|“||Make no mistake,we will face ever greater threats,our soldiers must be ready.||„|
|~ The Narrator after entering Guild for a first time|
Note: This page is still under construction.
Darkest Dungeon tells the story of your late ancestor who opened a portal to another plane of existence that led terrible things into our world, and now it is your task to drive back the darkness. You will hire a group of heroes to help you in this task, but what price will they pay for righting the wrongs of your family?
The Darkest Dungeon asks what would it really be like to battle the horrors so commonly dispatched in the games of our childhood? What would facing down unholy abominations day in and day out do to someone? What good is a glowing Sword of Unholy Slaying +5 in the hands of a blubbering coward?
- 1 The Basics
- 2 The Heroes
- 3 The Hamlet
- 4 Before Entering a Dungeon
- 5 The Dungeons
- 6 Combat
- 7 Camping
- 8 Ending a Quest
The Basics[edit | edit source]
Base Stats[edit | edit source]
Base stats are statistics that measure a character's ability and how well they preform certain tasks. There are seven main stats in the game;
- MAX HP - Maximum Hit Points. This is the character's endurance and how much damage they can take before reaching Death's Door. Determined by Armor.
- ACC MOD - Accuracy Modifier. Accuracy (ACC) determines how likely a character will hit a target. ACC is determined by skill, while the ACC MOD is how much a character adds to ACC.
- DODGE - Dodge. This is the character's likeliness of evading an attack. DODGE subtracts from the opponents ACC to make it more likely to miss. Determined by Armor.
- CRIT - Critical Chance. How likely it is a character will get a critical hit, thus dealing much higher damage than usual. Determined by Weapon.
- PROT - Protection Points. This allows a character to reduce the damage they take.
- DMG - Damage. This is the strength of your character and how quickly they can kill enemies. Determined by Weapon.
- SPD - Speed. This shows when characters move in combat. The higher the speed, the higher the chance the character will go first. Determined by Weapon.
Death's Door[edit | edit source]
Rather than immediately dying when a hero has 0 HP, they instead reach Death's Door. In this state they are significantly weakened and any attack has a chance to kill them. If you can heal them they'll be safe again, however they will be weakened for the rest of the quest for being so close to death.
The Heroes[edit | edit source]
Heroes, or Adventurers, are characters used by the player when assembling parties and expeditions to explore dungeons. They are divided into several classes, specializations that define their appearance and abilities. Each character has different skills and can fill different roles in combat. To recruit new heroes, players must go to the Stage Coach within the Hamlet.
Character Classes[edit | edit source]
Fortunately every hero you will encounter is strong and very useful. The challenge here is to figure out how to use them effectively. This short overview will help you familiarize yourself with all the heroes in the game. It starts with the first 4 hero classes you will meet, and then lists the rest alphabetically.
|Exclusive to The Crimson Court|
For more details on heroes, check here.
Quirks and Diseases[edit | edit source]
One of the most notable features of Darkest Dungeon is the Quirk/Disease system. Quirks are passive effects that heroes will acquire as they travel through the dungeons. Most Quirks are passive effects that increase or decrease a hero's stats, however there are others that will cause heroes to fear certain enemies and have them make impulsive decisions.
Quirks are randomly acquired when a hero completes a quest, or interacts with a curio. Diseases are randomly acquired upon contact with some creatures or curios, and are almost universally bad.
A hero can have up to 5 positive quirks, 5 negative quirks, and 3 diseases. When a hero acquires a quirk or a disease after they have reached the limit, the new quirk/disease will replace an old one.
Negative Quirks and diseases can be cured at the Sanitarium for a hefty price. Additionally, if you let a negative quirk stay too long it will become terminal, and cost even more gold to cure. On the other hand you can also lock in positive quirks to make them permanent on a hero. Another way to remove quirks is through curios, however the ones that do this are rare or require cleansing, so it's not wise to rely solely on this.
When you're starting out it's best to not remove quirks unless they force interaction with curios or loot stealing (see curios section for more details.) Also you should familiarize yourself with curios and what they do to minimize that amount of negative quirks your heroes are receiving.
