Once your gathering level reached Level 10 (typically once you’ve completed Chapter 1 and 2 in the Newbie Guide), you’ll be prompted to pick a Cert (a profession) for your character. Each Cert comes with special skills and exclusive items as you level up. Choose wisely as you would be spending real money if you want to change it later.

Go to Camp Hall (if you’re already in a camp) or 2nd floor of Hope 101 Commerce Bureau to look for Jessica from the Third Caravan to get yourself certified in one of the 9 professions available. 

There are 3 categories with 3 certs each with 9 certs available overall: 

Gather Expert 

All you who enjoy gathering and grinding (like me), this is the profession for you! You can get certain exclusive items with each Cert. Mount Snow will be your favourite place to be because of the vast amount of resources they have for gatherers.

Lumberjack (aka Logger)

Exclusive Items: Broadleaf, Birch Root, Oak Cedar Leaves, Pinecone, and Elm Bark

Professional Skills

  • Enriched Wood Logging: You can cut down trees such as tree stumps, Olive Trees and Palm Trees to obtained enriched wood. Enriched wood produces 10 times as much wood, the chance of obtaining secondary resources is greatly increased. 
  • Quick Logging: Logging speed increased by 20%. 
  • Primary Wood Crit Chance: Primary logging crit chance increased by 12.5%. 
  •  Secondary Woods Crit Chance: Secondary logging crit chance increased by 10%.
  • Broadleaf: When logging level 4 trees, there is a 14% chance to obtain the Profession Exclusive Secondary Resource Broadleaf. For every 7 Broadleaf exhanged at Stronghold Battles, you’ll get 1 more.
  • Boxwood: When logging for level 4 trees, chance to get boxwood ore increased by 25%. For every 4 boxwood exchanged in Stronghold Battles, you’ll get 1 more.
  • Birch Root: When logging for level 5 trees, there is a 6% chance of getting profession exclusive secondary resource birch root. Birch root can be exchanged at Stronghold Battles. For every 16 birch root exchanged at Stronghold Battles, you’ll get 1 more.
  • Oak Cedar Leaves: When logging Level 5 trees, the chance of obtaining Old Oak is increased by 5%. For every 20 old oak exchanged at Stronghold Battles, you’ll get 1 more. When your Talent reaches Level 4, logging Level 6 trees will have a chance of obtaining the profession exclusive secondary resource Cedar Leaves.
  • Chinese Fir Nanmu: When logging for Level 6 wood, the chance of obtaining Redwood is increased by 5%. When at Level 3 Talent, there is a chance of obtaining nanmu.
  • Pine Saplings: After learning, you can purchase Pine Saplings from Tex Brandon and the Furniture store. After planting, you can get a profession exclusive secondary resource – Pinecone.
  • Elm Bark: After opening a Treasure chest or killing a monster in Levin City, there is a 8% chance to get the exclusive Wood Resource – Elm bark.
  • Elm Leaves: After opening a Treasure Chest or killing a monster in Levin City, the chance of obtaining Elm Leaves is increased by 10%.
Miner

