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Cove

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These salt-soaked caverns are teeming with pelagic nightmares - they must be flushed out!

~ The Narrator on entering a Skirmish expedition in the Cove

The Cove is the second to last dungeon that can be explored. It is a water-logged nightmare filled with pelagic horrors, once used by the Ancestor for unsavory deliveries - and unspeakable pacts.

The Ancestor once used the Cove as a means to deliver some of his more controversial artifacts, as well as a location to perform his pacts with the ancient beings in the water when money was scarce. The ancient fishmen that lived there were roused by the activity around their home, making it a habit to sink and kill any sailors that come near their domain, making them a threat to the marine shipments of provisions that the Hamlet relies on.

Cove Music[edit]

The music that plays during combat in the Cove is The Cove Battle.

Cove Strategy[edit]

Order of target elimination varies depending on the party's health and stress level. If the party is low on health, consider finishing Groupers first. If the party is reaching high stress, target back-row shamans. It is recommended to kill the Thrall as soon as possible no matter the circumstances, however. Leave maggots, stingers, and heavily armored enemies for last, as they are the least dangerous.

Provisions[edit]

  • Medicinal herbs are extremely useful to debuff traps and attacks, as well as curios, like Eerie Coral (to heal negative quirks).
  • Bring a few extra shovels for chests and oysters.
  • Bandages are useful for occasional bleed attacks, specifically from Uca Crushers, who have "arterial pinch".
  • Holy Water may be useful for Fish Idols.
  • If you have a Houndmaster in your team, Dog Treats can be used on oysters for a dodge buff.

Party Composition[edit]

Bleed is less effective due to fish scales. Conversely, blight damage is extremely useful due to low resistances and the presence of high PROT enemies with the ability to guard weaker foes. Stun resistance is useful as many Cove enemies use stun attacks. Increasing the PROT value of frontline heroes can be invaluable here, due to high damage enemies and lack of DOT damage. It's also worth noting that the Occultist does increased damage against eldritch enemies, which can be very useful here.

Things to watch out for[edit]

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List of Cove Monsters[edit]

Enemies found within the Cove
Enemy HP DODGE PROT SPD Type Resistances Abilities
Pelagic Grouper.png


Pelagic Grouper

14 5% 0% 6 Eldritch Poptext stun.png Stun - 10%

Poptext poison.png Blight - 10%

Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 50%

Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 10%

Poptext move.png Move - 10%

"Seaward Slash"

"Spearfishing"

Pelagic Shaman.png


Pelagic Shaman

12 7.5% 0% 10 Eldritch Poptext stun.png Stun - 10%

Poptext poison.png Blight - 10%

Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 50%

Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 20%

Poptext move.png Move - 10%

"Stress Wave"Stress +15

"Call of the Deep"+5 ACC, +3% CRIT, +25% DMG

"Ceremonial Cut"

"Sea Breeze"Heal 6-12

Pelagic Guardian Defend.png


Pelagic Guardian

25 0% 33% 0 Eldritch Poptext stun.png Stun - 25%

Poptext poison.png Blight - 10%

Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 60%

Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 10%

Poptext move.png Move - 50%

"Octocestus"Bleed 2

"Barnacle Barrier"Guard Ally, +25% PROTPoptext buff.png

Sea Maggot.png


Sea Maggot

5 0% 75% -5 Eldritch Poptext stun.png Stun - 50%

Poptext poison.png Blight - 20%

Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 40%

Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 10%

Poptext move.png Move - 10%

"Brine"8% Any DiseaseDebuff: -20 DODGE, -3SPD
Deep Stinger.png


Deep Stinger

10 12.5% 0% 7 Eldritch Poptext stun.png Stun - 50%

Poptext poison.png Blight - 10%

Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 50%

Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 10%

Poptext move.png Move - 10%

"Shocker"Stun6% Any DiseaseDebuff: Bleed Resist -20%

"Salty Gourge"Bleed 26% Any DiseaseDebuff: -5 DODGE

Drowned Thrall.png

Drowned Thrall

14 0% 0% 1 Eldritch

Unholy

Poptext stun.png Stun - 50%

Poptext poison.png Blight - 10%

Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 20%

Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 10%

Poptext move.png Move - 25%

"Gargling Grab"Stress +10

"The Revenge"Stress +5

Uca Crusher.png


Uca Major'

59 8.75% 50% 1 Eldritch Poptext stun.png Stun - 70%

Poptext poison.png Blight - 30%

Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 80%

Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 40%

Poptext move.png Move - 70%

"Arterial Pinch"Bleed 8Debuff: -33% Heals Received

"Tidal Slam"StunKnockback 3

Squiffy Ghast.png


Squiffy Ghast'

