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Countess
Countess.png
Enemy Class Bloodsucker
Size Unimaginable
Actions per round Turnticker.png Turnticker.png Turnticker.png
Stats
HP 400
HP (Stygian/Bloodmoon) 480
Dodge 25
Protection 30%
Speed 4
Tray stealth.png Stealth No
Resistances
Poptext stun.png Stun 140%
Poptext poison.png Blight 110%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed 90%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff 120%
Poptext move.png Move 220%

Countess
Countess flushed.png
Enemy Class Bloodsucker
Size Unimaginable
Actions per round Turnticker.png
Stats
HP 400
HP (Stygian/Bloodmoon) 480
Dodge 0
Protection 10%
Speed 1
Tray stealth.png Stealth No
Resistances
Poptext stun.png Stun 145%
Poptext poison.png Blight 110%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed 90%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff 120%
Poptext move.png Move 220%

Countess
Countess Monster.png
Enemy Class Bloodsucker
Size Unimaginable
Actions per round Turnticker.png Turnticker.png Turnticker.png Turnticker.png
Stats
HP 400
HP (Stygian/Bloodmoon) 480
Dodge 30
Protection 40%
Speed 8
Tray stealth.png Stealth No
Resistances
Poptext stun.png Stun 165%
Poptext poison.png Blight 120%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed 80%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff 140%
Poptext move.png Move 220%

Ancestor's Memoirs: The Countess[edit | edit source]

In those younger years my home was a hive of unbridled hedonism, a roiling apiary where instinct and impulse were indulged with wild abandon. A bewitching predator slipped in amidst the swarm of tittering sycophants. Though outwardly urbane, I could sense in her a mocking thirst. Driven half-mad by cloying vulgarity, I plotted to rid myself of this lurking threat, in a grand display of sadistic sport. But as the moment of murder drew nigh, the gibbous moon revealed her inhuman desires in all their stultifying hideousness.

Mercifully, the morbid encounter resolved itself in my favor, and I set to work pursuing degeneracy in its most decadent forms. The air pulsed with anticipation as I revealed the unnatural terroir of the house vintage. But my exultation was cut short, as the attending gentry turned upon themselves in an orgy of indescribable frenzy. A single drop of that forbidden tannin gifted me with a dizzying glimpse of the hibernating horror beneath my feet and in that moment, I understood the terrible truth of the world. I stood reborn, molted by newfound knowledge. My head throbbing to the growing whine of winged vermin come to drink the tainted blood... of the Darkest Dungeon.

~ The Ancestor.

The Countess is the third and the final boss of The Courtyard fought during the "Bewitching Predator" (LVL 6 Epic) quest.

Reaching the Boss[edit | edit source]

A map of the area can be found [here].

The route to the Countess is a fairly long but straightforward one. The map is largely symmetrical barring the paths branching out to either side. Your main goal is to defeat the Countess, located in the very center of the map.

Start with traveling down the west side of the map. Ignore the first two side branches as it leads to a dead end. The third leads to a chest holding the yellow key. With that in tow, journey south, unlocking the gate. Don't travel to the sides, as they are incredibly long corridors that lead to dead ends. Continue south, ignoring branching paths that may lead north. You will eventually come across a chest in a corridor holding the red key. Collect it and backtrack, for the upcoming green gate cannot be opened yet. Travel north, unlock a red gate on either side (head for the east gate for a chest containing a Crimson Court trinket), and from then on it's a straight corridor leading right to the Countess. Consider stopping to camp in any of the rooms before, as the Countess will be a tough battle.

Fighting The Countess[edit | edit source]

She has three forms, each with unique attacks, stats, and resistances.

She starts in Thirsty form, with 3 actions per round. In this form, she injects a Parasite Egg to a hero, dealing damage over time until it rips off, dealing massive damage. She can also apply Stumble, which could be seen as a Shuffle DOT, i.e. every turn the hero affected will be shuffled, making party compositions that rely on a stable position bad for this boss fight. The abilities "Sway with Me" and "Love Letter" can no longer be riposted as of The Color of Madness update. After that, she will change form to Flushed.

