Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

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Types of Enemies (Guide, Statistics and Lore)
By eternalreflect
Enemy types, armour type, HP, attacks and lore.
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Intro
This guide goes over different armour types, enemies, monstrosities and some of the lore of the creatures, or at least what I could find. I am new to the Warhammer 40k lore so if anyone has info on any of the enemies, please comment.

The guide is categorized by types. If you're looking for a specific enemy I recommend using the CTRL+F function as the list is quite long.
Armour Types and Enenemy Modifiers
Armor types exist because weapons will deal different amounts of base damage depending on the armor you are hitting. Stuff like unyielding and maniac exist because they'll have huge health bars, but also take more damage or have different multipliers depending on what you are hitting them with. Also weapons can roll extra damage against specific armor types. There are six armour types.

  • Unarmoured

  • Flak Armour

  • Unyielding

  • Maniac

  • Carapace Armour

  • Infested

Modifiers
  • Mass
    How "dense" an enemy is. If a weapon has 8 cleave, and an enemy has 3 mass then the weapon can cleave two enemies with 2 remainder mass. Because there is remainder mass, the swing will pass through the second unit and hit the third and be stopped on it because it has mass greater than remaining cleave so with an 8 cleave weapon, you could cleave three 3 mass enemies.

  • Suppression
    Suppression against you will knock your weapon around when you're ADS and make you more inaccurate, suppression against enemies most simply forces them to get into cover

  • Damage over time does a flat amount of damage to enemies, the damage varies depending on the kind of armor you're hitting.

  • Corruption Damage of Enemies
    Some enemies apply a percentage of their damage as corruption damage, you can find the scaling and which enemies do below. (The corruption is presented as purple health which you can only get rid of with a Medicae Station unless your team is carrying a Grimoire which applies 25% corruption to the entire team)

  • Toughness Damage
    Melee attacks deal twice as much damage to toughness. Ranged weapons usually do 1x. Both Ranged and Melee have exceptions however. These exceptions can be found at the appropriate enemy below.
Horde Enemies
  • Poxwalkers together with the Groaners are the most basic enemy in the game. You'll see these in hordes. They're fairly slow but will catch up to you. Armed only with a crude melee weapon but apply Corruption on hit.
  • Melee attack.
  • Mass: 1
  • Corruption Damage: 25%
  • Horde, Infested
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
98
120
150
225
300

  • These are squishier than the Poxwalkers, other than that they're same enemy.
  • Melee attack.
  • Mass: 0.75
  • Unarmoured (torso, limbs), Horde

Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
65
80
100
150
200

Lore

Poxwalkers are a form of Chaos-infected undead similar to zombies who have been cursed by one of the Chaos God Nurgle's maladies, the so-called "Walking Pox," so that they can serve as unliving weapons for the Death Guard Traitor Legion.

Some Inquisitors of the Ordo Sepulturum -- the new Ordo Minoris of the Inquisition dedicated to battling the undead -- claim that the Walking Pox is a variant of Nurgle's Rot, since unlike zombies, the victim's flesh often mutates even after physical death, growing horns, tentacles and spikes similar to those of Nurgle's victims who become Plaguebearers.






  • The Scab Bruisers are similar to Poxwalkers except they're tankier.
  • Melee attack.
  • Mass: 2
  • Unarmoured (head, thigh), Flak armour (torso, arms, lower leg)
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
130
160
200
300
400



















  • Scab Stalkers are armed with a ranged weapon, dealing decent damage, in large groups these can be pretty deadly. In lower numbers they're not an issue. Once engaged in melee range they will swap to a melee weapon.

  • Damage to Toughness: 2.5x
  • Ranged and Melee attacks.
  • Mass: 1.25
  • Unarmoured (thigh, upper arm, arms, legs), Flak Armour (torso, head, lower arms, lower leg)
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
117
144
180
270
360














  • Much like the Poxwalkers and Groaners this unit is nearly identical to Scab Stalkers in terms of mechanics. Only difference once again being the HP and a slight difference in appearence. This unit rocks green goggles.
  • Damage to Toughness: 2.5x
  • Ranged and Melee attacks
  • Mass: 1.5
  • Unarmoured (thigh, upper arm), Flak Armour (torso, head, lower arms, lower leg)
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
98
120
150
225
300
Lore

Scabs are members of the Moebian Sixth. The Moebian Sixth was one of many Astra Militarum regiments raised in the Moebian Domain, tasked with defending the region's worlds from Chaos and Xenos threats locally called the "Darktide". Recruited mostly from Atoma Prime, the Moebian Sixth distinguished itself in the battles of the Fringe War against the Darktide. Waged on feral worlds against horrible enemies with little external support, the Fringe War brought the Imperial regiments to the limits of their endurance. For years, the Moebian Sixth served the Imperium loyally and became the most famous as well as celebrated Moebian regiment.

