"The remaining soldier of the Ironclads. Sold his soul to harness demonic energies."
The Ironclad is one of three playable characters in Slay the Spire. He wields an arsenal of powerful strikes, boasts formidable defensive options, and can draw fiendish power from his demonic benefactors. The default deck contains:
The Ironclad's starting Relic is Burning Blood, which heals 6 HP after every combat.
See Ironclad Cards for a full list of cards available to the Ironclad.
There are many possible combinations of cards that work well together. It is often useful to not take a card if it doesn't support the combo you are going for. Some strategies include (please add more!):
High defense Edit
- Body Slam, Entrench +Barricade/Calipers
- This strategy focuses on building up over multiple turns, potentially eliminating incoming damage. Plated Armor is an excellent fit in this build.
- Body Slam and Juggernaut are excellent sources of damage, which is still important to winning.
High strength with high volume of attacksEdit
- Spot Weakness, Flex, Limit Break, Demon Form, Inflame are cards that offer Strength. A helpful tip with Flex in particular is that if you have an Artifact before you use Flex, or trigger the effect of Orange Pellets after using Flex, you won't lose the Strength gained from it on the next turn. This gives Flex good synergy with sources of Artifacts, such as Clockwork Souvenir or Panacea
- Whirlwind/Heavy Blade, Sword Boomerang, Twin Strike etc. are all cards that synergize well with Strength.
- This build focuses on increasing Strength and multiply its power through the choice of attacks. Attacks that hit multiple creatures, or hit multiple times scale more effectively with Strength.
- Reaper becomes a very powerful healing tool with high Strength, especially when paired with a Magic Flower.
- Vulnerability cards such as Bash, Trip, and Thunderclap work very well with the high damaging attacks offered to you with high Strength.
Searing Blow Edit
- Upgrade Searing Blow every opportunity you can.
- Very difficult to commit to but Searing Blow's damage increases more with each upgrade, reaching 100+ damage after ten upgrades.
- The deck should be kept small to cycle back to Searing Blow as often as possible. Headbutt lets you replay it multiple times per cycle.
- Most must-upgrade cards become less valuable, as their upgrade is taking away from Searing Blow's power.
- The high damage will synergize very well with Dual Wield in multiplying its number within your deck. Double Tap does massive damage.
- Upgraded Armaments and Apotheosis help keep your deck strong despite only upgrading a single card.
- Warped Tongs have a chance to upgrade Searing Blow every turn it is drawn.
Exhaustion synergy Edit
- Corruption, Dark Embrace, Fiend Fire, Sentinel and Dead Branch or Charon's Ashes
- This strategy gains power from exhausting cards. In addition to those listed here, cards that are exhausted upon use are helpful here.
Exhaustion / Defense Combo Edit
- Unlike the normal exhaustion and defense strategies above (which focus on building up power over time), your goal here is to try and make your deck almost entirely out of skills, get out Corruption and Dark Embrace together, then burn through your entire deck in one turn to raise your defense, with doubling effects from Entrench played last, finally followed by one or more Body Slams to kill the enemy in one hit.
- The essential cards are Corruption, Dark Embrace, Entrench, and Body Slam, plus cards like Impervious, Shrug It Off, and Sentinel to build defense before you double it with Entrench. Provided you keep your deck overwhelmingly tilted towards skills and fill it with lots of card draw, you should only need to draw Corruption and Dark Embrace before you start comboing off; the rest of the combo will be found as you draw your deck. Multiple copies of Entrench or Body Slam (or things that duplicate them) are still extremely valuable; you also want to upgrade Corruption, Dark Embrace, and Body Slam to reduce the cost of the combo so you can deploy it faster.
- It's also important to have cards that let you dig for your combo, such as Shrug It Off, Burning Pact, and Offering. Beyond just letting you dig for your combo, these let you draw past attack cards when comboing off.
