Inspired by From Software’s Dark Souls games, Bloodborne casts players as a hunter exploring the diseased city of Yharnam, battling a variety of monsters using a cutting weapon in one hand and a firearm in the other. Fans of the Dark Souls franchise will find several aspects to this title familiar, like saving one’s progress, general controls and the overal user interface. That said, the heavy emphasis on offensive attacks versus defense makes it somewhat easier for newcomers. 

Prima’s free Bloodborne walkthrough will cover every aspect of the game, from defeating each terrifying boss to finding all of the collectibles and The Old Hunters DLC. On that note, please keep the following tips in mind.

Tips for Bloodborne

  • Hunter’s Dream is a safe haven with no enemies. You’re free to store items, tweak your character and weapons. Although you will visit this place upon your first death, ideally you should reach it by activating the Central Yharnam lamp, which grants access to multiple features. 
  • The Bath Messenger buys and sells a variety of useful items. You buy things in Bloodborne using Blood Echoes. 
  • When you have enough Blood Echoes, interact with the doll in Hunter’s Dream to level up your character. 
  • You drop all Blood Echoes, the game’s currency, when you die. Both you and enemies can retrieve them. Should a monster pick them up first, search for a creature with glowing purple eyes. 
  • Light lamps to return to Hunter’s Dream. Doing this, however, will cause some defeated monsters to re-appear; Hunters and bosses will not respawn. 
  • Fight bosses to earn Insight that you can use to unlock additional features in Hunter’s Dream. 
  • If you see a white flame over a corpse or defeated foe, this means you can pick up an item.
  • Throw pebbles to distract a creature, which is a great strategy for separating it from a group. If you prefer something more dramatic, toss a Molotov Cocktail. 
  • When you see doors with red lanterns, you can speak to someone to potentially receive helpful tips, items, or a bonus objective in the game. 
  • Use your hunter’s firearm interrupt a monster's attack and stun it, then attack with the melee weapon. Make sure you have a target lock and it's easier if you're not standing on uneven ground when using a gun. 
  • Walk slowly to use stealth to surprise unaware monsters with a powerful Charge Attack. 
  • Change your cutting weapon from short to long form by pressing L1. The former allows for faster attacks, while the latter inflicts more damage. 
  • Press and hold R2 to charge up an attack. Your hunter will hit the targeted enemy with a Charge Attack that temporarily stuns the monster if landed from behind. You must completely charge this ability to pull off a Charge Attack. Otherwise you will not stun the enemy.
  • Kill werewolves in Central Yharnam for unlimited Blood Echoes. We have step-by-step instructions how to loot farm.

The Old Hunters DLC

Bloodborne - How to Access The Old Hunters DLC, Recommended Level

Find out how to access the new Bloodborne DLC, plus the suggested level for a normal game and New Game Plus.

Bloodborne The Old Hunters - How to Find Brain Fluid, the Balcony Key and the Holy Moonlight Sword

Find out where to get Brain Fluid and the Balcony Key from the Research Hall, and where to find the Holy Moonlight Sword.

Bloodborne The Old Hunters - Defeat Ludwig the Accursed, Find the Whirligig Saw and Beast Cutter

Go through the first part of the Old Hunters DLC to find a six new weapons including the Amygdalan Arm and Gatling Gun.

Bloodborne The Old Hunters - Find the Underground Cell Key, Church Pick and Church Cannon

Go through the Research Hall to find Brain Fluid, the Enlarged Head, Fist of Gratia and more!

Bloodborne The Old Hunters - Beat Lady Maria, Orphan of Kos and Laurence, the First Vicar

Beat the two remaining bosses and the secret boss, plus find Simon’s Bowblade and test your archery skills!

Strategy Features and Secret Areas

Bloodborne FAQ: Everything You Need to Know

Frequently asked questions about Bloodborne, including how to level up and find your Blood Echoes. Updated daily!

Common Mistakes New Bloodborne Players Make

Always remember how many Quicksilver Bullets you have, and check your surroundings!

How to Get All Three Endings in Bloodborne

Where to find all four umbilical cords, and how to beat the Moon Presence final boss.

