Arbalest

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Arbalest
Arbalest.png
Base Stats
Resolve 1 2 3 4 5
MAX HP 27 32 37 42 47
DODGE 0 5 10 15 20
PROT 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
SPD 3 3 4 4 5
ACC MOD +0 +0 +0 +0 +0
CRIT 7.5% 8% 8.5% 9% 9.5%
DMG 4-9 5-11 6-13 6-14 7-16
Resistances
Poptext stun.png Stun 40% Poptext move.png Move 40%
Poptext poison.png Blight 30% Poptext bleed.png Bleed 30%
Poptext disease.png Disease 30% Poptext debuff.png Debuff 30%
Deathsdoor.png Death Blow 67% Tray trap disarm.png Trap 10%
Other information
Movement 0 forwards, 2 backwards.
Religious No
Provisions Bandage



Shoot, bandage and pillage: the dancing steps of war.

The Arbalest is one of the playable Character Classes in Darkest Dungeon.

Class Description[edit | edit source]

Clad in heavy armor and able to vanquish foes with her massive crossbow, she is like a living embodiment of a cannon. Her life of war has given her many skills for the battlefield such as marking down targets, raining arrows upon her foes and even firing bolas to disrupt the enemy's formation. She also learned how to dress and treat wounds, and can apply makeshift healing upon the battlefield.

Given enough time at camp, she can treat the wounds of all her allies, or even instruct them in how to be quicker than their adversaries. Or she may spend her night tending to her crossbow, her one companion since childhood. As long as she is given ample distance between herself and her quarry, no foe is safe from this sharpshooter's wrath.

The Musketeer[edit | edit source]

The Arbalest has received a visual restyling available to kickstarter backers of Adventurer tier. The Musketeer presents a restyling of most combat abilities, one camp ability and every visual aspect and animation of the character itself.

Combat Skills[edit | edit source]

A runaway turned soldier, the Arbalest is the definitive backline fighter. Able to rain suppressing fire down on the enemy, snipe high profile targets and apply powerfully effective first-aid, she is a rallying point, a turret, a beacon in the dark.

~ Guild

Sniper Shot
Sniper Shot.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Ranged
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
Grey dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.png
+0% 95 5% +50% DMG vs Marked+
+5% CRIT vs Marked+
Further levels
Level 2 +0% 100 6% +60% DMG vs Marked+
+6% CRIT vs Marked+
Level 3 +0% 105 6% +70% DMG vs Marked+
+7% CRIT vs Marked+
Level 4 +0% 110 6% +80% DMG vs Marked+
+8% CRIT vs Marked+
Level 5 +0% 115 7% +100% DMG vs Marked+
+10% CRIT vs Marked+


Suppressing Fire
Suppressing Fire.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Ranged
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
Grey dot.pngRed dotr.pngRed dotlr.pngRed dotl.png
-80% 85 -5% -5 ACC (100% base)
-5% CRIT (100% base)
Further levels
Level 2 -80% 90 -5% -6 ACC (110% base)
-6% CRIT (110% base)
Level 3 -80% 95 -4% -7 ACC (120% base)
-7% CRIT (120% base)
Level 4 -80% 100 -4% -8 ACC (130% base)
-5% CRIT (130% base)
Level 5 -80% 105 -3% -10 ACC (140% base)
-10% CRIT (140% base)


Sniper's Mark
Sniper's Mark.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Ranged
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
Grey dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.png
-100% 100 Mark Target
-20 DODGE (100% base)
Further levels
Level 2 -100% 105 Mark Target
-22 DODGE (110% base)
Level 3 -100% 110 Mark Target
-25 DODGE (120% base)
Level 4 -100% 115 Mark Target
-27 DODGE (130% base)
Level 5 -100% 120 Mark Target
-30 DODGE (140% base)


Bola
Bola.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Ranged
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
Red dotr.pngRed dotl.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
-50% 95 5% Knockback 1 (75% base)
Further levels
Level 2 -50% 100 6% Knockback 1 (84% base)
Level 3 -50% 105 6% Knockback 1 (94% base)
Level 4 -50% 110 6% Knockback 1 (104% base)
Level 5 -50% 115 7% Knockback 1 (104% base)


