In Code Vein, you have access to a myriad of various items and gears, including Blood Veils, Blood Code, and a treasure trove of various Gifts – all of these can be used to craft the ultimate build. This guide is here to help you understand the various nuances of the entire crafting system, and exactly what it is that’s needed to craft the kind of build that works for you!
Code Vein Builds
A build, in this game, is essentially taking certain characteristics – Blood Veils, Blood Codes, and Items – and crafting a certain type of character who can utilize all that is available to them the most effectively.
A good build is one that compliments the player’s playstyle while simultaneously working off of the character’s own unique strengths.
Builds are about upping your Stats: Strength, Dexterity, Willpower, Mind, Mobility, Vitality, and Fortitude.
These Stats can be affected depending on which Blood Code you’ve chosen, and can be scaled with the aid of Blood Veils and Weapons – your stats affect your equipment which, in turn, scales your stats.
First of all, unlike Dark Souls, do not worry about picking a class at the start and wondering whether it was the best choice or not.
It doesn’t matter since you can switch from one class to another whenever you wish to (even during combat) so you have the freedom and space to experiment which each Blood Code and see what suits you best. You can also upgrade each one to see just how much is truly available to you.
You’re also allowed to ‘inherit’ certain skills: you can equip skills that belong to a skill class different from the one you’re currently using.
However, that comes later down the line, you’re far more restricted at the beginning of the game, but that’s only to not overwhelm you with information.
At this point, I can imagine you scratching your head and wondering what exactly all of these terms (Blood Veils, Blood Codes, and Gifts) mean. To familiarize you with this jargon, look below to see the definitions of these terms:
- Gifts: These are your skills that are available to you through Blood Codes. They’re quite handy, being arguably the most important facet of any build.
- Blood Code: These are the various classes you can pick Gifts from. Each class focuses on a different aspect of a character. Each Blood Code affect your Stats differently.
- Ichor: It is essentially mana, it is what’s needed to activate and use your Gifts, without you cannot function properly.
- Blood Veil: Sounds awesome but in actuality it’s just your armor. It is of immense importance though as can affect the attributes of your Gifts.
- Adrenaline: As in Dark Souls, this is your stamina, something you need to attack, dodge, and sprint. Running out can spell doom for you.
Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the in-game jargon, it’s time for you to understand the complexity of the Blood Codes – although Gifts are of inarguable importance, you do need access to them first and that’s where the Blood Codes come in.
Early on, you’re given access to 3 Blood Codes, but as you go on you gain access to far more. Here are the first 3 Blood Codes and the Gifts they offer:
This Blood Code is meant to enhance the player’s close combat capabilities; specifically it enhances your Strength, Health, Stamina, and Defense.
This Code offers very little Ichor (16) so you won’t be able to use your Gifts for long. It offers a total of 5 Gifts.
- Health Boost: A passive ability that increases max HP.
- Adrenaline: An active ability that lets you boost Attack Power for a short period.
- Triple Annihilator: An active ability that lets you perform a powerful combo.
- Focused Stamina Usage: A passive ability that lessens the amount of stamina used when focused.
- Blood Guard: An active ability that creates a barrier around you and your companion.
This Code is about increasing your defense and overall chances of surviving any encounter. It does not offer much in terms of offense, therefore it’s recommended for any player who wants to use the Ranger Gifts to inherit Gifts from other classes along with this, as that will up your chances of victory significantly.
This, too, has 16 Ichor, so abilities will run out quick. It has a total of 6 Gifts to offer:
- Stamina Boost: A passive ability that increases max Stamina.
- Sonic Arrow: An active ability that lets you shoot projectiles.
- Shifting Hollow: An active ability that lets you dash forward in mist form.
- Spoils Spotter: An active ability with which you can locate unfound items.
- Venom Mark: An active ability that gives your current weapon a venom effect.
- Guard Stability: A passive ability that reduces stamina used while guarding when you are focused.