Stress and Afflictions[edit | edit source]
Due to enduring the hardships of battle and the sights of abominable things, heroes gain stress. Stress is represented by a bar on the bottom, that, when full, will induce an Affliction which can be the most dire thing a party can encounter, apart from a hero dying.
When an affliction takes effect, the hero may slip out of the player's control sometimes, and do many terrible things. These include randomly increasing the stress of allies, moving themselves in the formation, refusing the aid of their allies, passing their turn, or even attacking others or even themselves.
Stress can only be reduced by committing heroes to the abbey or tavern, using stress-relieving skills, landing a critical hit, or disarming traps. As stress-relieving skills take up precious time and reduces comparatively little stress, it is usually better to mitigate stress in the first place by killing everything as fast as you can, and removing your heroes' stress at the end of their mission via the abbey or tavern.
However, sometimes when a hero reaches his stress limit instead of getting an affliction, he will receive a Virtue instead, immediately recovering half of their stress and randomly producing positive effects on themselves and the party, such as buffing, healing health and stress of themselves and allies. Base chance to get a virtue is 33%, but it can be increased or decreased with certain quirks and trinkets. Additionally, heroes with positive afflictions cannot have a heart attack since they don't get stress after they reach 100.
If a hero with a negative affliction takes enough stress damage to fill his stress bar again with a brighter white, he will suffer a Heart Attack.
Equipping Heroes[edit | edit source]
Unlike other games, the heroes of Darkest Dungeon do not equip different weapons and armor. Instead the Blacksmith, one of the buildings in The Hamlet, will upgrade a hero's individual weapons and armor linearly. The hero's weapon will affect their damage, critical hit ratio and speed, while their armor will increase their dodge chance and HP. Accuracy is determined by individual skills rather than equipment. Skills will be discussed in more detail below.
However, heroes can equip 2 different Trinkets that will bestow upon them many different effects, including increasing stats, resistances and/or the chance that a status effect will affect an enemy. Many of these trinkets also have negative effects on other attributes, so you must be careful when choosing what trinkets to use.
A hero may equip up to 2 trinkets, but they cannot be the same kind and some limit what classes can use them.
The Hamlet[edit | edit source]
The Hamlet is the main hub of the game, accessed when not in a dungeon. The hamlet contains various buildings that allow the player to form, manage, and improve a roster of adventurers to send into the various expeditions needed to reach and purge the Darkest Dungeon of the evil that has encroached upon it.
The Hamlet contains a variety of facilities with disparate purposes, most of which revolve around the management of heroes.
Most buildings can be upgraded through the use of heirlooms in order to unlock further benefits, make the facilities more efficient, and reduce the prices of their services. Each building consistently requires the same kinds of heirlooms, though the amount needed for each upgrade increases exponentially.
The most important building to start upgrading is the Stage Coach as it will let you recruit heroes, which is free. However, upgrading it will allow you to have more room to keep heroes and have more heroes available for recruiting each week.
Here is a list of the upgradable buildings in town, along with what they do and which heirlooms are needed to upgrade them. Also note that every building needs Crests.
|Building Name||Function||Heirlooms Needed||Week Unlocked|
|Abbey||Stress relief.||Crests Busts||Week 2|
|Blacksmith||Upgrade weapons and armor.||Crests Deeds||Week 3|
|Guild||Upgrade heroes' skills.||Crests Portraits||Week 3|
|Nomad Wagon||A shop to buy Trinkets from.||Crests||Week 4|
|Sanitarium||Remove negative quirks and diseases.
Make positive quirks permanent.
|Crests Busts||Week 4|
|Stage Coach||Recruit heroes.