 Exclusive Items: Silicon, Pyrargyrite, Silver Rare Earth One, Spinel, Pyrite

Professional Skills

  • Enriched Vein Gathering: Can gather iron ore, tin ore, aluminum ore and copper ore from enriched veins. Enriched veins produce resource 10 times. Chance to obtain secondary resource greatly increases. 
  • Quick Quarrying: Quarrying speed increased by 4%.
  • Primary Ore Crit Chance: Primary quarrying crit chance increased by 2.5%. 
  • Secondary Quarry Crit Chance: Secondary quarrying crit chance increased by 2%.
  • Silicon: When digging for level 4 ore, there is a 6% chance to get this profession exclusive secondary resource – Silicon. Silicon can be exchanged at Stronghold Battles. For every 16 Silicon exchanged at Stronghold Battles, you will get 1 more.
  • Skilled Copper Mining: When digging for level 4 ore, chance to get copper ore increased by 5%. For every 20 copper ore exchanged at Stronghold Battles, you’ll get an additional 1 copper ore.
  • Pyrargyrite: When digging for level 5 ore, there is a 6% chance of obtaining the profession exclusive secondary resource pyrargyrite. It can be exchanged at Stronghold Battles. For every 16 pyrargyrite exchanged at Stronghold Battles, you will get 1 more.
  • Silver Rare Earth One: When digging Level 5 ore, the change of obtaining Silver Ore is increased by 5%. For every 20 silver ore exchanged at Stronghold Battles, you’ll get 1 more. When your Talent reaches Level 4, mining Level 6 Ore will have a chance of obtaining the profession exclusive secondary resource Rare-earth Ore. 
  • Gold Ore Mercury: When digging for Level 6 ore, chance of obtaining Gold Ore is increased by 5%. When at Level 3 Talent, there is a chance of obtaining Quicksilver.
  • Carbon Steel Drill: After learning, you can purchase Carbon Steel Drills from Tex Brandon and the Furniture store. After planting, you can get a Profession Exclusive Resource – Spinel
  • Pyrite: After opening a Treasure Chest or killing a monster in Levin City, there is a 8% chance to get the exclusive stone resource – Pyrite.
  • KamaciteAfter opening a Treasure Chest or killing a monster in Levin City, the chance of obtaining Kamacite is increased by 10%.
Hemp Picker

Exclusive Items: Jute Stem, Kenaf Bast, Castor Bast, Piemarker Stalks, Dogbane Stalk

Professional Skills

  • Enriched Hemp Gathering: Can gather enriched hemp such as mutant hemp, a single gathering of enriched hemp can produce more hemp leaves. Chance to get secondary resource greatly increases.
  • Quick Gather: Bare-handed gathering speed increased by 4%. 
  • Primary Hemp Crit Chance: Primary hemp gathering crit chance increased by 2.5%. 
  • Secondary Hemp Crit Chance: Secondary hemp gathering crit chance increased by 2% 
  • Jute Stem: When gathering level 4 hemp there is a 12% chance to get this profession exclusive secondary resource – Jute Stem, which can be exchanged at Stronghold Battles. For every 8 Jute Stems exchanged, you’ll get 1 more.
  • Jute LeafWhen gathering level 4 hemp, chance to get jute leaf increased by 5%. For every 20 Jute leaves exchanged at Stronghold Battles, you’ll get 1 more.
  • Kenaf Bast: When gathering level 5 hemp there is a 12% chance of obtaining profession exclusive secondary resource Kenaf Bast, which can be exchanged at Stronghold Battles. For every 8 kenaf bast exchanged at Stronghold Battles, you’ll get 1 more.
  • Sisal Leaf and Castor Bast: When gathering Level 5 hemp, the chance of obtaining Sisal Leaf is increased by 5%. For every 20 sisal leaves exchanged at Stronghold battles, you’ll get 1 more. When your Talent reaches Level 4, gathering Level 6 hemp will have a chance of obtaining the profession exclusive secondary resource Castor Bast. 
  • Nettle HopsWhen gathering Level 6 Hemp, the chance to get Nettle Leaves is increased by 5%. When the Talent is at level 3, the chance to get Hops is increased.  
  • Mallow Seeds: After learning, you can purchase Piemarker Seeds from Tex Brandon and the Furniture Store. After planting, you can get a Profession Exclusive Secondary Resource – Piemarker Stalks.
  • Dogbane Stalk: After opening a Treasure Chest or killing a monster in Levin City, there is a 8% chance to get the exclusive hemp resource – Dogbane Stalk.
  • KendirAfter opening a Treasure Chest or killing a monster in Levin City, the chance of obtaining Kendir is increased by 15%.

Craft Expert 

With this profession, you get to craft some really amazing weapons, armours and furnitures. You won’t be able to gather those exclusive items mentioned earlier. You can, however, purchase them from Trade City. Most people would agree that craft experts are the richest players so spending some gold bars to get the crafting resources shouldn’t be a problem.

