Darktide Classes Guide – All Classes Explained

By Zak Wasilowski |


Just started playing the new Warhammer game, but unsure on what all the different operatives do? Then you’re in the right place – we’ve compiled a Darktide classes guide, teaching you all about the different classes/operatives in the game. At the time of launch, there are only four different classes, so there’s not a lot you need to get your head around! However, more could be added further down the line, so check back frequently so you can stay on-top of this.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a new co-op FPS game that’s recently released. The game, like many survival-shooters before it, puts you in a small team of four as you fight against what seems like endless hordes of flesh-eating monsters. Within the game, you can play as one of four operatives/classes, and that’s what we’ll be discussing today…

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Darktide Classes

Now, let’s take a look at a list of the Darktide classes.


In Warhammer lore, Ogryns are huge tanks that are fit for challenging hordes of enemies. While all operatives are good at this, the Skullbreakers’ special advantage is that they’re good for taking on the elites.

Without a Skullbreaker in your group, you’ll notice how quickly you can get overwhelmed by the elites, emphasising the key role and importance of this tanky operative.


The Psykinetic operative comes from a psychic form of mutants, drawing power from Immaterium in order to grant themselves telekenetic powers and psychic abilities.

Some among the community compare this operative’s lack of multi-casting to the overcharge system seen in previous Warhammer games. As said system was unpopular, it’s reasonable that a lot of the community will stay away from Psykinetic until they are forced to explore their abilities.


What we love about the Sharpshooter operative is that it does exactly what it says on the tin – long range firepower that’s high in damage. These attributes allow the Sharpshooter to flourish when fighting elites and specialists, so long as you stay far away from them. The only real downside for this operative is if you’re a trigger-happy shooter that runs out of ammo too quickly.


Perhaps the least popular Darktide operative, Preacher is famous for their voice lines dedicated to the Emperor and throwing grenades that are half as good as Sharpshooters. Not only that, but Preacher’s chainsaw is riddled with incompetency, as the build-up to the full effect leaves you in a vulnerable state.

It should also be noted that when lasting through longer waves, it’s recommended that you have higher levelled gear, much more so than your team-mates.

When an operative already has so many factors turned against them, it just makes you wonder – why are you still playing as them?

Darktide Classes FAQ

Now that we’ve discussed the different operatives in the game, we’ll move onto some of the questions you might have thought of whilst reading our guide.

Where Does Each Darktide Class Fall In The Holy Trinity?

Let’s take a look at where each class falls under the “Holy Trinity” of class types.


High in damage!

  • Sharpshooter


Classes falling under this subheading are designed to sponge attacks from all angles!

  • Skullbreaker


It’s no doubt that these operatives fall under this category. It’s just a shame that these 2/4 operatives are considerably less desirable than the rest.

  • Preacher
  • Psykinetic

What’s the best Darktide class?

It’s easy for us to rule out Preacher and Psykinetic, but you might want to consider Sharphooter and Skullbreaker based on your playstyle. If you want to know what we recommend, however, check out our Darktide Classes tier list.

That will just about do it for this Darktide class guide. Make sure you check out the related articles in paragraph three and make sure you grab the game from the top of the page. For more information on the game, visit the game’s official website.

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