How To Unlock Characters In Darkest Dungeon 2

To build the best team, you must unlock all characters in Darkest Dungeon 2.

Darkest Dungeon 2 features strong characters with unique abilities, but you have to unlock them first. This game pushes you into action right from the start and leaves you to figure out the mechanics on your own. The bosses down the game like the Librarian are terrifying and you need the best characters to beat them. But how do you unlock them in the first place? In this guide, we will tell you how to unlock new characters and their Hero paths.

Darkest Dungeon 2: How To Unlock Characters

Unlock Hero Path at the Living City
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In Darkest Dungeon 2, you can unlock new characters with an in-game currency called the Candles of Hope. To get these hope candles, all you have to do is progress in the game. Once you complete a run or die, the Candles of Hope you acquired during the run will be added to your account.

Now to spend the Candles of Hope and unlock new characters in Darkest Dungeon 2:

  1. Head over to the Altar of Hope in a new run.
  2. Then, go to the Living City.
  3. Here, you can select a Hero and spend the candles to unlock their Hero Path.
  4. Now, you can go to the Crossroads and select the unlocked Hero.

After unlocking all characters, you can return to the Living City to upgrade the Heroes. The upgraded characters will live longer and you don’t have to worry about cycling them.

The four characters called the Plague Doctor, Highwayman, Grave Robber, and the Man-At-Arms are unlocked for free in the beginning. As you progress through the game, you can unlock the following characters:

  • Hellion
  • Jester
  • Occultist
  • Runaway
  • Vestal
  • Flagellant
  • Bounty Hunter

If you are interested in the game’s lore, you can also spend the candles to unlock memories of each character to know more about them.

That’s all from us on how to unlock new characters or heroes in Darkest Dungeon 2. Once you unlock them all, make sure you check our best team comp guide to build a strong party.