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Starfield:Sniper Certification Skill


Sniper Certification
Sniper Certification
Tier 3
Skill Tree Combat Skill
Skill ID 002C53B1

The Sniper Certification Skill is a Tier 3 Combat Skill in Starfield that increases your critical damage chance. Only a trained sniper truly understands all the elements necessary to patiently and effectively neutralize a target at excessive range.

Is the Sniper Certification Skill Worth it?

Sniper Certification Skill is worth it once you reach rank 3 and 4 of the skill and applies to all scoped Weapons, including pistols.

Rank 1 reduces the sway of scoped weapons noticeably. Rank 2 doubles the time you can hold your breath for, it will now take twice as long for your O2 to drain. At Rank 2 increases your critical chance by 25%, this also stacks with your base crit chance and the Marksmanship Skill to give 45% critical hit chance. Rank 4 of the Sniper skill gives you an additional 50% overall damage while using a scope.

Skill Details

Benefits Challenge
Rank 1: Scoped weapons are steadier and have less sway
Rank 2: You can hold your breath longer with scoped weapons
Rank 3: Headshots while aiming with a scoped weapon have a +25% critical hit chance
Rank 4: Scoped weapons do 50% more damage while using the scope
Rank 1: Kill 50 enemies using a scoped weapon
Rank 2: Kill 125 enemies using a scoped weapon
Rank 3: Kill 250 enemies using a scoped weapon
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank

Skill Leveling Guide

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Combat Skills



Rifle Certification Skill.webp

Starfield has 17 Combat Skills. Many of Starfields weapons are affected by multiple combat skills at once, so creating the best character build for your preferred weapon type as you level up in Starfield will ensure you can easily deal with higher level enemies.

Most combat skills increase weapon damage with a specific type of weapon like: Ballistics, Demolitions, or Heavy Weapons Certification. Others improve combat abilities across weapon types, such as Rapid Reloading, Armor Penetration or Marksmanship which increases your critical hit chance.

For guidance on the fastest way to level up each skill to rank 4 by quickly completing each skill challenge, click the skills name below for a quick guide.


