Red Hook Studios finally released more information about the Flagellant, the new class coming in the Darkest Dungeon – The Crimson Court expansion today, and released a class-centric trailer for the new character.
The Flagellant is part of the extremist branch of the Church, is a high-DPS fighter and healer who is best at the front of one’s party, and draws fearsome power through personal martyrdom while wielding a flail that is soaked with his own blood. This new class pushes the envelope of the game’s Affliction system because the Flagellant can’t develop a virtue like other classes, and his only Affliction, called Rapturous, deals damage to both enemies and party members.
The game’s developers also told PC Gamer that the Flagellant is about “on par with the Abomination” concerning his mechanical complexities, making him “a rather tough hero to play well”. This new class is also odd because the lower a Flagellant’s HP sinks, the more its abilities are powered up. Reaching Death’s Door gives him huge buffs, and even if he ends up dying, the Flagellant leaves behind a final act of retribution that heals allies and damages enemies.
The character’s design is based off Rorschach from Watchmen and pro wrestlers like ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior. Red Hook Studios also commented on how they aren’t afraid to embrace the occult with their character designs for Darkest Dungeon, as demonstrated with the Flagellant:
“While Darkest Dungeon steers clear of elemental magic and wizardry, we fully embrace the occult, and in this case, chose to illustrate his unsettling power with a constantly dripping red right hand.”
The Crimson Court expansion is poised to release on PC June 19, but will come to the console versions of Darkest Dungeon at a later date. Alongside this new class, the expansion brings a new wandering boss, the Fanatic, a new dungeon region, and more new unique bosses.
You can check out some screenshots of the Flagellant in action and watch the the Flagellant’s trailer below. Darkest Dungeon is currently available on PC, PS4, and PS Vita.