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Gestating Heart
Gestating Heart.png
Enemy Class Eldritch
Size Unimaginable
Actions per round Turnticker.png
HP 189
HP (Stygian/Bloodmoon) 227
Dodge 23.75%
Protection 0%
Speed 2
Tray stealth.png Stealth No
Poptext stun.png Stun 72.5%
Poptext poison.png Blight 87.5%
Poptext bleed.png Bleed 67.5%
Poptext debuff.png Debuff 67.5%
Poptext move.png Move 73%

The Gestating Heart is the second-to-last form of the final boss of the Darkest Dungeon. Classified as ELDRITCH, it is a wriggling mass of horror that seems to be incubating an even more frightening and incomprehensible form.


Every time one of your Heroes uses an ability on the Gestating Heart, they will gain 12 health back (4 on Stygian) and have a 150% chance to be Blighted for 2 damage (6 on Stygian) lasting 3 rounds. The Heart will only use Dispersion until the third round, at which point it casts Ascension.


Darkest Level
Skill Name Range Rank Target Accuracy Crit
Damage Effect
Dispersion Melee 1, 2, 3, 4. 1+2+3+4. 113.75% 0% 0 Poptext poison.png 140% Blight 2 (3 on Stygian) No Effect
Ascension Ranged 1, 2, 3, 4. Self 0% 0% 0 No Effect New game plus save icon.png Transforms into Heart of Darkness


  • This is the only encounter in the game with no background music.