Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance – Which Character to Choose

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With four playable heroes in Donjons & Dragons : Dark Alliance, it is not difficult to choose a character which suits you the most. Where is it? All of the units on this small list play completely differently, and resources and levels don't come very easily in this new title, so your initial choice will matter for a while. You can jump back and forth to all of your created characters, but they don't share anything except story and stage progression. This means that you will need to level each of them separately, if you plan to use them all for some reason. However, if you just want to stick with one character and invest dozens of hours into this all-new dungeon-crawling loot fest, we've got you covered, too.



Which character to choose in Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

Drizzt

Acting as (sort of) the protagonist of the party, Drizzt focuses on fast attacks, big damaging combos, and lots of utility spells and tricks. He also has a good variety of mid-range abilities that extend his combos or cause negative status troubles. Drizzt is very squishy though, and on higher difficulty levels he can literally be fired in one shot even by ordinary mobs, especially spellcasters. Because of this, he really shines in a party where enemies won't target him as much, leaving him free to unleash his devastating moves and dark magic, unhindered.


Outside of some staples like being able to turn invisible or surround himself with daggers for continuous damage, Drizzt will unlock some really useful techniques later on, like auras that give him the lifesteal buff, charging long-range spells that inflict a lot of damage and weaken enemies, and Sequel. If you choose this Drow Assassin, you'll need to learn a huge amount of different moves and combos, for every occasion, so Drizzt isn't really recommended for beginners or dedicated solo players. It is advisable to either join an online party as often as possible, or learn the basics of the game with an easier character and then choose it as your favorite hero.


Benefits

  • + High damage
  • + Very fun to use
  • + Potential both near and medium-long term
  • + Inflicts a lot of debuffs
  • + Has awesome panther as its ultimate

The inconvenients

  • - Hard to use
  • – Very spongy
  • – Combo-heavy in order to draw its true potential
  • – Requires good reflexes and knowledge of parry and evasion mechanics

Bruenor

Bruenor is a tank, as simple as that. Don't be surprised if you see heavy damage coming from him, as he has a good amount of moves that can wipe out enemies, especially groups of small monsters. He's all about that defense though, and generally having the highest HP pool of any character, Bruenor is tough to take down. He specializes in taunting enemy groups, polishing his party, as well as some minor healing techniques and crowd control moves, which makes him even more robust. It may not be as flashy as Drizzt and Catti-Brie, but what it lacks in sophisticated moves and quick techniques it makes up for in efficiency and ease of use. Bruenor is that party member you always want to have in your party, no matter the case.


Benefits

  • + Very hard to die
  • + Buff Party
  • + Crowd control movements
  • + Easy to use

The inconvenients


  • – Its gameplay can end up a bit boring
  • – Damage potential not as high as the rest of the characters
  • – Slow attacks, in addition to special abilities and techniques

Wulfgar

Probably the easiest character to play, Wulfgar is the team's frontline brawler with his two-handed heavy and plenty of burst techniques. He's not as combo-heavy or fast as Drizzt, though to get big damage you'll need to use every move at his disposal at the right time. His techniques are slow and powerful nukes, with a few exceptions, which can end fights in mere seconds if used correctly.

Wulfgar not only has the strength to solo the entire game if he chooses, but he also has plenty of crowd control abilities in his toolbox. Suggested as the first character, as he is very easy to understand and play, but don't let that make you overestimate his abilities. More often than not, you'll find yourself in situations where a retreat might be ideal, and Wulfgar can trick your mind into thinking he "got it". Well, sometimes it doesn't. Use it carefully and Wulfgar can often be the MVP of the party.

Benefits

  • + Extremely balanced fighter
  • + High damage
  • + Easy to use
  • + Lots of crowd control moves
  • + Less heavy combos to deal big damage

The inconvenients


  • - Doesn't really excel at anything
  • - Enemy hitboxes sometimes act weird with his attacks
  • - Slow attacks leave him vulnerable

Catti-Brie


Catti-brie has a bow and arrow, which already indicates what her style of play is. However, what is not obvious enough is that she is also the supporter of the group. Catti-brie has a lot of spells that help the party, like healing waves to restore HP, or different types of "natural" skills that hamper enemies. His vine abilities in particular are very useful and can easily turn the tide of a battle.

Its core gameplay, however, relies on its arc. She unleashes a barrage of arrows from afar, as you'd expect, and combining her moveset in your rotation will allow you to do some serious damage, though she's more of a follower than anything. Catti-brie isn't recommended much for solo players either, as she constantly needs some distance between herself and her enemies, which is hard to pull off in solo. That said, she has more than one way to survive fights, so it's not like she's not viable at all when playing on her own. Just keep in mind that this can end up being a bit tricky to do.

Benefits

  • + Remote gameplay
  • + Very safe character to use in parties
  • + Access to support spells like healing and buffs/debuffs
  • + Interesting combat mechanics

The inconvenients

  • – Spongy character
  • – Requires constant positioning on the ground
  • – Lack of melee combat options
  • – Not very effective in solo play

Whichever you choose, all four characters are equally fun to play, and they can once again clear single-player and online content, under the same conditions. It all depends on your preferred playstyle, and since Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance is expected to have additional content in the future, new playable characters may enter the game sooner or later, expanding our options. In the meantime and if that time comes, good agriculture.

Donjons & Dragons : Dark Alliance is available on PC, PlayStation and Xbox. For more related content on the game, be sure to check out the rest of our guides here.


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