Increase the number of heroes you can recruit.
|Crests Deeds||Week 1|
|Survivalist||Unlock camping skills.||Crests||Week 4|
|Tavern||Stress relief.||Crests Portraits||Week 2|
The Abbey, The Tavern and what to be aware of[edit | edit source]
The Abbey and the Tavern are the main way to reduce stress of a hero. When in town you can put heroes inside the rooms, pay a fee, and after you complete your next quest they will have recovered most of their stress, if not all of it. The rooms at the top relieve less stress but also cost less, and the rooms on the bottom are more costly and relieve much more stress.
While the Tavern and the Abbey seem to be the same on the surface, sometimes when you return from a quest you will learn of events that transpire while you were away. What if while praying your hero sees... unsightly things, hidden among the pews and pedestals? Are you willing to bet your own money and items on a game of chance you have no sway in?
To make matters worse some quirks will not only have your characters refuse using certain rooms, but other quirks will cause your hero to only accept certain rooms! What happens when your Man-at-Arms has a lover and will only go to the brothel and refuse everything else? These quirks can also exist together, meaning that your Highwayman who will only gamble can't relieve stress after he was caught cheating.
For the most part it is not recommended to go to the tavern's bar or gambling hall, since they will most likely cause you to lose gold and Trinkets.
One more obstacle in healing the stress of your heroes is the caretaker. He has long served your ancestor, and as a result his mind is under constant strain from what he has witnessed. Every week he will occupy a random room, preventing you from using it, which can be a nuisance with the aforementioned quirks that make characters only use certain rooms. There is no way to remove the caretaker. The only way around him is to increase the number of rooms you have. When you've upgraded enough of the Abbey or Tavern to have 6 extra rooms (for a total of 12), the Crier also will come to occupy rooms.
Before Entering a Dungeon[edit | edit source]
Choosing an Expedition[edit | edit source]
An expedition is a mission that heroes can undertake by visiting one of the various locations near the Hamlet. Each of the locations outside the Hamlet will have a number of different types of missions to accomplish, with various dungeon sizes, objectives and difficulty levels. Greater mission length and difficulty make expeditions harder, but also increase the rewards for completion. Each mission's objective, difficulty and size are generated randomly, with size and especially difficulty being weighted depending on the heroes of the current roster. Regardless of the composition of the roster, there will always be at least one apprentice level mission possible, in case the player wants to recruit new heroes from the Stage Coach.
Before entering a dungeon you are given the option to buy provisions for the dungeon. These supplies are used for purposes such as to remove obstacles, open chests, and heal Status Effects. After finishing an expedition your remaining provisions will be sold back at a tenth of their bought price. It is essential to learn what provisions to take to each region and how many so that they will last but not waste your resources.
The most important provisions to take are food. Sometimes while exploring the dungeon your party will get hunger and you can feed them or let them starve. If you choose to feed them they'll use up 1 food for each party member and heal a small amount of health, but if you choose to starve them (or you don't have enough food) the entire party will take damage and increase their stress. Additionally, some classes will bring provisions with them into a dungeon.
For a full list of provisions, you can check the provisions page.
The Dungeons[edit | edit source]
Exploring[edit | edit source]
When in a room, you must click on an abject room connected by a hallway to move there.
These icons appear in hallways.
|Your current position.|
|An unexplored hallway||Nothing here and unexplored.|
|Nothing here and already explored.||A curio that has not been activated.|
|Hallway battle.||An obstacle. You will need a shovel to get through unharmed.|
|A trap. If you see it you can try to disarm it.||A secret room. This can only be found if you get a scout. Bring a key.|
These icons appear in rooms.
|Entrance of the dungeon. This shows where you started.||A room that has unknown contents. The only way to see what's inside is if you get a scout or enter it.|
|This tile means that this room has treasures. It will always be guarded by enemies.||A room with a curio and a battle in it. If this tile has a quest curio in it, there may be no battle — hover the icon to clarify.|
|This room will have a battle in it, but no curio.||The room where the boss is hiding. Be prepared for a powerful enemy before entering it.|
|This tile shows that the room is empty. After clearing out enemies and activating the curio inside (if there is one) room tiles change to this.|
When traveling through the labyrinths surrounding the hamlet, even light is a precious resource. At the top of your screen is a meter that shows how much light you have. Every expedition you will have 100 light and the higher the light is the less dangerous the monsters are. The lower the light is, the more dangerous the fiends become. However you will also find more treasures when the torch is dim.
