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Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader – Best Pasqal Build

Warhammer 40k Rogue Trader - Best Pasqal Build

The wise Magi of the Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader universe are quite known for being the closest thing to a cyborg and relatively powerful entities in the Adeptus Mechanicus. Pasqal is a relatively green Magus that joins the Rogue Trader’s party in hopes of finding his mentor in the dark corners of the Koronus Expanse. Pasqal is not only an interesting companion but also a very powerful one if you know how to build him. With the ability to wield two two-handed weapons at the same time, Pasqal has the potential to overpower almost any enemy in a one on one. In this guide we will show you how to build the best version of Pasqal in Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader and allow him to show off as the powerful Magus he is.

Best Pasqal Build in Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader

Pasqal is incredibly powerful from the start of Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader due to his Machine Spirit Communion ability and his second arm which allows him to equip two two-handed weapons at the same time, without needing to switch.

Pasqal starts at level 4, even if you respec him, which means that we will have to take in account his Passive Learning talent, which is specialized for melee combat. Considering that and his Operative Archetype, we have decided to go for a build that is focused on his melee capabilities.

Operative Archetype Levels

Here is what you should pick for his talents and skills during the first 15 levels to make the best Pasqal build in Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader:

  • Level 5 – Intelligence, Pinnacle of Weaponry
  • Level 6 – Skirmish Protocols, Intelligence
  • Level 7 – Joint Analysis, Tech-Use
  • Level 8 – Acceleration Protocols, Dual-Weapon Combat
  • Level 9 – Dismantling Attack (Upgrade IV), Medicae
  • Level 10 – Logic, Perception
  • Level 11 – Reactive Study, Medicae
  • Level 12 – Intimidation, Persistence of the Forge
  • Level 13 – Offensive Pattern Prediction, Perception
  • Level 14 – Weapon Skill, Characteristic Training: Intelligence
  • Level 15 – Dismantling Attack (Upgrade II)

Though many unique companions in Rogue Trader suffer from having a bad Archetype/Origin combination, Pasqal is actually in a very good position with the Operative Archetype, making him a huge damage-dealing force.

With his ability to give Exploits left and right, which will increase his damage by 10% per stack, he will have the ability to destroy most enemy bosses by himself.

Many of the talents we have selected here will make sure that all the enemies he faces in close quarters will have at least 2 or 3 Exploits when he attacks them. If you also use the Machine Spirit Communion on Pasqal, he will also deal crazy damage from melee.

We also decided to go and get the Offensive Pattern Prediction talent to make sure that Pasqal doesn’t die in the first round of combat, making sure that all those enemies with Exploits are dealing less damage to him.

The Operative doesn’t really have good abilities for Pasqal, so the only useful one is Joint Analysis, which will make sure that the team can also use the many Exploits that he is giving enemies in close range.

Some might not agree with our choice to give him the extra MP with the Acceleration Protocols, but you will see after a while that, without the Charge ability, Pasqal will often remain behind the Warriors, if he doesn’t have some bonus MP.

Assassin Archetype Levels

Though the choice between Assassin and Bounty Hunter is hard here, we have decided to go for Assassin since it offers more bonuses to Pasqal in his melee endeavors. Many of the Bounty Hunter talents and abilities take Ballistic Skill into consideration, which we will generally leave where it is.

Here is what you should pick for his talents and skills between levels 16 to 35 for this Pasqal build in Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader:

  • Level 17 – Elusive Shadow
  • Level 18 – Machine Spirit Scan Protocols
  • Level 20 – Intelligence
  • Level 21 – Close-Up Scanning, Intelligence
  • Level 22 – Tech-Use, Death Whisper
  • Level 23 – Filtering Protocols
  • Level 24 – Weapon Skill, Characteristic Training: Agility
  • Level 25 – Prediction Protocols
  • Level 26 – Weapon Skill, Tech-Use
  • Level 27 – Dispatch (Upgrade II)
  • Level 28 – Characteristic Training: Weapon Skill, Professional Acumen
  • Level 29 – Weapon Skill, Medicae
  • Level 30 – Poised to Strike
  • Level 31 – It Will Not Die, Elusive Speed
  • Level 32 – Logic
  • Level 33 – Perfect Opening, Weapon Skill
  • Level 34 – Fires of the Forge
  • Level 35 – Dispatch (Upgrade I)

With the help of the Assassin skills, Pasqal will also be able to generally avoid getting attacked by the enemies, allowing him to deal the huge damage he has in his arsenal. At this point, even though we haven’t invested anything in Ballistic Skill, you should have a secondary weapon with a large AOE attack.

If you finish most of your turns being Elusive, you will likely be able to destroy any enemy without ever getting targeted. This is the best part about this build, since we can’t really invest in his Agility or to get the Heavy Armor Proficiency skill.

Exemplar Archetype Levels

At this point in the game, this Pasqal build should be more than enough to help him defeat any boss enemy by himself in Rogue Trader.

This is why we won’t go level by level here and we will just give you some advice on what abilities and talents might still be relevant and powerful for him to get to destroy even more demons.

Talents:

  • Tricky Defense – increase Dodge by Armor stat
  • Crushing Assault – +2 damage for every cell walked from the start of the turn
  • Know-It-All – all battle stats increase based on Intelligence

And that is all you need to know about the best build for Pasqal in Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader. Check out other interesting WH40k: Rogue Trader guides and articles:

Based in Munich, Germany, Adrian Oprea is the Founder of Raider King. He is a writer with a passion for storytelling and a love for all things RPG. When not wielding a keyboard, he can be found exploring fantastical worlds, one quest at a time.
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