Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Heroes Guide

Our Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Heroes Guide will help you learn all about different types of Heroes in Vermintide 2, their careers, career skills, passive abilities, and how to play them.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Heroes

Every person comes up with a unique playstyle of his/her own. To match the playstyle in one of the classes within a game is integral for the remainder of the journey that the player has to go through.

Aiming for deep gameplay and customization, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has a similar system with regards to the class and career mechanic of the game.

Below we discuss some of the heroes/characters that you can play as, along with the careers you can opt as sub-classes within that category.

Skills attached to these sub-classes have also been discussed. Do note that if you grow tired of a character or the sub-class, don’t worry, you can switch to a different one whilst in the game. See below and decided which character and career suits your playstyle best.

Markus Kruber

Being a knight with heavy equipment and less flexibility, this type is recommended for players who are ready to engage in close-quarter combat and be the ‘muscle’ for the team. He comes equipped with a Greatsword and Cannon. They are always the front of the pack when it comes to starting battles. The player can choose from the following three careers, each one coming with a unique passive skill and a career skill.

Mercenary

Career Skill: Moral Boost
Grants health to nearby teammates while staggering enemies in the process.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Drillmaster
  • Mercenary’s Pride
  • Captain’s Command

Level 10

  • The more the Merrier
  • Limb-Splitter
  • Helborg’s Tutelage

Level 15

  • Mainstay
  • Smiter
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Reikland Reaper
  • Enhanced Training
  • Strike Together

Level 25

  • Stand Clear
  • Blade Barrier
  • Black Market Supplies

Level 30

  • Walk it Off
  • Ready for Action
  • On Yer Feet, Mates

Passive Ability:

Paced Strikes
During a single swing of the weapon, if you manage to hit 3 enemies, attack speed increases by 10% for 6 seconds. The ability also boosts chances of a critical strike and to tear through more of the enemies.

Hitting the Sweet Spot 

Attacks cleave through more enemies.

No More Laughin’ Now!              

Increased critical chance.

Huntsman (From Level 7)

Career Skill: Hunter’s Prowl
Can vanish for an instant and ambush enemies.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Taste of Victory
  • Huntsman’s Tally
  • Taal’s Bounty

Level 10

  • Keep it Coming
  • Make ‘Em Bleed
  • One in the Eye

Level 15

  • Smiter
  • Bulwark
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Thrill of the Hunt
  • Makin it Look Easy
  • Burst of Enthusiasm

Level 25

  • Shot Crafter
  • Tough Hide
  • Longshanks

Level 30

  • Blend In
  • Concealed Strikes
  • Head Down Hidden

Passive Ability:

Waste not, Want Not
Headshots carried out from long range will recover 1 point of ammunition and increase chances of a critical hit.

Call Out Weakness

Critical strike chance aura that gives +5% critical chance.

Poacher’s Mark

Double effective range for ranged weapons.       

Deep Pockets   

+50% ammunition

Foot Knight (From Level 12)

Career Skill: Valiant Charge
A rush attack, with Markus running towards enemies with strength and pushing them back.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Back Off, Ugly!
  • Bloody Unstoppable!
  • Templar’s Rally

Level 10

  • Staggering Force
  • Have at Thee!
  • Crowd Clearer

Level 15

  • Bulwark0
  • Mainstay
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Rock of the Reikland
  • Defensive Formation
  • Tag Team

Level 25

  • It’s Hero Time
  • Counter-Punch
  • Inspire Action

Level 30

  • Numb to Pain
  • Battering Ram
  • Bull of Ostland!

Passive Ability

Protective Presence
An overall resistance to damage with a reduction in the damage taken. Stamina also increases by using the ability.

Taal’s Fortitude

Grants an extra stamina shield. (+2 stamina)

No Guts, No Glory          

Reduces damage taken by 10%.

Grail Knight (Premium Career)

Career Skill: Blessed Blade.

Equips a blessed blade and slashes down with great force, smiting any evil creature caught in its wake and dealing heavy damage.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Lady’s Generosity
  • Lady’s Wrath
  • Gift of the Grail

Level 10

  • Virtue of the Ideal
  • Virtue of Knightly Temper
  • Virtue of Heroism

Level 15

  • Bulwark
  • Smiter
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Virtu of Duty
  • Virtue of Purity
  • Virtue of Penitent

Level 25

  • Virtue of Stoicism
  • Virtue of Discipline
  • Virtue of Joust

Level 30

  • Virtue of Audacity
  • Virtue of Impetuous Knight
  • Virtue of Confidence

Passive Ability:

The Lady’s Duty

Upon entering a mission, the Lady of the Lake grants 2 random Duties for the Grail Knight and his party to complete. Upon completion of a Duty, the party is granted a Benison for the rest of the mission.

