Warhammer 40K: Darktide Class Tier List (May 2023)

We hope your brain doesn't burst from our Darktide tier list.

Warhammer 40K: Darktide is a fun PvE experience where players must destroy incoming waves of the undead Chaos set in the Warhammer universe. The pre-order beta recently launched off the back of a closed beta period, and many players are probably thinking the same thing. What is the best class?

The developers, Fatshark, are constantly updating the game, and the current pre-order beta is not an accurate representation of the game, with major bug fixes and balance changes occurring almost weekly. That said, we’ve considered all the factors, taken community input, and played the game ourselves to deliver our Warhammer 40K: Darktide tier list.

Warhammer 40K: Darktide Class Tier List

  • S-Tier: Psyker
  • A-Tier: Zealot, Ogryn
  • B-Tier: Sharpshooter

Ultimately, in Darktide, each class has its own strengths and weaknesses, and the best class will depend on your playstyle.

Psyker Psykenetic

Warhammer 40K: Darktide Class Tier List Psyker

It should be a surprise to no one that plays Darktide that Psyker is one of–if not the most powerful class. With unique magic and AOE abilities and insane single-target damage, Psykers can attack at range or close up. Add in crowd control, and you have a versatile class that can dish out the damage while helping support the team. Though more squishy than the Zealot or Ogryn, you’re going to want a Psyker on your team, if at the very least, to help take out bosses.

Zealot Preacher

Warhammer 40K: Darktide Class Tier List Zealot

The Zealot is a well-rounded class that also has amazing survivability. Zealots can work as main tanks or off tanks on any Darktide team composition. Zealot Preachers are close-range meele classes that enjoy getting into the thick of things against armored or more powerful bosses and enemies. Because of their ability to thrive in so many different scenarios, they’ve made A tier.

Ogryn Skullbreaker

Warhammer 40K: Darktide Ogryn

Ogryn’s new shield mechanic in the pre-release beta has pushed this class from C-tier to A-tier. In addition, his ammo box move is super powerful on single-entity targets. A hulking, powerful tank on the battlefield, he becomes more versatile and useful as the game advances. With recent buffs to his armor and abilities, a four-Ogryn team is viable.

Veteran Sharpshooter


The squishy glass cannon of Darktide, Sharpshooters are the group’s snipers, attacking from a distance and capable of dishing out the most damage to a single entity in the game. However, their glass cannon status and inability to get into the fray of battle can make playing this class challenging, especially at the lower levels with weak gear.

Ultimately, all characters in Darktide are pretty balanced, and the rankings for each class will shift and change as updates and tweaks are made to the game. Really–the goal of the developers is to balance all classes, builds, and weapons, so one class isn’t stronger than the other. However, people will always find new strategies and tactics to circumvent this, so there will always be a tier list.

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