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Druid in the form of a bear in Dark and Darker
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Dark and Darker Druid Guide: Best Perks and Spells

Find out how to play as Druid in Dark and Darker and which spells and perks are the best.

Druid’s main selling point as a new class is its shapeshifting ability, which allows you to turn into one of the four types of animals, including bear, chicken, panther, and rat. Here, I’ll provide you with a list of the best Druid perks and spells in Dark and Darker, as well as its main strengths and weaknesses.

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Dark and Darker: How to Play as Druid

For a Druid, knowing when to shift into various animal forms is essential! While researching the matter, I noticed that it’s possible to maximize your effectiveness in combat by properly timing these shapeshifting transitions, as each form offers unique abilities and cooldowns.

Animal FormsMain AttacksAuxiliary AttacksStrengthsWeaknesses
BearClaws with right hand inflicting base physical damage with 100% scaling, 5 impact power, and pushes the target back.Raises your body and slams down inflicting base physical damage with 100% scaling, 10 impact power, knocking enemies further or destroying chests and doors.Gains a multiplicative 50% more physical damage reduction and 50% max health bonus.Loses 30% movement speed and 20% action speed and jump by 30%.
ChickenPecks the target with its beak, inflicting resourceful physical damage with 100% scaling. This attack has 30% armor penetration.N/ASpreads wings and jumps twice.Loses 60% max health bonus as well as 60% incoming physical and magical bonus.
PantherClaws the target with right hand, inflicting agility physical damage with 100% scaling and causing the target to bleed.Bites the target’s neck, inflicting agility physical damage with 100% scaling.Gains 5% movement speed and jumps 20% higher.Loses 30% max health bonus as well as 30% incoming physical and magical bonus.
RatBites the target, inflicting physical damage with 100% scaling and inflicting a plague to the target that deals 3 magical damage with 50% scaling.N/AGains 10% movement speed and jumps 10% higher.Loses 95% max health bonus as well as 95% incoming physical and magical bonus.
Druid shapeshifting menu in Dark and Darker
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Best Druid Perks in Dark and Darker

Regardless of the shapeshifting ability you choose to exploit as a Druid, it’s important to focus on this class’ healing perks as much as you can. That’s why, among all the available perks, I’ve specifically chosen the ones that can heal you and your allies, which provides great support for the whole team, as well as perks that enhance your shapeshifting.

Natural HealingMagically heal yourself and nearby allies every 3 seconds within a 4.5 meter radius.
Enhanced WildnessWhile in animal form, gain 5 additional movement speed and 10 armor rating.
Force of NatureWhen you heal a target, the recipient gains 3 physical power for 3 seconds.
Shapeshift MasteryAllows you to change shapeshift form instantly, bypassing cast time entirely.

Best Druid Spells in Dark and Darker

I took the same approach with the spells, making healing even more effective and focusing on magical defense abilities. These will help you both recover from damage and earn time for escaping particularly dangerous areas or simply repositioning yourself.

Barkskin ArmorIncreases armor rating by 20% for 8 seconds with an infinite range.
Entangling VinesSpreads roots across the floor. Any targets that pass through the area are rooted in place for 1 second.
Nature’s TouchTarget gains 15 additional recoverable health and heals 15 health over 12 seconds.
DreamfireDeals 15 magical damage with 100% scaling. Any allies or self currently affected by Nature’s Touch are instantly healing for 10 health per target damaged.
Tree of LifeSprouts a tree of life where you stand, granting +5 all attributes and granting 40 recoverable health

That’s it for my list of the best Druid perks and spells in Dark and Darker. Stay tuned for more Dark and Darker tips and tricks articles right here.

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Serhii is the Writer at GameSkinny. He's been writing for GameSkinny since 2015. Before that, he's been writing for various outlets and playing video games, which eventually turned into a passion. The video games that have contributed the most to his enthusiasm for writing about this industry are Magic: The Gathering, Dark Souls, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.