Crusader

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Crusader
Crusader.png
Base Stats
Resolve 1 2 3 4 5
MAX HP 33 40 47 54 61
DODGE 5 10 15 20 25
PROT 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
SPD 1 1 2 2 3
ACC MOD +0 +0 +0 +0 +0
CRIT 5% 5.5% 6% 6.5% 7%
DMG 6-12 7-14 8-16 9-17 10-19
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 1 forwards, 1 backwards.
Religious Yes
Provisions Holy Water


A mighty sword-hand anchored by a holy purpose. A zealous warrior.

The Crusader is one of the playable Characters in Darkest Dungeon.

Like the Vestal, Leper and the Flagellant, he will refuse to embark on missions with the Abomination.

Class Description[edit | edit source]

Every cause needs a champion, a hero to rally otherwise common men to a righteous cause and lead them to victory. The Crusader is that champion. With holy blade in hand he smites the wicked and sends them back to the darkness from whence they crept. While his armor restricts his movement it affords him great protection, allowing him to stand in the frontlines to take the blows that his weaker comrades cannot.

No matter the pressures he faces he will remain strong, finding strength within himself to keep fighting on while inspiring others to do the same. Even in the midst of battle he can galvanize his allies, giving them the strength to fight off madness for a little longer. When the Crusader is leading the charge, all of hell will know to fear the flame.

Combat Skills[edit | edit source]

Battle-hardened and stalwart, the Crusader has held the front lines in a hundred holy wars. He either attacks foes head-on with righteous fury, or embraces a melee support role by leveraging his powerful defensive buffs & off-heals.

~ Guild

Smite
Smite.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
Grey dot.pngGrey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Red dot.pngRed dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
+0% 85 +15% DMG vs Unholy
Further levels
Level 2 +0% 90 +20% DMG vs Unholy
Level 3 +0% 95 1% +25% DMG vs Unholy
Level 4 +0% 100 2% +30% DMG vs Unholy
Level 5 +0% 105 2% +35% DMG vs Unholy
Zealous Accusation
Zealous Accusation.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Ranged
Grey dot.pngGrey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Red dotr.pngRed dotl.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
-40% 85
Further levels
Level 2 -40% 90
Level 3 -40% 95 1%
Level 4 -40% 100 2%
Level 5 -40% 105 2%
Stunning Blow
Stunning Blow.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
Grey dot.pngGrey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Red dot.pngRed dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
-75% 90 Stun (100% base)
Further levels
Level 2 -75% 95 Stun (110% base)
Level 3 -75% 100 1% Stun (120% base)
Level 4 -75% 105 2% Stun (130% base)
Level 5 -75% 110 2% Stun (140% base)
Bulwark of Faith
Bulwark of Faith.png Rank Target Effect Self
Grey dot.pngGrey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Self
Torch +20 +25% PROT, Mark Target (1 Battle)
Further levels
Level 2 Torch +20 +28% PROT, Mark Target (1 Battle)
Level 3 Torch +20 +32% PROT, Mark Target (1 Battle)
Level 4 Torch +20 +36% PROT, Mark Target (1 Battle)
Level 5 Torch +20 +40% PROT, Mark Target (1 Battle)
Limit: Once per battle
Battle Heal
Battle Heal.png Rank Target Heal Crit mod Effect Self
Grey dot.pngGrey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Grey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
2-2
Further levels
Level 2 2-3
Level 3 3-4
Level 4 4-4
Level 5 5-6
Holy Lance
Holy Lance.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
Grey dot.pngGrey dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.png
+0% 85 5% +15% DMG vs Unholy Forward 1
Further levels
Level 2 +0% 90 6% +20% DMG vs Unholy Forward 1
Level 3 +0% 95 6% +25% DMG vs Unholy Forward 1
Level 4 +0% 100 6% +30% DMG vs Unholy Forward 1
Level 5 +0% 105 7% +35% DMG vs Unholy Forward 1
Inspiring Cry
Inspiring Cry.png Rank Target Heal Crit mod Effect Self
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
1-1 Stress Heal +6, Torch +5
Further levels
Level 2 1-1 Stress Heal +7, Torch +6
Level 3 1-2 Stress Heal +8, Torch +7
Level 4 1-2 Stress Heal +9, Torch +8
Level 5 2-2 Stress Heal +10, Torch +10


Camping Skills[edit | edit source]

Righteousness and conviction inspire compelling speeches around the campfire! In the face of mounting stress, the Crusader is a leader, standing tall and refusing to break. His unshakable belief can assuage companions' fear, reassuring them that despite the hardships they will most certainly endure, all will be well in the end.

