Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Item Color Rarity Guide

Check to see where orange and red items stack up on Vermintide 2's color-based rarity hierarchy.

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One of the bigger criticisms drawn against the previous Vermintide release was a loot system that felt unbalanced. For Vermintide 2, the team at Fatshark took a new approach to loot drops and loot upgrades that so far looks to be providing players with steadier rewards. With that said, items and other equipment players receive will still retain the previous game's color-based rarities, with white or neutral items being the most common and red Veteran items being the most rare. To help heroes better understand their loot, we're breaking down each color rarity tier and taking a look at other attributes players might spot on new weapons and armor.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Red Items, Blue Items

As with weapons and items in the prior Vermintide release, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 uses a color coding system to identify item rarity. From what can be seen in-game so far, there are four different rarity levels that weapons and other accessories can be:

White items are the neutral standard, correlating to being Plentiful in supply.
Green items represent Common weapons and armor, being good but not particularly rare.
Blue is the color that represents Rare items, where players can expect higher stats and unique attributes.
Orange items are known as Exotics, being more rare and more powerful than Rares.
• Lastly, Red items are referred to as Veteran items, being the highest in quality, power, and rarity.

It's worth noting that weapon rarities and attributes, like many other things in the game, are based around random number generation. In a nutshell, this means that no two otherwise similar weapons will necessarily be identical; likewise, it means that some Rare weapons may ultimately be stronger or more useful than Exotic weapons of a similar power level.

Players will also eventually be able to upgrade their weapons using the Rarity Upgrade mechanic. Dumping five of the same item with the same rarity into the Upgrade crafting menu will create a new item of a higher rarity, meaning five green items can be used to craft one blue item, and so on and so forth, all the way up to crafting red items.

Vermintide 2 Weapon Traits and Attributes

In addition to being a specific rarity, items and particularly weapons will also have additional attributes that can help shape a player's behavior in battle. Among these attributes are default weapon properties as well as Weapon Traits, which provide specific buffs to different combat attributes.

Regular attributes seem to be determined entirely at random — general power appears to be tied to rarity level, the likes of which is capable of increasing the median power range for that weapon type. With that said, both orange and red items appear to have identical damage ratings, so players don't necessarily need to look for the rarest loot to achieve the highest damage output.

As far as abilities are concerned, Weapon Traits are the types of attributes players will want to search for in new weapons. Different types of weapons can have different Traits, with melee weapons getting the chance to increase attack speed or ranged weapons replenishing ammunition with every headshot. There are 26 different Weapon Traits in total, and players who find a weapon with a powerful Trait would be wise to hold on to it.

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