Bloodborne Character Builds Guide For PvE – Class, Stats, Attire, Weapons, Caryll Runes

By   /   Apr 1, 2015

As most of you may have found out in a rather painful way, Bloodborne is an extremely tough game that demands skills and patience from players. However, that’s far from the only factor that will dictate how easy your journey is in Yharnam.

How you develop your character is extremely important as well, and Bloodborne is unforgiving to those who fail to structure their builds properly.

For more help on Bloodborne, read our Understanding Stats, Attire Locations, Weapons Locations and Caryll Runes Locations Guide.

Bloodborne Character Builds

Fear not though, fellow Hunters, as we’re here to lend you a helping hand by suggesting a few highly detailed, grand-quality builds that will make life in Yharnam a slightly manageable.

Note that all the builds in this guide are at level 100. While you are progressing in the game, look to develop your character in such a way that by the time you approach level 100, you have all the stats, items, and weapons that are suggested in the builds.

Quality Build

Starting Class: Military Veteran

Main Build

  • Vitality – 40
  • Endurance – 40
  • Strength – 30
  • Skill – 30
  • Bloodtinge — 19
  • Arcane – 6

Preferably attire that grants the highest amount of Arcane and elemental defense, while also giving good defense versus standard melee attacks.

Trick Weapon: Ludwig’s Holy Blade, Kirkhammer (Strength-focused Quality Build)
Firearm: Hunter Pistol (below 20 Bloodtinge), Evelyn (after 22 Bloodtinge)

Caryll Runes
Great Lake, Hunter, Clockwise Metamorphosis

How This Build Works
The concept of the quality build will be well known to most veterans (and sufferers) of the Dark Souls series. Its purpose is to primarily build a character that is versatile and can use most weapons with ease, benefitting from the scaling towards the later stages of the game.

You want to start off as a Military Veteran because the innate points in Strength and Skill are going to help. From then onwards, you should invest in Vitality and Endurance 1.5 times more than Strength and Skill.

Keep the two pairs equal for the best balance between defense and offense.

We won’t be needing Arcane for this build, so ignore that completely. Instead, you’re going to be using a lot of physically damaging weapons, and utilizing your Bloodtinge to get some good impact from your guns.

For weapons, Ludwig’s Holy Blade is probably the best weapon for the quality build due to its immense Strength and Skill scaling when fully upgraded. This will make it exceed all the stats any other weapon could offer at full-upgrade for this build.

The Kirkhammer is another good alternative, and will be available earlier than Ludwig’s Blade. However, Kirkhammer doesn’t tend to scale too well with Skill, which is why it should always be second-fiddle to the Holy Blade.

Below or near level 100, you’ll want to keep your Bloodtinge till 19 or 20. It’s only when you start to parry and riposte regularly should you boost your Bloodtinge. For this reason, the Hunter Pistol will be your ideal choice below level 100.

It has fantastic scaling when upgraded, and will out-damage the Evelyn. However, after exceeding level 100, the Evelyn will begin to outshine the Hunter Pistol at higher levels. This is because the Evelyn has an S scaling in Bloodtinge, which you should be investing in every 4th or 5th level.

You don’t need to look for the bigger guns, as they have a much larger animation, which can be detrimental against some of the faster enemies. The perk of this build is that you can use two weapons that have profoundly different functions in their two modes.

Both go from conventional sword to heavy-hitting, long-reaching weapons. This gives you a lot of advantage in terms of reach, allowing you to play more safely and carefully.

Assassin Build

Starting Class: Professional

Main Build

  • Vitality – 35
  • Endurance – 40
  • Strength – 15
  • Skill – 45
  • Bloodtinge – 17
  • Arcane – 6

The Tomb Prospector Set and the Bone Ash Set seem to have the stats that would best suit the needs of this build.

Weapons of Choice
Trick Weapon: Threaded Cane (early game), Blade of Mercy (main choice)
Firearm: Hunter Pistol (below 20 Bloodtinge), Evelyn (after 22 Bloodtinge)

Caryll Runes
Great Deep Sea, Hunter, Anti-Clockwise Metamorphosis

How This Build Works
This build for Bloodborne will mainly focus on the Skill stat, and will almost entirely ignore the Strength stat.

The Skill stat is closely tied to all the ‘faster’ weapons in the game, though most of these weapons will have less range. This is probably the way From Soft would encourage players to play Bloodborne anyway: aggressive, fast-paced, and relentless.

All three styles can be incorporated with this build, as you level your Skills stat. The great thing about this is that you can acquire a nice Skill-based weapon fairly early on in the game: the Threaded Cane. This interesting trick weapon is not only fast, it also scales off Skill very well.

Upgrading it once will transform the C scaling into B, which means that the more you increase your Skill, the greater the damage output from the Threaded Cane. Another perk with this weapon is that it transforms into a whip.

Now whips had a very good range in Dark Souls, but that’s not so much the case in Bloodborne. Still, the whip transformation will give you additional options in extending your melee range, something not entirely common with most of the Skill-based weapons.

The main weapon choice though should be the Blade of Mercy. This weapon is a short-sword that quickly transforms into two daggers (meaning you’ll won’t be able to use your firearm). These daggers have extremely fast attack animations that fit the pace of Bloodborne perfectly.

Also, if the application wasn’t good enough, Blade(s) of Mercy has an S scaling with Skill when fully upgraded. Now that is really something.

For firearms, we’re going with the same philosophy we used in the Quality Build: Hunter Pistol for as long as your Bloodtinge is below 20, and switching to Evelyn when it goes above 22.

Blood Katana Build

Starting Class: Noble Scion

Main Build

  • Vitality – 35
  • Endurance – 37
  • Strength – 14
  • Skill – 30
  • Bloodtinge – 35
  • Arcane – 6

Cainhurst Set looks totally relevant, as does it function in a very relevant manner.

Weapons of Choice
Trick Weapon: Chikage (main), Reiterpallasch (secondary)
Firearm: Hunter Blunderbuss, Evelyn

Caryll Runes
Blood Rapture, Radiance, Clockwise Metamorphosis

How This Build Works
This build would not have been possible without the Chikage.

The Chikage is the only katana in the game, and the only trick weapon that is heavily dependent on the Bloodtinge. With the right build (this one), the Chikage becomes the most powerful weapon in the game.

Like most trick weapons, the Chikage has two modes: the standard mode is a katana that in itself is pretty amazing, and scales off Skill. When transformed though, the katana becomes an even larger, two-handed ‘blood katana’.

When in this mode, the Chikage’s damage will scale off of Bloodtinge. It will also chip away your health with every attack.

However, this health-drain effect is static – it is not based on a percentage of your health, and will not increase when your health increases through additional Vitality or Caryll Runes. This means that after the initial struggle, the amount of health drained by the Chikage in its second mode becomes negligible once you have enough health.

This falls perfectly with the S scaling with Bloodtinge when the Chikage is leveled up to its maximum. At around level 80-90, you should have the most powerful weapon possible in this game, provided you are following this build closely.

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