Virtue

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A Man-at-Arms becoming Stalwart.
Many fall in the face of chaos, but not this one. Not today.
~ The Ancestor

A Virtue is one of the states a hero can enter upon reaching 100 stress, the other being an Affliction. Virtuous heroes have increased stats and can randomly heal themselves, reduce stress of the party, or buff their teammates at the start of their turn. Becoming Virtuous reduces the stress of the entire party by a small amount, on top of immediately setting the Hero down to 45 Stress. Virtuous heroes can go over 100 Stress without penalty and are immune to heart attacks, but if they hit 200 Stress, they will lose their Virtue and be reset to 0 Stress. Virtues are also removed upon returning to the Hamlet.

The base chance to receive a Virtue instead of an Affliction is 25%. Heroes with a lower level than the dungeon they are in get a penalty of -5% Virtue Chance per level difference, except when the difference is 6 (i.e. level 0 characters in the Darkest Dungeon), where the penalty is -33%. There are also many trinkets that affect Virtue Chance, with the highest possible buff from these trinkets being +45% (giving a total 70% Virtue Chance), either from using both Hero's Ring (+25%) and Ancestor's Tentacle Idol (+20%), or the Highwayman's Crimson Court setExclusive to the Crimson Court DLC (+45%). Virtue Chance is always at least 1% and is capped at 95%.

Virtuous heroes are protected from some stress-inducing events, most notably being immune to stress damage caused by an Afflicted hero in the ranks, and will refuse to be anchored by the Drowned Anchorman's Heave To!, which will immediately release the hero.

List of Virtues[edit | edit source]

All Virtues increase Stun, Blight, Bleed, Disease, Debuff, and Move Resist by 25%. Since it is a shared attribute, it is not listed in the table below.

Possible actions on the start of a hero's turn, called "act-outs," cannot happen two times in a row for the same hero, and two different heroes cannot have act-outs occur back-to-back.

Virtue Stat Changes Act-outs
Stalwart
  • +15% PROT
  • +8% Death Blow Resist
  • 25% - Reduce hero's own Stress by 15
Courageous
  • -33% Stress
  • +2 SPD
  • 25% - Reduce other heroes' Stress by 4
Focused
  • +10 ACC
  • +8% CRIT
  • 25% - Buff one other hero for +10 ACC, +10% CRIT
Powerful
  • +25% DMG
  • 25% - Buff other heroes for +15% DMG
Vigorous
  • +4 SPD
  • +10 DODGE
  • 25% - Heal self for 10% of hero's MAX HP

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