Darksiders 2 Crucible Guide – Builds, Tarot Cards and Boss Fights

In these waves try to focus on the lesser threat first. So, in ordinance of preference, you would go like Construct Warrior, then Construct Adjunct, and then Construct Champion in the last. Always focus the Champs in the last so you can pay your full attention. Watch out for the attacks of the Champions – dodge them, deal damage, and then dodge again.

From wave 6-10 you’ll encounter some Stingers, Stalkers and Prowlers. These are fairly easy to get rid of, especially the Stingers. In any relevant wave, you should always focus on the Stalkers first, and then the other enemy types. Note that Stalkers can’t be Deathgripped, so use it instead on the lesser enemies while you slash away at them.

Waves 11 to 15 bring in more Constructs – this time they’re some Tainted ones, and also Sentinels. Again, in any given wave with Champions, try to take out the other Construct enemies first while keeping in view the Construct Champions. Make sure you don’t get overwhelmed; otherwise the combined attacks of lesser enemies and more powerful enemies may finish you off in seconds.

When you encounter the Sentinel, shoot him first and then go to the Champions. For wave 15, Gharn can go kamikaze, so it’s best to force it into doing so; combine it with a witty dodge to save yourself, and then focus on the Tainted Construct.

Waves 18 can be a little difficult because of the overpowered Savage Stalker. Quickly dispatch the Stingers with your Redemption, and then focus on the Stalker as if it were a boss. In wave 20, once one of the Stalkers falls to around 50% health, the Construct Champ (tainted version) will spawn. Deal with the Champ first, and then resume your go with the Stalkers.

For wave 22, the Corrupted Custodian’s only real threatening attack is the whirlwind spin it does. He will turn around clockwise to initiate it, so immediately dodge and run away to avoid getting hurt badly. Once he’s done with that, the rest of its attacks are quite predictable. Be careful of Ghorn and Gharn in wave 24, and watch out for Ghorn’s lava attacks – dodge them when he channels the attack (by pounding the ground), and be very careful from Ghorn’s explosion, as it causes fire-damage afterwards.

Wave 25 is ridiculous because if you are grabbed by Gorewood’s roots while near a Champ, you are doomed. Make sure that DOES NOT happen. Otherwise, it seems to be a fairly easy fight.

Crucible: Stage II (Recommended Level: 20-25)

  • Wave 26 – Skeleton 3
  • Wave 27 – Skeletal Archer 5
  • Wave 28 – Skeletal Warrior 4, Skeletal Archer 2
  • Wave 29 – Skeletal Champion 1, Skeletal Warrior 5, Skeletal Champion 1
  • Wave 30 – Skeleton Champion 3
  • Wave 31 – Nightmare Prowler 5
  • Wave 32 – Nightmare Stalker 2, Nightmare Prowler 4
  • Wave 33 – Skeleton Champion 1, Nightmare Prowler 4
  • Wave 34 – Skeleton Champion 2, Nightmare Stalker 1
  • Wave 35 – Undead General 2
  • Wave 36 – Wraith 5
  • Wave 37 – Lich 1, Wraith 3
  • Wave 38 – Scarab 20
  • Wave 39 – Lich 3
  • Wave 40 – Scarab 8, Scarab Hulk 2
  • Wave 41 – Skeletal Champion 4
  • Wave 42 – Abomination 1, Wraith 3
  • Wave 43 – Abomination 3
  • Wave 44 – Scarab Hulk 2
  • Wave 45 – Bone Giant 1
  • Wave 46 – Undead General 1, Skeletal Champion 2
  • Wave 47 – Tormentor 1
  • Wave 48 – Bone Giant 1, Skeletal Champion 2
  • Wave 49 – Undead General 1, Tormentor 1
  • Wave 50 – Tormentor 1, Bone Giant 1

This level is all about skeletons, nightmarish creatures, and a few other baddies like the Wraiths and Liches. The first few waves (26-30) are fairly easy, as you’ll fight Skeleton Warriors, Skeleton Archers, and Skeleton Champions. Make sure to take out the Archers first – this should be a thumb rule for any wave that has them.

