Shieldbreaker

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Shieldbreaker
The Shieldbreaker.png
Base Stats
Resolve 1 2 3 4 5
MAX HP 20 24 28 32 36
DODGE 7.5 12.5 17.5 22.5 27.5
PROT 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
SPD 5 6 8 8 9
ACC MOD +0 +0 +0 +0 +0
CRIT 7.5% 8% 8.5% 9% 9.5%
DMG 5-10 6-12 7-14 8-16 9-18
Resistances
Poptext stun.png Stun 50% Poptext move.png Move 50%
Poptext poison.png Blight 20% Poptext bleed.png Bleed 30%
Poptext disease.png Disease 30% Poptext debuff.png Debuff 30%
Deathsdoor.png Death Blow 67% Tray trap disarm.png Trap 20%
Other information
Movement 2 forwards, 2 backwards.
Religious No
Provisions None


Shifting, swaying—she mesmerizes her prey before the final strike.

The Shieldbreaker is one of the playable Characters in Darkest Dungeon. She is exclusive to the Shieldbreaker DLC.

Class Description[edit | edit source]

Hailing from the distant windswept dunes of the east, the Shieldbreaker arrives in the Hamlet! Deadly as a viper, her iron will has been forged in the heat of the blazing desert sun. Though outwardly demure, her emancipation from the barren wastes came at a price so terrible, it haunts her dreams even now...

The Shieldbreaker is a powerful ally in the fight to reclaim the Estate and banish the evil that squats in the Darkest Dungeon. A highly-tactical hero with solid damage dealing capability, she truly excels when countering monsters with high protection and those who guard their allies. Her movement, speed, and targeted abilities make her a valuable ally for dismantling intractable monster groups. Though relatively low health, the Shieldbreaker is yet highly survivable in short bursts thanks to her Aegis shield.

Combat Abilities[edit | edit source]

A sandstorm of grace and fury, the Shieldbreaker dances through the ranks, delivering precision strikes of remarkable power. Sundering armor, breaking enemy formations, and leaving the taste of venom wherever she goes, the Shieldbreaker is a remorseless combatant.
~ Guild
Pierce
Shieldbreaker.ability.one.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
Grey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Red dot.pngRed dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
-20% 90 2% Armor Piercing Forward 1
Further levels
Level 2 -20% 95 3% Armor Piercing Forward 1
Level 3 -20% 100 4% Armor Piercing Forward 1
Level 4 -20% 105 4% Armor Piercing Forward 1
Level 5 -20% 110 4% Armor Piercing Forward 1


Puncture
Shieldbreaker.ability.two.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
-50% 90 Bypass Guard,
Break Guard/Can't be Guarded (500% base),
Pull 2 (100% base),
-2 SPD (100% base)
Forward 1
Further levels
Level 2 -50% 95 Bypass Guard,
Break Guard/Can't be Guarded (500% base),
Pull 2 (110% base),
-2 SPD (110% base)
Forward 1
Level 3 -50% 100 Bypass Guard,
Break Guard/Can't be Guarded (500% base),
Pull 2 (120% base),
-3 SPD (120% base)
Forward 1
Level 4 -50% 105 Bypass Guard,
Break Guard/Can't be Guarded (500% base),
Pull 2 (130% base),
-3 SPD (130% base)
Forward 1
Level 5 -50% 110 Bypass Guard,
Break Guard/Can't be Guarded (500% base),
Pull 2 (140% base),
-4 SPD (140% base)
Forward 1


Adder's Kiss
Shieldbreaker.ability.three.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
Grey dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.pngYellow dot.png
Red dot.pngRed dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.png
+0% 90 5% Blight (100% base) 2pts/rd for 3rds Back 1
Further levels
Level 2 +0% 95 6% Blight (110% base) 2pts/rd for 3rds Back 1
Level 3 +0% 100 6% Blight (120% base) 3pts/rd for 3rds Back 1
Level 4 +0% 105 6% Blight (130% base) 3pts/rd for 3rds Back 1
Level 5 +0% 110 7% Blight (140% base) 4pts/rd for 3rds Back 1


