Warhammer 40K Darktide Classes Tier List [All Ranked]

Pick the Best Class with the help of our Warhammer 40K: Darktide Classes Tier List.

Knowing the Best classes in Warhammer 40K Darktide is essential if you wish to create a dream team with your gaming squad. Hence, getting familiar with the Warhammer 40K Darktide Classes Tier List can help aid you in understanding which operators you should go for while protecting the city against the ensuing chaos. 

Key Highlights
  • Warhammer 40K Darktide features Four different operators that the players can choose.
  • Each of these classes has its own set of expertise and abilities which makes them unique.
  • Some classes are way too balanced, like the Veteran Sharpshooter, whereas operators like the Zealot could use a bit of upgrading.
  • Choosing the Best Operators class will help you perform better alongside your allies.

In Warhammer 40K Darktide you can choose from a list of four different operators. Each has its own forte and requires a specific playstyle to excel. However, there are some operators that stand out among the rest. Knowing some key points about these Operator classes can take a mediocre team to a top level.

Check out our Warhammer 40K Darktide Class Tier List Rankings:

Tier ListS-TierA-TierB-Tier
OperatorsVeteran: Sharpshooter,
Ogryn: Skullbreaker
Psyker: PsykineticZealot: Preacher

Some of these Warhammer 40K Darktide Operators are capable of bulldozing through hordes, while others are great at providing assistance or making use of psychic abilities.

Let’s now look at the comparison between each Warhammer 40K Darktide Class:

ClassesTypeAbilityBlitz TraitAura TraitUnique Melee WeaponUnique Ranged Weapon
VeteranSharpshooterVolley FireFrag GrenadeScavenger HuntCombat ShovelsPlasma Guns
OgrynSkullbreakerBull RushBig Box of HurtIntimidating PresenceSlab ShieldsGrenadier Gauntlets
PsykerPsykineticPsykinetic’s WrathBrain BurstKinetic PresenceForce SwordsForce Staves
ZealotPreacherChastise The WickedStun GrenadeThe Emperor’s WillTwo-Handed ChainswordsFlamers


Tier-S Warhammer 40k: Darktide Classes Tier List
S-Tier (Image By: eXputer)

The S-Tier Operators are by far the best ones the game offers right now. There is an undivided opinion when it comes to these operators in Warhammer 40K Darktide. From the amount of game time we have spent playing, along with the opinion majority of the players have on Reddit and other online forums, the Veteran and Ogryn classes are the best in the game currently. Of course, these rankings can change over time.

However, for now, if you’re solely looking to run the best operator in Warhammer 40K Darktide then you can never go wrong with Veteran or Ogryn.

Veteran: Sharpshooter

When it comes to PvE games, everyone knows that nothing tops classes that have good ranged damage along with quick movement. These characters allow the players to keep their safe distance against hordes and punch in some legit damage as well. This is exactly where the Veteran operator steps in! Since the launch of Warhammer 40K Darktide, players have been completely biased when it comes to Veteran: Sharpshooter.

Unique TraitName
AbilityVolley Fire
Iconic #1Make Every Shot Count
Iconic #2Be Prepared
BlitzFrag Grenade
AuraScavenger Hunt
Unique Melee WeaponCombat Shovels
Unique Ranged WeaponPlasma Guns

Veterans are troopers from the Astra Militarum and are tried and tested warriors for the Emperor of Mankind. So far the Sharpshooter operator in the game is nowhere near balanced, so much so they can be considered as the most OP class in Warhammer 40K Darktide. Veterans can keep their distance and take out desired targets with their ranged gunpower. These guys are great for taking down Specialists and Elites (especially while using the Volley Fire ability).

Of course, when you find yourself in situations where you’re being pinned down by a large horde, you can simply pull the trigger and let the bullets spray without paying much attention to the aim. Although, a downside so far for the Veteran is the scarcity of ammo at times. However, fortunately, you can overlook that by acquiring the “Be Prepared” Iconic ability.

