Jester

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Jester
Jester.png
Base Stats
Resolve 1 2 3 4 5
MAX HP 19 23 27 31 35
DODGE 15 20 25 30 35
PROT 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
SPD 7 7 8 8 9
ACC MOD +0 +0 +0 +0 +0
CRIT 7.5% 8% 8.5% 9% 9.5%
DMG 4-7 5-8 6-10 6-11 7-13
Resistances
Poptext stun.png Stun 20% Poptext move.png Move 20%
Poptext poison.png Blight 40% Poptext bleed.png Bleed 30%
Poptext disease.png Disease 20% Poptext debuff.png Debuff 40%
Deathsdoor.png Death Blow 67% Tray trap disarm.png Trap 30%
Other information
Movement 3 forwards, 3 backwards.
Religious No
Provisions Medicinal Herbs


He will be laughing still... at the end.

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

Description[edit | edit source]

In the darkest depths of these twisted lands few things are as welcomed as a good laugh, a merry song, and razor sharp blade. The Jester brings all of these in spades. Armed with a sickle and lute, this maniacal minstrel is a versatile class that has several tricks up his sleeves. With his oddly shaped blade he can slice the 2nd and 3rd positions of the opposition to ribbons, causing them to bleed out. With his lute he can provide in-battle comfort for his companions, playing songs that inspire greatness or relieve tension. Regardless of his position in your party, he is able to dance elegantly around those pesky party shufflers and set up opportunities to single out an enemy and bring about its utter, almost laughable demise.

As an entertainer, he can make a stressful night of camping turn into a night of merriment and wit. The melodious riffs of his lute will make any party member's mind quiet as he encourages them to strike quickly and precisely like a tiger. Beware though, not all find the Jester's antics amusing as mockery and cynicism is only funny until it happens to you. All who dare to confront the Darkest Dungeon know that it might mean their end, but with the Jester in tow he will make sure that it is at least a heroic end.

Combat Skills[edit | edit source]

Combat is a power ballad - a slow build up, and a grand finale! On the offense, the Jester leaps to and fro in a bloody cacophony, positioning himself for a glorious end in the front ranks! Alternatively, he can hang back, delivering chilling melodies and unsettling riffs that terrorize his foes, and give strength to his allies.
~ Guild
Dirk Stab
Dirk Stab.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
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+0% 85 2% Forward 1
Further levels
Level 2 +0% 90 3% Forward 1
Level 3 +0% 95 4% Forward 1
Level 4 +0% 100 4% Forward 1
Level 5 +0% 105 4% Forward 1


Harvest
Harvest.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
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Grey dot.pngRed dotr.pngRed dotl.pngGrey dot.png
-50% 90 0% Target: Bleed (100% base) 2 pts/rd for 3 rds
Further levels
Level 2 -50% 95 0% Target: Bleed (110% base) 2 pts/rd for 3 rds
Level 3 -50% 100 1% Target: Bleed (120% base) 3 pts/rd for 3 rds
Level 4 -50% 105 2% Target: Bleed (130% base) 3 pts/rd for 3 rds
Level 5 -50% 110 2% Target: Bleed (140% base) 4 pts/rd for 3 rds


Finale
Finale.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
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Red dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.pngGrey dot.png
+150% 90 15% Back 3

-40% DMG
-30 DODGE
-10 ACC

Further levels
Level 2 +150% 95 16% Back 3

-40% DMG
-30 DODGE
-10 ACC

Level 3 +150% 100 16% Back 3

-40% DMG
-30 DODGE
-10 ACC

Level 4 +150% 105 16% Back 3

-40% DMG
-30 DODGE
-10 ACC

Level 5 +150% 110 17% Back 3

-40% DMG
-30 DODGE
-10 ACC


Solo
Solo.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Ranged
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Red dotr.pngRed dotlr.pngRed dotlr.pngRed dotl.png
-100% 90 No Target: -10 ACC (89% Base) for 3 rds Forward 3

+5 SPD

Further levels
Level 2 -100% 95 No Target: -12 ACC (100% Base) for 3 rds Forward 3

+6 SPD

Level 3 -100% 100 No Target: -14 ACC (110% Base) for 3 rds Forward 3

+7 SPD

Level 4 -100% 105 No Target: -16 ACC (119% Base) for 3 rds Forward 3

+8 SPD

Level 5 -100% 110 No Target: -18 ACC (129% Base) for 3 rds Forward 3

+9 SPD


Slice Off
Slice Off.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
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Grey dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.pngGrey dot.png
-33% 95 8% Target: Bleed (100% base) 3 pts/rd for 3 rds
Further levels
Level 2 -33% 100 8% Target: Bleed (110% base) 3 pts/rd for 3 rds
Level 3 -33% 105 8% Target: Bleed (120% base) 4 pts/rd for 3 rds
Level 4 -33% 110 9% Target: Bleed (130% base) 4 pts/rd for 3 rds
Level 5 -33% 115 10% Target: Bleed (140% base) 5 pts/rd for 3 rds


Battle Ballad
Battle Ballad.png Rank Target Effect Self
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Yellow dotr.pngYellow dotlr.pngYellow dotlr.pngYellow dotl.png
Party: +3 SPD

