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What is Toughness in Warhammer 40K Darktide? – Answered

Welcome to the Darktide Spitoon, how tough are ya?

Warhammer 40K: Darktide’s systems are rather confusing, let alone vast in number. You have to be concerned about HP, corruption, stagger, cleaving, first target, and many, many more different systems. This can be overwhelming when starting, and you may miss key details such as a rather important stat relating to HP. Here’s what Toughness is in Warhammer 40K: Darktide.

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Darktide Toughness Explained

Toughness in Darktide is the blue bar that appears above your health bar at the bottom left of your screen. This value changes based on which class you’re playing, with the Ogryn having 100 Toughness and the Veteran having 200 as just a few examples. This bar acts as a shield of sorts, taking incoming damage for you instead of dealing damage to your health. This makes it an incredibly valuable resource, as a regenerating shield means you won’t need the team’s healing resources nearly as often.

If you lose Toughness, there are a few ways you can regain it. Melee kills namely can restore a small amount of Toughness for each kill. Being near your allies can also slowly regain your Toughness, with it regaining at a faster rate depending on how many allies you’re near. Outside of these two primary ways of regeneration, your level five feat for any class will offer three options to choose from to regain Toughness. Generally, these take the form of two attack-based forms of regen, along with a feat for faster regeneration while in Coherency.

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While Toughness may seem like an expendable resource, it’s important to remain safe and secure with it. Sure, it may have several ways of regenerating, but learning to block and dodge hits will do you much more good in the long run. Think of this simply as a way to soften the punishment for mistakes instead, and you’ll play much better long-term.


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