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
Find out how to access the new Bloodborne DLC, plus the suggested level for a normal game and New Game Plus.
Find out where to get Brain Fluid and the Balcony Key from the Research Hall, and where to find the Holy Moonlight Sword.
Go through the first part of the Old Hunters DLC to find a six new weapons including the Amygdalan Arm and Gatling Gun.
Go through the Research Hall to find Brain Fluid, the Enlarged Head, Fist of Gratia and more!
Beat the two remaining bosses and the secret boss, plus find Simon’s Bowblade and test your archery skills!
Strategy Features and Secret Areas
Frequently asked questions about Bloodborne, including how to level up and find your Blood Echoes. Updated daily!
Always remember how many Quicksilver Bullets you have, and check your surroundings!
Where to find all four umbilical cords, and how to beat the Moon Presence final boss.
Stock up on Sedatives, Blood Echoes and other useful items in the fastest time possible.
Kill enemies much faster with the Saw Cleaver, Threaded Cane and Hunter Pistol.
While exploring the Forbidden Woods, go to Iosefka's Clinic and then visit this creepy place to battle Martyr Logarius.
How to find the Upper Cathedral Key and beat the Celestial Emissary boss.
How to get the Mensis Cage, Bone Ash Armor and more!
A detailed guide with tips for killing each boss in the game, including The One Reborn, the Shadow of Yharnam and Blood-starved Beast!
How to open locked doors, find more loot and kill enemies in Bloodborne's Chalice Dungeons.
Don't let annoying invaders ruin your game. We have tips to beating these players.
Congratulations on beating the game! Now it's time to do it all over again, but with tougher enemies.
The first section of Bloodborne lets you explore Hunter’s Dream and teaches combat basics in preparation for the battle against the Cleric Beast.
The battle with Father Gascoigne is difficult unless you find the Tiny Music Box, which temporarily stuns your adversary.
Find the Hunter Attire, collect items in Old Yharnam and face the Blood-starved Beast to get the Pthumeru Chalice.
Escape Death Dealer Prison Yahar'gul, Unseen Village, then defeat Vicar Amelia to receive the Gold Pendant.
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.
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.
Explore Byrgenwerth to find the Student Uniforn, then pick up the Lunarium Key that allows you to battle Rom, the Vacuous Spider.
Find the Tonitrus and Tiny Tonitrus. Then we'll tell you how to win The One Reborne and Darkbeast Paarl boss battles.
Where to find the Fading Lake rune and Augur of Ebrietas. Most importantly, how to beat Amygdala.
Where to find the Iron Door Key, and the best tips to beat Micolash and Mergo's Wet Nurse.
Ready to beat Bloodborne? Upgrade your weapon with the Blood Rock and beat Gehrman. Now you can play through the game again!