Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Waystalker Build & Guide (2024)

The Waystalker is a very fun character in Vermintide 2, with exceptional archery skills and the ability to navigate the battlefield with agility and precision. Whether you’re a seasoned player looking to up your game or a newcomer trying to find your footing, this build guide will give you an in-depth look at everything you need to know about Waystalker gameplay in Vermintide 2.

From skill and talent choices to equipment loadouts and combat strategies, we’ve got you covered. So grab your bow, and let’s dive into the world of the Waystalker together.

Who Are Waystalkers in Vermintide 2?

Trespassing on sacred Elven lands is a crime that carries a heavy price, often resulting in a swift arrow to the neck from over a mile away. Waystalkers, otherwise known as Waywatchers, guard the hidden paths of Athel Loren, remaining vigilant against all kinds of intruders. These Forest Guardians are gifted sharpshooters among the Wood Elves, and Kerillian constantly brags about it to her “mortal” allies.

Waystalker Skills and Traits

Career Skill: Trueshot Volley

  • Kerillian shoots a volley of arrows that seek out enemies in her path.

Trueshot Volley is one of the easiest skills to use in Vermintide 2, but it has a bit to be mastered. People often refer to Trueshot Volley as “the free kill button,” because the volley Kerillian fires homes in on targets. The volley of arrows will seek out and travel through as many targets as possible, prioritizing headshots.

If you aim the Volley at one target, all arrows will prioritize that target, allowing you to one-shot Chaos Warriors, or tapping the button will kill half a horde.

Passive Abilities

  • Amaranthe: Kerillian regenerates 3 health every 10 seconds when below half health.

Amaranthe doesn’t drastically impact your Waystalker build in Vermintide 2. However, it does provide a lot of survivability over time, and some talents do increase this passive’s potency.

  • Arrow-storm: Increases ammo capacity by 100%
  • Waywatcher’s Bow: Double effective range for ranged weapons
  • Asrai Vigil: Gain a zoom feature on ranged weapons. Bound to weapon special by default.

All Melee Weapons for Your Waystalker Build in Vermintide 2

  • Sword
  • Dual Daggers
  • Dual Swords
  • Sword and Dagger
  • Glaive
  • Greatsword
  • Elven Spear
  • Elven Axe (Requires Back to Ubersreik DLC)

Best Melee Weapons for Waystalker

There are a lot of great melee weapon options for Waystalker, but since they are focused on ranged combat, we use the Sword and Dagger. The Sword and Dagger combination offers the best of both worlds, combining the move sets of Dual Swords and Daggers.

This weapon combination provides a very solid moveset, with great light attacks for horde clear and a powerful X-slash and downward stab attack that is amazing for dealing with armor. The sword and dagger have benefits for every situation but do not outperform other options.

Related Article: Vermintide 2 Grail Knight Build and Guide

Honorable Mentions for Melee Weapons

If you want an amazing weapon for horde clearing, take the Dual Swords; however, its moveset is a bit lacking in precision strikes for armored targets. Alternatively, use the Dual Daggers if you need even more armor-piercing power. These daggers are incredibly fast and have an excellent moveset for piercing armored foes but they have a very short range and low stamina.

Between the dual swords and daggers, it depends on if you need to clear hordes faster or eliminate elites or specials quicker. However, take the sword and dagger if you want a good all-around weapon.

All Ranged Weapons for Waystalker

  • Swiftbow
  • Longbow
  • Hagbane Shortbow
  • Moonfire Bow (Requires Forgotten Relics DLC)
  • Briar Javelin (Requires Sister of the Thorn DLC)

The Best Ranged Weapon for Waystalker

The Waystalker is Vermintide 2’s equivalent of a sniper build. Even when choosing a close-ranged Bow, the Waystalker doesn’t suffer from fall-out damage as significantly as other careers. Still, the Longbow is the Waystalker’s best tool. It has a good amount of ammo thanks to Kerillian’s passive, and it’s great up close, but it performs even better when picking off priority targets at a distance.

The Longbow is easily the best option for all ranges, damage, and versatility. This weapon is also remarkable against armored targets, and its lack of ammo is offset by the Waystalker’s passive. It is a suitable weapon for a Wood Elf.

Honorable Mentions for Ranged Weapons

Although the Briar Javelin is better suited for the Handmaiden, we cannot deny that it is an extremely powerful weapon. The Briar Javelin has almost everything one needs in a ranged weapon: great damage, armor-piercing capabilities, the ability to penetrate multiple enemies, and unlimited ammunition; however, its range is limited if not carefully aimed.

The Briar Javelin is exceptionally strong but does not synergize well with many Waytalker talents. Furthermore, the extra ammo passive only gives one additional spear, which is better suited for other bows.

