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DOT Effects

The 3 basic DOT effects:Bleed dd2Bleed, Blight dd2Blight, and Burn dd2Burn

Damage Over Time or DOT is a combat mechanic in Darkest Dungeon II.

Overview[ | ]

MAA bleeding

The Man-at-Arms suffering from aBleed dd2Bleed effect

Blight on dinner cart

A Dinner Cart losing Icon HP dd2HP to a Blight dd2Blight effect

🔸DOTs are harmful effects inflicted on Heroes and enemies via skills and combat items. Typical DOT effects include Bleed dd2Bleed, Blight dd2Blight, and Burn dd2Burn (excluding StrangleStrangle, a unique DOT). These effects can stack and deal a fixed amount of damage on the targets whenever they start their turn. Similar to most Debuff dd2Debuffs, DOT effects last for 3 turns and has a 100% chance to be inflicted via all skills by default. Heroes can increase said chance by equipping certain trinkets. If a DOT attack is a critical hit, the DOT effect of the attack will ignore 20% DOT Resistances of the target and last for 2 additional turns if it manages to bypass Resistances. Unlike physical damage, DOT values can not be reduced by any means - it can only be completely negated by DOT Resistances. Due to its damage-per-turn mechanic, DOT is particularly handy for wearing down enemies with multiple actions per turn and killing ones with Deathsdoor dd2Death Blow Resistance (who are already on Deathsdoor dd2Death's Door). DOT will not take effect when a target it affects uses skills that does not expend an action (Worship of Evangelist and Cherub, for example).

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🔸DOT Resistances[ | ]

  • The Bleed dd2Bleed, Blight dd2Blight, and Burn dd2Burn Resistances (RES) are displayed as BLD, BLGT, and BURN, respectively. DOTs have a chance to be negated by respective DOT Resistances of targets they affect. For example, an enemy or Hero with 20 BLD Resistance has 20% chance to resist a Bleed dd2Bleed effect whenever they are hit by a skill with default DOT chance (100%) that inflicts Bleed dd2Bleed.
Hero Info Interface

The DOT Resistances, seen at the bottom left, can be found in the Combat Skills section of a Hero's info panel

  • It is important to increase the DOT Resistances of Heroes as many DOT effects can easily wear Heroes down if stacked several times. Some enemy skills can inflict particularly huge DOT effects, such as Deacon-iconDeacon's Exultation (Bleed dd210) or Lord's Bilious Cannon (Blight dd2 6). Heroes can boost their DOT Resistances via skill Dd2 token buffBuffs (Portraits-plaguedoctorPlague Doctor's Dd2 ability ounceofprevention Ounce of Prevention), trinkets (Heat Shield) as well as combat and Inn items (Clotting Poultice). In addition, the DOT Resistances of a Hero can be increased or decreased depending on their positive or negative Relationship with other Heroes. As such, achieving multiple positive Relationships gives Heroes a much better chance of withstanding DOT attacks. Each positive/negative Relationship will increase/decrease all DOT Resistances of a Hero by 5.
Lower resist due to relationship

A penalty of BURN Resistance caused by a negative Relationship

  • DOT Resistances can be reduced by Debuff dd2Debuffs from certain skills (such asPortraits-occultistOccultist's upgraded Dd2 ability malediction Malediction or Whipper's Infernal Taskmaster) and combat items (such as Toxic Ichor).

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🔸DOT Removal[ | ]

  • All DOT effects will be automatically removed from all Heroes whenever a battle ends. DOTs can also be removed by combat items and certain skills. In combat, Heroes can entirely remove Bleed dd2Bleed, Blight dd2Blight, and Burn dd2Burn from themselves when they use Bandages, Antivenom, and Burn Salve, respectively. Medicinal Herbs can remove all DOTs at once.

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🔸Forced DOT Triggering[ | ]

  • Typically, DOT only deals damage at the start of its target's turn. However, some Heroes and enemies can use their skills to force DOT to deal most (or all) of its damage instantly (and remove the DOT in some cases). The damage dealt is counted as physical damage. For example, if an enemy is currently suffering from a Bleed dd2Bleed effect for 3 turns (5 damage for each turn), a skill capable of triggering 100% of Bleed dd2Bleed amounts will instantly deal 15 physical damage to said enemy.
  • Portraits-plaguedoctorPlague Doctor andPortraits-runawayRunaway are so far the only Heroes that can instantly trigger DOT on targets by using Dd2 ability causeofdeath Cause of Death (affects all basic DOT types) and Dd2 ability backdraft Backdraft (only affects Burn dd2Burn), respectively. Dd2 ability causeofdeath Cause of Death can trigger 75 - 100% of DOT amounts, while Dd2 ability backdraft Backdraft can trigger 50 - 75% of said amounts. Unlike Dd2 ability causeofdeath Cause of Death, Dd2 ability backdraft Backdraft does not remove DOT and its damage dealt to a target does not directly derive from the DOT amount on the target, but rather from the DOT on an enemy standing in front of the target. Her Ladyship, a unique variant of the Immolatist, possesses the Combustion skill which can trigger and remove all Burn dd2Burn amounts on a target.

