You’ll find all sorts of information here regarding the Mercenary Career (for Markus Kruber) in Vermintide 2. The Mercenary is typically a brawler subclass, specializing in “versus many” situations, which also provides a bit support in the form of CC and temporary HP to the team.

Mercenary Passive Ability 

  • Paced Strikes: Hitting 3 enemies in one swing grants 10% increased attack speed for 6 seconds.
  • Hitting the Sweet Spot: Attacks cleave through more enemies.
  • No More Laughin’ Now: Increased critical strike chance.

Mercenary Career Skill  

  • Morale BoostMarkus grants nearby allies temporary health and staggers nearby enemies.

Mercenary Talent Tree Summary

I placed the whole Mercenary talent tree in “one chunk” so it’s easy for you to VISUALLY spot/theorize synergies versus highlighting them in-game…

Mercenary L5 Talents
Ready for Action Increased stamina regeneration by 30%.
And Stay Down! Increases critical hit chance by 5%.
Battle Scars Increases healing effects by 30%.
Mercenary L10 Talents
The More the Merrier! Increases power by 3% for every nearby enemy and stacks up to 5 times.
Desperate Defiance Reduces damage taken by 25% when below 50% health.
Shrug it off Reduces the attack interruption time when taking damage by 35%.
Mercenary L15 Talents
Reikland Reaper Increases power by 10% when Paced Strikes is active.
Blade Barrier Reduces damage taken by 25% when Paced Strikes is active.
Strike Together Paced Strikes spreads to nearby allies.
Mercenary L20 Talents
For the Empire! Critical hits grant temporary health.
Soldier’s Spirit Kills grant temporary health.
The Harder They Fall When bosses die, gain health.
Mercenary L25 Talents
Gabbler Reduces the cooldown of Morale Boost by 30%.
Inspirational Increases the temporary health gained from Morale Boost.
On Yer Feet, Mates! Morale Boost also revives knocked down allies.

Mercenary Generic Build Template

This is meant to be a General purpose” build for the mercenary which focuses on the early to midgame. I will be adding more specialized builds which require more heavy item support soon.

Mercenary “General Purpose” Build – Talent Summary

Level “Best” Optional
5 And Stay Down! Battle Scars
10 The More the Merrier! Desperate Defiance
15 Blade Barrier Reikland Reaper
20 Soldier’s Spirit For the Empire!
25 Gabbler On Yer Feet, Mates!

Mercenary “General Purpose” Build – Talent Choice Discussion

L5 Talent - And Stay Down! (5% Crit)
L10 Talent - The More the Merrier! (25% dmg)
L15 Talent - Blade Barrier OR Strike Together
L20 Talent - Soldier's Spirit
L25 Talent - Gabbler OR On Yer Feet, Mates!

Remember the above recommendations are primarily suited to be good for “most people”, specifically for “early to midgame” when gear drops can’t easily be tailor fit to your needs.


Well that’s about it (FOR NOW) regarding Markus Krubers’ Mercenary Career path in Vermintide 2. A lot of newer players deviate towards this hero and career (for good reason), and that’s a good thing. It’s pretty damn well rounded, and I’m never sad to see one.

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    • crit chance, then attack speed, then damage. Markus has lots of base damage but since he has innate crit chance and AS buffs you should capitalize on this and go for a crit build. On defensive gear, get +% health and (personal pref on this one) +% Movement speed.


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