Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court - How to Play The Flagellant

A look at how to play the new Flagellant hero class in the latest Darkest Dungeon DLC, The Crimson Court.

6 months ago by Morgan Shaver in Guides

If you’ve been exploring the Darkest Dungeon DLC release, The Crimson Court, you may be wondering how to play the new Flagellant class.

To encounter this new hero class, you’ll need to click and drag him from the Blood Scourge event, as he won’t appear in the normal hero caravan. If you’re just starting out in Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court, we recommend giving a quick read through our beginner’s guide.

Before we jump into playing the Flagellant, the first thing you’ll need to keep in mind regarding this new hero class is that he centers around the idea of self-mutilation. As such, the more bleeding and damage he takes, the more effective he’ll become.

For more info on this awesome new hero, read on to learn how to play the Flagellant class in Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court!

Flagellant Base Stats

Below, you'll find the base stats of the Flagellant in Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court. 

When it comes to the new Flagellant hero class in Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court, it helps to have an overview of his base stats. Unfortunately, his entry stats are somewhat weak. The Flagellant starts out with 22 HP thanks to his Sinner’s Flesh armor, and deals a base damage ratio of 3-6 with a 2.5% critical hit chance using his weapon, the Hand Fashioned Flail.

While this isn’t altogether too impressive, the Flagellant will slowly grow in power as he takes damage and “feeds” off the negative afflictions of his party members. He also starts out with a 75% Death Blow resistance, which is useful considering he’s pretty much always losing HP.

In addition, you can increase the overall damage and health of the Flagellant by visiting the Blacksmith and acquiring upgrades for his armor and weapons as listed below.

Flagellant Armor Upgrades

  • Level 1 Armor: 26 HP, Defense 5%
  • Level 2 Armor: 30 HP, Defense 10%
  • Level 3 Armor: 34 HP, Defense 15%
  • Level 4 Armor: 38 HP, Defense 20%

Flagellant Weapon Upgrades

  • Level 1 Weapon: 4-7 Damage, 3% Critical Chance
  • Level 2 Weapon: 2-8 Damage, 3.5% Critical Chance
  • Level 3 Weapon: 5-10 Damage, 4% Critical Chance
  • Level 4 Weapon: 5-11 Damage, 4.5% Critical Chance

The Flagellant - How to Use Suffer

When playing the Flagellant in Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court, it helps to understand how to use his Suffer skill.

In Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court, you’ll want to keep your new Flagellant hero in either the first or second spot of your party’s lineup. This is due, in part, to the Flagellant’s low HP and unique Suffer skill. What is the Flagellant’s Suffer skill? Well, Suffer essentially takes an affliction of another member of your party and transfers it over to the Flagellant.

By using Suffer, the Flagellant increases his Death Blow resistance and protection. Now, to fully utilize the Flagellant’s Suffer skill, another party member needs to either be bleeding, marked, or blighted. Fortunately, Darkest Dungeon’s new Crimson Court DLC is all about blood. And, as you explore areas like The Courtyard, you’ll likely have at least one bleeding party member.

Once the Flagellant has used his Suffer skill, you’ll need to accrue damage in order to make the most of the Flagellant class. Again, he’s at his most efficient when his health is low. This can be seen in the Flagellant’s Exansanguinate attack, which can only be used if the Flagellant is below half of his total HP.

Additionally, his critical chance and damage gets a boost when his health is below 38%. This will continue to stack when the Flagellant reaches 100%. At this point, the Flagellant will gain the new affliction, Rapturous.

The Flagellant - Trinkets, Party, Summary

When playing the Flagellant in Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court, try to keep the Book of Rage Trinket on hand.

When using the new Flagellant class in Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court, you’ll want to carry a few select Trinkets. As you’re selecting Trinkets for the Flagellant, the one we strongly recommend carrying is the Book of Rage. This Trinket will reduce your bleed resist, and will also grant a buff to damage and critical hit when the Flagellant is below 33% health.

As you can surmise, this Trinket is definitely a smart choice when playing the Flagellant. When it comes to your party, try to keep an Occultist with you at all times as they grant Vestal healing. Furthermore, the Wyrd Reconstruction skill of the Occultist causes bleeding on top of healing, meaning the Flagellant won’t have to wait for an enemy to inflict bleed to power up his unique set of skills.

By keeping the general overview of the Flagellant as listed above in mind while making your way through Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court, you’ll be able to get the most use out of this unique new hero class.

Have questions about the Flagellant or Darkest Dungeon’s new DLC, The Crimson Court? Let us know in the comments below!

By reading through this guide, you should now know how to play the new Flagellant hero class in Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court.