How to Unlock the Bolter/Boltgun in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

Who's idea was it to put bolts in a gun?

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Warhammer 40K: Darktide incorporates a wide number of weapons, items, and tidbits from 40K lore, some of which even non-Warhammer fans may know about. Take the numerous mentions of Space Marines, for example; the genetically-enhanced soldiers of the Imperium, armed with powerful weapons and several trucks worth of metal as armor. One iconic weapon makes a more direct appearance in the game, and some have been wondering how to get it. Here’s how to unlock the Bolter/Boltgun in Warhammer 40K: Darktide.

When Do You Unlock the Bolter/Boltgun in Darktide?

The Bolter/Boltgun in Darktide (which we’ll refer to as the official name “Boltgun” for the remainder of this article) is available in two forms, with one form being available for Veteran and one for Zealot. The Veteran will first see their Boltgun in the shop around trust level 15, while the Zealot sees the Boltgun enter the shop at trust level 12. This puts them fairly early into both characters’ progression paths, and the value sure is warranted.

The Boltgun acts as a heavy rifle, being difficult to wield but packing a mighty punch. With some of the highest single-target DPS in the game, those wanting a monstrosity-melting weapon have come to the right place. With that being said, there are a few drawbacks both faithful to the lore and for gameplay purposes. The weapon holds some heavy recoil as one example, meaning each shot is going to have to count if you want to make the best use of it.

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Still, you’ll be happy to see this weapon on your roster. It may not be great in every situation you come across, but it will serve you when you need it most. Now, all we need is a Boltgun for the Ogryn (because they definitely won’t be overpowered with it).

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