Ratling Gunner

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Ratling Gunner
Enemy ratling gunner.jpg
Classification
Faction
Skaven.jpg Skaven
Type
Special
Armour Class
Armoured
Details
Weak Spots
Head
Unique Traits
Fires long-range barrage of bullets.
Hit Points
Recruit
12
Veteran
18
Champion
24
Legend
36



The Ratling Gunner is a type of Skaven Special in Vermintide 2.

Also known as a "Gun Rat", the Ratling Gunner is a armoured blackfur Skaven with a large gatling gun (called a Ratling gun) and an ammo supply on his back. He fires Warpstone ammunition in rapid volleys, which can pin down Heroes and deal extreme damage if allowed to keep firing.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Ratling Gun is a six-barreled monstrosity of unparalleled fire-rate, powered by warp steam and operated with a hand crank. This fearsome weapon is normally operated by a Clan Skryre weapons team, but lighter, experimental versions have been sighted in the Reikland. These variants require only a single ratman to act as crew, with little apparent trade-off.

Encumbered by the unwieldiness of his weapon, the Ratling Gunner is far from quick on his feet, but once he cranks up his weapon a torrent of warpstone hail is unleashed. Such gunners are known for their single-mindedness. Having chosen a target, they track it continually, firing relentlessly until either the weapon jams, needs to reload, or the victim lies shredded beyond recognition. It is therefore not unknown for many skaven to perish in a Ratling Gun’s volley, torn apart as their comrade’s fire tracks towards its target.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • The Ratling Gunner, unlike the Warpfire Thrower, is capable of firing at long range, but won't hit much at large distances due to its bad accuracy.
  • Once the Gunner begins firing, he will not stop until he needs to reload or un-jam his weapon, making it important to either seek behind cover or stagger him.
  • The Ratling Gunner will spray a storm of bullets at his chosen target, allowing for others to flank him and eliminate the Gunner while he is focused on his target.
  • A firing Gunner will only turn at half its normal speed. If you are close enough, this allows you to strafe around the Gunner and outflank him, even when he is targeting you.
  • Note that the Ratling Gunner's bullets can harm his allies, making it sometimes worthwhile to let the Gunner mow down an approaching horde.
  • If you are under fire by a Ratling Gunner, it's often best to wait until his weapon stops firing before attempting to kill it off at range, as the damage you take will lower the accuracy of your weapon.
  • Note that Bardin Goreksson (except for the Slayer career) and Markus Kruber can use any weapon that comes with a shield to often completely soak the barrage of bullets when fired at, since the shots don't deplete a lot of stamina. If no cover is found, remember that you can use their shields to help you out if needed.
  • Once spotted, a lone Ratling Gunner is often very easily dealt with using an accurate ranged weapon such as the Crossbow or the Handgun.
Enemies
Infantry SkavenslaveClanratClanrat (Shield)FanaticRaiderBulwarkSack Rat
Elites Plague MonkSavageMaulerStormverminStormvermin (Shield)Chaos Warrior
Specials Ratling GunnerGutter RunnerPoison Wind GlobadierWarpfire ThrowerPackmasterLifeleechBlightstormer
Monsters Rat OgreStormfiendSpawn of ChaosBile Troll
Bosses Burblespue HalescourgeSkarrik SpinemanglrBödvarr RibspreaderGatekeeper NaglfahrDeathrattlerRasknitt