Over time, however, the Moebian Sixth was pushed too far. Exposed to the horrors of the Galaxy and the Warp, a sharp contrast to the Imperial propaganda at home, eventually resulted in the unit's corruption. At first, this remained unknown to Imperial authorities, and when a zombie plague erupted on Atoma Prime, instigated by the Admonition Chaos Cult, the Moebian Sixth was redirected from frontline deployment to assist in combating the Nurgle corruption.Instead, it turned on the people it had sworn to protect and began to support the uprising.






  • Identical to their Scab counterpart in terms of mechanics with the exception of HP. Dreg melee units are slightly tankier than the Scab ones. Sprints at you once triggered.
  • Melee attack
  • Mass: 1.5
  • Unarmoured (torso, limbs), Flak Armour (head)
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
130
160
200
300
400


















  • Dreg Stalkers wield an assault rifle, taking cover when possible. Once in melee range they'll equip a melee weapon. They're slightly tankier than their Scab counterpart.
  • Damage to Toughness: 2.5x
  • Ranged and Melee attacks.
  • Mass: 1.25
  • Unarmoured
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
117
144
180
270
360
Specialist Enemies





  • Pox hounds move around quickly and erratically, and their goal is to pounce on an isolated party member. The pounced player cannot break free and will take continuous corrupting damage until freed. You will hear when the Pox Hound spawns due to a howl in the distance.
  • You can dodge to the side to avoid the pounce of the Pox Hound - it just takes a bit of practice to get the timing right. The audio cue for dodging the Hound's pounce is a high pitched bark that it always emits as it begins to pounce. Dodge sideways when you hear this. Alternatively you can shove him (block+left click) as he's jumping at you. Blocking doesn't work.

  • Mass: 2
  • Corruption Damage: 98%
  • Infested, Specialist, Hound
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
585
720
900
1350
1800








  • Mutants will charge at someone in your party and grab them. They will then smash the player against the ground a few times before throwing them, which does quite a lot of damage to the victim and may throw them into a bad position (like in the middle of a horde). They are less dangerous than the Pox Hound and Trapper, but are quite disruptive and should still be a high priority target.

  • Although not reliable the mutant tends to not smash you when he pushes you into a wall and instead throws you away instantly.

  • You can dodge their grab if you wait until they extend their arm to prepare to grab you, and then dodge sideways. (He grabs with the big arm)

  • Mass: 2
  • Maniac, Specialist, Mutant
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
1300
1600
2000
3000
4000

  • Like the Mutant, the Pox Burster will run into your party only to blow itself up there. This attack will cause the Pox Burster to die, but it will significantly damage all players near its blast. Attempt to take out the Pox Burster from afar. If not possible, spread out as far as possible so that not all players are affected by the damage.
  • When he's ready to explode he will leap onto a player and when he lands that's when he explodes. You can counteract this action by shoving him (block+left click) mid air to cancel the explosion. He will lay on the floor staggered. You then have a chance to dodge backwards and shoot him while he's away from you and your team.
  • By splitting up the party, a lot of damage can be thwarted
  • Corruption Damage: 35% edge of explosion, 50% when close
  • Mass: 2.5
  • Infested, Specialist, Burster
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
455
560
700
1050
1400







  • Dreg Tox Flamers do steady AOE damage to players and can act as an area denial threat. Another noticeable feature of fire damage is that it immediately removes all of your toughness, leaving you vulnerable to health damage and staggering effects from both the flamer and other enemies.

  • Mass: 2
  • Maniac, Specialist, Flamer
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
488
600
750
1125
1500
Scab Specialist Enemies





  • Trappers have a similar goal to the Pox Hound - their aim is to stun a party member by shooting a net which will trap you. The trappers don't make much noise and will sneak around and hide, waiting for an opportune moment to strike, often running away to find a new hiding spot when they have fired their net. The trapper's net does very slow corrupting damage over time, but trapped players will often fall victim to other enemies if they are not freed quickly, as they are unable to move or defend themselves.

