How to upgrade your Characters in Darkest Dungeon 2

Shrines are your best friend on the road!

As you go on more dangerous expeditions with your team of four in Darkest Dungeon 2, you will need to improve their fighting skills to keep up with the more powerful enemies. This can be done with Trinkets or Mastery Points, but the most straightforward way is at The Living City. There are three main ways to upgrade your characters without relying on just Trinket drop RNG. There are a few ways to increase your odds of survival, so here is how you can upgrade your characters in Darkest Dungeon 2.

How to upgrade Skills in Darkest Dungeon 2

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You can use mastery points at the Mastery Trainer in the inn to power up a skillThis typically increases its damage or adds various buffs to the attack. Mastery points are earned through most fights, but not every battle is worth doing if you can't spare the stress. Before finalizing your selection, you can reset your upgrades and figure out what skills you will focus on.

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How to learn new skills in Darkest Dungeon 2

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Another method of upgrading your characters is to learn new skills at Hero Shrines. These can be found while traveling on your Stagecoach, so planning your route to hit these is a good idea early on. Some of the chapters in The Shrines require you to fight through scenes with the character you've chosen.

Once learned, players may swap what skills their character is equipped with to change their options during combat. Only five skills can be equipped at once, so to equip one, you'll have to unequip one first. These new skills are kept for future runs, allowing the player to choose skills that synergize with each other and the rest of the team.

How to upgrade characters in Darkest Dungeon 2

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Before starting an Expedition, you can upgrade characters by going to The Living City. This allows you to use your Candles of Hope to upgrade each character, getting HP and even new Paths that change how they play. After each run, you'll accumulate a lot of candles that can be used to unlock more Trinkets to appear as well, so choose what you want to spend them on wisely!

For more information on Darkest Dungeon 2, check out Should you hit the rubble in the road in Darkest Dungeon 2 and What are Lairs in Darkest Dungeon 2 on Pro Game Guides.

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