This is because the Archers deal a good amount of damage, tend to have a good aim, and they always stay far away. Finish them off, and then concentrate on the melee foes.

From wave 31-35 you’ll come across some Nightmare Prowlers. Deathgrip works great against prowlers, and these variants are no exception. The Nightmare Stalkers on the other hand are something different. These guys do a good amount of damage, and their size can be overwhelming when combined with Skeleton Champions, as is the case with wave 34. Equipment that can freeze your foes is ultra useful here.

On wave 35, you’ll come across two Undead Guardians. These shouldn’t be a problem by themselves, because they are sort of slow and their attacks can be dodged easily.

Wave 36-40 introduces you to the more grotesque enemies, such as the Lich, Tormentors, Scarabs, and their Hulk variants. You should try and focus on Liches first in whichever wave they are encountered. Wave 38 might seem intimidating with 20 Scarabs, but these guys can be shot with Redemption easily.

The real thing to look out for is wave 40. Kill the Scarabs first, and then go after the Scarab Hulks. Avoid their jumps and make sure you don’t get caught by another Scarab Hulk when one blocks your attacks. Just be patient, dodge, attack, and you should be able to get rid of them.

From wave 41-45, you’ll face some more Scarab Hulks, Skeletons, and also Abominations. Be careful of the AoE damage of the Abominations, as that can suck up your health real fast. However, getting close will automatically put you in their AoE radius, so you’ll have to slice your way through while taking constant damage. Thus, it’s best to fight the rest and then focus on the Abominations.

Wave 45 is a joke wave with the solo Bone Giant. The beast shouldn’t be much of an issue at all by itself, so just slice away at it. Waves 46-50 are also ridiculously easy – you’ve faced much meaner stuff than this before, so this should really be a cakewalk.

Crucible: Stage III (Recommended Level: 25-30)

  • Wave 51 – Corrupted Angel 3
  • Wave 52 – Ayfid 2
  • Wave 53 – Corrupted Angel 3, Ayfid 1
  • Wave 54 – Corrupted Champion 1, Corrupted Angel 4
  • Wave 55 – Corrupted Champion 3
  • Wave 56 – Corrupted Construct Warrior 8
  • Wave 57 – Sychophant 2, Corrupted Construct Adjunct 3
  • Wave 58 – Corrupted Champion 2, Corrupted Angel 4
  • Wave 59 – Corrupted Angel 6, Corrupted Angel 3
  • Wave 60 – Sychophant 3
  • Wave 61 – Undead Scarab 16
  • Wave 62 – Undead Prowler 4, Undead Scarab 5
  • Wave 63 – Undead Scarab Hulk 1, Nightmare Prowler 3
  • Wave 64 – Undead Stalker 3
  • Wave 65 – Undead Scarab Hulk 2
  • Wave 66 – Legion Soldier 3
  • Wave 67 – Legion Champion 1, Legion Soldier 1
  • Wave 68 – Legion Soldier 4
  • Wave 69 – Maelstrom 1, Legion Soldier 2
  • Wave 70 – Maelstrom 1, Legion Champion 1, Legion Soldier 2
  • Wave 71 – Ice Skeleton 12
  • Wave 72 – Nightmare Prowler 3, Ice Skeleton 5
  • Wave 73 – Maelstrom 1, Nightmare Prowler 3
  • Wave 74 – Maelstrom 1, Nightmare Stalker 2
  • Wave 75 – Argul / The Deposed King 1

Level 4 starts off with some simple waves, but gets more and more difficult, and includes wave 70, which is one of the toughest waves in the Crucible.

Waves 51-55 are quite simple, with Corrupted Angels and a few Ayfid. You’ll fight an Ayfid and a few Corrupted Angels in wave 53, in which you should focus on slaying the Ayfid first. The rest of the waves in this set of 5 are really simple.

Wave 56-60 is also quite simple, though you should be wary of the Sycophants. They generally have low health, but what makes them dangerous is the shock they release after dying, which can be very damaging. Be careful about this especially in wave 57, as after two Sycophants you will also fight three Corrupted Construct Adjunct.

