Dark and Darker Cleric Guide
Welcome to our Dark and Darker Cleric Guide. Cleric is one of Dark and Darkers Support Classes that can Heal and Shield their allies as well as buff them for battle! In this guide, well walk you through everything you need to know to get started with this support class.
- Great Group Support
- High Survivability
- Strong against Undead
- Good Magic Damage Output in PVP
- Slow melee attack Speed
- Low Physical Damage Output in PVP
The Cleric has a good balance of Magical Damage Skills as well as Spell Memory that includes spells that will help you support your allies. Below are the four Skills of the Cleric. You can select up to two skills for combat.
- Holy Purification
- Divine Protection
- Spell Memory 1 & 2
Judgment deals 30 magic damage to a target and slows them by 20% for 2 seconds.
Holy Purification is an AOE damage ability that deals 100 base magical damage to all undead monsters within a 7.5-meter radius.
Smite is an enchantment that allows you to deal an additional +10 magic damage to all enemies you hit within 7 seconds.
Receive the blessing of the divine and increase physical damage defense by 30% for 4 seconds.
This is the Clerics main Skill that allows you to Memorize up to 5 different spells that will help you aid your allies in battle.
Our Current recommendation for Cleric Skills is Spell Memory and Judgement. Spell Memory grants you access to all of your support spells and is a must pick. Judgement is a good direct damage spell that provides some utility. Holy Purification is an honorable mention, dealing massive amounts of AOE damage to undead monsters. Unfortunately, Holy Purification has no effect on enemy players.
In Dark and Darker, Perks are passive traits that effect how your Cleric performs in combat. At Max level, Clerics can choose up to 4 perks. Here are the perks available to Clerics in Dark and Darker:
- Advanced Healer – Increase your base magical heal by 5
- Blunt Weapon Mastery – Increases physical attack power by 5% when attacking with a blunt weapon
- Brewmaster – You do not exhibit the detrimental drunk effects when you drink alcohol
- Holy Aura – Increase the armor rating and magical resistance of yourself and all the party members around you 15.
- Kindness – Heal yourself – for 15% of the spells total heal amount when healing another target
- Perseverance – Reduces all types of incoming damage by 3
- Protection from Evil – The duration of all harmful effects is reduced by 20%
- Requiem – Resurrecting an ally revives them with 25% HP when reviving an ally at the altar of sacrifice. You do not need to sacrifice your own health.
- Undead Slaying – Increase your Physical damage bonus by 20% when attacking undead monster.
The Cleric perks we recommend out Advanced Healer, Perseverance, Protection from Evil, and Kindness. This combination adds to the Clerics already tanky nature and gives you a slight boost to healing output.
Once you level up and gain access to more gold/better gear you will want to use Resurrection and slot Requiem as a perk. This will resurrect your ally with 25% health and should allow them to get back in to battle faster. When using Requiem, remove Protection from Evil.
Spells are currently unique to a couple of classes that can wield them, such as the Cleric and the Wizard. These spells are the ones you will slot into your Spell Memory skill and take with you on your adventure. Something to know when starting out however, each spell has a cost to even use it. To see this, make sure to check the bar at the bottom of the screen when selecting spells to know what your spell capacity is.
One Cost Spells – Tier 1
- Protection – This shield spell will block 20 physical damage for 20 seconds, can be applied to yourself or an ally
- Bless – A targeted spell that grants +3 Strength, Agility, and Will, for 30 seconds. This will cast on yourself if you’re alone.
Two Cost Spells – Tier 2
- Divine Strike – Targeted spell that increases the targets overall weapon damage by +10 for 20 seconds
- Cleanse – This targeted spell will remove debuffs and other ailments from the target
- Lesser Heal – regens 15 health for the target. Default target is self.
Three Cost Spells – Tier 3
- Bind – This stops the target in its tracks for 0.75s
Four Cost Spells – Tier 4
- Holy Strike – Hits all targets within range, dealing 15 damage and blinding them for 2 seconds
Five Cost Spells – Tier 5
- Holy Light – Holy Light heals allies for 30hp, if aimed at an Undead, it deals 100 damage
Six Cost Spells – Tier 6
- Sanctuary – Concentrate on a specific area for certain period of time healing friendly beings within the area by 7 per second and dealing 14 spell damage per second to undead in the area
Seven Cost Spells – Tier 7
- Locusts Swarm – Concentrate for a certain period of time to summon a swarm of locusts in a specific area, dealing 1 damage per 0.1 seconds to targets within the area
- Earth Quake – Concentrates your mind for a fixed period of time to create an earthquake in a specific area, dealing 10 damage per step and reducing the movement speed bonus by 50% when all targets on it move.
