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Crimson Court

Bosses

     The Fanatic 
"The flames of the smoldering pyre dance in his eyes with murderous zeal."
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"A world view buttressed by dogmatic desperation invariably leads to single-minded fanaticism, and a need to do terrible things in the name of righteousness."

A towering and domineering force of seething, zealous rage and terrible intent, the Fanatic is a monk who has gone rogue from the Church to hunt down and slaughter anyone and anything affected by the Crimson Curse anywhere it can be found. His heavily scarred face reveals a storied past of brutal and consequential encounters with the mutated inhabitants of the Courtyard, from which he has spilled unimaginable amounts of heathen blood. His most dangerous weapon is his unwavering conviction in the righteousness of his cause and the zealous fervor with which he pursues it, even if it means putting himself directly in harm's way.

A wandering mini-boss in the Crimson Court DLC. A vampire hunter that will attack your party if anyone has the Crimson Curse status effect, similar to the Collector and Shambler in that he can show up at any time.


  • Achilles' Heel: Ripostes. He can attack 3 times per round and will use a lot of low-damage AoE attacks, but because ripostes last per round but are triggered per turn, taking advantage of this with Highwaymen or Men-at-Arms (or both) can lead to him damaging himself more than your team when he attacks them.
  • Bald of Evil: The top of his head is completely bald, and he's an insane Knight Templar.
  • Badass Normal: Like Brigand Vvulf, The Fanatic is a completely unaugmented human who in a world of Eldritch Abominations, stands out as one of the toughest bosses in the Estate and is fully capable of killing four fully equipped heroes, and unlike Vvulf, the Fanatic fights by himself without any Mooks to assist him, he's that hardcore.
  • Berserk Button: Destroying his pyre will piss him off but good, and lead to him unleashing the Fury of the Righteous attack on your entire party.
  • Burn the Witch!: He will burn your heroes at the stake right then and there.
  • Church Militant: The Fanatic utilizes holy chants and a heavy war hammer to terrorize and bludgeon anyone he doesn't burn at the stake.
  • Drop the Hammer: His sprite presents him with a war hammer. It also inflicts Stun and a party shuffle.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The Church of the Light supplies the Hamlet with some of its most combative and zealous denizens, sometimes to an unnerving degree with fringe-types like the Flagellant. The Fanatic, however, has proven mad and violent enough in his zeal to actually be excommunicated.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: The Fanatic has a pauldron on his left shoulder.
  • Genre Savvy: Garlic, holy stake, warhammer, plus a cure; he is well-equipped to fight vampires, and clearly planned it out.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His face is horribly scarred, possibly tied to his previous history with vampires that drove him into his obsession with killing any suspected vampires.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His demented devotion to his cause has made him little better than the insane horrors of the Estate. The Ancestor explicitly refers to him as a rabid animal that needs to be put down.
  • Identical Stranger: He looks suspiciously familiar to your Hamlet's abbot, if after a really bad Madness Makeover.
  • Interface Spoiler: Of a sort, and very intentional according to the developers. If you embark on a quest and your loading screen's not the usual picture of a gate to the dungeon, but his leering face instead, then he will find you in that dungeon.
  • Knight Templar: He has the noble goal of slaying vampires. Unfortunately, this guy has killed countless innocents in his mad bid to eradicate the Crimson Curse. If you're afflicted with it, or associate with said afflicted in any way, he wants to kill you, regardless of how you got the curse or what you're trying to do with it. The background of his battle is a field of people burning alive on his stakes after one of his attacks, with the sounds of people screaming in agony taking up the background music. He's such a Knight Templar, the other ones, the Church of the Flame, want nothing to do with him.
  • Lean and Mean: The Fanatic is tall, but also rather slim.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He gets three moves a turn and each of them will be spent delivering pain and horror to your heroes, on top of a sizeable health pool and modest PROT on top of it.
  • Puzzle Boss: Like The Hag, a party fighting The Fanatic must be prepared for dealing with both him and his pyre. Unlike The Hag, The Fanatic is perfectly capable of killing you himself. A small saving grace exists that he does move around a bit, making it easier to hit him.
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • Do you let a hapless victim burn on a pyre and focus on The Fanatic? Or do you try to free them, knowing that each time the pyre gets damaged, The Fanatic receives a buff of his own?
    • Will you let the pyre stand, knowing the Fanatic will take every chance to throw one of your heroes onto it to incapacitate them completely? Or will you chop it down, letting you use all four at every time but also infuriating the Fanatic and letting him blast all four with Fury of the Righteous every round?
  • Turns Red: Similarly to the Swine King, killing his pyre gives him a powerful attack that hits the entire party at once for serious damage. Unlike the Swine King, however, this will not be his only action every round; his other two attacks will proceed as normal.
  • Vampire Hunter: His main role, although with a few twists. The developers claimed that they wanted him to look more like a mad monk than the typical Van Helsing vampire hunter. On top of that, he's an antagonist instead of a hero.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: He will not only kill vampires, but those who are infected with but battling against the Crimson Curse, and those who associate with infectees. And given that he never appears in the Courtyard... yeah, he does a lot more Van Helsing Hate Crimes than productive vampire hunting.
  • Wooden Stake: Another weapon at his disposal; it marks an unlucky victim.

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     Crocodilian 
"A hideous mutation! Unnatural, and abhorrent!"
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A giant crocodile crossed with a mosquito, multiple Crocodilian are spread throughout the Courtyard to block your progress to the real objectives. Much like the Prophet, it stands behind 3 cattail bushes to harass your party from in safety, and occasionally submerging into the water to prepare for a powerful attack that propels it forward.


  • Body Horror: Even disregarding the point below, it has a mosquito hive on its back, fully operational and with a swarm to unleash upon your hapless party.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Amongst a gallery of aristocratic vampires playing bloodsports with the people of the Estate is a giant mosquito/crocodile monster with no real impact in the grand scheme of things, minus a mandatory encounter early on.
  • Heal Thyself: The move ‘Submerge’ has the Crocodilian submerge in the water for a dodge bonus while also healing it every turn for however long it decides to stay submerged. This move will also cleanse it of any Damage Over Time that might’ve been applied on it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It sports high speed, high HP and a strategy that involves frequently shifting around the safety of its cattail bushes/submerging underwater to remain hidden before suddenly using the move ‘Apex Predator’ to lunge forward from beneath the water to charge and chomp a group of heroes.
  • Mini-Boss: Acts as one for the Crimson Court, appearing unannounced and sometimes off the path of the true objective, guarding treasure chests or shortcuts. And yes, there are multiple Crocodilians to fight.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: As with most Bloodsucker enemies, it's part-mosquito, most notably the legs.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: And never, ever smile at a crocodile that's half mosquito!
  • Nigh Invulnerable: The vegetation accompanying it has such stupidly high PROT and Dodge values that trying to damage it is an exercise in futility.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: As scaly, as it's monstrous.
  • The Swarm: Can summon its own swarm from its mosquito hive by using the move Swarming Corruption, hitting a hero with stress damage and an accuracy debuff from the swarm of mosquitos taking them.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Can't get more different then a Vampire Crocodile!
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: You can enter the courtyard as early as your fourth expedition. This is a big mistake. The main source of its difficulty is that, unlike every other non-wandering boss, you will only become aware of its presence once you enter its room. Every time you fight it.

     The Baron 
"It would seem his tasteful frivolity remains unabated, even now."
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"Orchestrating the hideous affair was a hunched-backed fiend who seemed to delight in proportion to the suffering he caused."
Back when the Ancestor was hosting his festivities, one hunchbacked man in particular took it upon himself to set up entertainment that was enough to disturb the Ancestor himself. Even after the Crimson Curse transformed the partygoers into blood-hungry monstrosities, he's still there to provide a show for the crowd at his victims' expense.
  • Achilles' Heel: Bleed and riposte. His constant turns mean he'll take lots of damage from bleed, and since one of his main attacks hits everyone at once, he can get hit with multiple ripostes for big damage.
  • Body Horror: His lower body is that of a huge, bloated flea, and he has flesh whips for arms. And that's without mentioning the gaping, monstrous mouth with More Teeth than the Osmond Family in his abdomen.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: If the disturbing diversion curios you can find near his boss arena are any indication, he enjoyed doing this to helpless victims even before he was turned into a giant tick.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: Despite being a Veteran-leveled boss, he has over 250 HP. Balanced out by the fact that his fighting style is centered about slowly grinding you away, and thus deals a modest amount of damage.
  • Decadent Court: Is fighting in front of one, who enjoy their "wine" in the background while cheering and laughing when you get hit and strike the wrong egg, and quietly boo when you reveal The Baron's correct spot.
  • Puzzle Boss: At the start of the fight and every time his health drops 1/3rd of the way, he'll summon 4 egg sacks and hide in a random spot. Striking the wrong one will bring you into a fight with a Bloodsucker Mook, and striking the right one will reveal him. Additionally, all of the eggs will deny you healing, making you have to weigh the options of either getting rid of every egg immediately and face the 3 Bloodsuckers and the Boss all at once for the chance to heal, or to take the eggs out one by one to minimize exposure to the onslaught.
  • Stone Wall: He's got ludicrous amounts of HP, and gets minions to tank for him as well with his egg sack trick, but his offense is lackluster even in the final stages of the battle.
  • Whip It Good: His arms can transform into fleshy whips that deal heavy stress damage.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: The move Necessary Discipline has The Baron use his whip-like arms to drag a target forward.

     The Viscount 
"The glutton's taste for morbidity is made more pronounced by his mutation."
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"When the lavish spread began to spoil, a ravenous gourmand gleefully proposed that we sample from the fetid pile of composting refuse!"
During the times the Ancestor rubbed elbows with nobility, he often set up lavish feasts that lasted for weeks, and all present would stuff themselves with delicacies from all over the world until even the most decadent and exotic morsels became par for the course. Meals started piling up faster than they could be eaten, and soon began to decay. But even then, one particular gourmand was undeterred by the rot, continuing to stuff himself full every day and night even as the once-fine feast decayed into putrid slurry. Neither the years nor the Crimson Curse have stopped the Viscount's endless feasting, but his tastes have changed very much for the worse.
  • Big Eater: He eats so much that he can regenerate one hundred health points if he's lucky.
  • Body Horror: From the lumps on his stomach, his lower body which can unfold to reveal lots of eyes and another human who has fused with the Viscount, to the half-eaten bodies of his victims who are hanging from the ceiling, this boss battle is full of it.
  • Counter Attack: Activates Riposte from time to time to defend himself while using his turns to eat.
  • Fat Bastard: While what's left of the man doesn't quite look fat, his new insectoid lower body definitely makes him look as disgustingly rotund as he should have been.
  • Fork Fencing: He uses his eating utensils as weapons throughout the battle, and uses them with unnerving skill.
  • Glass Cannon: He doesn't really have much HP as far as bosses go, at least at this stage of the game. What he does have, however (aside from occasionally healing), is a massive damage output, with normal attacks hitting as hard as any of the Courtyard's bruisers if not harder, and setting up Ripostes that also hurt like hell whenever you dare touch him. The ideal strategy is to burst him down before he can chop your party to tiny pieces in a couple of turns.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The muffled screams of his still-alive meals are... unsettling, to say the least.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Normally, eating one of the bodies cures the Viscount of any Bleed or Blight currently active. However, if the body in question is infected with Bleed and/or Blight, he will then transfer those status effects from the "meal" to himself.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: All of the vampires of the Crimson Court are, but it's his gimmick especially.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Even the Swinefolk are less messy eaters than he is.
  • Shoot the Medic First: Or the meat supply, as the case may be. It's not necessarily a good idea, because any turn not spent killing him or suppressing him is a turn where he can freely set up ripostes, make mincemeat of your party, or both. However, if you're incapable of bursting him down quickly, or have excellent tanking, it remains valid.
  • Villainous Glutton: The main theme of this boss.

     The Countess 
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"The Countess arrives; anomalous in aspect, and bent on exacting terrible revenge from beyond the bounds of decency!"
"A bewitching predator slipped in amidst the swarm of tittering sycophants. Though outwardly urbane, I could sense in her a mocking thirst."

The penultimate boss of the Crimson Court DLC.

Back when the Ancestor was still fraternizing among the upper class, a woman caught his eye during one such party. Whether it was her temptress vibe or the Ancestor's dwindling patience with the aristocrats, he plotted to kill her for sport, dancing with her under the moon... before the hour of murder struck and she pounced on him first. Lucky to survive and strike her, his curiosity soon got the best of him. He served her tainted blood to the rest of the party, causing the outbreak of the Crimson Curse. Now, her disease has reached its final stage, and she rules over the Courtyard as the leader of the hive.


  • Achilles' Heel: Her thirsty, more humanoid form is already quite dangerous, and her insectoid One-Winged Angel form is horrendously so. But the weakness lies between the two: To transform, she needs to pass through a Flushed form, which you'll note by her agitated fanning and only one turn per round. This comes with losing all her PROT and getting substantial debuffs to her resistances. This is the chance to strike: Her resistances will be quite low by Champion standards, and thus you can keep her stunlocked for a good while, bleeding and blighting her as well as striking at her now unprotected HP pool. And due to having only one turn, until she finally gets it you can have entire rounds of nothing but wailing on her. Take advantage of the Flushed transition, and even in a single chain of stuns you can tear through her health very, very fast.
  • Big Bad: Of the Crimson Court DLC. She was the first person with the Crimson Curse, which spread with the Ancestor's intervention. Now, it appears she is the matriarch of the hive that is the courtyard.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Heart of Darkness. It acts as Big Bad of the main game, while she serves as the Big Bad of the Crimson Court DLC. The two are not necessarily working together, but they do not compete with one another, and the fact that her blood tipped off the Ancestor to the existence of the Heart implies some sort of familial link between them.
  • Body Horror: Good Lord. Her abdomen is swelled up and lined with legs. Her fan also hides a rather hideous insectoid mouth. Her dress is lined with disgusting hives. And when you piss her off enough for her to transform, things get ten times worse. And she'll inflict it on your heroes through instant mosquito hives, too.
  • Climax Boss: Easily the toughest boss of the Crimson Court DLC whose Boss Room is ominously situated in the center of the map, complete with a long Boss Corridor leading up to her. Beating her relieves a lot of the player's woes involving the Crimson Curse.
  • Dark Action Girl: A disgusting example, but an example nonetheless; as the Countess is by far the deadliest female encountered in the game.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Heavily implied. She'll use those horribly suggestive abilities on all the adventurers.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Tried to invoke this onto the Ancestor of all people. It really didn't work out for her, as he easily proved to be her match, in both evilness and in battle.
  • Evil vs. Evil: When she was in conflict with the Ancestor.
  • Hive Queen: The matriarch of the Bloodsucker hive in the Courtyard.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The game isn't clear on what the hell she truly is. Most of the enemies and bosses encountered in the game are the result of the Ancestor's meddling in the occult, but the Countess predates them all. She can wear the form of a highly attractive woman, but her true shape is that of a hideous, mosquito monster. To further muddle things on her true nature, it was her blood that awakened the Ancestor's desire to unearth the Darkest Dungeon, so she's in some way connected to The Heart of Darkness. Some have theorized that she's a demonic entity of some kind.
  • Large and in Charge: Even in her more humanoid form, she's huge, taking up all four enemy slots of the battlefield.
  • The Leader: Of the Bloodsucker faction.
  • Let's Dance: Her move "Sway With Me" harms the heroes if it hits.
  • Monster Progenitor: The source of the Bloodsuckers and the "Thirst" in Hamlet's courtyard. She is described as the first vampire of the setting.
  • Nightmare Face: Springs this lovely expression on the Ancestor in the first cinematic.
  • No-Sell: Most of her attacks don't trigger Ripostes.
  • One-Winged Angel: Her transformation isn't blood-triggered; rather she simply shifts into her extra-horrific insectoid form when she's had enough of playing with you and decides some roughness is due.
  • Patient Zero: The first person with the Crimson Curse and the origin of its spread to the other aristocrats.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Wore a very fashionable dress back when she masqueraded as a human. She still wears it to this day, although it's long since been tarnished and twisted, just like the Countess's own form.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In sharp contrast to the rest of the vampirised aristocracy from the party she crashed, her hairdo is not a wig, it's genuine and far bigger than it used to be during the Ancestor's time when the Heir's mercenaries encounters her in the Courtyard.
  • Transformation Horror: Her transformation into her extra-insectoid mosquito queen form doubles as an attack on the entire party at once, inflicting the Horror debuff on them all which leads to stress-over-time. And frankly, with how she looks when shifted, it's not surprising.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Averted; see "Achiles' Heel" above. Her single turn between bug-woman and woman-bug is when you attack for massive damage; be sure to slap a Stun on her to maximize this vulnerability.
  • Weaponized Offspring: Of a sort; "Love Letter" involves her shooting out... something (an ovipositor, presumably) from her mouth and implanting an egg on an unlucky hero. If it hatches, it does massive damage and buffs her.
  • The Vamp: The unnervingly suggestive names of her attacks, casually flirtatious attitude towards the Ancestor in the flashbacks, her former seductive beauty, and her well-kept appearance (of the parts that still look human at least) paint her as this, puns aside.
  • Vampire Monarch: More of a Vampire Aristocrat, but she fits the trope otherwise, being both a member of high society, and an Arch-Vampire.
  • Villainous Legacy: It was the Countess' blood that first clued the Ancestor into the existence of the Heart of Darkness below his mansion. Long after she died for the first time, her influence lingered, serving as a major factor in his decision to try and excavate the Heart, and thus indirectly causing the events of the game.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Her hair is as white as the snow, and her heart is just as cold.

     The Garden Guardian 
"The hamlet cannot stand for this thing that should not be — defeat it! Claim the prize it guards!"
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"The very grounds themselves are animated by a deep-rooted evil, a cosmic hatred for all that thrive beyond its tainted grasp."
The last boss, so to speak, of the Crimson Court DLC. Such is the strength of the Curse, and the evil in the land, that the very ground itself is tainted and hateful. So much so, that a once innocent statue of a warrior has gained unnatural life, striking down any and all trespassers into the old Gardens, and feeding their blood to the cursed soil. This hateful guardian is less of a creature, and more of a simple manifestation of the corruption that's tainted the Estate as a whole, and the Courtyard in particular.
  • Achilles' Heel: The Shieldbreaker, ironically enough, allows you to get through the whole fight without needing to worry about breaking its shield. High speed lets her go early in each round; Puncture lets her make it impossible for the shield to protect the main body.
  • Bonus Boss: The Countess is the real final boss of the expansion; the Garden Guardian is simply a valuable, if unnerving diversion unlocked right afterwards.
  • Cognizant Limbs: Its shield and its spear are treated as separate entities, each with its own sort of attack. The main body is not even active until one of them is destroyed.
  • Eye Beams: If the main body is awakened, it will constantly hit you with Annihilating Glare, which get more powerful with every use.
  • Increasingly Lethal Enemy: Of the 'self-buffing' variety, should its shield be destroyed. If it awakens in this fashion, it'll spend one action every round lasering your party and another giving itself a permanent offensive boost. This will get out of hand if you can't dispatch the torso quickly.
  • Living Statue: Half-buried, but a moving, aggressive statue nonetheless.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Whenever its shield isn't flying through the air, it will guard everything that tries to hit the main body. The shield is not invincible, however, but destroying it can make things worse. You can also stun the shield to keep it from blocking damage, however it is that works.
  • Made of Iron: Not as literal as the Brigand Pounder, though. The Guardian and its parts have incredible resistance to everything on top of very high PROT numbers, such that the game can give the player a Trinket that bestows a damage bonus against its almost-uniquenote  Stonework enemy type.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: The main body constantly seeps blood from its eyes and mouth, with no indication of why a statue of all things is bleeding. Its spear will also try to bleed your heroes dry through constant, vein-slicing jabs which quickly pile up.
  • Piñata Enemy: Once you know to not destroy the shield and bring some heroes who can hit the spear, he's not difficult at all, just kind of tedious. And he always gives two of the powerful Crimson Court trinkets, without repeating them until you have them all. He's basically your reward for beating the Countess.
  • Respawning Enemies: Just as the Narrator fears, you cannot put it down permanently, and the mission to destroy it and take the valuables it guards is always available once unlocked.
  • Shield Bash: A decidedly strange one; occasionally, its shield will leap so high into the air it won't come back down until the next turn. When it does, however, it lands right on the two frontline heroes, crushing them for high damage, knocking them back and stunning them. However, while the shield is up, the body's guard is down, so you can focus all your damage into it before it comes down.
  • The Power of Hate: It's what brought the Guardian to life. The land itself hates all life beyond it, and works to strike it down. And if the attack names are right, its withering gaze is powered by pure hatred.
  • Turns Red: If its shield is destroyed, the main body will wake up and start attacking. Every turn, it will give itself a permanent, stacking buff to damage, accuracy, and critical chance named Hatred Beyond Time and then fire its Annihilating Glare, for ever-growing damage. You don't need to trigger this state, as the statue can be killed without destroying its shield, so it's usually good to simply bide your time and wait for its guard to lower. But if you've set it off, you better hurry in killing it before its gaze overwhelms you completely.
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     The Courtyard 
Before he became truly invested in the pursuit of rightly-forbidden knowledge, the Ancestor was an active participant in the lavish, refined debauchery that characterized the private gatherings of the upper echelons of society. Though he was by all accounts still as flawed as he would be when he opened the portal, he found himself well out of his depth when an attempt on the life of a particularly enchanting guest revealed her monstrous nature.

By the time the Heir arrives on the estate, the Courtyard and its surrounding gardens have become flooded and merged with the nearby swamp, creating a damp, miasmatic maze where the air is heavy with the scent of blood. The infected creatures and bloodthirsty parodies of nobility that find their home here carry a creeping sickness that threatens to overwhelm even the corrupted lands of the rest of the estate.


  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Even before vampirism took them, the nobles were awful. The levels of debauchery they reached even at first were vile, and after a while they just started sinking lower and lower, their entertainments more vile and bloody. In terms of evil, the Ancestor was just a more adventurous sort who actually decided to get his hands dirty with archeology and vile magic, but he was not the worst of the lot by far.
  • Clothing Damage: Their fancy robes and garments stand no chance once they decide to sate their thirst and enter their One-Winged Angel forms, the courtesans being the most extreme as they loss ''all'' of their clothing from doing so.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Before they turned into hideous vampires, they worried the Ancestor and he didn't think much of them. Now, he is disgusted by them and he's glad that they are getting killed and driven back by the heroes.
  • Evil Laugh: Most Bloodsuckers can't help but cackle and giggle after they get a Critical Hit on someone.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Manservants, Courtesans, and Esquires' attacks carry a thin veneer of sophistication one would expect from an entourage of nobles. Then they use The Thirst and any semblance of dignity flies out the window.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: They don't just drink blood, they are also happy with eating humans (and each other).
  • Life Drain: Most Bloodsuckers possess a move called The Thirst which not only heals them at a hero's expense, but also allow them to take on new, more horrifying forms.
  • Logical Weakness: Creatures who gorge themselves on blood are vulnerable to bleeding.
  • Must Be Invited: Inverted in this case; you and your heroes will need to be invited by the vampires for an evening bloodsport, entertainment, feasts, and a chance to take on their bosses for valuable items and progression.
  • One-Winged Angel: Yes, you read that right. Mooks are getting in on this trope now. Upon successfully using The Thirst, most Bloodsuckers will transform into more powerful and hideous entities.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Instead of a bat-like motif, they have a mosquito-like motif; elongated noses ending in a sharp point, abdomens swollen with red, and an ever-present high-pitched whine.
  • Roaming Enemy: Once you clear the first Courtyard mission, Bloodsuckers start popping up in other dungeons as well.
  • Sinister Schnoz: The human Bloodsuckers sports some impressive pointy noses in their visages, however, these are also fully functioning mosquito proboscises which elongates whenever they use "The Thirst".
  • Stance System: Upon using the move The Thirst, most of the Bloodsuckers will take on newer and more vicious forms that lets them gain access to other moves.
  • The Swarm: You can find lots of mosquitoes stirring around the Courtyard, and the poor devil who opened the gateway to the Court even died after getting stung to death by them!
  • Vampires Are Rich: The courtiers still maintain a semblance of nobility, with expensive fashions and pomp.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: The courtesans and the Countess herself are arguably a very dark parody with their faux-coquettishness.

Supplicant
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Giant ticks that latched themselves onto a long-dead host, they're found infesting the Courtyard, but will eventually start wandering into the Estate once the first Courtyard mission is complete. They're also one of the most common dispensers of the Crimson Curse that can be encountered nearly everywhere.
  • Body Horror: A long-deceased body with everything peeled off its skull piloted by a giant bloated tick.
  • Combat Tentacles: Gather the Blood; a primary way of catching Crimson Curse.
  • Hard Head: It's all but immune to Stuns.
  • Zombie Puke Attack: Predigestion; inflicts Blight and shuffles a Supplicant further to the front so it can Gather the Blood.

Sycophant
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Giant mosquitos that infest both the Courtyard and eventually the rest of the Estate once the first Crimson Court mission is complete. In battle, they'll try to madden heroes with their intense buzzing and try to spread the Crimson Curse via The Thirst, being one of the primary spreaders of the disease.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The most obvious one, seeing as it's essentially just a giant mosquito.
  • Fragile Speedster: High speed and dodge makes swatting these flies relatively difficult, but they go down in 1 or 2 hits if they don't heal themselves with the Thirst.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Maddening Whine turns up the ambient mosquito buzzing Up to Eleven. They also have Deafening Whine, which instead stuns a target.
  • Stance System: Upon using The Thirst, Sycophants will gain access to the bleed move Bombing Run and Deafening Whine will replace Maddening Whine, which has a chance to stun targets along with dealing stress damage.

Manservant
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Servants to the vampires of the Courtyard, they help their masters by giving their lives to protect them with both their bodies and trays.
  • Battle Butler: Though they're more of a Support Party Member, they contribute by being a Human Shield and using sanity-draining attacks. Once they transform, they take on a slightly more active role, becoming something close to a Glass Cannon with their cleaver chops and frequent blood-sucking that they juggle along with their usual tricks.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Infallible Servitude functions exactly like other guarding abilities despite using a servant tray rather than an actual shield. Notably, a Manservant doesn't even have to stand in the front to use it.
  • Practical Taunt: The move called Enraging Slight has the Manservant sass a hero in the party, with a chance to mark them, move them forward, and stun them all at once.
  • Shoot the Mage First: The longer it stays alive, the higher the chance of someone in your party catching the Crimson Curse from its almost untouchable allies. Thankfully, it has little health or Protection compared to other front-row blockers, though it can heal itself via The Thirst.
  • Stance System: After a successful use of The Thirst, Manservants will gain the ability to protect every enemy on their side at once instead of just protecting one by using the move Gibbering Entourage, which replaces Infallible Servitude, at the cost of marking itself.
  • Squick: Can inflict this on targets by revealing the human remains under the lid of their tray.

Courtesan
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The female attendants to the party that became victims to the curse unleashed, who rely on their teammates to do the damage dealing while they hang back and harass the heroes with horrifying gossip and slaps.

Esquire
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Posh vampires that'll attack your heroes with a sabre in one hand and a dueling pistol in the other, preferring to whittle down the enemy party with ripostes and party-wide sword swipes.
  • Counter Attack: Upon using Skewering Repartee, they'll activate riposte and damage anyone that attacks him without dealing a killing blow. This will drop whenever they choose to use The Thirst.
  • Gun And Sword: Alternates between fencing your heroes or firing at a single target with a pistol.
  • Lean and Mean: Like the Courtesan, except Esquire has no puffy dress to balance his figure out, making him seem even taller.
  • Royal Rapier: Their main threat comes from their fencing that damages everyone in the party, along with the aforementioned riposte that gets activated.

Chevalier
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While the other Bloodsuckers have a distinction that makes them lean more towards beast or man, the Chevalier are an amalgram of both, who have mutated to the point where they're insects dressed in wigs and coats.
  • Achilles' Heel: In addition to the standard weakness to Bleed that most Bloodsuckers have, Chevaliers have an astonishingly low Stun resistance, so they can be kept out of commission for at least half the fight while the team works on the other enemies.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Far worse than other Bloodsuckers; they're essentially giant mosquito centipedes.
  • Combat Tentacles: Their large forearms are used to dig under the ground to swipe at any hero for stuns and heavy bleed damage.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: An odd mixture of what looks like a grub's body, praying mantis forearms, and a grasshopper's head with the feeding habits of a mosquito.
  • Mighty Glacier: An unusual one in that they populate the backline rather than the frontline; nevertheless, between their high PROT values, a large HP pool, and terrific attacks, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with, particularly if a Manservant is shielding them from harm.

    Enemies Outside the Courtyard 
After clearing the first Crimson Court dungeon Gatekeepers will begin to appear throughtout the dungeons introduced in the base game (sans the Darkest Dungeon itself).

Gatekeeper
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A type of Bloodsucker found only in dungeons other than the Courtyard, these Manservants hold an Invitation for a round of blasphemous entertainment into the domain of their masters.
  • Not on the List: He'll check if you're invited, and dismiss you with a Practical Taunt when he confirms you're just rabble that's not on the list. If you want that invitation, you'll have to pry it from his cold, dead hands.
  • Plot Coupon: The invitation that they hold.
  • Practical Taunt: "Enraging Dismissal" counts as this, just like the Manservants above.
  • Shoot the Messenger: Enforced. Without an Invitation, you cannot venture into the Courtyard, and no other enemy drops them. Of course, that's not as easy as it may seem, since...
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: ...on the second turn, the Gatekeeper leaves with the move Elusive Exit, inflicting Horror on the whole party and summoning additional reinforcements for heroes to deal with.

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Shieldbreaker

Monsters

     Wandering Enemies 
Serpents
Introduced with the Shieldbreaker DLC, these creatures stalk the Shieldbreaker in her dreams. There are three kinds: the cobra-like Pliskin, the rattlesnake-like, um, Rattler, and the two-headed Adder. If you win, you benefit from a Quest-long bonus, but if you lose (defined as the Shieldbreaker hitting Death's Door), you get penalties and nothing else. Once you defeat the seven dream battles (one per level), they become random encounters in ordinary dungeons.
  • Character Select Forcing: You have really only two options: bring a Jester along with the Shieldbreaker, or expect an Affliction check in short order. It's also strongly encouraged to keep Puncture on your Shieldbreaker, because of Warning Rattle.
  • Counter Attack: Warning Rattle is basically the Defender/Retribution Man-at-Arms combo squeezed into a single move, although admittedly one with a lower PROT bonus.
  • The Dreaded: To the Shieldbreaker, at least. She spends the entire fight with a brutal Horror debuff that isn't affected by Laudanum. 23 stress a round adds up quickly.
  • No-Sell: Ambush-prevention abilities like Sanctuary don't work on them, because they're attacking in the Shieldbreaker's dreams, not the physical dungeon.
  • Piñata Enemy: Defeating them nets you Shieldbreaker-specific equipment, Quest-long buffs, and Aegis Scales. Just don't lose.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: And also have a wide selection of unpleasant moves to try on you.
  • Spare Body Parts: Adders have two heads, one of them moulting.

Colors of Madness

     The Farmstead 

The dungeon added in the "Color of Madness" DLC. After a meteorite crashed into the Miller's Farm, the once fertile lands around it are home to a horde of puppets, the Miller and his workmen controlled by a yet unknown force which tries to expand beyond the borders of the farm. It is up to your heroes to quell the unending waves of monsters.


  • Body to Jewel and Sculpted Physique: A recurring theme among the creatures of the farmstead, whereas the Heart uses Body Horror, the Thing From the Stars transforms organic matter into stone and Green Rocks.
  • The Corruption: Much like in the Lovecraft story that inspired it.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Many of the workforce at the Farmstead that fell under the pull of the Comet become horrific amalgamations of crystals and stone stripped of all but the barest vestiges of their humanity, and now have become little more than extensions of the creature inside the Comet itself.
  • Living Statue: Those infected by the Comet’s influence become glowing, semi-crystallised, rocky parodies of themselves driven by its will.
  • Was Once a Man: The Comet's influence transforms things into crystalline monsters, you wouldn’t be blamed for mistaking them as animated statues.
  • Zerg Rush: The Farmstead will be the ground for a new type of mission described as "wave-based survival", which has your party fight through a literally unending horde of monsters. The stated goal of the mission is to kill the most enemies before your party cannot fight anymore.

Farmhand
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Once the loyal workers for the Miller, the Farmhands act as most basic and numerous creatures of the Farmstead, attacking with the farm tools they had on them before they were overtaken.
  • A Handful for an Eye: The move named Sow the Seeds has the Farmhand spray a fistful of crystal dust and fragments into a hero's face, inflicting stress and sometimes blight.
  • Body Horror: Farmhands have been mangled.
  • Empty Shell: Literally and figuratively, the Farmhands look like hollowed out stone statues with green light coming through the cracks.
  • Heal Thyself: Farmhands may take a break from work by using the move Pause from Labor, wiping the sweat off their foreheads before going back to work rejuvenated and sped up.
  • Mooks: You're going to be killing a lot of these guys.
  • Technically Living Zombie: Farmhands look more like zombies than anything else in the game, including most of the actual undead. They're not Unholy, though; they're Husk/Human.

Foreman
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Originally hired by the Ancestor to supervise the Farmhands during work hours once The Miller had allowed him to intervene, they retain their position of leadership even after the Comets corruption. A sort of "leader" among the Husk, the Foremen float above the ground, their tattered limbs held in alignment with the corruption afflicting them rather than through any mundane sinew or bone. They command, support and buff the Farmhands in the back lines while occasionally stepping in to lend a hand for their workers.
  • Bad Boss: The Foremen came into the picture once The Miller allowed the Ancestor to have his men start erecting massive stone slabs around the farm, and if their giant whips and commanding nature is any indication, they were definitely not the best bosses in their time.
  • Body Horror: Look at the provided picture. Sufficient to say, they got hit the worst by the corruption out of all the husks haunting the farmstead with only one arm that's even remotely human left.
  • Counter Attack: Can buff another creature to get a riposte effect.
  • Elite Mook: A leader among the Husks.
  • Power Floats: Who needs gravity when you've got space corruption?
  • Rage Helm: Well, technically, it's his face, but it does look very angry.
  • Support Party Member: They will stand back to increase their teams speed and grant them Riposte by using the move Stir the Rabble.
  • Whip It Good: When using the move No Trespassers, they’ll use a very large whip to punish one hero.

Scarecrow
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Floating, shadowy scarecrows animated by the Comet's power, flailing at passing heroes and exposing them to terrible cosmic energies in the process.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Presumely and hopefully, Scarecrows are just simple scarecrows that came under possession by the Comet. The point below may give an explanation as to how they were able to be possessed in the first place.
  • Arc Symbol: The Scarecrows are nailed upon a stick fashioned in the likeness of the stress symbol, but with the ends face up rather than downwards as usual.
  • Noose Necktie: Oddly enough, the Scarecrow wears a severed noose as a necklace.
  • No-Sell: Their lack of a body makes it so that Bleed is ineffective to try and apply on them.
  • Power Floats: In fairness, they don't have legs.
  • Scary Scarecrows: Given that scarecrows are mostly made from organic materials - straw, cotton, wood and so on - it does make sense that the corruption could influence them.
  • Your Head Asplode: For a minor case in the Scarecrows, when they use the move Haunting Revelation, their heads will burst to flash a hero with crystal energy, inflicting Horror.

Plow Horse
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Farm horses that have also fallen victim to the spreading influence of the Comet. These large units trade most of their raw damage in favor of supportive abilities designed to grind the enemy down while throwing them in disarray with its team-wide shuffles and Horror inflicting attack.
  • Animalistic Abomination: A monstrous horse-creature.
  • Body Horror: Almost completely overtaken by the crystals, filling its innards and having a whole mess of the things protrude from its whole upper body.
  • Body to Jewel: Much of its back is covered in crystalline spikes.
  • Chained by Fashion: The horse was leashed by chains before it became a Husk to the Comet.
  • Fragile Speedster: Surprisingly one for a unit that takes 2 spaces in its formation: Plow Horses favor using the move called Paw the Ground to retreat all the to the back of the party, entering stealth before charging forward to use the move Trample, a team-wide shuffle attack. With a speed stat of 9 at the highest levels, catching them before they execute all of this can be a workout for some characters.
  • Glass Cannon: Among heavy units, it is this. It can hit and shuffle your entire formation, or deal a lot of damage to forward characters, but only has between 20 and 40 hit points depending on level; one good swing from a Leper can kill it.
  • Hellish Horse: Although in a much weirder way than the traditional fire steed.
  • Power Floats: It’s hard to notice, but the Horses hover just above the ground thanks to their hooves being shattered by crystal energy.
  • Rearing Horse: Strikes this pose when using the move Rearing Strike, a single target stun attack.

Crystalline Aberration
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When Husk corpses are left lying around, you might get a nasty surprise: a spiky crystal growth that spawns from the deceased. Kill them quickly, and you'll get a little bit of healing. Let them be, however, and they’ll explode for huge damage on a hero.
  • Action Bomb: Deals a nasty amount of damage if left unchecked.
  • Glass Cannon: Very low HP, thankfully.
  • No-Sell: Boasts very high resistances to Bleeds and Stuns, not that it matters very much when one could sweep them away easily without those actions though.
  • Piñata Enemy: Gives you a small health payout when you do smash it. It even remembers the source of any Damage Over Time that kills it - you can hit it with a Harvest from a Jester, get the bleed, and when the bleed kills it, the Jester will heal.

Sleeper's Herald
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Floating crystals surrounded by a shell of rock that lash out at whatever attacks them. A variant, the Sleeper's Dream, turns up to send you to a rest site between waves; this version has incredible HP and Dodge ratings - but deals no damage.
  • Achilles' Heel: It has high Protection but underwhelming HP, and the DLC dropped alongside a patch that made the Shieldbreaker's Protection-ignoring attack, Pierce, hit harder and let it target any rank. Also, you don't get to counterattack if you're dead. The calculations from that point aren't hard.
  • Counter Attack: Permanently on.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: You get an achievement for killing it with one of your own counter-attacks.
  • Rock Monster: Resembles nothing so much as some sort of evil space geode. As one would expect, it comes with a solid Protection rating.
  • Stone Wall: Its damage is nothing spectacular, but it does have fairly beefy Protection.

    The Miller 
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"The poor Miller. Thrice a victim. The seasons took his livelihood. I took his land. And, incountable years later, the comet has taken his humanity."

"Seated comfortably in observatory, surrounded by telescopes and other delicate apparatus, I recognized his misfortune as an opportunity, and I agreed to lend him my... expertise."

The Miller was once the owner of the Farmstead and the surrounding lands. He, his family and his group of loyal and swarthy Farmhands worked the fields. However, after losing his crops to a blight for the second time in a year, the Miller went to the Ancestor and pleaded for help to save his farm. The Ancestor agreed, but his assistance masked his true intent, and as he arranged for a comet carrying an unspeakable monstrosity to land on the Miller's lands, infecting it with a new blight that promised grand rewards for the Estate, at the cost of the Miller and all of his people's souls being damned by the Sleeper and its reality-warping influence.


  • Achilles' Heel: Mildred's Locket makes the bearer immune to his hideously painful The Reaping attack. The Reaping is also a mass-damage ability, meaning it will always trigger Ripostes.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Sported a long and grayed beard both in his original life as a desperate farmer and currently as an undying victim of the Comet.
  • Breath Weapon: The move named Winters Breath has Miller target one of his own Farmhands, breath his crystallizing breath on them, and turn them into a support unit.
  • The Dragon: To the being from the Comet.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The locket on his necklace holds a picture of his wife, Mildred. One of its moves is to invoke despair in one of your heroes, causing them to pity him. Additionally, there is a trinket that weakens him considerably, containing the photo of a woman who is implied to be his wife.
  • Flunky Boss: Constantly summons Husks to aid him.
  • From Bad to Worse: First, the man's fields were yieldless twice in a year. Then the Ancestor had a comet dropped on him. And then the comet stole his soul. It's hard to say how the Miller's life could of ended up worse.
  • No-Sell: One of his combos is to set up a "Frozen Farmhand" enemy, which guards him, shoots Horror debuffs, and prevents the party from guarding.
  • Sinister Scythe: One that's fractured and floating in one place. You will learn to hate it.
  • Skyward Scream: If the player has the Mildred's Locket equipped, the move "Immortal Beloved" will be added to his moveset, which inflicts a debuff upon him, causing him to collapse on his knees, drop his weapon, and scream up towards the heavens.
  • Tragic Monster: The Miller was suffering from two seasons worth of failed harvests on his farm and came to the Ancestor to beg for help. Instead of aid, he was unknowingly being used as another twisted experiment for the Ancestor and was possessed by the Comet that came crashing down on his farm. To further the point, Miller is not classified as a Human nor a Husk, but instead as a ‘Poor Soul’.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It turns out that trusting the Ancestor to help you out ends poorly.
  • Was Once a Man: A specific man, this time. One you end up fighting repeatedly, because time in the Farmstead has gone a bit funny.

    The Thing from the Stars 
"A lurching composition of otherworldly death!"
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"How it is able to exist within our world with such an alien physiology is perplexing that no sane mind can understand."

An utterly otherworldly creature, a twisted and chaotic amalgamation of flesh, bone and crystal. Formed from mutated flesh and crystal, with multiple limbs and disgusting appendages, this hulking abominable mutant is able cross the barrier separating the Farmstead from the rest of the State and wreak havoc wherever it wanders.


  • Achilles' Heel: Armor Piercing attacks. It gains a massive protection boost when his health is below 45%, and it can cure himself from both bleed and blight whenever it executes its "Return to the Stars" move. Therefore, attacks that can bypass said protection make killing it that much easier. Grave Robbers and Shieldbreakers in particular excel at this task.
  • Body Horror: Just look at the thing. It doesn’t even have a stable, coherent form, it literally looks like a rotting mass of human and animal parts intermingled with crystals and it can shapeshift to attack, similar to the Formless Flesh. The corpse it leaves behind at the end of its fight implies it may just be a lump of living crystal that used corpses of people and animals to give it further form.
  • Breath Weapon: Capable of exhaling a blast of crystal dust from its mouth by using the move Paralyzing Shard.
  • Cast From Hitpoints: The move named Return to the Stars will take some of The Thing's health in exchange for planting a Crystalline Aberration to aid it.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Thing is a hideous agglomeration of corrupted flesh, shards of an unknown colour, and disgusting appendages, and is in general one of the most mysterious, monstrous, and horrifying things in the entire game.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: This thing is incomprehensible enough that all of its attacks inflict stress.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The more damage dealt to it, the faster and tougher it becomes. It's implied that this is due to cutting away the flesh coating the Thing, exposing the crystalline horror underneath.
  • Mook Maker: "Return to the Stars" creates a Crystalline Aberration.
  • Rare Random Drop: It has a very small chance of dropping Memories (used to build the Mill, the best district in the game). The only other (and guaranteed) way to get them is by killing the Sleeper in the Endless Harvest.
    • There are also several unique trinkets that you can get by beating the tar out of it.
  • Reality Warper: Not to the extent of the Sleeper, but its assorted eldritch mayhem includes attacks with names like "Phase Gnaw".
  • Roaming Enemy: Shows up in various locations. Unlike other minibosses, however, the Embark screen will show which dungeon it is lurking in each week.
  • Turns Red: Its stats spike as its health goes down.
  • Zombie Puke Attack: Will form a large, suction-cupped mouth to puke Blight at a target by using the move Phase Gnaw.

    The Comet *Spoilers* 
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The cosmic phenomenon that jumpstarted this entire incident.
  • Alien Invasion: Albeit for a particularly strange definition of "alien".
  • Big Bad: Of the "Colour of Madness" DLC.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: A gestating cosmic horror, it intends to do battle with the Heart of Darkness upon awakening.
  • Body to Jewel: What it inflicted upon the Miller and his farmhands.
  • Crystal Prison: What the comet itself is, containing a gestating cosmic horror.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Everything happening around the mill can be directly attributed to the comet.
  • Expy: It's the Color Out of Space (the otherworldly Cyan glow which sucks the life out of anything exposed to it, creating grey husks out of the inhabitants of a poor farmstead) with shades of a Tiberium meteorite (An Alien Kudzu virus-like crystal growing on everything it comes into contact with).
  • Flunky Boss: It summons focus points that later develop into larger crystal formations which blow up, causing damage and random status effects. It drops this once it moves onto its second stage.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: It's implied to be an infantile version of the same type of creature that The Heart of Darkness is, still encased within its comet.
  • Mighty Glacier: The Sleeper's speed and dodge stats aren't great, and unlike many bosses, it only gets one action per-round. It makes up for this with high health, substantial PROT, and devastatingly powerful attacks that hit the entire party.
  • Octopoid Aliens: A downplayed examples since it's still embedded in a giant rock, but it's singular eye does have the typical vertical hourglass shaped pupil of many cephalopod species. Given the thing serves a Shout-Out to a story by H. P. Lovecraft, they probably wanted to further the allusion by giving it a feature worthy of one of the Great Old Ones.
  • Reality Warper: Simply being around the thing warps all space and time.
  • Sequential Boss: If you don't kill it quickly enough, it becomes The Sleeper, ditching the Flunky Boss aspect and attacking your heroes more directly.
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