In Flushed Form, she has only one action per round, and it's her weakest form because she has no way to deal HP damage. When transforming to Bloodlust Form, she applies Horror.

Bloodlust Form is her most dangerous form, having 4 actions per round, plus increased stats and resistances. She has many attacks that deal massive damage, can stun two heroes at the same time, and can reach 75% PROT thanks to the Parasite Egg when it rips off from the hero.

As the Countess has 3-4 rounds and large amount of protection, bleed damage or direct armor piercing proves to be effective against her. Certain heroes such as Flagellant and Hellion can deal large amount of bleed, but can be easily disrupted by the Shuffle DOT, so it should be taken into account if you use these heroes. It can be useful to have abilities that reposition the heroes affected by shuffles, such as Crusader's Holy Lance or Shieldbreaker's Pierce; or abilities normally used in suboptimal positions, such as Vestal's Mace Bash. Flagellant's massive heals can help a lot to deal with amount of damage the Countess has, but as they have limited uses, it's recommended to bring a Vestal to keep your party alive.

When the Countess enters the Flushed form, she cures all DOTs, but loses a bunch of resistances, including Stun resist. You can try to keep her stunned in this form to delay the big damage output from Bloodlust form and stack a lot of DOT. Although the "Metamorphosis" is supposed to cure DOT as well, it has 0 ACC and therefore almost never lands, preventing the cure. In the Bloodlust form, the Countess gets access to a backline stun, so it can be useful to boost stun resist on your backliners with trinkets (Stun Amulet or Wilbur's Flag).

Another strategy is to stack a lot of dodge buffs: Antiquarian, Houndmaster and Man-at-Arms are the key heroes here. If you have the luxury to camp, stacking the Man-at-Arms's Tactics buff with his own Bolster ability is a long-lasting defensive asset, especially since Bolster will help weather the Stress damage happening throughout the fight. If you have The Color of Madness DLC, you can purchase the Shard Dust to refresh MAA's Bolster ability and use it multiple times during the battle. Accuracy debuffs, however, aren't that effective since the Countess has multiple actions.

Parasite Egg will deal damage to a hero every time they attack and has a chance to hatch for higher amount of damage and a large debuff for ACC and SPD (chances and effects listed below). Healing, buffing or moving doesn't trigger the egg gestating/hatching. Be aware of possible hatching when you are going to attack with a hero that has an egg on themselves, and remember that the damage caused by the egg can kill a hero on Death's Door. If you caught an egg with your Vestal, you can ignore it and only heal with her, so the egg will never hatch. If you have the Shieldbreaker DLC, you can use Aegis Scales to block the damage from the egg - it will not prevent the debuff, but can save a hero from a certain death.

One viable party composition for Stygian Countess is Vestal / Man-at-Arms / Hellion / Flagellant. The MVP here is the Man-at-Arms, he will need to first use Bolser and then Guard Vestal. Remember to equip him with something like Dazzling Mirror. When the countess is in her Flushed form, land the stun and the fight will be much easier.

Defeating The Countess[edit | edit source]

Once the Countess has been defeated, as usual the Veil Lifted event will occur, curing every hero affected by the Crimson Curse. However, because the source of the disease has been eradicated and thanks to the knowledge acquired, from this point on, the Sanitarium becomes able to cure the Curse. This means that the Crimson Curse becomes basically as every other disease, even if it still won't be cured using Camping Skills.