Name Image Tier Benefits Challenge Skill ID
Armor Penetration Armor Penetration Skill.webp 4 Rank 1: Attacks ignore 15% of a target's armor
Rank 2: Attacks ignore 30% of a target's armor
Rank 3: Attacks ignore 50% of a target's armor
Rank 4: Enemy armor is decreased by 25% for 6 seconds after a critical hit
Rank 1: Kill 20 enemies with a non-automatic weapon
Rank 2: Kill 50 enemies with a non-automatic weapon
Rank 3: Kill 100 enemies with a non-automatic weapon
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this r
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Ballistics Ballistics Skill.webp 1 Rank 1: Ballistic weapons do 10% more damage
Rank 2: Ballistic weapons do 20% more damage
Rank 3: Ballistic weapons do 30% more damage
Rank 4: Ballistic weapons range is increased by 30%
Rank 1: Kill 20 enemies with a ballistic weapon
Rank 2: Kill 50 enemies with a ballistic weapon
Rank 3: Kill 100 enemies with a ballistic weapon
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Crippling Crippling Skill.webp 4 Rank 1: Human enemies have a 30% increased chance to enter a downed state after taking enough damage
Rank 2: Humanoid enemies have a 50% increased chance to not naturally recover from a downed state
Rank 3: Human enemies now can enter a downed state earlier
Rank 4: Previous ranks now apply to all enemy types You now do 100% more damage to downed enemies
Rank 1: Put 20 enemies into the bleedout state
Rank 2: Put 50 enemies into the bleedout state
Rank 3: Put 100 enemies into the bleedout state
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Demolitions Demolitions Skill.webp 2 Rank 1: Throwing grenades now shows a trajectory arc Explosions have a 25% larger radius
Rank 2: Explosives do 25% more damage
Rank 3: Reduce damage taken from explosives by 25%
Rank 4: All previous bonuses are doubled
Rank 1: Kill 20 enemies with explosives
Rank 2: Kill 50 enemies with explosives
Rank 3: Kill 100 enemies with explosives
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Dueling Dueling Skill.webp 1 Rank 1: Melee weapons do 25% more damage Take 10% less damage while wielding a melee weapon
Rank 2: Melee kills make you run 20% faster for 10 seconds
Rank 3: Melee weapons do 50% more damage Take 15% less damage while wielding a melee weapon
Rank 4: Melee kills heal you for 10% of your health
Rank 1: Kill 20 enemies with a melee weapon
Rank 2: Kill 50 enemies with a melee weapon
Rank 3: Kill 100 enemies with a melee weapon
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Heavy Weapons Certification Heavy Weapons Certification Skill.webp 2 Rank 1: Heavy weapons do 10% more damage
Rank 2: Heavy weapons do 20% more damage
Rank 3: Heavy weapons do 30% more damage
Rank 4: Gain 25% Physical resistance while aiming down sights with a heavy weapon
Rank 1: Kill 20 enemies with a heavy weapon
Rank 2: Kill 50 enemies with a heavy weapon
Rank 3: Kill 100 enemies with a heavy weapon
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Incapacitation Incapacitation Skill.webp 2 Rank 1: EM weapons do 5% more damage
Rank 2: EM weapons do 10% more damage
Rank 3: EM weapons do 15% more damage
Rank 4: EM weapons have a 15% chance to do 300% EM damage
Rank 1: Deal 400 EM damage
Rank 2: Deal 1000 EM damage
Rank 3: Deal 2500 EM damage
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Lasers Lasers Skill.webp 1 Rank 1: Laser weapons do 10% more damage
Rank 2: Laser weapons do 20% more damage
Rank 3: Laser weapons do 30% more damage
Rank 4: Laser weapons have a 5% chance to set a target on fire
Rank 1: Kill 20 enemies with a laser weapon
Rank 2: Kill 50 enemies with a laser weapon
Rank 3: Kill 100 enemies with a laser weapon
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Marksmanship Marksmanship Skill.webp 3 Rank 1: Increase critical hit chance with non-automatic ranged weapons by 3%
Rank 2: Increase critical hit chance with non-automatic ranged weapons by 8%
Rank 3: Increase critical hit chance with non-automatic ranged weapons by 15%
Rank 4: Critical hits using a non-automatic ranged weapon without a scope do double damage and those with scopes knock down enemies on the next shot
Rank 1: Deal 10 ranged critical hits
Rank 2: Deal 30 ranged critical hits
Rank 3: Deal 75 ranged critical hits
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Particle Beams Particle Beams Skill.webp 2 Rank 1: Particle beam weapons do 10% more damage
Rank 2: Particle beam weapons do 20% more damage
Rank 3: Particle beam weapons do 30% more damage
Rank 4: Particle beam weapons have +5% crit chance
Rank 1: Kill 20 enemies with a particle beam weapon
Rank 2: Kill 50 enemies with a particle beam weapon
Rank 3: Kill 100 enemies with a particle beam weapon
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this r
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Pistol Certification Pistol Certification Skill.webp 1 Rank 1: Pistols do 10% more damage
Rank 2: Pistols do 25% more damage
Rank 3: Pistols do 50% more damage
Rank 4: Pistol kills grant +25% critical hit chance for 5 seconds
Rank 1: Kill 20 enemies with a pistol
Rank 2: Kill 50 enemies with a pistol
Rank 3: Kill 100 enemies with a pistol
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Rapid Reloading Rapid Reloading Skill.webp 3 Rank 1: Reload Ballistic weapons 30% faster
Rank 2: Reload Energy and EM weapons 30% faster
Rank 3: Reload Particle Beam weapons 30% faster 50% chance to avoid getting interrupted while reloading
Rank 4: Chance on hitting enemies to increase reload speed for all weapons by 50% for 15 seconds
Rank 1: Reload 30 empty magazines
Rank 2: Reload 75 empty magazines
Rank 3: Reload 150 empty magazines
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Rifle Certification Rifle Certification Skill.webp 2 Rank 1: Rifles do 10% more damage
Rank 2: Rifles do 20% more damage
Rank 3: Rifles do 30% more damage
Rank 4: Reload rifles 30% faster while you're standing still
Rank 1: Kill 20 enemies with a rifle
Rank 2: Kill 50 enemies with a rifle
Rank 3: Kill 100 enemies with a rifle
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Sharpshooting Sharpshooting Skill.webp 4 Rank 1: Increase headshot critical damage by 50% with ranged weapons
Rank 2: Increase critical damage to enemy legs by 50% with ranged weapons
Rank 3: Increase all critical damage to enemies by 50% with ranged weapons
Rank 4: Ranged critical hit kills increase your critical hit chance with all ranged weapons by 25% for 20 seconds
Rank 1: Deal 50 ranged critical hits
Rank 2: Deal 125 ranged critical hits
Rank 3: Deal 250 ranged critical hits
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Shotgun Certification Shotgun Certification Skill.webp 1 Rank 1: Shotguns do 10% more damage
Rank 2: Shotguns do 20% more damage
Rank 3: Shotguns do 30% more damage
Rank 4: Shotgun kills grant a small chance to stun additional targets with shotguns for a limited time
Rank 1: Kill 20 enemies with a shotgun
Rank 2: Kill 50 enemies with a shotgun
Rank 3: Kill 100 enemies with a shotgun
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Sniper Certification Sniper Certification Skill.webp 3 Rank 1: Scoped weapons are steadier and have less sway
Rank 2: You can hold your breath longer with scoped weapons
Rank 3: Headshots while aiming with a scoped weapon have a +25% critical hit chance
Rank 4: Scoped weapons do 50% more damage while using the scope
Rank 1: Kill 50 enemies using a scoped weapon
Rank 2: Kill 125 enemies using a scoped weapon
Rank 3: Kill 250 enemies using a scoped weapon
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank challenge to unlock this rank
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Targeting Targeting Skill.webp 3 Rank 1: Increased accuracy and range when shooting without aiming Marks up to one enemy within 25m that damages you
Rank 2: Notably increased accuracy and range when shooting without aiming Marks up to two enemies within 50m that damage you
Rank 3: Greatly increased accuracy and range when shooting without aiming Marks up to three enemies within 75m that damage you
Rank 4: 10% chance to disarm targets hit when shooting without aiming Marks up to four enemies within 100m that damage you
Rank 1: Kill 50 enemies without aiming with a ranged weapon
Rank 2: Kill 150 enemies without aiming with a ranged weapon
Rank 3: Kill 250 enemies without aiming with a ranged weapon
Rank 4: Complete the previous rank c
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