Impale
Shieldbreaker.ability.four.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Ranged
Grey dot.pngGrey dot.pngGrey dot.pngYellow dot.png
Red dotr.pngRed dotlr.pngRed dotlr.pngRed dotl.png
-60% 90 1% Back 1
Further levels
Level 2 -60% 95 2% Back 1
Level 3 -60% 100 2% Blight (120% base) 1pts/rd for 3 rds Back 1
Level 4 -60% 105 2% Blight (130% base) 1pts/rd for 3 rds Back 1
Level 5 -60% 110 3% Blight (140% base) 2pts/rd for 3 rds Back 1


Expose
Shieldbreaker.ability.five.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
Grey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Red dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.pngGrey dot.png
-20% 85 0% Bypass Stealth,
Crit Received Chance +8% (100% base),
Destealth,
-4 SPD (10% base)
Back 1
Further levels
Level 2 -20% 90 0% Bypass Stealth,
Crit Received Chance +8% (110% base),
Destealth,
-5 SPD (10% base)
Back 1
Level 3 -20% 95 1% Bypass Stealth,
Crit Received Chance +9% (120% base),
Destealth,
-6 SPD (10% base)
Back 1
Level 4 -20% 100 2% Bypass Stealth,
Crit Received Chance +9% (130% base),
Destealth,
-7 SPD (10% base)
Back 1
Level 5 -20% 110 2% Bypass Stealth,
Crit Received Chance +10% (140% base),
Destealth,
-8 SPD (10% base)
Back 1


Captivate
Shieldbreaker.ability.six.png Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Ranged
Grey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngGrey dot.png
Grey dot.pngRed dot.pngRed dot.pngGrey dot.png
-20% 85 2% Blight (100% base) 2pts/rd for 3 rds,
+40% DMG vs Marked+
Further levels
Level 2 -20% 90 3% Blight (110% base) 2pts/rd for 3 rds,
+45% DMG vs Marked+
Level 3 -20% 95 4% Blight (120% base) 3pts/rd for 3 rds,
+50% DMG vs Marked+
Level 4 -20% 100 4% Blight (130% base) 3pts/rd for 3 rds,
+55% DMG vs Marked+
Level 5 -20% 105 4% Blight (140% base) 4pts/rd for 3 rds,
+60% DMG vs Marked+


Serpent Sway
Shieldbreaker.ability.seven.png Rank Target Effect Self
Grey dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.pngYellow dot.png
Self
Forward 1,
Aegis: 2 Blocks,
+3 SPD
Further levels
Level 2 Forward 1,
Aegis: 2 Blocks,
+3 SPD
Level 3 Forward 1,
Aegis: 2 Blocks,
+4 SPD
Level 4 Forward 1,
Aegis: 2 Blocks,
+4 SPD
Level 5 Forward 1,
Aegis: 2 Blocks,
+5 SPD
Limit: Twice per Battle


Camping Skills[edit | edit source]

Though quiet and demure while the fire blazes, the Shieldbreaker is haunted by nightmares of her past. These visions are so powerful that she must vanquish them in the dreamscape or awaken sluggish, tired, and stressed.
~ Survivalist

The Shieldbreaker, along with the standard camping skills, has four unique camping abilities. However, nightmares of brutality long since past still haunt her, and to the tormented mind there is no difference between a threat real or imagined...

Camping skills are special skills heroes can use while they are camping. They take a certain number of "respite" points to use, and can only be used once per camp (unless the skill says otherwise). Most heroes have three shared camping skills and all heroes have 4 unique camping skills (With the Flagellant being the exception having only unique camping skills). Only 4 of these can be equipped at one time. Any Buffs or lasting effects given from a camping skill lasts for 4 battles.


Snake Eyes
Camp skill way of serpent.png
Time Cost Target Description
3 All Companions Armor Piercing +15% (4 Battles)
Bark "Everything has a weakness..."
Snake Skin
Camp skill way of scales.png
Time Cost Target Description
3 Self +15% Prot (4 Battles)

+15% Max HP (4 Battles)

Bark "I made myself strong, that I may do what is required."
Sandstorm
Camp skill way of sway.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One Companions Can't be Marked (4 Battles)
Bark "Be as untouchable as the wind and sand."
Adder's Embrace
Camp skill way of adder.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 Self +20% Blight Skill Chance (4 Battles)

+20% Blight Resist (4 Battles)

Bark "The poison still runs through my veins..."

