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Bloodborne Walkthrough, Tips and Boss Battle Guide

A complete Bloodborne guide, including tips, boss battles and single-player campaign walkthrough.

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Bloodborne is a PlayStation 4 exclusive developed by From Software and Japan Studio, and published by Sony. The game released on March 24, 2015. This will serve as a full campaign walkthrough, tips article and boss battle guide. Gamers can expect to find information on how to defeat the Cleric Beast, Father Gascoigne, the Blood-starved Beast, Vicar Emelia, Witch of Hemwick, Shadow of Yharnam and Rom, the Vacuous Spider.

If you're unfamiliar with Bloodborne, it's basically Dark Souls with a new combat system that allows for faster gameplay. When we say that it's Dark Souls, that's exactly what we mean. The user interface, controls, saving and almost everything outside of the combat system feels like a Dark Souls game. However, the renewed combat system makes the adventure somewhat easier than Dark Souls, although still punishing if you've never experienced this kind of challenge.

If you've yet to pick the game up, our very own Bob Mackey has been hard at work on an extensive Bloodborne review. Be sure to check it out if you're still on the fence.

Bloodborne Campaign Walkthrough and Boss Battle Guide

Bloodborne - Iosefka's Clinic: Explore Central Yharnam, Defeat the Cleric Beast

Navigate Iosefka's Clinic and take on Central Yharnam as you begin your adventure in Bloodborne!

Bloodborne - Explore Hunter's Dream, Find the Tiny Music Box and Defeat Father Gascoigne

Earn Insight to unlock the doll at Hunter's Dream, then find the Tiny Music Box to defeat Father Gascoigne.

Bloodborne - Cathedral Ward: Find the Hunter Attire, Explore Old Yharnam and Defeat the Blood-starved Beast

Pick up the entire Hunter attire set and stock up on Antidotes as you prepare for the battle against the Blood-starved Beast!

Bloodborne - Find the Healing Church Workshop and defeat Vicar Amelia

Discover the location of the Beast rune, get out of Yahar'gul, Unseen Village and kill Vicar Amelia in the Cathedral Ward.

Bloodborne - Hemwick Charnel Lane - Battle the Witch of Hemwick

Explore Hemwick Charnel Lane and find the Rune Workshop Tool to gain access to the Memory Altar in Hunter's Dream!

Bloodborne - Forbidden Woods: Defeat Shadow of Yharnam and Iosefka

Find the Blood of Arianna, Monocular, Tonsil Stone, Hunter and White Church attire, and get the Oedon Writhe rune!

Bloodborne - Byrgenwerth: Find the Arcane Lake Rune, Student Uniform and Defeat Rom, the Vacuous Spider

Discover the location of the Lunarium Key and Empty Phantasm Shell, and head into Yahar'gul, Unseen Village.

Bloodborne - Yahar'gul, Unseen Village: Defeat The One Reborn and Darkbeast Paarl

Find Bolt Paper, the Heir Rune, Clawmark rune, Tonitrus and Tiny Tonitrus while you explore Yahar'gul, Unseen Village!

Bloodborne - Lecture Building and Nightmare Frontier - Defeat Amygdala

Explore both areas to find the Augur of Ebrietas, Fading Lake rune and the entrance to Nightmare of Mensis!

Bloodborne - Nightmare of Mensis - Defeat Micolash, Host of the Nightmare and Mergo's Wet Nurse

Find the Shaman Bone Blades, Mensis Cage and Iron Door Key as you unlock the ability to fight Gehrman, the final boss.

Bloodborne Ending - Final Boss Battle Against Gehrman, Defeat the Big Brain and find the Blood Rock

Find the Blood Rock to master your weapon, discover the Infected Organ, Choir Bell and Living String, then kill the Big Brain!

Bloodborne Strategy, Tips and Secrets

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Bloodborne - How to find the Bone Ash Armor, Top Hat, and White Church Armor

Suit up with the Bone Ash Armor, Top Hat, Mensis Cage, and Black Church Armor in Bloodborne. We'll show you where to find it all.