In wave 58, make sure you kill the Angels first, and then go over to the Corrupted Champion.  Make sure those Champs don’t deal out too much damage before the Angels fall. Wave 59 is sort of harsh because of the sheer number of the enemies. Just rely on your agility and reflexes and take them out.

From wave 61 to 65 you’ll be revisited by enhanced version of older enemies; try to keep the formula the same as before. Things don’t get hefty until wave 66. Wave 66 gives you 3 Legion Soldiers to fight against. These guys can do a hell lot of damage, so make sure you are avoiding attacks and dealing damage.

Wave 67 is sort of similar, except that it has a Legion Champion, which does even more damage. Take out the Solider first, and then focus on the Champ. Go full-out offensive against the Champ, and when it blocks, use Harvest. Similarly, wave 68 gives you 5 Legion Soldiers to fight against.

Wave 69 and 70 are quite tough. In wave 69, you’ll face the Maelstrom, which is a very deadly enemy. Focus on this guy first before the Soldiers, and make sure you do not get hit by its Fire Orbs ability. This enemy is tough, but what is tougher is wave 70.

Wave 70 is super-difficult because of the combination of the Legion Champion and the Maelstrom, two of the strongest enemies you have faced so far. The Soldier seems like a child in front of these two. The best bet against these guys is the Reaper form.

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By Haider Khan

One of the long time staff at SegmentNext, Haider is an integral part of the team with a love for writing, playing guitar, and aviation. Apart from writing for us, Haider is also a competitive FPS player and also enjoys exotic RPG games like Diablo and Xenogears (his favorite game of all time) on the side.


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    • mert

      how can u make ur character level 30+ ?? when i beat the game i was level 22 :S

      • mert

        and one more thing i played on apocalyptic difficult.

      • Demon

        I havnt beaten the game, every quest im given on apocalypse difficulty i do without issue, except for gorewood who was a royal pain in my ass at level 6. But im now level 24 and i just started tree of death. Started playing yesterday.

    • lloyd

      i actually use a possessed scythe i got 20% wrath on hit and like 32% crit its retardedly amazing i hit once and im full wrath again with a total of like almost 70% crit i didnt use a single potion to complete the entire crucible i used the strength buff and teleport slash and my scythe when i got bored of just poopin on em. did it at lvl 25 with ease almost had achidnas fang for my secondary for even more health back.

    • Berserker7

      Thank you for the info and the strategies on the crucible. A few more tips that will definitley help in the arena (tested on wave 1-50 in 1 go, i didn’t have the rest unlocked).Main weapon – Possesed double scythe (the higher level and damage the better, no other stats) and try to get on them Critical chance (first one so it can be upgrade 4 more times) , life steal (gain health with every hit), health on critical ( you can never have enough health in the arena), chance to execute (instant death to enemies and wrath/hp/ripper energy restores)as main weapon this has an ass kicking seal of approval.

      Important! try to feed only weapons to your possessed weapon, and the stat you want to get on your possessed try to get it as high as you can get (not 100% sure about this one, it never gives you the highest stat you feed it,but it can be even higher in the case of critical chance). as the second weapon i’m still testing what works best, strength for increased damage on both weapons, Ice to freez/slow your opponents, again critical chance helps, and the last stat is between piercing damage to ignore armor or critical damage, i’d rather go with piercing since you get more criticals from crit chance.

      Armor with str , def and health seems to help alot, if you can get critical damage on it too then it’s even better, amulet with def, critical chance,and any other helpful stats (health on execute or health would be fabulous, also reaper energy on execute is good).

      • Guillaume

        Hi
        If it helps I tried several stats for the scythe, and best combo is critical chance + ice + life steal + wrath steal (not sure of the words, I play in french) : the fact is that every ice critical blow will ice fellows : with a critical build you will have infinite wrath and health, and freeze everything!

        And to get enough weapons to obtain all stats : retry several times arena 26 to 50, and open the chest with demon earth talisman, each time you get 5 lv 20 rare items, so in less than one hour you will get everything you need!