Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Guide – Weapons, Combat, Defense, HP Management (Beginners Tips)

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 may at first seem like an easy, going-through-waves-of-enemies, jumping-onto-platforms action shooter but trust us, it can switch the momentum quickly. Within a split second, you will be encountering enemies from any direction you can look towards. To help you achieve this, we’ve curated this Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Guide.

Some enemies will attack you from such hidden spots that you may rage-quit the game. This game treats newcomers and veterans alike, both need some tips for surviving and progressing in the game. You’re in luck, since we have just the right guide for you to put down those filthy rat-men!

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Guide To Beginners

Since this game doesn’t shy away from putting the players into aggressive, close-quarter combat situations, so shouldn’t you! Be prepared and anticipate enemies from literally any point in the game. This calls for you to keep analyzing the environment by checking behind, forward, right and left. Don’t let the first-person perspective fail you miserably since enemies may approach from any direction.

You should also make a habit of sticking close to your teammates whether they’re bots or real players. Going out alone can quickly leave you vulnerable to large hordes of enemies. So to make sure progression in the game comes as swiftly as possible, get that smugness out of the way mister!

It may be unfamiliar to some of the community but enemies spawn in the game. This means that the longer you take to deal with the enemies, the harder it becomes. Sometimes bosses may even spawn if you are being lazy, idle (not for long) or if you are just failing to finish the battle quickly. Therefore, be effective and keep moving forward at all costs!

Weapons And Combat

Do we need to stress any more on how important of a role combat plays in the game? Since it is a game based around that mechanic, you can’t tip-toe your way around enemies. You heard that right, stealth goes down in the gutter (mostly). Dodging enemy attacks, healing when necessary, and executing finishes and blows to the enemy are integral and what makes the combat of the game what it is.

Understanding which weapons suit your playstyle and can get you out of the tricky situations is the real success in Warhammer: Vermintide 2. This brings us to divide the weapons into certain sub-categories:

Long-ranged Weapons
Purely situational and only if you’re lucky, ranged-weapons may halt the enemies but not for long.

Bows and arrows may be good at taking out that one dude who’s untouchable because he’s not moving away from his location at the top of that tower and other such folks but other than that we’d recommend not opting for this play style in this particular game. For the huge swarm of enemies, melee weapons and mid-ranged firearms are the way to go.

They aren’t however entirely useless since some special types of enemies can only be dealt with by ranged weapons… like crossbows and rifles. Enemies classed ‘Special’ will incapacitate you if you get any close to them. Moreover, bosses are especially vulnerable to these long-ranged weapons, at least the powerful ones like the Kerillian’s Hagbane Swiftbow which deals an incredible amount of damage to the enemy.

Mid-ranged Weapons
Drakefire Pistols alt-fire can be used since they have that shotgun kind of nature where they blast off the enemy.

Drake Guns are like flamethrowers and are quite useful against enemies and for rescuing allies who seem to have been grabbed or drowned by the horde. All in all, the weapons of this class serve as crowd control so your allies have more chances of dealing with the enemies.

Close-ranged Weapons
These include everything from dual-wielded swords to battleaxes and war-hammers. Most of the time, you’ll be dealing with these so practice the timing of your attacks. Most of these can be used together with shields for defense. They are reliable against swarm of enemies since these are usually quick in their execution and deal incredible amounts of damage up-close.

However, be cautious when approaching bosses, you may need to switch to long ranged-weapons and keep your distance from these vicious feeding-on-the-flesh-of-humans killers.

Weapons With Infinite Ammo
Some guns in the game don’t have restrictions on ammo but will have an overheating bar which, when brought to its max, will temporarily make you unable to fire the weapon. The weapon will then dissipate heat which can damage you if the overheating bar is high enough.

The gauge for weapon to overheat can be increased, of course but it may pose danger since the weapon might even explode if the bar is filled, damaging you and even your allies due to the explosion.

The ‘Bright Wizard (Sienna)’ and ‘Bardin’ use weapons of this class to the best of their ability. They can go entire missions without ever needing to use melee weapons. But such play-styles are only recommended for the most experienced players.


Other than attacking, defense shouldn’t be underestimated since it is key to survival. Blocking and dodging are crucial in avoiding hits and thus progressing in the game. Side-stepping enemy attacks or dodging back can give you the extra edge you may need in a one-on-one fight.

Health Management

Firstly, you’re advised to avoid hits as much as possible. Blocking and dodging as discussed above will give you an idea how to do so. Follow that. If unfortunately you do take some hits (oh, don’t worry! We expect you to. In this tough video game) then medkits and potions will be at your disposal. Healing is a big part of this game and so we shall cover some vital details on it.

Potions will give you a fixed amount of health back so you can go easy on them and use them liberally. Medkits, however, will give back a percentage of your original health (80% or so), so if your health bar is more than half of the max health then using medkits would be a waste.

Also note, Tomes and Grimoire will take up the slot that is originally reserved for health so you need to choose one of them. Tomes can be dropped and picked up again but for Grimoire this isn’t the case. Health kits should always be picked up even when you have a little health because there’s no going back in this game. Progression is linear.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 can be challenging but the right amount of knowledge and the right application of that knowledge can lead to a fun and satisfying experience, be it with friends or computer-controlled allies.

This is all we have in our Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Guide. If there’s something else that you would like to add, let us know in the comments section below!