Do you have the strength to take up the role of the Savage?

Welcome to the final instalment of our examination of Heroes of Ruin’s playable character’s skill trees, showing you how every additional experience point you invest in each skill improves that ability as well as the XP you’ll need to unlock a new level for each skill.

This week, we’re inspecting the fierce Savage… while making sure we don’t get too close in the process! The Savage is a quick and powerful warrior, relying on primal instincts and tribal weaponry to decimate his foes. He has a low focus on defense, but his pure offensive capabilities are so viciously effective that he should rarely find himself with a need to defend. Exiled from his tribe, the Savage takes on the mission to save Lord Ataraxis in order to gain power and glory.

Ritual and tradition are important to the Savage, and he believes blood and flesh are the all-powerful forces in the world. His fighting style borders on psychotic, with many of his moves leading to an almost sacrificial finisher that allows him to rip organs or other vitals free for consumption.

As the Savage fights, his innate magical energies draw upon his enemy’s death, stealing their life force with every blow. This fuels the Savage and his abilities, making him all the more deadly for the next fight. Some abilities can even rip free these energies mid-fight, allowing him to stand toe to toe with far more deadly enemies.

How will you choose to level-up your imposing fighter and what effect does each skill point have? Read on to find out.


Meat Hook

Unlocks: 1, 6, 12, 19

Meat Hook stuns a foe with a thrown hook. You then either reel the foe to you, or pull yourself toward it, striking it.

• Additional Ranks increase punch damage and stun duration

Seismic Wave

Unlocks: 3, 7, 13, 20

Seismic Wave sends a blast of energy through the ground at your foes, knocking them back.

• Additional Ranks increase damage and knockback

Spirit Ward

Unlocks: 5, 9, 15, 22
Requires: Meat Hook

Spirit Ward summons spirits that torment enemies that hit you. At max rank, nearby party members are also protected.

• Additional Ranks increase damage

Impact Burst

Unlocks: 8, 12, 18, 25
Requires: Seismic Wave

Impact Burst is a charged strike. When it impacts an enemy, it erupts with a projectile blast of power.

• Additional Ranks increase damage


Unlocks: 12, 16, 22, 28
Requires: Spirit Ward, Impact Burst

Juggernaut makes you faster, and grants damage resistance and restraints immunity. At max rank, nearby party members are also empowered.

• Additional Ranks increase duration


Fresh Meat

Unlocks: 2, 7, 12, 19

Fresh Meat allows you to gain health when you score a hit against an enemy. At max rank, nearby party members can do the same.

• Additional Ranks increase health gain


Unlocks: 3, 8, 14, 21

Onslaught increases your damage and drastically increases your attack’s knockback. At max rank, it does the same for nearby party members.

• Additional Ranks increase bonus damage and knockback


Unlocks: 6, 10, 16, 23
Requires: Fresh Meat

Painstrike deals a vicious dose of damage to foes in front of you at the cost of your own health.

• Additional Ranks increase damage


Unlocks: 9, 13, 19, 26
Requires: Onslaught

Revenge gives you a chance to amass extra damage as you're struck. The extra damage strengthens your next critical hit.

• Additional ranks increase critical strike boost per hit taken


Unlocks: 14, 18, 24, 29
Requires: Painstrike, Revenge

Unyielding makes you more resistant to damage and allows you to stand your ground, regaining energy when struck.

• Additional ranks increase damage resistance and energy returned


Raging Smash

Unlocks: 2, 6, 12, 19

Raging Smash crushes a nearby enemy. If you kill an enemy with the attack, you boost your attack strength and speed.

• Additional ranks increase damage and boost duration


Unlocks: 4, 8, 14, 21

Berserker imbues you with battle rage. As you take damage, you deal more damage with your own attacks.

• Additional ranks increase damage boost

Seal of Battle

Unlocks: 7, 11, 17, 24
Requires: Raging Smash

Seal of Battle gives you a chance to mark the battlefield when struck, increasing you and your allies' attack power.

• Additional ranks increase chance to create seal


Unlocks: 10, 14, 20, 27
Requires: Berserker

Rupture is a powerful combination attack that wounds enemies it strikes, dealing damage over time.

• Additional ranks increase damage and wound duration


Unlocks: 15, 20, 25, 30
Requires: Seal of Battle, Rupture

Frenzy sends you into a berserker fury, unleashing attack after attack at enemies as you channel the attack.

• Additional ranks increase damage


Come back next week when we’ll be taking you through our favourite legendary weapons for each of Heroes of Ruin’s classes!


'U FELT THAT' best line he says aha

my favourite is the savage

i think all classes are cool but i dont like the gunslinger

i like the raging smash most

cool skills


This game really does have potential, and I feel it deserves a sequel.


The best of them all the is the most powerful

The best of them all

The best of them all

cool guy!!!!!

I'll have to play one sometime.

awesome. my savage is my only character right now and i beat the game in a week with him. do you guys like the other character's?

Spirit Ward sounds the coolest. Can't wait to earn that in game!

I like passive skills

Juggernaut, Revenge and Frenzy.

interesting character^^

I really like playing the Savage!

Frenzy-level 3
Berserker-level 3
Revenge-level 2
Onslaught-level 3


Impact burst is cool.

Seismic Wave, Rupture, Raging Smash the hook is neat but I go with passive on the whole after the first three.
I still notice this is updated, but the stats and challenges aren't or at least the xp bar and challenges aren't.

I really enjoy playing my Savage.

frsh meat is nice since it doesnt require a crit

cool. i haven't yet played the savage cause i like the gunslinger but i like the huntsmans skill tree and the maniac skill tree

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