'Go for the soft spots' as your trainer is fond of saying."

Defy[]

Defy

Ruling stat: Willpower

Flavor text: "With nothing to lose, you'll hang on as long as you can."

Stubborn[]

Stubborn

Ruling stat: Willpower

Flavor text: "Some give it their all. You refuse to accept that limit."

  • Rank 1: 20% chance to Regenerate +1 Willpower per turn.
  • Rank 2: 20% chance to Regenerate +2 Willpower per turn.
  • Rank 3: 20% chance to Regenerate +3 Willpower per turn.
  • Rank 4: 20% chance to Regenerate +4 Willpower per turn.
  • Rank 5: 20% chance to Regenerate +5 Willpower per turn.
  • Rank 6: 20% chance to Regenerate +6 Willpower per turn.

Dodge[]

Dodge

Ruling stat: Exertion

Flavor text: "Long lives generally belong to the fighters with the fewest scars."

Lucky Shot[]

Lucky Shot

Ruling stat: Exertion

Flavor text: "The god Denglr might be dead, but only luck explains some of these hits."

  • Rank 1: 30% bonus hit chance.
  • Rank 2: 40% bonus hit chance.
  • Rank 3: 50% bonus hit chance.
  • Rank 4: 60% bonus hit chance.
  • Rank 5: 70% bonus hit chance.
  • Rank 6: 80% bonus hit chance.

Exploit[]

Exploit

Ruling stat: Break

Flavor text: "You search for their broken straps or torn mail and then make them pay."

Exploit talent triggers on strength attack. Stacks with archer's Puncture.

Divert[]

Divert

Ruling stat: Break

Flavor text: "A small twist can turn a crushing blow into a scuff on your Armor."

Notes[]

  • Bonus chances or bonus stats offered by Talents are stack-able with equivalent bonuses from Items or Abilities. This can make some Talents especially devastating when combined with proper Items on specific heroes; the standard example is Bak (Pig Sticker ability) equipped with Gem of Vez'nan.
  • Bonus Ranks offered by Items are only applied to unlocked Talents, i.e. those whose Rank is at least 1.
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