Bloodbone Loot Farming - Get More Blood Vials and Quicksilver Bullets

Stock up on Sedatives, Blood Echoes and other useful items in the fastest time possible.

Best Weapons in Bloodborne

Kill enemies much faster with the Saw Cleaver, Threaded Cane and Hunter Pistol.

Bloodborne - How to Reach Forsaken Cainhurst Castle

While exploring the Forbidden Woods, go to Iosefka's Clinic and then visit this creepy place to battle Martyr Logarius.

Bloodborne - How to Reach the Upper Cathedral Ward

How to find the Upper Cathedral Key and beat the Celestial Emissary boss.

The Best Outfits in Bloodborne - Student Uniform Attire, Top Hat

How to get the Mensis Cage, Bone Ash Armor and more!

Bloodborne Ultimate Boss Battle Guide - Exploit Weaknesses, Emerge Victorious

A detailed guide with tips for killing each boss in the game, including The One Reborn, the Shadow of Yharnam and Blood-starved Beast!

Bloodborne Tips to Survive Chalice Dungeons

How to open locked doors, find more loot and kill enemies in Bloodborne's Chalice Dungeons.

Bloodborne Multiplayer Tips

Don't let annoying invaders ruin your game. We have tips to beating these players.

Bloodborne New Game+ Tips

Congratulations on beating the game! Now it's time to do it all over again, but with tougher enemies.

Single-Player Walkthrough

Bloodborne Part 1 - Central Yharnam, Cleric Beast Boss Fight, All Items 

The first section of Bloodborne lets you explore Hunter’s Dream and teaches combat basics in preparation for the battle against the Cleric Beast. 

Bloodborne Part 2 - Hunter’s Dream, Tiny Music Box, Father Gascoigne Boss Fight 

The battle with Father Gascoigne is difficult unless you find the Tiny Music Box, which temporarily stuns your adversary.

Bloodborne Part 3 - Cathedral Ward, Old Yharnam, Blood-starved Beast Boss Fight

Find the Hunter Attire, collect items in Old Yharnam and face the Blood-starved Beast to get the Pthumeru Chalice.

Bloodborne Part 4 - Healing Church Workshop, Vicar Amelia Boss Fight, Beast Rune

Escape Death Dealer Prison Yahar'gul, Unseen Village, then defeat Vicar Amelia to receive the Gold Pendant.

Bloodborne Part 5 - Hemwick Charnel Lane, Witch of Hemwick Boss Fight, Memory Altar

Kill the deceptive Witch of Hemwick to gain access to the Rune Workshop Tool, which lets you unlock the Memory Altar in Hunter's Dream.

Bloodborne Part 6 – Forbidden Woods, Beat Iosefka, Shadow of Yharnam Boss Fight

We'll tell you where to find the Blood of Arianna and White Church attire. From there, you'll grab the Oedon Writhe rune and beat the Shadow of Yharnam.

Bloodborne Part 7 – Byrgenwerth, Arcane Lake Rune, Rom, the Vacuous Spider Boss Fight

Explore Byrgenwerth to find the Student Uniforn, then pick up the Lunarium Key that allows you to battle Rom, the Vacuous Spider.

Bloodborne Part 8- Yahar'gul, Unseen Village, The One Reborn Boss Fight, Darkbeast Paarl Boss Fight

Find the Tonitrus and Tiny Tonitrus. Then we'll tell you how to win The One Reborne and Darkbeast Paarl boss battles.

Bloodborne Part 9 - Lecture Building, Nightmare Frontier, Amygdala Boss Fight

Where to find the Fading Lake rune and Augur of Ebrietas. Most importantly, how to beat Amygdala.

Bloodborne Part 10 - Nightmare of Mensis, Micolash, Host of the Nightmare Boss Fight, Mergo’s Wet Nurse Boss Fight

Where to find the Iron Door Key, and the best tips to beat Micolash and Mergo's Wet Nurse.

Bloodborne Part 11 - Find the Blood Rock, Gehrman Boss Fight, New Game +

Ready to beat Bloodborne? Upgrade your weapon with the Blood Rock and beat Gehrman. Now you can play through the game again!