Which Warhammer 40K: Darktide class should I use?

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide eliminates the script heroes of Warhammer: Vermintide 2 and replaces them with player-created characters, allowing the player to choose their own origin, personality, and class. It makes for some fantastic barking and witty banter, but it also gives players the welcome option to double up on useful roles instead of forcing each party member to be unique.

While it’s great to spend time with most of these characters, it’s hard to get a feel for how they actually play without taking them into some higher-level matches and unlocking their signature arsenals. Based on developer Fatshark’s previous work, it’s safe to expect further balance changes to come down the line, as well as new classes and archetypes as eventual DLC. But for now, here’s what the class list looks like Polar Nightits launch period.

Veteran: Sharpshooter

The veteran is a member of the Imperial Guard, relegated to prisoner status and freed only by the luck of being in the right place at the right time. Don’t feel too sorry for the veteran, as they currently sit atop the pile of Rejects. Their core fantasy is very easy to explain and understand: They are genuine good at guns. Right now they are good at everything else too.

The chainsword is a powerful melee tool for cutting through hordes of baddies like a knife through butter, and of course the veteran also has access to an arsenal of ranged weapons. Their battle stance highlights particular enemies, making them adept at taking out priority targets like Poxbursters or Scab Snipers. Although, unlike the damage-prone Psyker, they require a lot of ammo, they are also much less of a glass cannon than their mate. Right now, the veteran is just good at everything, and a reliable pick at all levels of play.

Photo: Fatshark

Ogryn: Brute

Ogryn is an interesting contrast to the veteran. While the latter is a superb tank, the Ogryn specifically is a master at being a big, chunky tank. His shield gives him a powerful tool to deal with the game’s toughest enemies (like the Daemonhost), by absorbing damage and blocking offsets. There are few better feelings Polar Night than blocking a chokepoint with Ogryn, let your sharpshooters swarm around you for clear shots, and hold the line while your comrades tear down heretics at hand.

Ogryn’s great strengths are paired with great, obvious weaknesses. He’s an unwieldy guy, and without a veteran or psyker by his side, he’ll be up against Snipers, Poxbursters, and Gunners. His explosive strength does not transfer to long-range solutions, making Ogryn the ultimate team player.

Psycher: Psychokinetic

Psycher triumphs at lower levels of play and is one of the most fun classes to use right now. Instead of a grenade, Psyker uses a brain burst to explode a heretic’s head in a shower of gore and green smoke. After a few levels, they trade in their pistol for a force staff that shoots Palpatine lights or manifestations of psychic power.

The psyker requires more work than the veteran, mainly thanks to the Peril system. As Psyker casts, their vessel builds. At 100% they have a nasty tendency to inflate. They also get a stack buff every time they kill an enemy with a brain blast. That buff slowly wears off over time unless they keep popping. Psychs are high maintenance, squishy and drop off at higher levels – but they’re also the most satisfying class in my book.

A Zealot: Preacher fires a flamethrower into a crowd of Chaos-corrupted citizens of the Tertium Hive in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

Photo: Fatshark

Zeal: Preacher

Here we are with the weakest Reject in the current crew: the Zealot. The Zealot falls behind the Veteran by damage dealt, the Ogryn by the frontline utility, and the Psyker by eliminating priority targets. There are changes I can see that make the Zealot more engaging – perhaps giving their special abilities a lock-on, à la Vanguard in Mass Effect 3s co-op, or polish their signature melee hammers to surpass the veteran.

While the Zealot is my favorite class in terms of pure taste – I cackle every time my Zealot howls praises to the God Emperor with the fervor of a Twitch streamer – the class is just… OK. The flamer is fun, and the warhammer has a meaty swing, but if you forced me on a surprise shot to eliminate one of the classes, it would be the Zealot.

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