Henry Blackbrew the Doctor is among the more powerful Blood Carriers in V Rising. If anything, you probably know exactly what we're talking about, which is why you are here. That being said, don't feel ashamed. This guide covers everything you need to know to beat Henry Blackbrew the Doctor in V Rising, including the best abilities, weapons, and blood to use against him.
Trust us when we say we know what we're talking about regarding V Rising. The strategies we'll discuss are based on actual gameplay experience. So yeah, we know what we're talking about! So, when you're ready, continue reading to learn how to defeat Henry Blackbrew the Doctor, including this boss' location and rewards.
Updated on 21 May 2023: Doctor Blackbrew is a new V Blood Carrier introduced in the V Rising: Secrets of Gloomrot update.
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V Rising: Where To Find Henry Blackbrew The Doctor - Location
Henry Blackbrew the Doctor is located in Trancendum Laboratories in Gloomrot. For easy access back into the area in the event of your premature death, be sure to activate the Gloomrot South Vampire Waygate directly beneath the Trancendum Lab.
This is a relatively high-level area, so you can expect loads of high-level Gloomrot enemies guarding the facility in which he resides. It also features another danger: lightning that randomly strikes from the sky, damaging any player unlucky to be hit by it.
Similarly to our in-depth guide on beating Domina the Blade Dancer, you'll want to be prepared, sporting equally powerful gear and weaponry. Now that you've been warned, let us get into how to beat Henry Blackbrew the Doctor in V Rising.
V Rising: How To Beat Henry Blackbrew The Doctor
Henry Blackbrew the Doctor is a level 74 boss surrounded by mobs of a similar level with high HP and damage output. For this reason, we recommend you be at a suitable Gear Score, preferably Level 72+, if you hope to be successful in this fight. We used a Sword build; however, switching this out for Axes and a Reaper is also fine. Regarding the best Blood Type, we recommend either a Warrior Blood or Scholar Blood with 60/80%+ Blood Quality ratings, respectively (obviously, 100% Blood would be the best option).
Warrior Blood is particularly important for its damage reduction stat. The fight with Doctor Blackbrew in V Rising occurs in a confined arena, meaning the odds of taking damage are significant. As a result, Warrior Blood lets you tank damage, prolonging your survival in the fight, especially using a melee build like us.
On the other hand, Scholar Blood allows you to spam your spells at range with boosted power and a chance of having the cooldown reset, allowing for a recast. Your choice of Blood largely depends on your fighting style, with Warrior Blood permitting a greater ability to tank damage and fight up close, versus Scholar Blood enabling high spell damage from a safer range.
We recommend Blood Rage as the preferred defensive spell for melee fighters who like to get up close and personal. It will heal you and allies in an AOE and increase your attack speed, allowing for good sustain with more damage output. Then, for the ranged defensive spells, we recommend Phantom Aegis, as it can be cast on yourself or allies, blocking damage and inflicting the Weaken debuff on enemies close by.
This debuff reduces enemies' damage output by 25% for 5 seconds. The best way to use this is in a duo with a friend. First, the ranged attacker can use Phantom Aegis on his melee ally, protecting him while weakening Henry Blackbrew the Doctor in V Rising. Then, when Phantom Aegis expires, the melee fighter can use Blood Rage to continue dealing damage in close quarters.
Now let us get right into the battle with some offensive spells! If you plan to defeat Doctor Blackbrew in V Rising, you will need some high-damage output. For this reason, we recommend either Chaos Volley or Void (unlocked by defeating Morian the Stormwing Matriarch). Chaos Volley has two projectiles of 110% magic damage that apply the Ignite debuff, which burns the victim for 50% damage over 5s. On the other hand, Void has two charges, dealing 90% magic damage at a target location that also applies Ignite.
Doctor Blackbrew's Moveset
At the start of the fight, Henry Blackbrew the Doctor will launch electrical ranged attacks at you as the arena comes to life. As a result, the arena will be surrounded by a damaging electrical border that sometimes has its electric beams sweep inwards, damaging all those caught in its path. The Doctor will also use his counter early on, which tosses you into the air if you attack him. You will also be thrown into the electrical beams from the air.
As a result, you will have the Static debuff inflicted onto you. Under the effects of Static, any physical attacks you suffer will trigger an additional 10% magic damage for 5 seconds. That said, it's important to time your attacks and watch out for counters. Once you have reduced Doctor Blackbrew's HP to 50%, he will release Health Orbs to help you survive the next battle phase. Here, Henry Blackbrew the Doctor will become airborne, and the arena's borders will turn off and then flicker back to life.
Noteworthy, Doctor Blackbrew in V Rising will still be able to attack you from the air. He will initiate a large AOE thunder attack dealing huge damage when he lands. Assuming you survive this attack, you should nearly be home free. Use Void at range, slowly wearing him down, and save any Ultimate Ability you have for when he hits about 25% HP. Then, unload all your spells to finish him off before he starts repeating his flying cycle.
Ultimates that are particularly useful against Doctor Blackbrew include Artic Leap (defeat Terrorclaw the Ogre) and Crimson Beam (defeat Raziel the Shepherd). We recommend Artic Leap because it does massive burst damage in a large AOE and can be timed upon Henry Blackbrew the Doctor's landing. Crimson Beam is also great as it will offer considerable damage and sustain to be used when Henry Blackbrew the Doctor lands from being airborne. Void, coupled with any of these Ultimates, should be enough for you to defeat the Doctor in V Rising.
V Rising: Henry Blackbrew The Doctor Rewards
You will receive the following rewards for beating Henry Blackbrew the Doctor in V Rising: Discharge (Storm Ability), Athenaeum, and Schematics.
- Discharge: Block melee and projectile attacks for up to 1.5s. Turn immaterial and travel to the cursor location when an attack is blocked. Passing through the enemy deals 50% magic damage, inflicts Static, and launches the target into the air for 3s.
- Athenaeum: This is a Research structure you can craft from the Build menu. It requires 8x Reinforced Plank + 4 Pristine Hide + 4 Dark Silver Ingot to craft. This resource is important for unlocking Tier 3 blueprints like the Bloodmoon Battlegear or Sanguine and Legendary weapon sets.
- Schematics: This is a resource that is used for researching new technology at the Athenaeum. You can loot it from chests and enemy mobs around Brighthaven in Silverlight Hills or craft it at the Paper Press. It requires 24x Silver Ore + 4x Spectral Dust + 8x Scroll to craft.
Henry Blackbrew the Doctor's V Blood description reads:
Doctor Henry Blackbrew was once humankind's last hope against the forces of Dracula before the Church of Luminance came along. With their newly found faith and weapons of light, mankind turned on the Dcotor for his sick methodology and pursuit of human evolution, declaring him a heretic.
Banished alongside his students, he went on to found The Transcendum and began constructing a society in his image. With the help of resources he refers to as "Blood Type E," he's managed to maintain his young, and keep his twisted pursuit of "progress" alive for well over 800 years.
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