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In addition to skills, players can obtain different Perks which alter basic abilities or give new ones. This page contains a list of all perks in West of Loathing and how to acquire them.

Image Name Effect Source Class
Icon skeleton.png Anatomical Learnin' +3 Melee Attack Damage Obtained by examining Janet, the mechanical woman, in the Circus freakshow exhibit All
Icon whisperskull.png Appalachian Skull Whisperin' You can speak to one specific skull Listening to the creepy whispering stone found in the Old Mission Catacombs All
Icon newspaper.png Better Living through News +1 Muscle
+1 Mysticality
+1 Moxie
The Gun Manor Hedge Maze, by following N, E, W, S, All
Icon bigspleen.png Big Spleen +3 Spleen Capacity Option when reading Modern Snake Oiler magazine Snake Oiler
Icon bovicusboon.png Boon of Duke Bovicus +6 Muscle
+6 Mysticality
+6 Moxie
-20 Maximum HP
Accepting the pact with Duke Bovicus All
Icon heart.png Brawny +20 Maximum HP Reading Advanced Cow Punchin' Cowpuncher
Icon hat cultist.png Clouded Eyes -25 Pistol Attack Damage Reading 6 Nex-Mex Books All
Icon obsession.png Corrupt Obsession -50% to Meat Gains
-50% Item-finding Bonus
Reading 7 Nex-Mex Books All
Icon cowrruption.png Cowrruption +6 Melee Attack Damage
+6 Pistol Attack Damage
+6 Spell Damage
Eating at least 5 of the following foods, dropped by cow enemies. All
Icon emaciated.png Emaciated -3 Muscle Reading 3 Nex-Mex Books All
Icon vigilant.png Ever Vigilant +2 Maximum AP Option when reading a volumne of Advanced Cow Punchin' Cowpuncher
Icon poisoner.png Expert Poisoner When you apply poison, you apply 3 times as much Reading an issue of Modern Snake Oiler magazine Snake Oiler
Icon bulletsilver.png Expert Silversmithin' You make extra silver bullets when crafting them Reading Gold Medal Silversmithing All
Icon apple.png Friend of Horses +1 Speed Being sufficiently kind to your horse. All
Icon glutton.png Glutton for Punishment You gain experience from fights even when you lose Losing 11 fights in a row. All
Icon goblintongue.png Goblintongue You can communicate with Goblins One of the books in Doc Alice's bookcase All
Icon greenthumb.png Green Thumb Gain XP from Foragin' Foragin' 5 times All
Icon stoneheart.png Heart of Stone +10 Maximum HP Building an impregnable tower at The West Pole (requires 20 Muscle). All
Icon stonefinger.png Heavy Trigger Finger +3 Pistol Damage Building a cheeky gesture at The West Pole (requires 20 Moxie and provides 100 XP the first time). All
Icon honorable.png Honorable Honorable options will be available in some situations Choosing not to shoot Thud Fricker during the Boring Springs prologue All
Icon kelloggpurity.png Kellogg-Brand Purity +30 Maximum HP
Removes Cowrruption
But you can still consume cow eatables after getting this perk.
Acquiring Purity of Glands, Purity of Guts, and completing the Purity of Muscles regimen. All
Icon kurtzmox.png Kurtzian Charm +10 Moxie Fort of Darkness, getting the Lactarius Dirtihippica mushroom for free instead of paying 1000 meat. All
Icon greekletters.png Kurtzian Philosopher +10 Mysticality Talking to Talkin' Dude in the Fort of Darkness until you receive this perk All
Icon kurtzheadband.png Kurtzian Physique +10 Muscle Asking to join in on the exercising whilst wearing the Kurtzfit pants and headband in one of the tents at the Fort of Darkness All
Icon toilet.png Master of Flushing +3 Muscle Flushing 5 toilets All
Icon pick.png Minesplainer You're a real expert! You'll gain XP when you interact with mining stuff While at the Snakepit Mine, choosing to "explain" the mining equipment fully All
Icon jerky.png Mostly Scabs +5 Maximum HP Bumping into a lot of cactuses (20) All
Icon boots2.png Out of Gum +10 Muscle Reading Kickin' Ass and Chewin' Gum All
Icon mushroom.png Passin' Fair Mycologist You can identify useful or dangerous mushrooms Gained from reading Mycology, Yourcology All
Icon wrench.png Percussive Maintenance You can fix things the easy way, Reading the book Percussive Maintenance All
Icon beermug.png Quick / Drunk +15 Pistol Attack Damage
+1 Liver Capacity
Reading The Quick and the Drunk All
Icon summonskeleton1.png Raise Skeletal Buddy Summon a skeletal buddy to get between you and the forces of evil. Reading Fundamentals of Nex-Mex All
Icon summonskeleton3.png Raise Skeletal Gunslinger Examine loose teeth in your inventory to enchant them Reading Dark Forbidden Secrets of Nex-Mex All
Icon summonskeleton2.png Raise Skeletal Thrall Examine skull chips in your inventory to enchant them Reading Frightening Topics in Nex-Mex All
Icon book4.png Remembered Lore +15 Spell Damage Reading Forgotten Lore All
Icon ruthless.png Ruthless Ruthless options will be available in some situations Opting to kill one of the sleeping Fricker Gang members, either Thud Fricker or Soapy Fricker. All
Icon silvertongue.png Silver Tongue +3 Moxie Having the Silver Plater silver plate your tongue. All
Icon stonesphere.png Song of the Spheres +5 Spell Damage Building an elaborate orrery at The West Pole (requires 20 Mysticality). All
Icon nospit.png Spit-Free +5 Muscle
+5 Mysticality
+5 Moxie
Examine the spittoon in Frisco without having looked at any others. All
Icon spittoon.png Spittoon Hand 20% Hot Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Sleaze Resistance
Putting your hand in the spittoon at Roy Bean's House All
Icon walkingstupid.png Stupid Walking You walk in silly ways Reading the book Walking Stupid. All
Icon thinblood.png Thin Blood -10 Max HP Reading 4 Nex-Mex Books All
Icon blackbeans.png To Serve Mankind +10 Mysticality Reading To Serve Food to Mankind All
Icon uncanny.png Uncanny Presence 20% Hot Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Stench Resistance
20% Spooky Resistance
20% Sleaze Resistance
Option when reading a volume of Advanced Beancraft Beanslinger
Icon crossbones.png Unlimited Bones The bones of the Buffalo Pile are at your disposal Killing the cultists in Buffalo Pile by going left from the first room or by building Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Bill All
Icon grainsack.png Unlimited Grain The grain at Kellogg Ranch is at your disposal Unlocking the barn at the Kellogg Ranch All
Icon meatvein.png Vein Glorious Increased Meat gains from mining Obtained from Alexandria's Bookstore All
Icon whitehair.png White Hair -3 Moxie Reading 2 Nex-Mex Books All
Icon witheredmuscle.png Withered Muscles -25 Melee Attack Damage Reading 5 Nex-Mex Books All
Icon leather1.png Year-Round Tan +10 Moxie Reading Tanning and Tanning All
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