Gloomhaven Music Note Guide – Build & Strategy – Locked Class

The Soothsinger (symbol name Music Note) is the bard class in Gloomhaven. She plays her lute and sings to create Songs that boost allies and hinder monsters. You can build the Soothsinger to focus on damage or support. This Soothsinger guide focuses on a support build and strategy. In particular, this build negates damage done by monsters using Curse, Disarm and Stun.

Soothsinger Support Guide Structure

This article is a complete guide to playing a support Soothsinger who protects teammates from damage by debuffing monsters with status effects like Stun, Disarm and Curse. She also has some ally damage boosting abilities and a couple of damage-dealing abilities of her own to allow more versatility.


Hi! This post may link to online stores. If you click a link and buy something, I may get a commission. See my affiliate disclosure.


This Soothsinger guide uses only starting level items and assumes that you don’t have access to higher city prosperity or the solo quest item to avoid spoilers (and also because I didn’t have access to these things when I started playing her!).

The guide covers all levels from 1-9 and evaluates each card for how well it fits with this build.

This Soothsinger guide follows this structure:

  • Why a Soothsinger Support build?
  • Soothsinger Support strategy
  • Level 1-9 cards and decks
  • Soothsinger Perks
  • Soothsinger Items
  • Soothsinger Enhancements
  • Soothsinger Experience
  • Soothsinger Combos
  • Soothsinger Names
  • Conclusion

This Soothsinger build guide doesn’t have any campaign spoilers or reveal any items beyond starting items.

Gloomhaven Soothsinger class board and mini
Soothsinger class miniature and character board

Why a Soothsinger Support build?

Generally speaking, the Soothsinger a support class, although she can be built to focus on damage instead. There are three main builds for the Soothsinger.

1. Damage build

The damage build is actually a good choice for a two-player Gloomhaven party because a lot of the support abilities are more valuable when there are more players. For example, a Song which adds a +1 Shield to all allies isn’t much of a bonus when you only have one ally! But in a party of four players, that’s four Shields blocking a lot of damage per turn.

The other advantage of a damage build in a two-player group is that you’re doing enough damage to the monsters each turn to defeat them all before you become exhausted!

2. Support build – Boost Allies

There are plenty of cards in the Soothsinger deck that give allies shields, bonuses to their movement or damage, or taking an extra action which makes boosting allies build totally valid. With this build, the strategy for the group is to defeat the monsters as quickly as possible using high damage outputs.

Because the Soothsinger isn’t a healing focused support class, your teammates need to be able to look after their own health or you play this build alongside a healer.

3. Support build – Weaken Monsters

The other approach to a support build Soothsinger is to focus on weakening monsters. Thanks to the Curses, Disarms, Immobilize, Stun and even monster movement control abilities, you can stop monsters from doing harm to your allies. The great thing about this build is that you don’t need a tank!

This is the build this Soothsinger guide focuses on and it works really well in a four-player Gloomhaven group where your teammates are dealing enough damage to the monsters that they don’t need your help to defeat them all quickly.

The main issue with the negate damage support build is that your party won’t notice just how helpful you’re being until you retire your Soothsinger! Your teammates quickly get used to taking very few hits and forget that you’re the one protecting them! Those Curses in the monster modifier deck didn’t get there on their own!

Soothsinger FAQs

Songs are a unique card to the Soothsinger. As I was playing and building my character, I had a few questions about how song cards worked and a couple of other questions that I needed to check in the rules to make sure I was making the best card choice at each level.

Are you an ally of yourself?

In Gloomhaven, you are not an ally of yourself. However, any summons you or other players have are considered allies.

Do Songs affect yourself?

Songs don’t usually affect yourself. Most songs say, ‘ All allies…’ and because you aren’t an ally of yourself the Song doesn’t affect you. Pull the Strings and Nightmare Serenade are the only two songs that affect you.

How many Songs can you have in play at once?

You can only have one Song active at any one time unless you have an ability that says otherwise.

Soothsinger Strategy for Support

There are some strategies I used while playing the Soothsinger I found really helpful.

Use ranged abilities

We’re squishy. We don’t want to be squished. So we stay out of the way!

Thankfully, plenty of our abilities are ranged!

Pick up your Song for even cards after resting

If you’re going to end up with an odd number of cards in your hand after a rest, make sure you pick up your active Song before you rest. That way you’ll have an even number of cards going into your next round, which will give you an extra turn.

Get Curses into the monster deck early

The earlier you get the Curses into the monster modifier deck, the sooner they are flipped. So get them in early!

Try to keep track of how many Curses are currently in their deck. I find the best way to do this is for you to keep hold of the monster Curse cards so you know how many are in there at any given time.

Don’t switch Songs too often

When I first started playing the Soothsinger I came to it with the assumption that Songs were the most important thing I could contribute to the group. But I very quickly realised that Songs are more like a nice passive bonus rather than the central focus of how I played.

I was more focused on using the right abilities than switching up my Songs. Which makes sense really, because to swap out and play a new Song doesn’t lead to a very efficient use of an action in most cases.

I tended to play just one Song for an entire scenario most of the time.

Sometimes offence is the best defence

Occasionally it might make sense to deal damage rather than negating it. For example, if there’s only one monster left in a room, a boss is nearly defeated, or you’re facing an ooze that’s about to multiply!

Because of this, I liked to have at least 1 damage dealing option with me at all times.