Blindfire
Blindfire.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Ranged
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Red dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.png
-10% 80 Random Target +4 SPD
Further levels
Level 2 -10% 85 Random Target +5 SPD
Level 3 -10% 90 1% Random Target +6 SPD
Level 4 -10% 95 2% Random Target +7 SPD
Level 5 -10% 100 2% Random Target +8 SPD


Battlefield Bandage
Battlefield Bandage.png Rank Target Heal Crit mod Effect Self
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
Grey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
2-3 +20% Heals Received
Further levels
Level 2 3-3 +24% Heals Received
Level 3 3-4 +28% Heals Received
Level 4 4-4 +33% Heals Received
Level 5 4-5 +38% Heals Received


Rallying Flare
Rallying Flare.png Rank Target Effect Self
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Yellow dotr.pngYellow dotlr.pngYellow dotlr.pngYellow dotl.png
Clear Stun
Clear Marked
+10% Debuff Resist
Torch +3
Further levels
Level 2 Clear Stun
Clear Marked
+13% Debuff Resist
Torch +4
Level 3 Clear Stun
Clear Marked
+15% Debuff Resist
Torch +5
Level 4 Clear Stun
Clear Marked
+18% Debuff Resist
Torch +6
Level 5 Clear Stun
Clear Marked
+20% Debuff Resist
Torch +7

Camping Skills[edit | edit source]

As on the battlefield, so too at camp. The Arbalest splits her time at rest, providing expert first aid care, and preparing for the next leg of the journey with optimized marching plans and a fresh, taut bowstring.

~ Survivalist

Camping skills are special skills heroes can use during the Camp Phase of a dungeon. They take a certain number of "respite" points to use, and can only be used once per camp (unless the skill says otherwise). Most heroes have three shared camping skills and all heroes have 4 camping skills unique to them. Only 4 of these can be equipped at one time. Any Buffs or lasting effects given from a camping skill lasts for 4 battles.

The Arbalest is a proficient medic at camp, able to heal all her companions or one ally greatly. She can also increase everyone else's speed or power-up her bow at the cost of her own speed.

Shared Skills[edit source]

Encourage
Encourage.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
Reduce stress by 15
Bark "Focus on victory!"
"Think of the songs they will sing for us!"
"Stories will be told of our battles!"
Wound Care
Wound Care.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
Heal 15%
Removes target bleeding
Removes target blight
Bark "I learned how to stitch from battle nuns in the desert kingdoms."
"This poultice has saved many worse off than you."
"Drink this and you will live, I hope."
Pep Talk
Pep Talk.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
-15% Stress (4 combats)
Bark "I will show you a trick of the will I learned in my travels."
"Be calm, my arbalest will slay those who threaten."
"If it bleeds, we can slay it."

Unique Skills[edit source]

Field Dressing
Field Dressing.png
Time Cost Target Description
3 One
Companion
+35% heal on target (50% chance)
+50% heal on target (50% chance)
Remove target bleeding
Bark "Even great wounds are treatable. Get back in this fight."
Marching Plan
Marching Plan.png
Time Cost Target Description
3 All
Companions
+2 SPD (4 combats)
Bark "If we learn to move in ordered fashion, we will fight better together."
Restring Crossbow
Restring Crossbow.png
Time Cost Target Description
3 Self +10 ACC Ranged Skills (4 Combats)
+20% DMG Ranged Skills (4 combats)
+5% CRIT Ranged Skills (4 combats)
-2 SPD (4 combats)
Bark "A tad taut, my sweet, but I'll look after you."
Triage
Triage.png
Time Cost Target Description
3 All
Companions
Heal 35%
Bark "Shut your traps and let me tend to those wounds."


Equipment[edit | edit source]

The Arbalest takes her name from the massive crossbow she carries into the battle. Able to decimate enemies at range with a dizzying array of ammunition, she wears medium plate for increased protection against the volleys she knows are coming...

~ Blacksmith

Unlike other games, equipment upgrades in Darkest Dungeon are linear, all bought at the Blacksmith.

