Warhammer 40K Darktide Weapon Perks [Guide]

Learn everything about the Weapon perks and how to change them in Warhammer 40K Darktide.

Weapon Perks in Warhammer 40K Darktide are a straightforward passive ability that you will commonly encounter. Perks have the ability to enhance specific sects of your weapon, like increasing the damage or attack speed. These perks are completely random. However, they have multiple levels in which they have a stronger effect.

Key Highlights

  • Perks enhance the weapon abilities in Warhammer 40K Darktide.
  • There are numerous different weapon perks available in the game; they often boost things like ranged damage, reload time, speed efficiency, etc.
  • The Weapon perks are completely random and can not be handpicked.
  • Although, players can head to Hadron and refine their weapon perks to switch them randomly.

What Are Weapon Perks?

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Weapon Perks as indicated in the game [Image Credit: eXputer]
As we mentioned earlier, the Weapon Perks are fixed boosts that your weapons will acquire when you equip them. The game has many different perks that can enhance a particular portion of your weapon’s expertise. Even though perks do not offer a grandeur effect on your weapon, they can enhance your gameplay. Increased damage perks can help you battle against numerous in-game foes like the Scab Enemies.

The Perks come in 4 different tiers. These levels or tiers are represented by the cubes/diamonds next to the perk. A single diamond means that the perk is at its weakest level. A perk, on the other hand, is at its strongest if it has 4 diamonds next to it.

Since the perks are not selectable or picked by the players itself, hence, you need to rely on the game’s randomization factor. However, a high-level perk is more common in high-rarity weapons. For example, if you have an orange rarity weapon then it would have a greater chance of getting a higher-level (3 or 4 Diamonds) perk.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to switch the perks at your own will. Although, you can reroll your weapon perks by accessing the Shrine of Omnissiah (more on this later).

All Weapon Perks

Perks tend to increase the base stats of your weapon by a fixed percentage, which can be game-changing for you regardless of the Difficulty level you’re playing on. However, the higher the level of the perk is, the greater increase it will offer. Hence, your aim should be to acquire a rare weapon with a high-level perk to boost your weapon rating in the game ultimately.

Here are all the Weapon Perks that you can end up having in the new Warhammer game. The percentage value tends to change depending on the level of the perk (represented by small diamond icons next to the perk). 

  • + Melee Damage
  • Increased Attack Speed
  • Increased Crit Chance
  • + Melee Critical Hit Chance
  • + Damage (Unyielding Enemies)
  • + Damage (Unarmoured Enemies)
  • + Damage (Maniacs)
  • + Damage (Infested Enemies)
  • + Damage (Flak Armoured Enemies)
  • + Damage (Carapace Armoured Enemies)
  • Increased Stamina (Weapon is Active)
  • Increased Stamina
  • + Reload Speed
  • + Ranged Damage
  • + Sprint Efficiency
  • + Block Efficiency
  • Increased Melee Weak Spot Damage
  • Increased Melee Damage (Specialists)
  • Melee Damage Increase against Groaners and Poxwalkers
  • Increased Ranged Critical Strike Chance

Each perk will enhance your weapon’s ability in one way or another. If you are using the Ogryn as your operator, then having an increased damage perk would be quite effective. Or if you’re going for someone like the Veteran then having increased ranged damage or reload speed perk will suit you the best.

How To Change Weapon Perks in Warhammer 40K Darktide?

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Refining Perks in Warhammer 40K Darktide [Screenshot by eXputer]
Despite the fact that you can’t modify the weapon perks you want, there is a way to replace or reroll your existing weapon perk. Since it is similar to the rerolling mechanism, there isn’t a guarantee as to what you might achieve. Although, you can keep trying your luck until you end up at a weapon perk of your choice. 

This whole process is called “Refine Item”. Refining or rerolling your perk will cost you money in the game. The cost for refining items in Warhammer 40K Darktide varies for each weapon rarity. Another important thing that you should know before refining your perk is that you can only switch one perk per weapon. 

Therefore, if you pick a perk to refine, the other perks for that weapon will get locked in. This means that you will not be able to switch them out in any way. So make sure that you assess all the weapon perks for your equipment before you choose the one that you want to refine. 

To refine an item in Warhammer 40K Darktide, you need to visit the Shrine of the Omnissiah and interact with Hadron. Pick the “Entreat Hadron” option and then proceed to pick a weapon whose perk you want to refine. After you pick a weapon, choose the “Refine Item” option and then select the perk you want to reroll in Warhammer 40K Darktide. 

If there’s only one perk on the weapon, then you’d have no choice then to pick that one. However, if a weapon has two perks, you still get to choose one, although the other perk gets locked in and can never be rerolled in the game. 

Nevertheless, after you pick a weapon perk, you will notice a button with “Refine” written on it. Do remember that refining your perks will cost you money. Therefore, you can’t blindly keep rerolling until you get your desired perk. Although, if you reroll a single perk enough times, you’ll eventually be able to refine that particular weapon perk for free.

Here is the starting cost for refining weapon perks for different rarity weapons.

  • Blue Weapons: 55 Plasteel.
  • Purple Weapons: 10 Diamantine and 65 Plasteel.
  • Orange Weapons: 25 Diamantine and 75 Plasteel.

Every refinement on a single perk will bring down its cost. You will eventually get to the stage where you can improve that weapon perk for free if you keep refining it repeatedly. If you do find yourself reaching this point, try going for a 4-diamond perk for your weapon.

And so, that is the only way you can change your weapon perk in the game. However, the player does not get the choice to handpick the perk; they have to rely purely on luck and have an ample source of money with them.

Wrap Up

There you have it! A complete guide that covers everything there is to know about the Weapon perks in Warhammer 40K Darktide. By now, you know that the weapon perks are completely random. They come in different rarity levels, which are represented by the number of diamond icons it has.

Weapons that belong to high rarity have a bigger chance to get a high-level perk. Although, you can use up some of your money in Warhammer 40K Darktide to refine (reroll) your perks.

Before you start facing hordes of unforgiving enemies in the City, make sure to review our top-level Tips and Tricks if you’re new to Warhammer 40K Darktide. Ensure that you are comfortable and have ample knowledge about leveling up and upgrading gear in the game. It is also essential to familiarize yourself with the Best Classes in Warhammer 40K Darktide. 

Thank you for reading through our extensive guide. For more valuable takes on Warhammer 40K Darktide, make sure to stick by eXputer in the near future!

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Sameer Tahir

When Sameer first acquired a Gameboy Advance nearly fifteen years ago, he instantly fell in love with video games. His passion for gaming hasn't wavered to date, and currently, he rejuvenates the experience by drafting video game guides at eXputer.

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