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Killing Floor 2 Field Medic Guide – Best Build, Perks & Weapons Loadout
With this Killing Floor 2 Field Medic guide players will be able to become the ultimate team healer or durable solo class in their ZED killing matches. Presenting players that are new to the Field Medic perk with the optimal choices in terms of perk skills, weapons and ultimately build to fight through various difficulties, maps and party dynamics. As the name suggests your primary role as this class is to be the medic in the field who rushes between players to heal and buff them while attacking any low tier ZEDs in between. To support this playstyle players will have access to syringe upgrades, movement speed and durability boosts for your role although have a clear absence of weapon boosting perks like the other perk class choices.
In addition unlike other classes the Field Medic lacks a specialised weapon type and instead has a diverse roster of options that each have a healing dart or similar mechanic to heal your allies in the chaos of Killing Floor 2 levels. These weapons are still used against ZEDs though and range from pistols, submachine guns, assault rifles, shotguns and grenade launchers that allow you to tweak your playstyle for the map, party and personal preference. While you won’t be dispatching large ZEDs efficiently you’ll often be the difference between your allies surviving these encounters through heals and buffs.
With this Field Medic guide you’ll have the foundation necessary to create a Field Medic build that is optimal for various Killing Floor 2 situations. This page includes details of tips, strategy, perks and weapon combinations and from from this starting point players can adjust to their own preferences and party needs. Given the diversity of Killing Floor 2 challenges no guide can cover all situations though with difficulty, map and maps having the largest impact on these suggestions.
Killing Floor 2 Field Medic Strategy and Tips
Playing the Field Medic relies on considerations of your party and Killing Floor 2 game lobby given your role is fundamentally about supporting other classes. The following tips for this class will help you perform at your highest potential:
- While it can be tempting to utilise your weapons to eliminate ZEDs keep in mind that the Field Medic is most effective when focused on healing (and providing the associated perk buffs) to their team. While doing some wave clearance of low tier ZEDs can help thin the enemies for your team don’t lose sight of your priority of moving around the map and healing your allies.
- With your healing being almost unlimited with most of your key weapon loadouts (between syringe and healing dart regeneration) don’t be afraid to heal enemies that are at or near full health as you’ll still be providing them the important buffs from your perks.
- Knowledge of the map and the playstyles of all the classes can be vital when playing as the Field Medic as this allows you to understand where your allies might be at any point in time and in turn keep line of sight of them for healing. Players can also use the team score screen (default is Tab key on PC) to acquire a quick update on how a particular ally is performing and potentially find one that needs some extra healing attention in the current or future waves.
- With your class design and weapon options it’s not uncommon to be able to donate money to the rest of your team to fund their powerful weapons given you will only use a small amount of your ammo each wave.
- Switching weapons is highly effective on the Field Medic and can be a change of playstyle for many that started on different classes that rely less on weapon swapping regularly. This is because in many loadouts you’ll have two weapons with healing dart mechanics and switching allows you to maximise this while the other regenerations healing dart ammunition.
- While you do have some perk bonuses and perk skills with additional resistance Field Medics should still carefully position themselves and only tank a hit from a ZED when it saves a teammate from likely death. If you die as the Field Medic it’s almost a guaranteed wipe for your team at the higher game difficulties so this should be avoided at all costs.
Killing Floor 2 Field Medic Perks Build
The Field Medic has the following perk bonuses at maximum level:
- 200% syringe recharge rate (8% per level)
- 50% syringe potency (2% per level)
- 50% Bloat bile resistance (2% per level)
- 10% movement speed (0.4% per level)
- 50% armour bonus (2% per level)
The Field Medic has the following active perk skills to select from:
|Perk Category||Left (L) Option||Right (R) Option|
|Conditioning||Symbiotic Health: Increase total Health 25%. Healing teammates will heal you 6% of your total Health.||Resilience: Increase damage resistance 1% per Health point lost, up to 60%.|
|Movement||Adrenaline Shot: All your healing increases player movement speed 10% for 5 seconds. This can stack up to a 30% bonus.||Combatant Doctor: Increase magazine capacity of perk weapons 50% and movement speed by 10%.|
|Damage||Focus Injection: All your healing increases player damage output 5% for 5 seconds. This can stack up to a 20% bonus.||Acidic Rounds: Perk weapons can poison ZEDs, inflicting poison damage over time.|
|Combat Technician||Coagulant Booster: All your healing increases player damage resistance 10% for 5 seconds. This can stack up to a 30% bonus.||Battle Surgeon: Increase damage with perk weapons 20%.|
|Advanced Tech||ZED TIME – Airborne Agent: You release a healing gas During ZED Time, healing teammates close by.||ZED TIME – Zedative: During Zed time your perk weapons damage is increased 30%, and your kills generates a toxic explosion that damage Zeds and heal players.|
Notable active perk skills when playing as the Field Medic are:
- Conditioning: This tier of perks focuses on improving the Field Medic durability with Killing Floor 2 not adopting the traditional role playing archetype of a frail healing class. Symbiotic Health is the stronger of the two options here given it provides a strong amount of health bonus while also rewards us for healing our teammates with our own smaller heal to keep our health at the maximum possible. This is significantly stronger than the right hand side Resilience perk which only buffs our durability as we take damage and doesn’t fit into our optimal playstyle.