Encourage
Encourage.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
Reduce stress by 15
Bark ""
Wound Care
Wound Care.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
Heal 15%
Removes target bleeding
Removes target blight
Bark ""
Pep Talk
Pep Talk.png
Time Cost Target Description
2 One
Companion
-15% Stress (4 combats)
Bark ""


Nightmares Made Material[edit | edit source]

It is important to note that the Shieldbreaker has a flashback when camping where you will encounter Pliskins, Rattlers and Adders depending on the resolve level of your Shieldbreaker. During which she receives 23 Horror for 6 rounds, so consider whether it would be wise to bring her along on quests longer than short. Laudanum however cannot remove the horror dot placed on the Shieldbreaker.

The creatures must be defeated in a certain amount of time, but defeating the creatures will yield a great reward; Shieldbreaker will receive a quest buff to stress resist 33% and 3% crit with the rest of the party receiveing a quest buff for 15% stress resist. The snakes may also drop Aegis Scales, a Shieldbreaker trinket and pages of the Ancestor's Journal that tells the story of the Shieldbreaker. The journal entries will be available at the Ancestor's Memoirs whether or not you bring them back to the Hamlet, so there is no point in wasting inventory space on them.

The enemies fought will depend on how many previous encounters you have defeated; each encounter will only be fought a single time. Encounters 4 and 5 require a Veteran or Champion difficulty dungeon run. Encounters 6 and 7 require a Champion difficulty dungeon run. If no applicable encounter is available when camping, then the party will not be ambushed by snakes (although you may be ambushed by other encounters like normal).

These are the enemies fought for each encounter:

Encounter
Number
Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 4
1 Pliskin Rattler Rattler x
2 Pliskin Rattler Rattler Pliskin
3 Pliskin Rattler Death Adder
4 Greater Pliskin Greater Pliskin Greater Pliskin Greater Pliskin
5 Greater Pliskin Irritated Rattler Sinister Adder
6 Terrible Pliskin Enraged Rattler Nightmarish Adder
7 Nightmarish Adder Nightmarish Adder

Spoilers These are the journal entries that detail the Shielbreaker's story.

A Beautiful Thing 1/7
" I am a beautiful thing, they say. Flawless as the sea of dunes. Graceful as the desert winds. Captivating as a shimmering mirage. They stare, they linger, they watch me without blinking. "
A Beautiful Thing 2/7
" Such exquisiteness must be admired, they say. And so I am made to dance for their desperate, dust-pitted faces; for their watery, bloodshot eyes; their cracked, grinning lips. I am not a person to this debauched audience, I am an exotic wonder. I am a beautiful thing. "
A Beautiful Thing 3/7
" Such loveliness belongs in the palace, they say. And so my hands are tied, and I am put in a caravan next to golden idols and jeweled icons. together, we are a priceless cargo of dazzling rarities, bound for the Vizier's treasury. I know this tyrant's reputation, and I am afraid. "
A Beautiful Thing 4/7
" As the wagon careens along the mountain road, I make my choice. I will not go to the Vizier. I will not be this man's prize; his plaything. With practice grace, I slip my bonds, and lunge for the open air. The wagon teeters and the guard shouts. Wheels lift, horses panic... "
A Beautiful Thing 5/7
" I am lodged in a jumble of corpses and wreckage. My arm is pinned. The serpent appears silently from behind a rock, tongue tasting the air. The bite is quick; the venom slow. It runs cold in my veins, inching up my arm - forcing me to make a terrible choice.
A Beautiful Thing 6/7
" The knife is dull, and I must work quickly. In my panic, I saw, hack and gouge. My cries are met with the silent indifference of the dunes, the chill of the desert wind, the cold light of the moon. I am sacrificing my beauty for a chance to live; paying for my future with the only currency I've ever had. "
A Beautiful Thing 7/7
I stare at my severed hand, my bloodied arm. There will be no more leering crowds, no more coins thrown at my feet. I breathe a wordless thanks to my liberator, as it slithers away into the shadows. At last, I am free of my gilded cage. At last, I finally understand: a thing cannot be truly beautiful until it is broken.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

The Shieldbreaker wields a spear and buckler, affording her impressive offensive reach and a modicum of protection. Her dancer's garb is better suited to the stage than the dungeon; she must be quick to survive.
~ Blacksmith

Unlike other games, equipment upgrades in Darkest Dungeon are linear, all bought at the Blacksmith.