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🔸StrangleStrangle[ | ]

  • Strangle on Hellion

    Hellion receiving StrangleStrangle effect

    The unique DOT effect, StrangleStrangle, has differrent mechanics and is exclusive to the Dreaming General's Tap Root. StrangleStrangle can not be resisted and will only affect Heroes if they stand on a Rank with 3 Tangled Growth 3Tangled Growth effects applied to it. After the first turn of combat, Tap Root will use Creeping Growth to apply 1 Tangled Growth 1Tangled Growth on 2 random Ranks. Once applied on a Hero, StrangleStrangle deals 2 damage per turn, increased by 2 for each turn it remains on said Hero. After being removed and re-applied, the damage value will reset back to 2.
    Creeping Growth

    Tap Root will apply the first Tangled Growth 1Tangled Growth effect on all Ranks (rather than Heroes) on the first turn of combat

  • The main way to remove StrangleStrangle is hitting the Tap Root with any skill or combat item - for each hit, Tap Root will use Receding Growth to remove 2 Tangled Growth 2Tangled Growths from a random Rank with at least 2 Tangled Growth 2Tangled Growths. The other way, which is far more dangerous, is letting the Dreaming General use Nightmare, which will remove 2 Tangled Growth 2Tangled Growths from all Hero Ranks at once. Nightmare will only be used if all said Ranks have 3 Tangled Growth 3Tangled Growth effects. The first Tangled Growth 1Tangled Growth effect inflicted on all Ranks on the first turn of combat can not be removed and will last for the entire duration of the battle against the Dreaming General.
    Tangled Growth Levels

    3 levels of Tangled Growth 1Tangled Growth

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🔸Reginal DOT Focus[ | ]

  • Depending on regions that Heroes traverse, they will encounter regional enemies with different focuses on DOT and DOT Resistances. The Plague Eaters in the Foetor region possess particularly high Blight dd2Blight Resistances and primarily inflict Blight dd2Blight via their skills. The Lost Battalion in the Tangle focuses on dealing Bleed dd2Bleed while having high Bleed dd2Bleed Resistance. In the Sprawl, Burn dd2Burn will be a dominant DOT threat as all Fanatics are Burn-resistant and can inflict Burn dd2Burn, mostly after they use Ignite!. In the Mountain region, the Cultists will mostly inflict Bleed dd2Bleed and have low DOT Resistances overall.


List of DOT Skills[ | ]

🔸DOT Skills of Heroes[ | ]

  • Some Heroes can apply DOT effects on themselves or their teammates using their skills, which only include Dd2 ability ruin Ruin (Portraits-leperLeper) (upgraded) and Dd2 ability wyrdreconstruction Wyrd Reconstruction (Portraits-occultistOccultist).
  • In some cases, a skill does not directly apply DOT on enemies. Instead, it allows other skills and item uses to inflict DOT. The only skills with such mechanic are Dd2 ability firestarter Firestarter (Portraits-runawayRunaway) and Dd2 ability malediction Malediction (Portraits-occultistOccultist). Dd2 ability firestarter Firestarter enables a Hero to inflict Burn dd2Burn on enemies through their own skills and items, while Dd2 ability malediction Malediction forces an enemy target to receive a random DOT effect each time it takes damage.
Bleed dd2Bleed
Hero Skill Damage per turn
Portraits-plaguedoctorPlague Doctor Dd2 ability incision Incision Bleed dd23

Bleed dd24 (Dd2 mastery icon)

Portraits-highwaymanHighwayman Dd2 ability openvein Open Vein Bleed dd22

Bleed dd23 (Dd2 mastery icon)

Portraits-hellionHellion Dd2 ability ifitbleeds If It Bleeds
Dd2 ability bleedout Bleed Out Bleed dd24

Bleed dd26 (Dd2 mastery icon)

Portraits-jesterJester Dd2 ability sliceoff Slice Off Bleed dd23
Dd2 ability harvest Harvest
Portraits-leperLeper Dd2 ability ruin Ruin* Bleed dd22 (Dd2 mastery icon)
Portraits-occultistOccultist Dd2 ability wyrdreconstruction Wyrd Reconstruction* Bleed dd23

