This tree focuses on guns, particularly sniper rifles, and Zer0's critical damage capabilities

Skill Tier Levels Effect
Headsh0t skill icon
1 5 +4% Critical Hit Damage per level.
1 5 +3% Zoom and +12% Aim Steadiness (reduces aim disruption when taking damage) per level.
2 5 Kill Skill. Killing an enemy gives you +10% Critical Hit Damage and +15% Reload Speed per level for a few seconds.
2 5 +5% Accuracy per level.
0neshot 0nekill
0ne Sh0t 0ne Kill
3 5 The first shot from a fully loaded magazine deals +12% Damage per level.
3 5 +20% Bullet Speed, +3% Critical Hit Damage, and +2% Gun Damage per level.
3 1 Shots pierce through enemies, gaining +100% damage per enemy pierced. Enemy crit locations highlighted in Decepti0n.
Kill c0nfirmed
Kill C0nfirmed
4 5 Up to +8% Critical Hit Damage per level depending on how long you aim down the sights.
At 0ne with the gun
At 0ne with the Gun
5 5 +25% Hip-Shot accuracy, +10% Reload Speed, and +1 Magazine Size with Sniper Rifles per level.
Critical ascensi0n
Critical Ascensi0n
6 1 Scoring a Critical Hit with a sniper rifle gives you +6% Critical Hit Damage and +5% Damage with sniper rifles. Can stack up to 999 times. Stacks begin to decay if you haven't scored a critical hit after a couple seconds.


This tree focuses on improving Decepti0n, and abilities that benefit both ranged and melee combat.

Skill Tier Levels Effect
Fast hands
Fast Hands
1 5 +5% Reload Speed and +10% Weapon Swap Speed per level.
C0unter strike
C0unter Strike
1 5 After getting hit, your next melee attack has a chance to deal +50% damage per level.
2 5 +5% Fire Rate and +3% Gun Damage per level when your shield is depleted.
2 5 +4% damage per level when attacking enemies from behind or when attacking an enemy who is targeting someone other than you.
Rising sh0t
Rising Sh0t
3 5 Each successful ranged or melee attack gives you +2% Gun Damage and +1.8% Melee Damage per level for a short time. This bonus can stack up to 5 times. Faster weapons can gain stacks more quickly, but slower weapons retain stacks for a longer period of time.
3 5 Your holographic decoy explodes when you become visible again, causing shock damage to nearby enemies. Damage increases per level.
Death mark
3 1 Dealing melee damage marks a target for 8 seconds. Marked targets take 20% additional damage from all sources.
4 5 While Decepti0n is active you gain +2% Gun Damage, +7% Movement Speed, and regenerate 0.8% of your Maximum Health per second per level.
Tw0 fang
Tw0 Fang
5 5 Every time you fire you have a 6% chance per level to fire twice.
Death bl0ss0m
Death Bl0ss0m
6 1 Action Skill Augment. Throws a handful of Kunai knives. Has a random elemental effect. Does not take character out of Decepti0n. Can be used five times per cooldown. Can apply Death Mark.


This tree focuses on melee attacks.

Skill Tier Levels Effect
Killing bl0w
Killing Bl0w
1 5 +100% Melee Damage per level against enemies with low health.
Ir0n hand
Ir0n Hand
1 5 +3% Melee Damage and Maximum Health per level.
2 5 Kill Skill. Killing an enemy regenerates 0.7% of your shield per second and gives +1.5% Action Skill cooldown rate per level for a few seconds.
Be like water
Be Like Water
2 5 Shooting an enemy gives +6% damage per level to your next melee attack. Melee Attacks give +4% damage per level to your next gun attack.
3 5 Kill Skill. Killing an enemy gives +8% Movement Speed, +6% Gun Damage, and +8% Melee Damage per level for a few seconds.
3 5 Your melee attacks deal +8% damage per level when hitting an enemy in the back.
3 1 Melee Override Skill. While Decepti0n is active and a target is under your crosshairs, melee to dash forward a short distance and perform a special melee attack, dealing massive damage. Has a range of 3 meters.
4 5 Killing an enemy with a melee attack restores up to 4% of your health per level depending on how low your health is.
Like the wind
Like The Wind
5 5 +3% Gun and Melee Damage per level when moving.
Many must fall
Many Must Fall
6 1 Killing an enemy with a Melee Attack during Decepti0n deploys an additional holographic decoy and extends the duration of Decepti0n instead of ending it.

Zer0's Borderlands 2 Skill Tree

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