The Darkness (boss)

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The Darkness

The Darkness(77328).png

Set: Kobolds and Catacombs
Type: Hero
Class: Priest
Health: 70
Artist: L. Lullabi & K. Turovec

There's a reason to always keep a light on down here.

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Kobolds and Catacombs logo.png The subject of this article is part of the
Dungeon Run.

For the minion card of the same name, see The Darkness

The Darkness is a boss that can be encountered during the Dungeon Run.

Hero Power[edit | edit source]

Encroaching Darkness(77329).png

Special cards[edit | edit source]

Luminous Candle(77331).png
Looming Presence(27480).png

Deck[edit | edit source]

The below classes are listed purely for reference, and have no effect on the boss' use of the cards during the battle.

Class Card Quantity
Boss Looming Presence 4
Priest Forbidden Shaping 2
Potion of Madness 2
Shadow Word: Death 2
Shadow Word: Pain 2
Shadowfiend 2
Cabal Shadow Priest 2
Entomb 2
Psychic Scream 2
Mind Control 2
Rogue Evasion 2
Sudden Betrayal 2
Warlock Shadow Bolt 2
Twisting Nether 2

Strategy[edit | edit source]

While The Darkness can generate an endless stream of 5/5 Darkspawn, you also begin the game with three Luminous Candles, which are 0-mana spells that instantly destroy all Darkspawns in play. Use these wisely, as the Darkspawn can quickly overwhelm you once you run out of Candles. Meanwhile, The Darkness can supplant its legions of Darkspawns with several Priest cards, the most dangerous being Mind Control.

Should the player have picked up Wax Rager, it can easily fend off the Darkspawn since The Darkness can only create one per turn. Be careful of Mind Control, though, which will turn the Rager on you.

Almost all of The Darkness's deck is removal. It relies entirely on its hero power to beat you down. While this may be frustrating, it also makes the fight fairly predictable. Many of the Hero Cards can allow you to at least keep up with The Darkness and stay alive, and The Darkness is more at risk of fatiguing itself than any other final boss. It likely won't be possible to get many decent hits in on the boss itself while focused on survival, unless you've picked up a fair few large minions and Boots of Haste to play them before The Darkness has too much mana. Survival is key here, as The Darkness is more than capable of wiping any board you manage to build. If you can stay alive, this boss will gradually wither itself out.

Alternatively, having the Cloak of Invisibility in your deck will neutralise all of The Darkness's removal (except for Psychic Scream and Twisting Nether), allowing you to play aggressively and win before its Darkspawns can overwhelm you.

Another alternative is with a spell heavy deck and Robe of the Magi. Direct damage spells can be used to beat down the boss itself while your board clears can help to stave off the Darkspawns, though beware you'll have to take a fair few hits to gain the most efficiency from your cards in this case and you can easily wind up at low health. In this way, The Darkness's removal will largely go to waste.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Before match

King Togwaggle
You must bewaring the darkness! This is why kobolds be keeping candles.


The Darkness
Your light is dwindling, adventurer...

Emote Response

The Darkness
I take candle. That's my thing. That's what I do.

Hero Power

The Darkness
Run away...


The Darkness

Lore[edit | edit source]

The Darkness may be intended to represent the Devouring Darkness.

From Wowpedia:

Despite living underground, kobolds do not have keen nocturnal sight, and rely on candles to traverse the mines they call home. However, kobold legends also speak of a dark, devouring presence deep in the caverns of Highmountain, which is the reason that the kobolds fear the dark. The Bluewax of Candle Rock frequently mention that if a kobold's candle goes out, or if they lack a candle altogether, "the darkness" will "eat them". The Bluewax historian Kipp Brightwick tells how the Bluewax were once forced out of their home by a group of drogbar who claimed the cave as their own. However, the drogbar did not have candles, and so "the darkness" began to follow them, until it finally "swallowed them whole", allowing the kobolds — safe with their candles — to move back in. Additionally, a circle of six large candles can be found in the eastern part of Candle Rock. If an adventurer extinguishes the flames of all six candles, a large voidwraith called "Devouring Darkness" will appear and attack them.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The Darkness, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]