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The Empire is awash with mercenaries, their manner ranging from hard-bitten coin-hoarders, to nobler souls eking out a living while balancing good deeds with bad. Such a life is far from glorious, for too often the only folk who can pay for hired blades are the very people who shouldn’t give commands to a dog, let alone armed men. But sellswording’s a living – even if it is all too often a short one.

Kruber fell into the business by chance as he joined Saltzpyre’s retinue. He based this decision solely on the destination of the Witch Hunters upcoming mission. Together, with Sienna Fuegonasus as prisoner, they would travel to Ubersreik.

Working for Saltzpyre proved to be a trial all on its own, but when compared to his previous cowardly commanders, Kruber actually preferred fighting alongside the dauntless Witch Hunter. During and after the Ubersreik campaign, Kruber continued to work for Saltzpyre, who in turn relied on Franz Lohner for information. Lohner, the Innkeep. provided a mysteriously steady supply of coin, jobs and ale. This kept Kruber content most days – especially given that Lohner seems to have the Empire’s interests at heart. And for the other days? Well, for the other days, there’s Bugman’s beer, and Estalian brandy, and that strange plum liqueur that Olesya carries around in a battered tin flask…

As a mercenary, Kruber is a versatile fighter, wearing just enough armour to strike a balance between protection and mobility. His training lends itself to close-quarters battle, but his hunter’s eye is as keen as ever, should ranged combat be necessary.
- Vermintide 2 Official Website

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Paced Strikes
Morale Boost
Hit Points

Mercenary is one of the four Careers from which Markus Kruber can choose.

This career is the first one available, while Huntsman and Foot Knight are unlocked at level 7 and 12 respectively.

The fourth Premium Career, Grail Knight, is purchased separately.

Description[edit | edit source]

When Saltzpyre recruited Kruber for his retinue, it was the former State Trooper’s first venture as a Mercenary. The new profession lit a fire within him, and a desire awoke to one day lead a company of his own as a Mercenary Captain. Perhaps the events in Helmgart will lead him down this path.

In battle, the Mercenary is a versatile fighter with armour balanced to provide ample protection while not severely restricting mobility. He is capable of both close quarters mayhem and shredding the enemy with ranged fire.

Skills and Traits[edit | edit source]

Ability Description
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Morale Boost

Career Skill

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Paced Strikes

Passive Ability

  • Hitting 3 enemies in one swing grants 10% increased attack speed for 6 seconds.
Hitting the Sweet Spot

Passive Ability

  • Attacks cleave through more enemies.

(25% reduced enemy mass)[1]

No More Laughin' Now!

Passive Ability

(+5% crit chance)

Weapons[edit | edit source]

Melee Weapons
Two-Handed Sword
Executioner Sword
Two-Handed Hammer
Sword and Shield
Mace and Shield
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Mace and Sword
Tuskgor Spear
Tuskgor Spear
Bretonnian Longsword
Ranged Weapons
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Repeater Handgun

Talents[edit | edit source]

You may select one talent from each tier and change them freely in Taal's Horn Keep.

Level 5



Mercenary’s Pride


Captain’s Command

Damaging multiple enemies in one swing grants temporary health based on the number of targets hit. Max 5 enemies. Melee killing blows grants temporary health based on the health of the slain enemy. Healing yourself with a First Aid Kit or a Healing Draught also heals your nearby allies for 20% of their maximum health. Removes any Wounds.
Level 10

The More The Merrier!




Helborg’s Tutelage

Increases Power by 5% for every nearby enemy and stacks up to 5 times. Increases cleave power by 50%. Every 5 hit grants a guaranteed critical strike. Critical strikes can no longer occur randomly.
Level 15





Enhanced Power

Deal 40% more damage to staggered enemies. Each hit against a staggered enemy adds another count of stagger. Bonus damage is increased to 60% against enemies afflicted by more than one stagger effect. The first enemy hit always counts as staggered.

Deal 20% more damage to staggered enemies. Each hit against a staggered enemy adds another count of stagger. Bonus damage is increased to 40% against enemies afflicted by more than one stagger effect.

Increases total Power Level by 7.5%. This is calculated before other buffs are applied.
Level 20

Reikland Reaper


Enhanced Training


Strike Together

Increases Power by 15% when Paced Strikes is active. Paced Strikes increases attack speed by 20%. Now requires hitting 4 targets with a single attack to trigger. Paced Strikes spreads to nearby allies.
Level 25

Stand Clear


Blade Barrier


Black Market Supplies

Increases Dodge range by 20%. Reduces damage taken by 25% when Paced Strikes is active. Increases max Ammunition by 30%.
Level 30

Walk it Off


Ready for Action


On Yer Feet, Mates!

Morale Boost also reduces damage taken by effected allies by 25% for 10 seconds. Reduces cooldown of Morale Boost by 20%. Morale Boost also Revives knocked down allies.

Promotional Art[edit | edit source]

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Heroes in Vermintide 2
Kruber icon.pngMarkus Kruber
Bardin icon.pngBardin Goreksson
Kerillian icon.pngKerillian
Saltzpyre icon.pngVictor Saltzpyre
Sienna icon.pngSienna Fuegonasus