Soothsinger Support build card analysis

Every card in Gloomhaven can be seen as good or bad depending on what you want it for. For my support build, in order of priority, I was looking for cards that:

  • Stopped monsters from dealing damage at all
  • Offered some movement
  • Dealt ranged damage

Even though the build mainly focuses on preventing damage to allies there are times where doing some damage yourself can protect your allies better. For example, if a monster is on low health but is about to summon more monsters you can take it down before it gets the chance thanks to your fast initiative. Stopping a monster from summoning friends that can deal damage to your allies can be more effective than stunning these monsters after they’ve spawned!

Soothsinger cards

The Soothsinger has 28 cards in their deck from level 1 to 9. The cards contain a nice spread of abilities for a bard class including all the usual you’d expect like ally boosts and monster manipulation with a couple of heals.

Level 1 Soothsinger cards

If we want to, we could just pick up all the level one cards and have a play to get a feel for the class because the number of cards matches our hand limit. But in reality, most people will unlock the Soothsinger at higher levels than 1. So let’s just see which cards fit best with our support build.

Call to Action

Gloomhaven Soothsinger card Call to Action
Level 1 Soothsinger card Call to Action

Top ability

Giving your allies Advantage until the end of their next turn is pretty sweet! Yes, it’s a damage-focused ability that doesn’t align completely with our build, but it’s a pretty cool ability for a non-loss. Especially when you’re in a party of four adventurers and you’re up against a boss!

Bottom ability

Another damage-focused ability but one that we can use safely while staying out of range. It’s actually pretty decent too. Dealing four damage level one is pretty good and it’s reusable. We do need some high hitting one-off abilities like this on our deck so this one a really good contender.

Overall Call to Action card rating

Although it’s a damage-focused card, it gives us the high-hitting damage option for when we need it and also has a nice ally boost for other times. With a high initiative of 85, we can use Call to Action when we need to go late in a round and be confident that we’ll go after most monsters and allies.

Defensive Ditty

Level 1 Soothsinger card Defensive Ditty
Level 1 Soothsinger card Defensive Ditty

Top ability

The top of Defensive Ditty is a perfect example of how some abilities work really well at level 1 but don’t work particularly well later levels. That Shield of 1 is great when monsters don’t hit very hard and don’t have pierce, but as you level up pierce becomes more common. Curse is better than shield at higher levels.

But for level 1 it’s the best defensive Song we have.

Bottom ability

When I first came across this ability I thought it was awesome! I read it as though so long as allies were in range I could protect them from all damage for that entire turn. But I went and checked the FAQs and it turns out it only applies to the first ally that’s hit. It doesn’t repeat. That explains why this ability is not a loss!

It still fits with the criteria for this build, ideally we’re going to be at range 3 not range 2 so it’s not ideal.

Overall Defensive Ditty card rating

It matches most of what we’re looking for it just doesn’t do it hugely well. That 9 initiative will come in really handy though!

Marching Beat

Level 1 Soothsinger card Marching Beat
Level 1 Soothsinger card Marching Beat

Top ability

This ability can be useful if you’re playing with a slow character, but it’s not really aligned with what we want to do with our Soothsinger.

Bottom ability

Move 4 is always useful especially because we don’t really have that many move abilities so when we do move we really need to make it count!

Overall Marching Beat card rating

The 32 initiative on this card isn’t great. It’s too slow to guarantee going first and not slow enough to go after all the monsters. The most useful thing is the bottom Move 4.

Power Ballad

Level 1 Soothsinger card Power Ballad
Level 1 Soothsinger card Power Ballad

Top ability

Just like the Shield on Defensive Ditty, this +1 damage is good at lower levels but won’t make a dent at higher ones. If we were focusing on boosting allies as our support tactic, we would probably play this Song.

Bottom ability

If you’re playing alongside another ranged class then you could probably get the use out of Strengthen and on the Move 2 here. But it even then it’s situational.

Overall Power Ballad card rating

It’s a damage focused-support card so not perfect for what we want. The 19 initiative is pretty good though and we get a Move 2 with a bonus that might benefit a ranged person who’s hanging out with us.

Singing Arrow

Level 1 Soothsinger card Singing Arrow
Level 1 Soothsinger card Singing Arrow

Top ability

Ah, yes! Singing Arrow. One of the first core cards for our build. If you can get monsters in all 3 of those hexes you’ve just sprinkled 3 Curses into the monster deck 1 action!

It even has a lovely little enhancement so you could add another hexand therefore another Curse!

It’s amazing that it’s range 3 and reusable too. Just perfect!

Bottom ability

I kinda forgot there was a bottom action here! You’ll be using this card for the top pretty much every time unless there are already 10 Curses in the monster modifier deck!

It’s good to have a little ranged damage ability that adds Wound here though because you might as well do something that helps the group if you don’t need to play the top.

Overall Singing Arrow card rating

Awesome card! The 89 initiative is really useful too because you can go really late in a round if you want to. For example, if you’ve just entered a room and you need the monsters to move into range.

Song of Speed

Level 1 Soothsinger card Song of Speed
Level 1 Soothsinger card Song of Speed

Top ability

If you’re playing a scenario where you have to run a lot then this is a great Song to bring with you! Otherwise, you’ve got better options. Not all allies are going to have ranged abilities that they use regularly so that damage bonus is really conditional.

Bottom ability

I really like the bottom of Song of Speed! I can’t quite believe it’s an initiative 5 and reusable with a range of 4! You can play it at the start of a round to guarantee all the monsters are a disadvantage for the entire round for this turn and the next!

And we get and experience to add to the pile too!

It’s amazing.

