The Duelist in Darkest Dungeon 2 is a character defined by elegance and deadly precision, demanding a nuanced understanding of her stance-based combat. Unlocking her full suite of skills will unlock so much combat potential.
In this guide, I will take you through everything you need to know on how to unlock the Duelist skills in each chapter of the Darkest Dungeon 2.
Chapter 1: Unlocking The Duelist Skill In Academie Duello
In the opening chapter, players must visit a Hero Shrine. Here, through Sahar’s memories, you learn of her past as a sword student. This narrative journey rewards players with ‘The Boot,’ a skill mirroring the Crusader’s Stunning Blow, designed to disrupt enemy lines by knocking adversaries back three positions.
Chapter 2: Unlocking The Duelist Skill In After Hours
The second Hero Shrine introduces a practical tutorial in the form of a challenge, teaching the Duelist stances. By alternating between Defensive and Aggressive Stances to damage a training dummy, players unlock ‘Again.’ This skill is strategic, allowing the Duelist to sacrifice her stance, enabling allies to refresh their cooldown abilities sooner—potentially a game-changer in battle.
Chapter 3: Unlocking The Duelist In A Insatiable
The third chapter’s Hero Shrine presents another piece of the Duelist’s story. After learning of her unquenchable thirst for perfection, players are granted ‘Flèche.’ This attack is the bread and butter of the Duelist’s arsenal, synergizing with Preparation for devastating blows against formidable foes like bosses, thanks to a 30% bonus damage.
Chapter 4: Unlocking The Duelist In A Taste Of Victory
In the penultimate reflection, players face the Duelist’s Mentor in a strategic duel. This encounter requires a delicate balance of offense and defense, utilizing stances to heal, block, and strike. Overcoming this challenge bestows ‘Meditation,’ transforming the Duelist into a formidable tank that can taunt enemies into focusing their attacks on her.
Chapter 5: Unlocking Th Duelist In The Perfection
The culmination of the Duelist’s journey doesn’t present a challenge but rather a narrative conclusion from which two skills are gained. ‘Coup de Grace’ serves as a lethal finisher, bypassing enemy defenses, while ‘Ruthless Instruction’ provides a buff best suited for allies like the Leper, enhancing their dodging capabilities and mitigating the penalties from Blindness.
Through each chapter in Darkest Dungeon 2, the Duelist’s skills unfold, each a piece of her storied past. By visiting Hero Shrines and engaging with Sahar’s memories, players unlock powerful abilities that can shift the tides of battle.
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