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All Classes in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

Which flavor of heretic slaying do you fancy today?

Warhammer 40K: Darktide lets you play however you want and whoever you want, provided you accommodate both correctly. For example, if you want to be great at raw DPS, Ogryn might not be the best call. Instead, you’d like to play either Veteran Sharpshooter or Psyker Psykinetic. This makes class choice important, as is understanding what each class is best at. Here are all the classes and an explanation of each in Warhammer 40K: Darktide.

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Every Class in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

At the time of writing, Darktide has four different central classes and their first subclass for each. Fatshark hasn’t detailed any new plans for major class additions, though is planning on introducing a new subclass every three months or so. For now, here are what each of the four subclasses does and why you might pick them:

  • Veteran Sharpshooter
    • The easiest to pick up of the classes, the Veteran Sharpshooter is a ranged-focused class that excels and picking off important targets from a distance. Their Frag Grenade lets them take out a small group of enemies easily, while their Volley Fire gives them a massive ranged damage buff for a short time. While perhaps lacking in the ability to hold the frontlines, this class is best for players trying to learn the game and those who just love sniping foes.
  • Ogryn Skullbreaker
    • In case you felt that Vermintide 2’s Foot Knight wasn’t large enough, the Ogryn Skullbreaker is everything you could’ve hoped for. Another very easy class to get the hang of, the biggest of boys excels at staggering his foes using a variety of blunt weapons. His grenade box can deal some massive single-target damage, whilst his ultimate barrels his way through a horde like it’s nothing. He may require his team to follow up on major engages to see effectiveness, but who doesn’t love using their size to their advantage?
  • Zealot Preacher
    • Victor Saltzpyre’s best friend, the Zealot Preacher delivers the God-Emperor’s will through the end of a barrel and hammer. Able to use its Stun Grenade to throw large groups or specialists/elites off, it can charge into the fray and deal major damage close. While fun, this class is considerably more difficult with a major focus on staying in low health without going down. Still, if you want a class that can fill both frontline and damage roles, this is a great option.
  • Psyker Psykinetic
    • For Psyker Psykinetic players, forces from the material world are simply not enough. Harnessing the power of the Warp, these folks use their psychic powers to rip foes limb from limb. Replacing the ability to throw grenades with a brain-bursting attack, and the ability to throw nearby allies down at will, the Psyker easily takes the cake in sheer coolness factor. While much harder than any of the three classes to learn, those who master the Psyker’s kit can truly deal devastating damage.

Related: The Best Weapons for Each Class in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

Whichever class you pick, you can rest assured that you will eventually play all four classes. With five total character slots, there’s plenty of room for variety. That is, depending on how much you’re willing to learn.


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