The Warrior Priest of Sigmar is Victor Saltzpyre’s fourth unlockable class, available for purchase as DLC for Warhammer: Vermintide 2. This Career has Saltzpyre become the vessel of Sigmar’s fury, slaying rats with the combined might of melee weapons and holy tomes.
The Warrior Priest is one of the few melee-only Careers in Vermintide 2. However, where this Career lacks ranged weapons, it more than makes up for in melee power and support abilities. Let’s take a look at each of the Warrior Priest’s weapons and talents, and how to build this Career.
|Career Skill – Shield of Faith|
|Passive Ability – Righteous Fury|
|Perk – Enemy of Chaos|
|Perk – Incorruptible|
|Perk – Implacable|
As a Warrior Priest, your place is on the frontlines, damaging enemies while protecting yourself and your allies with Shield of Faith. Through his talents, Saltzpyre gains access to powerful party-wide healing utility.
Through careful decision-making, you’ll need to determine when to activate Shield of Faith, and who your target will be. You can apply the Shield to yourself before pushing ahead into a horde, or save it for an ally that is overwhelmed by enemies.
The Warrior Priest of Sigmar is a melee-only class, and can use the following weapons.
- Flail and Shield
- Holy Great Hammer
- Paired Skull-Splitters
- Skull-Splitter and Blessed Tome
- Skull-Splitter and Shield
- Skull-Splitter Hammer
When deciding a weapon, you must also take into consideration the Warrior Priest’s first talents, Eternal Vigilance and Slayer of the Wicked. Overall, Slayer of the Wicked provides more temporary health than Eternal Vigilance, making weapons with better cleave potential stronger overall.
However, because the Warrior Priest can still equip two melee weapons, you can use a low-cleave, high-damage weapon in your second slot for high-health single targets.
The Paired Skull-Splitters have good cleaving ability and are great for clearing hordes of enemies, while any of the Hammer weapons are better for single-target attacks.
An example Warrior Priest build for general playstyles.
Level 5 Talent
|Eternal Vigilance||Slayer of the Wicked||Blessed Hands|
As mentioned above, Slayer of the Wicked provides more temporary health generation than Eternal Vigilance, making this a better talent to choose. Additionally, Slayer of the Wicked allows for building temporary health off of high-health enemies like monsters and bosses, which is much more difficult to do with Eternal Vigilance.
Level 10 Talent
|Unstoppable Force||Rising Judgement||Sigmar’s Executioner|
Rising Judgement is a good overall damage-boosting talent, provided you weave charged attacks into your normal melee attacks. Doing so will drastically increase the damage of your charged attacks, letting you kill enemies quicker.
Unstoppable Force can be good when paired with the level 20 talent Divine Excoriation, as it will let you continuously unleash shockwaves while knocking enemies back. However, when Righteous Fury is not active, this talent becomes less useful.
Level 15 Talent
Of these three talents, Smiter provides the highest damage increase, providing 20 percent additional damage against the first enemy struck, thanks to the guaranteed stagger. This also helps when using weapons with lower stagger damage.
Enhanced Power can be viable as a general-use talent for increasing your power, but lacks the utility of Smiter.
Level 20 Talent
|Divine Excoriation||Empowered Smite||From Fury, Fortitude|
From Fury, Fortitude is an extremely powerful talent that can provide tons of permanent health for your party, as long as Righteous Fury is active. You will need to play more aggressively while Righteous Fury is active to take full advantage of this talent, but the health restored to your allies will more than make up for the danger you endure.
Level 25 Talent
|Prayer of Vengeance||Prayer of Might||Prayer of Hardiness|
The Warrior Priest’s level 25 talents all provide flat stat buffs. Of these three, Prayer of Hardiness will make the most impact, as it will let your team survive more attacks, especially in more offensive-oriented teams that don’t have dedicated tanks or supports.
Prayer of Vengeance or Prayer of Might can work when you do have a dedicated tank like Ironbreaker, helping to increase your party’s damage. Prayer of Might pairs especially well with Careers that want to stagger as much as possible.
Level 30 Talent
|Unyielding Blessing||United in Prayer||The Comet’s Gift|
Finally, your level 30 talent choice comes down to your preference and playstyle, as each of these talents are incredibly strong in a variety of situations.
Unyielding Blessing will let the target of Shield of Faith play much more aggresively, allowing them to run through enemies and stay protected for longer. This talent is perfect for players that favor taking advantage of openings and charging ahead.
United in Prayer makes Shield of Faith activate on Saltzpyre and his target, doubling the effectiveness of the ability and increasing the total amount of damage mitigated. As such, choose United in Prayer if you prefer to play defensively.
The Comet’s Gift provides substantial utility, allowing you to heal and revive allies from afar. The healing effect provided from this talent is based on the three seconds before you apply the Shield, allowing you to restore chunks of damage lost to high-damage special, elite, and monster attacks. Choose The Comet’s Gift if your playstyle involves supporting your allies.