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 Boost: Markus 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
|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
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.
MORE DISCUSSION TO COME AS THE DAYS PASS!
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.