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Blood Echoes are a form of currency in Bloodborne.

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Description

In-Game Description

When your character dies, all Blood Echoes are left behind at that location. These Blood Echoes can be reclaimed by traveling to that location, unless they are claimed first by an enemy. In that case, search for the enemy with glimmering blue eyes, and defeat it to reclaim all Blood Echoes.
If your character dies again before reclaiming lost Blood Echoes, those Blood Echoes can never be retrieved.

General Information

Blood Echoes are obtained by killing enemies or consuming blood echo items. The amount of Blood Echoes an enemy drops is determined by the strength of said enemy.  The player starts out with a different amount of Blood Echoes depending on their Origin.

Mechanics

Uses

Blood Echoes can be used to purchase items from the Bath Messenger in the Hunter's Dream. They can also be used to level up via The Doll.

Echoes can be used to fortify and repair weapons in the Hunter's Dream as well.

Recovering Blood Echoes

Blood Echoes can be recovered in two ways. The first is by returning to where the player died. A blood stain will appear containing the echoes last held if there are no nearby enemies to absorb the echoes. Upon death however, enemies can absorb the blood echoes if their spawn location is close enough to the player's death location. The closest enemy will absorb all previously held echoes if there are multiple enemies within the range; this is determined without account for height so enemies that spawn below and above can absorb them. Enemies carrying echoes are identified by their glowing eyes, which also signifies that they have become stronger by absorbing the blood echoes.

If a death is incurred and the save reloaded, then the blood stain and echoes (even if an enemy absorbed them) will be relocated at the Lecture Building just before the library hall outside the lamp room (1st floor).

Farming

The following are methods to farm Blood Echoes. They are organized on a hierarchy of difficulty and progression of the game.

Equip Heir and Moon Caryll Runes if the method involves Visceral Attacks. Equip only Moon runes, if not.

Notes

  • Blood Echoes dropped increase the more the player ventures into further "New Games" but stops after the eight, the same with enemies difficulty.
  • There are only two Caryll Runes that affect Blood Echoes received. The Moon and Heir.
  • Use of the Hunter Mark will forfeit all blood echoes and return the player to last lamp used; enemies respawn.
  • Use of the Bold Hunter's Mark does not forfeit any blood echoes, however it still returns the player to the last lamp used.

Trivia

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