If you’re looking to get up close and personal with your enemies in Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader, then you’ll love this fighter build.

With the beta for Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader being available for a little over a month now, we’ve had some time to learn how the game works. Even with only four options for starting doctrines and three advanced doctrines, the leveling system is still quite in-depth. This allows some interesting and powerful builds to be made, even in this early version of the game.

The doctrine we’ll be going over in this guide will be the Fighter. Billed as the close-quarters class of the game, the Fighter can dish out and survive a lot of damage. But if built in a certain way, the Fighter won’t be taking much damage at all. Keep reading as we’ll go over the best Fighter build in the beta of Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader. Let’s get into it.


Before we get started it’s important to preface this build with the fact that the game is still in beta. That means that all this information is subject to change. This also means that some aspects of the build may not function as intended.

Regardless, we have used this build in our playthrough of the beta and have not noticed anything wrong yet. We were able to get through all the available content without issue. With that said, let’s get on with the build. 

The Agility Fighter Build

This is a melee-focused build that focuses heavily on agility. This allows your character to zip around the battlefield slaying all your enemies and dodging any attack that comes your way. This build also focuses on getting our Heroic Action (Daring Breach) as quickly as possible to maximize the damage we can dish out.

The way we build in the beginning will help us become this hurricane of destruction we hope to become. The Origin and Homeworld of your character are just as important as your initial stats, so we’ll take a look at our recommendations for those as well.

Homeworld: Forge World – Locomotion Implants

Best Homeworld for Fighter Build - Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader
Image: Owlcat Games via HGG / Justin Moniquette

The first thing we’re going to focus on is the first option in character creation that affects our build: the Homeworld. For this option, we choose Forge World – Locomotion Implants. While the attribute buff to Toughness is nice, the bonus to Intelligence won’t be used.

The minus to Fellowship isn’t the best for reasons we’ll explain in the stats section, but it’s not the end of the world. The main reason we take this Homeworld is for the Locomotion System feature that comes with it.

Essentially what this fun passive does is give your character a bonus to Movement Points and Dodge based on your Agility bonus. This is huge as we will be pumping our Agility for most of the build, and the bonus to MP and Dodge will let us sprint around encounters and avoid getting hit.

Origin: Ministorum Priest

Best Origin for Fighter Build - Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader
Image: Owlcat Games via HGG / Justin Moniquette

Next down the list is our Origin. For this option, we choose the Ministorum Priest. While the Toughness and Willpower bonuses are nice, the main reason we’re taking this is because of War Hymn.

Why you might ask? Because War Hymn allows us to give our character Momentum by doubling our Willpower bonus. And it gives even more if we are surrounded by enemies.  

The reason why Momentum is so important is because it’s the resource that lets us use our Heroic Action (Daring Breach). What Daring Breach does is restore all our Action Points and Movement Points, with more based on our Agility bonus. This also makes it so performing attacks doesn’t get rid of our MP. This is big because it lets us dish out some serious damage to a boss or clear some chump mobs.

Doctrine: Fighter

Since Triumphs and Darkest Hour are not implemented yet, the next thing down is our Doctrine. Since this is a Fighter build, you should (unsurprisingly) probably take Fighter.


Ideal starting stats for your fighter build
Image: Owlcat Games Via HGG / Justin Moniquette

Before we go over the stats you’ll want, we should go over how stat bonuses work. From our understanding, when the game speaks about a stat bonus, it’s talking about the tens place in that stat.

For example, if you have a Strength score of 30, then your Strength bonus will be 3. If you have a Willpower score of 45, then your Willpower bonus will be 4.

With that out of the way, we can talk about the stats we’re going to focus on. While the stats can be tweaked based on how you plan on playing, you want to ensure you get your Weapon Skill and Agility as high as you can in character creation. These are going to govern your ability to hit and dodge. A higher Willpower will mean more points to Momentum and Toughness health, but you can mess with the numbers if you want.

You can get a look at our recommended stat breakdown below:  

Weapon Skill40
Ballistic Skill30

Fighter Leveling

Finally, we get to the first half of this build. As we go through the Fighter Doctrine, we’ll be upgrading our Agility, with a secondary priority on Weapon Skill so we can continue hitting our foes. We also invest heavily in Coercion.

While there will be companions who do the persuasion skills way better than you, there are some situations where you can’t mooch off their excellent scores. As someone who loves dialogue options in Owlcats Games, I went all in. You can choose a different skill if you want, however. It will largely come down to who you keep in your party. 

With that said, here’s the level breakdown for Fighter:

LevelWhat To Take
2Sworn Enemy/Coercion
3Thick Skin
9Daring Breach Upgrade II
10Epicentre of Slaughter/Weapon Skill
11Break Through The Lines/Coercion
14Weapon Skill/Athletics
15Daring Breach I

We mostly take abilities to up our damage or our survivability. The upgrades to Daring Breach are also taken to help double down on our ability to kill attacking enemies.

Advanced Doctrine: Assassin

Once we max out our basic Doctrine we are given access to an advanced one. For this choice, we are taking Assassin. The Assassin Doctrine is going to up our lethality a ton.

We’re also going to switch up our focuses a little. As we level, we’re going to focus on upgrading our Lore Xenos. This will be very handy when traversing the different worlds. 

Assassin Leveling

A quick note, this is when you should decide what weapon you want to stick with. We personally decided on Power Weapon Expert, but you should choose whichever you found yourself sticking with. 

With that here are our selections for Assassin: 

LevelWhat To Take
1Seek For the Opening
2Death Whisper/Lore Xenos
3Killing Spree/Lore Xenos
4Lore Xenos
5Agility/Lore Xenos
6Power Weapon Expert/Agility
7Lore Xenos/Macabre Dance
8Carmine Whisper/Lore Xenos
9Agility/Lore Xenos
10Awareness/Lone Killer
11Agility/Lore Xenos
12Dispatch Upgrade I
13Agility/Lethality Thickens
14Weapon Skill/Lore Xenos
15Elusive Shadow/Lore Xenos
16Awareness/It Will Not Die
17Weapon Skill/Awareness
18Vicious Game/Awareness
19Weapon Skill/Awareness
20Dispatch Upgrade II

With Assassin, we are taking abilities to get as much damage out as possible. We also increase our Awareness towards the end, since we cap out our other skills and Awareness is always useful.

Join the High Ground!

And that’s our guide for the best Fighter build in the beta of Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader. Have you gotten your hands on the beta? What build has gotten you through the Koronus Expanse?

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Happy gaming!


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