Assegai
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Sb weapon 0.png Crude Spear Sb weapon 1.png Sharpened Spear Sb weapon 2.png Sturdy Assegai Sb weapon 3.png Deadly Assegai Sb weapon 4.png The Adder's Fang
DMG base: 5-10 DMG base: 6-12 DMG base: 7-14 DMG base: 8-16 DMG base: 9-18
CRT base: 7.5% CRT base: 8.0% CRT base: 8.5% CRT base: 9.0% CRT base: 9.5%
SPD base: 5 SPD base: 6 SPD base: 8 SPD base: 8 SPD base: 9
Bedlah
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Sb armour 0.png Tattered Rags Sb armour 1.png Stitched Bedlah Sb armour 2.png Fine Bedlah Sb armour 3.png Armored Bedlah Sb armour 4.png Sirocco
DODGE base: 7.5 DODGE base: 12.5 DODGE base: 17.5 DODGE base: 22.5 DODGE base: 27.5
HP base: 20 HP base: 24 HP base: 28 HP base: 32 HP base: 36


Each Hero has trinkets unique to them that only they can equip. The shieldbreaker has seven; x uncommon, 2 Crimson Court and x common, x rare and x very rare. Her normal trinkets are all different items and accessories that she once owned, and her Crimson Court trinkets are her dismembered hand and the knife that severed it.

Trinket Image Trinket Name Rarity Class Restriction Origin Dungeon Effect Additional Notes
Inv trinket-sb 1.png
Venomous Vial Common Shieldbreaker
  • +30% Blight Chance
  • -10% Blight Resist
Found after defeating a nightmare. Cannot be sold.


Inv trinket-sb 2.png
Shimmering Scale Uncommon Shieldbreaker
  • +10% PROT
  • +5% Stress
Found after defeating a nightmare. Cannot be sold.


Inv trinket-sb 3.png
Dancer's Footwraps Uncommon Shieldbreaker
  • +40% Move Resist
  • +2 SPD
Found after defeating a nightmare. Cannot be sold.


Inv trinket-sb 4.png
Fanged Spear Tip Rare Shieldbreaker
  • +25% DMG vs Marked
Found after defeating a nightmare. Cannot be sold.


Inv trinket-sb 5.png
Cuirboilli Very Rare Shieldbreaker
  • +33% HP
  • -1 SPD
Found after defeating a nightmare. Cannot be sold.



The Crimson Court DLC added special Trinket Sets, two for each hero. They confer powerful bonuses to the hero equipped with them and having both equipped at once yields an additional bonus, which is shown greyed out at the bottom. The origin dungeon for all Trinket Sets is the Courtyard and they all have the rarity Crimson Court.

Trinket Image Trinket Name Class Restriction Effect Set Effect Quote Additional Notes
Inv trinket-sb set 1.png

Obsidian Dagger

Shieldbreaker

+40% Debuff Skill Chance

+40% Blight Skill Chance

+15% MAX HP

+10% PROT

Can't be Guarded

"Broken and Beautiful."
Inv trinket-sb set 2.png

Severed Hand

+50% Blight Resist

-10% Stress

District Bonus[edit | edit source]

The Crimson Court DLC adds Districts to the Hamlet, some of which confer passive benefits to heroes.

The gold cost of most Districts in Radiant Mode is significantly reduced. The price in Radiant mode is shown in parentheses.

Districts
Name Image Effect Cost
Training Ring
District Training Ring.png
Arbalest, Houndmaster, Man-at-Arms and Shieldbreaker receive:
  • +4 ACC
  • +10% MAX HP
Currency.gold.large icon.png
5000 (1000)
Currency.crest.icon.png
300
Currency.blueprint.icon.png
1

Customization[edit | edit source]

As for every hero, the Shieldbreaker has four different colour palettes to choose from: yellow and green, purple and pink, black and gold, and blue and teal

Barks[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In her original promotional artwork, her right hand is missing. However, in game it is her left hand that is gone.

References[edit | edit source]

The update on the Darkest Dungeon site.[[1]]

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