55 33.5% 0% 8 Unholy Poptext stun.png Stun - 115%

Poptext poison.png Blight - 60%

Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 145%

Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 60%

Poptext move.png Move - 50%

"Maddening Shanty"Stress +8Debuff: +10% Stress

"Offkilter Jig"Stress +9Horror 5

Drowned Crew.png


Drowned Crew

100 0% 0% 3 Unholy Poptext stun.png Stun - 50%

Poptext poison.png Blight - 20%

Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 60%

Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 20%

Poptext move.png Move - 200%

"All Hands on Deck!"Summon 1 Drowned PullerPull 3

"Mutiny"Debuff: -10% CRIT, -33% DMG

"Drink with the Dead"Stress +10

"Boarding Clutch"Bleed 2

Drowned Anchorman.png


Drowned Anchorman

14 0% 0% 0 Unholy Poptext stun.png Stun - 25%

Poptext poison.png Blight - 20%

Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 60%

Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 20%

Poptext move.png Move - 200%

"Heave To!"Debuff: Immobilize Target
Siren.png


Siren

119 12.5% 0% 5 Eldritch Poptext stun.png Stun - 50%

Poptext poison.png Blight - 40%

Poptext bleed.png Bleed - 60%

Poptext debuff.png Debuff - 40%

Poptext move.png Move - 25%

"Song of Desire"70% Siren takes control of target

"High Tide"Summon Aquatic monster

"Pressure Clash"Stress +10

"Devour"Bleed 1


Curios[edit]

Curios found within the Cove
Curio & type Description Cleansing Without cleansing
Barnacle Crusted Chest.png
Barnacle Crusted Chest
Treasure.
A treasure chest blanketed in barnacles.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Shovel.png
ShovelThe shovel makes easy work of the barnacles.
Loot.curio tracker.png
Any Loot x3
Loot.curio tracker.png
50% Any loot x2There's still booty inside!
Poptext bleed.png
25% Bleed.The hero received a nasty gash.
Nothing.curio tracker.png
25% Nothing.Nothing inside.


Bas-Relief.png
Bas-Relief
Knowledge; Worship.
A puzzingly ancient sculpture of dizzying implication...

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Shovel.png
ShovelThe bas-relief is crushed with the shovel. Doesn't feel right...
Stress.curio tracker.png
Stress +100
Quirk pos.curio tracker.png
66.7% Positive Quirk.The message has a lasting impact on the hero...
Quirk neg.curio tracker.png
22.2% Negative Quirk.The message has a lasting impact on the hero...
Poptext disease.png
11.1% Disease chanceThe message has a lasting impact on the hero...


Brackish Tide Pool.png
Brackish Tide Pool
Drink; Fountain.
A pool of water cupped in smooth stone. Its color looks sightly off...

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Antivenom.png
AntivenomThe water is purified and cleanses the hero.
Antivenom.png
AntivenomThe water is purified and cleanses the hero.
Heal gen.curio tracker.png
Heal 5 HP and Cure (50%)
Heal stress.curio tracker.png
Stress Heal 5 (50%)
Poptext poison.png
75% Buff +33% Blight, Bleed, Disease Resistances until Camp.The hero's resilience is heightened!
Poptext disease.png
25% Random DiseaseThe water is contaminated...



Eerie Coral.png
Eerie Coral
Knowledge.
There is something odd about this coral.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Medicinal Herbs.png
Medicinal HerbsCleansing the coral brings out its profound healing qualities.
Purge neg.curio tracker.png
Purge Negative Quirk
Heal stress.curio tracker.png
50% Stress Heal 10This coral is soothing to the mind.
Stress.curio tracker.png
25% Stress +25The coral is abrasive and unnerving
Nothing.curio tracker.png
25% NothingNothing here after all.


Fish Idol.png
Fish Idol
Unholy; Worship
A strange presence is felt near this statue of worship.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Holy Water.png
Holy WaterAn aura of strength engulfs the hero!
Buff.curio tracker.png
Buff +18% DMG until Camp
Debuff.curio tracker.png
50% Debuff -25% DMG, -10 ACC until CampAn evil force strength engulfs the hero!
Debuff.curio tracker.png
50% Debuff -12 DODGE until CampAn evil force strength engulfs the hero!



Fish Carcass.png
Fish Carcass
Food.
A stuffed sea creature has washed ashore. Wonder what it ate...

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Medicinal Herbs.png
Medicinal HerbsThe gut is cleansed, allowing a safe search of its contents.
Loot.curio tracker.png
Gem/Trinkets x2 + Gem/Gold x1 + Supplies x2
Loot.curio tracker.png
16.7% Gem/Trinkets x1 Gold/Gem x1 + Supply x1The fish ate more than its fair share.
Poptext disease.png
16.7% Disease: The Red PlagueThe creature is harbouring a dangerous infection.
Poptext poison.png
11.1% BlightIt's a trap!
Poptext bleed.png
5.6% BleedIt's a trap!
Nothing.curio tracker.png
50% NothingOnly digested fish inside.
Giant Oyster.png
Giant Oyster
Treasure; Scrounging.
A live oyster. Who knows what value it hides...