Overall Song of Speed card rating

Love this card! That is all.

Throw Voice

Level 1 Soothsinger card Throw Voice
Level 1 Soothsinger card Throw Voice

Top ability

The top of Throw Voice is the other ability that central to our build at level 1. It’s like the top of Singing Arrow but instead of having to wait for the Curses to be flipped, we make sure the monsters in these hexes deal no damage straight away! For this turn and until the end of their next turn as well!

It’s also reusable and has that extra little hex enhancement slot too. Lovely!

Bottom ability

To be honest, always used the top of this card. But looking at what this ability says, for a loss ability I don’t think this is worth it because we lose the top ability from our hand too!

Overall Throw Voice card rating

Great top ability which we’ll use every chance we get! We just need to pair this card with a faster initiative card so we can play it as early in the round as possible!

Tuning the Outcome

Level 1 Soothsinger card Tuning the Outcome
Level 1 Soothsinger card Tuning the Outcome

Top ability

Well, this is a lot cheaper than visiting the Great Oak sanctuary to get a Bless card! But whether your allies want the Blesses in their deck is a different thing!

For some classes, they may have slimmed down their modifier deck so much to flip the cards they want that they don’t want Bless cards adding to it! And some classes may not want them at all.

The other issue with this card is that it only affects adjacent allies, so may only apply to a ranged ally who’s hanging out at the back with you.

Bottom ability

I love this little Move 3 with a cheeky Curse thrown in! It’s so cool to move and negate some future damage at the same time!

 

Join the My Kind of Meeple newsletter!

Exclusive email updates! New Strategies, Kickstarter Picks, What I'm Playing + Special Extras!

Thanks for joining!

Your email is only used for updates and email-based ad targetting. (Ads keep this site free!) You can view the terms & can opt-out of email-based ad targetting here.

Overall Tuning the Outcome card rating

The bottom Move action is really great for us! The top is good for additional damage but only in the right circumstances.

Warding Dagger

Level 1 Soothsinger card Warding Dagger
Level 1 Soothsinger card Warding Dagger

Top ability

A melee ability really doesn’t lend itself well to this build. It’s very much a, “Get me out of here!” ability. Stick the monster to the ground so it can’t catch you when you run away!

For a damage focused build, this ability is great.

Bottom ability

With our 9 card hand limit, a loss really has to pay its way. And this one just doesn’t. The Move 4 would be helpful but the Shield 2 only affects adjacent allies which means it probably won’t get used to its full potential.

Overall Warding Dagger card rating

Not a great fit for us.

Level X Soothsinger cards

At level 1, we can also choose level X cards. Let’s see what we’ve got!

Level X Soothsinger cards - Nimble Knife, Unending Chant and Wistful Wounding
Level X Soothsinger cards – Nimble Knife, Unending Chant and Wistful Wounding

Nimble Knife

Top ability

Another melee damage ability with Bless is not great for us. If that Curse was on a range 3 then it would be a bit more interesting!

Another good option for the damaged focus build though.

Bottom ability

A nice reliable 4.

Overall Nimble Knife card rating

The top isn’t usually useful for us, but a decent Move 4 on the bottom is pretty good!

Unending Chant

Top ability

Given that we’re all about stopping damage to our allies, this top ability looks tempting. But knowing that we’ve got Singing Arrow dishing out up to 4 Curses in one reusable action, Unending Chant looks a lot less appealing.

Bottom ability

This bottom move is basically our standard Move 2 with a bonus of a minor Shield 1 for allies who happen to be in a good spot after we’ve moved. But if you’re near allies who need Shields, you’re too close to the monsters!

The Shield is ok and a nice bonus, but there may be better options for this card spot.

Overall Unending Chant card rating

We don’t need the top ability and the bottom is only a slight step up from the standard Move 2 so this card isn’t doing a huge amount to earn its spot in our hand. The 51 initiative is right in the middle between fast and slow, so we’d need to pair it with a decent initiative card too.

Wistful Wounding

Top ability

If we were focused on damage support, this Song is pretty good. Particularly if we were playing with a damage focused area of effect class! The main problem with Wound is that it’s like a +1 damage bonus, it works well at lower levels but less so at higher levels. That one damage at the start of the monster’s turn has less of an impact with they have higher health pools.

Bottom ability

If you really need some gold then take this loot ability with you, otherwise it’s not doing much for us.

Overall Wistful Wounding card rating

Better for a support build that boosts allies than for this stop monster damage build. The 16 initiative is nice though!

Level 1 Soothsinger build

So for this level 1 build were going to do the best can to prevent damage to our teammates with the cards we’ve got at the moment. Like I said in the intro, we’re looking for cards that:

  • Stop monsters from dealing damage at all
  • Offer some movement
  • Deal ranged damage

Level 1 Soothsinger deck

Soothsinger Level 1 build deck cards
Soothsinger Level 1 build deck cards

The level 1 deck isn’t completely perfect, but that’s the point of levelling up our cards, right? We could do with a few more fast initiative cards, and some better movement options.

Although cards have 2 abilities we generally take each card for one ability over the other. That’s how I’ve grouped them here.

Damage negation

  • Singing Arrow
  • Song of Speed
  • Throw Voice

Movement

  • Marching Beat
  • Nimble Knife
  • Tuning the Outcome

Ranged Damage

  • Call to Action

Songs

  • Defensive Ditty
  • Power Ballad

Level 2 Soothsinger cards

Level 2 Soothsinger cards - Change Tempo and Soothing Lullaby
Level 2 Soothsinger cards – Change Tempo and Soothing Lullaby

Change Tempo

Top ability

Immobilize works like Stun on melee-focused monsters! Those shambling skeletons can’t get near us. Given what we’re looking for with our build, this ability can prevent quite a few hits on our allies given that it’s all monsters in range 3.