~ TSurvivalist

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.

At camp the Crusader focuses on keeping his party's stress levels in check. All his skills involve reducing and resisting stress of himself or his party. He can also pray for The Light to keep them safe during the night.

Shared Skills[edit source]

Encourage
Encourage.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
Reduce stress by 15
Bark "Your strength honors the Light."
"[Sit straight! Dignity is thy greatest weapon!"
"You would have made a good soldier... in another life."
Wound Care
Wound Care.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
Heal 15%
Removes target bleeding
Removes target blight
Bark "Of course I know what I'm doing! I'm a soldier!"
"Incidentally, if ye perish, I can perform last rites."
"You heal quickly. Praise the Light."
Pep Talk
Pep Talk.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
-15% Stress (4 combats)
Bark "I've led more difficult charges than this."
"Justice is on my side. No evil can stand against that."
"One need merely avoid the shadows to stand in the Light."

Unique Skills[edit source]

Unshakable Leader
Unshakeable Leader.png
Time Cost Target Description
3 Self +25% Stress Resist (4 combats)
Bark "My friends, we can pass any test. Do not despair!"
Stand Tall
Stand Tall.png
Time Cost Target Description
4 One Companion -15 Stress
Removes Death's Door debuff on target
Bark "Nothing will break me!"
Zealous Speech
Zealous Speech.png
Time Cost Target Description
5 Self / All Companions -15 stress on self
-15 stress on other party members
-15% Stress DMG on other party members (4 combats)
Bark "Forget not that our errand is holy and just! Light will prevail!"
Zealous Vigil
Zealous Vigil.png
Time Cost Target Description
4 Self -25 stress on self
-15 stress on self if afflicted
Prevents a nighttime ambush
Bark "Light, grant me the strength to overcome whatever appears on our path."


Equipment[edit | edit source]

The Crusader wears heavy plate mail and wields a longsword. While affording him excellent protection and damage, his armor restricts movement, and his sword cannot be swung effectively in the back ranks.

~ Blacksmith

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

Great Sword
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Eqp weapon 0cru (1).png Battered Longsword Eqp weapon 0cru (2).png Longsword Eqp weapon 0cru (3).png Questing Longsword Eqp weapon 0cru (4).png Greatsword Eqp weapon 0cru (5).png The Long Crusade
DMG base: 6-12 DMG base: 7-14 DMG base: 8-16 DMG base: 9-17 DMG base: 10-19
CRT base: 5.0% CRT base: 5.5% CRT base: 6.0% CRT base: 6.5% CRT base: 7.0%
SPD base: 1 SPD base: 1 SPD base: 2 SPD base: 2 SPD base: 3
Chain and Plate
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Eqp armour 0cru.png Rusty Hauberk Eqp armour 1cru.png Chainmail Eqp armour 2cru.png Chain and Plate Eqp armour 3cru.png Plate Eqp armour 4cru.png Zealous Conviction
DODGE base: 5 DODGE base: 10 DODGE base: 15 DODGE base: 20 DODGE base: 25
HP base: 33 HP base: 40 HP base: 47 HP base: 54 HP base: 61


Each Hero has trinkets unique to them that only they can equip. The Crusader has eight; 3 common, 2 Crimson Court and 1 uncommon, rare and very rare. In the base game, his lower level trinkets are crests (likely war decorations) and his high level trinkets are scrolls, likely what he uses in his Zealous Accusation attack. The Crimson Court DLC adds a pauldron and conscription letter.

Trinket Image Trinket Name Rarity Class Restriction Origin Dungeon Effect Additional Notes
Inv trinket-defenders seal.png
Defender's Seal Common Crusader
  • +5% PROT
  • -1% CRIT


Inv trinket-knights crest.png
Knight's Crest Common Crusader
  • +10% MAX HP


Inv trinket-swordsmans crest.png
Swordsman's Crest Common Crusader
  • +15% DMG Melee Skills
  • -50% Healing Skills


Inv trinket-paralyzers crest.png
Paralyzer's Crest Uncommon Crusader
  • +30% Stun Skill Chance
  • -2 DODGE


Inv trinket-commanders orders.png
Commander's Orders Rare Crusader
  • +3% CRT if in position 1
  • +33% Healing Skills
  • -10% Blight Resist


