Darkest Dungeon 2 Highwayman Build Best Guide

Darkest Dungeon 2 Highwayman Build Best Guide

Darkest Dungeon 2 Highwayman Build

The Highwayman is one of the playable 12 heroes in the video game Darkest Dungeon 2. Highwayman is one of the most used and most wanted heroes in the history of the Darkest Dungeon game. The class is known for its versatility and ability to deal high amounts of damage to enemies while also providing utility to the party.

In Darkest Dungeon 2, the Highwayman retains many of the iconic abilities and traits from the original game. They are skilled with ranged attacks, using a pistol or other firearms to target enemies from various positions in the party. The Highwayman is also adept at close combat, wielding a wicked blade for melee strikes when needed.

Darkest Dungeon 2 Highwayman Build Skills

Wicked Slice
Highway Robbery
Open Vein
Double Cross
Take Aim

Highwayman starts with Wicked Slice, Pistol Shot, Duelist’s Advance,  Tracking Shot, & Take Aim by default. There are more powerful and better skills available in the game for Highwayman but you need to unlock them with Shrine of Reflection.


As we have discussed earlier Highwayman can be played as a ranged, melee or hybrid. There are lots of options for Highwayman Build. Since Melee’s stance can outperform all other variants for Highwayman then we will go for Melee Build for Highwayman.

If you wish to know about Jester Build Guide in Darkest Dungeon 2. You can read all about Jester in our dedicated post about Jester.

This build is not a viable tank option. You may try Highwayman as a Tank with the superlative and supportive healer in the team. But in this build, we are going to focus on too much melee damage from Highway Robbery and Take Aim. Still, all above mention skills of this melee build can out damaged any other build of Highwayman in the game to date.


Darkest Dungeon 2 Highwayman Best Path

In Darkest Dungeon 2, There is no path available to any hero at the start of the game. But there will be an option to obtain a path once you invest in The Living City. You can consider a path like an upgrade for a character. There are basically 3 paths in the game for every hero and of course, each path has a different impact and outcome on the character, build and entire progress of the unit.

Like all other units in the game, There are 3 unique paths available for Highwayman:-

As you can see in the above snapshot of all three available paths of Highwayman. Rogue buffs and provides 25% damage on Rank 1 but if Highwayman touches Rank 4 it will reduce the half damage Which is not viable for Highwayman at any cost. Sharpshot increases the Ranged damage by 25% but it reduces Melee Skill Damage by 25% which is absolutely “BIG NO” for This Melee build.


So, there is only one option left for this build is YellowHand. it will provide 15% health and shred melee 10% res on hit. Yellowhand is the best path to go for Highwayman Melee Build as it will proc the Highway Robbert Skill to steal positive buff from the target and remove the buff from the target with Double Cross Skill.

Yellowhand provides more powerful and viable utilities to the entire team like more speed, more health, and more resistance to allies. This is going to be the best path selection for Highwayman in any team if you wish to utilize the potential of the Highwayman at best.

Darkest Dungeon 2 Highwayman Trinkets

In Darkest Dungeon 2, Each hero has 3 Unique Trinkets exclusively available to them only like Paths. Each Trinket has a different impact and outcome on the character, build and entire progress of the unit.


Like all other units in the game, There are 3 unique Trinkets available for Highwayman:-

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There are 3 unique Trinkets exclusively available for Highwayman in Darkest Dungeon 2. Rat Skull, Tormenting Locket, and Cursed Coin even if these unique trinkets are exclusive for Highwayman but it does not mean that these Trinkets are best in the slot for Highwayman.

Darkest Dungeon 2 has very unique and strange skills, abilities, and passives. As we know we have 3 trinkets for each character dedicated to a specific unit. but these trinkets come with a negative impact which can ruin the entire build and plan. but we should always get a way to get rid of these negative effects and make our build super solid.


So, in the case of Highwayman trinkets, there are 3 of them available for us, but we can easily negate and remove the negative impact of Tormenting Locket and Cured Coin.

Tormenting Locket adds a stack of stress on each Ranged Skill which can’t impact (can’t even touch) our build as we are building a melee character so it does not impact us at all. Cursed Coin will reduce crit stats if we cross 100 marks of relics which can be dodged easily. You can always spend relics at the inn and manage the relic below 100.

In short, we can pick and go with Tormenting Locket and Cursed Coin as the best trinket available for Highwayman in the Darkest Dungeon 2.


Darkest Dungeon 2 Highwayman Combat items

There are various Combat items available in the market Dungeons 2. These combat items provide buffs, remove debuff from character, and help the team with different utilities like damage increase, healing and other support-oriented stuff. There is a long list of combat items with different consumable tags. we will provide an in-depth guide about combat items in Darkest DUNGEON 2.

Laudanum, is one of the best items for Highwayman and especially for this melee build. Highwayman’s kit and build do not have an exact and proper way to manage and remove stress from himself. So, it may sound weird to run Laudanum all the time to remove stress. But as we discussed Highwayman is unable to handle stress at all.

Note:- You may use other combat items for buff or debuff etc and you can rely on a tank or healer to remove stress from you. but it would not be ideal for every situation and would not be available to utilise the tank and healer for this purpose always. So, we can stick with Laudanum to tackle the stress stacking.


So, this is all about our Highwayman Build Guide in darkest dungeon 2. so if you are still looking for other Darket Dungeion 2 Guides then you can visit our Darkest Dungeon 2 category.

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