- Hitting your hand maximum is a serious problem, especially if you obtain multiple copies of Dark Embrace or large numbers of card-drawing skill cards. Bloodletting can help you play other cards to get them out of your hand and can provide the energy you need to play Corruption and Dark Embrace as soon as possible. Burning Pact allows you to get unwanted cards out of your hands while drawing a large amount. Once the combo is deployed, Sentinel will both provide additional Block and a large amount of free energy to play out the rest of your hand. True Grit can be used to avoid cards getting clogged in your hand, but it's extremely important to upgrade it to avoid the risk of having it hit your combo pieces. Offering both draws you cards and gives you energy to play your non-skills.
- Double Tap and Dual Wield can amplify the final blow by doubling your Body Slam, while Secret Weapon can dig for your Body Slam. Do not upgrade your Secret Weapon, since you want it to be exhausted so Dark Embrace will let you draw a card off it.
- Artifacts that provide persistent benefits to your defense or exhaustion intended to help you over multiple turns or which give you minor benefits for exhausts and blocks are somewhat less useful to you, since your goal is to combo off in a single turn for overwhelming damage rather than slowly accumulating benefits; but they're still worth collecting, since they give you a backup strategy in case you can't get all your combo pieces or something else goes wrong. Barricade is particularly useful because it allows you to, if necessary, split your combo over multiple turns, or to accumulate Block slowly before you finally get everything you need to go off.
- An alternative but similar strategy is to use Juggernaut, Corruption, and Feel No Pain. Each defensive skill played is worth an additional 10-14 damage. Iron Waves are good fallbacks.
- Removals should focus on getting rid of your Strikes rather than your Defends; while your Defends aren't as good as your other Block cards, they can still be cycled through for free once you have Corruption and Dark Embrace out.
Perfected Strike synergy Edit
- Perfected Strike+ strike cards (Strike, Pommel Strike, Twin Strike, Wild Strike)
- Your deck will become very heavy, lots of draw like Battle Trance will be important, as will in-battle upgrade effects like Apotheosis, Armaments+, and Warped Tongs.
- Powerful defensive cards will be a must when offered, since you will be taking large quantities of offensive cards.
- Dual Wield increases the power of the deck a lot more than usual, increasing the damage of each Perfected Strike by up to 6, and increasing the amount to be drawn.
- A 4th energy is particularly important to be able to play multiple copies if desired.
- Uses powerful cards with drawbacks that inflict Status cards, such as Wild Strike, Power Through, Reckless Charge and Immolate, with Evolve to negate the loss of draws.
- Exhaust cards like True Grit, Sever Soul, Second Wind, and Fiend Fire can keep you from becoming overwhelmed in long term fights.
- Mark of Pain effectively loses its downside.
- With an upgraded Evolve, a 9 card Fiend Fire happens easily.
- This build mitigates the power of most Status inflicting enemies, and synergizes well with many other deck types.
- Utilizes Rupture and cards that deal damage to you, aiming to finish fights quickly.
- Rupture and Brutality together means you gain 1 Strength per turn. Only 1 copy of each is necessary, more won't increase the Strength gain.
- Hemokinesis, Offering, and Bloodletting are the other cards that self harm.
- Reaper benefits from the Strength gain and provides some much needed healing.
- Any cards that benefit from gain are good here.
- Draw to get your combo together is very helpful. Make sure to get some defense to keep outside damage taken low.
Card Draw + Fiend FireEdit
- Gather a lot of cards, especially cards with card draw and energy like Battle Trance.
- With a lot of cards in your hand use Fiend Fire to deal high damage to target.
- Fiend Fire scales very well with Strength and Relics.
Kick kick and kick Edit
- Get Dropkick and remove you cards as possible. Once you have 2 Dropkick or 1 Dropkick + Dual Wield, you can play Bash + lnfinite Dropkick. Upgraded Offering is very useful in this build because it can draw 5 cards, which means that you can infinite kicks with a 10 card deck.
- This is an easy to assemble but strong build. It can be done with restarting short games to get Dropkick early.
- Exhaust cards with energy gain
|Unlock Number||Prizes Unlocked|
|1st||Heavy Blade, Spot Weakness, Limit Break|
|2nd||Omamori, Prayer Wheel, Shovel|
|3rd||Wild Strike, Evolve, Immolate|
|4th||Havoc, Sentinel, Exhume|
|5th||Blue Candle, Dead Branch, Singing Bowl|