Affinity System Guide – Darkest Dungeon 2

Some bonds cannot be broken.

Darkest Dungeon 2 is the sequel to acclaimed game Darkest Dungeon, and both expands on its predecessor's systems and adds all-new features. The game's dark and brutal world certainly takes its toll on the player, but now it does so on its characters in a new and impactful way. For those confused on the Affinity system, here's how it works.

How Does the Affinity System Work in Darkest Dungeon 2?

The Affinity system refers to the relationships formed by individual characters. As the group travels together, they will share ideas or clash in their opinions. This system can hinder or help the player, depending on how the characters feel about one another. Many different things can influence this relationship. Think of it as a very dark dating sim mechanic.

Related: How to unlock characters in Darkest Dungeon 2

Positive relationship effects will be noted by the color yellow, while negative will be blue. 

Affinity System Best Choices - Darkest Dungeon 2

As the player travels on the road, they will come across encounters that require a decision. Characters may voice their opinion, and the player's choice will affect how those characters feel.

During battle, characters can become jealous or thankful for their companions' actions. For example, if one character were to heal a party member, another may feel they deserved or needed it instead. On the opposite end, a character may be thankful for their support or congratulate them on a well-struck blow on the same target they previously attacked.

The Affinity system in Darkest Dungeon 2 has a certain amount of RNG but can be manipulated to an extent. When players feel that a character may react negatively to a choice, they can avoid it to prevent the negative reaction. Additionally, the player can use certain items at the inn to strengthen the two characters' bonds. 

Should two characters fully develop a negative relationship, it can be very bad for your chances of survival, as they will be forced into using certain skills, and debuffs will trigger when certain skills between the two are used.

For more information on Darkest Dungeon 2, check out All characters in Darkest Dungeon 2 and Who is the narrator in Darkest Dungeon on Pro Game Guides.

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