Killing Floor 2's newest seasonal update, Treacherous Skies, has brought welcome changes and additions to the addictive horde shooter – new prestige rewards, two beautiful new levels, four weapons, and a brand new enemy type are just some of the features added to the game this Summer.
A favorite new addition is the ability to prestige perks: KF2 addicts can opt to reset their experience in exchange for a unique weapon skin, perk icon, and a heaping pile of Vosh- The game's currency. While I wouldn't describe Killing Floor's leveling system as a “grind”, getting a perk all the way to its cap can take some time. If you're in a rush, here are five strategies to beat the wait and efficiently level your perks and get a hold of those sweet Killing Floor 2 Prestige Rewards.
Play on higher difficulties
Killing Floor 2 was praised at launch for its gameplay on higher difficulties. When things get dialed up, don't just expect a lazy health and damage increase for all the Zeds. Dipping your toes into Suicidal gives the horde new abilities, faster speeds, and shorter tempers. Slashers, for example, will perform quick rolls and leaps to dodge your attacks- It's truly amazing to see in action. Ramping up the difficulty may cut into your team's Dosh earnings, but the extra enemies grant more kills and better experience gains.
Choose perks that gain more average experience per match
In every cooperative game, someone gobbles up most of the glory. Some matches may just have you taking a backseat while a teammate wades into the fire. In cases like this, it helps to target perks that don't require as many Zed kills, like Field Medic or Sharpshooter. These two archetypes fill specialist roles, the former making great gains without triple digit eliminations. For rounds where you take precedent as the 'carry', consider playing big earners like Commando, Support, and Demolitions. These perks wreak havoc on the Zed masses, assuming your squad mates aren't attempting the same.
Go above and beyond in your perk's role
Killing Floor's perks are a unique lot, and with the exception of SWAT/Commando, there's very little overlap. Perks level in two major ways: Zed kills and bonuses. These bonuses are listed as “XP Objectives” in the perk menu. Commando gains extra experience by killing Stalkers, a Zed that they directly counter with the “Call Out” ability. Every perk has different objectives, and some don't involve damage at all. If you find yourself with some downtime during a wave, consider pursuing these objectives and watch your level soar.
Take full advantage of XP events
Multipliers speed things up considerably. Tripwire has been kind enough to give us frequent reprieves in the form of weekend events, usually coinciding with major updates. In addition to increasing the drop rates for cosmetic items, these events double all gained experience. There's few better ways to spend a weekend than wading through guts on KF, and now you'll be rewarded handsomely for it.
Although Killing Floor really shines with other survivors at your back, some perks are just too difficult to level with six players mucking about. Firebug and Survivalist are kings of crowd control, but lose out in raw killing power when stacked against the might of Support and Demolitions. Playing alone guarantees that no iota of experience goes unearned- Which is excellent for a mad dash to level 25.
One you reach your limit, you'll be faced with the hard choice of giving it all away. Prestiging a perk cannot be undone by any means, and some players may find the rewards unappealing. If you do decide to start climbing again, prestiged perks gain a 30% bonus to all experience gained. This is handy for getting your favorite playstyle ready for another crack at weeklies or higher difficulties, which are the most fun you can have in Killing Floor 2.