How Curios work in Warhammer 40K: Darktide

Darktide curios - Sire Melk talking to a soldier
(Image credit: Fatshark)

Darktide Curios are a lot like talismans from the Vermintide series, letting you buff certain stats, reduce particular damage types, and just generally add a little buildcrafting element that you can tweak towards your playstyle. Though crafting hasn't been fully implemented yet, you can now refine and reroll Curio stats.

If you're just starting out in the game, you might want help choosing a class, to check out some Darktide tips, or learn about how to change your appearance. Either way, here's how Curios works in Darktide, as well as the best way to get them in the game.

How do Darktide Curios work? 

You can buy Curios at the Requisitorium (Image credit: Fatshark)

Curios grant stat boosts that can help you deal with the unrelenting hordes and specials that Darktide throws at you. They can buff health, stamina, revive speed, toughness, wounds, and all sorts of other stuff. You can also get experience buffs, damage reduction against specific enemy types, Curio drop chance, and corruption resistance, which is useful for carrying grimoires. Here's how what each rarity of Curio has perk wise:

  • Green: One blessing
  • Blue: One blessing, one perk
  • Purple: One blessing, two perks
  • Orange: One blessing, three perks

In terms of the best Curios to equip, I'd say that getting an extra wound is a must. Darktide's wounds are effectively lives, where if you get downed then revived, one wound will become corrupted, lowering your overall health. More wounds means less HP lost when you are revived. Speaking of health, buffing toughness is generally better than buffing health simply because it regenerates, meaning it provides more value over the course of a mission. That said, it does depend on your build.

How to get Darktide Curios 

Your first Curio slot unlocks at trust level eight, with subsequent unlocks at level 16 and 24. This will also unlock Curios for purchase at the Requisitorium. What Curios are available for sale is pretty random, so if you want a particular perk combo, you may have to check back between shop resets, though you can refine Curios at the Shrine of the Omnissiah to reroll stats. Another good way to get Curios is to stack the ones that feature a Curio drop chance. Unlike Vermintide 2, where you can only combine certain talismans, Darktide lets you stack whichever you please. 

If you find three Curios with a 15% Curio drop chance, you can get a 45% chance of getting a Curio instead of the weapon that sometimes drops at the end of missions. You can also get random Curios from Sire Melk's Requisitorium at trust level 11, but considering this costs valuable currency you could use to get orange weapons, I wouldn't recommend it.

Sean Martin
Guides Writer

Sean's first PC games were Full Throttle and Total Annihilation and his taste has stayed much the same since. When not scouring games for secrets or bashing his head against puzzles, you'll find him revisiting old Total War campaigns, agonizing over his Destiny 2 fit, or still trying to finish the Horus Heresy. Sean has also written for EDGE, Eurogamer, PCGamesN, Wireframe, EGMNOW, and Inverse.