  • The net can be dodged - ideally wait for the first clicking sound as he begins to fire the net, and then dodge sideways.

  • Mass: 3
  • Maniac, Specialist
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
293
360
450
675
900







  • Scab Bombers will try to stay at a distance from your party, and will throw incendiary bombs at you, doing moderate damage but primarily acting as area denial. In a wide open area you can get away with prioritizing other targets if needed, but in more enclosed spaces they can be very dangerous and should be prioritized.

  • Mass: 2
  • Flak Armour, Specialist, Grenadier
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
260
320
400
600
800
















  • The Scab Sniper is a highly dangerous special enemy. If he's caught close to your party then he will sprint away to a distant position. From there, he will aim sniper shots at you. You can see where he is aiming from the sight laser, giving you a short window to dodge the shot. If he lands a hit on you, you will take massive damage - on higher difficulties, a couple of these shots can be enough to take down a player.
  • If someone on your team is able to snipe distant enemies, they should kill the sniper as soon as possible, otherwise you should utilize cover and alternative routes where possible to close the gap to the sniper.

  • Damage to Toughness: 10x
  • Mass: 2
  • Unarmoured, Specialist, Sniper
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
163
200
250
375
500







  • Flamers do steady AOE damage to players and can act as an area denial threat. Another noticeable feature of fire damage is that it immediately removes all of your toughness, leaving you vulnerable to health damage and staggering effects from both the flamer and other enemies.

  • Mass: 2
  • Maniac, Specialist, Flamer
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
488
600
750
1125
1500
Elite Enemies






  • The Crusher is completely encased in Carapace Armour. Their overhead strike deals massive damage and they are difficult to take down.

  • Alone they are not too dangerous as they are even more cumbersome with their movement and attacks - just make sure to dodge their heavy hitting swings. In groups however they can be much more deadly.

  • Mass: 20
  • Carapace Armour, Elite
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
700
1050
1400
1750
2100













  • Bulwarks are Ogryns armed with a one handed weapon and a large shield. The shield protects most of the front of their body so it's difficult to damage them from the front. Don’t try to mess with a bulwark alone. It’s much easier if one player in your group lets the bulwark attack them, and the rest runs around it to attack it from behind.

  • Mass: 100
  • Unyielding(torso, head, thigh), Carapace Armour(arms, lower leg), Elite
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
750
1125
1500
1875
2250













  • Reaper focuses on ranged combat rather than pounding you with giant hammers. Reapers are ogryns armed with huge automatic rifles. If you keep him at a distance, he will keep firing at you and your party until you all say hell or he is defeated. So the whole group should work as quickly as possible to eliminate this monster.

  • If you melee the Reaper, he will stop firing at you or your party members. This is how you can end the Reaper’s sustained fire quickly and effectively.

  • Damage to Toughness: 0.5x
  • Mass: 100
  • Unyielding(Head, upper arm, upper legs, pelvis), Flak Armour (chest), Carapace Armour(lower arm, lower legs), Elite, Gunner
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
1250
1875
2500
3125
3750
Scab Elite Enemies





  • The Mauler is a very common elite enemy. They are heavily armored and wield a large chain axe. Their attacks are quite slow so you can avoid them by dodging. It's especially important to avoid their overhead strike - this is very slow but if it hits you it does huge damage. Aim for headshots with armor piercing weapons to take them down more quickly.

  • Damage to Toughness: 4x
  • Mass: 20
  • Flak Armour (torso, arms, legs), Carapace Armour (Head), Elite
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
600
900
1200
1500
1800













  • Scab gunners can cause serious problems for your party if left unchecked, especially if there are several of them. They will target players with rapid medium range fire that can stagger you and does considerable damage.

  • Mass: 4
  • Flak Armour (torso, arms, head, lower leg), Unarmoured (thigh), Elite
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
300
450
600
750
900

















  • Scab Shotgunners do heavy damage with their shotgun at close range, which can very quickly destroy your Toughness and Health bars. To deal with them you should either pick them off from a distance or quickly get into melee with them before they can shoot.

  • Damage to Toughness: 3x
  • Mass: 2
  • Flak Armour (torso, head, lower leg), Elite
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
250
375
500
625
750















  • Ragers come in both unarmoured and armoured variants, but both employ similar attack patterns. In melee they are by far the most aggressive elite enemy, and will quickly recover from most staggering effects. They wield a melee weapon in each hand and will relentlessly attack their target, dealing high damage with each hit.