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Shovel.png
ShovelThe shovel prevents the oyster from closing.
Dog Treats.png
Dog TreatsThe oyster seems to like these...
Loot.curio tracker.png
Gold/Trinkets x3
Buff.curio tracker.png
Buff +25 DODGE
Loot.curio tracker.png
40% Gold/Trinkets x2There are treasures hidden inside!
Poptext bleed.png
40% BleedThe oyster slams shut!
Nothing.curio tracker.png
20% NothingSomeone has already cleaned house.


Ship's Figurehead.png
Ship's Figurehead
Reflective.
The figurehead emits a marvelous aura.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Pass.png


Heal stress.curio tracker.png
66.7% Stress Heal 25-30The great artifact inspires the hero!
Buff.curio tracker.png
33.3% Buff +20% DMG, +4 SPD until CampThe great artifact inspires the hero!




Curios found within all dungeons
Curio & type Description Cleansing Without cleansing
Crate.png
Crate
Treasure.
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass.png


Currency.portrait.icon.png
75% HeirloomThe crate contains stashed heirlooms!
Nothing.curio tracker.png
25% NothingThe crate is empty.



Discarded Pack.png
Discarded Pack
Scrounging; Treasure.
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass.png


Loot.curio tracker.png
60% Supplies x1 + Gold/Gems x2 + Journal EntryThe pack contains loot!
Scout Ahead.png
20% ScoutingThe pack has a map inside it!
Nothing.curio tracker.png
20% NothingThe pack has already been looted.


Eldritch Altar.png
Eldritch Altar
Haunted; Unholy.
An altar dedicated to unholy abominations. Perhaps a great power lies within.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Holy Water.png
Holy WaterThe holy water purifies the altar!
Purge neg.curio tracker.png
Purge Negative Quirk
Stress.curio tracker.png
40% Stress +25A terrifying presence is felt nearby!
Quirk neg.curio tracker.png
10% Negative Quirk
Nothing.curio tracker.png
50% NothingThe altar's purpose is purely decorative.


Heirloom Chest.png
Heirloom Chest
Treasure.
A chest with your family's sigil.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Skeleton Key.png
Skeleton KeyThe key unlocks a hidden compartment!
Currency.portrait.icon.png
Heirloom x4
Currency.portrait.icon.png
75% Heirloom x2The contents are yours!
Poptext bleed.png
12.5% BleedIt's trapped!
Poptext poison.png
12.5% BlightIt's trapped!


Sack.png
Sack
Scrounging.
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass.png


Loot.curio tracker.png
75% GoldThe sack's contents are yours...
Nothing.curio tracker.png
25% NothingThe sack is empty.



Sconce.png
Sconce
Scrounging
No description.

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Pass.png


Torch.png
100% Torch x1You salvage the unburned torch.



Shambler's Altar.png
Shambler's Altar
None.
It says: "The sacrifice of fire is the gate to ruin! Place a torch if you crave the void!"

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Torch.png
TorchA terrifying figure emerges from the darkness!
Summon.curio tracker.png
Summon Shambler
Nothing.curio tracker.png
100% NothingTouching the altar has no effect.



Stack of Books.png
Stack of Books
Knowledge.
A stack of literary treasures in an unlikely location

(This curio can only appear along corridors.)

Torch.png
TorchThe hero destroyed knowledge, and now must bear the guilt of it!
Stress.curio tracker.png
Stress +100
Stress.curio tracker.png
22.2% Stress +25The hero reads a most unsettling passage.
Quirk pos.curio tracker.png
22.2% Random Positive Quirk (66.67%)Reading a few pages has a lasting effect on the hero...
Quirk neg.curio tracker.png
11.1% Random Negative Quirk (33.33%)Reading a few pages has a lasting effect on the hero...
Abandon Hope.png
11.1% Decrease Light Meter by 25The hero reads a most unsettling passage.
Inv journal page.png
16.7% Journal Entry
Nothing.curio tracker.png
16.7% NothingThe volumes are desiccated and unremarkable.
Unlocked Strongbox.png
Unlocked Strongbox
Treasure.
A long-forgotten strongbox sits on the cold stone floor, its contents unknown.

(This curio can only appear inside rooms.)

Pass.png


Loot.curio tracker.png
75% Any Loot x2The contents are yours!
Poptext poison.png
25% BlightIt's trapped!



Trivia[edit]

  • The Cove was the only one of the main four areas not initially released in Early Access
  • While every other area gets two extra monsters at Veteran level, the Cove only gets one: the Uca Crusher.
  • The pelagic monsters may be based on the fish-human hybrid monsters from H. P. Lovecraft's novella The shadow over Innsmouth.


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