75 to 51
50 to 26
25 to 1
WARNING Traveling with zero light is highly inadvisable. There is a chance that you will run into a very powerful enemy that can only be found in pitch-black darkness, and it can break your heroes' bodies and minds easily...
Curios [edit | edit source]
During expeditions there is a chance of encountering various objects that can be activated for various effects, both positive and negative. These interactive objects are called Curios.
Once the party enters the room or segment that contains the curio, it can be clicked to activate a prompt. Through the prompt, the curio can be activated directly or with the use of a provision item: curios will react differently to certain items. Normally, the use of the correct provision item will trigger a positive effect, removing the chance of negative effects occurring, but there are exceptions.
When activated, Curios have many effects such as stress infliction or heal, damage, the application of buffs and debuffs, or the gain or removal of a Quirk that affects individual heroes. The affected hero is always the one currently selected at the moment of activation. It is advisable, upon activating risky curios, to select a hero with good resistances or one that could potentially be affected by the negative effects without endangering the expedition.
Obstacles [edit | edit source]
Sometimes during your expeditions you will your path blocked by rubble, wreckage, or even nature herself. To get past it you will either have to use a shovel or have your heroes dig through it without tools. If you choose to remove the wall by hand your heroes will take damage, increase stress and because it takes so long the light will decreases as well.
Combat[edit | edit source]
Combat is turn-based. In battle you click on a character's skill and then click on a highlighted target to use that skill. Some skills attack enemies and some help allies. When a specific skill is selected, only the possible individuals, ally or enemy, will display a highlighted target (in various colors, depending on the action) under them; you will always know who can or cannot be targeted by a skill.
One of the most important things to be aware of when using skills is each hero's position during combat. You start out with 4 heroes on a team, and enemies can have up to 4 monsters on their team, as well. The combatants in the middle are at the front of combat facing each other, and the combatants on the left (your side) and on the right (enemy's side) are in the back.
Combat Skills[edit | edit source]
The way characters act in battle is with Combat Skills. Each character class has seven abilities, but only 4 can be equipped at one time. The only exception to this is the Abomination who can have all his equipped at once, but the skills he can use are dependent on what form he's in.
Skills every turn a hero can use any one skill and skills do not take any energy to use. However skills are dependent on the position the hero using it is in. For example if a character is in position one or two, he will be able to use melee attacks just fine, but probably won't be able to use any ranged attacks. We'll look at a few skills now for examples.
|ACC base: 80 |
Self: +15% DMG vs Unholy
This is the Crusader's skill SMITE. The yellow dots show where he needs to be in order to use the skill, and the red dots show whom he can hit. The grey dots show where he cannot attack from and whom he cannot attack with this skill. From this we can see that the Crusader needs to be in position 1 or 2 to use this skill, and he can only attack an enemy in position 1 or 2. Smite is classified as a melee attack, and some trinkets and quirks will uniquely affect certain types of skills.
The ACC MOD shows you what the skill's accuracy is, which is how likely it is to hit. This skill has an ACC MOD of 80, so it normally has an 80% chance to hit. It also has an ability modifier that allows the Crusader to deal extra damage to Unholy enemies.
|ACC base: 80|
DMG mod: -40%
Zealous Accusation is another of the Crusader's skills. Notice that the two red dots are connected, which means when using this attack it will hit every enemy within those positions. There are other skills that can hit 3 enemies at once, and even all four at once. However, they do less damage because of this, and this one is no exception.
|ACC base: 80|
DMG mod: -25%
This is the Highwayman's skill PISTOL SHOT, and as you might expect, it is a ranged attack. Unlike the Crusader's Smite, this skill cannot be used in the first position, however it can be used in every other position. Likewise, PISTOL SHOT can hit any enemy except for the one in the very front. It has three ability modifiers. The first decreases the amount of damage it does to enemies. The second increases the chance to land a critical hit. The final one increases the damage it does against an enemy with a mark on it. Heroes that are able to put a mark on enemies are the Arbalest, the Bounty Hunter, Houndmaster and the Occultist.
