Warhammer 40K Darktide: BEST Ogryn Builds

Learn about which feats and weapons are required to create the BEST build for the Ogryn.

Players who main Ogryn Skullbreaker will be curious about learning the feats to select and what weapons to choose for the character. Having knowledge about these elements will allow you to make the best Ogryn build in Warhammer 40k Darktide. 

Key Takeaways
  • The Ogryn Skullbreakers are mutants who specialize in raw strength and are one of the best classes in Warhammer 40K Darktide.
  • The Ogryn Class offers 6 abilities– Bull Rush, Intimidating Presence, Grenade Box, Thick Skin, Excessive Force, and Loyal Protector.
  • For survival, feats are just as important as abilities. Different types of builds require different combinations of feats.
  • You will need to get a lot of XP or farm XP in Warhammer 40K Darktide to unlock feats faster. 
  • The preferred weapons for the BEST Ogryn build are the Endymion Mk II Battle Maul & Stab Shield and Foe Rend Mk II Ripper Gun.

Here’s a quick look at our picks on the optimal builds for Ogryn class in Warhammer 40K:

BuildFeat (LV. 5)Feat (LV. 10)Feat (LV. 15)Feat (LV. 20)Feat (LV. 25)Feat (LV. 30)Weapons
Leveling BuildLynchpinBlood and ThunderTowering PresenceBloodthirstRaging BullBullgore- Endymion Mk II Battle Maul & Stab Shield
- Foe Rend Mk II Ripper Gun
End-game BuildSmash 'em GoodBlood and ThunderBullfighterBloodthirstRaging BullBullgore- Endymion Mk II Battle Maul & Stab Shield
- Foe Rend Mk II Ripper Gun

Ogryn Class Playstyle

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The Skullbreaker Ogryn [Image Credit: eXputer]
The Ogryn are mutants who specialize in raw strength; the Ogryn Skullbreaker class is great for literally breaking the skulls of your enemies. This character is great at crushing any foe unfortunate enough to get close to you. 

Here we will be listing two separate builds for the Ogryn- one for devastating your enemies in the endgame and one for leveling up efficiently so you can create the endgame build more quickly. But before getting into the builds, let us first explain all abilities that the Ogryn have.

Ogryn Abilities And Passive Abilities

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Ogryn Abilities and Passive Abilities Menu [Image Captured By eXputer]
Learning how to use these abilities at the proper time is paramount for survival in the higher difficulties; thus, here we will be explaining each ability in detail.

  • Bull Rush
  • Intimidating Presence
  • Grenade Box
  • Thick Skin
  • Excessive Force
  • Loyal Protector

The Bull Rush is the ultimate ability of the Ogryn in which your character will charge toward the enemies in front of you and knock down all the enemies that get in your way. We will definitely not recommend sleeping on this ability. Try to align a ton of enemies in a straight line first before using this ability. You also gain 25% Attack Speed and 25% Movement Speed for 5 seconds after using this ability.

  • The Intimidating Presence is a passive ability that increases your heavy attack damage by +10%. (Allies in Coherency)
  • The Grenade Box ability will make your character throw a box full of grenades toward the enemy. It is a high-damage attack, so needless to say, use this ability when you spot tightly dense hordes heading your way.
  • The Thick Skin is also a passive ability that increases your toughness damage reduction by +20%, and also increases your health damage reduction by +20%.
  • The Excessive Force ability increases your Melee Stagger by +25%.

And finally, the Loyal Protector ability is a passive ability that allows the Ogryn to no longer be interrupted by damage while reviving or assisting an ally.

Now let us get into the builds for the Ogryn in Warhammer 40k Darktide.

The Leveling Build

As the name suggests, this build will allow you to level up more quickly so you can start doing the higher-difficulty missions as soon as possible. Now let us start off by first listing which feats you’ll need to select in this build.

Feats Required

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Required feats for the Leveling Build [Image Captured by Us]
Feats are just as important as abilities as you will not survive without them, especially in the higher difficulties. The right feats will lead you to victory; now, of course, different feats are required for different builds. We consider these feats to be perfect for the leveling-up build.

Levels Feats for the Leveling Build
Level 5 Lynchpin
Level 10 Blood and Thunder
Level 15 Towering Presence
Level 20  Bloodthirst
Level 25 Raging Bull
Level 30 Bullgore

With this build, players will be able to efficiently kill every enemy as this build will allow them to stack up Bleed on said enemies very easily.

The Lynchpin

The Lynchpin feat will ensure that your Ogryn is as tough as it can be, and toughness is an important talent, especially in the early game. As far as stats go, the Lynchpin feat increases Toughness Replenishment to +100%.

The Blood And Thunder

This feat will add +1 Bleed Stack on heavy strikes, which can be extremely useful in certain scenarios, but we would recommend only selecting this feat once you have reached level 20 and unlocked the Bloodthirst feat.

Prior to that, simply use the Heavyweight feat, as it will increase your melee damage by +50%, and it also offers a 50% Damage Reduction.

The Towering Presence

The Towering Presence feat increases your coherency radius by 50%. It is extremely useful because now your allies will be able to move a bit far away from you while still being able to take advantage of the coherence bonuses.

The Bloodthirst

The Bloodthirst feat increases Damage resistance per Bleeding enemy at Melee Range by +10%. Pair it with the Blood And Thunder combo at level 10, and you got yourself a deadly combo.

