Warhammer 40K Darktide: All Specialists

This thorough Darktide guide explains the specialists enemies and you will also learn the counters against them for best survival.

Specials In Darktide
Darktide Specials

In Warhammer 40K Darktide, we see various categories of enemies. This guide is all about the Specialists and to what extent they are dangerous, and how you can play against them.

Key Takeaways

  • Enemies are divided under different threat levels, the specialists are among the demolition experts who perform the tasks related to explosives.
  • Under this category, we got Poxhound, Scab Trapper, Greg Tox Flamer, Mutant Charger, Pox Buster, Scab Bomber, Scab Sniper, Scab Gunner, and more.
  • Counter of each enemy is discussed in detail so that you stay prepared once you meet either one of them.

All Specialists in Darktide And Comparison

Here is a comparison table for all the Specialists in Warhammer 40K Darktide:

NoSpecialistsSeditionUprisingMaliceHeresyDamnationHeadBodyArmsLegs
1Poxhound58572090013501800InfestedInfestedInfestedInfested
2Scab Trapper292360450675900ManiacManiacManiacManiac
3Scab/Dreg Tox Flamer48860075011251500ManiacManiacManiacManiac
4Mutant Charger13001600200030004000ManiacManiacManiacManiac
5Poxbuster45556070010501400InfestedInfestedInfestedInfested
6Scab Bomber260320400600800FlakFlakFlakFlak
7Scab Sniper163200250375500UnarmoredUnarmoredUnarmoredUnarmored
8Scab/Dreg Shotgunner375375500625750UnarmoredFlakUnarmored Flak (arm plates)Unarmored Flak (leg plates)
9Scab/Dreg Gunner5255257008751050UnarmoredFlakUnarmoredUnarmored Flak (left leg plate)

There are enemies in Darktide that are specialized in doing certain tasks such as bombing, explosion, killing with snipers, and many more. They have clear and specified aims to achieve and are called special or specialists in this game. We have discussed each of them in detail.

Poxhound

Poxhound Special Enemy
Poxhound (Image Credits: ArgusDT)

Sedition585
Uprising720
Malice900
Heresy1350
Damnation1800
HeadInfested
BodyInfested
ArmsInfested
LegsInfested

This enemy in the game is unarmored and has a menacing appearance, known for its remarkable speed and unpredictability. Stay vigilant to counter its attacks, which can come from any angle.

When it attacks, it pounces on you, pinning you to the ground and inflicting continuous damage until your teammates intervene. You cannot break free on your own.

To defend against it:

  • Listen for its loud howling as a warning sign.
  • Prevent it from getting closer by eliminating it when it’s in range.
  • Stun it temporarily by charging at the enemy or blocking its pounce.

Scab Trapper

Scab Trapper in Darktide
Scab Trapper

Sedition292
Uprising360
Malice450
Heresy675
Damnation900
HeadManiac
BodyManiac
ArmsManiac
LegsManiac

The Trapper is a specialized enemy armed with a net launcher gun, lacking a helmet. Its primary objective is to trap a single target in its net while ignoring the rest of the team players.

Here’s what you need to know about dealing with Trappers:

  • They use a net launcher gun to immobilize their target with a net, causing less damage.
  • Being trapped in the net restricts your movement, making you vulnerable to other enemies’ attacks.
  • Dodging is the best way to avoid getting trapped, as Trappers are stealthy and don’t make much noise.
  • They wait for the right moment to make their attempt and, if unsuccessful, retreat and plan another attack.
  • You can handle Trappers on your own, so don’t worry when separated from your teammates.

Scab/Dreg Tox Flamer

Dreg Tox Flamer
Dreg Tox Flamer

Sedition488
Uprising600
Malice750
Heresy1125
Damnation1500
HeadManiac
BodyManiac
ArmsManiac
LegsManiac

The Flamethrower it carries is the most noticeable thing which produces the fire. It is unarmed, but the fire is enough to cause great damage. This enemy rants about setting everything on fire, so don’t take it lightly.

If you and your mates catch fire or get burned by flames, you will receive constant AOE damage. The burning effects take your toughness away, which results in more health damage. The fire caused by the Dreg one stays for a prolonged period.

It prevents you and other teammates from entering the area for so long. It is preferred to combat with this enemy at a range and have melee combat only when the path is clear and the area is not narrow to make you stuck.

Mutant Charger

Mutant
Mutant Charger

Sedition1300
Uprising1600
Malice2000
Heresy3000
Damnation4000
HeadManiac
BodyManiac
ArmsManiac
LegsManiac
Hit mass2.00
Stagger resistance2,000.00
Weak spotHead

Beware of the mutant Charger when you see an enemy rapidly charging towards you or a teammate. The Charger is a specialist enemy that targets one player and can cause significant damage.

