Hero Power

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Hero Power is a new statistic that determines many things in Vermintide 2.  It is granted by equipping items and by leveling up.  

Calculation of Hero Power [edit | edit source]

Hero power = 10 * Level + (Sum of Item powers)/5

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


Items Power[edit | edit source]

Item(weapon, equipment) power ranges from 5 to 300. Each time the player opens a chest or crafts an item, the power of the items they will get will depend on the power of the most powerful items the player has across all characters. The power of that item will be between [-5 to +10] over/under that number.[1]


Hero Power Uses[edit | edit source]

Hero power above a specific minimum is needed to play higher difficulties (which can be avoided by joining a friends game). There is also a maximum hero power for each difficulty level. If you join a mission with a hero power above that limit, it is decreased to the cap.

Difficulty Restrictions[edit | edit source]

The requirements to start a mission are:

  • 12 for Recruit Difficulty
  • 115 for Veteran Difficulty
  • 215 for Champion Difficulty
  • 415 for Legend Difficulty

Once you have reached a difficulty cap you are always allowed to join or start a mission with that difficulty, regardless of your current setup.

For all of these there is a cap as well, it is known for Recruit but not verified for the other difficulties:

Difficulty Min "Breakpoint" Max (cap) "Balance point" Remarks
Recruit 12 200 300 (-)15 Hero Power between 200 and 600 will be interpolated toward a maximum of 300. The "(-)15" means that Recruit is balanced for "HP 15 coming from 14", but there is a bump at 15 HP so the power you have at 15 HP is above the balancing point for Recruit, ergo heroes will always be "above par" for Recruit difficulty.
Veteran 115 400 500 175 Hero Power between 400 and 600 will be interpolated toward 500.
Champion 215 N/A 600 335 The critical reading of this is, Legend will never be as easy as Champion is at 335 HeroPower.
Legend 415 N/A N/A 655 The balancing point is above 600, so heroes will never be "on par" with Legend difficulty. It is meant to be hard.

Combat Effects[edit | edit source]

Hero Power directly affects:

  1. The amount of Damage you deal with every Single Attack ("attack")
  2. The degree of Stagger your attacks produce on an enemy ("stagger")
  3. The amount of Enemies your attacks are able to hit simultaneously ("cleave")

Power scaling calculation[edit | edit source]

In version 1.05 (i.e. after the bugged scaling was fixed) scaling is as follows:

  1. Your HeroPower is put within the allowed interval, i.e. capped according to above rules.
  2. Your damage ("attack"), stagger ("stagger") and cleave ("cleave") scaling factor is calculated. Use the table below for the different "Factors".
    1. Below 15 HeroPower (i.e. 15 and below)
      1. ScalingFactor = 185 + HeroPower
      2. For all intents and purposes this part of the calculation is only relevant for lvl 1 characters who unequip their trinkets, they will have a scaling of 197 (i.e. 185 + 10 + 3).
    2. If 15 <= HeroPower <= 115:
      1. ScalingFactor = 225 + (HeroPower - 15) * (Factor / 2)
      2. For all intents and purposes this "bump" is a 50 HP boost, i.e. a 15 HP character hits like a 65 HP character, and then converge at 115 HP where the normal scaling takes over.
    3. Above 115:
      1. ScalingFactor = 200 + (HeroPower - 15) * Factor
  3. This scaling factor is multiplied with the weapon base statistic.
Name Scaling Factor Interval Remarks
attack 3.5 5 / 8 200, 700 "attack" and "cleave" have the same scaling
stagger 2.0 1 / 4 200, 400 "stagger" is probably the most controversial value. In pre-release betas the factor was 1 / 3 so stagger scaled higher than in release.
cleave 3.5 5 / 8 200, 700 "cleave" decides how much mass you can go through with your weapon, i.e. how many enemies you hit or how many targets your arrows go through
Pre 1.05 scaling[edit | edit source]

In release version 1.00-1.04 the damage calculation was "bugged", i.e. does not scale correctly. See [1] for more information.

So in earlier release versions the damage calculation or scaling was done as follows:

  1. Your HeroPower is NOT put in the allowed interval, i.e. no capping done.
  2. The scaling factor is calculated as ScalingFactor = 180 + HeroPower.

This has the effect that for all intents and purposes the ScalingFactor is between 200 and 1000, where ScalingFactors over 780 (i.e. 600 HeroPower) only reachable through boosts and bonuses, such as "+X% vs Y". Which is comparable to 1.05 where "attack" scaling goes from 200 to 700.

  1. Needs verification and expansion