Warhammer Darktide: Scab Enemies [Explained]

Learn all there is to know about Scab Enemies and their variants in Warhammer 40K Darktide

There are many scab enemies in Warhammer 40K Darktide that can be found throughout the gameplay, each boasting different strengths and strategies. Being many in numbers, it can get overwhelming to fight them without knowing about their moves.

Key Highlights

  • Scab enemies are corrupted servants of the Chaos that originally served the Imperium.
  • They are clad in armor and use various weapons, such as chainsaws, guns, rifles, and shotguns.
  • Scab enemies are divided into hordes, specialists, elites, and monstrosities.
  • Elites and monstrosities can be taken down through aggro management and strategy, such as ranged attacks.

What Are Scab Enemies In Warhammer 40K Darktide

There are a variety of different enemies in Warhammer 40K Darktide. From trash mobs and hordes to gigantic and mighty elites/specials. There are a lot of foes to test your mettle against. Among them are the scab enemies. 

Lore Introduction

Scab enemies were originally part of the Moebian Sixth elite regiment, serving the God Emperor’s Imperium. They were corrupted by the forces of Chaos during their service in the Fringe War. They became minions of the Chaos God of illness and rot. Now their only goal is to kill in the name of their chaotic deity and serve him.

In-Game Appearance

Scab enemies are clad in armor with glowing eyes. They used various weapons, such as shotguns, normal guns, chainsaws, and swords. The main way of identifying them is their armor. If an enemy is armored like a gothic space marine and seems corrupted, it is most likely a Scab enemy.

How To Defeat Scab Enemies 

Scab enemies are a heavily armored and dangerous enemy type in Warhammer 40K Darktide. It is important to know all about them so that they can be countered amidst the heat of battle.

Most of these enemies are nothing special by themselves. However, They are dangerous if they band up. Players may find themselves getting overwhelmed if they do not exercise precaution against a horde of scab enemies. Scab enemies are also a nuisance for newer players as they learn the game’s ropes.

The elites in scab enemies are incredibly powerful, and players should learn all about them to fight them efficiently. The different Scab Enemies and their variants in Warhammer 40K Darktide are the following.

Scab Shooter

Scab Shooter uses his gun to attack enemies from afar. He is also a horde-type enemy. The scab shooter usually groups with fellow shooters or Scab Gunners. His weak spot is his head. A direct attack to his head will 1 shot him. Rend attacks that go through armor are also effective. Scab Shooters will also switch to melee attacks at close range.

Warhammer 40K Darktide Scab Shooter
The Scab Shooter | Picture By eXputer

Scab Stalker

The Scab Stalker uses his gun to attack your team from a safe distance. When approached, the Scab Stalker will switch to a sword to combat you. He is a horde-type enemy. Keep in mind not to let this enemy group up with other hordes. Otherwise, it will get very chaotic for you.

This enemy wears a helmet, but a part of his face is still uncovered, so make sure you attack him there to kill him quickly. Rend attacks that bypass armor protection are also a solid choice.

Warhammer 40K Scab Stalker
The Scab Stalker | Credit: eXputer

Scab Bruiser

Scab Bruiser is a horde-type enemy that specializes in melee attacks. He will always show up in hordes to try to overwhelm you. We recommend AoE (Area of Effect) actions to crowd-control this enemy. His head is completely uncovered, so that is his weak spot. A good hit to his head will always end him fast.

Warhammer 40K Scab Bruiser
The Scab Bruiser | Image By Us

Scab Gunner

As the name implies, Scab Gunner uses a machine gun to attack you from a distance. He is a specialist type of enemy. It can be overwhelming if the scab gunner manages to group up with other scab gunners. His weak spot is his head. A direct attack on his head will instantly kill him. Rend attacks that go through armor are also effective.

Warhammer 40K Scab Gunner
The Scab Gunner | Image Credit Copyright: eXputer

Scab Flamer

Scab Flamer is a specialist type of enemy that uses a flame thrower to inflict AoE (Area of Effect) damage onto the player’s team. This flame can negate your “Toughness” stat and make you vulnerable to stagger and other dangerous effects, so caution is advised. Their weak spot is the head, so make sure you always hit their heads to inflict the maximum damage.