Bleed dd22 (Dd2 mastery icon)

Dd2 ability malediction Malediction^ Bleed dd22
Dd2 ability anamnesis Anamnesis Bleed dd23

Bleed dd24 (Dd2 mastery icon)

* Inflicts Bleed dd2Bleed on self/allies rather than on enemies

^ Does not directly inflict Bleed dd2Bleed itself but rather cause other Heroes' skills to inflict Bleed dd2Bleed

Blight dd2Blight
Hero Skill Damage per turn
Portraits-plaguedoctorPlague Doctor Dd2 ability noxiousblast Noxious Blast Blight dd2 4

Blight dd2 6 (Dd2 mastery icon)

Dd2 ability plaguegrenade Plague Grenade Blight dd2 3

Blight dd2 4 (Dd2 mastery icon)

Portraits-graverobberGrave Robber Dd2 ability poisondart Poison Dart Blight dd2 2

Blight dd2 4 (Dd2 mastery icon)

Portraits-occultistOccultist Dd2 ability malediction Malediction* Blight dd2 2
* Does not directly inflict Blight dd2Blight itself but rather cause other Heroes' skills to inflict Blight dd2Blight
Burn dd2Burn
Hero Skill Damage per turn
Portraits-plaguedoctorPlague Doctor Dd2 ability magnesiumrain Magnesium Rain Burn dd22

Burn dd23 (Dd2 mastery icon)

Portraits-runawayRunaway Dd2 ability firefly Firefly Burn dd23

Burn dd25 (Dd2 mastery icon)

Dd2 ability searingstrike Searing Strike Burn dd22

Burn dd23 (Dd2 mastery icon)

Dd2 ability controlledburn Controlled Burn
Dd2 ability dragonfly Dragonfly
Dd2 ability firestarter Firestarter*
Portraits-occultistOccultist Dd2 ability malediction Malediction* Burn dd22
* Does not directly inflict Burn dd2Burn itself but rather cause other Heroes' skills to inflict Burn dd2Burn
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🔸DOT Skills of Enemies[ | ]

Bleed dd2Bleed
Region Enemy Skill Damage per turn
Ubiquitous Deacon Flesh From Bone Bleed dd25
Exultation Bleed dd210
Evangelist Blood Commune Bleed dd23
Blood Bond Bleed dd22
Pillager Hatchetman Low Blow
Shambler Obdurous Advancement
Ghoul Rend Bleed dd23
Woodsman Carve The Toy
Foetor Dinner Cart Cleaver
Harvest Child Maws of Life
Butcher Carve Bleed dd24
Tangle Arbalist Serrated Bolt Bleed dd23
Knight Riposte (Token)
Biting Blade Bleed dd24
Flashing Blade Bleed dd22
Sprawl Flayer Slash
Burning Skewer (Ignited)
Sluice Swine Brute, Wilbur Gore, Savage Gore Bleed dd24
Mountain Cardinal Hollow Vessel Bleed dd22
Padlock of Wasting Cerebral Falter Bleed dd24
Blight dd2Blight
Region Enemy Skill Damage per turn
Ubiquitous Antiquarian Festering Vapours Blight dd2 2
Lost Soul Filthy Morsel
Shambler Undulating Withdrawal
Foetor Harvest Child Sapid Drippings
Dinner Cart Sickly Sweet Blight dd2 3
Lady Bilious Wail
Be Our Guest Blight dd2 4
Maid Larval Slop
Lord Bilious Cannon Blight dd2 6
Sluice Swine Skulker Fouled Shank Blight dd2 2
Mountain Cardinal Hollow Vessel
Padlock of Wasting Cerebral Falter Blight dd2 4
Burn dd2Burn
Region Enemy Skill Damage per turn
Sprawl Pit Fighter Accelerant* Burn dd21
Flayer Riposte (Token) (Ignited)
Burning Skewer (Ignited) Burn dd22
Blade Tornado (Ignited)
Searing Lunge (Ignited)
Immolatist, Her Ladyship Flaming Lasso Burn dd22, Burn dd23
Fire Flay, Fire Flense Burn dd23, Burn dd24
Sacrificial A New Sun Burn dd23
Blind Shaman Burning Beads (Ignited) Burn dd22
Librarian Burning Bright
Conflagration (Ignited)
Mandatory Reading
Whipper Infernal Taskmaster (Ignited)
Whip Crack (Ignited)
Whip Trip (Ignited)
Mountain Cardinal Hollow Vessel
Padlock of Wasting Cerebral Falter Burn dd24
* Does not directly inflict Burn dd2Burn itself but rather cause Pit Fighter's skills to inflict Burn dd2Burn
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