The final default Code available to you is the Caster Blood Code; this specializes in providing you with powerful attack based Gifts, ones you can use from a distance. It also provides you with 30 Ichor, so you won’t be running out anytime soon.
However, it only provides you with 4 Gifts – I see this as the perfect excuse to inherit some Gifts from one of the other 2 Codes. The 4 Gifts are:
- Blood Shot: An active ability that lets you fire a large, powerful projectile.
- Weapons Drain Rating Up: A passive ability that increases the drain rating of your weapons.
- Blazing Roar: An active ability that lets you launch a fire projectile.
- Dark Impulse: A passive ability with which Dark Gifts become more powerful when you’re focused.
Looking at these 3 Codes, you get a solid grasp on how Codes and Gifts work in the game, and what exactly it takes to create a proper build.
If you prefer close quarter combat, you’ll want the Gifts offered in the Fighter Blood Code, but the lack of Ichor is a problem – so you choose the Caster Code and inherit Gifts from the Fighter and even Ranger Blood Codes.
When you gain the ability to inherit, that’s when it becomes all the more important to focus on your build.
However, these are only the starting Blood Codes, there are FAR more for you to discover and exploit. This guide will not cover every single Code as it’s not necessary. What is necessary is for you to understand how a build needs to function.
Look at the Gifts of each Code, look at the amount of Ichor you have at your disposal and how much Ichor each Gift costs to use.
Knowing this will help you create the best build as you’ll be able to mix and mingle with each Code and create a build for which you cherry-picked the best abilities that suit your needs.
One thing to note is that each Code has a cap on how much Ichor it can offer you, e.g. the Fighter Code can have a max of 36 Ichor, whereas the Aset Code has a max of 60 Ichor!
Therefore, max out the capabilities of each Code AND Gift (doing so will allow you to inherit that Gift). When you’ve done so, you’ll have access to everything each Code has to offer and then you create your dream build.
However, things don’t simply end there – what about the Blood Veils?!
Blood Veils allow you to gain some weight and give you access to Drain Moves (using this can increase your Max Ichor count), but most importantly, they scale your Stats.
Meaning that a certain Blood Veil can increase your current stats in conjunction with whatever Blood Code you’re currently sporting and what Gifts you have equipped.
Blood Veils augment your weapon’s capabilities and also have a large impact on your Stats. Let’s say that you want a build that gives you immense Strength, or a build where your primary Blood Code is that of Caster – what will scale your Stats considerably will be the GXH Assault Blood Veil.
You have to ask yourself: what exactly is my strong suit? The answer to that question will determine exactly what kind of Blood Veil you actually need.
Depending on the Gifts you’ve equipped or inherited, the Blood Veil may prove to be an incredibly powerful asset for your build.
Finally, you must select a weapon that will be augmented by the Code you’ve equipped, with the Gifts you’ve selected and inherited, and the Blood Veil you currently have on. It’s not so much about the Weapon affecting them, it’s more about those things affect your weapon.
The Code and Blood Veil can drastically increase the Attack Value for the weapon you’ve equipped, or perhaps it can increase the weapon’s mobility, making it easier and quicker to use.
With all this in mind, the following is an example build that showcases just what you’re capable of if you comprehend every, single aspect of the build, and carefully make the most appropriate of decisions in regards to every facet.
Build #1: (The Magician)
Blood Code: Aset Code.
- Spellcasting Stats (Willpower and Mind) are the highest of any Code.
- Relatively high Melee Stats.
- Enough Fortitude to allow you to inherit certain Berserker Gifts.
Blood Veil: GXH Assault.
Highest Spellcasting Stats, augmenting your Blood Code and helping with Stat Scaling.
Weapon: Lost Zweihander.
Highest Attack value for the Aset Code and GXH Assault Blood Veil. The mobility for the weapon is increased due to the Blood Veil – from ‘Slow’ to ‘Normal’.
Gives you access to a retreating Slash attack.
- Passive Health Boosts
- Passive Stamina Boost
- Passive Weapon Drain Rating Up
- Passive Strength Up
- Iron Will: Inherited from the Berserker Code, significantly enhances your Defense.