Party: +5 ACC
Party: +2% CRIT

Further levels
Level 2 Party: +3 SPD

Party: +6 ACC
Party: +2% CRIT

Level 3 Party: +4 SPD

Party: +7 ACC
Party: +2% CRIT

Level 4 Party: +4 SPD

Party: +8 ACC
Party: +3% CRIT

Level 5 Party: +5 SPD

Party: +10 ACC
Party: +3% CRIT


Inspiring Tune
Inspiring Tune.png Rank Target Effect Self
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Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Target: Stress Heal +10

Target: -10% Stress DMG

Further levels
Level 2 Target: Stress Heal +11

Target: -13% Stress DMG

Level 3 Target: Stress Heal +12

Target: -15% Stress DMG

Level 4 Target: Stress Heal +13

Target: -18% Stress DMG

Level 5 Target: Stress Heal +15

Target: -20% Stress DMG


Camping Skills[edit | edit source]

The Jester shines in the flickering light of the campfire, bringing his lute and unerring wit to bear against the fears and stress his companions suffer. He can inspire greater combat prowess, or raise the group's spirits at the cost of singling out a target for his acrimonious scandalizing.
~ Trainer

Shared Skills[edit source]

Encourage
Encourage.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
Reduce stress by 15
Wound Care
Wound Care.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
Heal 15%
Removes target bleeding
Removes target blight
Pep Talk
Pep Talk.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
+15% Stress Resist (4 combats)

Unique Skills[edit source]

Turn Back Time
Turn Back Time.png
Time Cost Target Description
3 One Companion -30 stress on target

-15 stress on target if afflicted

Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Every Rose has its Thorn.png
Time Cost Target Description
3 All Companions -15 stress on other party members

-15% stress DMG on other party members (4 combats)

Tiger's Eye
Tiger's Eye.png
Time Cost Target Description
3 One Companion +10 ACC on target (4 combats)

+5% CRT on target (4 combats)

Mockery
Mockery.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One Companion / All Companions -20 stress on other party members

+20 stress on one target


Tactical Analysis[edit | edit source]

The Jester is an unusual hero who has a unique combination of skills. His primary advantage is his ability to heal the stress of allies - both in battle and during camps.

His damage output can be tailored towards a fairly reliable bleed skillset, or by rapidly moving forwards and backwards in the party to deliver a Finale.

You ideally want the rest of your party to be reasonably comfortable with being moved from their preferred spots - some skills like Holy Lance and Point Blank Shot can synergise well with this, but unfortunately you can often find yourself unable to use a key ability (such as a heal) if you get this wrong.

The Jester has a high dodge chance, but low hit points, so runs of partly good or bad luck can often come into play.

He synergizes well with the Abomination, as he can heal the stress caused, and they move around each other well.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Clad only in mildewed cloth, the Jester makes a mockery of battle. Only a fool would underestimate the vicious bloodletting power of his sharpened sickle, or the discordant throng of his lute.
~ Blacksmith
Sickle & Lute
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Eqp weapon 0jes (1).png Worn Sickle, Untuned Lute Eqp weapon 0jes (2).png Reclaimed Sickle and Lute Eqp weapon 0jes (3).png Sharpened Sickle, Restrung Lute Eqp weapon 0jes (4).png Masterwork Sickle, Fine Lute Eqp weapon 0jes (5).png Slash and Solo
DMG base: 4-7 DMG base: 5-8 DMG base: 6-10 DMG base: 6-11 DMG base: 7-13
CRT base: 7.5% CRT base: 8.0% CRT base: 8.5% CRT base: 9.0% CRT base: 9.5%
SPD base: 4 SPD base: 4 SPD base: 5 SPD base: 5 SPD base: 6
Garb
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Eqp armour 0jes.png Motley Garb Eqp armour 1jes.png Mocking Garb Eqp armour 2jes.png Padded Garb Eqp armour 3jes.png Armored Garb Eqp armour 4jes.png The Cruelest Crown
DODGE base: 15 DODGE base: 20 DODGE base: 25 DODGE base: 30 DODGE base: 35
HP base: 19 HP base: 23 HP base: 27 HP base: 31 HP base: 35


Customisation[edit | edit source]

As for every hero, the Jester has four different colour palettes to choose from: red, purple, green and black.

Barks[edit | edit source]

Truly amusing...
~ Jester on landing a Critical Hit.
At last, the greatest joke of all...
~ Jester on Death's Door.
What's the deal with pinapple...I am right?
~ Jester on cheering another hero with the skill Pep Talk.
If we are going to die, let's at least enjoy it.
~ Jester on giving his quote to his teammate with skill Pep Talk.
Lose not your grip on the dreams of the past, you must just fight to keep them alive!
~ The Jester on inspiring one of your heroes through Tiger's Eye.
Look at this fool, this imbecile! Playing the hero, are you?! Ha-HAA.
~ The Jester on making fun of one of the party members with the camping skill Mockery.
I've lived in the court. Poison does not affect me anymore.
~ The Jester on becoming Vigorous.
Oh, you like knives? Me too... Heh.
~ The Jester on becoming Masochistic.
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Hah! The jokes's on me then...?
~ The Jester on accepting his demise at the Heart of Darkness.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Jester's unique camping skills, Tiger's Eye, Turn Back Time, and Every Rose Has Its Thorn are references to famous songs of the same names by music artists Survivor, Cher, and Poison respectively. He also quotes a verse from a song when he activates one of them.
  • Jester's final weapon upgrade, Slash and Solo, is also a reference to Slash, the guitarist of Guns and Roses and his revered solos.
  • The predetermined name of the Jester is Jingles.

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