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The best Zealot build in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

weapons, the Zealot is hands-down the most effective class in melee, able to slice through hordes with ease while also charging up weapons to deal with bosses, elite enemies, or pesky specials.

Just like the Slayer in Vermintide 2 who got temporary health from killing enemies, the Zealot can gain damage reduction by landing crits, and it's very powerful if you have a weapon with the right blessing to make it effective. The most important thing is that you need to keep killing stuff. If you've just started playing the beta, you might be curious about classes, how to get cosmetics, or you might just want some tips. Now, here's the best Darktide Zealot build.  

The best Darktide Zealot build 

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Darktide Zealot build - a level 30 Zealot in the character screen

The Zealot Preacher is a powerful melee fighter (Image credit: Fatshark)
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Darktide Zealot build - An orange rarity heavy eviscerator

Shred is a great blessing for this build (Image credit: Fatshark)
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Darktide Zealot build - an orange rarity curio

You’ll want to prioritise boosting toughness with your curios (Image credit: Fatshark)
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Darktide Zealot build - The feat lineup for this build

The feats you’ll want for this build (Image credit: Fatshark)

This build for the Preacher class is all about using critical hits to grant extra toughness and survivability, while also reducing the cooldown of your Chastise the Wicked ability. Here's what you'll need:

Melee Weapon: Tigrus MK II Heavy Eviscerator (with Shred), Combat Axe (with Shred), or Catachan MK III Combat Blade (with Lacerate or Riposte)

Ranged weapon: Whatever you want 

Curio stat priority: Toughness 

Most important Feats: 

  • Faith Restored (rank five): 75% toughness damage reduction on crit hit for four seconds.
  • Bloodletting (rank ten): 10% melee crit chance for three seconds on melee hit against bleeding enemies. Melee crits apply bleed.
  • Benediction (rank fifteen): 15% toughness reduction for allies in coherency.
  • Invocation of Death (rank thirty): Melee critical hits reduce the cooldown of Chastise the Wicked by 1.5 seconds.

The two most important feats in this build are Faith Restored and Bloodletting, since the first gives you extra survivability on crits, while the second applies bleed with crits and boosts crit chance against bleeding enemies. Since these are both available by trust rank ten, you can start using a version of this build early on, provided you have the right weapons. Benediction grants further survivability at rank 15, while Invocation of Death reduces your Chastise the Wicked cooldown for every crit when you unlock it at rank 30.

In terms of weapons, I use a Tigrus MK II Heavy Eviscerator with the Shred blessing, which gives 4.5% bonus crit chance on repeated hit, stacking up to five times. While it isn't the fastest weapon, its special ability is useful against elite enemies and I like it a lot. You could also use a combat axe with Shred, a combat knife with Lacerate or Riposte to apply bleed or gain crit chance when you dodge⁠, or a weapon with a crit chance stat boost if you're starting out⁠.

The most important part is applying bleed, crits, and hitting quickly so you can keep getting the toughness damage reduction from Faith Restored. If you don't have a weapon with any of these, you can always Consecrate one through the Darktide crafting system. Here's also a little help with what weapon symbols actually mean in the game.

For curios, you'll want to prioritise increasing your toughness, since buffing your percentage will boost the overall effectiveness of Faith Restored and Benediction, giving you more survivability when you land crits. Each one will also reduce the cooldown of Chastise the Wicked, which gives you a guaranteed crit, replenishes 50% toughness, and gives you 25% increased melee damage. The key is to prioritise staying in melee and getting crits so you can keep getting the toughness damage reduction, while dealing that little bit of extra damage.