Among the four playable heroes in Gotham Knights, Robin carves out his niche as a stealth specialist with a number of skills that allow him to misdirect and manipulate the enemy. This guide will cover the best abilities available to Robin.


Gotham Knights features four skill trees for each of its playable characters, each offering different skills and abilities to assist them in gameplay. With the notable exception of the Knighthood skill tree, all skill trees are accessible from the beginning of the game. Robin’s skill trees consist of Slugger, Shadow, Tinkering, and Knighthood.

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Best Slugger Skills

The Slugger Skill Tree provides Robin with skills that improve his capabilities in direct combat, mostly by improving his critical hits, elemental effect buildup, and the effectiveness and capabilities of his decoy.

Elemental Decoy

Elemental Decoy is a fantastic early investment that makes Robin way more effective in combat. It allows his Momentum Ability Decoy to deal a ton of elemental effect buildup onto any foe that attacks it. The type of elemental effect is determined by Robin’s equipped melee weapon, and one of the best options here is definitely Ice, though all the elemental effects can be very powerful and useful.

Explosive Decoy

An upgrade from Elemental Decoy, Explosive Decoy ramps up the damage and causes a single large explosion of elemental damage, often enough to flash freeze enemies, instantly ignite them, or inflict mass stun. Timing the Decoy skill carefully to spawn it in the path of an oncoming attack not only feels amazing but can also provide Robin with an easy escape and counterattack opportunity.

Elemental Focus

Elemental Focus provides Robin with a very useful passive buff and serves as the capstone skill of the Slugger Skill Tree. With Elemental Focus, Robin gets a 20% bonus to critical hit chance when targeting enemies afflicted with an elemental effect, which will likely be most of them if an Explosive Decoy just got triggered.

Best Shadow Skills

Robin’s Shadow skill tree allows Robin to become the best stealth character in the game, able to perform takedowns on even the largest of enemies and reduce enemy awareness.

Turnabout Takedown

This skill is a very valuable skill for Robin’s playstyle, allowing players to perform silent takedowns and ambush takedowns on large enemies, either taking them down instantly or dealing huge amounts of damage instantly. Since Robin performs best when striking unseen and has a number of useful stealth skills, this allows him to make full use of them even against minibosses.

Vantage Hanging Takedown & Vantage Hanging Takedown Mine

The Vantage Hanging Takedown is a returning favorite for players of the Batman Arkham games, allowing Robin to grab an enemy and leave them hanging from a perch flailing wildly and screaming. This can be useful for forcing enemies in difficult positions to move away and investigate the noise, lure enemies into traps, or just enter combat with style. Upgrading it further with the Vantage Hanging Takedown Mine allows Robin to deploy an explosive mine underneath his helpless victim, ensuring that any allies coming to their aid are in for a surprise.

Shadow Renewal

Shadow Renewal is the capstone skill of the Shadow Skill Tree and a fantastic aid to Robin’s survivability. Simply put, it restores his health by 25% whenever he performs a takedown on an enemy, rewarding him for making creative use of smoke bombs and the environment to escape combat and prepare an ambush.

Best Tinkering Skills

Robin’s Tinkering Skill Tree is all about upgrading Robin’s elemental effects and giving him extra options for setting traps and manipulating foes in combat.

Elemental Charge & Enhanced Elemental Effects

Elemental Charge is the first available skill in the Tinkering Skill Tree, and it allows Robin to inflict elemental effect buildup 25% faster. This makes it very easy for him to freeze, burn, stun, or electrocute enemies in combat, allowing him to whittle down the enemy’s ability to fight back and control the battlefield. Enhanced Elemental Effects, the capstone skill of the Tinkering Skill Tree, doubles the duration of all elemental effects inflicted by Robin, making him superb at locking down enemies and taking advantage of Damage Over Time Effects. Pairing these skills together is a fantastic investment for making Robin more effective in combat.

Elemental Burst

Elemental Burst is a fantastic skill for causing chain reactions of elemental effects during battle. It gives Robin a 5% chance to deal additional elemental damage in an area around him whenever he deals elemental damage. Whenever this happens, it also reduces enemy elemental effect resistance by 50% for 10 seconds. This is fantastic on its own and only gets more useful when paired with skills like Elemental Charge and Explosive Decoy.

Enhanced Sticky Pellets

Sticky Pellets are one of Robin’s more situationally useful tricks, allowing him to deploy short-lived explosive mines that enemies are often all too happy to stumble into. Upgrading them into Enhanced Sticky Pellets allows them to last up to 10 seconds and deal 33% more damage, making them a lot more usable and viable for setting traps in and out of combat.

Best Knighthood Skills

Robin’s Knighthood Skill Tree, unlocked by completing his Knighthood Challenges, provides an array of generally powerful and useful skills, along with upgrades for his Microbots Momentum Ability.

Slideways Takedown

This fantastic skill allows Robin to use his Slideways teleport to grab an enemy from a distance and instantly perform a takedown on them, allowing him to break up enemy formations and take out a valuable target even when they’re in a difficult spot to sneak up on.

Aerial Attack Smoke

Further emphasizing Robin’s hit-and-run playstyle, Aerial Attack Smoke allows him to perform his aerial attack before immediately deploying a free smoke bomb, obscuring his position and affording him the opportunity to immediately re-enter stealth. This can be useful for softening up enemies that have too much health to be eliminated via a takedown right away and for escaping enemy view to prepare a follow-up attack.

Stealth Takedown +

This skill grants robin a boost to damage, critical chance, defense, and elemental effect build-up for 15 seconds after performing a takedown. This allows him to enter combat on a high note via an ambush takedown, greatly enhancing his capabilities for a decent amount of time, and can be combined with smoke bombs and decoys to escape and reactivate the buff.

Gotham Knights is available for PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X/S.

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