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In Dynasty Warriors 8, skills amplify particular aspects of a character's fighting ability or provide beneficial effects when equipped. They are acquired by achieving specific conditions such as defeating an enemy officer while retaining full health. In the case of ability augmenting skills, they can be upgraded up to 20 points by repeating their requirements precisely over and over. The chances of upgrading a skill are determined by difficulty level. Up to four can be equipped at a time, though players can alternate between different skills right in the middle of a battle.

Ability Augmentation SkillsEdit

Skill Name Japanese Effects Requirements
Accuracy 白刃一閃 Increases chance of inflicting a critical hit. Defeat an enemy officer with a chain above a certain length.
Quick Learner 守破離心得 Adds a bonus to the amount of experience earned. Defeat an enemy officer that is afflicted with a status ailment.
Fortune Hunter 慶雲招来 Increases character's luck. Defeat an enemy officer with a KO count above a certain level.
Victory Cry 戦庭の勝鬨 Increases the chances of items appearing in battle. Defeat an opponent while using a weapon with an even affinity.
Health Springs 体力の奔流 Adds a bonus to health gauge recovery. Defeat an opponent while using a weapon with an advantageous affinity.
Musou Springs 無双の奔流 Adds a bonus to refilling Musou gauge. Defeat an enemy officer with a Musou or Rage attack.
Rage Springs 覚醒の奔流 Adds a bonus to refilling Rage gauge. Defeat an enemy officer while in a state of Rage or when using a Rage attack.
Burning Spirit 闘志の陽炎 Increases the duration of power-up items. Defeat an enemy officer with a switch attack.
Secret Arts 藤甲秘術 Increases resistance against ranged attacks. Defeat an enemy officer while speed is doubled.
Nullification 無明の帳 Increases resistance against elemental attacks. Defeat an opponent while using a weapon with a disadvantageous affinity.
Equestrian 人馬一体 Improves equestrian skills. Defeat an enemy officer with a mounted attack or mounted strong attack.
Havoc 獅子奮迅 Increases attack range. Defeat an enemy officer within a set period of time at the start of the battle.
Health Boost 体力高揚 Increases the maximum size of character's health gauge. Defeat an enemy officer while health gauge is full.
Attack Boost 攻撃高揚 Increases character's attack power. Defeat an enemy officer while attack is doubled.
Defense Boost 防御高揚 Increases character's defense power. Defeat an enemy officer while defense is doubled.
Mighty Roar 鬨の声 Increases the amount of damage inflicted against enemy officers. Defeat an enemy officer with a storm rush.
Steely Heart 鋼心胆 Decreases the amount of damage received from enemy officers. Defeat an enemy officer with a switch counter.
Determination 捲土重来 Restores a portion of the character's health when knocked down. Defeat an enemy officer while health gauge is red.


Blade-type SkillsEdit

Skill Name Japanese Effects Requirements
Podao 朴刀天稟 Able to use shadow sprint when equipping the podao. Raise Xiahou Dun to Level 50.
Axe 手斧天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the axe. Raise Dian Wei to Level 50.
General's Sword 将剣天稟 Able to use shadow sprint when equipping the general's sword. Raise Cao Cao to Level 50.
Swallow Swords 飛燕剣天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the swallow swords. Raise Lu Xun to Level 50.
Wheels 圏天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the wheels. Raise Sun Shangxiang to Level 50.
Nine Ring Blade 九環刀天稟 Able to use shadow sprint when equipping the nine ring blade. Raise Sun Jian to Level 50.
Twin Swords 双剣天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the twin swords. Raise Liu Bei to Level 50.
Dual Blade 双刃剣天稟 Able to use dive when equipping the dual blade. Raise Cao Pi to Level 50.
Curved Sword 弧刀天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the curved sword. Raise Zhou Tai to Level 50.
Sword 刀天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the sword. Raise Sun Quan to Level 50.
Great Sword 大剣天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the great sword. Raise Guan Ping to Level 50.
Extension Blade 伸細剣天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the extension blade. Raise Yuan Shao to Level 50.
Lightning Sword 迅雷剣天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the lightning sword. Raise Sima Shi to Level 50.
Striking Sword 烈撃刀天稟 Able to use dive when equipping the striking sword. Raise Sima Zhao to Level 50.
Flying Swords 飛翔剣天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the flying swords. Raise Zhong Hui to Level 50.
Rapier 細剣天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the rapier. Raise Liu Shan to Level 50.
Sword & Shield 盾牌剣天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the sword and shield. Raise Xingcai to Level 50.
Sword & Hook 撃剣天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the sword and hook. Raise Xu Shu to Level 50.
Dual Hookblades 双鉤天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the dual hookblades. Raise Yue Jin to Level 50.
Wingblades 双翼刀天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the wingblades. Raise Guan Xing to Level 50.
Flail Sword 連刃刺天稟 Able to use dive when equipping the flail sword. Raise Zhang Bao to Level 50.
Throwing Axes 舞投刃天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the throwing axes. Raise Jia Chong to Level 50.


Club-type SkillsEdit

Skill Name Japanese Effects Requirements
Staff 棍天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the staff. Raise Zhou Yu to Level 50.
Flail 鎖分銅天稟 Able to use shadow sprint when equipping the flail. Raise Gan Ning to Level 50.
Club 砕棒天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the club. Raise Xu Zhu to Level 50.
Twin Rods 双鞭天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the twin rods. Raise Taishi Ci to Level 50.
Tri-Staff 三節棍天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the tri-staff. Raise Ling Tong to Level 50.
Tonfa 旋棍天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the tonfa. Raise Sun Ce to Level 50.
Iron Fan 鉄扇天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the iron fan. Raise Xiaoqiao to Level 50.
Short Rod 短鉄鞭天稟 Able to use shadow sprint when equipping the short rod. Raise Zhuge Dan to Level 50.
Circle Blade 断月刃天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the circle blade. Raise Ding Feng to Level 50.
Nunchaku 両節棍天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the nunchaku. Raise Guan Suo to Level 50.
Dual-Head Mace 双頭錘天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the dual-head mace. Raise Guan Yinping to Level 50.


