Warhammer 40K Darktide Staff Types & Playstyles

Learn all you need to know about the staff types in Warhammer 40k Darktide

Staffs are weapons used by the magic-heavy class Psyker, which is also one of the best classes in Warhammer 40K Darktide. Psyker, with their staffs, focuses heavily on ranged combat and striking from a safe distance. For those interested in Staff user Psyker, we have put together our list of Warhammer 40k Darktide Staff types.

Key Takeaways
  • There are 4 types of staff in Warhammer 40k Darktide.
  • Equinox Mk III Trauma Force Staff focuses on crowd control.
  • Nomanus Mk VI Surge Force Staff has both crowd control and single-target utilities.
  • Equinox Mk IV Voidstrike Force Staff heavily focuses on single-target damage.
  • Rifthaven Mk II Purgatus Force staff uses fire to inflict damage over time on enemies.

All Staffs 

Here is a quick overview of all the Staffs in Warhammer 40K Darktide:

Staff NameUnlocks AtActionsRate Of FireStamina
Equinox Mk III Trauma Force StaffTrust Level 5Primary:
- Staff Bound: Blaze Bolt: Projectile
Secondary:
- Staff Bound: Pyroblast: Warp Detonation
Special:
- Strike
1.54/Sec4+
Nomanus Mk VI Surge Force StaffTrust Level 10Primary:
- Staff Bound: Blaze Bolt: Projectile
Secondary:
- Staff Bound: Smite
Special:
- Strike
1.54/Sec4+
Equinox Mk IV Voidstrike Force StaffTrust Level 17Primary:
- Staff Bound: Blaze Bolt: Projectile
Secondary:
- Staff Bound: Blaze Bolt: Projectile
Special:
- Strike
1.54/Sec4+
Rifthaven Mk II Purgatus Force StaffTrust Level 18Primary:
- Staff Bound Coruscation - Semi Auto
Secondary:
- Staff Bound Coruscation - Charged
Special:
- Strike
1.54/Sec4+

Types Of Staffs 

There are a total of 4 different types of staff in Warhammer 40k Darktide that appear in the shop between trust levels 5-18. These staffs are very versatile and can be used in many different situations, such as fighting hordes or strong elites.

Equinox Mk III Trauma Force Staff

The “Equinox Mk III Trauma Force Staff,” available at trust level 5, is one of the first staff that you can unlock and use. This staff allows one to charge an attack, placing a field on the ground. The entire area will explode, sending nearby mobs flying once you release the button after charging. The explosion staggers enemies and can also knock them to the ground. This staff possesses the following actions:

  • Primary Action Warp Shot: Projectile
  • Secondary Action: Warp Detonation
  • Special Action:  Strike

And the following traits:

  • Blazing Spirit: On a critical hit, enemies gain 1-2 stacks of “Soulblaze”.
  • Focused Channeling: Your secondary attack becomes uninterruptable.
  • Rending Shockwave:  Gain from 2-8 rending, scaling with your secondary attack’s charge time.
  • Run ‘N’ Gun: Allows you to attack the move.
  • Sustained Fire: in a Salvo, 5-15 percent damage increase on second and third shots
  • Terrifying Barrage: Enemies get suppressed within a 3-9m Radius at close range kill
  • Transfer Peril: on the weak spot hit, quell 4.5 percent of your Peril 
  • Warp Flurry: Gain 4-10% charge rate on chained Secondary Attack. Stacks up to 5 times.
  • Warp Nexus: Raises your chance of getting a critical hit by 2-5 percent at a different level of Peril up to 4 stacks.
    Staff type Equinox Mk III Trauma Force Staff
    The Equinox Mk III Trauma Force Staff | Image By Us

Nomanus Mk VI Surge Force Staff

The “Nomanus Mk VI Surge Force Staff,” unlocked at trust level 10, allows one to charge and release a lightning attack that bounces between multiple enemies and can stagger elite enemies. Even though it is an excellent choice for crowd control, it does not do much damage. This staff possesses the following actions:

  • Primary Action: Warp Shot – Projectile
  • Secondary Action: Warp Detonation
  • Special Action: Strike

And the following traits:

  • Focused Channeling: Your secondary attack becomes uninterruptable.
  • Run ‘N’ Gun: Allows you to attack while moving.
  • Terrifying Barrage: Enemies get suppressed within a 3-9m Radius at close range kill
  • Warp Flurry: Gain 4-10% charge rate on chained Secondary Attack. Stacks up to 5 times.
  • Warp Nexus: Raises your chance of getting a critical hit by 2-5 percent at different levels of Peril up to 4 stacks.
     