  • The safest option when dealing with them is to take them out from range, as this allows you to avoid their troublesome melee attacks.

  • Mass: 5
  • Maniac, Flak Armour, Elite
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
450
675
900
1125
1350
Dreg Elite Enemies






  • Dreg Shotgunners do heavy damage with their shotgun and close range, which can very quickly destroy your Toughness and Health bars. To deal with them you should either pick them off from a distance or quickly get into melee with them before they can shoot.

  • Mass: 2
  • Flak Armour (Torso), Unarmoured (head, limbs), Elite
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
250
375
500
625
750















  • Ragers come in both unarmoured and armoured variants, but both employ similar attack patterns. In melee they are by far the most aggressive elite enemy, and will quickly recover from most staggering effects. They wield a melee weapon in each hand and will relentlessly attack their target, dealing high damage with each hit.
  • The safest option when dealing with them is to take them out from range, as this allows you to avoid their troublesome melee attacks.
  • Mass: 5
  • Maniac, Elite
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
450
675
900
1125
1350













  • Dreg Gunners can cause serious problems for your party if left unchecked, especially if there are several of them. They will target players with rapid medium range fire that can stagger you and does considerable damage.

  • Mass: 8
  • Flak Armour (torso), Unarmoured (head, limbs), Elite
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
350
525
700
875
1050
Monstrosities





  • The Plague Ogryn’s weakspot is its head, making this fight a little more straightforward than the flank-based fights of the Beast of Nurgle. As such, you’ll want someone who can frontline and deal with the beast while the other three players hang back and hit its skull. By far the best option for a frontline is the Ogryn with a Battle Maul and Slab Shield. Thanks to the Defensive Stance being able to block all damage the Plague Ogryn dishes out. Another great choice is the Zealot, provided they’ve mastered the art of dodging and can safely dance around the Plague Ogryn.

  • This should go without saying, but another great opportunity would be to catch the big guy out in the open. If you have to run back to an open area, that’s fine, but having that space will let both your frontline and backline be able to do their jobs without pesky corridors getting in the way. If you have to fight it in a small space it isn’t a huge deal, though its stomps may prove particularly devastating.



  • Damage to Toughness: 10x
  • Corruption Damage: 25% on slams and 40% on attacks with his right arm (when he does the triple chain of attacks).
  • Unyielding
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
10400
12800
16000
24000
32000

  • The Beast of Nurgle will always target a squad member and go after him.
  • As it does so, it sprays acid, which does no damage, but slows you down and applies corruption.
  • If it’s in your melee range, it will hit you or even eat you. If eaten, an Ogryn charge or Sharpshooter grenade will make it spit you out. (Credit to Nevercroft)
  • If it devours you, you will receive damage, and you will receive corruption, which will reduce your maximum health points.
  • If you stand too close behind the Beast of Nurgle, it will hit you with a tail slash.
  • As soon as it chases one of your teammates, keep some distance behind it and aim your weapon at the yellow glowing blister. This is the weak point of the Beast of Nurgle and deals critical damage when hit. If you are being chased, you should try to run in circles so that your friends always have a good field of fire.
  • Unyielding
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
10400
12800
16000
24000
32000

  • You don’t have to take on the Daemonhost at all. The new enemy works incredibly similarly to the Witch in Left 4 Dead in that it can be avoided with careful positioning and movement. You can tell a Daemonhost is nearby by her whispers, combined with the large area surrounding her with a white glow. If you can, avoiding this area and fighting anything else will be a much safer play. It’s even safer when you consider multiple Daemonhosts can spawn in a level.

  • The Daemonhost has extremely fast attacks that can melt whoever they’re targeting. They also are Unyielding, meaning the majority of stagger abilities and weapons in the game won’t work on it. If the Daemonhost manages to knock you or your teammate down, it will lift them into the air and, after a few seconds, will instantly incapacitate them and force you to rescue them. During this period he's stuck in the animation and you have a chance to do heavy damage and hopefully still kill him. After a short time longer, they will disappear once again.

