Blood Vial

Special blood used in ministration. Restores HP.

Once a patient has had their blood ministered, a unique but
common treatment in Yharnam, successive infusions recall
the first, and are all the more invigorating for it.
No surprise that most Yharnamites are heavy users of blood."

Blood Vial (輸血液) is a healing Item in Bloodborne. Blood Vials are essential to surviving the many horrors that await, refilling health to face another battle. They are mapped to the Triangle button for quick use, no matter what other items you prefer to use.


Blood Vial Usage

  • Restores 40% of your Health when consumed




Blood Vial Location

  • Sold by Messengers
  • Common drop from most enemies



  • The character can hold up to 20 vials at a time, but this limit can be increased by memorizing the Communion Rune
  • The amount of HP restored can be increased by equipping the Radiance Oath Rune.
  • Can store 600 Vials in your storage which replenish your inventory after going back to "Hunter's Dream" or after death.



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    • Anonymous

      03 Sep 2021 17:42  

      I notice a lot of comments saying that the vial system is terrible. I, for one, completely disagree. As someone who has played through the game 4-5 time and has 100%, I think of myself as pretty knowledgeable. For this reason, I would like to give some tips to those who struggle with the system.

      1.Try to avoid damage. I know I know, this is almost a "get good" tip, but to be honest, it's how it is. The less damage you take, the less vials you'll use. I myself am not perfect on this and there have been times I've taken loads of damage from enemies; however, with practice, I've developed my skills. I know that there are quite a few boss fights that you might use all of your vials on. That's alright, I've done that myself. With some of those bosses, it takes time to learn how to perfect dodging for the fight.

      2.If you run out of vials, make sure you have a good farming route. Now, I don't mean find one way you can kill a single enemy for 5 vials and then reset. Sure you could do that, but I find that inefficient and boring to do. I'm sure there might be better routes, but I always find myself farming the enemies around Cathedral Ward. I kill pretty much ALL the enemies there, even if some don't have a chance to drop vials. They all drop echoes. This I'll talk about in #3.

      3.Don't be afraid to spend some echoes on vials. Often times, when I'm doing the toughest boss fights, I'll run out of vials and need to get some more. In this case, I run and do my farming route (Cathedral Ward)(tbh with my route sometimes I don't net a lot of vials from actual enemies). Doing a long route will not only potential get you a lot of vials, but also a lot of blood echoes. After I complete the farm, I spend ALL of my echoes on vials. This will get you A LOT more vials than the vials that drop from enemies. If you're doing a tough boss and you do your farm and don't buy vials, you might only have enough for 1-2 attempts at said boss. This, I really dislike. I don't like being away from a boss that I'm struggling with. It can mess me up with the work I've put in learning a boss's attack patterns. If you buy vials, you can get in SO many more attempts. With my method of running my farming route and then buying vials, I have been able to buy almost 150 vials (I took a picture when I did this, however, I can't remember if I had anything that boosted my echo gain).

      If you couldn't tell, I love this game dearly. I get if you like some of the systems in dark souls better. Just try and give this game a chance and maybe you'll end up loving it too.

      • Anonymous

        27 Jul 2021 20:02  

        Complete utter retarded bullshit. Don't force players to grind for healing or else you put an element that SUCKS BALLS ontoxour otherwisely good game. THIS SYSTEM IS ABSOLUTELY ****ONG DISGUSTING AND BRAINLESS. Make blood vials be like estus in dark souls. The system that bloodborne has is bullshit.

        • Anonymous

          15 Feb 2021 15:11  

          What I hate the most is the constant back and forth you have to do. Farm > go to Hunter's Dream > Return > repeat. Using Hunter's Mark to farm the blood vials from the bloody guy at Ludwig's is a waste.

          • Anonymous

            08 Dec 2020 04:09  

            Honestly, having a guaranteed 10 vials on respawn would be pretty balanced. You could forego farming completely at the cost of rarely having more than half your max vials, so it would be kind of like loot-based kindling

            • Anonymous

              06 Jul 2020 15:38  

              There's a piss easy farming spot is in the Hunter's Nightmare. The bloody dude on the gate right before Ludwig always drops 5 vials when killed. Kill him, Hunter's Mark out, go back and repeat.

