Horizon Forbidden West introduces six skill trees: Hunter, Warrior, Survivor, Trapper, Infiltrator, and Machine Master. Each contains numerous abilities that allow players to sculpt the Aloy of their liking. Whether she’s a melee-focused butt-kicker or a stealth-oriented machine hacker, there’s no wrong answer in terms of what you choose. It can, however, be paralyzing to know where to start.
Though it’s ideal to focus on maximizing one or two trees, each has staple abilities that every player should have, no matter their playstyle. The best part is these essential skills are inexpensive (costing a single skill point) and sit among the first batch of available traits, making them easily accessible.
So, before you travel entirely down the rabbit hole of a particular skill tree, invest the first few hours into cherry-picking these must-have abilities.