Staff Type Nomanus Mk VI Surge Force Staff
The Nomanus Mk VI Surge Force Staff | Picture Credit: eXputer

Equinox Mk IV Voidstrike Force Staff

The “Equinox Mk IV Voidstrike Force Staff,” unlocked at trust level 17, is one of the best staffs for killing elites. It specializes in single-target damage, and while it does boast some mobs clearing AoE potential, it certainly isn’t comparable to its great single-target damage. The staff allows one to charge up and shoot the enemy, staggering and dealing great damage. It has the following actions:

  • Primary Action: Warp Shot – Projectile
  • Secondary Action: Warp Shot – Projectile
  • Special Action: Strike

And the following traits:

  • Blazing Spirit: On a critical hit, enemies gain 1-2 stacks of “Soulblaze”.
  • Focused Channeling:  Your secondary attack becomes uninterruptable.
  • Run ‘N’ Gun: Allows you to attack the move.
  • Sustained Fire: In a Salvo, 5-15 percent damage increases on second and third shots.
  • Terrifying Barrage: Enemies get suppressed within a 3-9m Radius at the close-range kill.
  • Transfer Peril: on weak spot hit, quell 4.5 percent of your Peril.
  • Warp Flurry: Gain 4-10% charge rate on chained Secondary Attack. Stacks up to 5 times.
  • Warp Nexus: Critical hit chance increases by 2-5 percent at different levels of Peril up to 4 stacks.
Staff Type Equinox Mk IV Voidstrike Force Staff
The Equinox Mk IV Voidstrike Force Staff | Screenshot Grab: eXputer

Rifthaven Mk II Purgatus Force Staff

The “Rifthaven Mk II Purgatus Force Staff,” obtained at trust level 18, allows you to use flames to combat enemies. You can charge your weapon and light the enemies on fire, dealing damage over time, or you can also prioritize single targets with shorter bursts of flame that stagger the enemy. This staff has the following actions:

  • Primary Action: Staff-Bound Coruscation – Semi-automatic
  • Secondary Action: Staff-Bound Coruscation
  • Special Action: Strike

And the following traits:

  • Focused Channeling: Your secondary attack becomes uninterruptable.
  • Run ‘N’ Gun: Allows you to attack the move.
  • Terrifying Barrage: Suppresses all of the enemies within a 3-9m Radius at close range kill
  • Warp Flurry: Gain 4-10% charge rate on chained Secondary Attack. Stacks up to 5 times.
  • Warp Nexus:  Raises your chance of getting a critical hit by 2-5 percent at different levels of Peril up to 4 stacks. 
    Staff Type Rifthaven Mk II Purgatus Force Staff
    The Rifthaven Mk II Purgatus Force Staff | Image Credit Copyright: eXputer

Summary

Warhammer 40k Darktide is a first-person action game by Fatshark studio, which was released on 30th November-, 2022. It is a spiritual successor to the studio’s very own Warhammer: Vermintide, expanding upon the 4-man coop against hordes of AI-controlled monsters with exciting new gameplay additions, such as ranged combat, overhauled loot system, and a new variety of weapons.

A Staff’s mob-clearing potential is decent; however, they excel at great single-target damage. To compensate for this, their magic has a long cooldown, so their teammates must always protect them.

There you have it; these are the four staff types. With these staffs, you can unleash your inner mage, sow chaos, and tear your enemies limb from limb, leading yourself and your teammates to victory safely and with style.

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