Eight Cost Spells – Tier 8
- Resurrection – This spell will revive an ally from death as long as their Soul Heart is present
The base knowledge of cleric is 12. This can be increased by knowledge found on armor and other gear. Here are some recommended Spell sets for a few Knowledge levels.
- Holy Light (5) – This is the clerics main spell. Holy Light can heal allies or deal massive amounts of damage to an undead enemy.
- Lesser Heal (2) – Heals targets for 15 health and unlike Holy Light, can be self-targeted
- Protection (1)- Give a “bubble” to allies or self-blocking 20 physical damage.
- Divine Strike (2) – Buff an allies weapon damage by 10 for 20 seconds
- Bless (1) – provides 1 +3 buff to Base attributes (STR/DEX/WILL)
- Holy Light (5)
- Lesser Heal (2)
- Protection (1)
- Sanctuary (6)
- Holy Light (5)
- Lesser Heal (2)
- Protection (1)
- Sanctuary (6)
- Bless or Divine Strike Depending on group composition.
Sanctuary is a new spell with this playtest and can be a powerful tool in melee centered fights. This can also provide support in ranged combat if your able to Line of Sight your opponents while allowing your teammates a defense area.
The problem with Sanctuary is that it takes you out of the battle. You are immobilized and you cannot cast spells during the cast. Learning when to use Sanctuary in the right moments can give you a strong edge in combat.
Resurrection requires a significant amount of knowledge to be able to slot while also keeping your main support spells (Holy Light, Lesser Heal, and Protection). It is also extremely situational and for that reason we recommend going with other spells. If you want to run Ressu
In Dark and Darker, The Cleric can use a selection of both physical and magical damage weapons. Unlike most classes, there are no weapons that are unique to the cleric. Below are the weapons that the cleric can equip:
- Flanged Mace
- Morning Star
- Ware Maul
- Heater Shield
- Round Shield
- Spell Book
- Wizard Staff
Once you get a chance, make sure to upgrade your Wizard Staff with a Spell Book. For physical Weapons, we recommend using a Mace or Morning Star and a Heater shield. Heater Shields have a Best in Slot split between size. mitigation, and movement speed. Learning to block with your shield can provide a massive increase to your survivability as a cleric in Dark and Darker.
That most significant stat increases in Dark and Darker will come from your armor, weapons, and other gear you find in the game. Below is how to prioritize the stats on these pieces of gear.
All Attributes > Knowledge to 20 (if using resurrect) or Spell Capacity > Will
All Attribute gear is great to find, especially for cleric. Knowledge is important as it allows you to slot Higher Tier Spells using Spell Memory. Will increases your spell power, including your healing abilities.
How To Play Cleric in Dark and Darker
Cleric is a Support Class that is best played in a group. Well timed heals and Barriers can turn the tides of battle and help your team come out with the spoils of war. Below are some tips on how to play the Cleric in Dark and Darker.
In PVE, the cleric will mainly be using its Physical weapons to deal damage to make sure to save its spells for PVP encounters. Learning to use your shield effectively in combat can help you tank mobs for your allies to kill quickly. Blocking in Dark and Darker is directional, so learning how to block attacks from the different types of monsters is key. You can also use Judgement to help your group kill mobs at range as well.
In PVP, Clerics are extremely powerful. Using Your healing abilities and Protection give your team an advantage in any fight. Make sure you use Protection as allies are heading into battle. You can also cast divine strike on allies if you have this spell slotted.
Once the battle has started, you can start to pre-cast your heals such as Holy Light and Lesser Heal. This requires you to start casting the heal but holding it until your ally takes damage. This can help provide instant healing once your allies take damage. You can always cancel the spell cast by swapping weapons if needed.
Judgement is also very powerful in PVP. Not only does it deal decent magic damage, but it slows targets that are hit by it. This can be good to help catch enemies that are running away or can help assist ranged DPS in your group kite enemies.
As a Cleric, you will often be the initial target of other groups during combat. This is where your shield will come handy. Learning how to block well and counterstriking with your mace is your key to surviving long enough to support your team in battle.
Sanctuary can be the most powerful spell in the clerics Spell book if used correctly. The main thing to consider when casting Sanctuary is your environment and your positioning. Make sure to use Line of Sight tactics when possible and identify the group of enemies your going into combat with. Sanctuary can open your group up to disaster against ranged heavy compositions, especially if your in the open.
Dark and Darker Cleric Guide Conclusion
That concludes are Dark and Darker Cleric Guide! If your new to Dark and Darker, check out our Dark and Darker Beginner Guide.