And yep, range 3 too! It’s perfect for how far away we are from monsters.

Bottom ability

This Move 5 is the 2nd highest move ability in our entire card set! And it’s reusable too with an enhancement dot. Looks perfect for a jump, maybe?

Overall Change Tempo card rating

Both abilities on this card work really well for our build type. The 91 initiative is also a good bet for going after our teammates and the monsters on our turn.

Soothing Lullaby

Top ability

A heal 1 might not look like much on first glance, but one at the start of every turn soon adds up! It also only takes a heal of 1 to remove Poison or Wound.

The main issue with this Song is that the heal 1 doesn’t scale very well. When your allies have a higher health pool and the monsters are doing significant damage per hit, a heal of 1 will make hardly any difference at all.

Bottom ability

Unlike the top ability, this heal 3 we can use on ourselves, which is quite nice! Granted, we shouldn’t be taking any hits anyway. But if we do, it’s nice to have a heel we can use.

The range 4 gives us decent reach with this ability. But again, a heal of 3 becomes less and less effective as we level.

Overall Soothing Lullaby card rating

The 11 initiative is pretty fast and it’s nice to see a heal-focused card for a support build option.

Level 2 Soothsinger build

What to pick up

It’s a tough choice at level 2. Both cards will help us in our support role. However, if we think about the guiding principles we’re using to evaluate each card for this build, then Change Tempo is more aligned with preventing damage than Soothing Lullaby is.

The other advantage with Change Tempo is that Immobilize works just as effectively at level 9 as it does at level 2. Whereas the heals of 1 and 3 on Soothing Lullaby are significantly less effective at level 9. That’s perhaps why there is a more powerful healing Song available at level 8.

For these reasons, we pick up Change Tempo over Soothing Lullaby.

What to drop

We replace Nimble Knife because we now have a better top action and an increased Move.

Level 2 Soothsinger deck

Soothsinger Level 2 build deck cards
Soothsinger Level 2 build deck cards

Damage negation

  • Singing Arrow
  • Song of Speed
  • Throw Voice

Movement

  • Marching Beat
  • Change Tempo
  • Tuning the Outcome

Ranged Damage

  • Call to Action

Songs

  • Defensive Ditty
  • Power Ballad

Level 3 Soothsinger cards

Level 3 Soothsinger cards - Crippling Chorus and Echoing Aria
Level 3 Soothsinger cards – Crippling Chorus and Echoing Aria

Crippling Chorus

Top ability

Ooh, our first Stun option! What a shame it’s on a loss ability. Boo!

It is pretty epic, though. You effectively stop all monsters within range 3 from doing anything for the remainder of your current turn and the next!

Bottom ability

The Move 3 is okay, but to get the Disarm bonus we’d need to be next to a monster. And we don’t want to be next to a monster. Like ever!

Overall Crippling Chorus card rating

The top Stun is really nice, but we can only use it once. Which means we need a good reusable ability on the bottom that we can use in the meantime. And for me, this bottom ability just doesn’t cut it. We have better options already.

The initiative of 62 is also a bit rubbish. We need to pair this with card with a clear low or high initiative to make it work.

Echoing Aria

Top ability

The main problem with Retaliate is that your allies will need to take hits to be able to dish out any damage of their own. And the whole point of this build is preventing monsters from doing any damage at all. See the issue here?

Bottom ability

Given that we’re at range 3 from monsters most of the time, and our allies are standing (hopefully) one hex closer to us than the monsters are, we’ll be able to get most allies with the shield 2 on pretty much every use.

If we’ve got Defensive Ditty in play as our Song whenever we play this ability, a lot of our allies are going to have shield 3 for the round. That’s helpful even at level 9.

Overall Echoing Aria rating

See that 8 initiative? That, combined with the reusable shield is what makes this such a great card!

Level 3 Soothsinger build

What to pick up

It feels weird to not pick up the first Stun option we have as a Soothsinger focused on preventing monster damage! However, it’s just not worth carrying that lower Move and Disarm ability around with us while we wait for the perfect opportunity to use the top.

So we pick up the shield 2 to use in combination with Defensive Ditty to prevent damage instead.

What to drop

Power Ballad. It’s offence focused and we can afford to lose the Move 2 with an occasional strengthen bonus on an ally or two.

Level 3 Soothsinger deck

Soothsinger Level 3 build deck cards
Soothsinger Level 3 build deck cards

Damage negation

  • Singing Arrow
  • Song of Speed
  • Throw Voice

Movement

  • Marching Beat
  • Change Tempo
  • Tuning the Outcome

Ranged Damage

  • Call to Action

Songs

  • Defensive Ditty
  • Echoing Aria

Level 4 Soothsinger cards

Level 4 Soothsinger cards - Disorienting Dirge and Inspiring Anthem
Level 4 Soothsinger cards – Disorienting Dirge and Inspiring Anthem

Disorienting Dirge

Top ability

Would you look at that?! All monsters at a permanent Disadvantage any time they try to hit an ally! That’s amazing!

Seriously, this will be the most useful ability in your deck. Remember all those Curses we’re trying to sprinkle into the monster deck? Well, welcome to the abilty that gets them drawn faster!

But not only that. The bottom ability on this card gets the Curses in the deck faster too!

