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Disambig This article is about the hero in the Butcher's Circus. For other appearances, see Jester (disambiguation).
Jester
Jesterportrait butcher
Base Stats & Resistences
MAX HP 30 Poptext stun Stun 5%
DODGE 25 Poptext move Move 10%
PROT 0% Poptext poison Blight 30%
ACC MOD +0 Poptext bleed Bleed 25%
CRIT 8.0% Poptext debuff Debuff 55%
DMG 6-11 Deathsdoor Death Blow 75%
Other information
Movement 3 forwards, 3 backwards.
Crit Buff Bonus +40% Stress Healing Skills
Religious No


Combat Skills[ | ]

(All buffs and debuffs last for 3 rounds unless otherwise specified.)

Dirk Stab
Ability Dirk Stab Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
Yellow dotYellow dotYellow dotYellow dot
Red dotRed dotRed dotGrey dot
+0% 90 9% Bypass Guard
+10% Death Blow Chance
Forward 1
Finale: +40% DMG (8 rds)
Further levels
Level 2 Base 100 0 None None
Level 3 Base 100 0 None None
Level 4 Base 100 0 None None
Level 5 Base 100 0 None None
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Harvest
Ability Harvest Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
Grey dotYellow dotYellow dotGrey dot
Grey dotRed dotrRed dotlGrey dot
-50% 85 4% Bleed (100% base)
4 pts/rd for 3 rds
Finale: +40% DMG (8 rds)
Further levels
Level 2 Base 100 0 None None
Level 3 Base 100 0 None None
Level 4 Base 100 0 None None
Level 5 Base 100 0 None None
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Finale
Ability Heroic End Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
Grey dotGrey dotYellow dotYellow dot
Red dotRed dotRed dotRed dot
+0% 150 9% Bypass Death's Door* Back 3
-25 DODGE
+100% Stress
(1 Battle)
Daze (3 rds)
Further levels
Level 2 Base 100 0 None None
Level 3 Base 100 0 None None
Level 4 Base 100 0 None None
Level 5 Base 100 0 None None
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Limit: 1 Use per Battle

* Finale is able to kill heroes who are not on Death's Door yet, and without needing to make a Death's Door check, but it must reduce their HP to -1 or lower. Reducing their HP to exactly 0 will not trigger a Deathblow.

Solo
Ability Solo Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Ranged
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Red dotrRed dotlrRed dotlrRed dotl
-100% 130
Stress Stress +12
Forward 3
Mark Self (3 rds)
+15 DODGE (4 rds)
Finale: +40% DMG (8 rds)
Finale: +8% CRIT (8 rds)
Further levels
Level 2 Base 100 0 None None
Level 3 Base 100 0 None None
Level 4 Base 100 0 None None
Level 5 Base 100 0 None None
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Limit: 4 Uses per Battle
Mortal Wound
Ability Slice Off Range Rank Target Damage Accuracy Crit mod Effect Self
Melee
Grey dotYellow dotYellow dotGrey dot
Grey dotRed dotRed dotGrey dot
-33% 110 12% -20% Death Blow Resist (100% base) Finale: +40% DMG (8 rds)
Further levels
Level 2 Base 100 0 None None
Level 3 Base 100 0 None None
Level 4 Base 100 0 None None
Level 5 Base 100 0 None None
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Battle Ballad
Ability Battle Ballad Rank Target Effect Self
Yellow dotYellow dotGrey dotGrey dot
Yellow dotrYellow dotlrYellow dotlrYellow dotl
+20 ACC (1 Battle) Finale: +40% DMG (8 rds)
Finale: +8% CRIT (8 rds)
Further levels
Level 2 None None
Level 3 None None
Level 4 None None
Level 5 None None
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Limit: 1 Use per Battle
Inspiring Tune
Ability Inspiring Tune Rank Target Effect Self
Yellow dotYellow dotGrey dotGrey dot
Yellow dotYellow dotYellow dotYellow dot
Stress -30
-20% Stress
Finale: +40% DMG (8 rds)
Finale: +8% CRIT (8 rds)
Further levels
Level 2 None None
Level 3 None None
Level 4 None None
Level 5 None None
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Tactical Analysis[ | ]

Using a Jester[ | ]

The PvP version of Finale has the ability to bypass Death's Door, meaning that if it puts any enemy unit below 0HP they immediately die, without any regard to their Deathblow resistance. However, if Finale does just enough damage to put them to exactly 0HP, that enemy simply falls to Death's Door like normal. Finale is essentially the reason to run a Jester, so it's best to build around it. As the self-buffs to Finale can stack up to 280%, Finale can hit for 24-44 damage before accounting for buffs and crits, so he can kill the squishier units at a little less than full health.

