Skills are driving stunts that reward players experience points upon successful completion. Skills can be initiated in any game mode and will be multiplied if chained with other skills, but will vanish if the player becomes involved in a heavy collision.
Players earn skill points after accumulating a certain amount of points gained by skill chains, which may be spent for unlocking perks in the Skill Shop that will increase the amount of points for certain skill stunts. Driving a Horizon Edition vehicle in singleplayer mode or performing stunts during a skill song will also allow the player gain skill points more quickly.
|Air||Perform a jump||100/120||150/180||250/300||500/600|
|Auto-Immune||Near Miss an infected player||500|
|Burnout||Spin a car's wheels whilst being stationary||100||150||250||500|
|Clean Racing||Complete a race section without a heavy collision||100/200||200/400||500/1,000||1,000/2,000|
|Crown Lover||Hold onto the crown in King for an entire minute||5,000|
|Drafting||Follow the slipstream of an opponent||100/120||150/165||250/275||500/550|
|Drift||Perform a drift||100/110||150/275||250/550||500/1,100|
|E-Drift||Initiate a drift by using the e-brake||100/110||150/275||250/550||500/1,100|
|J Turn||Perform a quick 180° direction change from driving in reverse||100||150||250||500|
|Near Miss||Pass a non-racing vehicle closely at high speed||100/110||150/275||250/550||500/1,100|
|One Eighty||Perform a quick 180° direction change||100||150||250||500|
|Pass||Overtake an opponent closely at high speed||100/120||150/180||250/300||500/600|
|Royal Pardon||Near Miss another player as the King||500|
|Skill Chain||Perform multiple skills in succession||1,000/1,100||1,000/1,100||1,000/1,100||1,000/1,100|
|Speed||Drive at high speed for a prolonged period of time||100||150||250||500|
|Trading Paint||Tap another vehicle||50|
|Two Wheels||Drive on two wheels||100||200||500||1,000|
|Wreckage||Smash through a breakable item||100/110||150/165||250/275||500/550|
- Daredevil and Threading the Needle skills are easier to obtain on highways.
- Air-related skills can be easily earned within the sand dune area in the Outback setting.
- Players are more likely to gain higher positions in online championships by repeating the Clean Racing skill often.
- Points from lost skill chains are counted in Drift Zones.
- Players lose an ongoing skill chain if they exit an online session.