Darkest Dungeon 2 has landed on the Epic Game Store in Early Access, and the notoriously hardcore rogue game doesn’t get any easier in its new form. You’ll still gather a band of intrepid adventurers as you battle the impossible – slowly succumbing (or rarely successfully) to the nightmarish creatures of the night.
Manage Stress – Darkest Dungeon 2
Stress is back. In Darkest Dungeon 2, Tension increases from 1 to 10 – at the age of 10 your character will have a hard time and as a result, may receive new negative questions. Surviving a crisis drops you to 4-5 stress levels and the cycle continues again. Stress management is one of the most important skills in the game and the only way to keep your heroes alive for long.
There are two classes that can help you manage your stress; the Plague Doctor and the Man-At-Arms. The Plague Doctor’s Ounce of Prevention will lower your stress by 1 each time it is used for the entire party. That makes it almost essential for any run (so far). The Man-At-Arms has Bolster, which is a support buff that only has a 50% chance of lowering stress by 1. It’s a good backup in a pinch, but the Plague Doctor is what you’ll want.
Upgrade Ounce of Prevention
Ounce of Prevention is not a top ability until you upgrade it with Hope. After upgrading it, you will get a -1 Stress bonus. Get the Ounce of Prevention for your Plague Doctor and upgrade ASAP. You’ll thank yourself for taking your stress levels seriously. Just stay fighting longer on enemies (don’t kill them) to use the Ounce of Prevention more often and reduce your overall stress to prevent crises.
Keep Your Stress Less Than 4
Now that you have an effective way to manage stress, you’ll also want to watch your torches. Stress and your torch percentage are related – the darker you leave your torch, the more stress will build up while exploring or fighting. Make sure to spend money to keep your stress level above 40 and use Ounce of Prevention to keep your team’s stress level below 4. If you do, your team will be more positive. and help each other. Positive relationships lead to lots of assists and automatic counting in combat.
And really, just having a basic set of Plague Doctor, Grave Robber, Highwayman, and Man-at-Arms is enough to get through Chapter 1 if you keep these basics in mind. Upgrade the Plague Doctor, manage your stress/torch and your team can basically overcome any challenge. But let’s get into a few other things you might not have known.
Save And Quit – Darkest Dungeon 2
Runs can be intense in Darkest Dungeon 2. You can save, quit, and come back later to continue your run. All you have to do is just quit the run. There is an option on the main menu to continue your run – you will start from the beginning whichever turn you have taken.
There Are More Hero Classes
You’ll start with four hero classes (Plague Doctor, Grave Robber, Highwayman, and Man-at-Arms) but there’s more to unlock. You can also unlock these following heroes:
To unlock more hero classes, you need to earn a special resource called Hope. Hope is obtained by doing well on a journey – by completing certain objectives such as having 40% + Torch or earning 3 Support Encounters. Just completing a journey, you will earn some Hope, which you can spend.
Getting rid of items you don’t want will also earn you Hope. Hope is a powerful resource, so use it wisely.