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Brigand Vvulf
Enemy Class Human
Size Average (1)
Actions per round Turnticker.pngTurnticker.pngAuto-Action: "Bombs Away" is used at the start of a round if the Barrel O' Bombs is aliveAuto-Action: "Time's Up!" is used at the end of a round if the Barrel O' Bombs is alive
HP 160
HP (Stygian/Bloodmoon) 192
Dodge 20% (25% NG+)
Protection 0%
Speed 4
Tray stealth.png Stealth No
Poptext stun.png Stun 100%
Poptext poison.png Blight 75%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed 80%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff 60%
Poptext move.png Move 300%

Flames on the horizon, sulfur in the air. The wolves are at the door.

~ The Ancestor.

Vvulf is the leader of the Brigands who plague the land surrounding the Hamlet, and has long been planning an invasion of the town itself. He is a dangerous and versatile foe, and can easily stand toe-to-toe with your hardest warriors. Armed with his Tower Shield and a barrel full of bombs he is able to deal massive damage and guard his men from any attacks your heroes try to dish out. As the Brigands' leader, he can also call in reinforcements at any time, and his voice has such a commanding presence that it strikes fear and doubt into the bravest of hearts. When he and his Brigands decide to invade the Hamlet, prepare for war!

Wolves at the Door[]

Brigand Vvulf is a human event boss that's only available during the mission "Wolves at the Door" that is unlocked by the Town Event "Brigand Incursion." In order to unlock this event, a few conditions must be met;

  • "Wolves at the Door" will not occur before Week 40.
  • You must have at least 4 LV5 heroes.
  • The base chance is 12% and will increase by 3% every time a town event takes place.

Be warned that if you skip Wolves at the Door, Vvulf will destroy three of your building upgrades. If you fail the quest, you do not lose town upgrades.


If the Barrel O' Bombs is out, he will start every round with "Bombs Away," placing a bomb on a rank like the Prophet's Calamitous Prognostication. At the end of the round, he will use "Time's Up!" which detonates the bomb, dealing heavy damage to the hero on the same rank. Both of these skills are automatic and don't use up his turns.

Destroying the Barrel at any point prior to "Time's Up!" will automatically cancel active bombs, i.e., they will do no damage, making the removal of the Barrel a priority every turn, similar to the Matchmen in the Brigand Pounder boss fight. However, the Barrel O' Bombs also has a persistent Riposte effect, meaning it will automatically counter-attack any non-lethal damage it takes.

Vvulf can subsequently re-summon the Barrel using the ability "Get Them!" if it has been destroyed. Vvulf will use this ability every turn that there is no active Barrel O' Bombs. "Get Them!" will also summon Brigand Cutthroat class enemies, and has a chance of stunning one hero.

His other skills are "Tower Shield," a skill that guards one of his allies and has a high chance of summoning another Brigand Raider, and "Warcry" which causes stress damage on one or two heroes.


The Vvulf is not like a regular boss. Firstly, be aware that abandoning the quest for Vvulf will result in a party member dying, unlike most boss fights. This means you shouldn't come after Vvulf unless you're confident of success. If unprepared, it may be better to just allow him to damage your hamlet, as opposed to risking heroes in the quest. Alternatively, you could send a lone hero in to die, which will cancel the quest without allowing Vvulf to harm your town. Secondly, since he is on a short quest, there is no option to use camping skills. Finally, the dungeon is static, never changing, unlike most quest dungeons in the game. His room is thus always predictable. While the dungeon is small, it has numerous fights before you can reach the boss. There's also 2 side wings which can contain ancestor trinkets, but means enduring more fights. It may be best to go for these after the fight, if the party is still battle worthy.

The biggest danger of Vvulf is actually the quest itself. By the time you reach him, you're bound to be worn out, and there's no camping skills to help. Carry max bandages to remove the constant bleeds which brigands will apply in this dungeon, and be prepared for the stress as well. Carrying enough shovels is also important. Since bleeds work fine here, bringing the Jester or Houndmaster is not a bad choice.