Bottom ability

We can easily get 3 Curses into the deck with each use of this ability. Sometimes more. We can usually Bless a couple of allies at the same time. Pretty sweet!

Overall Disorienting Dirge card rating

Disorienting Dirge is such an important card for this deck! The best way to use it is to get about 9 Curses in the monster modifier deck using this and Singing Arrow, then take a rest. After your rest, play the Song for a while to draw the Curse cards out faster. Then have another rest and play the bottom again. And so on.

With such good top and bottom abilities it’s easy to miss the 14 initiative which just tops the whole thing off! This card is one of the best in the game.

Inspiring Anthem

Top ability

It’s hard to look at Inspiring Anthem without immediately comparing it to Disorienting Dirge! But let’s try.

An ally moving 5 could be exactly what you need for a scenario where you have to run to specific places or even just the exit. And if you’re playing with a slower class like the Cragheart for example, then it’s actually really gonna help you complete scenario objective!

Bottom ability

This is like an upgrade to the bottom of Call to Action. It does one more damage and there’s no range restriction on it so you could boost an ally anywhere on the map. That’s really cool and actually makes this a good contender for our one high damage ability slot.

Overall Inspiring Anthem card rating

The bottom ability is better than our Call to Action bottom ability. However, the top is only going to be useful in certain situations which makes it less useful than the top of Call to Action. The 50 initiative is right in the middle too which is not helpful for guaranteeing the turn order we want.

Level 4 Soothsinger build

What to pick up

Disorienting Dirge. It’s an amazing card!

What to drop

Song of Speed. Now that we’ve got that ‘all monsters gain Disadvantage’ ability permanently as a passive on the top we no longer need the Muddle on the bottom of Song of Speed. Plus, we didn’t use the top of Song of Speed anyway so we’re adding another useful top spot ability to our hand!

Level 4 Soothsinger deck

Soothsinger Level 4 build deck cards
Soothsinger Level 4 build deck cards

Damage negation

  • Singing Arrow
  • Disorienting Dirge
  • Throw Voice

Movement

  • Marching Beat
  • Change Tempo
  • Tuning the Outcome

Ranged Damage

  • Call to Action

Songs

  • Defensive Ditty
  • Echoing Aria

Level 5 Soothsinger cards

Level 5 Soothsinger cards - Melody and Harmony, and Mobilizing Measure
Level 5 Soothsinger cards – Melody and Harmony, and Mobilizing Measure

Melody and Harmony

Top ability

I loved the look of Melody and Harmony when I first saw it. But then I remembered that we have a hand limit of 9 cards. Sadface.

If you play a loss card too early in a scenario, it hugely reduces the number of turns you can play for before becoming exhausted. For us, it would reduce our time in a scenario by about 5 turns.

The only way to make Melody and Harmony work would be to carry it around in your hand for most of the scenario so that you can use two Songs towards the end. But even then, it means Melody and Harmony is hogging that top spot when we could have a more useful ability there.

Bottom ability

The Move 3 here isn’t amazing and the 3 range damage is worse than the bottom of Call to Action which has a higher damage value plus an extended range because it has the melee range of our ally added on.

Overall Melody and Harmony card rating

The top Song sounds great, but in reality isn’t so great for us.

Mobilizing Measure

Top ability

This Song is quite helpful for a front line melee ally who needs to reposition each turn. It’s less useful for ranged teammates. It’s a situational Song though because the allies might not need to move on their turn. So it’s not going to be useful all the time.

Bottom ability

This is the highest move we get access to as a Soothsinger. And it’s a good one too! A reusable Move 6 is going to be helpful in every scenario. We’ll take that bonus 1 experience as well, thank you!

Overall Mobilizing Measure card rating

We have better Songs to use, but we don’t have better moves! We also don’t have a faster initiative card, seeing as we removed Song of Speed at level 4. So Mobilizing Measure is looking good for us.

Level 5 Soothsinger build

What to pick up

Mobilizing Measure. That 06 initiative and a high reusable move are good for any build really!

What to drop

Marching Beat. The Move 6 replaces the Move 4 and we also have a Song available to help with movement in a scenario if we really need it. So we don’t need the top of Marching Beat to help with that any more.

Level 5 Soothsinger deck

Soothsinger Level 5 build deck cards
Soothsinger Level 5 build deck cards

Damage negation

  • Singing Arrow
  • Disorienting Dirge
  • Throw Voice

Movement

  • Mobilizing Measure
  • Change Tempo
  • Tuning the Outcome

Ranged Damage

  • Call to Action

Songs

  • Defensive Ditty
  • Echoing Aria

Level 6 Soothsinger cards

Level 6 Soothsinger cards - Provoke Terror and Pull the Strings
Level 6 Soothsinger cards – Provoke Terror and Pull the Strings

Provoke Terror

Top ability

This! This is the card of our dreams. It’s like Throw Voice but with Stun instead of Disarm and a range a 4 instead of 3. Pair this with a super low initiative like on Mobilizing Measure or Defensive Ditty, and that’s 3 (potentially 4 if you can afford the enhancement) monsters out of action for 2 turns.

It’s not even a loss! Everything feels almost too easy!

Bottom ability

Although we’ll use this card for the top 99% of the time, it is helpful having a damage-dealing ranged ability on the bottom for versatility.

Overall Provoke Terror card rating

That top action is just awesome! It doesn’t even matter that the initiative is 60 because will want to pair it with a low initiative card to play it as early in the round as we can.