As heroes take damage in fights, it is necessary to heal them. There are a few characters that have healing skills, but the two best healers are the Vestal and the Occultist. Here's a quick summary on both:
The Vestal is a good consistent healer. At first she can heal 3-5 HP and is the only character that has a skill that heals the entire party, albeit only healing 1 HP at first
The Occultist is a powerful inconsistent healer. His Wyrd Reconstruction is the most powerful healing skill in the game, at first healing anywhere between 0-12 HP at once. However in addition to having a chance to heal nothing, it can also cause bleed and further damage your party. This is a very powerful skill, but you should be aware of the risks before using it.
Ancestor's Advice: As mentioned before combat skills do not use up energy. However, they can only be used within combat. This includes healing skills. By topping off your heroes' hit points and learning how to utilize healing effectively, you can minimize your heroes' chances of dying.
Unlike other games, using an item will not take a turn. So if your hero is bleeding you can use a bandage to cure his wound and still attack an enemy.
Choosing a Target[edit | edit source]
Generally monsters in the front deal damage to your frontlines, and the ones in the back will attack your entire party, debuff or DPT your heroes or cause stress. It is very important to take out the back row as quickly as possible. There are also small, quick monsters that aren't very durable but they cause many status effects. These are also priority targets, but are hard to hit.
Like heroes, enemies also have skill and many of them can only be used in certain positions. If you know how their skills work, you can move them out of position to waste their turns. For example if you see a monster firing from the back ranks, he may not be able to use that skill in close combat. Alternatively if a monster's melee attacks are causing you trouble you can try and push it back to lower the damage you take.
Various monsters and allies have attacks that will affect a character outside of physically harming them. These usually last three rounds, however, there are some exceptions.
|Negative Status Effects|
|Bleed*||Deals damage at start of turn. Lasts for 3 rounds, 5 if was dealt by a critical hit. Cured with Bandages.|
|Blight*||Deals damage at start of turn. Lasts for 3 rounds, 5 if was dealt by a critical hit. Cured with Antivenom.|
|Stun**||Forces combatant to recover from this trait during their turn making them won't do anything else. Lasts for 1 round.Can stack,but still counts only as one turn.|
|Debuff||Decreases combatant's stats. Lasts for 3 rounds, until next camp or until the end of quest.|
|Mark||Attracts enemies, and increases damage taken by certain skills. Some enemies can use special attacks on marked heroes. Lasts for 3 rounds.Can be removed with specific skills or ending battle.Cannot be resisted when target gets hit with a skill that causes it.|
|Move||Forces combatant to move from their current position.|
|Horror*||Deals stress damage at start of turn. Lasts for 3 or 4 rounds, depending on the enemy. Cured with Laudanum.|
|Death's Door||-10 ACC, -25% DMG, -5 SPD, +33% stress dmg. Lasts until healed.Any physical damage action on hero (even when deals 0 damage) may kill.|
|Death's Door Recovery||-2 ACC, -5% DMG, -1 SPD, +10% stress dmg. Lasts until the quest is over,or cured by camping skills.Can be disabled in menu.|
|Positive Status Effects|
|Buff||Increases the combatant's stats. Lasts for 3 rounds, 4 combats, until next camp or until the end of quest.|
|Guard***||The guardian (shown on hovering over the buff's icon) will take attacks instead of the guarded ally. Fails if both targets are hit at once.|
Lasts for 2 rounds,but can be removed earlier by killing the guarding person,having guarding person stunned or ending the battle.
|Riposte****||When attacked, will immediately counter attack. Occurs every time attacked with Riposte active.Can be ignored by non physical damage skills.|
Lasts for 2 rounds,but can be cut short by stunning the riposter or ending battle.