Firearms Maker (aka Gunmaker)

Exclusive Items: Molotov, UMP9 Collector’s Edition Skin, steel pipe, engineering plastic, titanium alloy workable, low-temp steel, medium-carbon steel

Professional Skills

  • Molotov: Unlock to get Molotov formula. 
  • Weapon Recovery Master: Sturdiness lost during fine weapon repair decreased by 5% and sturdiness lost during weapon quick repair decreased by 5%.
  • Lucky Production: When making pig iron, iron castings, and hard aluminum alloys, there is a 5% chance to get 1 extra product. 
  • UMP9 Enhancement: Unlock to get UMP9 Collector’s edition formula. 
  • Steel Pipe Making: Unlock to get steel pipe formula. 
  • Assembly Line Production: Ammunition is produced ammo boxes increased by 5%. 
  • Engineering Plastic: Unlock to obtain engineering plastic formula. 
  • Firearm – Luck in Hand: When making screws, steel, and springs, there is a 5% chance of obtaining 1 extra. Profession exclusive Titanium Alloy Workable can be unlocked when upgrading Talents to Level 4. 
  • Amalgam Part: When making Weapon Parts, there is a 5% chance of obtaining 1 extra product. When making Amalgam at Talent level 3, there is a chance of obtaining 1 extra product. 
  • Low-temp Steel: Profession Exclusive Workable Low-temperature Steel Formula obtained. 
  • High Temperature Alloy: When making high temperature alloy, there is a 5% chance to get an additional 1 more.
  • Medium-carbon steel: Profession exclusive workable medium-carbon steel formulate obtained. 
Armourer

Exclusive Items: Level 4 Backpack, Punk Jacket, leather, sewing thread, silica gel, blended material

Professional Skills

  • Backpack Production: Unlock to get hiking bag outfit gift box formula. Get the corresponding outfit after opening the box. You can sell the gift box to other players in the trade city.
  • Armor Recovery Master: Sturdiness lost during armor refinement decreased by 5%.
  • Lucky Production: When making a rag, fabric or nylon cloth, there is a 5% chance of getting 1 extra product. 
  • Punk Jacket: Get the punk jacket formula.
  • Leather-making Technology: Unlock to get a profession exclusive semi-finished leather formula. 
  • Level 4 Expand Backpack: Unlock to get a profession exclusive level 4 backpack expansion material formula. 
  • Sewing Thread Crafting: Unlock to obtain the profession exclusive workable sewing thread formula. 
  • Armor – Luck in Hand: When making plastic, polyester cloth or flannel, there is a 5% chance of obtaining 1 extra. Profession exclusive Fiberglass+ Workable can be unlocked when upgrading Talents Level 4. 
  • Fiber Cloth Flannel Cloth: When making Fiber Cloth, there is a 5% chance to get 1 extra product. When making Flannel Cloth at Talent level 4, there is a chance of obtaining 1 extra product. 
  • Silica Gel: Profession exclusive workable Inorganic Silica Gel Formula obtained.
  • Polyamide Fabric: When making polyamid fabric, there is a 5% chance of obtaining an extra one.
  • Blended Material: Profession exclusive workable blended material formula obtained.
Furniture Maker (aka Upholsterer)

Exclusive Items: Honeycomb board, building paint, floor lamp, mortise & tenon joint, glass vase, cloth lanscape curtain, concrete

Professional Skills

  • Advance Fertilizer Production Method: Unlock to get an advanced fertilizer formula. 
  • Fine Construction: When building, upgrading and repairing in a transfer station costs are decreased by 5%. 
  • Trap Master: Unlock to get a portable land mine formula. 
  • Lucky Production: When making wooden boards, bricks, and cement, there is a 5% chance to get 1 extra product. 
  • Light-fixture Production: Unlock to get a minimalist lamp formula. You can sell minimalist lamps to other players in the trade city. 
  • Serendipity: When opening chests in the wilderness, there is a 5% chance to get new dollars. 
  • Farming Expert: You can buy the profession exclusive fowl goose from Tex Brandon. Yields when feeding animals in the manor, using fertilizer on the crops and oil on the mining machine, will increase by 10%. Unlock the profession exlusive Honeycomb Board workable when your Talent reaches Level 4.  
  • Building Paint: Unlock to obtain the profession exclusive workable building coating formula. 
  • Verticle Floor Lamp: Unlock to get the Formula for the Profession Exclusive Furniture – Floor Lamp. You can sell Floor Lamps to other players in Trade City. 
  • Mortise and Tenon Joint: Unlock to obtain Profession Exclusive Workable.
  • Matching Window Decoration: Unlock the exclusive formulate: glass vase. Upgrade talent to level 3 to unlock formula of cloth landscape curtain.
  • Concrete: Unlock to obtain profession exclusive workable concrete formula.

