All Saints Row Unlockable Skills & Best Skill Sets (2022)

Load up on these skills to gain the upper hand against your enemies.

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Skills are additional attacks or power-ups that players can utilize to get an advantage in combat. These range from passive health and flow upgrade, to even over the top anti-gravity grenades that will launch enemies into the air, and a sick akimbo maneuver that would make John Wick proud.

In this guide, we’re going to list down all the skills that can be unlocked in Saints Row.

How to unlock Skills in Saints Row

Skills can be unlocked as the player gains a level. Every level reached will unlock a certain skill, from level 2 all the way to level 20. Most of the unlocked skills are active, while some are passive buffs such as the health and flow upgrade.

How to use Active Skills

Once an active skill is unlocked, it can be equipped in one of four slots available. Then, players can activate these skills by pressing the designated buttons if they have enough Flow.

Flow acts like a stamina meter for skills and is depicted as diamonds on top of the health bar. Using an active skill will require one full Flow diamond. Flow can be recharged during combat.

List of Skills in Saints Row

Skills can be unlocked per level reached starting from level 2.

Pineapple Express
  • Lv 2: Pineapple Express: Grab an enemy, drop a grenade down their pants, and throw them.
  • Lv 3: Smokescreen: Drop a smoke bomb at your feet to confuse your enemies.
Proximity Mine
  • Lv 4: Proximity Mine: Place a sticky mine that explodes when enemies are near. Damage increases shortly after placement.
Health Upgrade
  • Lv 5: Health Upgrade: Maximum Health increased permanently.
Tough Mother
  • Lv 6: Tough Mother: Gain a temporary health boost to absorb damage from enemies and negate staggers.
Frag Out
  • Lv 7: Frag Out: Throw an explosive anti-personnel device.
Flow Upgrade
  • Lv 8: Flow Upgrade: Maximum Flow increased permanently.
Flaming Punch
  • Lv 9: Flaming Punch: Ignite your fist for an explosive punch.
Health Upgrade
  • Lv 10: Health Upgrade: Maximum Health increased permanently.
  • Lv 11: Transfusion: While active, heal yourself and your friends by hurting your enemies.
  • Lv 12: Overscope: Pull out a powerful sniper rifle. Headshots explode and damage nearby enemies.
Impulse Trap
  • Lv 13: Impulse Trap: Throw an anti-gravity device that lifts enemies into the air, making them vulnerable to a quick shot.
Flow Upgrade
  • Lv 14: Flow Upgrade: Maximum Flow increased permanently.
Health Upgrade
  • Lv 15: Health Upgrade: Maximum Health increase permanently.
  • Lv 16: Berserker: While active, your melee attacks do more damage.
  • Lv 17: Intercession: Call in some Saints to help you tight.
Quick Draw
  • Lv 18: Quick Draw: Pull out a powerful revolver then press the trigger to quickly gun down up to four enemies.
D4th Blossom
  • Lv 19: D4th Blossom: Spin around and fire bullets in every direction.
Flow Upgrade
  • Lv 20: Flow Upgrade: Maximum Flow increased permanently.

Best Saints Row Skill Sets

Picking the best skills can be hard, especially if you only have four slots to work with. So, we’ve narrowed down the list based on what we think would be the most useful, and fun, skills to equip in different play styles.

  • Stealth Build – For when you can’t get enough of playing stealthily.
    • Smokescreen
    • Proximity Mine
    • Overscope
    • Quick Draw
  • Demolitions Expert – Mow your enemies down through explosions.
    • Pineapple Express
    • Frag Out
    • Explosive Punch
    • Overscope
  • Team Player– When you want to play in a team and you also find yourself in need of some crowd control.
    • Frag Out
    • Transfusion
    • Impulse Trap
    • Intercession
  • Berserker Build – If close quarter combat is your thing.
    • Tough Mother
    • Flaming Punch
    • Transfusion
    • Berserker
  • Gun for Hire – For those times you feel like playing like a hired assassin.
    • Frag Out
    • Berserker
    • Quick Draw
    • D4th Blossom

Read our Saints Row – Review to see what we think about the game. Also check out our other Saints Row guides and articles below:

Check out this video by RetroKrystal showing all the skills in Saints Row: