Shuffling Horror

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Shuffling Horror
Shuffling Horror.png
Enemy Class Eldritch
Size Gigantic
Actions per round Turnticker.pngTurnticker.png
Stats
HP 162
HP (Stygian/Bloodmoon) 195
Dodge 23.75%
Protection 33%
Speed 2
Tray stealth.png Stealth No
Resistances
Poptext stun.png Stun 147.5%
Poptext poison.png Blight 107.5%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed 67.5%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff 87.5%
Poptext move.png Move 98%


Not even it could escape the corruption; the Shambler, the most feared, terrifying beast that lurks within every shadow of the Estate has fallen to the corruption and become one of the thing’s protectors. More than any of this, it shows the true nature of the thing that sleeps within the Darkest Dungeon, a parasite that is slowly consuming the flesh of its host and replacing it with its own cancerous growths.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Shuffling Horror is the first of four bosses that Darkest Dungeon has. It has 2 moves in a single turn and 3 different attacks.

  • If the Priest is left alive, the Shuffling Horror's attack pattern will remain always the same making it a very predictable enemy. Since both of Lacerate and Undulations have a 1 turn cooldown, he will alternate between each of them every one of his turns. Therefore expect the following succession of Bleed-Shuffle-Bleed-Shuffle for this fight.
  • Should you decide to eliminate the troublesome Priest, the Shuffling Horror will always summon another monster right away with Echoing Disassembly. Although coded to only use it if he is alone, it might be possible that it keeps using it every other turn after the summon, dealing heavy stress across the party.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Shuffling Horror spawns with a Cultist Priest. If he is killed, the Horror will just summon another enemy, making it pointless. The better way to deal with him is to stun the Cultist Priest every other turn. To this end, the Plague Doctor can prove herself particularly useful, being able to stun both targets at once with the right trinket selection (i.e. Blasphemous Vial and Stun Amulet)

As the name indicates, this particular boss is especially adept at disrupting your hero's party order, shuffling them with Undulations. It has two actions per turn, does massive stress damage with Echoing Disassembly and inflicts bleed when Lacerating your party members. As common with most two-action enemies, debuffs and stuns will not be very effective. Bleeds, on the other hand, proc twice per turn making it excellent choice. Blights are slightly less effective because of higher resistance. Additionally, it might be a good idea to decrease the Horror's PROT with a mark, as he is fairly slow and the party has a decent chance to capitalize on the mark before it runs out.

It is recommended to bring Heroes who can attack from multiple positions (Bounty Hunter, Hellion, Grave Robber). Heroes like the Leper and Arbalest would be ineffective. Relying on both Man-at-Arms' and Highwayman's Riposte skills is another viable strategy, as all of the Horror's attacks target the whole party.

Ancestral Trinkets[edit | edit source]

As the Shambler, the Shuffling Horror carries with him Ancestral Trinkets. However, since only one of each trinket can exist in the player's inventory, when they are all obtained, the Shuffling Horror will not drop any Ancestral Trinkets unless one of the trinkets is lost.

Ancestor's Map Ancestor's Bottle Ancestor's Candle Ancestor's Tentacle Idol Ancestor's Scroll
Ancestor Map.png Ancestor Bottle.png Ancestor Candle.png Ancestor Idol.png Ancestor Scroll.png
  • +25% Trap Disarm chance
  • +25% Scouting chance
  • +10% Stress
  • +25% MAX HP
  • +50% Food consumed
  • +10% Stress
  • +15% DMG if torch is above 50
  • +2 SPD if torch is above 50
  • +5 DODGE if torch is above 50
  • +10% Stress
  • +20% Virtue Chance
  • +8% Deathblow Resist
  • +25% Healing Skills
  • +25% Stress Healed
  • +10% Stress

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Darkest Level
Skill Name Range Rank Target Accuracy Crit
Chance
Damage Effect
(Target)
Effect
(Self)
Lacerate Ranged 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4, 100% +1 Target. 110% 5% 5-9 Poptext bleed.png 150% Bleed 4 No Effect
Echoing Disassembly Ranged 1, 2, 3, 4. 1+2+3+4. 120% 7% 1-3 Tray afflicted.png Stress +15
New game plus save icon.png Summon 1 Cultist Priest or Defensive Growth
Campfire flame invert.png Torch -25
No Effect
Undulations Melee 1, 2, 3, 4. 1+2+3+4. 110% 0% 1 Poptext move.png 140% Shuffle Party No Effect


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The description for the mission "We Are The Flame" and the Shuffling Horror's appearance imply that the Shuffling Horror was the creature seen in the opening cinematic attacking the Ancestor and his workmen. The mission description also implies that the site of the mission is the base camp from which the excavation was carried out.
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