If your party is still roughly in one piece after the battle or can efficiently sustain themselves for the upcoming journey, you can carry on adventuring and explore the rest of the level. The Countess's room contains a chest with a green key. This opens the green door on the south end of the map, leading you to a blue key that opens the blue door in the depths of the far east corridor. Behind that locked door is a chest containing a Crimson Court trinket. If you feel brave enough, you can also challenge the Crocodilian waiting at the southmost end of the map, behind the room with the blue key, for another Crimson Court trinket.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Darkest Level
Skill Name Range Rank Target Accuracy Crit
Chance
Damage Effect
(Target)
Effect
(Self)
Flushed Support 1, 2, 3, 4 Self Panel monster newmove.png Change form to Flushed
Poptext debuff.png Debuff: -40% Stun resist, -40% Blight resist, -40% Bleed resist, -40% Debuff resist
Cure Poptext poison.png Blight and Poptext bleed.pngBleed
Disrobe Melee 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4 115% 10% 8-16
Sway With Me Ranged 1, 2, 3, 4 1+2+3+4 115% 0% 4-4 Poptext shuffle dot.png 155% Stumble
Poptext poison.png 140% Blight 6
Tray afflicted.png Stress +25
Love Letter Melee 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4 120% 15% 6-10 Injects a Parasite Egg Lose 10 HP

Darkest Level
Skill Name Range Rank Target Accuracy Crit
Chance
Damage Effect
(Target)
Effect
(Self)
Momentary Overexertion Ranged 1, 2, 3, 4 Self 0% 0% 0 Poptext buff.png Buff: +10% Stun resist, +10% Blight resist, +10% Bleed resist, +10% Debuff resist (2 rds)
Metamorphosis Ranged 1, 2, 3, 4 1+2+3+4 0% 0% 0 Poptext horror.png Horror 5 Panel monster newmove.png Change form to Bloodlust

Cure Poptext poison.png Blight and Poptext bleed.pngBleed

Darkest Level
Skill Name Range Rank Target Accuracy Crit
Chance
Damage Effect
(Target)
Effect
(Self)
Indecent Proposal Melee 1, 2, 3, 4 1+2+3+4 115% 3% 3-13, (-45% DMG vs Rank 4, -30% DMG vs Rank 3, -15% DMG vs Rank 2) Poptext bleed.png 140% Bleed 3
Courtship Renewed Support 1, 2, 3, 4 Self Panel monster newmove.png Change form to Thirsty
Disrobe Melee 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4 110% 15% 10-14
The Thirst Melee 1, 2, 3, 4 1, 2, 3, 4 110% 2% 7-17 Skill attribute heal.png Heal 20
Throes of Ecstasy Ranged 1, 2, 3, 4 3, 4, 33% +1 Target 118% 5% 2-4 Poptext stun.png 140% Stun

Parasite Egg[edit | edit source]

The Parasite Egg is injected to a hero by the Countess when using the skill Love Letter. This Parasite does damage to the hero at the end of his/her initiative (turn), and every turn has a chance to hatch, dealing massive damage and buffing the Countess. Taking in mind that only attacks make the hatch/gestation. Buffing or healing don't trigger the hatch or gestation.

Parasite Egg Effects
Turn: First Turn Second Turn Third Turn Fourth Turn
Hatching
Chance
25% Chance 50% Chance 95% Chance 100% Chance
Gestation
Effect
4 Hp Damage 6 Hp Damage 8 Hp Damage -
Hatching
Effects
15 Hp Damage
Poptext debuff.png 100% Debuff: -2 SPD, -10 ACC
18 Hp Damage
Poptext debuff.png 120% Debuff: -3 SPD, -20 ACC
24 Hp Damage
Poptext debuff.png 120% Debuff: -3 SPD, -20 ACC
24 Hp Damage
Poptext debuff.png 140% Debuff: -4 SPD, -40 ACC

The Countess will receive the following buffs.

  • Poptext buff.png Buffs: +3 SPD, +15% PROT

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Countess may have been inspired by Elizabeth Báthory, also known as the Blood Countess and Countess Dracula. She was allegedly history's most prolific female serial killer who, depending on the exact interpretation of her trial and the wild speculation surrounding it, might have killed up to 650 women and was rumoured to bathe in the blood of her victims.
  • Previous versions of her boss room were bugged such that the chest containing the green key did not appear.


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