Combat Expert 

The following three professions are ideal if you’re playing mostly PvP based games as they help you deal more damage.

Rifleman

Increases Rifle DMG. Gain extra spoils from the Infected. After Promotion, DMG to buildings increases. Get DMG Bonuses when beating players. Med effects also increase.

Professional Skills

  • Rifle Expertise: When using an Assault Rifle, Submachine Gun, Rifule, or Shotgun, Reload Speed is increased by 8%.
  • Break The Surface: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun to continuously deal damage to a single enemy, the damage is increased gradually up to a maximum of 5%. 
  • Destructive Madman: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun, damage dealt with buildings is increased by 8%. 
  • Honor Badge: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun, the damage is increased by 1% for every hostile player that is beaten down( maximum 5% ). 
  • Battlefield Recovery: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun, medicine recovery effect is increased by 10%.
  • Crippling Fire: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun, the first shot battle cripples the enemy, slowing them by 5% and preventing them from sprinting for the next 3 seconds. 
  • Quick Hemostasis: When using an assault rifle, submachine gun, rifle or shotgun, feebleness duration is decreased by 15%. When seriously injured, the speed of emergency treatment and medication use is increased by 15%. 
  • Drone Expert: Damage dealt with drone increased by 10%. Has a 4% chance to hit giant monsters’ weak spots. After this talent reaches Level 4, Drone skills’ CD will be reduced. 
  • Jump Suppression: When using an Assault Rifle, Submachine Gun, Rifle or Shotgun, damage dealt to enemies who are jumping is increased by 5%.  
  • Armor-piercing Missile: When using an Assault Rifle, Submachine Gun, Rifle or Shotgun to deal damage, there is a 25% chance of ignoring 1 of the enemy’s armor. 1 extra armor is ignored for every 1 attribute/ special skill upgrade the weapon has. Up to 3 Armor can be ignored. 
  • Precision: When using an Assault Rifle, Submachine Gun, Rifle or Shotgun, precision is increased by 3 when moving.
  • Drone Turbo: When using an Assault Rifle, Submachine Gun, Rifle or Shotgun, Drone gets a portion of a player’s shield according to a 15% ratio.
Sniper

Increases Sniper Rifle DMG. Gain extra spoils from soldiers. After Promotion, can geotag enemies, and DMG to low HP enemies is increased. Headshots can Trance target. 

Professional Skills

  • Sniper Expertise: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, damage is increased by 5%.
  • Let The Bullets Fly: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, the damage is increased by 1% for every 80 yards that a bullet travels, up to a maximum of 5%.  
  • Marker Bullet: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, the enemy that is hit will be marked within 3 seconds. 
  • Tear Wound: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, when damage is dealt to the enemies with less than 40% HP, they will be injured for a continuous 5 seconds taking 3 damage per second. 
  • Head Blow: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, headshot damage is increased by 8%. The enemy receiving headshot damage gets a blurred vision for 2 seconds. 
  • Calm Blood: When gun sights are on, breath hold bar reduction speed is 10% slower. 
  • Enhanced Accessory: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka is fully equipped with accessories, you’ll restore 3% HP every 10 seconds when attacking. 
  • Infectious Ammo: Damage dealt to the humanoid monster when using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, is increased by 8%. When attacking players, 5 health decreases every 5 seconds. After reaching Talent Level 4, heavy weapon’s damage increases.
  • Confounding Strike: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, the target cannot reload or switch weapons for the next 3 seconds after being hit with a Crit.
  • Dynamic View: When using a sniper rifle, bow or bazooka, reload speed and damage on moving targets is increased by 1%. The effect increases by 1% for every 1 attribute/ special skill upgrade the weapon has.
  • Fixed Shooting: When using a sniper rifle, you can enter crouching fire. Can’t move when using crouching fire. Increases firepower by 10%.
  • Breath Holding: The longer you hold your breath when you use a sniper rifle, the higher the damage will be. After 4 seconds, you will reach max damage of 12%. Reaching the highest value will repulse Non-Giant Infected and other players.
Warrior

Increases loot from other players, melee weapons don’t drain energy. After Promotion, frontal attacks DMG down. Meat dishes HP up. 1st attack may knockback enemies. 

