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Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader

Explaining Resolve

Craig Robinson

Resolve is a feature in Rogue Trader that affects every single one of your companions. This somewhat hidden feature is responsible for players generating momentum through fights, allowing them to reach their ultimates and unleash the class’s archetype’s most powerful attacks. You should look into it more, as it can help make the game much more accessible to swing the fights in your favor, especially the harder game modes. Here’s a closer look at how Resolve and Momentum work in Rogue Trader.

Resolve Explained - Rogue Trader

(1 of 2) Resolve is the main stat that affects your Momentum generation per kill and per turn.

Resolve is the main stat that affects your Momentum generation per kill and per turn. (left), Several items, skills, and talents will affect your Momentum and Resolve generation in combat. (right)

To understand what Resolve does in Rogue Trader, you’ll need to first look at your character sheet. You’ll have a number in the bottom right corner of your stats and characteristics, indicating your resolve. This is your character’s base resolve from any passives, builds, and other factors that affect the shape. This number directly affects how much more Momentum you gain at the start of a character turn, and then how much more you generate from killing an enemy. The more Momentum you earn, the more your ultimate bar fills up, allowing you to spend it on Heroic Acts, or Ultimate skills, if you will.

In addition, plenty of talents and accessories affect Momentum and Resolve. A lot of these types of talents come from certain Archetypes, such as a Master Tactician’s "Assign Objective" iconAssign Objective Skill. They also have other Momentum modifiers, such as "Inspire" iconInspire. Officers also have a modifier, which allows them to gain +3 Resolve via the "Steel Resolve" iconSteel Resolve talent, while Vanguards can get +7 stacks of Resolve if they reach their maximum stacks of Unyielding via the Unyielding Resolve talent.

There are also key items to help with Resolve and Momentum generation. For example, at the end of Chapter 2, Calcazar gives you the "Scarlet Signet of the Inquisition" iconScarlet Signet of the Inquisition item. You can use this to gain a bucket load of Momentum when required. Furthermore, you have items like the "Sororitas Boots" iconSororitas Boots and "For the Defence of Cadia" iconFor the Defence of Cadia, handy for fights where you can guarantee that you will kill five enemies in the round either through AOE blasts, a solid Burst Fire, kill resets through an Officer’s Finest Hour ultimate, and other such multiple attacks and kill playstyles. You can also generate Momentum using skills such as War Hymn, which characters like "Argenta" iconArgenta have.

Essentially, you want to increase Resolve under some of the support builds in the game. Doing so will aid this ultimate generation, and if your character is an Officer, then that means extra turns to your primary damage dealers. All in all, improving Resolve, or farming Momentum via your kills is a surefire way to enable your characters to pop off and defeat some of the harder encounters in the game.

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    Owlcat Games
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    PS5, Steam, XB X|S
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    23 November 2023
  • Last Updated
    16 June 2024
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In the grim dark future of the 41st millennium, there is only war. The Imperium of Man, ruled by God-Emperor of Mankind from atop his Golden Throne, is a vast interstellar empire with countless armies. Despite the Imperium’s apparent strength, however, its enemies are even more numerous and threats to mankind both surround the Imperium and gnaw at it from within. Where the constantly strained military might of the Imperium can’t reach, humanity must find other champions, and blessed with holy Warrants of Trade, Rogue Traders have almost unlimited authority to operate in the unconquered reaches of the galaxy beyond the Imperium’s direct influence. After unexpectedly inheriting the title of Rogue Trader von Valancius, you’ll have to secure your holdings in the Koronus Expanse, establish and develop new colonies, investigate the conspiracy that led to your ascension and fend off threats, internal and externals, humans, xenos and worse…

This guide will provide the following information:

  • Tips and info about various gameplay mechanics, including injuries and trauma, veil degradation, momentum, resolve, heroic acts, weapon types and space exploration.
  • Recruitment guides and builds for every companion in the game.
  • Walkthroughs for main quests, boss battle strategies and the effects your choices have.
  • Complete chapter overviews.
  • Best weapons lists for each chapter.
  • Guides for optional dungeons, side quests, errands and solutions to puzzles.
  • Colony guides, including colony projects and their rewards.
  • A vast database of weapons, armor, accessories, abilities, talents and more!

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