Darkest Dungeon 2 is famous for being a punishing roguelike RPG that takes careful planning and team building to make any kind of progress. I admit, the first time I entered the game, I gleefully rushed headfirst into my first combat, only to get gloriously stomped. I quickly discovered that the key to winning fights is to have a functional team that synergizes with each other. Here are the best team compositions in Darkest Dungeon 2.
5 best team compositions in Darkest Dungeon 2
5. Early game team build in Darkest Dungeon 2
|4. Plague Doctor||3. Grave Robber||2. Highwayman||1. Man-at-Arms|
|Noxious Blast||Pick to the Face||Wicked Slice||Crush|
|Blinding Gas||Flashing Daggers||Pistol Shot||Rampart|
|Incision||Thrown Dagger||Duelist's Advance||Defender|
|Battlefield Medicine||Poison Dart||Tracking Shot||Bolster|
|Ounce of Prevention||Absinthe||Take Aim||Hold the Line!|
Early game team build in Darkest Dungeon 2 includes the heroes you get from the beginning: Man-at-Arms, Highwayman, Graverobber, and Plague Doctor. This composition even has a name in DD2 - The Unusual Suspects! We set up a solid battle formation that can hold its own, listing all the basic skills you will need initially, or at least until you get some new characters or unlock additional abilities.
4. Versatile mix team build in Darkest Dungeon 2
|4. Jester||3. Plague Doctor||2. Man-at-Arms||1. Hellion|
|Battle Ballad||Incision||Crush||Wicked Hack|
|Inspiring Tune||Battlefield Medicine||Rampart||Iron Swan|
|Finale||Plague Grenade||Bolster||Toe to Toe|
|Solo||Indiscriminate Science||Retribution||Adrenaline Rush|
|Encore||Magnesium Rain||Strategic Withdrawal||Howling End|
There are many different enemy types in Darkest Dungeon 2, and this composition is great as a jack of all trades. It works okay for encountering just about any threat without any glaring weaknesses. Ravager Hellion provides a solid damage output with Vanguard Man-at-Arms by her side, while Plague Doctor provides the much-needed healing. Jester is a joker card in the team, able to switch positions when needed.
Related: All characters in Darkest Dungeon 2
3. Stationary team build for Darkest Dungeon 2
|4. Occultist||3. Highwayman||2. Flagellant||1. Leper|
|Abyssal Artillery||Pistol Shot||Punish||Chop|
|Daemon's Pull||Tracking Shot||Endure||Hew|
|Vulnerability Hex||Grapeshot Blast||Acid Rain||Ruin|
|The Burning Stars||Highway Robbery||Suffer||Break|
|Wyrd Reconstruction||Take Aim||More! MORE!||Bash|
This team composition relies on holding their ground firmly during combat. Leper and Flagellant should be able to hold the frontline together firmly while the Highwayman supports them with damage buffs. This list relies on the hero's positioning, so no movement skills are included, but the upside is a firm frontline and ease of use.
2. Dynamic team build in Darkest Dungeon 2
|4. Plague Doctor||3. Runaway||2. Jester||1. Highwayman|
|Noxious Blast||Ransack||Harvest||Point Blank Shot|
|Battlefield Medicine||Run and Hide||Razor's Wit||Duelist's Advance|
|Ounce of Prevention||Cauterize||Fade to Black||Highway Robbery|
|Indiscriminate Science||Controlled Burn||Inspiring Tune||Wicked Slice|
|Magnesium Rain||Searing Strike||Finale||Open Vein|
Unlike the stationary build for Darkest Dungeon 2, this dynamic build relies on frequent changes in allied ranks. Utilizing skills that move heroes around, it can rotate damaged individuals further back while adjusting the attack strategy depending on the situation and enemies you face.
1. Late-game team build in Darkest Dungeon 2
|4. Grave Robber||3. Plague Doctor||2. Highwayman||1. Man-at-Arms|
|Poison Dart||Noxious Blast||Wicked Slice||Crush|
|Absinthe||Battlefield Medicine||Duelist's Advance||Bolster|
|Lunge||Plague Grenade||Take Aim||Hold the Line|
|Pirouette||Indiscriminate Science||Point Blank Shot||Bellow|
|Shadow Fade||Magnesium Rain||Highway Robbery||Retribution|
I used this late-game build to defeat the final boss in Darkest Dungeon 2. It consists of all the basic characters you get from the start of the game (Grave Robber, Plague Doctor, Highwayman, Man-at-Arms) but with upgraded skills to maximize their synergy and effectiveness.
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Darkest Dungeon 2 Best Team Comps