All characters have a selection of special abilities that augment the basic FPS combat system. For instance, a character with a sufficiently high Pistol Skill can learn the Pistol Whip special ability to knock down an enemy during a close-quarters fight. Rifle experts have a similar ability, called Rifle Smash.
Special attacks can increase damage, introduce status effects (like knockdown and stun), or even debuff an opponent’s abilities. Defensive special abilities—such as Armor Maintenance and Second Wind—can boost your armor rating temporarily and increase your Stamina. Note that using some special abilities require items, such as bandages for Stanch Wounds.