In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, you accrue XP and Skill Points with each kill and new discovery. Killing enemies is pretty straightforward, but you can also get experience for skill points by discovering Echoes and scanning things throughout the world. Eventually, you run into meditation points, where you can spend XP and Skill Points to acquire skills.
No matter what skills you want to purchase from the three skill trees of Force, Lightsaber, and Survival, your first skill will always be Overhead Slash, which is essentially a heavy attack. You must first unlock this skill to access the rest of Jedi: Fallen Order‘s skill tree.
That said, you might find it difficult deciding what’s worth investing your hard-earned Skill Points into, and what isn’t. Unlike some other games, may of the skills in Jedi: Fallen Order cost 1 Skill Point. Some require 2 Skill Points, but the typical differentiation based on Skill Point cost muddies things just a bit.
At least on Jedi Knight difficulty, we suggest that you take the following skills early on to help you blow through tougher opponents and obtain more of that sweet, sweet XP.
Jedi: Fallen Order Tips — Best Skills to Get Early On
1. Dash Strike
Dash Strike allows you to hold down the button you’d use to execute Overhead Slash and dash towards an enemy for a rapid heavy attack that breaks through most defenses. Unlocking it costs 1 Skill Point.
This is great for closing the distance on Stormtroopers and Purge Troopers. It’s also good for getting in a quick attack on some of the game’s bigger creatures, before quickly evading into a standard slash.
2. Leaping Slash
Leaping slash allows you to double-tap the Overhead Slash button and quickly follow up with another heavy attack after the first one. This is great if your opponent parries your first Overhead Slash, because they’ll generally take damage on the second one. Leaping Slash costs 2 Skill Points to unlock.
3. Evasive Kick
Evasive Kick is a great way to get a precise, difficult-to-parry attack into an opponent after you dodge away from them. Just hit the evade button to evade around their flank, then hit the light attack button (the one that you’d regularly use for basic lightsaber swings), and you’ll send your opponent off with the sole of your Jedi boot.
Evasive Kick costs 1 Skill Point, and defeating an enemy only using kicks will get you the “Kickoff” trophy/achievement.
4. Survival Skills
Survival Skills increases the maximum amount of health available to you during your time in Fallen Order. Survival Skills costs 1 Skill Point.
For the game’s harder difficulties, having more health is a serious boon. You can pick up other health upgrades in Stim Canisters and Life Essence as you play through the game, but taking advantage of this skill early on makes sure you’re resilient from the get-go.
5. Force Attunement
Force Attunement increases the maximum amount of Force available to you. Force Attunement costs 1 Skill Point.
Like Survival Skills, Force Attunement is important to nab as early as possible when playing on Fallen Order‘s higher difficulties. Force Slow and Force Push can turn the tide of any fight, and make getting past some enemies much, much easier. More Force power means you can use those skills more often without having to engage enemies to replenish it.
That’s it for our best early skills guide for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Keep up to date with all of our Fallen Order guides.
Developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the newest single-player Star Wars game. It is currently out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.