Bloodborne - Forsaken Cainhurst Castle: How to Obtain the Crown of Illusions and defeat Martyr Logarius

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How to Summon Co-Op and PVP Hunters in Bloodborne

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General Tips

Hunter's Dream

Think of Hunter's Dream as a staging area. There are no enemies here and you can make adjustments to your character and weapons for as long as you'd like. At the beginning of the game there are two ways to visit Hunter's Dream. The first time you die you end up in the dreamland. However, if that's how you first arrive you won't have access to most of the goodies in the area.

When you access Hunter's Dream via the Central Yharnam lamp (the first lamp you encounter before visiting Hunter's Dream) you'll have access to most of what Hunter's Dream has to offer (including your first set of weapons). To gain full access you'll need to play through the game some more, but at this point you can circle around the path to find notes that provide general gameplay information such as controller functions.

If you look to the left of your spawn point, you'll see a woman (doll). Once you have at least one Insight you can speak with her to spend Blood Echoes and level up your character. To the left of the doll is a fountain. Approach the fountain and interact with the Bath Messenger. This is where you can buy and sell goods using Blood Echoes as currency.

At the top of the hill is the Hunter's Workshop. You can upgrade (fortify) and repair your weapons, and store items here. You can also progress the story by speaking to the old man on the rare occasions he's waiting for you in the workshop.

Lamps

Think of lamps in the same way you would bonfires in Dark Souls. They transport your character back to Hunter's Dream, but doing so respawns all normal enemies in the real world. That means if you travel back to Hunter's Dream, when you return you'll have to fight almost everything all over again. The exceptions are bosses and a few unique enemies such as other Hunters, which do not respawn.

It's not all bad, though. With the enemies respawned, you can stock up on items. In addition, your health is replenished when you travel back to the real world, so save your Blood Vials if you're near a lamp. Unlike Dark Souls, you can touch a lamp and it won't respawn enemies. You have to actually travel back to Hunter's Dream to respawn the enemies.

Insight

When you encounter bosses you will earn Insight. You don't have to defeat a boss to get Insight, only engage in combat. You'll earn more Insight throughout the boss battle. The more Insight you have, the more features open up at Hunter's Dream. For example, when you have one Insight you can speak to the doll and level up your character. When you reach 10 Insight you can access the fountain just outside the workshop and trade Insight to the Messengers for items.

Finding Items

There are three ways to get items in Bloodborne. The first is by killing enemies. Most will drop an item, but the item won't immediately appear. Wait a moment after killing an enemy to see if it dropped anything. Usually by the time a dead enemy settles on the ground an item will appear (visualized by a white flame). If you don't see anything at that point you can move on.

You can also find items scattered throughout the world, attached to dead bodies. You'll see quite a few corpses as you play through the game, and they each have a white flame to indicate they're holding an item. Finally, you may find items in strategic locations such as altars and tables. Items found on dead bodies or in strategic locations do not respawn.

Red Lanterns:

In the various cities you'll come across there may be red lanterns near doors and windows. These signify that there's someone inside. You can usually knock on the door or window to talk to the person within. The people that give you something or have a task for you are called out in the walkthrough.

Blood Echoes

Think of Blood Echoes as Souls from the Dark Souls games. Every time you kill an enemy you earn Blood Echoes. They can be used to buy items from the Bath Messenger, repair your weapon and level up your character. When you die, you drop all of your Blood Echoes. If you go back to the spot where you died you can retrieve your Blood Echoes (visualized by a small, red pillar of light), but an enemy can also pick them up. If you don't see your Blood Echoes in the spot where you were slain, look around to find an enemy with glowing eyes. This indicates they picked up your Blood Echoes. Don't worry, they aren't stronger, but the enemy must be killed to retrieve your Blood Echoes. A boss cannot pick up your Blood Echoes.

If you die before you're able to retrieve your Blood Echoes, they will be lost for good. Keep in mind that every time you die, all of the normal enemies respawn. If you die during a boss battle, you'll have to fight or run past all of the enemies between the lamp you spawned at and boss. If you die along the way, those Blood Echoes will be gone. It's important to spend Blood Echoes often so you don't face a tremendous loss in the event you die before retrieving them.

