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Antiquarian (Butcher's Circus)

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Disambig.png This article is about the Butcher's Circus version of the Antiquarian. For the regular character, see Antiquarian.
Disambig.png This article is about a hero in the Butcher's Circus. For the DLC, see The Butcher's Circus.

The Antiquarian is a playable class in Darkest Dungeon. In the Butcher's Circus, she becomes a support character that specializes in Blight, Stress, and healing.

Antiquarian
Antiquarianportrait butcher.png
Base Stats & Resistences
MAX HP 29 Poptext stun.png Stun 10%
DODGE 15 Poptext move.png Move 20%
PROT 0% Poptext poison.png Blight 45%
ACC MOD +0 Poptext bleed.png Bleed 10%
CRIT 5.0% Poptext debuff.png Debuff 45%
DMG 6-11 Deathsdoor.png Death Blow 75%
Other information
Movement 2 forwards, 2 backwards.
Crit Buff Bonus +10 DODGE (2 rds)
Religious No


Combat Skills[edit | edit source]

(All buffs and debuffs last for 3 rounds unless otherwise specified.)

Nervous Stab
Nervous Stab.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Red dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.pngGrey dot.png
+0% 90 7%
Further levels
Level 2 Base 100 0 None None
Level 3 Base 100 0 None None
Level 4 Base 100 0 None None
Level 5 Base 100 0 None None
Sound
None
Festering Vapours
Festering Vapours.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Ranged
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Red dotr.pngRed dotlr.pngRed dotlr.pngRed dotl.png
-80% 90 4% Blight (100% base) 2 pt/rd for 3 rds
Stress Stress +8
Further levels
Level 2 Base 100 0 None None
Level 3 Base 100 0 None None
Level 4 Base 100 0 None None
Level 5 Base 100 0 None None
Sound
None
Take Cover
Get Down.png Rank Target Effect Self
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Self
Back 2
Stealth (2 rds)
+20% Death Blow Resist
Further levels
Level 2 None None
Level 3 None None
Level 4 None None
Level 5 None None
Sound
None
Limit: 3 Uses per Battle
Flashpowder
Flashpowder.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
-100% 110 -15 ACC (100% base)
Bypass/Remove Stealth
Stress Stress +20
Further levels
Level 2 Base 100 0 None None
Level 3 Base 100 0 None None
Level 4 Base 100 0 None None
Level 5 Base 100 0 None None
Sound
None
Rejuvenating Vapours
Fortifying Vapours.png Rank Target Heal Effect Self
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
Yellow dotr.pngYellow dotlr.pngYellow dotlr.pngYellow dotl.png
3 pts/rd for 3 rds
Further levels
Level 2 0 None None
Level 3 0 None None
Level 4 0 None None
Level 5 0 None None
Sound
None
Invigorating Vapours
Invigorating Vapours.png Rank Target Effect Self
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
Yellow dotr.pngYellow dotlr.pngYellow dotlr.pngYellow dotl.png
+10 DODGE
Further levels
Level 2 None None
Level 3 None None
Level 4 None None
Level 5 None None
Sound
None
Protect Me
Protect Me.png Rank Target Effect Self
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
+10 DODGE
+20% PROT
Force Guard by Ally (2 rds)*
Further levels
Level 2 None None
Level 3 None None
Level 4 None None
Level 5 None None
Sound
None
Limit: 3 Uses per Battle

* Forcing a Guard on an Ally will cause them to forfeit any other guards they were previously doing. Meaning for instance, that the Man-at-Arms' and the Houndmaster's guards cannot be simultaneously applied to the Antiquarian's guard (buffs stack however).

Tactical Analysis[edit | edit source]

Using an Antiquarian[edit | edit source]

Since the Circus is pure combat, her functions have been changed drastically. She can't help you find more rewards, but her combat capability has improved.

Festering Vapours is the strongest attack for the Antiquarian. Party-wide Stress is invaluable, and it can be used to stack Blight. Expect to see nearly any Antiquarian spam this attack when they're not supporting the party. Rejuvenating Vapours is not as strong as other healing abilities, but because it applies a Restoration buff instead of a direct heal, it can be used to keep heroes out of Death's Door when they're being targeted repeatedly. DoTs can counter this healing, however. Protect Me! is the Antiquarian's last resort if she finds herself being targeted, and can be used well with a Flagellant to direct hits towards him. Take Cover can counter any attempts to shuffle her out of position or can be used in response to marks. Her former staple Invigorating Vapours is not as valuable here since her action is often better spent on attacking or healing. Flashpowder is for the Stress-focused Antiquarian, and allows her to push a target into Affliction or Heart attack without provoking a Riposte.

