Warhammer 40k Darktide: All Staff Types Guide

A comprehensive guide that illustrates Warhammer 40k Darktide staff types and how to use them properly. It also tells which staff is best.

All types of Warhammer 40k Darktide staff explained to choose the best staff for battlefield.

So, you have recently bought the Warhammer 40k Darktide game. But you are wondering what the Warhammer 40k Darktide staff types are and how these magical weapons help you win the battle. This guide will resolve all of your queries.

Staff is an excellent weapon in Warhammer 40k Darktide compared to other weapons like guns and knives. But which Darktide staff type is best for use and which is not good on the battlefield?

Do not worry. This guide will tell every detail about the force staff in Darktide. We will also notify you how to use each staff and at what level you can get these staff. So let’s get started!

Key Takeaways

  • Surge force staff is the best staff among all the other Warhammer 40k Darktide staff types. The beauty of this staff is you damage your foe even if you are off-centered.

  • Using each force staff’s secondary action, you can damage your opponent significantly. But every force staff secondary action damage rate is different.

  • Fully charge your staff to increase the attack impact on the foes. You can knock down more enemies with fully charged staff.

Summary Table And Comparison

Here is a summary table for all the Staves in Warhammer 40K Darktide:

No.TypePrimary Attribute 1Primary Attribute 2Primary ActionSecondary ActionSpecial ActionRate of FireCharge RateStamina
1Staff Type1: Surge Force StaffForce WeaponCharged AttackStaff-Bound Blaze Bolt-projectileStaff-Bound SmiteStrike1.54/s-+4
2Staff Type2: Voidstrike Force StaffForce WeaponCharged AttackStaff-Bound Blaze Bolt-projectileStaff-Bound Blaze Bolt-projectileStrike1.54/s-+4
3Staff Type3: Purgatus Force StaffForce WeaponCharged AttackStaff-Bound Coruscation-Semi AutoStaff-Bound Coruscation-ChargedStrike1.54/s1.75/s+4
4Staff Type4: Trauma Force StaffForce WeaponCharged AttackStaff-Bound Blaze Bolt-projectileStaff-Bound PyroblastStrike1.54/s--

Staff Types Illustrated

So, if you want to kill your enemy from a range without using your guns or any other weapon, then Force staff is the best option for you to do this work properly. We will demonstrate to you all Warhammer 40k Darktide staff types.

There is a collection of four primary staff types. You can get each staff by leveling up in the game, as every force staff has an unlocked level. You can get your first force staff at level 5 or 6.

Keep in mind that if your level is above 20 or up to level 30, you can use all force staff to their full potential. Let’s go through each staff and help you to find the best staff that will suit you best on the battlefield.

Staff Type 1: Surge Force Staff

We are starting with this staff, considered the best force staff in the Darktide. You can get this staff when you reach at the level of 10.

Best staff in the game.
Surge force staff

StatsValue
Primary Attribute 1Fore Weapon
Primary Attribute 2Charged Attack
Primary ActionStaff-Bound Blaze Bolt-Projectile
Secondary ActionStaff-Bound Smite
Special ActionStrike
Rate of Fire1.54/s
Charge Rate-
Stamina+4

The Surge Force Staff in Darktide has two primary actions:

  1. Primary Action: It fires bolts of Psychic energy, instantly eliminating your opponents. Aim for the enemy’s head for quick kills.

  2. Secondary Action: Charging this action unleashes chain lightning that hits multiple foes. This is especially useful when dealing with swarming enemies. When you attack with lightning, it immobilizes your enemies, buying your team extra time to recover or strategize.

In summary, the Surge Force Staff is considered the best among the four Force Staffs in Darktide due to its powerful primary and secondary actions.

Staff Type 2: Voidstrike Force Staff

This force staff is the second best on our list. When you reach the level of seventeen in Darktide, you can get this staff. This staff also has three action options primary, secondary, and a special attack. We will explain what Viodstrike force staff action offers to the players and how to use those actions.

This is the second best staff in the game.
Voidstrike force staff

StatsValue
Primary Attribute 1Fore Weapon
Primary Attribute 2Charged Attack
Primary ActionStaff-Bound Blaze Bolt-Projectile
Secondary ActionStaff-Bound Blaze Bolt-Projectile
Special ActionStrike
Rate of Fire1.54/s
Charge Rate-
Stamina+4

The Surge Force Staff’s primary action is the standard Psychic bolt, covered earlier. To maximize its effectiveness, aim for headshots to swiftly eliminate foes.

