15 Important Tips for Bloodborne Beginners
1. Beware of the Lycanthrope
As you begin your bloody journey, you'll awaken unarmed to face a Lyncanthrope. Go against your natural instincts and don't fret if you die. You won't be able to reach Hunter's Dream until you kick the bucket.
2. It was all a dream
Now that you've been killed for the first of many, many times, it's time to explore Hunter's Dream. This mystical land is your headquarters in Bloodborne. Initially you'll be able to read basic game tips and level up here.
3. Choose wisely
It's time to choose your starter weapons. In Bloodborne, you'll be able to choose between three melee weapons -- Saw Cleaver, Hunter Axe and Threaded Cane. Each weapons has their own quirks, but the Saw Cleaver is the most balanced of the three. You'll also choose between a handgun and shotgun to start off.
4. Non-bosses are hard too
Finally, you're armed and ready for some payback. Before you fight your first boss, you'll need some revenge on the Lycanthrope. Quick melee attacks is the best tactic when fighting the fast creature. Watch out when the Lycanthrope lunges too, it can be fatal.
5. Lanterns are more than just light
Despite their usefulness in emitting light, lanterns serve an even greater purpose in Bloodborne. They are used as checkpoints, which are vital since you'll die A LOT. Lanterns also can transport you to Hunter's Dream.
6. Create shortcuts, it'll make life easier
With lanterns few and far between, unlocking shortcuts is a key to staying alive. If you see a locked gate, there’s a chance there’s a path through. Shortcuts could be rather handy in the long run.
7. Study your enemies
Each enemy you encounter offers dangerously different fighting styles, so make sure to know your plan of attack before rushing in head first.
8. Be a transformer
Upgrading your weapons is key to defeating Bloodborne. Each weapon has its own transformation that gives the weapon more damage and longevity. Don't forget to repair your weapons often, the more you attack the less damage your weapons deal.
9. Be stunning
Stunning gives you the chance to deal big damage. To stun an enemy, shoot them as they're attacking. You’ll know you’ve stunned an enemy when you hear a high-pitched screech. Then it's on!
10. The Regain System is crucial
In some cases you'll have a small window of time to regain health back after an enemy attack that damages you. A successful hit will illuminate your character and some health will be regained. You can never have too much health in Bloodborne.
11. Blood Echoes
Blood Echoes serve the same purpose as in previous Dark Souls games. You collect blood echoes from fallen enemies, and it's the currency you use to buy weapons, gear, repair items, and level up skills. As in the Souls series, every time you die you'll drop your Blood Echoes.
12. Get armor before the first boss battle
Bloodborne isn't a game for shields. With that in mind, make sure to procure as much armor as possible. Definitely pick up some armor before your first boss encounter. You can either buy armor or pick some up in the sewers.
13. Aggression is the name of the game
Get used to dipping, dodging and diving. Playing it safe just doesn’t work in Bloodborne.
14. Farmers only
If you just can't seem to get past a certain spot in the game, then maybe you should take a step back and work on your agriculture. Farming allows you to level up in Bloodborne, but this isn't your typical farming.
15. Don't fear the grind
Fight smaller enemies to replenish vials for boss battles. Vials allow you to regain health quickly. Something you'll need in these killer boss battles.