              • Anonymous

                01 Jun 2020 07:09  

                Don't know why they don't just give you 20 vials when you die. Having to farm for the independently really ruins the immersion and game pacing.

                • Anonymous

                  31 May 2020 14:15  

                  Worst element in Bloodborne, keeps it from being a perfect game (with a few other small things). Unless you're a very very good player (or a liar), some bosses will take you 5-10 attempts easy. That's a lot of blood vials, which you need to farm (or buy from the Messengers at an increasing price). Complete and utter garbage.

                  • Anonymous

                    02 Apr 2020 13:17  

                    An easy vial farm can be accessed in the DLC. In the Hunter's Nightmare, the bloody guy banging on the gate near Ludwig's arena drops five vials when killed. Go to the Nightmare Church lamp, kill the guy, use a Bold Hunter's Mark, repeat. If you don't have a Bold Hunter's Mark, just use up all your blood echoes and use the normal Hunter's Mark. I also recommend just punching him to death because he dies quickly and your durability could get burned up if you go too long.

                    • Anonymous

                      08 Dec 2019 21:28  

                      What I hate so much about this game is unlike dark souls 3 I have to get more heals again and again and again without it refilling

                      • 17 Mar 2018 02:42  

                        Whenever I level-up, any Echoes I lave left over I put towards Blood Vials at the Messenger Bath whether I need more or not; I prefer to walk around with as few Echoes as possible, generally, to minimize risk of losing them. End-result is I NEVER have to farm Vials.

                        • Anonymous

                          11 Mar 2018 20:47  

                          It would be super fcuking awesome if this actually fcuking worked when I'm about to die with a sliver of health left and absolutely mashing the fcuking button this is tied to. It's not like this game isn't fcuking hard enough already.

                          • Anonymous

                            03 Oct 2017 19:04  

                            So I got to Micolash and notice they I had no vial, no to the dream to get more. I notice how many vials I can have and did a little math and found that to get 620 blood vials (the maximum amount not using communion runes), you need about 446,400 echoes. I really need to find a great place to farm echoes.

                            • Anonymous

                              26 Dec 2016 15:27  

                              also you can go down the ladder (beside the bridge big guy and fire rock), easily kill the pig from behind, get some money and qsbullet(certain equipment required) and blood vial X4 (NG+)

                              • Anonymous

                                30 Nov 2016 18:22  

                                Since people are posting about health amounts:

                                Bloodvials heal for 35% hp(maybe40) and blood bullets consume 30%.

                                So getting bullets is good way of topping up

                                • Anonymous

                                  05 Jul 2016 08:50  

                                  At level 13, with 15 vitality and 682 total health, it healed me for 272 health; I'll try to update the value when I'm at a higher level.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    05 Jul 2016 08:50  

                                    I have found this the best way to farm Blood Vials. It's about 8-12 per trip and takes a few minutes. This requires you having the shortcuts unlocked of course. From Tomb of Oedeon lantern, out the door and down the stairs to the two guys facing away from you, who usually drop vials. Out the door the big guy will push the flaming boulder down the stairs and kill all the mobs down there, possibly dropping vials. The big guy and his friend also drop them. At the end of the bridge take the elevator on the right. At the top there's two more big guys and up a few flights up stairs and past one more enemy there's the Central Yharnam lantern to take you back to the Dream. You could also do this trip in reverse.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      05 Jul 2016 08:50  

                                      You've probably heard this a lot but this is really bad game design. The Blood Vial system is a huge step back from the Estus Flask system which was integrated to stop this kind of healing abuse from Demon's Souls. Bloodborne limits the number you can use at any time thankfully but the farming is the biggest problem. I kind of understand why this happened as you can't rest at lamps but it is still ridiculous. Perhaps they could have removed the storage system and replenished your vials back to 20 when you touched a new lamp or allowed you to pick up blood vials and convert any you scavenged at your maximum into blood echoes. It's not hard to reach 99 vials. It's the same with quicksilver bullets as well.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        05 Jul 2016 08:50  

                                        Why do blood vials replenish to 20 in my inventory when I return to hunters dream but then doesn't keep replenishing after a while?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          05 Jul 2016 08:50  

                                          Has anyone done a full run without using one of these? The description makes it sound like maybe we shouldn't actually use these.

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