What Are Aced Skills in Payday 3? – Answered

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When creating a build in Payday 3, it’s important to choose the right skills for the job. You don’t want to be creating a loud build and adding in skills from the Hacker skill tree, for example. While the skill trees are often as simple as putting a single point into a skill and being done with it, there’s a little more to it that you might not already know. Here’s what Aced skills are in Payday 3.

What is an Aced Skill in Payday 3?

When assigning points to various skills in Payday 3, you’ll find that the skills in the first slot of every skill tree have a bonus of being Aced. This is often a nice additive bonus on top of what you get for having a point in the skill, but you need to invest a second point into the skill to access it. You’ll know that you have the Aced bonus to a skill when it has a little card symbol on the skill, namely an Ace.

You can have as many Aced skills as your current skill points will allow, but that also isn’t the best way to build out your character. Given that you need to put a second point to get those skills, it’s possible there could be something along that skill tree that might be more useful to you. You also could take that point out and put it into the capstone skill, located on the far right of every skill tree.

What Are the Best Skills to Have Aced?

While each starting skill has a great Aced perk for specific situations, some are better to have Aced than others. Here are the skills you should put a second point into for the most value:


All Aced skills below will heavily depend on whether your build is loud or stealth-focused, so should be chosen accordingly.

  • Mower
  • Infiltrator
  • Escapist
  • Enforcer
  • Gunslinger
  • Strategist

Out of the six skill trees listed above, I use the aced Infiltrator skill for my stealth build and the aced Mower skill for my loud build. Infiltrator provides a boost of speed that’s saved me from being detected a handful of times, while Mower almost guarantees I have that 10% damage bonus permanently. You won’t catch me complaining about free damage.

If you’re looking for more help with your ventures, check out our Payday 3 No Rest for the Wicked stealth guide.

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