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Warhammer 40K: Darktide Plague Ogryn

How to Defeat the Plague Ogryn in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

Our big buddy isn't so friendly in his plague form.

Warhammer 40K: Darktide, like so many other 40K titles, doesn’t shy away from showing just how nasty the universe can get. All sorts of beasts well-known in the 40K fanbase make an appearance, including the infinitely nasty Beast of Nurgle. One such enemy, conveniently also a monstrosity, has tripped a couple of players up but is deceptive in its complexity. Here’s how to defeat the Plague Ogryn in Warhammer 40K: Darktide.

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The Best Strategy for Plague Ogryns in Darktide

The Plague Ogryn, in case you weren’t already aware, is a twisted abomination from the Ogryn buddies we’ve come to know and love. Featuring all sorts of new infestations, sporting a much larger size, and having much more brutish attacks, the Plague Ogryn isn’t an enemy to take lightly. When encountering one, you’ll need a formidable strategy and exceptional teamwork.

The Plague Ogryn’s weakspot is its head, making this fight a little more straightforward than the flank-based fights of the Beast of Nurgle. As such, you’ll want someone who can frontline and deal with the beast while the other three players hang back and hit its skull. By far the best option for a frontline is the Ogryn with a Battle Maul and Slab Shield. Thanks to the Defensive Stance being able to block all damage the Plague Ogryn dishes out. Another great choice is the Zealot, provided they’ve mastered the art of dodging and can safely dance around the Plague Ogryn.

This should go without saying, but another great opportunity would be to catch the big guy out in the open. If you have to run back to an open area, that’s fine, but having that space will let both your frontline and backline be able to do their jobs without pesky corridors getting in the way. If you have to fight it in a small space it isn’t a huge deal, though its stomps may prove particularly devastating.

Related: How to Defeat the Beast of Nurgle in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

That’s all there is to fighting a Plague Ogryn. With some perseverance and communication with your teammates, the Plague Ogryn shouldn’t be a huge issue. That is, provided Endless Horde isn’t sending waves of enemies at you in the process.

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