How to use Skills in Saints Row

Not sure how to use your skills in Saints Row? This guide has all the information you need.
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The brand new Saints Row reboot has hit the Epic Games store and is quickly becoming one of the most played games on the client. If you read our Saints Row review, you know that there’s a ton to do in this new open-world crime sim. With so many features, challenges, side missions and hustles, an overwhelmed player might miss some key gameplay mechanics. Skills are some of your most important tools in Saints Row, and this guide will show you how to use them.

Once you’re done here, be sure to head to our guide on how to upgrade the Church in the game.

Using Skills in Saints Row

To use any of your skills in Saints Row, you need to open the skills menu by pressing the right bumper (middle mouse on PC). From here, you can use the YXBA button array (1234 on PC) to use your skills, with each one mapped to one of the specific buttons.

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Before any of these will be available to use, you will need to manually assign the skills to one of the buttons mentioned above. Usually, you will do this as soon as you unlock a new skill. From this same menu, you can choose which skills you want to take into battle with you. While there are many skills in Saints Row, you can only have 4 at a time.

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For certain skills, such as the grenade toss, you will need to be within range of an enemy to activate it or nothing will happen.

That’s everything you need to know to use your skills in Saints Row! If you liked this guide and want to see more, be sure to head to the Saints Row section of our website.

Erik Hodges

Erik Hodges

Erik Hodges is a hobby writer and a professional gamer, at least if you asked him. He has been writing fiction for over 12 years and gaming practically since birth, so he knows exactly what to nitpick when dissecting a game's story. When he isn't reviewing games, he's probably playing them.

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