Spear-type SkillsEdit

Skill Name Japanese Effects Requirements
Twin Axes 双鉞天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the twin axes. Raise Zhang Liao to Level 50.
Dragon Spear 龍槍天稟 Able to use dive when equipping the dragon spear. Raise Zhao Yun to Level 50.
Crescent Blade 偃月刀天稟 Able to use dive when equipping the crescent blade. Raise Guan Yu to Level 50.
Double Pike 双矛天稟 Able to use shadow sprint when equipping the double pike. Raise Zhang Fei to Level 50.
Halberd 方天戟天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the halberd. Raise Lu Bu to Level 50.
Great Axe 大斧天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the great axe. Raise Xu Huang to Level 50.
Pike 戟天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the pike. Raise Lu Meng to Level 50.
Spear 槍天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the spear. Raise Ma Chao to Level 50.
Double Voulge 長柄双刀天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the double voulge. Raise Wei Yan to Level 50.
Dagger-Axe 戦戈天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the dagger-axe. Raise Yueying to Level 50.
Double Trident 両刃槍天稟 Able to use shadow sprint when equipping the double trident. Raise Jiang Wei to Level 50.
Lance 螺旋槍天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the lance. Raise Deng Ai to Level 50.
Siege Spear 破城槍天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the siege spear. Raise Xiahou Ba to Level 50.
Mace 狼牙棒天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the mace. Raise Pang De to Level 50.
Wheeled Halberd 車旋戟天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the wheeled halberd. Raise Li Dian to Level 50.
Rake 九歯鈀天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the rake. Raise Lu Su to Level 50.
Short Pike 短戟天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the short pike. Raise Han Dang to Level 50.


Projectile-type SkillsEdit

Skill Name Japanese Effects Requirements
War Fan 羽扇天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the war fan. Raise Zhuge Liang to Level 50.
Bow 弓天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the bow. Raise Huang Zhong to Level 50.
Throwing Knives 鏢天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the throwing knives. Raise Wang Yuanji to Level 50.
Arm Cannon 連弩砲天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the arm cannon. Raise Guo Huai to Level 50.
Crossbow 弩天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the crossbow. Raise Lianshi to Level 50.
Boomerang 飛刀天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the boomerang. Raise Zhurong to Level 50.
Orb & Scepter 打球棍天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the orb and scepter. Raise Guo Jia to Level 50.
Javelin 擲槍天稟 Able to use shadow sprint when equipping the javelin. Raise Wen Yang to Level 50.


Special-type SkillsEdit

Skill Name Japanese Effects Requirements
Horsehair Whip 拂塵天稟 Able to use dive when equipping the horsehair whip. Raise Sima Yi to Level 50.
Chain Whip 多節鞭天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the chain whip. Raise Diaochan to Level 50.
Bow & Rod 鞭箭弓天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the bow and rod. Raise Xiahou Yuan to Level 50.
Claws 鉤爪天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the claws. Raise Zhang He to Level 50.
Spiked Shield 牙壁天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the spiked shield. Raise Cao Ren to Level 50.
Arm Blade 鉄舟天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the arm blade. Raise Huang Gai to Level 50.
Shadow Fan 翳扇天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the shadow fan. Raise Pang Tong to Level 50.
Bomb 爆弾天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the bomb. Raise Dong Zhuo to Level 50.
Shaman Rod 錫杖天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the shaman rod. Raise Zhang Jiao to Level 50.
Flute 笛天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the flute. Raise Zhenji to Level 50.
Gloves 鬼神手甲天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the gloves. Raise Meng Huo to Level 50.
Harp 箜篌天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the harp. Raise Cai Wenji to Level 50.
Pugil Stick 双杖天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the pugil stick. Raise Daqiao to Level 50.
Chain & Sickle 鎖鎌天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the chain and sickle. Raise Jia Xu to Level 50.
Brush 妖筆天稟 Able to use whirlwind when equipping the brush. Raise Ma Dai to Level 50.
Spinner 旋刃盤天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the spinner. Raise Bao Sanniang to Level 50.
Trishula 筆架叉天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the trishula. Raise Wang Yi to Level 50.
Talisman Cards 呪符天稟 Able to use dive when equipping the talisman cards. Raise Zuo Ci to Level 50.
Wired Gloves 蟷螂鉄糸天稟 Able to use dash when equipping the wired gloves. Raise Zhang Chunhua to Level 50.


Weapon SkillsEdit

Skill Name Japanese Effects Requirements
Dasher 軽功武器天稟 Able to use the special ability of every Dash-type weapon. Obtain all of the Master Skills for Dash-type weapons.
Diver 転身武器天稟 Able to use the special ability of every Dive-type weapon. Obtain all of the Master Skills for Dive-type weapons.
Shadow Sprinter 無影脚武器天稟 Able to use the special ability of every Shadow Sprint-type weapon. Obtain all of the Master Skills for Shadow Sprint-type weapons.
Wind Master 旋風武器天稟 Able to use the special ability of every Whirlwind-type weapon. Obtain all of the Master Skills for Whirlwind-type weapons.


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