Baldwin the Leper returns in Darkest Dungeon 2. He’s a tanky character who has a lot of skills suited for survival, and you’ll have access to him once you reach Profile Rank 12. Here’s our Darkest Dungeon 2 Leper guide to help you unlock the best skills and complete the Shrine battles.
Baldwin the Leper Skills | Darkest Dungeon 2
|Skill Name||Effect||Unlock Method|
|Chop||Deals moderate damage to a single target; will often cause the Leper to be afflicted with the blind status; blind is ignored only when the enemy has a combo token||Available by default|
|Purge||Only usable against an enemy in the frontline; knocks back a target; adds a combo token; clears corpses||Available by default|
|Withstand||Grants the Leper block, taunt, and resistances (bleed, blight, and burn)||Available by default|
|Solemnity||Removes two to three Stress pips; heal up to 33% of HP if below 33% max health||Available by default|
|Reflection||Stress heal; removes blind and combo tokens||Available by default|
|Break||Deals single-target damage; chance for Leper to go blind; ignores and removes block token from enemy||First visit to a Shrine (battle) - Shun Them Not|
|Revenge||Self-buff; removes weak but adds vulnerable; adds strength; 15% chance for a critical token||Second visit to a Shrine (narration) - Infection|
|Intimidate||Can target any enemy to deal low damage; Leper taunts two attacks from hostiles; ignores and removes target stealth; gives target weak||Third visit to a Shrine (narration) - Treason|
|Hew||Hits two enemies in front; high chance for Leper to go blind; ignores blind if the target has a combo token||Fourth visit to a Shrine (battle) - The Purge|
|Bash||Can be cast on any of the two enemies in front; causes immobilized and dazed (and a combo token if upgraded); Leper is immobilized||Fifth visit to a Shrine (narration) - A Beautiful View|
|Ruin||Increases the damage you deal by 20% if you get hit; will cause you to bleed for a couple of turns||Fifth visit to a Shrine (narration) - A Beautiful View|
Shrine Battle: Shun Them Not - How to aid the Supplicants
The first time you visit a Shrine as the Leper in Darkest Dungeon 2, you’ll immediately relive an old battle. There, you’ll see four Supplicants who are sick. You can use abilities like Out of My Way or Royal Stride to move forward.
Once in front, use Embrace on a Supplicant to help them. While this is going on, the Advisors who are supposed to be on your side will also cause you to shuffle backwards. Just keep moving in front to Embrace the remaining Supplicants.
After completing this Shrine battle, you’ll receive the Break skill.
Shrine Battle: The Purge - How to eliminate the Traitorous Advisors
The goal is to take out all four Traitorous Advisors. Focus on one target at a time and use Blind Fury. Once an enemy has a combo token, use Executioner’s Swing against him.
If a target has dodge, cast Denounce Treachery on them. Likewise, if you end up with a bleed token or if you’re low on health, use Calm Sea. Winning here grants the Hew skill for the Leper.
The Best Leper Skills | Darkest Dungeon 2
The Leper is a beefy character who can sustain himself for prolonged periods in a fight. The downside is that his offensive capabilities do suffer due to getting so many blind tokens. Although there are abilities that remedy this, you’ll still want to rely on teammates to apply combo tokens on enemies. Foes that have a combo token will allow you to ignore the blind status when you attack with certain skills, though the status effect will still be applied after your turn.
In any case, here are our picks for the best Leper skills in Darkest Dungeon 2:
- Withstand - This is your basic taunt skill with some defensive buffs.
- Solemnity - This is your basic HP and Stress healing ability.
- Reflection - The skill is an alternative since it also has a Stress heal effect, while removing a blind token, too.
- Bash - Great for debuffing two enemies and applying combo tokens.
- Ruin - If you get hit, you deal more damage.
- Purge - Knock back a foe and pop a combo token on them. You can clear corpses with this, too.