Pull the Strings

Top ability

In the right situation, moving a monster into the position you want could be fantastic. You could walk them straight into a trap, or move them away from a weak ally and towards your tank, for example. But that’s exactly the problem with this Song, it’s situational.

Bottom ability

If the monster modifier deck wasn’t full of Curses this mind control ability would be quite cool! Unfortunately for us it would be a waste of a Curse if one were drawn!

Overall Pull the Strings card rating

Controlling monster movement can be an effective tactic to keep them away from your allies. However, the situations need to be right for that tactic to pay off.

Level 6 Soothsinger build

What to pick up

Provoke Terror, it’s perfect for our build.

What to drop

Call to Action. We have a bottom damage-dealing option available now for those rare situations when the best thing to do is reduce monster health rather than prevent damage to teammates.

Level 6 Soothsinger deck

Soothsinger Level 6 build deck cards
Soothsinger Level 6 build deck cards

Damage negation

  • Singing Arrow
  • Disorienting Dirge
  • Throw Voice
  • Provoke Terror (also our Ranged Damage option)

Movement

  • Mobilizing Measure
  • Change Tempo
  • Tuning the Outcome

Songs

  • Defensive Ditty
  • Echoing Aria

Level 7 Soothsinger cards

Level 7 Soothsinger cards - Booming Proclamation and Nightmare Serenade
Level 7 Soothsinger cards – Booming Proclamation and Nightmare Serenade

Booming Proclamation

Top ability

The Range 2 on Booming Proclamation puts us slightly too close to the monsters because we’re usually hanging out at Range 3. Sometimes the push will be worth it because there will be some conveniently placed traps laying around but otherwise it’s too risky.

If you’re a damage-focused Soothsinger this could help you to draw some awesome cards from your modifier deck!

Bottom ability

Another damage-focused ability that would likely have most of your allies in range when you use it. If all 3 of your allies are in range it’s a 9 damage ability. Which is quite nice but you’ll lose the card.

Overall Booming Proclamation card rating

An interesting option for damage build, but not a great choice for a support Soothsinger.

Nightmare Serenade

Top ability

If we weren’t already dishing out several Curses at once, this would be an interesting Song to have in play. As it stands though, we can potentially get 8 or more Curses into the deck in one turn using Singing Arrow and Disorienting Dirge. So it makes this Song look really underwhelming.

Bottom ability

This is like the top of Singing Arrow but we get to deal a little bit of damage which means we can flip modifiers from our awesome modifier deck for each monster in our hexes! It’s so cool to finally see our epic modifiers in action regularly!

The main problem with this verse is saying arrow is that it’s expensive to add the 4th hex to this ability!

Overall Nightmare Serenade card rating

A lovely 13 initiative means we can use this card to go early in a round. The song isn’t much use to us really but the bottom ability is great!

Level 7 Soothsinger build

What to pick up

Nightmare Serenade.

What to drop

Either Singing Arrow or Tuning the Outcome. It depends on whether you feel like you need the Move 3 from Tuning the Outcome, or the additional Curses from Singing Arrow.

I replaced to Tuning the Outcome because I figured that if I needed any additional small moves I could use the basic move 2 action from Defensive Ditty or Echoing Aria.

Level 7 Soothsinger deck

Soothsinger Level 7 build deck cards
Soothsinger Level 7 build deck cards

Damage negation

  • Singing Arrow
  • Disorienting Dirge
  • Throw Voice
  • Provoke Terror (also our Ranged Damage option)
  • Nightmare Serenade

Movement

  • Mobilizing Measure
  • Change Tempo

Songs

  • Defensive Ditty
  • Echoing Aria

Level 8 Soothsinger cards

Level 8 Soothsinger cards - Commanding Presence and Tranquil Trill
Level 8 Soothsinger cards – Commanding Presence and Tranquil Trill

Commanding Presence

Top ability

At level 8, two damage to monsters isn’t going to do a lot unless the class benefitting from this has an amazing modifier deck!

Bottom ability

I feel like this is a really strange ability with limited use and it seems really underpowered for a loss as well. The bit baffled as to why this is on a level 8 card!

Overall Commanding Presence card rating

The top ability could be good in the right party when you’re focused on supporting ally damage output. But even then, you may end up taking another card anyway because the bottom is just so bad the initiative of 59 isn’t helpful either!

Tranquil Trill

Top ability

This is the upgraded version of the Soothing Lullaby Song which we passed over at level 2. A heal two is more helpful than a heal 1, obviously and it still has the effect of removing Wound or Poison every round.

Bottom ability

If we are adjacent to monsters you can bet we’d want to Disarm them! But really we shouldn’t be next to them in the first place!

Overall Tranquil Trill card rating

The heal Song is really useful especially to bring with you on scenarios where there are a lot of monsters giving out Poison or Wound. The 10 initiative is also fantastic!

Level 8 Soothsinger build

What to pick up

Tranquil Trill.

What to drop

At level 8, we have no problem keeping the monster modifier deck maxed out with 10 Curses thanks to Singing Arrow, Nightmare Serenade and the bottom of Disorienting Dirge. So we don’t need Shields as much as we did at lower levels. That leaves us with Defensive Ditty or Echoing Aria as options to remove.

The lower ability on Defensive Ditty we can replicate using a Disarm or Stun next to the ally that’s vulnerable. Plus we’d be hoping that with the combination of Disadvantage from Disorienting Dirge and all the Curses in the deck, our allies will be taking zero damage on most turns anyway! So we’d just be wasting the ability.

