How to survive your first 24 hours with Bloodborne

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How to survive your first 24 hours with Bloodborne

Expert tips for staying alive on the mean streets of Yharnam

Psst… Bloodborne is out this week! And if you know anything about FromSoftware, you know they don’t make cakewalks. To give you a head start, PlayStation’s internal teams joined forces to provide a list of crucial tips. Enjoy, and leave your advice in the comments below!

Character development

Choose carefully: Spend time selecting your “Origin” during character customization. Selecting the one that fits your play style will save you time and Blood Echoes in the long run. — Julie Abdalla, SCEA Test Analyst

Stats 101: Vitality grants more health and is always helpful. Endurance and Strength are good bets if you want to maximize your melee, while Bloodtinge boosts the effectiveness of your firearms. Whichever play style you prefer, pick a few key stats and pump them. Don’t spread yourself thin!

Blood money: Blood Echoes are your sole form of currency, both for purchasing items and leveling up. If you die (and you will), you’ll lose them… but if you can get back to your body without dying again, you can reclaim them. Look for a puddle on the ground or an enemy with glowing eyes.

Dress to kill: As soon as possible, save up Blood Echoes to buy the Yharnam attire from the shop in Hunter’s Dream. This new garb will greatly increase your defense and help keep you breathing early in the game.

Invest for success: Use Blood Stone Shards to “reinforce” (aka upgrade) a weapon’s damage. You can do this in the workshop located in Hunter’s Dream. Once you’ve chosen a good melee weapon, reinforce it as much as possible as early as you can. The extra damage will make your life so much easier.

You are the weapon: It’s best to stick with one weapon and learn its intricacies — how far it reaches, how long it takes to swing, which buttons yield the best attacks. For example, the Kirkhammer starts as a humble sword, but tap L1 and it transforms into a mighty hammer that can eradicate mobs of beasts with one swing.

Smart shopping: Quicksilver Bullets are hugely overpriced in Hunter’s Dream, so make runs through Central Yharnam and scoop them off the snipers instead. Save your Blood Echoes for Molotovs and other, more exotic purchases.

Insightful mind: Your Insight level is shown in the upper right-hand corner of the screen under your Blood Echoes. It indicates the depth of inhuman knowledge you have attained, and you can spend a point to call in other players for help. Pay close attention to your Insight level — things around you may change as it increases… — Kumi Yuasa, SCEA Bloodborne Producer

Combat strategies

The best defence: Bloodborne rewards a smart offense. After you take damage, for a few seconds you can regain lost health by landing blows on enemies. In tough combat scenarios, it may pay to launch into a berserker rage and earn back every possible drop of life.

Lock and load: You can click R3 to lock onto a foe, and you’ll circle strafe around it. You’ll need to lock on to throw items or fire projectiles. Locking on isn’t always the best choice, though. When fighting multiple foes or certain bosses, you may want to preserve your freedom of movement. Generally, it’s best to lock on when you’re facing one tough enemy, such as a Wolf Beast or Brick Troll.

Gun stunner: Bloodborne’s firearms inflict little direct damage. Instead, use them to stun enemies and set up devastating Visceral Strikes. Lock on to an enemy (click R3) and press L2 to fire. A well-timed shot, landed just as the enemy is attacking, will briefly stun it. Then, at close range, quickly tap R1 to inflict a deadly Visceral Strike. This will kill most beasts in just one hit, and even works against many bosses. Practice this and you’ll be unstoppable.

Free ammo: Heading into a crucial battle and need Quicksilver Bullets? No worries. Tap Up on the directional pad and, at the cost of a little life, you’ll snag five free rounds. If you’re quick, you can even regain that lost life by slashing at a nearby foe.

Drink up: Blood Vials are quite common in Yharnam, so don’t skimp on healing. Tap Triangle whenever you’re not at maximum health — yes, even during a fight.

Meet the Molotov: Early on, Molotovs will be your best friend. They’re affordable, inflict significant damage, and will allow you to defeat enemies that are much tougher than you. Combine them with the Oil Urns to inflict grave damage.

