Skill Books provide a permanent skill increase to a single character. This Wasteland 3 Skill Book Location Guide tells you where to find each of the Skill Books we have discovered while battling our way through Wasteland 3 so far.
There are a lot of items to find and discover in Wasteland 3. Much like the Creepy Dolls, Skill Books are one of the most valuable items you can find on your travels. Skill Books are items that you can find and use on any of the characters within your party. Once you use the Skill Book on a character, the Skill Book is consumed and that character receives a permanent +1 to the skill associated with the Skill Book. If you’re struggling to find locations, check out our Wasteland 3 World Map all locations guide.
We’ve got a break down of the Skill Books we have found so far followed by a more detailed guide on the actual locations.
- Kumite: A History (Garden Of The Gods) – +1 Brawling
- The Shade Tree Mechanic (Machine Shop) – +1 Mechanics
- The Locksmiths Companion (HQ) – +1 Lockpicking
- Tippy Toes (Little Vegas) – +1 Sneaky Shit
- The Infantrymen’s Bible (Hoon Homestead) – +1 Automatic Weapons
- The Red Wire Or The Blue Wire (Arapaho Caravan) – +1 to Explosives
- The Drill Sergeants Phrase (Bizarre) – +1 to Hard Ass
- Fix It (HQ) – +1 Toaster Repair
- Negotiated Settlement (Broadway Heights) – +1 Kiss Ass
- Grey’s Anatomy (Old Survivalist Bunker) – +1 First Aid
- Be The Dog (Machine Commune) – +1 Animal Whisperer
- The Brooklyn Bridge (Tellurium Mine) – +1 Barter
- Neural Net Processor (Department Of Energy Site) – +1 Nerd Stuff
- Make My Day (Godfisher Windfarm) – +1 Small Arms
Where To Find Skill Books In Wasteland 3
At Bellamy Wards Workshop in Garden of the Gods. You need Mechanic 3 to get inside. The Skill Book is inside one of the lockers that require Lockpick 3.
You have to visit the Machine Shop for the main story quests in Colorado Springs. Once you finish the Machine Shop area, search the lockers in the final room.
After you recruit Hope Emerson (the Jailer) to the HQ, visit the jail. There’s a new desk you can break into with Lockpicking. The Skill Book is inside.
Little Vegas is part of a side quest you get after you complete most of the story missions in Colorado Springs. Once you complete the side quest Big Trouble in Little Vegas, search the backrooms for this Skill Book.
A reward for saving the Hoon Homestead in the Heads or Tails Secondary Mission. It is also available if you choose the Arapaho Caravan route. Simply visit the Homestead afterwards and find the Skill Book on a corpse at the location.
This is the other choice in the Heads or Tails Secondary Mission. However, this one is looted directly from a chest here so you can likely visit this location and loot the chest, regardless of whether or not you did the mission here. The Arapaho Caravan is a short distance South West of Ranger HQ.
Complete the mission Nightmare In The Bizarre inside the Bizarre. It provides +1 to Hard Ass.
After you recruit Ananda Rabindranath, he will join you are your base and sell various items. One of the items is the Fix it Skill Book.
Inside the Church in Broadway Heights there’s a locked room with a Cyborg Chicken inside. The switch is just opposite the room on the wall. You can find the Skill Book in the chest next to the chicken.
During the mission Lords of War Secondary Mission that you get in Colorado Springs after you complete the Bizarre. When you head into the bunker there is a flooded room filled with frogs. Clear out the frogs and search the pile of books for this Skill Book. It gives +1 to First Aid.
After you speak with the Central Computer at Denver Airport, head out of the room on the opposite side and take the stairs down. There’s a dig spot here that hides the Skill Book.
After you complete Denver there is a side mission that you get on the World Map that brings you to this mine. You can find the skill book here, on a broken robot. It’s a small mine, you shouldn’t have any problems finding this room. It’s the room with the large scorpion boss.
In the Department Of Energy Site, an area near Aspen that requires maximum level radiation upgrades for your vehicle. The final room, where you fight the Synth and the Scorpion bot, there’s a locker. You’ll find the skill book in there.
Toward the end of the story you reach Goldfisher Windfarm. You can find the skill book in a chest at this location.
We will continue to update this guide on Skill Book Locations as we continue through the game.