Vvulf only occupies 1 slot, has 2 turns per round, and is equally vulnerable to bleeds or blights. He does have a fair amount of dodge, but no prot for when strikes do connect. He's prone to moving throughout the fight, but will usually be at slots 2 or 3. He also has a barrel of bombs with a permanent riposte. Due to the riposte, it might be more ideal to leave it alone, as opposed to destroying it. He'll also quickly replace it anyway.

This fight is very similar to the Prophet. He will drop a bomb on one of your party's slots, then at the end of his turn, set it off. However, it'll only ever be 1 slot, making it easier to counter. Simply bring the Man At Arms and guard whoever has the bomb. If you have the Shieldbreaker DLC and have Aegis Scales in stock, you can also use those to defend against a bomb. Destroying the barrel of bombs will cancel the bomb on your party (somehow), but Vvulf will just summon a new one, then promptly throw a new bomb. If you want to try destroying the barrel, only use hard hitting attacks because each one will trigger a riposte.

Vvulf himself does little, relying on his bombs and minions to do most of the work. He also likes to guard his own minions, which just works in your favor as it makes him an easier target without applying any buffs to compensate. If he's in slot 3 for example, the Leper can still hit him simply by targeting a minion with guard.

Team Selection[]

Preferred Heroes[]

  • Bounty Hunter - Bonus damage against a majority of the threats in this mission.
  • Highwayman - High speed and damage allow for consistency. Duelist's Advance provides extra damage against a lot of incoming attacks. Even better with two.
  • Man-at-Arms - Capable of guarding your allies when the bombs fall, and gets a PROT bonus to endure the damage. Team buffs great for Stress mitigation.
  • Jester - Party buffs will be helpful for the fight, and he's also capable of relieving the high amounts of Stress going about.
  • Occultist - His debuffs can take a lot of bite out of the bombs, and he provides Mark synergy with a Bounty Hunter.

Reasonable Choices[]

  • Flagellant - Multi-purpose frontliner who can deliver great heals to undo bomb damage. Mind his Stress levels if you're also using him to relieve everyone else's Stress.
  • Houndmaster - "Cry Havoc!" can provide good Stress relief during the course of the quest. His Guard skill, however, is not as useful due to the high accuracy of a bomb's explosion.
  • Leper - Great frontline damage can tear through the Bandits he summons.
  • Shieldbreaker - Use Serpent Sway to add Blocks while pushing her into bomb-threatened positions.

Discouraged Heroes[]

  • Antiquarian - There isn't a lot of loot to be found in the quest's tiny map. Her Dodge buff has minimal effect in countering bombs.


After completing the quest, Vvulf will drop his tassle as a Trophy.

Vvulf's Tassle
Wolf tassle.png
  • +20% DMG vs Marked+
  • +10 ACC vs Marked+
  • +5% CRT vs size 2


Darkest Level
Skill Name Range Rank Target Accuracy Crit
Damage Effect
Bombs Away Ranged 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. 112.5% 0% 0 Rank Mark* No Effect
Time's Up! Ranged 1, 2, 3, 4. 1, 2, 3, 4, 100% +1 Target.** 222.5% 10% 23-45 Clear Rank Mark* No Effect
Get Them!*** Melee 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3, 4. 112.5% 10% 2-5 Poptext stun.png 140% Stun
New game plus save icon.png Summon 1 Barrel O' Bombs
New game plus save icon.png Summon 1 Brigand Raider
New game plus save icon.png 33% Summon 2nd Brigand Raider
No Effect
Tower Shield Support 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3, 4 (allies). Poptext guard.png Guard Ally
New game plus save icon.png 75% Summon 1 Brigand Raider
No Effect
Warcry Ranged 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3, 4, 100% +1 Target. 112.5% 0% 0 Tray afflicted.png Stress +8 No Effect

* Rank Marked marks the target's rank when the ability lands, not the targeted Hero.

** Time's Up! can only be cast on heroes occupying a Marked Rank. Heroes in Ranks that are not marked will not be affected, even if it says 100% +1 extra target. However as Bombs Away is only able to create 1 marked rank, the ability to target additional ranks is redundant.

*** There is a 1 Barrel limit. Also summoning will occur whether the ability lands or not.

Related Enemies[]

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  • V made a new change to this quest. Vvulf now appears only once if you kill him, instead of respawning many times.

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