Here’s what to expect and how to deal with the Charger:

  • It charges at one player, grabbing and slamming them repeatedly before throwing them away.
  • The Charger yells while charging, providing a warning.
  • Being grabbed by the Charger leaves you vulnerable, especially with other enemies nearby.
  • High HP makes it tough to defeat, but teamwork can deal significant damage.
  • Melee players should dodge its charges.
  • Charging and stunning it can lower its health.
  • For ranged combat, staying in cover is advisable.

Poxbuster

Poxbuster Darktide
Poxbuster

Sedition455
Uprising560
Malice700
Heresy1050
Damnation1400
HeadInfested
BodyInfested
ArmsInfested
LegsInfested

You can spot it by the ticking sound, and the main aim is to blow itself up when it reaches near and interact with you or anyone else in your group. It carries explosives intending to blow up. Poxbuster Specialists head towards the player and explodes after coming in contact with them or the ground.

This does major AoE damage, so you better not let it come near. Dealing with it from the range can be helpful; otherwise, you can do teamwork and split up to prevent or reduce harm. Encountering the Poxbuster specialist requires the right strategy and quick movements to take it down easily.

Scab Bomber

Scab Bomber Specialists
Scab Bomber

Sedition260
Uprising320
Malice400
Heresy600
Damnation800
HeadFlak
BodyFlak
ArmsFlak
LegsFlak

Well, another specialist with an explosive weapon. But it is somehow different as these explosives are designed to cause a fire in an explosion. The bomber throws them at you and your mates while staying some distance.

Before the blast, you can hear the sound of the timer ticking. It generally throws the bomb without aiming at one specific player. The explosion leads to the fire and makes it arduous for everyone to move around conveniently.

It also causes AoE damage, but you can knock it down in close combat, as it’s hard for him to defend in close range.

Scab Sniper

Scab Sniper
Scab Sniper

Sedition163
Uprising200
Malice250
Heresy375
Damnation500
HeadUnarmored
BodyUnarmored
ArmsUnarmored
LegsUnarmored

Let’s talk about another vicious specialist enemy, the Scab sniper, armed with a sniper rifle that causes deadly damage. It attacks from long range through its sniper, so if you notice a red spot following you, run and get into the cover.

The scab’s sniper is powerful enough to bring down the players in one or two shots.  Before it may make a move, you should turn it down with your sniper. Keeping yourself in the cover and fighting with the sniper weapon is the most appropriate method; otherwise up can try other ways too.

Scab/Dreg Shotgunner

Dreg Shotgunner Specialists
Dreg Shotgunner (Image Credits: TacticalTortoise)

Sedition375
Uprising375
Malice500
Heresy625
Damnation750
HeadUnarmored
BodyFlak
ArmsUnarmored Flak (arm plates)
LegsUnarmored Flak (leg plates)

The name of this specialist enemy depicts the weapon it carries, which is a powerful and deadly shotgun. This enemy can also spawn as either: Scab or Dreg. It can deal you enormous damage in short range, and Scope flash is its warning sign.

Scab Shotgunner Darktide Specialists
Scab Shotgunner

Sedition525
Uprising525
Malice700
Heresy875
Damnation1050
HeadUnarmored
BodyFlak
ArmsUnarmored
LegsUnarmored
Flak (left leg plate)

Having this scab specialists around you can be menacing so once you see it coming, keep it away from reaching closer to you, as getting hit with shotgun results in some major health bars deterioration. Talking about the appearance,

The shotgunner has three spears on the back with skulls pierced into them. There are certain ways to beat these enemies down. You can do the melee combating from a distance or close range, leaving no chance for them to attack you with a shotgun.

Or you can use grenades when they spawn in groups.

Scab/Dreg Gunner

Scab Gunner
Scab Gunner (Image Credits: TacticalTortoise)

The Scab Gunner holds the auto rifle, a heavy machine gun. It can spawn as the Dregs or Scabs. The Dregs are more dangerous than the latter ones. Scab gunners got the Flak armour, but the scope flash and red laser sight are their warning signs.

Dreg Gunner Darktide
Dreg Gunner

The automatic gun enables it to deal extensive damage with rapid-fire shots while being farther away. If you are at medium range with this enemy, it can be really threatening for you. The major goal is to compel players to take cover by firing at them continuously.

You can use snipers to take these gunners down, or another way is to defeat them in a melee fight, as they don’t have any melee weapon. If players tend to have range combat, they should do it while having the cover.

In another scenario, if you find it busy with other players, then attack from the side to avoid getting noticed.

Ending Remarks

Now we Conclude our guide regarding the specialists in Warhammer 40K Darktide. They can be quite difficult to tackle, but we expect that after reading this guide, you will be able to handle and defeat them perfectly. We will bring more Warhammer guides for you; till then, SEE YA!

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