Knight’s Challenge         

Deals 25%* more damage to the first enemy hit.

Thirst for Glory

Increases movement speed by 10%*.

Bastion of Bretonnia     

Markus can use shields to block Warpfire Thrower attacks.

Bardin Goreksson

More of a hybrid or balance, however you like to call it, between melee attacks and ranged ones. The dwarf ‘Bardin’ can use hammers to crush skulls of the foes or inflict blows from a range using crossbows.

Ranger Veteran

Career Skill: Disengage
Disturbs enemies’ vision temporarily by deploying a smoke bomb.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Roots running deep
  • Ranger Reaper
  • Hardy Heart

Level 10

  • Last Resort
  • Master of Improvisation
  • Foe-Feller

Level 15

  • Bulwark
  • Mainstay
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Field Rashions
  • Grugni’s Cunning
  • Scavenger

Level 25

  • No Dawdling
  • Exuberance
  • Firing Fury

Level 30

  • Exhilarating Vapors
  • Surprise guest
  • Ranger’s Parting Gift

Passive Ability:

Survivalist
Reload speed is increased and ammunition’s capacity is doubled. On death, ammo is available from Specials.

Loaded for Battle            

Increases ammo capacity by 50%.

Fast Hands

Increases reload speed by 15%.

Ingenious Improvisation             

Using any Healing Supplies, Potions or Grenades has a 10% chance to not consume the item. Stacking possible with similar effects.

 

Ironbreaker (From Level 7)

Career Skill: Impenetrable
Taunts enemies within 10 units and can completely absorb damage taken from any attack for 20 seconds making him literally ‘Impenetrable’ temporarily.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Rock Breaker
  • Grudge-Bone
  • HearthGuard

Level 10

  • Rissing pressure
  • Blood of Grimnir
  • Rune-Etched Shield

Level 15

  • Bulwark
  • Smiter
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Vengeance
  • Gromril Curse
  • Tunnel Fighter

Level 25

  • Dawi Defence
  • The Rolling Machine
  • Miner’s Rythem

Level 30

  • Drengbarazi oath
  • Oi! Wazzok!
  • Booming Taunt

Passive Ability:

Gromril Armor
Resistance to stun is increased and damage taken is greatly reduced.

Dwarf-Forged   

Reduces damage taken by 30%.

Doughty              

Grants an extra stamina shield.

Resilient             

Decreases stun duration after getting hit by an attack by 50%.

 

Slayer (From Level 12)

Career Skill: Leap
The character makes a leap forward to stagger an enemy and increase attacking speed.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Doomseeker
  • Slayer’s Fury
  • Infectious Fortitude

Level 10

  • A Thousand Cuts
  • Skull-Splitter
  • Hack And Slash

Level 15

  • Smiter
  • Mainstay
  • Enhanced power

Level 20

  • Impatience
  • High Tally
  • Adrenaline Surge

 

Level 25

  • Oblivious to Pain
  • Grimnir’s Focus
  • Barge

Level 30

  • Crunch
  • Dawi-Drop
  • No Escape

Passive Ability:

Trophy Hunter
Attacks become quicker and more rewards and damage buffs are achieved by hitting an enemy.

Path of Carnage               

Increased attack speed. (7.5%)

Drengi Grit

Charged attacks can’t be interrupted by damage.

 

Kerilian

Focusing more on ranged-weapons, this class is for players who have a steady aim and can provide support for teammates from considerable distances away. Using bows and daggers, she relies more on stealth than any of the other characters and puts down her enemies in the shadows.