Professional Skills

  • Melee Expertise: When unarmed or using non-firearms, the closer you are to an enemy, the higher your chance of blocking. Increased up to 20.
  • Breathing method: When making an unarmed strike or attacking with a non-firearms, there is a 10% chance of not using any energy. 
  • Fearless Warrior: When making an unarmed strike or attacking with a non-firearms, damage taken is decreased by 8% when standing face to face with an enemy. 
  • Carnivorous: Gain HP regeneration effect by eating meat. Different food has a different effect. 
  • Rapid Slash: When making an unarmed strike or attacking with non-firearms, the first strike has a 40% chance of making non-large enemies flee from combat. 
  • Tough Will: Grievous injury time decreases by 70% of its original amount. 
  • Critical Attack: When attacking non-large units that are no more than 5 levels above you with non-firearms  or unarmed, you have an 8% chance to inflict under attack status on the target (if it’s not the primary target, the chance is halved.) Works 1 time per 5s max. 40% of the damage you deal with be counted as Crit damage.
  • Assault Expert: When making an unarmed strike or attacking with a non-firearms, damage taken to everywhere except for your head will be reduced by 8%. When your talent reaches Level 4, non-firearm weapons slash range will increase.
  • Vigorous Posture: When holding a non-firearm, damage taken when squatting is reduced by 8%. 
  • Crippling Blow: When you deal damange with non-firearms, it has a 8% chance to make the target unable to jump and squat for the next 5 seconds. Duration increases by 0.5 seconds for every 1 attribute/ special skill upgrade the weapon has.
  • Conceal: Equip non-firearms to get close to the monster from behind and you won’t get easily discovered. Getting close to a player from behind will grant a 3% speed-up effect. After entering combat, concealment is lost.
  • Slasher: Increase the attack speed of non-firearms by 5%. Can use non-firearm attacks when jumping, firepower increases by 8% during the jump.
Virus Expert

Your talent can cause the Infected to drop more Infected materials so you can make more serums. Virus damage talent attributes will be gained after upgrading.

Exclusive Items: Hardener, T-Hormone

Professional Skills

  • Sample: Additional loot can be obtained from infected in the wilderness including claw and beast tendon.
  • Activation Tech: When making serum, there is a 4% chance of obtaining an extra product.
  • Virus Bullet: Once weapon virus slots are developed, most eapons can have toxins attached. This can make your weapons deal additional virus DMG and also reduce target’s health.
  • Efficient Use: The diffuser’s effect duration for each serum is 6% longer.
  • Team Blessing: Obtained the exclusive serum formula: Hardener. The HP regeneration and shield recovery effect of the diffuser is increased by 5%.
  • Toxin Enhancement: Virus bullets provided by each bottle of toxin increased by 20%.
  • Diffusion Tech: The radius of the diffuser increases by 12%.
  • Poison Penetration: Virus bullets reduce the health of a target by 10%.
  • T-Hormone: Get the exclusive serum formula T-Hormone. Using T-Hormone in a diffuser can increase the damage bonus for teammates in the area by 10%. When using on yourself, the effect is enhanced by 12% DMG bonus.
  • Virus Effect: All virus damage increased by 3%
  • Medic’s Bane: Virus bullets have a 5% chance to cause its target to gain 10% less HP from medicine recovery for 10 seconds.
  • Viral Contagion: When dealing virus DMG to a target, there is a 1% chance of dealing 50% virus DMG to the enemies nearby.

Which is the best profession?

Obviously the best profession to select would be the one that’s based on your gaming style. Firearms Maker is known to be the best recommended profession according to many. I personally prefer to be a gatherer as I hardly want to go into combat mode unless I have to but it really boils down to how you want to play the game. Isn’t that the beauty of an open world cum sandbox games? So, which profession do you think it’s the best? Feel free to comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Originally posted on September 29, 2019