The Raging Bull

After your initial attack, this feat will increase the damage of your next attacks by +5%. Not that impressive, but we found that for this build, the Raging Bull feat is definitely better than the other two feats available at level 25.

The Bullgore

And finally, the Bullgore feat directly complements the Bloodthirst feat and the Blood And Thunder feat as it adds a +2 Bleed Stack on enemies hit by the Bull Rush, making it a deadly ability.

The Endgame Ogryn Build

This build will allow you to stand a chance on missions with the highest difficulty, as it will let you kill your enemies a bit quicker and not get overwhelmed by hordes of enemies. 

Feats Required

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Feats required for the Endgame Build [Image Captured by Us]
We previously stated that choosing the right feats is paramount for survival, well, that statement applies the most here because you will be using this build in the hardest missions of the game, after all. We consider these feats to be perfect for this build.

Levels Feats for the End Game Build
Level 5 Smash ‘Em Good
Level 10 Blood and Thunder
Level 15 Bullfighter
Level 20  Bloodthirst
Level 25 Raging Bull
Level 30 Bullgore

The Smash ‘Em Good

The Smash ‘Em Good ability replenishes 20% of toughness after heavy melee hits on single enemies. Considering how heavy attacks are going to be one of the backbones for this build, this feat can really help you out during battles.

The Blood And Thunder

We have already explained this feat in the Leveling Up build section but if you skipped that and started reading directly from the Endgame build section, then allow us to explain again.

The Blood And Thunder feat adds a +1 Bleed Stack on heavy strikes, and you will be using heavy strikes quite a lot in order to survive in higher-difficulty missions. This feat pairs up really well with the level 20 Bloodthirst feat.

The Bullfight

This ability gives you a +10% Bull Rush Cooldown when you or an ally in coherence kills an Elite enemy. The Bull Rush is your best friend in higher difficult missions as it can get you out of tricky situations seamlessly, so be sure to use it often.

The Bloodthirst

The rest of the feats are the same as the ones we listed in the leveling-up build, but we will explain them again, just in case.

The Bloodthirst feat increases Damage resistance per Bleeding enemy at Melee Range by +10%. It directly complements the Blood And Thunder ability as it allows you to inflict Bleed on enemies more easily.

The Raging Bull

After ramping up a ton of hits, you get a considerable damage boost as this ability increases your next melee hit damage by +5% after the initial attack.

The Bullgore

The Bullgore feat adds a +2 Bleed Stack on enemies hit by the Bull Rush. Since you will already be using the Bull Rush quite a lot, this ability can give you a huge advantage while fighting hordes.

Best Ogryn Build Weapons

Of course, no build guide can be complete without mentioning the weapons. Warhammer 40K Darktide features a ton of weapons, and while many of those weapons should work perfectly fine with this build. We will recommend these specific weapons.

Primary Weapon – Endymion Mk II Battle Maul & Stab Shield

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Endymion Mk II Battle Maul & Stab Shield [Image Captured by eXputer]
The Ogryn Skullbreaker is great at destroying his enemies in close-range combat, but long-range combat is where he is found lacking. This puts him at an incredibly huge disadvantage in higher difficulties where a considerable amount of enemies are using ranged weapons. In order to compensate for that, there is no better weapon than the Endymion Mk II Battle Maul & Stab Shield.

Aside from acting as a shield, it is also a high-powered melee weapon that is great at crowd control and can push your enemies away with ease.

Secondary Weapon – Foe Rend Mk II Ripper Gun

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Foe Rend Mk II Ripper Gun [Image credit: eXputer]
As far as secondary weapons go, in all honesty, you can choose whichever weapon that you prefer, but if you are looking for a personal opinion, then we will recommend the Foe Rend Mk II Ripper Gun as this gun packs quite a punch and fits perfectly with the personality of the Ogryn Skullbreaker class.

This weapon can kill a ton of enemies, including elites, with great ease thanks to its heavy-hitting shells. It can also knock down enemies, so we’d consider this ranged weapon to be perfect for this build.

How To Play As Ogryn In Warhammer 40K Darktide

Now that you know about the abilities, the best feats, and the best weapons. The only thing that remains is to know about to utilize all these abilities offered by the Ogryn and which playstyle you should adopt while using this character.

In these Warhammer 40K Darktide Ogryn builds, we have put much emphasis on the Bull Rush, and the Bleed Stacks, as both of these, are the backbones for your survival. You should be trying your best to get enemies as close to each other as possible and then performing the Bull Rush to put Bleed Stacks on as many enemies as possible at a time. 

Aside from the Bull Rush, you should be using heavy attacks most of the time, thanks to your feats, you will be able to inflict Bleed Stacks through heavy attacks as well.

Try your best to block ranged attacks with the help of your shield, keep hitting enemies with Bull Rush and heavy attacks, and before you know it, you will’ve already won the battle.

Wrap Up

That concludes our guide on the best Ogryn builds guide. If you are not currently playing with this class, then you may want to know about the best Zealot feats in Warhammer 40K Darktide or read our best Psyker build guide to learn how to create the top-tier build.

If you were originally struggling to complete higher-difficulty missions with the Ogryn Skullbreaker class, then we hope our guide helped you out. The game is available now on Xbox Series X|S and PC. Do let us know what you think about the game in the comment section below.


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