I’m new to the Vermintide series (big 40K nerd though), and I’ve been playing it for a couple weeks now. Enjoying the game a lot so far, although that is sometimes in spite of it’s attempts to annoy me.
I’m pretty much permanently playing Quickplay on Veteran at this point, maining an Ironbreaker Bardin who I’ve leveled up to 25 (my talents are set to MMMML, in case anyone wanted to know). My overall power is up to something like 425, and my drops are around 200 power now (I’ve heard this number just increases over time, as you get more loot?). I’m rocking an Axe/Shield and dragon pistols. However, as long as I get paired with a decent group, I must say Veteran is getting pretty trivial to beat.
Anyway, I’m just trying to get better at the game, as well as getting answers to a few general questions that have been bugging me:
What is the best way to use the IB Ult? I mostly use it by running into crowds and trying to get them to aggro on me, since I can take the hits. However, it doesn’t seem to affect bosses by default, and most hordes of regular enemies tend to get melted down pretty quick either way. What are the usual circumstances in which the IB Ult is most useful? I’ve heard it can interrupt bosses (like the Chaos Spawn when it grabs someone) - is that true?
Is weapon+shield worth it? I’ve seen conflicting opinions here about the shields being useless, and a 2H being your best option. However, the shield bash seems really useful for crowd control, as well as clearing a path if you get surrounded. Axe+Shield feels really good to me, but admittedly I haven’t spent a ton of time using the other options.
The dragon pistols - I love them. I’m a little unclear as to how the alt-fire functions though. Is it like a shotgun blast (extremely short range, high damage, high spread)? It seems useful for clearing large numbers of trash enemies in front of you, but also doesn’t seem to hit very hard. Also, does the standard projectile fire have any sort of splash damage? I’ve gotten the sense that they require a direct hit, but it can be hard to tell when you’re lobbing them into groups of trash.
Now for more general questions:
Is the PC version of the game more “fully featured” than the Xbox version right now? I’ve seen references to hats and cosmetics in the game, but outside of the frames and stuff you can get from the Okri challenges, I’ve not seen anything. My IB has one set of armor, and one helm - nothing else.
Does the game seriously not check which character you’ve chosen when matchmaking? Sometimes I have to re-matchmake 3-4 times, because it tries to match me with groups that already have a Bardin, instead of prioritizing groups that don’t. Am I missing something here?
What is Ranald’s Blessing? I’ve never understood what affects how “much” of it you get at the end.
How much of a jump in difficulty is Champion versus Veteran? The last thing I want us to be a useless boat anchor for someone else’s group, and the friendly fire stipulation has me a little “spooked”. but Veteran just feels like it’s getting a bit routine.
Answers to these questions, and/or any other tips you can give me, would be much appreciated!