Best Waystalker Talents for Your Build

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Level 5 Talents to Use in Your Waystalker Build in Vermintide 2

WeavebondDryad’s ThirstAriel’s Boon
Melee critical strikes and headshots grant 2 Temporary Health. Critical headshots restores twice as much.Striking multiple enemies in one swing grants temporary health based on the number of targets hit. Max 5 enemies.Healing yourself with a First Aid Kit or a Healing Draught also heals nearby allies for 20% of their maximum health, also removing any Wounds.

For our build, we use Weavebond since the Sword and Dagger and the Longbow are easy to land headshots with. If you want to use the Dual Swords or another weapon like the Glaive, use Dryad’s Thirst instead.

Level 10 Talents

Blood ShotSerrated ShotsDrakira’s Alacrity
After killing an enemy with a melee attack Kerillian fires an additional arrow with her next ranged attack made within 10 seconds. (The second arrow does not consume ammo.)Enemies hit by non-poisonous ranged attacks bleed for extra damage. (Instances of this bleed do stack)Ranged headshots increase attack speed by 15% for 5 seconds.

Blood Shot is the best talent for Waystalkers who love to blend melee with ranged attacks. After killing a single enemy, Blood Shot gives fires an extra arrow on your next bow shot, doubling your damage.

This blends a wonderful gameplay loop of picking off a few enemies in melee, then switching to your Bow to land a double headshot on an Elite or Special.

Related Guide: Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Handmaiden Build and Guide

Level 15 Talents

MainstayAssassinEnhanced Power
Deal 40% more damage to staggered enemies.Each hit against a staggered enemy adds another count of stagger. Bonus damage is increased to 60% against enemies afflicted by more than one stagger effect.
Deal 20% more damage to staggered enemies. Each hit against a staggered enemy adds another count of stagger.Headshots and critical hits instead inflict 40% bonus damage, as do strikes against enemies afflicted by more than one stagger effect.Increases total Power Level by 7.5%.

Assassin is our favorite option for this row since it synergizes with headshots and critical hits. Plus, Assassin provides extra damage for hitting staggered targets, and it’s normally the best option for any class that can pick this talent.

However, because Waytalker is a ranged class, taking Enhanced Power is also common. If you enjoy ranged and melee combat, take Assassin, but if you want to focus more on ranged, take Enhanced Power.

Level 20 Talents

Isha’s EmbraceSpirit ArrowsRejuvenating Locus
Increases Kerillian’s health gained from Amaranthe by 50%.Amaranthe reduces the cooldown of Trueshot Volley by 5% every tick, but no longer restores health.Amaranthe also affects the other members of the party.

Spirit Arrows is hands down the best talent for your Vermintide 2 Waystalker build in this row. Spirit Arrows converts your healing passive into giving you cooldown reduction for your Trueshot Volley. Having your career skill off cooldown as much as possible will significantly increase your damage in all stages of the game.

Level 25 Talents

Fervent HuntressRicochetAsrai Focus
Killing a special or elite increases movement speed by 15% for 10 seconds.Kerillians arrows now ricochet, bouncing up to 3 times or until it hits an enemy.Reduces the cooldown of Trueshot Volley by 20%.

Asrai Focus is the best talent in this row. Combining with Spirit Arrows and Asrai Focus drastically lowers the cooldown of Trueshot Volley. It’s important to prioritize picking talents that enhance your career skill since it has the power to kill an entire Patrol of Elites single-handedly. There is a reason why this ability is called “the free kill button.”

Level 30 Talents for Your Vermintide 2 Waystalker Build

Piercing ShotLoaded BowKurnous’ Reward
Trueflight Volley fires one piercing shot dealing heavy damage. Headshot refunds 100% cooldown.Trueshot Volley fires an additional arrow.Killing a special or elite enemy with Trueflight Volley restores 30% ammunition.

Lastly, take Loaded Bow. This talent gives you an extra arrow for your Trueshot Volley, resulting in more kills and damage. Loaded Bow doesn’t seem like it adds much on paper, but in practice, it does significantly impact your killing power.

Alternatively, we do see Waytalker players take Kurnous’ Reward, and it’s a good secondary option, but it becomes useless once you know how to manage your ammo. Plus, the Conservative Shooter weapon Trait offsets the need for Kurnous’ Reward once you get into the late game, so Loaded Bow is the best choice.

Conclusion for our Vermintide 2 Waystalker Build & Guide

That’s our build and guide for the Waystalker in Vermintide 2. Outside of the immensely powerful Trueshot Volley, the Waystalker is an excellent class for those who enjoy the Elf aesthetic or thrive in long ranged combat.

If you enjoyed our list and want to learn more about the many classes in Vermintide 2, check out our guide on how to play the Bounty Hunter or how to build a Battle Wizard in Vermintide 2.