Waystalker

Career Skill: Trueshot Volley
Locks onto an enemy far away and can strike out enemies within that straight line.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Weavebound
  • Dryad’s Thirst
  • Ariel’s Boon

Level 10

  • Blood Shot
  • Serrated Shots
  • Drakira’s Alacrity

Level 15

  • Mainstay
  • Assassin
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Isha’s Embrace
  • Spirit Arrows
  • Rejuvenating Locus

Level 25

  • Fervent Huntress
  • Ricochet
  • Asrai Focus

Level 30

  • Piercing Shot
  • Loaded Bow
  • Kurnous’ Reward

Passive Abilities:

Armanthe

Vitality is regenerated over time. Scope of the weapon is enhanced to zoom in more on ranged enemies. Ammo capacity is also doubled.

Arrow-storm

Increases ammo capacity by 100%.

Waywatcher’s Bow

Double effective range for ranged weapons.

Asrai Vigil

Ranged weapon zoom. Bound to weapon special by default.

 

Handmaiden (From Level 7)

Career Skill: Dash
Like the name says, the character dashes through enemies in the forward direction.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Spirit Echo
  • Martial Blessing
  • Eternal Blossom

Level 10

  • Focused Spirit
  • Oak Stance
  • Asrai Alacity

Level 15

  • Smiter
  • Mainstay
  • Enhanced power

Level 20

  • Willow Stance
  • Shifting Seasons
  • Wraith-Walk

Level 25

  • Heart of Oak
  • Birch Stance
  • Quiver of Plenty

Level 30

  • Gift of Ladrielle
  • Bladedancer
  • Power from Pain

Passive Abilities:

The Dance of Seasons

More distance is covered while dodging from enemy attacks. Stamina is regenerated. Revives cannot be interrupted.

Renewal

Aura that increases stamina regeneration by 100%.

Ariel’s Benison

Increase revive speed by 50%. Reviving allies heals them for 20 health.

Unlisted Passive

Gives +1.0 stamina.

 

Shade (From Level 12)

Career Skill: Infiltrate
The character can pass through enemies for 10 seconds without being detected. Pick that out, Assassin’s Creed fans!

Talents:

Level 5

  • Bleak Vigor
  • Khaine’s Thirst
  • Blood Kin

Level 10

  • Cruelty
  • Exploit Weakness
  • Exquisite Huntress

Level 15

  • Smiter
  • Enhanced Power
  • Assassin

 

Level 20

  • Ereth Khial’s Herald
  • Vanish
  • Bloodfletcher

Level 25

  • Blood Drinker
  • Spring-Heeled Assassin
  • Gladerunner

Level 30

  • Cloak of Mist
  • Shadowstep
  • Cloak of Pain

Passive Abilities:

Murderous Prowess:

Approaching enemy from behind, critical hits will take down man-sized enemies completely. 50% additional damage is also dealt to enemies from behind as well.

Assassin’s Blade:

50% additional damage when attacking enemies with melee attacks from behind.

Grim Fortune:

Increases critical strike chance by 5%.

 

Vincent Saltzpyre

Nicknamed ‘Witchhunter’, Vincent is the quickest of all of the playable characters. Even his weapons: the rapier and handguns are both quick to deal damage. This is for the players who are quick to observe and respond.

Witch-Hunter Captain
Passive Ability:

Career Skill: Animosity
All teammates receive a boost in their chances of landing a critical strike on enemies for 8 seconds.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Hunter’s Ardour
  • Walking Judgement
  • Disciplinarian

Level 10

  • Rippste
  • Deathknell
  • Flense

Level 15

  • Manstay
  • Assassin
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Templar’s knowledge
  • Heretic Sighted
  • Wild Fervor

Level 25

  • Charmed Life
  • Cast Away
  • Always Prepred

Level 30

  • I Shall Judge You All!
  • The Unending Hunt
  • Fervency

Passive Abilities:

Witch-Hunt

Locked-on enemies take more damage. Headshots will instantly kill man-sized foes. No light attack block cost from frontal attacks.

Eternal Guard

No light attack block cost from frontal attacks.

Killing Shot

Critical hit headshots instantly slay man-sized enemies.

Power of Sigmar

Increases headshot bonus damage by 25%

Sigmar’s Charm

Increases critical strike chance by 5%

Bounty-Hunter (From Level 7)

Career Skill: Locked and Loaded
A gunshot which can kill multiples enemies as the bullet pierces through them.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Blood for Money
  • Tithetaker
  • Paymaster

Level 10

  • Open Wounds
  • Steel Crescendo
  • Weight of Fire

Level 15

  • Smiter
  • Assassin
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Blessed Combat
  • Cruel Fortune
  • Prize Bounty

Level 25

  • Rile the Mob
  • Dual Action
  • Job Well Done

Level 30

  • Just Reward
  • Double-shotted
  • Return on Investment

Passive Abilities

Blessed Shots

After a time period of 8 seconds, critical hit is guaranteed even though a melee attack hit will cause the time period to shorten to almost an instant. Reload speed and ammo capacity are both increased.

