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 (up to a normal multiplier of x5.0; with Perks, this can be taken up to x6.0), but will vanish if the player becomes involved in a heavy collision, chooses to rewind, or has their car position reset for any reason.
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.
The Hot Wheels Expansion introduced new skills, including Hot Wheels variations of Air, Drift, and Speed skills.
|Air||Perform a jump||100/120||150/180||250/300||500/600|
|Auto-Immune||Near Miss an infected player||500|
|Banked Section||Pass through a Banked Section track piece||?||?||?||?|
|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|
|Corkscrew||Pass through a Corkscrew track piece||?||?||?||?|
|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|
|Hot Wheels Stunt||Pass through a stunt track piece||?||?||?||?|
|J Turn||Perform a quick 180° direction change from driving in reverse||100||150||250||500|
|Loop-the-Loop||Pass through a Loop-the-Loop track piece successfully||250||500||750||1,000|
|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 a racing 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 (at least 100 mph (161 km/h)) for a prolonged period of time||100||150||250||500/1,000|
|Speed Boost||Activate any Speed Boost platform||500|
|Trading Paint||Tap another vehicle||50|
|Two Wheels||Drive on two wheels||100||200||500||1,000|
|Upside Down||Pass through an Upside Down track piece||?||?||?||?|
|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 enter or exit an online session.
- Speed Boost platforms are not activated at speeds above 250 mph (402 km/h).
- The Speed Boost skill always starts a Skill Chain, regardless of how many seconds have passed after the player's Skill Chain has been broken.