The secondary action of the Voidstrike Force Staff allows you to release a charged bolt, ideal for dealing with surrounding enemies. This penetrating bolt explodes upon hitting its target, instantly killing them. For maximum impact, aim it at the ground to affect multiple opponents.

The special action of this staff is the standard staff strike, which is straightforward to use. However, the secondary action, the charged bolt, can have a devastating effect on your opponents.

Staff Type 3: Purgatus Force Staff

This staff is the third staff in our list. Usually, you can get this staff when you reach at the level of 18. This staff uses flames to burn your opponent down. Like the other four staff, this also has three actions primary, secondary, and special attack.

One of the Warhammer 40k Darktide staff types. This is also the best short ranged force staff in the game.
Purgatus force staff

StatsValue
Primary Attribute 1Fore Weapon
Primary Attribute 2Charged Attack
Primary ActionStaff-Bound Coruscation- Semi Auto
Secondary ActionStaff-Bound Coruscation - Charged
Special ActionStrike
Rate of Fire1.54/s
Charge Rate1.75s
Stamina+4

The primary attack of the Purgatus Force Staff has a short-range flame burst effect on nearby enemies, unlike the bolt effects of other Voidstrike and Surge Force Staffs. It’s most effective against close-range foes but lacks impact against distant ones.

To make the most of this primary action, use it repeatedly to target multiple enemies. The secondary action involves charging the staff to release a charged flame, which can efficiently eliminate numerous nearby foes without the need for multiple primary attacks.

Like other staffs, its special action is the standard staff strike, useful when your enemy is in close proximity.

If you compare this staff with the surge staff, you will notice that the surge force staff has a massive range of attacks compared to the other. In Darktide, you need to have a staff with a more extensive range of attack, which makes surge force staff more valuable than the Purgatus force staff.

Staff Type 4: Trauma Force Staff

So, the last staff on our list is Trauma Force Staff which you usually get first in the game. You can get this staff at level 5. As standard, this staff also has three action moves primary, secondary, and special attack action.

Another one of the Warhammer 40k Darktide staff types. This is good for short ranged targets.
Trauma force staff

StatsValue
Primary Attribute 1Fore Weapon
Primary Attribute 2Charged Attack
Primary ActionStaff-Bound Blaze Bolt-Projectile
Secondary ActionStaff-Bound Pyroblast
Special ActionStrike
Rate of Fire1.54/s
Charge Rate-

The Trauma Force Staff shares its primary action with the Surge and Voidstrike Force Staffs, allowing you to fire Psychic bolts. Remember to aim for headshots to instantly eliminate your foes with this action.

Its secondary attack is an AOE Pyroblast in a circle. Charging the staff maximizes the damage. Place the charged circle under a group of enemies for efficient destruction.

The special attack is the standard staff strike, suitable for close-range combat.

Although the Trauma force staff has devastating attacks, the efficiency of this staff is not good enough. The circle generated during the secondary attack is small, making this staff challenging. You can use this staff to knock down the larger foes giving your team valuable time to take opponents out.

Should You Fully Charge Staff For Attacks?

Does charging your force staff help you in defeating your opponents or not? This question arises when you play Darktide and want to damage your foes significantly. So, we will explain how charging up each force staff is exemplary on the battlefield.

  1. Voidstrike Force Staff: Charging it halfway improves damage, while a full charge extends its range to hit distant enemies.

  2. Surge Force Staff: Both half and full charges can damage multiple foes, but a full charge increases the impact. However, not all enemies take full damage from the charge attack.

  3. Purgatus Force Staff: Charging affects the flame’s duration and damage rate. A full charge extends the flame’s duration, resulting in higher damage over time.

  4. Trauma Force Staff: Increasing the charge boosts damage and expands the area of effect (AOE). However, charging doesn’t affect knocking down enemies; even a half-charged attack can achieve this. Enemies outside the AOE take minimal damage compared to those within it.

Final Thoughts

So, these are the four Warhammer 40k Darktide staff types that this game has to offer you. But remember, there are only two viable staff: Surge and Voidstrike force staff. In contrast, Trauma and Protegus force staff are too short-ranged and too limited in their range to be effective.

However, get the surge staff as soon as possible because you do not need to target the opponent. The beauty of this staff is you damage your foe even if you are off-centered. Hence, the surge staff is worth taking.

Also, if you want to damage your foes more significantly, try attacks with fully charged staff. That’s all from this guide. If you want to know more on games like Warhammer 40k Darktide, then have a look at the guides given below.

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