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Curse Cursed Effect.png is a mechanic in Dead Cells where the Beheaded is punished for angering the gods. Curses cause any amount of damage to one-hit kill the player, and they must kill enemies in order to lift it. Curses function as a risk-reward mechanic that can greatly benefit the player with rewards such as Scrolls, Gems and healing.

Mechanics[]

Nearly all sources of damage kill the player while cursed, regardless of their current health or any damage-reducing abilities they may have.

  • Curses work off of a point-based system, where killing enemies reduces the total points by one. Each time a curse is inflicted, another set of points is added to the total amount of curse points that are already there.
  • Curses have synergies with certain Gear and Mutations.

The following damage sources instantly kill the player while Cursed:

  • Any enemy hit that deals at least 1 damage, even while blocking with a shield.
  • Any trap hit.
  • Jumping into a bottomless pit.
  • Damage-over-time due to poison.
  • Self-damage from using Lightning Bolt Icon.pngLightning Bolt continuously for too long.

While most sources of damage kill the player in a single hit while cursed, there are a few exceptions:

While cursed, the player can not use the Homunculus Rune.

  • However, the player can still use the Homunculus Rune if the only source of curse is the Cursed Sword.

Sources[]

There are a few different ways one can be afflicted with a curse:

Synergies[]

  • While cursed, the Spite Sword Icon.pngSpite Sword does critical hits.
  • Alienation Mutation Icon.pngAlienation makes it so decreasing the curse counter restores 5% HP but increases the number of enemies required to lift the curse by 50%.
  • Acceptance Mutation Icon.pngAcceptance reduces gained curse counter from sources by half, but consuming food inflicts curses.
    • Having both alienation and acceptance will reduce curse gain by 25%, rounded up.

Notes[]

  • Ice Armor Icon.pngIce Armor will prevent instant death when getting hit while the skill is active.
  • Gaining curse while having the Cursed Sword Icon.pngCursed Sword equipped still gives a curse counter.
  • The amount of curse received from cursed chests can be changed using custom mode to any number between 0 and 99. This blocks achievements.

Trivia[]

  • Curses are the only mention of gods in the entire game.

History[]

  • 0.5: Killing spawned enemies no longer reduces the curse counter.
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