With that in mind, Echoing Aria looks slightly more useful because we can protect up to 3 allies at once just in case a monster does manage to make contact.

I dropped Defensive Ditty.

Level 8 Soothsinger deck

Soothsinger Level 8 build deck cards
Soothsinger Level 8 build deck cards

Damage negation

  • Singing Arrow
  • Disorienting Dirge
  • Throw Voice
  • Provoke Terror (also our Ranged Damage option)
  • Nightmare Serenade

Movement

  • Mobilizing Measure
  • Change Tempo

Songs

  • Tranquil Trill
  • Echoing Aria

Level 9 Soothsinger cards

Level 9 Soothsinger cards - Captivating Performance and Shadow Puppets
Level 9 Soothsinger cards – Captivating Performance and Shadow Puppets

Captivating Performance

Top ability

If you’re in a party with area of effect classes, the value of this +1 to damage is immense! It can be handy to swap this Song in at the end of a scenario with a boss just to finish them quickly!

Bottom ability

This ability is awesome! we get to stop 3 monsters from doing anything basically to turns at range of 3 which is a sweet spot and they don’t have to be positioned in hexes they can be anywhere within range. It’s so cool!

If we use this and Provoke Terror on our turn that’s 6 monsters out of action straight away!

And we can use it over and over again. Cue the stamina potions!

Overall Captivating Performance card rating

The bottom ability is just phenomenal! And we have decent top Song when we need to go on the offensive. The 25 initiative could be better but we can pair it with one of our lower, faster cards.

Shadow Puppets

Top ability

Running through a bunch of monsters sounds like a really risky strategy to me! We don’t want to be anywhere near them!

The other problem with this ability for our build is that we have so many Curses in the monster modifier deck, the monsters will be drawing nulls anyway.

Bottom ability

This is the same as the bottom of Call to Action but doubled. It’s actually a pretty good offensive option. But for us, that’s not as important as stopping monsters from doing damage.

Overall Shadow Puppets card rating

A decent card if you’re damage focused. You get a ranged option and a cool move with jump that also deals damage.

Level 9 Soothsinger build

What to pick up

Captivating Performance.

What to drop

Echoing Aria. Shield 2 is good but instead of giving your allies shields, with the bottom of Captivating Performance, you can now stop the monsters from doing anything at all. Your allies don’t even need the shields any more!

Level 9 Soothsinger deck

Soothsinger Level 9 build deck cards
Soothsinger Level 9 build deck cards

So here’s our final deck! The entire top row of 6 cards focused on stopping monsters from doing anything to allies leaving them free to deal as much damage as they won’t without having to worry about healing!

But just in case we are in a scenario with lots of Poison and Wound, we take along Tranquil Trill to keep those negative status effects off and the health of our allies topped up.

Damage negation

  • Singing Arrow
  • Disorienting Dirge
  • Throw Voice
  • Provoke Terror (also our Ranged Damage option)
  • Nightmare Serenade
  • Captivating Performance

Movement

  • Mobilizing Measure
  • Change Tempo

Songs

  • Tranquil Trill

Soothsinger Perks

Gloomhaven Soothsinger Perks Sheet
Soothsinger perks sheet

The Soothsinger perks are amazing! The only problem is that she doesn’t flip modifiers very often with our support build! She only flips them at times when you’re focussed on dealing damage because it’s the most useful thing you can do. So you need to maximise your damage for those times!

The first thing to do is to remove the negative modifiers so you know that when your hit lands it’s going to do something. This also helps to slim down your modifier deck and increases the chance of drawing a good modifier.

After all the negatives are out, you want to add in the +4 cards. Then, we take modifiers in order of what is likely to do the most additional damage either immediately or over time. Poison deals more than Wound on a monster that’s taking hits from your allies because each of your allies get a damage bonus for each hit. After that, we take the +3 Muddle.

Then we take the perks which negate damage to remove those remaining +0 cards from our modifier deck. Finally we add in the rolling +1s and the rolling Curses.

  1. Remove one -2 card
  2. Remove two -1 cards
  3. Remove two -1 cards
  4. Replace one -1 card with one +0 Stun card
  5. Replace two +1 cards with one +4 card
  6. Replace two +1 cards with one +4 card
  7. Replace one +0 card with one +2 Poison card
  8. Replace one +0 card with one +2 Wound card
  9. Replace one +0 card with one +3 Muddle card
  10. Replace one +0 card with one +2 Curse card
  11. Replace one +0 card with one +1 Disarm card
  12. Replace one +0 card with one +1 Immobilize card
  13. Add three rolling +1 cards
  14. Add two rolling Curse cards
  15. Add two rolling Curse cards

Soothsinger Items

Soothsinger starting items - Minor Stamina Potions and Boots of Striding
Soothsinger starting items – Minor Stamina Potions and Boots of Striding

We’re usually well out of the way of the monsters so we don’t really need any defensive items. What we do need though, is some help with movement and stamina.

I only recommend starting items here so there’s no spoilers. But the same principles apply regardless of which items you are using.

A summon is really cool for our Soothsinger because you get to flip those awesome modifiers more often and you can be both a supporting character and a damage dealer at the same time!

Minor Stamina Potions

10 gold each

With our 9 card hand limit, we need all the help we can get in extending our longevity! A couple of stamina potions really help us with this. Of course, it lets us choose which cards we bring back too. Make these cards your negation cards, ideally with Stun and Curses!

Boots of Striding

20 gold

We don’t have that many movement options so these boots can help boost the standard 2 Move to a 4. Or, they can help you do a super quick sprint in scenarios where you need to run!