- Movement: Each of these sides offers a decent 10% movement speed bonus although are mechanically different. With Adrenaline Shot you’ve got a base of 10% for 5 seconds and potential maximum of 30% to buff yourself and allies that can make kiting enemies significantly easier and help allies that misstep retreat out of the action entirely if necessary. Compared to Combatant Doctor which is limited to only the Field Medic (although is permanent 10%) while also giving us extra magazine capacity. Given the amount of team healing you do and the utility provided by the left side Adrenaline Shot option you’ll want to take that perk skill.
- Damage: Focused on damage this tier is once again split between a team mindset (left side) and personal preference (right side). The ability to buff your allies with a 5% damage boost which can increase up to a maximum of 20% is the clear winner here particularly with our area of effect healing potentially allowing us to buff up to 5 players in a full lobby for a boss fight.
- Combat Technician: Offering the Field Medic another buff for healing allies this one boosts damage resistance up to 30% that combined with the past tiers turns your heals into a movement speed, damage and resistance buff. With the ability to heal someone in trouble and improve their durability it’s another invaluable perk compared to the damage boost on the right hand size which isn’t our role as a Field Medic and our base damages are fairly low anyway.
- Advanced Tech: In the final level 25 perk tier you’ll find even more healing potential for the Field Medic that turn even your ZED Time into an effective opportunity to heal your teammates. Airborne Agent is generally preferred given you can stand close to your allies to accumulate some large heals as opposed to Zedative which relies on the Field Medic getting kills and is only really effective on melee allies as the healing is centred around where the ZED died.
Given the above the Field Medic best perks setup is LLLLL as your default option. This left side setup allows you to maximise your healing prowess to support the team and the optimal pathway to playing the Field Medic perk. For players that want to deal additional damage such as when playing solo the right hand size of your perk skills can be leveraged as you see fit although other classes are likely s better choice at that point.
Killing Floor 2 Field Medic Weapons Loadout Guide
The Field Medic role is not one focused on damage but that doesn’t mean you should be ignoring your weapon options entirely with most of your perk weapons having a secondary healing dart (or similar) to turn your weapon into a healing device. Where a weapon has darts they will also home into allies that help ensure the usability of those weapons remains high even in the chaotic Killing Floor 2 environment and helps you generate lots of experience over the course of a game.
The Field Medic weapon choices are also some of the most diverse as they aren’t limited to a single archetype like most other classes. That being said the HMTech-401 Assault Rifle is the core of many weapon loadouts given it’s effectiveness in many situations and strong core weapon statistics that allow it to be paired with basically any other Field Medic option for a viable loadout. The HMTech-201 SMG is also incredibly cheap for what it offers that it can be a good early buy while you build up to more powerful weapons. The following end game weapon loadouts are some of the most popular in the community for the effectiveness they offer:
- HMTech-101 Pistol and HMTech-401 Assault Rifle: The default choice for many Field Medic builds in Killing Floor 2 given it is a cheap loadout that you can achieve with relative ease as it utilises one of your starting weapons. It’s highly effective with great flexibility that offers your team endless healing and decent damage output for your class when necessary through the 401 assault rifle. Both of these weapon choices offer the core healing dart mechanic of the Field Medic which make them an ideal combo for split maps where you are running around between ally locations and looking to heal them from a reasonable distance. Adding a HRG Healthrower into this weapon loadout is also a decent option if you can afford it and pushes the Field Medic further into the healing role with this weapons double healing potential from the cloud and darts. The cloud is noticeably more effective on maps where your allies are likely to group up or your team is heavy on melee or short ranged classes that group together near ZEDs as a result. Alternatively a Hemogoblin instead of the HRG Healthrower with its damage over time is an effective boss wave loadout for the Field Medic to consider.
- HMTech-401 Assault Rifle and HMTech-501 Grenade Rifle: A Field Medic setup that is deadly for dispatching the various low tier ZEDs for your team and equally offers fantastic healing potential with darts and healing grenades on the 501. It is significantly more expensive than the loadout above though so not always feasible but the 501 grenades are an effective and fun way to apply your perk skill buffs immediately to several allies. Note that unlike your dart based healing options on weapons that are unlimited these grenades do have a limit.
- HMTech-401 Assault Rifle and HRG Incision: For solo play or when you want to add a little extra utility to your team through the ability to incapacitate larger deadly ZEDs for your team. The healing darts on the HRG Incision also uniquely double as a potential source of poison damage for ZEDs and retain their infinite ammo capacity so you’ll never be without a weapon option to fight back. Incorporating a HMTech-201 SMG for solo in particular gives you an easy to use weapon that is cheap and surprisingly effective against a range of ZED types.