In a nutshell, the Veterans are the most user-friendly operator to run in Warhammer 40K Darktide. Right off the bat, the Veteran in Warhammer 40K Darktide has a Frag Grenade as a Blitz weapon. Whereas, the class also equips the Sapper Shovel and Infantry Lasgun as their starter weapons in the game. Some of the best feats for the Veteran class are:

  • Rank 5 [Confirmed Kill]
  • Rank 10 [Sniper]
  • Rank 15 [Bio-Optic Targeting]
  • Rank 20 [Unwavering Focus]
  • Rank 25 [Deadshot]
  • Rank 30 [Counterfire]

Class Ability:

  • Volley Fire: For 5 seconds, enter a ranged stance, equip your ranged weapon, and set your immediate surroundings’ non-Ogryn Elite and Specialist foes as your Priority targets. You do +50% more ranged damage while in this stance.

Iconic Abilities:

  • Be Prepared: Increases Ammo reserve by 40% for every player on your team.
  • Make Every Shot Count: +15% Increased damage on weak spots.

Coherency Aura:

  • Scavenger Hunt: You and allies in Coherency gain a small amount of Ammo whenever any of you kill an Elite enemy.

Ogryn: Skullbreaker

Next up on the S-Tier operator entries in Warhammer 40K Darktide we have Ogryn. When it comes to PvE games, it is essential to have a tanky character in your team at all times. You never know when things might go south and you may need someone who can throw all the strategies out of the park and wreak pure havoc. That is exactly what the Ogryn is capable of doing in Warhammer 40K Darktide.

Unique TraitName
AbilityBull Rush
Iconic #1Excessive Force
Iconic #2Loyal Protector
Iconic #3Thick Skin
BlitzBig Box of Hurt
AuraIntimidating Presence
Unique Melee WeaponSlab Shields
Unique Ranged WeaponGrenadier Gauntlets

Despite being a tanky operator, Ogryn is also one of the most fun classes to play with while you face off enemy hordes. The Skullbreakers, also known as Ogryns. are huge, strong abhumans who are often deployed to shock the Astra Militarum soldiers. Their brute force covers their lack of high intelligence on the battlefield.

Apart from having brutal firepower, the Ogryns are also great for taking damage and distracting enemies from other allies. They are also great at reviving allies without being interrupted by enemies or their attacks due to the “Loyal Protector” iconic ability.

They can singlehandedly deal with hordes while the other operators focus on the task at hand. Unlike the Veteran class, the Ogryns are great at melee damage. They also make use of a high-power cannon/shotgun which is extremely fun to use. Additionally, the Big Box of Hurt (Blitz weapon) is great for big explosions and dealing with enemies when you or your teammates feel overwhelmed. However, their lack of speed and movement can get a little concerning at times. 

Although, thanks to Ogryn’s main ability, you can always get out of a sticky situation by using the Bull Rush ability in this class. So, if you’re not planning to go with the Veteran, the Ogryn should be your next best choice. The Warhammer 40K Darktide class is fun to use, you will never get enough of putting multiple enemies down in seconds. Apart from the Blitz weapon, the Ogryns start off with an Mk I Bully Club Melee weapon alongside a Thumper Shotgun.

Some of the Best feats for Ogryn class are:

  • Rank 5 [Lynchpin]
  • Rank 10 [Blood and Thunder]
  • Rank 15 [Bullfighter]
  • Rank 20 [Bloodthirst]
  • Rank 25 [Raging Bull]
  • Rank 30 [Bull Gore]

Class Ability:

  • Bull Rush: Charge forward which knocks enemies back and also grants a 25% increase in Attack Speed and Movement Speed for 5 seconds.

Iconic Abilities:

  • Thick Skin: 20% Health damage and toughness damage reduction.
  • Excessive Force: Melee Stagger increased by 25%.
  • Loyal Protector: Ogryns will not get interrupted by getting damaged while reviving or assisting their teammates.

Coherency Aura:

  • Intimidating Presence: Heavy Melee attack damage gets increased by 10% (Allies in Coherency).