The Antiquarian is not a good healer on her own, so you have to compensate with other units that can actively heal, in case someone falls to Death's Door after taking their turn with restoration active. Frontline healers like the Crusader or Flagellant can work to keep anyone - even the Antiquarian herself - alive. The Arbalest, Musketeer or Vestal can also supply emergency healing but you run the risk of a very crowded backline.

For trinkets, take those that improve her overall survivability or synergize with her kit. The Rotting Trophy, Monkey's Paw, Bloodstained Gambeson, and Gladiator's Helmet are good early selections until her exclusive Trinkets are unlocked. The Black Diamond Mirror and Tears of the Lost work together to improve her overall longevity in battle and are staples once acquired. The Ghoul Claw is for the more aggressive builds that use Nervous Stab and can work well for Stress-focused parties, and the Impossible Glyph is to augment Flashpowder and its ACC debuff to let the Antiquarian inflict Stress without provoking Riposte. The Materia Pestis, despite being the final Prestige-based Trinket you unlock, augments an admittedly minor feature of Festering Vapours and is very rarely used.

Fighting an Antiquarian[edit | edit source]

The Antiquarian may have been improved for this setting, but she's still mostly a support unit, and is not as strong as the combat specialists. The fact that she can force Guards or Stealth herself makes her difficult to kill, but she's not too lethal as her area Blight and area Stress are still less effective than the usual specialists. You can afford to ignore her for most part and take down the rest of the party. Once she gets dragged out of the back as corpses vanish, she loses access to her healing skill and becomes a lot more vulnerable.

Her Restoration effect is her only means of healing, but at 3HP a turn it can be easily offset by DoTs. Spread area Bleeds and Blights of your own so that anyone at Death's Door will need a turn of proactive healing to be spared from Deathblows. Because Restoration only applies when the character takes their turn, you can focus your fire on enemy units that have already acted so that the Restoration cannot save them from Death's Door.

Because a lot of players are likely to have Festering Vapours as her only attack skill, setting up Ripostes will make the Antiquarian hesitant to attack or she would risk killing herself.

DLC Exclusive Trinkets[edit | edit source]

Trinket Image Trinket Name Rarity Class
Restriction
Prestige Level Unlocked Effect Additional Notes
Inv trinket black diamond mirror.png
Black Diamond Mirror Ringmaster Antiquarian Prestige Level 8
  • +15% MAX HP
  • +15 DODGE
  • +10% Stress


Inv trinket tears of the lost.png
Tears of the Lost Ringmaster Antiquarian Prestige Level 36
  • +30% Virtue Chance
  • -15% Stress
  • +20% Debuff Skill Chance
  • +33% Restoration Duration


Inv trinket ghoul claw.png
Ghoul Claw Ringmaster Antiquarian Prestige Level 44
  • +25% DMG Melee Skills
  • +6% CRIT Melee Skills
  • +10 ACC
  • On Melee Attack Hit: Horror +6 Stress/rd for 2 rds (100% Base)


Inv trinket impossible glyph.png
Impossible Glyph Ringmaster Antiquarian Prestige Level 65
  • +20% Stress Dealt
  • +30% Debuff Skill Chance
  • +6 ACC


Inv trinket materia pestis.png
Materia Pestis Ringmaster Antiquarian Prestige Level 69
  • +20% Blight Skill Chance
  • +33% Blight Duration




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Info Butcher's Circus
Heroes Abomination MiniScrollpip.png Antiquarian MiniScrollpip.png Arbalest MiniScrollpip.png Bounty Hunter MiniScrollpip.png Crusader MiniScrollpip.png FlagellantThe Crimson Court DLC MiniScrollpip.png Grave Robber MiniScrollpip.png Hellion MiniScrollpip.png Highwayman MiniScrollpip.png Houndmaster MiniScrollpip.png Jester MiniScrollpip.png Leper MiniScrollpip.png Man-at-Arms MiniScrollpip.png Musketeer Exclusive to The Musketeer DLC MiniScrollpip.png Occultist MiniScrollpip.png Plague Doctor MiniScrollpip.png ShieldbreakerExclusive to The Shieldbreaker DLC MiniScrollpip.png Vestal