Warhammer 40K Darktide Soulblaze [Explained]

Learn how Warhammer 40K Darktide Soulblaze works and how it can affect players' overall gameplay!

The Warhammer 40K Darktide Soulblaze is a lesser-known skill that most players largely misunderstand, and therefore they might require help with it. Soulblaze itself is described as a damage-over-time type of effect that can be carried out onto enemies. Over time, damage simply means that it continues to make enemies intake damage over a spread amount of time. 

Key Highlights:

  • Soulblaze is a DOT effect that can be applied to enemies nearby whenever one is in combat in order to cause damage over time. 
  • Soulblaze’s effects can be found in feats and one weapon that can be tested out by Warhammer players. 
  • The only class that offers the Soulblaze effect is the Psyker class, and classes like the Ogryn do not have it. 
  • The best way to get the soulblaze effect will be to reach the required level and unlock the feats that have the effects in them. 
  • The main benefit of having the effect is simply that it allows for a fun playstyle and offers new experiments for players.

Soulblaze Explained 

As of the time being, out of the four classes that are available for use to the players, the Soulblaze skill can only be used by the players who were lucky enough to start their experience while being a Psyker main. For the other classes, like Ogryns, Zealots they can’t seem to use soulblaze at least for now. 

The main way that players can use the soulblaze skill is simply through acquiring the Soul-blaze specific feats that are available to Psyker class which we will go in-depth about later down the line. 

The damage dealt to enemies will scale off of every stack up to a certain number of stacks based on the opponent you were able to hit. 


  • Soulblaze stacks can either amplify or decrease damage.
  • Diminishing returns occur after 12 stacks, which are challenging to reach.
  • Lack of a visual stack indicator is a drawback.
  • Damage with two stacks varies and is not fixed.
  • Enemy armor affects Soulblaze’s damage.
  • Secondary stack activation with full charge applies seven stacks.
  • Charging attacks can leave you vulnerable to interruptions.
  • To maintain stacks, apply one periodically to prevent cancellation.
  • Feats like Ascendent Blaze can apply powerful stacks to multiple enemies.
  • Stacks may cause enemies to stagger, increasing vulnerability.

Skills With Soulblaze 

  • Feats with Warhammer 40K Darktide Soulblaze effects are limited to 2 or 3.
  • “Wrack and Ruin” activates when killing elite or specialist enemies with Brain Burst, applying 2 stacks to nearby enemies.
  • “Kinetic Overload” applies 4 Soulblaze stacks when the player reaches maximum warp charges.
  • Ascendant Blaze” lets Psykinetic’s Wrath consume all charges, applying Soulblaze stacks based on warp charges used.

Psyker Class 

Psyker (Image Credits Exputer)
  • Psyker class wields kinetic powers and manipulates Empyrean forces with their mind.
  • Psykers can devastate enemies effortlessly and control their surroundings.
  • Using warp abilities increases “Peril,” displayed on the screen.
  • If Peril reaches 100%, the Psyker’s head explodes, severely impacting their performance in battle.
  • It’s essential to manage Peril and use warp abilities cautiously.


Feats (Image Credits Exputer)

Level 5 Feats:

  • Essence Harvest: Regenerates 30% toughness over 5 seconds after gaining a warp charge.
  • Quietitude: Regain 5% toughness for every 10% peril.
  • Warp Absorption: Gain 10% toughness when killing an enemy with a Warp attack.

Level 10 Feats:

  • Inner Tranquility: Gain 6% total peril resistance for each warp charge, maxing at 30% (36% with warp battery).
  • Psykinetics Wrath: Gain 5-15% total damage with force weapons based on peril.
  • Wrack and Ruin: Kill an elite or specialist enemy with Brain Burst to apply 2 Soulblaze stacks within a 3-meter radius.

Level 15 Feats:

  • Psykinetics’s Aura: Killing an elite enemy grants you and allies within coherency a 15% cooldown decrease on abilities.
  • Cerebral Lacerations: Brain Burst damage causes enemies to take 15% increased damage from non-warp sources for 5 seconds.
  • Psychic Communion: 4% chance to gain a warp charge when you or allies within coherency kill an opponent.

Level 20 Feats:

  • Kinetic Deflection: If below critical peril, blocking an attack increases peril instead of losing stamina.
  • Mind In Motion: Quelling peril doesn’t decrease movement speed.
  • Kinetic Shield: Negate toughness damage intake based on warp charges (10-33%).

Level 25 Feats:

  • Warp Battery: Store up to 6 warp charges.
  • Kinetic Flayer: 10% chance to launch Brain Burst when attacking an enemy.
  • Kinetic Overload: Max warp charges grant 4 Soulblaze stacks to nearby enemies.

Level 30 Feats:

  • Kinetic Barrage: Psykinetic Wrath speeds up Brain Burst charging by 25% for 10 seconds with reduced peril.
  • Quicken: Psykinetic’s ability decreases cooldown by 12.5% for each removed warp charge.
  • Ascendant Blaze: Apply Soulblaze stacks based on the number of warp charges use


  • Blitz: Allows you to use Brain Burst, replacing the grenade slot. It takes 2 seconds to charge and targets a single enemy for obliteration.
  • Aura (Kinetic Presence): Provides allies in coherency with a 10% increased damage buff against elite enemies.
  • Psykinetic Wrath: Instantly reduces your overall peril by 50% and causes enemies to stagger. Has a 30-second cooldown.
  • Iconic Skill (Warp Siphon): Killing enemies with Brain Burst grants one warp charge, and each charge increases your damage by 3%.
  • Iconic Skill (Battle Meditation): Grants a 10% chance to reduce peril by 10% when you kill an opponent.

Rifthaven MK II Purgatus Force Staff 

Purgatus Force Staff
Purgatus Force Staff (Image Credits Exputer)

Last but not least, there is a weapon that is able to apply the soulblaze effect as well, which is known as the Rifthaven MK II Purgatus Force Staff. It is a force-type weapon and is going to be mainly focused on charge attacks. 

It has an overall rating of 409, and it will provide a dodge limit of 3 for the players. Apart from that, the player’s overall dodge distance will be reduced by 25%, and sprint speed will be reduced by 0.20, but stamina gets increased by 4, and the sprint cost will be set to 1 cost every second. 


And there we have it! A detailed walkthrough of how the soulblaze effect works, and with that, we will wrap up our Warhammer 40K Darktide Soulblaze guide!

For players that are just now discovering Warhammer, our Tips and Tricks guide will showcase some amazing tips that will help you get the hang of how the game operates and will assist you in progression! While you’re at it, why not also read up on our Warhammer 40K Darktide Walkthrough, which further helps in gameplay as well?

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