How to Play Bloodborne in Co-Op

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How to Play Bloodborne in Co-Op

A hunter is never alone…

Since its recent PlayStation Plus release, the streets of Yharnam have seen a sizable income of new Hunters, making it the perfect time to hunt together! Want a Hunter to help you with a particular boss or clear out a tough area? Here’s a quick guide on how to play online in Bloodborne.


The Insight system is the Lovecraftian mechanic at the very core of Bloodborne. This stat represents the amount of inhuman knowledge you have acquired by exploring the world and defeating bosses. Accumulating Insight points will lead you on your path towards the eldritch truth, seeing the unspeakable, and a lot more.

When it comes to playing online, Insight is also the main currency you’ll need. For the cost of one insight, you can summon players to your world to assist you in the hunt, and you won’t be able to play online until you get your first bit of Insight.

For this, however, you have a few options. The easiest way to get Insight early on in the game is to encounter a boss for the first time or consume Madman’s Knowledge, which you’ll find scattered across Yharnam or as a drop from certain enemies.


Getting help from others (the Beckoning Bell)

Once you have you have some Insight, you’re (almost) good to go. The item you need to summon help in Bloodborne is the Beckoning Bell.

After you’ve obtained your first point of Insight, you’ll buy the Beckoning Bell from the Messengers in the Hunter’s Dream.

Ringing this Beckoning Bell while playing online will grant you the ability to summon helpful players to your world.

Once rung, the bell will open your world and connect you to players who have offered to assist and that are within range of your in-game level and position. A good tip to find helpful players is to use the bell either at the beginning of a level or just before a boss room.

You can have two guests summoned in your world at once. When you play online, enemy health bars will adjust to reflect the extra Hunters in the mix, but co-op has a lot of benefits – for example, other players might distract the boss’s attention, letting you get in behind for some easy attacks.

Online, be wary that opening your world to friendly hunters might also attract unwanted attention from blood-starved Hunters. You will be notified in game if an adversary has invaded your world, so you have a little bit of time to prepare to fight (or to hide).


Helping other players (the Small Resonant Bell)

To be able to help other players, you will need the Small Resonant Bell. This item can be purchased in the Hunter’s Dream from the upper Messenger shop, which will appear once you’ve collected your first Insight.

All you need to do to help other players is ring the Small Resonant Bell and your game will connect to players who are ringing the Beckoning Bell in their world. Once again, a good tip is to use the item before bosses’ rooms or at the beginning of a level. Helping other players and helping them defeat bosses is a great way to gain Insights so you can summon players to your world later on!

Playing with friends

If you want to play with a friend, both the person using the Beckoning bell and the person using the Small Resonant Bell will need to put the same password in the settings under Network. Make sure you are both in the same area and try to stand as close as possible to each other in your respective worlds.


Ending a session (the Silencing Blank)

If for one reason or another you need to put an end to the co-op hunting session, you will need to use the Silencing Blank. You’ll get this item from the same Messenger that gives you the Beckoning Bell. When firing it up, you will end the online session and either return to your world or send the players helping you back to theirs.

Summoning The Old Hunters

After gaining your first point of Insight you’ll find an item known as the ‘Old Hunter Bell’ sitting on the steps of the Hunter’s Workshop, inside the Hunter’s Dream. This special bell can be used to summon the spirits of legendary hunters all around Yharnam and even within the Chalice Dungeons.

The summoning points will appear as small, glowing wells that resonate with a high-pitched chime. Stand over them and press ‘X’ to ring the Old Hunter Bell. Doing this will consume one Insight and summon to your world a friendly NPC hunter who will follow you around that area of the game, helping you to dispatch enemies and – in particular – tough bosses.


Share Play

If Beckoning Bells, Insight and cooperative play are not quite what you had in mind – if you just need to pass the controller to a friend for a moment so they can show you a cool hidden secret or a smart boss strategy, then why not fire-up Share Play?

This unique PlayStation 4 feature allows you to hand to control to a friend via the PlayStation Network and wherever they are in the world, they can take control of the game using their own PS4 as though they were sitting right beside you.

You can continue to chat via parties while you’re using Share Play, meaning you’re free swap strategies or point things out as you go. If, on the other hand, you’d really rather tackle things yourself, you can even simply invite someone to simply spectate and offer hints and tips rather than taking direct control.


