Warhammer 40K Rogue Trader: Best Heavy Bolter Builds

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This guide should help you master the Heavy Bolter in Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader. Feel free to adapt the build to your playstyle and preferences.

Here’s a comprehensive guide on the best Heavy Bolter builds in Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader:

Warhammer 40K Rogue Trader: Best Heavy Bolter Builds

Obtaining The Heavy Bolter

There are two ways to get your hands on a Heavy Bolter in Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader. The first method involves defeating Aurora towards the end of Act 1, granting you a Heretical-aligned Heavy Bolter. This is challenging as it may lead to losing team members. The second option is trading with Hieronymus Doloroso in the southern part of Footfall’s Atrium in Act 2, requiring 36 Profit Factor. This version demands 60 Strength but is available to any character. It’s ideal for builds, especially if you’re aiming for Heavy Weapon Proficiency.

Creating the Heavy Bolter Build

Soldier Build

  • Level 1-4: Focus on Run and Gun, Awareness, Revel in Slaughter, Firearm Mastery, Rack and Ruin.
  • Level 5-10: Develop Ballistic Skill, Fired Up, Rapid Fire, Perception, Nimble, Muzzle Velocity, and Awareness.
  • Level 11-15: Continue with Firearm Mastery 2, Rapid Reload, Agility, Controlled Shot, Your Preference for Party Roles, Perception, Heavy Weapon Proficiency, Unfaltering Fire, It Will Not Die, Bolt Weapon Expert (Optional), and Firearm Mastery Upgrade 3.

Arch-Militant Build

  • Level 16-35: Once you can select the Arch-Militant Archetype, prioritize Versatility, Wildfire, Always Ready, Steady Superiority, AP Increase, Ballistic Skill, Critical Versatility, Cautious Approach, Overpower, Awareness, Adaptable, Perception, Heavy Gunner, Preferred Targets, Demolitions, Exploit Weakness, Agility, Breaking Point, Lifetime of Scars, Demolition, Distract, Toughness, and Steady Superiority.

Quick Recap

  1. Obtain the Heavy Bolter early, either through a Heretical main character or the 60 Strength version in Footfall during Act 2.
  2. Choose the Soldier archetype for Rapid Fire and the Arch-Militant for enhanced burst damage.