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Perks are passive items that modify and increase the abilities of the player in various ways. They are obtained between levels from Tutorial Knight. Most are not initially available, so in order to unlock them, one must bring their blueprints to the The Boy's Axe, then spend the required cells.

Mechanics[]

The player can only have a amount of Perks at once. Each area cleared in a run allows one more mutation, up to a total of 11 (unless in custom mode, where many more can be picked). However, the player can spend gold between levels to remove all current mutations, allowing a new choice of mutations to replace the old set. The price to do this starts at 1,000 and doubles with each reset, until the cost reaches 8,000 gold, at which point it will stop increasing.

Most Perks are associated with and scale their benefits with a specific stat. That is, Perks' base damage and/or healing magnitudes are multiplied by 1.15n-1, where n is the current level of the appropriate stat, rounded to produce the final amount.

For example, if a Brutality Perks provides an extra 90 base DPS and the player's Brutality is 2, the final extra DPS is 90 × 1.152-1 = 90 × 1.15 = 103.5 ≈ 104). Note that damage and DPS bonuses from mutations are not affected by gear-specific damage bonuses or Affixes.

Colored Perks have fixed benefits unaffected by Stats, except for Instinct of the Master of Arms and Frostbite which scale on the highest stat.

List of mutations[]

There are 54 mutations in the game: 12 for Brutality, 12 for Tactics, 12 for Survival and 17 that are Colorless.

List of Brutality Perks[]

Icon Name Description Location Cell cost Cell Currency Icon
Killer Instinct Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Killer Instinct]] Reduces the cooldown of your skills by [0.4 base, 3 max] seconds for each enemy killed in hand to hand combat. Always available N/A
Combo Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Combo]] +[15% base] damage for 8 seconds after killing an enemy. Always available N/A
Vengeance Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Vengeance]] +[60% base] damage dealt for 8 seconds and -30% damage taken for 3 seconds after taking damage. Always available N/A
Melee Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Melee]] Melee attacks slow down enemies for [0.2 base, 0.8 max] seconds. The Concierge (5th kill) 50
Open Wounds Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Open Wounds]] Melee attacks inflict bleeding ([18 base] DPS for 1.5 seconds) Lacerators (0.4%) 50
Tainted Flask Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Tainted Flask]] Using a health flask adds +[20% base] damage to your attacks for 12 sec. If have your mother, no empty flask charged remaining The Time Keeper (6th kill) 50
Tainted Flask Mutation Icon
Tainted Flask Using a health flask adds +[20% base] damage to your attacks for 12 sec. If no flasks are left, killing 12 elite enemies will refill one flask. The Time Keeper (6th kill) 50
Adrenaline Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Adrenaline]] Melee attacks restore a small amount of HP depending on attack damage for 5 sec after dodging an attack at the last moment. Rampagers (3+ BSC; 1.7%) 100
Frenzy Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Frenzy]] Melee attacks restore a small amount of HP depending on attack damage as long as you have an active speed buff. Timed door in the Passage before Toxic Sewers 50
Scheme Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Scheme]] Your next melee attack after using a skill inflicts +[200 base] damage. Sweepers (10%) 50
Initiative Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Initiative]] Your first melee strike against an enemy inflicts +[100 base] damage. Royal Guards (10%) 50
Predator Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Predator]] Killing an enemy with a melee strike makes you invisible for [1 base, 3.5 max] seconds. Automatons (10%) 50
Porcupack Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Porcupack]] Rolling through enemies attacks them with the melee weapon in backpack for [75% base] of the usual damages. Rancid Rats (0.4%) 80

List of Tactics mutations[]

Icon Name Description Location Cell cost Cell Currency Icon
Support Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Support]] +[10% base] damage if you're close to a deployed skill. Always available N/A
Parting Gift Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Parting Gift]] Causes a bomb ([75 base] damage) to appear when you kill an enemy with a non-melee attack. Secret area in Graveyard 100
Tranquility Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Tranquility]] +[25% base] damage if there are no enemies near you. Always available N/A
Ripper Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Ripper]] Hand to hand attacks cause 6 arrows stuck in the attacked enemy to fall out, each one dealing [118 base] damage. Secret area in Promenade of the Condemned 100
Ranger's Gear Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Ranger's Gear]] Your next ranged attack after using a skill inflicts [180 base] damage. Dancers (10%) 50
Barbed Tips Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Barbed Tips]] Inflicts [40 base] dps per arrow stuck to enemies. Toxic Miasmas (10%) 80
Point Blank Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Point Blank]] Close-ranged ranged attacks inflicts [30 base]% bonus damage. Corpulent Zombies (10%) 80
Networking Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Networking]] Enemies with arrows stuck in them share [35% base, 75% max] of the damage they receive. Swarm Zombies (10%) 50
Crow's Foot Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Crow's Foot]] Rolling leaves 3 crow's feet behind you (with a maximum of 9), inflicting [50 base] damage and slowing the enemies for 1.5 seconds. Inside a chest in a Challenge Rift 50
Tactical Retreat Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Tactical Retreat]] Dodging an attack at the last moment slows down nearby enemies for [1 base, 3 max] seconds. Slammers (10%) 100
Hunter's Instinct Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Hunter's Instinct]] Decreases skill cooldowns by [0.3 base, 2.5 max] seconds for each enemy killed with using ranged attacks. Always available N/A
Acrobatipack Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Acrobatipack]] Attacking with a ranged weapon, after rolling with a ranged weapon in your backpack fires a projectile of said weapon, dealing [25% base] of the usual damages. Demolishers (10%) 120

