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Crusader (Butcher's Circus)

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Disambig.png This article is about the Butcher's Circus version of the Crusader. For the regular character, see Crusader.
Disambig.png This article is about a hero in the Butcher's Circus. For the DLC, see The Butcher's Circus.
Crusader
Crusaderportrait butcher.png
Base Stats & Resistences
MAX HP 45 Poptext stun.png Stun 20%
DODGE 5 Poptext move.png Move 25%
PROT 15% Poptext poison.png Blight 10%
ACC MOD +0 Poptext bleed.png Bleed 70%
CRIT 7.0% Poptext debuff.png Debuff 10%
DMG 10-16 Deathsdoor.png Death Blow 75%
Other information
Movement 1 forwards, 1 backwards.
Crit Buff Bonus +15% PROT (2 rds)
Religious Yes


Combat Skills[edit | edit source]

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% 90 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
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
-30% 90 0%
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
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
-50% 100 4% Stun (100% base)
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
Bulwark of Light
Bulwark of Faith.png Rank Target Effect Self
Grey dot.pngGrey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Self
All Heroes:
+20% PROT (1 Battle)
Further levels
Level 2 None None
Level 3 None None
Level 4 None None
Level 5 None None
Sound
Limit: 1 Use per Battle
Rally to the Flame
Battle Heal.png Rank Target Heal Effect Self
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
4-6 Clear Debuffs Heal 4
Clear Debuffs
Further levels
Level 2 0 None None
Level 3 0 None None
Level 4 0 None None
Level 5 0 None None
Sound
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.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.png
+0% 90 10.5% Forward 1
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
Inspiring Cry
Inspiring Cry.png Rank Target Effect Self
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Yellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Stress -25
Clear Horror
+15% Virtue Chance (5 rds)
Further levels
Level 2 None None
Level 3 None None
Level 4 None None
Level 5 None None
Sound


Tactical Analysis[edit | edit source]

Using a Crusader[edit | edit source]

The Crusader's flexible kit makes him a great all-rounder for many situations. Six of his seven skills see regular use - only Smite is not commonly used due to the lack of additional effect it carries.

His Bulwark of Light skill now grants a party-wide 20% PROT buff, which is a handy skill to start the fight with as it immediately neuters enemy direct damage. Be aware that it has little use against Stress or DoT teams, and it is bypassed by enemy Shieldbreakers or other sources of PROT reduction. The PROT bonus stacks with the Crusader's innate PROT and can be cranked even higher with the Battle-Scarred Helm or Gladiator's Helm to turn him into a tank with defenses rivaling the Man-at-Arms's.

Of his attack skills, Zealous Accusation is a staple among Stress-focused builds as it can inflict a fair amount of Stress to the front two enemies and even bypass Guard depending on the position. Stunning Blow is also a great shutdown move for frontliners. Holy Lance is commonly seen on Crusaders starting at position 2, as it lets them synergize with other movement skills from the party member behind them, or allows for emergency repositioning if the enemy uses a move skill.

His other support skills have changed, too. Battle Heal is now Rally to the Flame, allowing him to heal himself and one other ally for a small amount of HP - usually enough to push them away from Death's Door - while purging most debuffs from both units. Bear in mind that Rally to the Flame cannot be used if the Crusader is the last man standing. Inspiring Cry now recovers a lot more Stress and provides a lengthy buff that adds to Virtue chance, allowing for a chance at a turnabout should you be confronted with a Stress team.

With only four skill slots to use, pick your skill loadout and trinkets carefully. Supportive Crusaders that take Rally to the Flame and/or Inspiring Cry will find great use of the Glorious Standard which augments both skills and protects the Crusader against shuffles. Stress-based Crusaders with Zealous Accusation will usually be packing the Writ of Execution to augment the Stress infliction. Melee Crusaders find value in the Sacred Blade as it improves raw damage output and raises the Stun rate of Stunning Blow - though the Brass Knuckles can be used as a suitable substitute until the Blade is unlocked.

Fighting a Crusader[edit | edit source]

Pay attention to where the Crusader is and what they're packing. If you don't see Holy Lance at all, you are generally safe in knocking him to the back of the formation to deny most of his attack skills. If they do have Holy Lance, only consider knockback if you really don't want the Crusader Stunning or Stressing your frontliners.

The Crusader is a very hardy unit, and can take a long time to kill, especially if he busts out Rally to the Flame. However, if you keep the pressure on his teammates and they don't have other strong sources of healing, you can force the Crusader to spend a majority of his turns healing the party to keep them off Death's Door. His Stress Relief skill, should you actually encounter it, can easily undo the work of a Stress team, but if you keep a good assault on both body and mind, the enemy Crusader will have to pick between healing or Stress relief to save the threatened teammate.

If the Crusader's the last man standing, he cannot heal with Rally to the Flame, making him easier pickings depending on how the rest of his skill loadout is like. He's also got a relatively low Stun resistance for a frontliner, so Dazing or Stunning him can keep him from coming to the aid of his teammates.

DLC Exclusive Trinkets[edit | edit source]

Trinket Image Trinket Name Rarity Class
Restriction
Prestige Level Unlocked Effect Additional Notes
Inv trinket writ of execution.png
Writ of Execution Ringmaster Crusader Prestige Level 18
  • +10% DMG
  • +8 ACC
  • +15% Stress Dealt
  • +10% Death Blow Dealt Chance


Inv trinket glorious standard.png
Glorious Standard Ringmaster Crusader Prestige Level 31
  • +33% Healing Skills
  • +30% Stress Skills
  • +30% Move Resist
  • -15% Stress


Inv trinket sacred blade.png
Sacred Blade Ringmaster Crusader Prestige Level 50
  • +15% DMG Melee Skills
  • +20% Stun/Daze Skill Chance
  • +30% Virtue Chance


Inv trinket battle scarred helm.png
Battle Scarred Helm Ringmaster Crusader Prestige Level 57
  • +5% PROT
  • +15% MAX HP
  • +8% Death Blow Resist




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Info Butcher's Circus
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