Note: Coldblood items give you Blood Echoes. Use a Coldblood (1) to gain 350 Blood Echoes, Coldblood (2) for 500, Coldblood (3) for 1,000, Thick Coldblood (4) for 1,200, Thick Coldblood (5) for 1,500, Thick Coldblood (6) for 1,800 and so on.

General Enemy Tactics

Your average enemy encounter in Bloodborne follows a general pattern. Of course, things change up a bit depending on the enemy’s abilities, but there are a few basic tips we can provide that are virtually universal. First and foremost, your basic attacks generally stun a normal-sized enemy. You don't need to wait for them to attack, dodge and then counterattack. Just run right up to them and start attacking.

Larger enemies are generally not stunned by your normal attacks, but if you wait until they're about to attack, use your gun to stun them. The timing on this can be a bit tricky, but if you stand directly in front of the enemy and lock-on, then fire about halfway through the enemy's attack animation, you should get the stun. To think of it another way, you want the shot to hit the enemy after their attack begins, but before it hits you.

Once you have the timing down, there may still be a few times when the enemy ignores your gunfire. In most cases this is because you either weren't directly lined up (and locked-on), or you just missed the timing. Uneven ground can also cause your gunshot to be ineffective, so avoid using this tactic on stairs. Either way, once you land a stun, walk up to the enemy and press R1 to initiate a normal attack that causes a critical strike animation and inflicts a hefty amount of damage. You can initiate a critical strike from in front of an enemy or behind it, so long as the enemy is stunned.

In general, bosses can't be stunned by normal means, so keep that in mind. Normal enemies can be stunned, but it's usually not necessary, as a few quick strikes with your weapon will finish them off. You'll mainly use stuns and critical strikes on the larger, non-boss enemies to take them down with ease.

Charge Attacks

If you hold R2 (heavy attack), your character will begin to charge an attack. When fully charged, your character will automatically unleash a Charge Attack. If you hit an enemy from the back with a Charge Attack it will stun them, allowing you to follow with a normal attack (R1) to land a critical strike. If you do not fully charge the attack it will be a heavy attack instead of a Charge Attack, and the enemy will not be stunned. If you connect with a Charge Attack anywhere aside from the enemy's back, in most cases it will not stun the enemy.

Weapons

You have a regular weapon and a gun. Your regular weapon has two forms, a long-form and a short-form. Generally speaking, the short-form allows for faster attacks, while the long-form attacks slower but inflicts more damage. You can change the form of your weapon by pressing L1. Doing so in the middle of a combo will cause the form change to count as an attack.

Your secondary weapon is a gun that allows you to stun enemies and serves as your default projectile attack. Throughout most of the game you are limited to 20 Quicksilver Bullets for your gun. This means you can't use it on every enemy if you expect your ammo to last. Luckily, you'll come across other items you can throw, such as Pebbles. Use these if you need to get an enemy's attention or knock an enemy down from a ledge above you.

Sneaking Up

You can sneak up on most enemies that have their backs to you. As long as you slowly walk up to the enemy, you can get within Charge Attack range without it noticing you. However, if you get too close or make too much noise, the enemy will turn around and attack.

Storage

You can only keep a limited allotment of items on your character, but you can store a much larger allotment in the workshop at Hunter's Dream. When you're out and about, any overstock items will automatically get transferred to your storage.

When you die or return to the real world from Hunter's Dream, you will automatically be restocked with items from your storage. For example, you can only carry 20 Blood Vials. If you have 20 and you obtain another Blood Vial, it automatically goes to storage. Likewise, if you have 15 Blood Vials on your character and 40 in storage, returning to the real world from Hunter's Dream or respawning after death automatically refills your Blood Vial stock back up to 20.

The way the storage system works means you should pick up and use items differently than you normally would. For instance, if you're at half health after killing an enemy but you have 20 Blood Vials before you pick up an item the enemy dropped, use a Blood Vial to reach full health. If the item is a Blood Vial it will go into your normal inventory instead of being transferred to storage. This is important because you don't want to send a Blood Vial to storage if you're not at full health. You can't pull items from your storage unless you access a lamp or you die, so it's important to have as many Blood Vials on your character as possible, just in case you need them.

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