For now, Good Hunting!

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Waystalker Build & Guide (2024)


Is kerillian overpowered? ›

In fact, Kerillian is often considered an overpowered class.

How to play waystalker vermintide 2? ›

General Playstyle. As a range damage career, Waystalker should always put Special killing as your first priority. Then depends on your choice of range weapon, focus on Elites or Horde Mobs until you reach a point where you need melee weapon to block or generate Temporary Health.

Is Kerillian a wood elf? ›

Kerillian. Kerillian is a Wood Elf and a core member of the motley band of heroes dubbed the Ubersreik Five. Along with the rest of the group, she disrupted Chaos operations across the Reikland during the End Times.

Does level matter in Vermintide 2? ›

With higher hero levels you unlock new Careers and Talents. Additionally, you will also receive Loot Boxes which can be opened to obtain Equipment. By equipping these items, you can raise your Hero Power, which increases the damage you do and unlock higher Difficulties.

What is the highest hero power in Vermintide? ›

Calculation of Hero Power

Since max level is 35 and the maximum item power is 300, the maximum possible hero power is 650. Minimum Hero Power is 12, which can be achieved by having a level 1 character with only two 5 Power Weapons equipped and no Jewellery of any kind.

What is the best weapon for Kerillian? ›

The Two-Handed Sword offers the best wave clear potential of any melee weapon option available to Kerillian. The basic attack combo consists of wide-sweeping horizontal slashes that will enhance movement speed if moving in the same direction as the weapon swing.

Can you get banned for cheating in Vermintide 2? ›

If cheats are detected whilst Vermintide 2 is running, our anti-cheat provider Easy Anti-Cheat will ultimately issue a ban. Please be aware that Fatshark cannot assist with bans that are under 6 months old.

What anti-cheat does Vermintide 2 use? ›

Easy Anti-Cheat is the name of the anti-cheat service used for Vermintide 2.

How do you unlock the Kerillian javelin? ›

This is a DLC weapon!

You unlock it by purchasing the Sister of the Thorn Career-DLC. After purchase, it will become available to craft in the crafting menu.

Why does Kerillian have black eyes? ›

Her eyes are black because of lore and (most likely) because shes cursed. “Even for a Wood Elf, Kerillian's sight was sharp, able to pick off a ladybird eating a leaf at a hundred paces if she chose to.

Is Kerillian Scottish or Irish? ›

Though Scotland does not exist in this world, Kerillian from The End Times: Vermintide has a distinct Scottish accent and uses a lot of slang from the region (scunner, glaikit, etc.)

Are Lothlórien elves Wood Elves? ›

In J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, Lothlórien or Lórien is the fairest realm of the Elves remaining in Middle-earth during the Third Age. It is ruled by Galadriel and Celeborn from their city of tree-houses at Caras Galadhon. The wood-elves of the realm are known as Galadhrim.

Should I salvage everything Vermintide 2? ›

No. Unless it has an illusion you want to remove from it before salvaging it. Keep the stuff you have with good traits, update your gear every 100 levels, when you reach item level 200 hoard all your stuff until you get everything to item level 300.

What is the best tank class in Vermintide 2? ›

Ironbreaker (S) -> The tankiest tank in the game. The easiest non-DLC class to master, while also being one of the best. You get 30% damage reduction. And while he got nothing special shining and fancy like Necromancer, Grail Knight or Warrior Priest.

Is Vermintide 1 better than 2? ›

Vermintide 1 is perfectly balanced. Vermintide 2 is not. There are so many weapons, class abilities, new specials, new enemies all thrown in and how said weapons and classes will handle all of it isn't taken into as much consideration as you'd want.

What is the best Kerillian bot? ›

Kerillian bot's power highly depends on how many DLC you own. Character wise, Sister of the Thorn is currently the best Elf bot, and performs better than Saltzpyre/Sienna bot in general, due to her strong special sniping ability/strong team heal buff/fairly tanky/ low CD AoE stagger.

How old is kerillian vermintide? ›

Kerillian… will remain inconclusive, for now at least. She could potentially be anything, but generally we agree she'd be in the Elven equivalent of her late twenties. What that is, however, is the tricky part. She could be anything from 100 to 400 years old, but we generally didn't go higher than that.

What race is Kerillian? ›

Characters in the Dragon World:

Son Goku, Tenshinhan, Chaozu, Krillin, Yamcha, Yajirobe are all East Asians from the Eastern world, while characters like Bulma, Videl (black hair but blue eyes) Launch, Android 17, 18 are white characters.

Why was Kerillian in Ubersreik? ›

Indeed, Kerillian's reason for journeying to Ubersreik was an attempt to help her reclaim her moral poise. Play as Shade, Waystalker, or Handmaiden.

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