Most of the traits are no brainers to level. Athletics feels like a different beast however. I looked it up and it said running around and exhausting stamina levels it but I haven't noticed it working.

The only reliable thing so far is finding 'Force Open' options on shutters and doors. Is there anything else I could do to raise it?


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Punching, dashing, climbing, jumping, sliding and running will all level the athletics skill. As long as its hitting your stamina, it should be working towards more athletics experience.

With punching, you don't have to hit anything. Sliding is achieved by crouching while running. Dashing is achieved by double tapping a direction (or double tapping crouch while moving in a direction).

Having the double jump leg mods and using liberal use of the double jump and parkour actions available in the game will also help you get around while levelling up your athletics.

Dashing in particular will give regular experience for the number of times you need to dash each time - in my last playthrough I found myself dashing constantly around whoever I was supposed to be following during all of the "walking" sequences rather than trying to walk and this gave quite a lot of experience quickly.

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    Thanks, I tried both answers and after about 2 hours of experimenting while questing it seems that those actions do increase the skill, but you have to do it a certain amount of times before being given a chunk of exp. Which is why I wasn't noticing it before. Much appreciated.
    – Ry Kelly
    Commented Jan 16, 2021 at 4:15

Based on personal experience, it's a difficult skill to level. You have to run for a certain amount of time (~30 seconds) without breaks, and jumping or sliding (by crouching while running) help. Effectively, you have to treat it like a parkour game and find new ways to quickly move around. Jumping onto and off benches or low walls seems to help too, as it becomes easier to run uninterrupted if you can get just above most of the crowds.

I've also found that the risky behavior of bringing a fist to a gun fight helps cross-train the skill with street brawler, because I'll be running and sliding between cover and my next opponent, but it's much slower than focusing on running itself. The short answer is stop using a car or fast travel and just run everywhere.


It is almost certainly bugged at the moment: you'll want to, at the least, avoid perks that reduce stamina drain and possibly look into levelling glitches for this: I'm currently level 46, spent a lot of time travelling on foot and fighting with hands, and it's only level 4.

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    What level is your "body" at?
    – kalina
    Commented Jan 18, 2021 at 10:08

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