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Dante Profile
Dante the Hunter is a hero in Kingdom Rush: Frontiers. He is unlocked by paying $3.99 as an in-app purchase and is not available on Flash. He is unlocked at Emberspike Depths on the Steam version and starts at level 5. Dante is a hunter of the undead and was released alongside Bonehart in the Shadow-moon Campaign.


Skills

Dante 1 AKIMBO STYLE DanteAkimbo1 (active) (cooldown: 18 seconds) (2/2/2 hero points): 

Draws his 2 guns and makes 4/6/8 rapid shots that deal 40 damage each.
(In fact, it does Dante's attack damage.)

Dante 2 SILVER BULLET DanteSilverBullet1 (active) (cooldown: 15 seconds) (3/3/3 hero points): 

Takes aim and shoots a silver bullet that deals 140/230/320 True Damage. (Deals double damage to Werewolf and Lycan in wolf form.)

Dante 3 HOLY GRENADE DanteHoly (active) (cooldown: 15 seconds) (2/2/2 hero points): 

Throws a bottle of holy water that silence an enemy, thus disabling all of its abilities for 5/10/15 seconds.

Dante 4 RELIC OF POWER DanteRelic1 (active) (cooldown: 18 seconds) (2/2/2 hero points): 

Unleashes the power of a holy relic that destroys 25/50/100% of its target's resistances.

Dante 5 BEACON OF LIGHT DanteSoul (passive) (1/1/1 hero point): 

Dante's presence, even when dead, blesses nearby allies granting them 15/30/50% extra damage. Upgrading this skill also allows Dante to move even while dead and thus choose his respawn spot.

Order of Importance

If all of Dante's skills are available, he'll use them in this order:

  1. Silver Bullet
  2. Akimbo Style
  3. Holy Grenade
  4. Relic of Power

Stats

  • Dante has a 9% health regeneration, healing at 45 health per second at level 10.
  • Melee attack rate: 1.0s mobile, 1.53s Steam
  • Ranged attack rate: 1.5s
Level HP Melee & Ranged Damage Armor Heal Rate Respawn
5 375 28-41 None 34 15s
6 400 31-47 None 36 15s
7 425 35-52 None 39 15s
8 450 38-58 None 41 15s
9 475 42-63 None 43 15s
10 500 46-68 None 45 15s

Tips and Tricks

  • Dante is a melee-capable ranged hero great at killing single, durable foes. He has the highest basic DPS among heroes, which is improved even further with his faster attack speed in melee (on mobile only). His skills are specialized in destroying lone enemies, especially those relying on resistance or abilities to survive in battle.
  • Silver Bullet is Dante's most powerful skill, being able to deal, at tier III, 320 True Damage. With a reasonable recharge of 15 seconds, the skill is easy to use at will: like all heroes, Dante prioritizes foes closer to the exit, so simply position him slightly behind the desired target, he should use Silver Bullet on it.
  • Akimbo Style deals as much or more damage as Silver Bullet, however it trades True Damage for the dividing of physical damage over a number of shots. This allows the skill to be used more liberally versus weaker foes, as it can switch target should the original one dies, avoiding wasting huge damage on a foe of little health.
  • Holy Grenade gives Dante an edge over powerful spellcasters, such as Blood Trickster, Saurian Savant, Bluegale, and Phantom Warrior, nullifying their magical abilities.
    • The skill can only disable one spellcaster at a time, and has no AOE effect against any other enemy beside the target.
    • Since the skill automatically prioritizes enemy spellcasters, it will always hit its target. In the case of the Blood Trickster, beware of Spirit Shaman, Earth Shaman and Witch Doctor, those can distract Dante and make him use Holy Grenade on them instead.
  • Relic of Power is best used against Bloodshell or Blacksurge, these enemies are not very common and possess high armor, maximizing the effectiveness of the skill. Other enemies who are armored or magic-resistant, are usually not as much of a threat as these two. Lesser, yet still good targets include Earth Shaman, Spirit Shaman and Saurian Savant - less common enemies that can change the tide of the battle if not countered correctly.
  • Beacon of Light is nice to have, but the damage boost is not as great as it sounds, since most soldiers deal negligible damage and it only boosts melee damage, thus +50% strength is not very much. When you are leveling up Dante, it is alright to leave the skill not upgraded in prefer of stronger abilities, such as Silver Bullet and Akimbo Style.
    • It can boost Assassins' all attacks including Sneak Attack and Counterattack. With this damage boost, fully upgraded Assassins deal 15-21 damage on basic attack, 60-66 damage on Counterattack, and 60-90 True Damage on Sneak Attack.
    • When paired with a Necromancer and his Death Rider, Dante can buff Skeleton and Skeleton Knight's damage output to a very decent number, although still not very high, only enough for them to lightly harm weak enemies.
    • Secondary heroes are not affected.
  • The best way of using Dante is to treat him like a supportive ranged hero, as his skills are mostly ranged. His regeneration is quite good, and while he is a bit squishy from lack of armor, most regular enemies cannot kill him before he kills them. Even if Dante dies, his fast respawn time, fastest among all heroes in Kingdom Rush: Frontiers, makes this less of a threat.

Quotes

  • I'm the best at what I do.
  • There are many paths to redemption.
  • Bless me, for I have sinned.
  • I will vanquish evil.
  • (upon death) My soul lingers!

Trivia

  • The name Dante comes from the Latin name Durans, which meant 'enduring'. The most well-known Dante is Dante Alighieri, who wrote The Divine Comedy, an epic poem that tells of his descent through the many levels of Hell and then into the paradise of Heaven.
  • Dante also bears resemblance to many vampire hunters from pop culture, such as Solomon Kane, Abraham Van Helsing and Blade but also as a devil hunter from Devil May Cry. His grizzled appearance also gives him a strong resemblance to Daniel Garner, the protagonist of the game Painkiller.
  • "I'm the best at what I do"
    • The catch phrase of Marvel's Wolverine, one of the most popular comic book characters ever. The full quote is "I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn't very nice".
  • "There are many paths to redemption"
    • A line spoken in the 2009 film Solomon Kane by an Abbot. The full quote is "There are many paths to redemption... not all of them peaceful"
  • "Bless me, for I have sinned"
    • When Catholics go to confession, they greet the priest with the line "Bless me father, for I have sinned". The same line is spoken, not withouth sarcasm, by the hunter Gabriel Van Helsing in the 2003 movie.
  • Akimbo Style - Akimbo is a human body position in which the hands are on the hips and the elbows are bowed outward. Dante does not actually bend his arms into an akimbo position when using Akimbo Style - perhaps because this pose is often used by two-pistoled gunfighters in media, the word is sometimes mistakenly applied to any situation in which someone has a matched pair of weapons in his hands.
  • Silver Bullet
    • A "silver bullet" is a simple solution to a complicated problem. The skill's ability to instant-kill Werewolves and Lycans is a reference to how silver is shown in pop culture as a method of killing werewolves, while the true damage that inflicts is a nod to the monster-killing effect that silver has in various works.
  • When dead, Dante's image changes to a frown instead of the normal teeth-bearing growl that he normally has.
  • Sometimes, when given a move command while in his respawn animation, he will be unable to reposition (although he will move to engage and use skills). It is unknown if dying resets this effect.

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