  • With this in mind, I suggest either you or one of your teammates run the Ogryn with the Battle Maul and Slab Shield. Using the Defensive Stance, the Ogryn can block all frontal damage from the Daemonhost and give their team time to unload on the foe. If this isn’t an option, that job falls to the Zealot’s ability to dodge the Daemonhost and simply hope for the best. I'd also advise to clear the area before initiating the fight. You really don't want a Pox Hound, Mutant or a Scab Trapper to incapacitate the person tanking the Daemonhost.
Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
8450
10400
13000
19500
26000
Assassination Targets





  • The Scab Captain fights with a ranged and melee weapon.
  • He always focuses on a group member.
  • The Scab Captain’s shield must be destroyed to deal damage.
  • If he doesn’t have a focus target, his shield will regenerate faster, so you don’t want to damage the shield at this time.
  • If the shield is broken, the whole party should do as much damage to the boss as possible.
  • The Scab Captain will enter the enrage phase if there is too much damage. Here he is significantly stronger and faster. He also now fights with a melee weapon.
  • This process must be repeated until the boss is defeated.
  • During the fight, hordes of enemies keep interfering. They should be focused on the entire group.
  • After you enter the relatively small arena with your party, the Scab Captain will jump into the arena from a ledge and, shortly after that, start shooting at one of your party members. It would be best to split up because he actively focuses on one goal. This allows the other members of the group to cause damage. On low difficulties, his blasts are still tolerable, while on higher difficulties, the damage increases massively, and blocking or dodging is the best option.

  • Since the Scab Captain is equipped with a shield, it’s important to break it while focused on a party member. Once the shield is destroyed, the boss will be briefly stunned. The perfect moment for the counterstrike. Here it is particularly effective when the Psyker uses his Psykinetic’s Wrath attack, and everyone else unpacks their strongest attacks.

  • However, if he starts moving again, it’s essential to wait until he’s focused on a person again. Otherwise, his shield will regenerate faster while it’s being damaged.

  • If the Scab Captain takes too much damage, he enters his Enrage phase. Here he not only does more damage but is also a bit faster. He also switches to melee combat, so you should try to build up as much distance as possible. Under certain circumstances, you can still put away the various light attacks, but he will swing his overhead blow if nobody gets hit. This attack deals with up to 40% damage.

  • The Scab Captain can switch to melee combat from time to time without an enrage phase. Here, however, he has neither increased damage nor movement speed, making him far easier to keep busy.

  • armoured, Void Shield, captain

I should probably mention on Sedition and Uprising difficulty these things can be totally ignored and all you need to do is place a healing pack on top of him and melee him to death. This strategy could work all the way up to Heresy difficulty although it is not recommended.

Sedition
Uprising
Malice
Heresy
Damnation
HP
10400
12800
16000
24000
32000
Outro
Although some of this is probably common knowledge at this point I wanted to put it all in one place for new players to read up on when the full release hits.

Any and all suggestions or feedback is appreciated and welcomed. I might have missed something, messed something up, if that's the case please correct me. I'll gladly learn.

I'd like to say a huge thanks and credit Combine00 for providing information and helping me get everything correct.

If you're interested in completing Darktide achievements check out my 100% Achievement Guide!
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2892634488



88 Comments
ΛQ Nov 30, 2023 @ 6:29pm 
May be worth saying, the Beast of Nurgle will target a player, spray puke at said player, and will melee that player if they are close up without having the 'puke' debuff applied -- But, will do the grapple and eat the player if they -are- suffering from the puke debuff.
Darrtaa Nov 23, 2023 @ 9:13pm 
Wonderful guide! Felt like I was reading an official Codex :sealdeal:
Dani Oct 29, 2023 @ 4:59am 
After Patch 14 I noticed that Scab Ragers no longer count as Maniac.
Mr. Mammoth Oct 12, 2023 @ 7:40am 
Anyone know what armour types the Chaos Spawn has?
eternalreflect  [author] Oct 7, 2023 @ 1:06am 
That's one way to put it, but it also depends on what kind of weapon you're using.
Lavoroxan Oct 6, 2023 @ 5:26am 
So are unarmored part considered weakspots? Is it better to aim for a Dreg Bruiser and Scab Maulers torso than their head assuming little armor penetration?
♔White Rabbit Sep 7, 2023 @ 10:19pm 
I give this guide :sweetcarrots: out of :sweetcarrots:
BadSmells Feb 17, 2023 @ 3:29pm 
Even with almost 200 hours I've wondered about potential overlapping classifications and this provided me with clarity. List is as clean and comprehensive as a freshly bleached Ogryn sphincter. :steamthumbsup:
eternalreflect  [author] Jan 19, 2023 @ 12:39pm 
Not according to the source code, but I could be wrong, I haven't played in a while, perhaps they changed it.
Drop Jan 18, 2023 @ 7:07am 
Aren't beasts and plague ogryn considered 'Infested' too?