Arbalest
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Eqp weapon 0arb (1).png Crude Crossbow Eqp weapon 0arb (2).png Reinforced Crossbow Eqp weapon 0arb (3).png Heavy Crossbow Eqp weapon 0arb (4).png Veteran's Crossbow Eqp weapon 0arb (5).png Millicent
DMG base: 4-9 DMG base: 5-11 DMG base: 6-13 DMG base: 6-14 DMG base: 7-16
CRT base: 7.5% CRT base: 8.0% CRT base: 8.5% CRT base: 9.0% CRT base: 9.5%
SPD base: 3 SPD base: 3 SPD base: 4 SPD base: 4 SPD base: 5
Plate Armor
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Eqp armour 0.png Second-Hand Plate Eqp armour 1.png Pawned Plate Eqp armour 2.png Reliable Plate Eqp armour 3.png Refined Plate Eqp armour 4.png Survivor
DODGE base: 0 DODGE base: 5 DODGE base: 10 DODGE base: 15 DODGE base: 20
HP base: 27 HP base: 32 HP base: 37 HP base: 42 HP base: 47


Each Hero has trinkets unique to them that only they can equip. The Arbalest has seven; 2 common, 2 Crimson Court and 1 uncommon, rare and very rare. In the base game, her lower level trinkets are greaves and her high level trinkets are bandanas. The Crimson Court DLC adds a stuffed animal and crossbow bolt.

Trinket Image Trinket Name Rarity Class Restriction Origin Dungeon Effect Additional Notes
Sturdygreaves.png
Sturdy Greaves Common Arbalest
  • +30% Move Resist
  • +30% Move Skill Chance
  • -1 SPD


Vengefulgreaves.png
Vengeful Greaves Common Arbalest
  • +1% CRT


Inv trinket medics greaves.png
Medic's Greaves Uncommon Arbalest
  • +33% Healing Skills


One eye bandana.png
Bull's Eye Bandana Rare Arbalest
  • +8 ACC
  • +2% CRT
  • -4 DODGE


Bandana.png
Wrathful Bandana Very Rare Arbalest Warrens
  • +20% DMG if in position 4
  • +30% Debuff Skill Chance
  • -50% Healing Skills



The Crimson Court DLC added special Trinket Sets, two for each hero. They confer powerful bonuses to the hero equipped with them and having both equipped at once yields an additional bonus, which is shown greyed out at the bottom. The origin dungeon for all Trinket Sets is the Courtyard and they all have the rarity Crimson Court.

Trinket Image Trinket Name Class Restriction Effect Set Effect Quote Additional Notes
Inv trinket-cc set arb childhood treasure.png Childhood Treasure Arbalest
  • +30% Healing Skills
  • +20% Healing Skills while Camping
  • -15% Stress
  • +25% PROT
"I remember my father's kindly eyes."
Inv trinket-cc set arb sharpshooters string wax.png Bedtime Story
  • +15 ACC vs Marked
  • +5% CRT vs Marked
  • +35% Debuff Skill Chance
  • +35% Move Skill Chance

District Bonus[edit | edit source]

The Crimson Court DLC adds Districts to the Hamlet, some of which confer passive benefits to heroes.

The gold cost of most Districts in Radiant Mode is significantly reduced. The price in Radiant mode is shown in parentheses.

Districts
Name Image Effect Cost
Training Ring
District Training Ring.png
Arbalest, Houndmaster and Man-at-Arms receive:
  • +4 ACC
  • +10% MAX HP
Currency.gold.large icon.png
5000 (1000)
Currency.crest.icon.png
300
Currency.blueprint.icon.png
1

Customisation[edit | edit source]

As for every hero, the Arbalest has four different colour palettes to choose from: white, green, blue and red.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • "Millicent", the name of her highest level weapon, is a female medieval name whose Germanic roots are the words for "work" and "strength".
  • "Arbalest" actually refers to a type of crossbow, not to the wielders themselves as noted by the blacksmith.
  • Her predetermined name, Missandei, is a reference to a character of Game of ThronesTM

Barks[edit | edit source]

A bloody good shot!
~ Arbalest on landing a Critical Hit.
Exactly where I called it!
~ Arbalest on landing a Critical Hit.
Shut your traps and let me tend to those wounds.
~ Arbalest on using Triage.
A tad taut, my sweet, but I'll look after you.
~ Arbalest on using Restring Crossbow.
I do in one shot what takes you a dozen swings.
~ Arbalest while Selfish.
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Raid failure banner.png
Please no, I want to live!
~ Arbalest while being targeted for the insta-death skill of the Heart of Darkness .
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Comic[edit | edit source]


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