Most Jesters are best placed at position 3 so that they can open with a Battle Ballad which gives a long-lasting ACC buff. Dirk Stab is a basic skill that puts the Jester in position for Finale but also has an oft-overlooked ability to bypass Guards and have a slightly higher Deathblow rate. This lets him contribute to battle significantly as he builds up to a good Finale, and as heroes dwindle he can contribute to stray Deathblows to turn the tides in your favor.

The last skill is dependent on preference. Harvest is great for spreading AoE Bleeds and can be combined with the Crushed Hemlock to inflict both Bleed and Blight to the enemy middle ranks. Mortal Wound can weaken the enemy's Deathblow resistance to help the Jester or his companions assassinate them. Inspiring Tune can be helpful in defending against single-target Stress attacks. Solo can help set up for a deadly Finale, but since its buffs are not too different from those provided by the rest of the Jesters' skills, it's one of the least-used skills in the repertoire.

Knowing when to use Finale is important if you run a Jester. Use it before you've built up enough damage, and you've wasted the attack and pretty much given the opponent a vulnerable, fragile unit to pick off. Hold it for too long, and you might lose the Jester before you get to unleash it. Ideally, Finale is best used on fragile but problematic targets like the enemy's healers or support units, but if your opponent is expecting you to use Finale they will work to prevent you from doing so by Stunning or moving the Jester or Guarding or healing your intended target. Try to keep at least two possible victims at low health so that the opponent doesn't know which one you intend to go for. You can also soften the entire enemy ranks by spreading Bleed and Blight around with your team. The Reaper Shroud will give a sizeable boost to his damage all-around and the raised ACC against low-health units makes Finale a guaranteed hit.

Fighting a Jester[ | ]

Finale can seriously destroy your momentum if it lands on a vital unit, so do your best to keep the Jester from using it. He has a low Stun and Move resistance - a well-placed Stun can buy you enough time to heal your low-health units, while a knockback effect can keep him out of the front lines and deny use of Finale. The Jester's high DODGE can make him difficult to hit, so pack ACC buffs or Trinkets to ensure that your attacks make their mark. You can also Guard any threatened units to deter Finale, but be careful for the possibility of Finale just killing your guarding unit anyway. Never pull the enemy Jester forward, as it's an invitation to get one of your heroes killed on the spot.

After the Finale drops, the Jester becomes a lot more vulnerable, suffering a great DODGE penalty, 3 turns of Daze, and an incurable buff that raises Stress taken. This makes him easier to kill and break, but it doesn't mean you can ignore him, since he's still perfectly capable of landing Deathblows on your worn-down party. Pick him off quickly and the opponent has one less action available to them.

DLC Exclusive Trinkets[ | ]

Trinket Image Trinket Name Rarity Class
Restriction
Prestige Level Unlocked Effect Additional Notes
Inv trinket reaper shroud
Reaper Shroud Ringmaster Jester Prestige Level 14
  • +15% DMG
  • +3% CRIT
  • +20 ACC vs HP below 35%


Inv trinket well tuned lute
Well Tuned Lute Ringmaster Jester Prestige Level 35
  • +30% Stress Skills
  • -20% Stress


Inv trinket blood red coin
Blood-red Coin Ringmaster Jester Prestige Level 50
  • +20% Bleed Skill Chance
  • +25% DMG vs Bleeding
  • +10 ACC vs Bleeding


Inv trinket harlequin masque
Harlequin Masque Ringmaster Jester Prestige Level 56
  • +20% MAX HP
  • On Melee Attack Hit: Self: -10 Stress



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