Crew Skills (Blitz)
Update 1.5 implemented an important and much-anticipated feature: Crew skills. There are 18 of them, each with certain bonuses that will improve vehicle characteristics, make the game more enjoyable, and serve you well in the heat of battle.
Mastered Skills Last a Lifetime
The most important thing to know is that mastered skills are not restricted to a particular vehicle or nation -- they're all acquired by the crew. And in World of Tanks Blitz you have only one crew with different levels of mastery in controlling different vehicles. Thus, completely mastered skills are greatly and permanently effective for all types of your vehicles.
By the way, you cannot reset skills and select new ones. So we recommend that you first train the skills matching your preferred play style.
First off, you can train crew skills only in vehicles with mastery trained to 100%.
Second, for training purposes, the skills are divided into 4 groups depending on the type of qualifying vehicles: light, medium, heavy tank, and tank destroyer skills. You can simultaneously train up to four skills, one for each type. For example, to train the Hasty Shot skill, play in a light tank.
Lastly, skills come into effect after they have been mastered to 100%.
Please note that during skill training, experience is accumulated, and you can re-invest your experience from this category into another skill of the same category for free. Once the training progress bar has reached 100%, experience will be spent, and the fully mastered skill will come into effect.
Practice Makes Perfect
Each skill has seven development levels. The effect of the skill and the amount of experience required for its further improvement increase at every level. There are no restrictions applied to skill training. If you are eager enough, you will be able to train all available skills to level VII.
As of patch 4.#, you can apply elite experience (experience still locked to premium vehicles or elited vehicles) towards crew skills for free at a rate of one to one. You can double the conversion rate with silver (10 elite XP plus one credit converts to 20 crew XP), or triple the conversion rate with gold (100 elite XP plus one gold converts to 300 crew XP).
Making a Beeline
There are several ways to accelerate skill training:
Experience multipliers: х2, х3 and х5. You earn several times more experience per battle, thus increasing your crew experience faster. The Mentor skill trained to level V increases crew experience by 5%. Free Experience. The Free Experience to crew experience exchange rate is 1:2. So you can completely master a level I skill for 8,500 Free Experience. This is free, so there is no need to spend any additional Gold or Credits.
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A Premium Account increases both profitability and experience earned in a battle by 50%, thus increasing crew experience. If you started playing World of Tanks Blitz before the release of Update 1.5, you already have a certain amount of crew experience that you can distribute to training.
These are a list of crew skills, prioritized in order of greatest to least importance. You may choose to grind all skills across the board or rush particular skills.
L-Hasty Shot, soft recoil, breakthrough
M-Smooth Ride, Smooth Turret traverse, pen boost, mentor, rage
H-Repairs, Robustness, Firefighting, Close Combat master, Adrenaline Rush
TD-Camouflage, Clutch Braking, Smooth Turn, Sniper, Deadly Accuracy