West of Loathing - How to Unlock All Perks

Find out how to unlock each and every available perk in West of Loathing. 

If you recently started playing West of Loathing, you might’ve noticed the ability to unlock a variety of unique in-game perks. Some perks can be extremely beneficial to you as you play the game, while others come with some negative aspects that may hinder your progress. To fully master West of Loathing, it’s important to have a general understanding of the game’s perks.

To help you out, we put together a quick guide on how to unlock all perks in West of Loathing and what each of these perks grants you.

West of Loathing - How to Unlock All Perks

Below, you'll find the steps needed to unlock all perks in West of Loathing.

Glutton for Punishment

  • How to Earn: Lose 5 total battles.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Gain EXP even when losing battles.

Stupid Walking

  • How to Earn: Read 6 books in your room before leaving the ranch.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Your character will walk in bizarre and stupid ways.

White Hair

  • How to Earn: Read 2 Necromancer Nex Nex Instruction Manuals.
  • Bonus/Penalty: -3 Moxie.

Emaciated

  • How to Earn: Read 3 Necromancer Nex Nex Instruction Manuals.
  • Bonus/Penalty: -3 Muscle.

Thin Blood

  • How to Earn: Read 4 Necromancer Nex Nex Instruction Manuals.
  • Bonus/Penalty: -10 Max HP.

Withered Muscles

  • How to Earn: Read 5 Necromancer Nex Nex Instruction Manuals
  • Bonus/Penalty: -25 Melee Attack Damage.

Clouded Eyes

  • How to Earn: Read 6 Necromancer Nex Nex Instruction Manuals.
  • Bonus/Penalty: -25 Pistol Attack Damage.

Brawny

  • How to Earn: Available option when reading a Tome of Cow Punching.
  • Bonus/Penalty: +20 Max HP.

Ever Vigilant

  • How to Earn: Available option when reading a Tome of Cow Punching.
  • Bonus/Penalty: +2 Max AP.

Big Spleen

  • How to Earn: Available option when reading a Snake Oiling Magazine.
  • Bonus/Penalty: +3 Spleen Capacity.

Expert Poisoner

  • How to Earn: Available option when reading a Snake Oiling Magazine.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Triple Poison Damage.

Ruthless

  • How to Earn: Kill the sleeping bandity guard.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Grants special dialogue options (negative) when dealing with bandits.

Honorable

  • How to Earn: Choose not to kill the sleeping bandit guard.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Grants special dialogue options (positive) when dealing with bandits.

Mostly Scabs

  • How to Earn: Bump into every cactus you see until the Mostly Scabs perk unlocks.
  • Bonus/Penalty: +5 Max HP.

Minesplainer

  • How to Earn: Explain how mining works to your companion while at the Snakepit Mine.
  • Bonus/Penalty: XP bonus for mining Meat Veins.

Green Thumb

  • How to Earn: Forage 10 plants.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Gain EXP from foraging.

Spittoon Hand

  • How to Earn: Thoroughly search four different spittoons.
  • Bonus/Penalty: 20% Hot, Cold, and Sleaze Resistance.

Goblintongue

  • How to Earn: In Doc Alice’s house, read the three books located on the shelf.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Can speak to Goblins in certain combat scenarios, and adds unique dialogue/world map situations.

Appalachian Skull Whisperin’

  • How to Earn: Listen to the whispering stone in Old Mission Catacombs.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Learn to speak the language of the dead.

Anatomical Learnin’

  • How to Earn: Examine the mechanical woman in the Circus Freak Show.
  • Bonus/Penalty: +3 Melee Attack Damage.

Anatomical Workin’

  • How to Earn: Investigate Janet’s parts at the Circus, or fix the anatomy chart at Kellogg Ranch.
  • Bonus/Penalty: +3 Melee Attack Damage

Expert Silversmithin’

  • How to Earn: Explore the Alexandria Ranch basement.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Can craft extra silver bullets.

Heavy Trigger Finger

  • How to Earn: Build a Cheeky Gesture at The West Pole (requires 20 Moxie).
  • Bonus/Penalty: +3 Pistol Damage.

Song of the Spheres

  • How to Earn: Build an Elaborate Orrery at The West Pole (requires 20 Moxie).
  • Bonus/Penalty: +5 Spell Damage.

Heart of Stone

  • How to Earn: Build an impregnable tower at The West Pole (requires 20 Moxie).
  • Bonus/Penalty: +10 Max HP.

Kellogg Brand Purity

  • How to Earn: Perform the Kellogg Brand purity ritual by sleeping in the Chastity Pants found on Kellogg Ranch.
  • Bonus/Penalty: +30 Max HP.

Kurtzian Physique

  • How to Earn: Join the exercise in a tent located in the Fort of Darkness while wearing the Kurtzfitz Pants and Headband.
  • Bonus/Penalty: +10 Muscle.

Kurtzian Philosopher

  • How to Earn: Talk to Kurt repeatedly in the Fort of Darkness.
  • Bonus/Penalty: +10 Mystique.

Master of Flushing

  • How to Earn: Flush every toilet you come across.
  • Bonus/Penalty: +3 Muscle.

Silver Tongue

  • How to Earn: Choose the option to silver plate your tongue when you come across the Silver Plater.
  • Bonus/Penalty: +3 Moxie.

Passin’ Fair Mycologist

  • How to Earn: Read the book of Mycology, Yourcology found in Alexandria’s Bookstore, or in plot 420 at the Military Cemetery.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Can identify various mushrooms.

Percussive Maintenance

  • How to Earn: Read the books found in the Alexandria Ranch basement.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Can fix various objects.

Vein Glorious

  • How to Earn: Read the books found in the Alexandria Ranch basement.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Earn bonus meat while mining.

Raise Skeletal Buddy

  • How to Earn: Investigate plot 666 at the Military Cemetery.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Can enchant bones to summon skeletons.

Unlimited Bones

  • How to Earn: Kill the cultists located in Buffalo Pile.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Gain access to the bones in Buffalo Piles.

Unlimited Grain

  • How to Earn: Unlock the barn in Kellogg Ranch.
  • Bonus/Penalty: Gain access to the grain in Kellogg Ranch.

There you have it, a look at how to unlock all perks in West of Loathing and what each of these perks grants you. What’s your favorite perk in West of Loathing? Let us know in the comments below!

By reading through this guide, you should now know how to unlock all perks in West of Loathing and what each of these perks does.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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