Soothsinger Enhancements

Enhancements can be quite expensive so we want to put them on the abilities that we will be using a lot and for many many levels to get our money’s worth.

+1 Hex on the top of Singing Arrow

66 gold

With this additional hex on Singing Arrow, we can potentially get four Curses in the monster modifier deck in one turn. Even if we can’t get all four in, the additional hex gives us more flexibility in our positioning of the action so we’re more likely to get more monsters with it.

+1 Hex on the top of Throw Voice

66 gold

Just like the enhancement on Singing Arrow, but this time we can potentially Disarm an additional monster.

Add Jump to the Move on Change Tempo

75 gold

You won’t use this hugely often because usually you’re hanging out at the back, but there have been scenarios where there’s been lots of traps to get past, or even where monsters and obstacles have made moving around difficult. That’s where having access to a jump is really helpful so you can position yourself in the best place and not need to waste turns while obstacles are removed.

Add Disarm to Disorienting Dirge

225 gold

With this enhancement, you get to prevent monsters from doing damage now thanks to the Disarm and in the future too thanks to the Curses!

+1 Hex to Provoke Terror

191 gold

Just like Singing Arrow and Throw Voice, adding this additional hex lets us do more in one action. But Stun is better and more useful than Disarm and Curse. Good job too because this enhancement is a lot more expensive!

Add Disarm to Nightmare Serenade

300 gold

Now we’re getting really expensive! But if you can afford it, this is such an epic action to use! You leave 3 monsters Cursed, disarmed and usually hit for a decent amount or with additional negative status effects thanks to your modifier deck!

Soothsinger Experience

Soothsinger class board - levels and hit points
Soothsinger class board – levels and hit points

With the experience point at the start of every turn thanks to our Songs, we don’t even have to think about levelling up! We’re a levelling machine!

Soothsinger Combos

The best combos we do as a Soothsinger are the ones on turns when we don’t need to move.

Curse and Disarm (Level 4)

Turn 1 – Disorienting Dirge and Throw Voice

  1. Use the low initiative on Disorienting Dirge to go early in the round and Curse all monsters at range 3 and Bless all allies in range 3.
  2. Then use the top of Throw Voice to Disarm 3 (or 4 with enhancement) monsters.

Turn 2 – Tuning the Outcome and Singing Arrow

  1. Use the high initiative on Singing Arrow to go late in the round after all the monsters are in position. Play the Move 3 Curse on the bottom of Tuning the Outcome to move into a good position to apply the Curse and set up the hexes for Singing Arrow.
  2. Play the top of Singing Arrow to Curse 3 or 4 monsters.

Damage, Curse & Stun! (Level 7)

Turn 1 – Nightmare Serenade and Provoke Terror

  1. Lead with the 13 initiative on Nightmare Serenade and use the bottom ability to deal 3 Curses and damage to 3 monsters.
  2. Follow up with the top of Provoke Terror to Stun 3 monsters. Could be the same ones affected by your previous action or a different set of monsters that you want to deal with later!

Turn 2 – Disorienting Dirge and Singing Arrow

  1. Lead with 14 initiative on Disorienting Dirge and use the bottom ability to sprinkle Curses into the monster deck and bless your allies.
  2. Use the top of Singing Arrow to throw in some more Curses for good measure!

Soothsinger Names

Our Quatryl Soothsinger is an expert musician small with incredible skill on the lute and a fantastic voice! They enjoy protecting their allies by stopping monsters from doing anything to them! Combine these qualities with a studious nature, charming personality and small and slight stature, I called my Soothsinger Melody Wist.

Here are some other Soothsinger name ideas to inspire you!

  • Ekki Rhyme
  • Layla Toney
  • Luticia Lift
  • Harmony Ode
  • Mezzo Soul
  • Folkie Stave
  • Opal Chord
  • Tabni Tune
  • Polka Dot
  • Saga Soul
  • Epos Sonnet

Conclusion – Gloomhaven Soothsinger Support Build

This Soothsinger support build is so fantastic at preventing damage to your teammates that when you retire her, they’ll realise how much they need to up their game! No more playing on the highest level difficulty!

It’s hard not to feel smug when you play as the Soothsinger – watching the monsters flail around doing no damage at all!

I hope you enjoy playing a support Soothsinger as much as I did!

Do you want to know what all the Gloomhaven unlockable characters are without campaign spoilers? Then check out my Gloomhaven Locked Classes article!

I’ve created build guides for all the Gloomhaven starting characters. If you enjoyed this Soothsinger guide, check them out – ranged build guide for the Craghearttank build Brute guideTinkerer crowd control build guideMindthief damage and stun guideSpellweaver AoE guide and a Scoundrel single target poison build guide.

I’ve also created a guide for the locked Triforce classa Two Minis class guide, an Eclipse / Moon guide and a Sun guide.

If you enjoy Gloomhaven as much as I do, it’s natural to want to upgrade it to improve your gaming experience. I especially like these cards sleeves and this organizer insert on Amazon, and this incredible 3D fully painted 102 piece custom Gloomhaven scenery set on Etsy! Seriously, go check it out!

For more upgrade ideas, check out my article 15 Awesome Gloomhaven Accessories and Upgrades.

More Gloomhaven articles

emily sargeantson profile pic

Emily
Hi, I’m Emily, the tabletop gamer behind My Kind of Meeple. If this article helped you, I’d be honoured if you’d say, “Thanks!” with a £3 coffee on Ko-fi.

Buy me a coffee at Ko-fi