Hit and run: The lunging attack (Up on the left analog stick and R2, simultaneously) is a powerful move you’ll want to use again and again. Use it to land the first strike on a dangerous enemy or to deliver a final blow from afar.

Wear and tear: Inflicting less melee damage than normal? Your weapon is probably in disrepair. Keep your weapons in tip-top shape by visiting the workshop in Hunter’s Dream.

Flame on: The torch illuminates dark spaces, and can inflict decent damage up close. But when equipped, it will also keep certain, dangerous enemy types at bay. It’s a useful tool for any Hunter.

Trap ’em: Try to lure large enemies into smaller pathways where they cannot easily get through, and then perform thrusting attacks to kill them from relative safety. — Brandon Buchholtz, SCEA Test Analyst

Build a combo: Hops and rolls count as a “move” in a combo. Try dodge rolling and following that up with L1 or R1. You’ll attack in a unique way. — Brian Dunn, SCEA Brand Marketing

Tips for central Yharnam

Fear the wolves: Wolf Beasts spell trouble. You’ll first encounter a pair of them on the Greatn Bridge in Yharnam en route to the Cleric Beast. Throw a Pebble to lure one out, then fight it one-on-one, being mindful to hop backwards before it attacks. If that doesn’t work, melt ’em with Molotovs.

Troll the Trolls: A Brick Troll can be a handful. Early in the game, don’t mess around: Toss two Molotovs and be on your way. If you don’t have that luxury, use lock on (click R3) and work your way around to its backside. Land a blow or two, then get out of the way. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Stone’s throw: In Central Yharnam, the Hunter mobs crowded around the fire pit can easily overwhelm you. Throw a Pebble to lure one away and deal with him Mano y mano. — Brandon Buchholtz, SCEA Test Analyst

Cut corners: Explore the environment to find secret paths and routes, and be sure to unlock doors and gates to create shortcuts. When you need to return later to pick up your dropped Blood Echoes, shortcuts may be a big time saver! — Kumi Yuasa, SCEA Bloodborne Producer

Watch the windows: Keep an eye out for illuminated lanterns near doors or windows. These signify that you can interact with an NPC inside. Some of these NPCs will issue side quests. — Tommy Garry and Colin Fannon, SCEA Test Analyst

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    • Exactly, where is preload for some of European countries? US could preload two days before release date… In Poland, it shows info, that preload will be on 24.03, but 24th already is and still cannot preload the game…

    • Same for Holland: 24-3. I usually turn everything off when I leave home, but I left my PS4 orange this morning. Let’s hope it’s not for nothing (but I fear that’s the case :P).

    • I’m doing the same thing – turning off everything when going outside. But today I stayed at home and I was hoping to see start of preload ;)
      I hope it’ll start in next few hours…

    • Hey folks. Preload starts at around midday GMT the day prior to release. So if you’re in Europe, you’ll be able to get started from 1pm CET today, give or take.

    • Yup, no preload for me to… Why there is no exact date, explanation or confirmation by the sony about the preload in the EU? We all know in US the preload starts 2 day before relase date…

    • He definitely just explained the pre-load situation. derp

  • Seriously now, when does the Preload start? Its less then 15 hours before we can play and the 25GB doesnt Downland instantly, at least give an Answer.

  • I preordered this game solely for the reason of preload and being able to play at midnight. With my bad internet i will probably start playing sometime wednesday evening now. Should have gone with Amazon for this game.

    what a scam!

  • AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH! I want it now! I hate that we have to wait until Friday in the UK!

  • Topic title suggests there is a chance you might die if you buy this game. Alarming!! ;)

  • Two questions:

    1) Can we customize the controls?
    2) Can we customize or turn off the HUD?

  • Is it possible to play the game solo online and opt out of invasions?
    Depending on if you can i might pick this game up.

  • Cool article and all, though I expect to die, die more and then again!

  • Hi,
    At the time of writing this message, my preorder for Bloodborne will unlock in 2 hours and 30 minutes. But guess what? I still can’t preload it. I think you should remember that SCEE covers countries outside of Europe with very different time zones, some of which are over 10 hours ahead.