- Triple Annihilator, and Dragon Lunge: Dragon Lunge can be inherited from the Berserker Code. Both have strong magical stats, but also allow you to do immense melee damage for less Ichor.
- Fourfold Verdict: Can be cast quickly and does immense damage if it hits. Damage to Ichor ratio is quite good – more damage done with relatively little Ichor.
This Code Vein build essentially gives you high stats in spellcasting and magic, giving you access to more Ichor, long ranged attacks and more offensive capabilities, while also allowing you to do tremendous damage when squaring off against an opponent in close quarters.
A best of both worlds build, that should demonstrate that, even though the whole system looks complicated, it’s fairly easy to grasp and comprehend; understanding how it works will help you create the perfect build for yourself.
Build #2: (Stand Your Ground)
Blood Code: Start with the Berserker Blood Code until you attain the Atlas Blood Code. Eventually you can choose to swap it with either the Fionn or Isis Blood Code.
You want greater HP and Vitality.
High damage output so the build isn’t just about tanking hits. Don’t want to be TOO heavy, otherwise you won’t even get the opportunity to attack your enemies. Doesn’t sap too much of your Stamina.
You’re not really looking for anything specific, what you’re looking for is any armor that gives you a boost in Balance, Defense, and Weight.
Although I specifically mention Zweihander, any Two-Handed Weapon will do for this Code Vein build. Two-Handed weapons provide the most defense.
High Balance will prevent your attacks from slowing down. Transform your weapon into its Fortification weapon to increase Defense and Damage (will come at the cost of greater Weight).
- Stamina Boost
- Balance Up
- Two-Handed Sword Mastery
- Resilient Focus
- Guard Focus
- Guard Reversal
- Iron Will
- Royal Heart
The Zweihander reduces damage taken by 100%, allowing you to tank more and more hits; and that’s how this build works. It lets you tank a large amount of hits, lessening the need for dodging, although blocking is as necessary as ever, if not more.
Use Skill Gifts whenever you get the chance to as your damage output is absurdly high. For the sake of Weight, Balance, and Attack Power, you’ve foregone Speed; use what you have to your advantage.
Build #3: (Cast Away)
Blood Code: Start with Caster, upgrade to Artemis, and claw your way to Harmonia.
You want a high Ichor count and Willpower. Caster provides you with 30 Ichor and a B+ for Willpower; both increase as you switchover to Artemis and then Harmonia. You need to supplement your Dark Gifts however you can, and these Blood Codes do just that. These Codes increase your HP, Stamina, and Balance.
Blood Veil: Blackblood Liberator or Suicide Spur.
- You’re aiming to augment your Dark Gift value.
- You want to scale your Willpower.
- Suicide Spur ups your attack power, but Blackblood Liberator increases Defense.
- Upgrading your Blood Veils will also scale your Dark Gifts.
Your weapon does not affect your Dark Gift value in the slightest.
This Code Vein build causes you to lack in Dexterity and Strength, therefore you do not meet the Required Stats for many weapon classes; Bayonets and One-Handed Swords are what are mainly available to you. Upgrade your weapon to a Devour version to increase Ichor return.
- One-Handed Sword Mastery
- Strength/Willpower Up
- Strength/Dexterity Up
- Vow of Ichor
- Max Ichor Boost
- Dexterity/Willpower Up
- Blazing Roar or Plasma Roar
- Blood Sacrifice
- Blood Shot
- Volatile Storm
You’ll have a rough time at the start with this build, mainly due to the fact you don’t have access to the many Gifts that you need, and you lack the Strength to do much melee damage, but sticking with it will yield great results later on down the line.
You’ll have spells that work for every situation, so switch them out whenever you feel the need to (this means spending a lot of time mastering each spell however). Be vigilant of the ‘Leak Status’ effect, and use an Ichor Coagulant to counteract it.
Finally, this Code Vein build requires you to have as many healing items with you as possible. That’s all for Code Vein Builds for now!