Tier-A Warhammer 40k: Darktide Classes Tier List
A-Tier (Image By: eXputer)

The A-Tier classes are the next best options you can consider while picking an operator in Warhammer 40K Darktide. These classes have the pros to make their way into the S-Tier. However, due to a few drawbacks, we decided to peg them down, below the Veteran and Ogryn. Nonetheless, the A-Tier operators are still good choices to go for while tagging along with your allies. 

Psyker: Psykinetic

The Psyker operator is quite different from what we have seen so far in this guide. Psykers do not have any firepower or devastating weapons, instead, they rely on their psychokinetic abilities and expertise to deal with the enemies in Warhammer 40K Darktide. In our opinion, they have the coolest-looking finishers and attack moves in the game. Once you get a hang of these guys you will feel like a possessed wizard on the battleground.

Unique TraitName
AbilityPsykinetic’s Wrath
Iconic #1Warp Siphon
Iconic #2Battle Meditation
BlitzBrain Burst
AuraKinetic Presence
Unique Melee WeaponForce Swords
Unique Ranged WeaponForce Staves

These Psychic Mutants draw power from the Immaterium to enhance their mental prowess. To put it simply, the Psykers are considered the wizards or witches of Warhammer 40K Darktide. With them, you can make use of magic-infused moves and deal with multiple kinds of enemies. They are great at providing assistance to Veterans and Ogryns while dealing with Elites and Specialists.

However, on their own, they can struggle to keep their ground since they do not have the immense strength to deal with multiple enemies all alone. Regardless of that, Psykers do have the ability to deal with Crushers and Bulwarks with ease thanks to their Brain Burst (Blitz weapon). The brain burst will allow the player to target any enemy and pop their brain from a long distance, which is incredibly fun especially when dealing with enemies in a narrow passage.

However, with great power comes great responsibility. Using abilities like the Brain burst will increase the Peril which is represented by a Percentage in the middle of the screen. If the number exceeds 100%, the Psyker will explode on the spot and die. Luckily, you can use the Psykinetic’s Wrath to refresh your Peril meter. Also, the Psyker has an amazing ally-favoring aura ability called Kinetic Presence which raises the damage for every player on the team.

Apart from all of this, the Psyker will have a Sword as a starting melee weapon. On the other hand, the operator will have a Heavy Revolver as its ranged weapon. However, for the most part, you will fall back to the magical abilities of the Psyker while playing Warhammer 40K Darktide. Despite all of this, the inability to deal with large hordes and sticky situations the Psyker falls below the Veteran and Ogryn.

Some of the Best feats for Psyker class are:

  • Rank 5 [Warp Absorption]
  • Rank 10 [Inner Tranquility]
  • Rank 15 [Cerebral Lacerations]
  • Rank 20 [Mind in Motion]
  • Rank 25 [Warp Battery]
  • Rank 30 [Kinetic Barrage]

Class Ability:

  • Psykinetic’s Wrath: Resets the Peril level and also staggers the enemies in front of the Psyker.

Iconic Abilities:

  • Warp Siphon: Psyker gains a Warp Charge with each enemy it kills by using the Brain Burst. Every Wrap charge will increase the damage by 3%. Psyker can stack up to 4 Warp Charges which can be retained for 25 seconds
  • Battle Meditation: +10% chance to end 10% peril after a kill.

Coherency Aura:

  • Kinetic Presence: Allies in Coherency have their damage increased by 10%.


B-Tier (Image By: eXputer)

Last but not least, we have the B-Tier that rounds off the final Operator class in Warhammer 40K Darktide. By now you would know which operator is left in this list. From our own experience and the feedback from many players across the internet, the Zealot is just not it thus far in Warhammer 40K Darktide.

Zealot: Preacher

Don’t get us wrong, the Zealot is not a bad operator in Warhammer 40K Darktide. It just falls a bit behind the rest of the operators in the game. The Zealot is a melee-focused class, it excels while getting close to the enemies in the City. Which is exactly why it may end up being the first one to fall under pressure. Although, you can equip some good ranged weapons for the Zealot after you’ve played through the game for a while.

