Harros the Vassal is the first “shell” (or armor set) that you’ll find in Mortal Shell. It focuses primarily on defenses via the hardening mechanic. Here’s our guide to help you out.
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Mortal Shell: Harros the Vassal guide
Location: After leaving the tutorial area and exiting the long tunnel, you’ll fight Harros the Vassal in the grassy corner to your left.
Stats: Harros the Vassal has average durability (HP), resolve, and stamina.
Skills and perks:
|Upgrade||Effect||Tar Cost||Glimpse Cost|
|Accretion of Endurance||Faster stamina refill while hardened.||3000||20|
|Accretion of Foresight||Chance to restore some HP when you obtain a glimpse.||500||2|
|Accretion of Ascent||Killing two enemies in quick succession restores harden cooldown.||500||2|
|Accretion of Yearning||Chance for enemies to drop an additional glimpse on death.||1000||8|
|Accretion of Dominance||For a short time after hardening, enemies have a chance to drop an additional glimpse.||1000||6|
|Accretion of Inheritance||Hardening lasts twice as long after being broken.||1100||8|
|Accretion of Resolve||Harden cooldown is reduced by 25%.||2500||15|
|Recollection of Strength||Put enemies off-balance with a powerful kick||1000||6|
|Recollection of Knowledge||Use Harden in the air to create an AoE smash once you land; chance for enemies to drop an extra glimpse if they’re killed by the AoE smash.||2500||15|
|Recollection of Death||Regain “last chance” after defeating enough enemies||4000||25|
Since Harros the Vassal predominantly focuses on Mortal Shell‘s hardening mechanic, you’ll see that he’s probably the most defensive-oriented out of all the options you have. Sadly, it won’t excel at anything else beyond this. It’s probably why I decided to level-up the other shells first and saved this for last.
Still, if you’re someone who can make the most use out of this shell, then more power to you. I would suggest getting Accretion of Yearning first so you can start earning some bonus glimpses (for other unlocks). Next, Accretion of Inheritance and Accretion of Resolve would be helpful since both are related to hardening’s cooldown and could support you with your timing. Accretion of Ascent, while also related to cooldown, won’t be that necessary since you won’t often find groups of enemies that can be killed in quick succession — at least not in the game’s later areas.
Note: Recollection of Knowledge is useless for the other shells. For Harros the Vassal, it’s a questionable pick. You’ll fight mobs in Fallgrim, fall off ledges, harden your shell, hope that you kill someone with the AoE smash, and pray that they drop a glimpse.