Waystalker - Serrated Shots DoT overrides Hagbane Shortbow DoT

Load into Taal’s Horn Keep as a level 10+ Waystalker.
Select any talents except Serrated Shots and equip the Woodweaver’s Hagbane bow
Shoot the training dummy
You see impact damage plus 5-6 ticks of Hagbane DoT
Select the Serrated Shots talent
Shoot the training dummy
You see impact damage plus 2 ticks of Serrated DoT

I’d expect both to be applied, and the damage to stack.

Poison and bleed isn’t supposed to stack per the talent description.

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The description is “Regular arrows cause enemies to bleed for extra damage.” which is unclear - I assumed that meant anything aside from her Trueshot Volley arrows.

If they intend it to not work with Hagbane (which seems like an odd restriction), then they may want to consider changing how the talent works - it does the same amount of damage/tick regardless of the type of bow you’re using, so it’s only really worth taking if you’re using a Swift bow.

There isnt anything in the description about it as far as i know, i only have a vague memory of some patch notes mentioning it.

Yes the talent is unclear, as are many talent descriptions.

But the bleed on Waystalker helps her to hit many useful breakpoints with longbow as well as swiftbow.

There isnt anything in the description about it as far as i know, i only have a vague memory of some patch notes mentioning it.

Aye, it doesn’t say it explicitly in the game, though it does on the wiki - Waystalker - Vermintide 2 Wiki

Yes the talent is unclear, as are many talent descriptions.

But the bleed on Waystalker helps her to hit many useful breakpoints with longbow as well as swiftbow.

I am not a high level player so it may work out differently at endgame, but due to the lack of scaling, I find it underwhelming compared to the other two talent options when using a longbow. When using one I am usually sniping enemies and dropping them in a single shot, so the serrated DoT just gets wasted most of the time.

To get back on topic, I would assume when used with a Hagbane bow, it would apply whichever ends up doing more damage, which in this case would be the Poison.

As far as i can tell the only time this effect gets somewhat noticed or is useful even when it isnt is against assassins, the big shirtless dudes and bosses…I want to believe the attackspeed one outperforms serrated if you can consistently land headshots on those though.

Quite underwhelming indeed, although i suppose being better at screwing over assassins is something.

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