Unique TraitName
AbilityChastise The Wicked
Iconic #1Martyrdom
Iconic #2Until Death
Iconic #3Swift Exorcism
BlitzStun Grenade
AuraThe Emperor’s Will
Unique Melee WeaponTwo-Handed Chainswords
Unique Ranged WeaponFlamers

Zealots are determined pious fighters who fight for the honor and name of the Emperor. The Preacher does have some great abilities, for example, the “Chastise the Wicked“. The Stun Grenade as the Blitz Weapon can do wonders for the whole team, you can easily hold back a whole horde and allow your allies to deal massive damage. Or rush in with the Preacher class itself, to slice away the enemies.

At the start, the Zealot Preacher class will have a Combat Axe as its melee weapon and an Auto pistol as its Ranged Weapon. You can later change the melee weapon for something much more lethal and fun to use like the; Mk II Thunder Hammer or Mk II Eviscerator.

However, the damage range and variety of melee attacks of the Zealot are not suitable for bigger enemies or a large crowd of opponents. In those scenarios, we have seen the Zealot fall down multiple times due to being exposed. Hence, the Zealot class does appear to be at a disadvantage at the moment in comparison with the rest of the operators.

Nonetheless, like the Ogryn, the Zealot is a fun class to use thanks to its epic melee attacks and quick maneuverability, especially when using the Chastise the Wicked ability.

Some of the Best feats for Zealot class are:

  • Rank 5 [Enemies Within, Enemies Without]
  • Rank 10 [Bloodletting]
  • Rank 15 [Benediction]
  • Rank 20 [Thy Wrath be Swift]
  • Rank 25 [Honour the Martyr]
  • Rank 30 [Purge the Wicked]

Class Ability:

  • Chastise the Wicked: The Operator will sprint forwards or dash towards an enemy while replenishing the toughness and raising the damage of the next melee attack by 25% (guaranteed critical hit).

Iconic Abilities:

  • Martyrdom: For each 15 Health the Zealot loses, it will gain +5 damage (can be stacked 3 times).
  • Until Death: You become invulnerable for 5 seconds after taking damage that would normally kill you. The Until Death ability becomes active after every 90 seconds.
  • Swift Exorcism: +10% increase in attack speed.

Coherency Aura:

  • The Emporer’s Will: 7% toughness damage reduction for allies in Coherency.

Changes Due To Latest Patch Notes

Here are some of the buffs and nerfs added to the Warhammer 40k Darktide after the release of new patches. Those updates are as follows:

Updated Version: 07/March/2023.

  • After the new updates, Ogryn: Skullbreaker class has been buffed with the increase of +20% damage gain for 5 sec whenever an enemy damages you with a melee attack. Now, it also gives you Immunity and Suppression immunity to the allies during the buff.
  • The Psyker: Psykinetic class has increased the damage bonus from 5-15% to 1025%. At the same time, the Stacks of Soulblaze and radius have also buffed.
    • Stacks: 2 ~ 3 
    • Radius: 3 meter ~ 4 meter
  • The changes has updated the Zealot: Preacher’s Until Death Passive issue by activating at for 1 health even without any damage.


With that, we reach the end of our discussion of the Warhammer 40K Darktide Tier List. By carefully balancing our opinion with that of the vast majority of players, we were able to get the optimum ranking for each class. So with our deep analysis, we came to the conclusion that the Veteran and Ogryn classes stand out the most amongst the rest currently in Warhammer 40K Darktide.

If you’re new to Warhammer 40K Darktide, then make sure to go through our top-level Tips and Tricks. Be sure you’re well accustomed and know how to Level Up fast and upgrade gear to enhance your gameplay quickly. In Warhammer 40K Darktide, objectives like Data Interrogator can get a little tough when you don’t have the best equipment in the game. Hence, prepare yourself before heading out to secure the City from the horde of enemies.

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