Ammo Pouches

Increases ammo capacity by 50%.

Quick Release

Increased reload speed by 15%.

 

Zealot (From Level 12)
Career Skill: Holy Fervor
Attack speed increases by 50% for 5 seconds. Using the ability, the character will rush forward.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Sigmar’s Herald
  • Repent! Repent!
  • Font of Zeal

Level 10

  • Castigate
  • Smite
  • Unbending Purpose

Level 15

  • Smiter
  • Mainstay
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Crusade
  • Holy Fortitude
  • Armour of Faith

Level 25

  • Devotion
  • Redemption through Blood
  • Calloused Without and Within

Level 30

  • Faith’s Flurry
  • Feel Nothing
  • Flagellant’s Zeal

Passive Abilities:

Fiery Faith:

Death is resisted on taking lethal damage and heavy attacks cannot be parried. Power increases by 5% for every 25 health missing to a maximum bonus of 20%.

Heart of Iron:

Resists death on taking lethal damage (90 seconds cooldown), death resist lasts for 5 seconds.

Unswerving Strikes:

Heavy attacks can’t be interrupted by damaging attacks.

Sienna Fuegonasus

The character belongs to the mage or wizard class. Using magic and arcane arts through the staff, the ‘Bright Wizard’, Sienna, can obliterate enemies down to the crisp.

Battle Wizard

Career Skill: Fire Walk
Rushes forward while leaving everything burned with fire in the path she paves and leaves behind.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Confound
  • Spark Thief
  • Flame-Fettled

Level 10

  • Volcanic Force
  • Famished Flames
  • Lingering Flames

Level 15

  • Bulwark
  • Smiter
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Unusually Calm
  • Rechannel
  • Centred

Level 25

  • Soot Shield
  • Fires from Ash
  • Immersive Immolation

Level 30

  • Volans’ Quickening
  • Kaboom!
  • Burnout

Passive Abilities

Reckless Haste:

Overcharge increases spell charge speed by up to 30%.

Pyromantic Surge

Increased range damage by 10%.

Pyromancer (From Level 7)

Career Skill: Homing Firespear
Fires at enemies with a projectile weapon.

Talents:

Level 5

  • Spark Smith
  • Spirit-Binding
  • Fiery Fortitude

Level 10

  • Ride the Fire Wind
  • Martial Study
  • Spirit-Casting

Level 15

  • Smiter
  • Mainstay
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Deathly Dissipation
  • On the Precipice
  • One with the Flame

Level 25

  • Soul Siphon
  • The Volans Doctrine
  • Fleetflame

Level 30

  • Exhaust
  • Bonded Flame
  • Blazing Echo

Passive Ability

Critical Mass

Boost in infliction of ranged damage and critical strike chances.

Searing Focus

Increased ranged damage by 10%.

Tranquility

Avoiding damage and not casting spells for 8 seconds automatically ventilates overcharge which in turn increases the spell charge speed. Ranged damage is also increased.

Unchained (From Level 12)

Career Skill: Living Bomb
Consuming all her Overcharge, all surrounding and nearby enemies are obliterated due to the explosion that Sienna unleashes.

Talents

Level 5

  • Soul Quench
  • Reckless Rampage
  • Burn-Bloom

Level 10

  • Frenzied Flame
  • Outburst
  • Chain Reaction

Level 15

  • Bulwark
  • Mainstay
  • Enhanced Power

Level 20

  • Dissipate
  • Conduit
  • Numb to Pain

Level 25

  • Enfeebling Flames
  • Abandon
  • Natural Talent

Level 30

  • Fuel for the Fire
  • Wildfire
  • Bomb Balm

Passive Abilities

Slave to Aqshy

No Overcharge slowdown.

Unstable Strength          

Increased melee power on high Overcharge by up to 60%.

Blood Magic
50% damage taken transferred to Overcharge which charges it up and results in increased melee power. No Overcharge slowdown during the process. Also, block cost is minimized

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