List of Survival mutations[]

Icon Name Description Location Cell cost Cell Currency Icon
Soldier's Resistance Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Soldier's Resistance]] Increases your health by [7% base. 40% max]. Guardian Knights (1.7%) 100
Berserker Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Berserker]] Killing an enemy with a melee attack reduces the damage you take by [10% base, 60% max] for 5 sec. Can stack up to 90%. Also makes you immune to stuns. Failed Experiments (4+ BSC; 0.4%) 100
Blind Faith Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Blind Faith]] Reduces the cooldown on your skills by [2.8 base, 6 max] seconds with each successful parry. Always available N/A
Counterattack Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Counterattack]] The attack following a successful parry inflicts +[210 base] damage. Always available N/A
What Doesn't Kill Me Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|What Doesn't Kill Me]] Recover [2% base, 6% max] HP after parrying a melee attack. Disgusting Worms (100%) 50
Necromancy Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Necromancy]] Recover [0.3% base, 2.5% max] HP after killing an enemy, up to a maximum of 50% HP. Always available N/A
Extended Healing Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Extended Healing]] Your health flask heals 85%, its effect is spread over 10 seconds and you deal +[25% base] damage during this time. Secret area in Ossuary 100
Gastronomy Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Gastronomy]] The effect of food increases by +65%. If you recycle food you deal +[10% base] damage for 300 seconds. Conjunctivius (4th kill) 50
Spite Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Spite]] Successful parries and reflected shots inflict [140 base] damage. Secret area in Passage to Toxic Sewers 100
Heart of Ice Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Heart of Ice]] Attacking a slowed, stunned, frozen, or rooted enemy at close range reduces skill cooldowns by [0.6 base, 2 max] seconds. Works with both melee and ranged weapons. Pirate Captains (10%) 50
Kill Rhythm Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Kill Rhythm]] Alternate weapons to increase your attack speed by [15% base] in 2 seconds. Oven Knights (2+ BSC; 0.4%) 150
Armadillopack Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Armadillopack]] Rolling also parries attack and projectiles with the shield in your backpack, for [50% base] of the usual damages. Thornies (1.7%) 100

List of Colorless mutations[]

Icon Name Description Location Cell cost Cell Currency Icon
Ygdar Orus Li Ox Mutation Icon
Ygdar Orus Li Ox Depleted Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Ygdar Orus Li Ox]] Saves you ONE TIME if you die prematurely while not cursed. Cannot be picked up after first mutation selection. Cannot be dropped once picked up, even if used. Always available N/A
Recovery Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Recovery]] Time available to recover your health after a hit is multiplied by 3. Conjunctivius (5th kill) 50
Emergency Triage Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Emergency Triage]] Health potions only restore 35% HP but their use speed is increased by 275% and it completely protects you for 1.5 sec. The Time Keeper (7th kill) 100
Velocity Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Velocity]] Running speed duration bonus (for kill combo) multiplied by 3. The Time Keeper (5th kill) 50
Dead Inside Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Dead Inside]] HP is increased by 50%, but the efficiency of all sources of healing (food, mutations or health potions) is cut in half. Lancers (4+ BSC; 1.7%) 100
Alienation Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Alienation]] Reducing a curse restores 5% HP but increases the number of enemies required to lift the curse by 50%. The Concierge (7th kill) 50
Acceptance Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Acceptance]] Amount of kills required to remove a curse is reduced by 50%, but consuming food curses you. Secret area in High Peak Castle 200
Masochist Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Masochist]] Trap damage is capped at 10% of your max HP. When hit by a trap your movement speed increases by 20% for 20 sec. Secret area in Slumbering Sanctuary 100
Disengagement Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Disengagement]] Once per biome, if your HP falls below 15%, a force field protects you for 5 sec. Secret area in Prisoners' Quarters 200
No Mercy Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|No Mercy]] Execute mobs under 15% health. Effect halved on bosses. Slashers (1.7%) 100
Instinct of the Master of Arms Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Instinct of the Master of Arms]] Reduces the cooldown on your skills by [0.08 base, 1 max] sec with each critical hit. Always available N/A
Ammo Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Ammo]] Ammo for your weapons is now 2 times what it was. The Concierge (6th kill) 50
Gold Plating Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Gold Plating]] Lose gold instead of health when hit. The gold lost is proportional to the health loss prevented. Mimics (10%) 50
Get Rich Quick Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Get Rich Quick]] Accumulate bonus gold for every enemy killed while you have an active speed boost and cash it in when it ends. Mimics (10%) 50
Midas' Blood Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Midas' Blood]] Gain 3 gold per health points you lose. Gold Gorgers (1.7%) 50
Wish Mutation Icon
Wish Depleted Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Wish]] Turns the next item picked legendary. Cannot be removed once activated. Cannot be removed. Let's hope it was worth it. Reward for beating the 3rd Stage in Boss Rush 200

Removed mutations[]

Icon Name Description Location Cell cost Cell Currency Icon Removed in
Sadism Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Sadism]] +[75 base] DPS if a nearby enemy is taking poison, bleed or burn damage. Was dropped by Impaler (100%) 50 v1.1
Fireworks Technician Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Fireworks Technician]] -[30% base, 80% max] cool down delay when using your Grenades. Always available N/A v1.1
Efficiency Mutation Icon
[[{{{_pageName}}}|Efficiency]] -[30% base, 80% max] cool down delay when using your skills. Always available N/A v1.1

History[]

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