“Thy will be done. The way I like to do it.”
Back 4 Blood, the gory first-person shooter from Turtle Rock Studios, is a game full of guns, zombies, and guts. It’s a chaotic experience from start to finish through post-apocalyptic Pennsylvania. Its depth, story, and lore are driven entirely by the characters players take control of.
From punk rock misanthropes to traumatized veterans, the survivors of this new wasteland are called cleaners. They’re immune to the predations of the devil worm, the purveyor of this zombie infection, and they’re proficient with weapons, even if those weapons are nothing more than baseball bats and machetes.
He is certifiably insane. He is also absolutely hilarious. And he has many names, only one of which is “Prophet” Dan.
That’s right, today we’re talking about the mad Irishman that everyone knows and keeps at arm’s length, Dan.
What we don’t know about the “Prophet” Dan could fill up a large book.
What we do know about Dan is weird, supernatural, and most likely fabricated by the madman himself. But who knows? Maybe he’s telling the truth. Or at least part of it.
Dan isn’t originally from Fort Hope. He was in charge of his own small settlement, his “flock,” as he calls them. And while many of them didn’t actually believe the zealous rants he spewed every night, they put up with them to receive the blessing of Dan’s protection. Because it turns out madmen thrive in the apocalypse.
But Dan’s flock was ambushed, captured, and dragged off by devils–people working with the devil worms, to be exact. Dan was left for dead but instead found out he has some unique powers that give him an edge in a fight. After getting his bearings, Dan realized he couldn’t save his group by himself. He sought out Commander Philips and the Cleaners of Fort Hope, spouting something about a future he has foreseen where they all must work together or perish to the devils.
Dan wears a heavily frayed coat with Peter 4:12 scored into the fabric. The passage reads, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.”
Everything else we know about Dan comes from speculation. In his cutscene, when Philips asks, “Do you have a name, pal?” Dan responds, “Oh, I’ve got many.” And even looking at his character profile, the title Prophet is always in parentheses, which makes us wonder if he’ll wear a different title in the next DLC. He has a scar across his left eye which has turned the eye milky white, and he has a sweet mustache. Dan is also the comedic relief we’ve been waiting for. While Hoffman is great for a laugh, we’re usually laughing at him. Dan is pure gold when it comes to comedy, and his levity is something the cast of Back 4 Blood sorely needed.
Strategy & cards
Dan has the weirdest skills in the game. It’s not even a competition. Heng and Karlee might have some weird skills, but Dan is straight blessed. His skill card reads as follows:
- A random effect is played whenever a Cleaner is Revived.
- The effects of the cards can stack.
- “Prophet” Dan has increased combat attributes when others are incapacitated.
- +3 Team Damage Resistance and Knockback immunity while Reviving
Aside from the last one, those are some of the most ambiguous skills we’ve ever read. What does ‘random effect’ mean? How do the effects stack; what effects? ‘Increased combat attributes’ could mean anything!
Chill. We got your back.
Dan is a healer of epic proportions. But his healing abilities don’t kick in until someone goes down, not before. Dan gains increased damage, reload, and movement speed when a teammate goes down. But the real fun doesn’t start until the teammate is revived.
It doesn’t matter if Dan is the one to do the reviving either; as long as Dan is on your team, one of seven cards will activate if a Cleaner goes down and is revived.
- Carnage – Several live frag grenades appear
- Radiance – Several live flash-bang grenades appear
- Riches – Several copper pickups appear
- The Light – +5 damage or +5 damage resistance
- Vanish – Several smoke grenades appear
- Vigor – Full health restored
- Vitality – +1 extra life
Dan has some impressive cards up his sleeve, but they won’t activate unless your team is in trouble. For that reason, Dan is a great Nightmare or No Hope addition. His skills won’t activate on lower difficulties unless you’re seriously struggling, so don’t bother bringing him. But if you’re attempting harder difficulties or running through them by yourself, having the “Prophet” Dan on your team is a good idea.
Dan starts with a SCAR, a Desert Eagle, and a smoke grenade. When it comes to building decks for him, we found ourselves experimenting with the experimental technology cards. But when it came to flesh out a reliable deck, we went with something between a Jim Hossler and a Doc.
Final thoughts on Prophet Dan
“Prophet” Dan quickly became one of our favorite Cleaners right off the bat. Is he someone we’d hang out with in real life? Hell no. He’s one shifty, mysterious dude. But he’s the perfect person to have at your side when it comes to cleaning the house during the Ridden apocalypse.