GTA 5 Character Skills

Each of the three main playable characters has eight different skills. The stats of these skills can be enhanced through different aspects of gameplay. Each character has different starting stats, the highest of which reflect their Special skill. For example, Trevor has a much higher Flying ability, Franklin has a higher Driving ability, and Michael has a higher Shooting ability to start. The eight skills are listed below.

  • Driving
  • Flying
  • Lung Capacity
  • Shooting
  • Special
  • Stamina
  • Stealth
  • Strength

Additionally, each character has their own GTA 5 character skills which can be enhanced through single-player gameplay.

Trevor Philips

Special Skill: Invulnerability

While his special ability is active, Trevor can take an excessive amount of damage without dying. Enhancing this skill increases storage capacity, enabling you to use the skill for longer periods of time. Once the Stat Bar for his special skill is maxed out, Trevor’s special skill lasts for up to 30 seconds.

Increasing Trevor’s Special Skill

Things that make Trevor angry increase his special skill. The following events increase Tervor’s Invulnerability Special skill in varying amounts.

  • Failing a mission: small bonus
  • Fall over: small bonus
  • Take damage: small bonus
  • Rammed by vehicle: small bonus
  • Bumping into ped: small bonus
  • Headshot: 7.5% bonus
  • Kill at least one ped in explosion: 15% bonus
  • Maintaining high speeds in vehicles: small bonus

Michael De Santa

Special Skill: Area Kill

While Michael’s special ability is active, Michael enters a bullet-time-like effect, allowing him to slow time and gain the advantage in shootouts. Enhancing this skill allows it to be used for a longer duration. Michael’s special skill lasts for 30 seconds when the Stat bar for Special skill has been max’d out.

Increasing Special Skill

Special combat maneuvers increase Michael’s Special. The following events increase Michael’s Area Kill Special skill in varying amounts.

  • Headshot: 7.5% bonus
  • Stealth kill or knock out: 10% bonus
  • Health drop below 25%: 20% bonus
  • Maintaining high speeds in vehicles: small bonus

Franklin Clinton

Special Skill: Improved Driving Handling

While his special ability is active, Franklin can slow down time behind the wheel of any four-wheeled vehicle or motorcycle. This allows him to easily take corners at full speed and escape possible accidents with ease. By enhancing this skill, you increase its maximum storage capacity, which directly affects its duration. Franklin’s special begins at 1/3 of maximum capacity, where maximum capacity lasts for 30 seconds.

Increasing Special Skill

Extreme driving situations increase Franklin’s Special. The following events increase Franklin’s Driving Special skill in varying amounts.

  • Near vehicle miss: small bonus
  • Drifting: continuous bonus
  • Driving through oncoming traffic: continuous bonus
  • Driving at or above 90% of vehicle’s top speed: continuous bonus