Bonus: Armor Rating when using a Melee Weapon
Max Rank: 100 (Base Game)
150 (Only available whit Peril on Gorgon DLC)

Block in The Outer Worlds is a specialized skill found under the Core Skill: Defense. Skills are abilities that provide both passive and active bonuses to the player that heavily affects their gameplay in combat and interactions with NPCs and Companions that affects the player's reputation.


Block Information

  • Defense Skill
  • The Block skill provides bonus Armor Rating while holding a melee weapon and can allow a Perfect Block (unlocked at 20)




Ways to Increase Block


Block Base Skill Unlocks

Block Rank Unlocks Content Required
20 - NOVICE Perfect Block: Block just before you get hit to Stagger your attacker Base Game
40 - COMPETENT Weapon Durability Loss from Blocking -25% Base Game
60 - ADEPT Walk Speed while Blocking +100% Base Game
80 - EXPERT No Weapon Durability Loss on a Perfect Block Base Game
100 - MASTER Perfect Blocks weaken opponents, increasing the damage they take by +100% for 5s Base Game
150 - VIRTUOSO Perfect Blocks cause the attacker to take damage instead Peril on Gorgon


Block Builds




Block Notes and Trivia

  • Points are first placed into the core skill (e.g. Melee) of the specialized skill (e.g. 1-Handed Melee) which improves all of the specialized skills in that group up to Rank 50.
  • Once it reaches Rank 50, skill points can be directly added to the specialized skill to increase the effect up to Rank 100/ 150 (Only available whit Peril on Gorgon DLC).
  • Some armor, consumables and status effects can temporarily raise and lower the effects of your skills.



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