Inv trinket-holy orders.png
Holy Orders Very Rare Crusader
  • +15% Virtue Chance
  • -20% Stress
  • +12% Death Blow Resist
  • -20% Blight Resist
  • -20% Bleed Resist



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 cru glittering spaulders.png Glittering Spaulders Crusader
  • +15% PROT
  • +35% Move Resist
  • -15% Stress
  • -2 SPD
  • +20% MAX HP
"I will forget them. Regret is sin."
Inv trinket-cc set cru signed conscription.png Signed Conscription
  • +20% Healing Skills
  • +20% Stress Healed

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
Altar of Light
District Altar of Light.png
Crusader, Vestal and Flagellant receive:
  • +10% Stun Resist
  • +10% Healing Skills
Currency.gold.large icon.png
5000 (100)
Currency.deed.icon.png
200
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1

Customisation[edit | edit source]

As for every hero, the Crusader has four different color palettes to choose from: purple, red, white and blue.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The design of the Crusader is based on armor from troops in "The Crusades", which were a series of conflicts between the 11th and 15th century.
  • The Crusader has the most Backer Heroes with a staggering 64, with the runner up (the Man-At-Arms) only having half as many.
  • A previous iteration of the Crusader during development featured an open-helmet chain mail design with the Crusader's face visible. This design has a wallpaper on Red Hook Studio's main website and it was shown off in the game's "Terror and Madness" trailer in 2013.
  • According to his Hopeless barks, the Crusader used to love somebody and was even married once. This was confirmed in his origin comic where he leaves his wife and child to embark on the crusade, but was changed so much by the war he chose to remain on the crusade than return to his family.
  • Another one of his afflicted barks, this time while being Irrational, shows that he might have been mistreated by his father or a priest during childhood. Bark is shown below.
  • The predetermined name of the Crusader is Reynauld, named after an actual crusader who died during The Battle of Mount Cadmus.
  • While most characters have seven trinkets, The Crusader, Highwayman, Plague Doctor and Vestal all have the most at eight.
  • The fact that Crusader can kill his enemies by showing them an offensive document was claimed by fans as the most absurd thing in the game. They decided to make a few memes about that probably making his skill "Zealous Accusations" the most recognizable skill in the game.

Barks[edit | edit source]

Truth prevails!
~ Crusader on striking a critical hit.
My reverie is haunted by things unsaid, loves lost...
~ Crusader on stressing the party while being Hopeless.
My friends, we can pass any test. Do not despair!
~ Crusader on using Unshakable Leader.
Forget not that our errand is holy and just! Light will prevail!
~ Crusader on using Zealous Speech.
Nothing will break me!
~ Crusader on using Stand Tall.
Light, grant me the strength to overcome whatever appears on our path.
~ Crusader on using Zealous Vigil.
Of course I know what I'm doing! I'm a soldier!
~ Crusader on using Wound Care.
I've led more difficult charges than this.
~ Crusader on using the camping skill Pep Talk.
I will turn this madness into force!
~ Crusader  on becoming Powerful after a successful resolve check.
Stand aside! Let the Light in!
~ Crusader on becoming Stalwart after a successful resolve check.
My every step sanctifies this unholy earth!
~ Crusader on becoming Vigorous after a successful resolve check.
The power of the light flows through me...
~ Crusader on regenerating while Vigorous.
Why did I trade her for this life? She loved me...
~ Crusader while Hopeless recalling his former loved one.
Yes, I married once. But she is dead now.
~ Crusader while Hopeless stressing the party while camping.
I will learn my verses, Father! Not the whip!
~ Crusader while Irrational stressing the party.
Father! I defy all that you made me!
~ Crusader while Irrational attacking himself.
Take me now. I have already sacrificed so much...
~ Crusader while Hopeless moving forward.
Father!... FATHER! I HEAR YOU!
~ Crusader while Irrational after receiving an injury.
NOO! He is just a child! He didn't do anything wrong!
~ Crusader while Irrational and one of the other heroes receives a hit.
Just... STOP TOUCHING ME!
~ Crusader while Irrational refusing to be buffed.
These scars are on the inside... and much too old...
~ Crusader while Irrational refusing to be buffed at camp.
I... I want only one thing, and it is forbidden.
~ Crusader while Irrational refusing to be buffed at camp.
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Unholy foulness! I will take you with me!
~ Crusader on being executed by the Heart of Darkness.
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