    Fred’s reply above states that preloading will be available midday GMT time. That’s in 1 hour. That leaves me with 90 minutes to download ~27gb. Not even with the fast internet in Australia is that achievable. What’s the point of releasing the game at midnight if you can’t download it before hand. Please fix this issue and remember time zone differences.

    I will not be preordering games from PSN until this issue is resolved.


    • Feedback taken on-board – this clearly has not been a satisfactory experience for many of you. I’ve passed your comments on to the Store team this morning.

    • Thank you, Fred.

    • What a surprise ! This only shows the impotence of SCEE … again. Im glad im buying everything boxed and for the lowest price – not this overpriced digital POS !

    • We’ve had this issue for years Fred, are you seriously telling me this is news to you? Seriously, Destiny is the ONLY game in PS3 and PS4’s history that has actually released on time for NZ/AU. I’m sure the store team isn’t oblivious to this, they’ve probably kept us in the dark to maximise preorders for SCEE.

    • Will the comments be acted upon though?

      Over the years we’ve been making comments on game delays, missing games, the ever growing differences in price, the fact that PSN maintenance is *always* during our peak time. The huge gulf in both frequency and quality of communication from SCEE compared to SCEA.

      Comments on all these subjects have been “passed on to the relevant team” but we’ve moved backwards in every single area.

  • Still no preload, way to go for people with average to bad internet speeds sony!! I pre ordered digital so I could play at midnight but that’s not going to happen now and it’s just not good enough! I wont be doing it again, you need to catch up to the US psn and put it up 2 days early not less than a few hours it’s [MODERATED].

  • I hope after this gets released we stop getting articles about it. Just because reviewers like it doesn’t mean everyone does, please move on to something else, some info on upcoming games like Ratchet or Rime etc would be appreciated, your userbase is diversified and everyone likes different things.

    • We’ve lots of posts coming up on lots of different games, promise. Just because we’re posting about Bloodborne, doesn’t mean that we’re holding other posts back ;)

  • And if you’re in the UK you have to wait to the end of the week. They really need to start synchronising these launches properly. Why we always launch on a Friday I’ll never understand. Especially frustrating with a souls game, I can tell you.

    And even more so with online vs titles where the extra days really put you at a disadvantage.

    Can Fred or someone else explain why these things happen? I.e. Why the stubborn adherence to Friday launches in the UK?

  • My first pre-ordered game ever! So excited :)

  • Is it worth playing through the other souls games (Demon, Dark & Dark II) before attempting this?

    • No prior knowledge of those games is necessary and there are significant mechanical differences between Souls and BB. But you should definitely play them at some point – they’re two of the finest games ever made IMO!

    • is a diferente game, no story related… definitely these games should be played, before or after bloodborne :D

    • “they’re two of the finest games ever made IMO!”

      Very good. Specifically, they’re two of the finest games ever made, and Dark Souls 2

    • Cheers for the advice guys, I’ve got Demon Souls and Dark Souls sitting in my backlog. Always been too daunted by the time commitment needed to finish them.

      Will definitely fire the PS3 back up for these then

  • I hope the Preload is working in the next time gotto work in view Hours :-(

  • and i still havent gotten my review version :( whats going on there… xD

  • Didn’t get round to playing any of the Souls games but this one is a good place to start for getting experience, right? With the help of some co-op to tackle the bosses until I get experience to do it alone and then take on the Souls games solo?

    Haven’t seen anything about the loading (after dying), but does anyone know if it’s faster? I found it to be annoying in the beta as I wanted to get back to playing but was waiting….and waiting…and waiting… and still waiting then finally play again only to die all over again for it to repeat.

  • Honestly Fred, what the hells going on with the UK release, and why am I sat watching every other god damn region get it before me? Seriously not happy with the service

  • My previous comment was uncalled for however I think a perfect step to forcing towards same time region release is YOU Sony releasing digitally across all regions at a same time even if retail stores aren’t.

  • God this bloodborne thing is one of 5 worst games i played in my life!!!! (20years of gaming so far) it is buggy, 60fps only on intro, rest goes beetwen 17-35!!!!!!! , story that you will forget after 5 min of play, loading time extreamly long…. i do want i refund.

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