Warhammer 40K Scab Flamer
The Scab Flamer | Image By eXputer

Scab Shotgunner

Scab Shotgunner is a specialist type of enemy who relies on the shotgun to inflict heavy damage at close range. The shotgun will quickly melt your toughness, making you susceptible to stagger and other bad effects. The shotgun also does massive damage, so it is important to take them down as fast as possible. Their weak spot is the uncovered part of their face.

Warhammer 40K Scab Shotgunner
The Scab Shotgunner | Image Credit: eXputer

Scab Trapper

Scab Trapper uses nets to trap the player and make them unable to move. It is a specialist-type enemy. The net does damage over time and makes the player get overwhelmed by other hordes, as they cannot fight back while trapped. This net can also be dodged, so make sure you avoid it every time. An attack on their heads will instantly kill them, so make sure you direct your onslaught toward their heads.

Warhammer 40K Scab Trapper
The Scab Trapper | Screenshot Grab: eXputer

Scab Sniper

Using a sniper rifle, Scab snipers will prioritize staying a long distance away from you to pick you off. They will always run off and retreat if they are close to you. The sniper is capable of doing lethal damage, being able to 1 shot or 2 shots with ease. We recommend a Psyker or Sharpshooter to kill these enemies as soon as possible. Closing in the distance using cover and protection is also a viable choice.

Warhammer 40K Scab Sniper
The Scab Sniper | Credits: eXputer

Scab Mauler

Scab Maulers are an elite-type enemy. It is an elite enemy cut above the other scab enemies. They wield a chainsaw blade and are heavily armored. Thanks to their heavy armor, they boast incredible health points. While they are slow, they make up for it with their insanely high damage output, as they are able to melt your health bar with ease if you get careless.

They are wearing a strong and sturdy helmet, so headshots are pointless. We recommend using “Rend” attacks to bypass their strong protection while one of your teammates distracts this slow enemy. 

Warhammer 40K Scab Mauler
The Scab Mauler | Screenshot: eXputer

Scab Rager

Scab Rager is a heavily armored, dual-wielding, elite-type enemy. It is incredibly aggressive and resistant to staggers. Approaching this enemy at close range is very dangerous as it can effortlessly kill you with its lethal attacks. We recommend Psykers or Sharpshooters take this enemy down using their ranged attacks from a safe distance away, as it ensures they do not have to engage this enemy in close-quarters combat.

Warhammer 40K Scab Rager
The Scab Rager | Image By: eXputer

Scab Captain

Scab Captain is a monstrosity-type enemy. It is a boss enemy that typically appears at the end of certain missions. Like his brethren, he is clad in dark, strong, and spiky armor. His choice of weapon is a spiked mace, and he has a barrier to defend himself against your onslaught.

This barrier can take a certain threshold of damage. This threshold increases depending on the difficulty you are playing on. The shield will break when this threshold is reached, and every player nearby will be sent flying. We recommend you dedicate a player to take this enemy head-on, specifically an Ogryn, because the best Ogryn builds are tanky and have other players pick off other threats or damage the Scab Captain.

Scab Captain’s attacks are incredibly telegraphed and easy to dodge. So make sure you avoid them every time while your teammates chip away at his health and kill him quickly to finish the mission.

Warhammer 40K Scab Captain
The Scab Captain | Picture Credit: eXputer


Warhammer 40K Darktide is the latest horde-killing and action endeavor by Fatshark. Released on November 30th, 2022, it brought a variety of new additions and improvements, including ranged combat, an overhauled loot system, and an exciting addition of a variety of new enemies.

Knowledge is key in fighting against the many enemies in Warhammer 40K Darktide, and Scab Enemies are no exception.

There you have it; with our guide on Warhammer 40K Darktide’s Scab Enemies, you will be able to lay waste to these Chaos-addled traitors with ease and lead your friends to victory safely. 


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