* Be careful when dealing with enemies that inflict Bleed, Blight, Debuff and Horror. It can be inflicted multiple times to increase the damage done or weakens.
** After recovering from stun, a character will become resistant to it for one round by 40% stun buff.80% or more can be inflicted if stun effect stacked.
*** Can be removed by killing or stunning the guardian.
**** Can be removed by stunning target.
When most monsters die, they will leave a corpse that act as wall that prevents the enemies from moving up a rank. Corpses last for 4 turns.
There are a few ways to get rid of corpses. First you can attack corpses to destroy them, but often a better approach is to use ranged skills, push/pull skills, and even corpse-clearing special skills that some heroes possess. If an enemy dies from a critical hit, bleed, or blight, they will not leave a corpse.
Retreating[edit | edit source]
If you feel the need to run from battle, there is a flag in the top left corner of the screen that will give you a chance to flee from combat. However, running from combat will hurt your hero's confidence and they will gain stress because of it. Furthermore sometimes you can fail a retreat or an afflicted hero will stop you from retreating.
Camping[edit | edit source]
Camping is an activity done within dungeons meant to give your characters rest on longer missions to restore health, stress and prepare for the upcoming struggles. You can only camp in rooms and cannot camp on dungeons with a short length.
Camping is started by activating firewood in your inventory. Your heroes are then shown around a fire to show camping has begun. There are two phases to camping:
The first phase is the Meal Phase. This is where you decide how much provisions you will give your heroes to eat. Your options are;
- 0 Provisions: You starve your heroes and they take 20% damage and gain 15 stress.
- 2 Provisions: You give your heroes half a meal. They will receive no benefit or penalty.
- 4 Provisions: You give your heroes a full meal. They heal for 10% of their MAX HP.
- 8 Provisions: You give your heroes a feast! They heal for 25% of their MAX HP and heal 10 stress.
While it may be tempting to give your heroes a feast every time, you should be mindful of what your heroes actually need and how much food you will need for the rest of the quest.
The second phase is the Skill Phase. You are give 12 Respite points every skill phase, and these points are used to tell your heroes what to do during camp. Depending on the hero they may be able to prepare their weaponry, pray, plan, joke, sing or any other activity that will help them face the horrors ahead.
These skills will cause additional healing on HP and Stress, remove mortality debuffs, or cause buffs that will benefit the party for a few combats. We'll look at a few camping skills now to give you an idea of how they work.
|Reduce stress by 15|
This is the camping skill Encourage. It costs 2 respite and reduces a party member's Stress by 15. Any hero can learn this camping skill, however the target is "One Companion." So the hero with this skill can heal any party member's stress but their own.
Also be aware that each character can only use their camping skills once. So if you have two heroes with Encourage you can use it once with each hero.
|+25% Stress Resist (4 combats)|
This is the camping skill Unshakeable Leader. It is only learned by the Crusader. It costs 3 respite to use and it gives all of his companions a buff to resist Stress for 4 combats.
WARNING While camping is an essential tool for survival in longer quests, there are 2 dangers to camping you must be aware of. The first is that heroes with afflictions may refuse to eat or do what you tell them to. The second is the nighttime ambush! After you choose to rest enemies may try to attack you, and when this happens your party will always be surprised, it will be in 0 light and you will not be able to run away. Fortunately there are camping skills to prevent this, but if you don't have them be prepared for whatever creatures lurk in the dark.
Ending a Quest[edit | edit source]
After successfully completing your objective, you will be greeted with a screen prompting you to return to the Hamlet or continue adventuring. Continue adventuring will allow you to still wander the dungeon if you wish to scavenge for any leftover Curios you may have missed. Returning to the Hamlet will allow you to bring back the spoils of adventuring, receive your quest rewards, and award your Heroes with Resolve experience. Their resolve level may increase and be randomly assigned a new positive or negative Quirk or Disease. It is usually wise to immediately return to the Hamlet to properly recuperate and address stress in your party members, but the chance of more treasures can be a risk that the player is willing to take. Always remember: overconfidence is a a slow and insidious killer.