Jobs and Background Skill Bonuses - Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

Learn more about the jobs and backgrounds as well as the related active and passive skill bonuses in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire.


Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire has arrived, giving players a fresh taste of Obsidian Entertainment's signature RPG style. Players jumping into the title will immediately noticed the depth of the game's many mechanics, the likes of which will be obvious through the game's introductory character creation process. A number of different attributes will need to be defined during this stage, including the hero's Culture and eventually their Background, the likes of which will offer different active and passive skill bonuses. Here are all of the available job Backgrounds and their corresponding buffs in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire.

Jobs, Backgrounds, and Skill Bonuses in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

As part of Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire's elaborate character creation process, players will be asked a number of questions regarding their character's sex, race, and other attributes. Down the line, players will also be tasked with choosing their hero's Culture, which in turn will affect their chosen Background, with different backgrounds providing different buffs to a number of the game's various active and passive class skills.

The different backgrounds listed are partially based on the location chosen in the previous step; players looking to use a specific background that doesn't appear to be listed may need to hit the Previous button in the lower left corner of the Character Creation menu and choose another location in order to find their preferred background and secure the bonuses they desire.

Confused about what skills like Bluff, History, or Streetwise actually dictate? Be sure to check out our guide to all passive and active skills in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire.

Aristocrat: +1 to Bluff, Diplomacy, and Intimidate
You've lived your life amongst the nobility. Your days have been marked by lavish meals and extravagant parties, your conversations peppered with talk of pedigree and bloodlines.

Artist: +1 to History, Insight, and Mechanics
You've always felt driven to express yourself creatively. The structure and rigid control of other pursuits has never satisfied in the same way.

Clergy: +2 to Religion
Piety and prayer are the cornerstones of your public life and you encourage the same in others.

Colonist: +1 to Alchemy, Athletics, and Survival
You were part of a group that founded a fledgling colony on a distant land.

Dissident: +1 to History, Intimidate, and Stealth
You've made a name for yourself as a troublemaker. Disrespect for authority and a lack of care regarding the rules are recurring themes in your life.

Drifter: +1 to Bluff, Sleight of Hand, and Streetwise
You never quite fit in no matter where you go. Each new town is just a place to rest briefly before moving on to the next. You are more comfortable on the road, traveling the world.

Explorer: +1 to Diplomacy, History, and Survival
You find the siren call of the horizon irresistible. You cannot help but wonder what lies beyond the next hill or wave, and you've built your life around finding out.

Hunter: +1 to Alchemy, Mechanics, and Survival
You live for the thrill of the chase. Whether for glory or for sustenance, you have made your living taking the lives of wild creatures.

Laborer: +2 to Athletics
Your life has been spent in the study of your craft. You trained and prepared, hoping to hone your skills and ply your trade.

Mercenary: +1 to Athletics, Intimidate, and Streetwise
Blade and battle is your way of life. You solve your problems by pulling out your weapon and applying force.

Merchant: +1 to Bluff, Diplomacy, and Streetwise
You've traded goods from all over the world, pairing items with buyers of all kinds.

Mystic: +1 to Arcana, Religion, and Metaphysics
You've never been able to explain how the universe guides your path. Behind every task you undertake is a feeling of cosmic direction.

Philosopher: +2 to Insight
You are most at home inside your own head, analyzing the nature of the world and its inhabitants.

Raider: +1 to Athletics, Stealth, and Streetwise
You've spent your life on the wrong side of the law. What you want, you take, and what was theirs has a tendency to become yours.

Scholar: +1 to Arcana, History, and Metaphysics
For you, knowledge is a relentless pursuit. You hoard each kernel of information as though it were precious metal, and time you don't spend learning is time wasted.

Scientist: +1 to Arcana, Explosives, and Metaphysics
The rules that govern the world are a set of alchemical formulae to you, waiting to be discovered and manipulated.

Slave: +1 to Athletics, Streetwise, and Survival
You have never known freedom. Shackles and chains have bound your existence, and someone has told you what to do your entire life.

The crucial choices of Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire's character creation process are nearly complete. From here, players will be directed to choose their weapon proficiencies and modal abilities. To learn more about the game, including the Pillars of Eternity story so far and helpful tactics and tips otherwise, be sure to head over to our extensive Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire walkthrough and guide hub.

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