So now you know how co-op works, what next? Well, you can put a call out to your fellow Hunters across social media, using the hashtag #BuddyUpForBloodborne. You a veteran wanting to guide newcomers through those tougher areas of Yharnam? Offer up your services using the hashtag. Fresh to the game and need help on a boss? Do a social shout out including the hashtag and see if an experienced Hunter’s in the area to lend you their expertise.


Remember, Hunters don’t have to go it alone!

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  • “How to play Bloodborne online”

    Step 1) Let someone else join your game.
    Step 2) Get backstabbed endlessly for the next 12 hours by someone you thought would help you.
    Step 3) Yay Bloodborne.

    • I’d definitely do that to a noob that wants me to piggie back them through the game.

      The best way to learn to play the game is to die on your own, and to rise from your ashes. It really isn’t a difficult game once you figure out the core mechanics.

    • ummm yeah, that is until you reach “Ebrietas: The Daughter of the Cosmos”, in the Isz Chalice Dungeon Depth 5, then you want to have a few friends for …umm… the fun factor to rise. lol The fact that-that boss is harder than the final boss of the game by 3 fold is ridiculous! It near feels like an unbalanced game, similar to how people felt about the really hard knight on the castle top of Stage 1 of Demons Souls. Yeah, Ebriatas is kinda like that. You think it should be easy, I mean the OG one in the Campaign was a breeze, so why 100x harder in the Isz Dungeon? I guess nobody knows, darn KIN!

  • Excellent guide! And perfect timing as I was just about to explore this option this weekend :-)

  • Bloodborne 2. Make it happen.

  • Can trophies be earn in co-op?

  • Treasure over there *laughs in patches*

  • Great tips Ty Sid as I purchased Bloodborne a while ago when it was on sale I sorta left it on the back burner , this gives me now the Opportunity to jump right back in and get some help if I do require it

    Hopefully we can get Bloodborne2 to support for 2 players co-op from the start , cannot wait to start playing this today

  • Is it possible to defeat the shadows of Yharnam while co-op? I’ve tried a bunch of times and it doesn’t let me ring the bell. Nothing happens.

    • Hi. You can summon for the Shadows of Yharnam (the snakey guys at the end of the Forbidden Woods, yes?). If you’ve got Insight to spend and you can’t ring the bell, you are probably too close to the boss gate. Just go back up the hill fifty paces or so and you should be able to ring the Beckoning Bell and summon help. I’ve seen an Old Hunter NPC summoning sign there too, which you should be able to use if you have the Old Hunters Bell.

    • There’s an old hunter summon there?! Bruh… I Rene we back in my time (before the old hunters patch) no offline summons except for the blood starved beast

  • MoonPowerMAKE_UP

    i’ve finally tasted BB and don’t understand why the game is overhyped. I’ve expected a lot more exciting gameplay but has got a common hardcore game.

  • You know what, after all this time I am STILL waiting for a few things from FROM SOFT that I think might never take place. FROM, are you ever reading our comments?

    I would love to see Bloodborne, (and Dark Souls 3), to get patched to add OPTIONS for the PS4 PRO unit. I mean Bloodborne especially since it is a 1st party IP, so give it LOVE like Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch etc.. does for their games on the PS4 Pro.

    Please add options for:

    Locked 30fps 1080p (without dips in frames!), unlocked for a 60fps target at 1080p or 4k, unique shadowing or anti-aliasing at 2x-4x. Perhaps add some cool depth with Stereoscopic 3D @60fps/1080p and give the game the ability to view it in 3D in the VR headset since that’s the way people wish to view 3D these days, (instead of on a beautiful 65″ 930D Sony 4K HDR 3DTV), etc…

    Give us OPTIONS for Bloodborne that the game should have had on DAY ONE of the PS4 Pro launch. If we can get that for Uncharted 4, Ratchet and Clank and other oldies, please add it to this game, and to all future FROM games on PS4 Pro.

    • Haha…and here was I thinking you would ask something useful like something that needed to be fixed or improved in the game.

  • BB2 please.

  • Is there level restrictions for joining a friend with a password?

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