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The main heroine of the game is a young woman named Cadence, though other characters are unlocked and played as you progress through the game.
Different characters are connected to different Achievements.
There are currently 10 (Amplified dlc 14) characters playable in the game.

CadenceBardMonkDoveEliBoltDorianMelodyAriaCodaNocturnaCharacter diamondCharacter maryCharacter tempo

Backstory Edit

Cadence is the daughter of Melody and Dorian. Eli is her paternal uncle, and Aria is her maternal grandmother.

Cadence goes to the Crypt of the NecroDancer against the wishes of her uncle Eli in order to search for her father. Dorian went to the Crypt two years prior to the events in the game to find the Golden Lute. When Cadence arrives at the Crypt, she begins digging for an entrance, when suddenly the ground beneath her splits open. She falls into the Crypt and strikes her head on a rock as she lands. Fatally wounded, Cadence lies motionless on the floor of the Crypt...until the NecroDancer appears and steals her heart, cursing it to forever beat to his music. The NecroDancer takes Cadence's heart and heads to his lair deeper into the crypt.

Cadence awakens shortly after and senses something is wrong. She ventures deeper into the crypt in order to save her father and lift her curse.

Character Details Edit

The value in the health field represents the number of starting maximum Heart Containers in "All Zones" mode. All characters start with a shovel, dagger, and one bomb (unless otherwise specified).

Character Base Health Starting items Unlocking Info
Cadence
Cadence
HeartHeartHeart Default Default character

Default gameplay.

Choral
Choral
HeartHeartHeart Default Default character

Choral has the same mechanics as Cadence and is played by player 2 in co-op or can be selected in gameplay options [1].

Bard
Bard
HeartHeart Default Unlocked By Default

Moves freely with no beat, with enemies acting immediately after he does.

Monk
Monk
HeartHeart
Blood Shovel
Blood Shovel
Complete Zone 3

Dies instantly upon picking up any gold or the Crown of Greed.

Dove
Dove
HeartHeartHeart
(One from Ring of Peace)
Weapon flower
Flower
Shovel Crystal
Crystal Shovel
Ring peace
Ring of Peace
Complete Zone 2

Can only use the Flower for a weapon, which inflicts no damage and confuses enemies.

Bombs teleport enemies instead of dealing damage.

Stairs are always unlocked, and boss fights are skipped.

Eli
Eli
HeartHeartHeart Nodlc No Weapon
Weapon eli
Eli Amplified dlc
Consumable Bomb Inf
Infinite Bombs
Charm nazar
Nazar Charm
Complete Zone 1

Cadence's uncle. Has infinite Bombs and the ability to kick them by jumping toward the bomb.

Bolt
Bolt
HeartHeartHeart
Weapon spear
Spear
Charm nazar
Nazar Charm
Complete Zone 4 as Monk

Bolt and all enemies move at double speed.

Dorian
Dorian
HeartHeart
HeartHeart
Pickaxe
Pickaxe
Feet boots leaping
Boots of Leaping
Ring might
Ring of Might
Armor platemail dorian
Dorian's Plate Armor
Tool compass
Compass
Defeat Dead Ringer as Cadence

Cadence's father. Cannot replace his Boots of Leaping or Platemail.

Walking without Boots of Leaping active will cause Dorian to take 0.5 damage each step.

Melody
Melody
HeartHeart
Weapon golden lute
Golden Lute
Complete Zone 4 as Cadence

Cadence's mother. Can only use the Golden Lute for a weapon.

Aria
Aria
Heart half
Charm nazar
Nazar Charm
Tool potion
Potion
Complete Zone 4 as Melody

Cadence's grandmother. Can only use a Dagger for a weapon.

Cannot gain any additional Heart Containers.

Dies to missed beats.

Progresses through zones in reverse, but the enemies from previous zones will still appear.

Coda
Coda
Heart half
Charm nazar
Nazar Charm
Complete "All Characters" Mode

Combines the restrictions of Aria, Monk, and Bolt.

Nocturna
Nocturna
Amplified dlc
HeartHeartHeart
Weapon cutlass
Cutlass
Spell transform
Transform
Unlocked By Default

Starts with unique Transform spell.

Zone 5 infects other zones.

Character diamond
Diamond
Amplified dlc
HeartHeartHeart
Tool torch
Torch
Complete Zone 5

Can move diagonally with key combinations.

Spells, Backpacks, Holster, weapons that need to be loaded and boots than can be toggled do not appear.

Cannot throw weapons.

Character mary
Mary
Amplified dlc
HeartHeartHeart
Weapon spear
Spear
Tool torch
Torch
Food cookies
Cookies
Charm nazar
Nazar Charm
 ???

Has a lamb that follows behind her every beat. When the lamb takes damage and dies, Mary will take damage every beat and can only be saved by going into next level where the lamb will respawn.

Character tempo
Tempo
Amplified dlc
HeartHeartHeart
Blood Knife
Blood Knife
Tool torch
Torch
Tool compass
Compass
 ???

Deals infinite damage.

Has a counter that starts on 16 and goes down by 1 every beat. Killing enemies and buying items resets the counter. If the counter falls bellow 0, Tempo will die instantly.

Has a permanent telepathy effect.

All enemies may appear, regardless of zone.

References Edit

  1. https://twitter.com/necrodancergame/status/592035364954472449

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