Insight is a stat in Bloodborne. It governs the amount of inhuman knowledge you have acquired by exploring the game and defeating enemies. It is required to use the Beckoning Bell to summon other players into your game world. Please see Moon Phases to understand the "timezone" cycles, they are not related to Insight.

insight.jpg "The Insight stat represents the depth of inhuman knowledge. Needed to ring special bell, but induces frenzy."

 

Insight Unlocks & Effects

  • Each additional Insight reduces the Beasthood stat. Spending Insight alternatively increases the Beasthood stat.
  • Each additional Insight reduces the Frenzy resistance.
  • Insight cannot exceed a limit of 99.

 

  • Note: Not all world related Insight changes are instant, like the bath messenger, so you might need to reload the area for the change to take effect.
Insight Effects
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  • Winter Lanterns can be heard singing in an off-key tone at a further distance
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50
60
  • A baby's cry can occasionally be heard off in the distance in any area except the Hunter's Dream.

 

Insight Usage and Accumulation

  • Gain Insight

  • Note: Discovery related insight gains only happens once each playthrough.

 

Spend Insight

 

Trivia

  • When you gain insight you will hear several, quick, faint whispers.
  • Gaining insight will reduce frenzy resistance, while losing it will increase it again.
  • Gaining insight will reduce beasthood, while losing insight will increase it again.
  • Gaining insight has known to drive some "mad" yet the knowledge they gain is considered a blessing, thus making you more susceptible to frenzy.

 

Stats
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  1. Insight unlock demonstration video provided by Tomasz Gop, producer of Lords of the Fallen
  2. Proven by video by Saechao Plus



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    • Anonymous

      What happens when you gain insight (for example discovering or beating a boss) when you're already at 99 insight? Does it get completely wasted or is it converted to madman's knowledge?

      • Anonymous

        With only 1 insight you start to see Amogus references in the environment. You also gain a point every time you see one.

        • Anonymous

          Such a shame that high insight is just effectively a bad thing. When I first played I thought the idea was the coolest thing, but trading frenzy resistance and beasthood to hear an old man whisper is pretty lame. Would be nice if maybe more outlandish weapons reacted to high insight (amygdala arm etc) or just some other material benefits to stockpiling the stuff.

          • Anonymous

            Don't let the insight distract you from the fact that there is a settlement that needs your help. I'll mark it on your map.

            • Anonymous

              I think above 50 insight, the lever for the sealed gate in the Cathedral Ward (the one that normally requires the Hunter Chief Emblem to open) will be visibly surrounded by Messengers. When you use the Emblem, you can see they actually pull the lever for you.

              Another thing: I've always been convinced that higher insight also lowers your arcane defense?? Out of habit, I spend most of my insight before fighting certain bosses like Rom, Micolash, or Ludwig, and I've noticed a massive difference in the damage I take from their arcane attacks. Has anyone else ever observed this, or am I just being superstitious?

              • Anonymous

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                • Anonymous

                  In everyday language, insight means that the properties, contexts and relationships of an object area are subjectively recognized with sufficient accuracy, mentally grasped and factually correctly understood. As a conscious result of the combination of perception and reflection, insight is the result of an analytical-synthetic knowledge process. In everyday psychology, insights that are obtained in other ways and then often “in a flash” are ascribed to a special mental faculty, namely “intuition”. Insight also describes, in relation to Bloodborne, the recognition of a deeply hidden, uncanny truth, the "Eldritch Truth". However, this insight and the information that goes with it exceed the human understanding to the highest degree and can therefore lead to madness and ultimately to massive cerebral hemorrhage, which is why Frenzy is promoted by high insight and is often triggered by otherworldly horrors.

                  • Anonymous

                    I've added my own insight rules to Bloodborne: the Card Game, because it was strangely absent. Get some blue or white marblized tokens to represent insight (like the red marblized tokens represent blood echoes). When you confront a boss, before anything else, each player rolls the die. The player with the highest roll gains 1 insight. Also, the player that deals the final blow to a boss gains 1 insight.

                    These can be used to purchase additional upgrades in the hunter's dream or spent ONCE at the beginning of a boss fight as a kind of "summoning" of another hunter for help which allows a random upgrade card to be drawn and resolved immediately. The insight could also be spent to increase the humanoid and kin trophy tokens along their track by 1, even if a death token is blocking progress. It cannot be used to increase a beast trophy token (as insight reduces beasthood in the video game).

                    Oh, and any damage received from a brainsucker depletes 1 insight. If the brainsucker escapes it takes another 1 insight from each player. Yeah, they suck in the card game too.

                    If you gain 2 insight your max health depletes by 1; 3 insight and your max health depletes by 2, etc. This is to give the "frenzy resistance reduction" effect that it has in the video game, and encourage players to not try and hoard insight.

                    • Anonymous

                      There should have been Weapons/Spells that Scaled with this, Like how they did with Humanity and Chaos Weapons in DS1

                      • Anonymous

                        Sekiro has charmless and demon bell hard difficulty. This is my first playthrough in Bloodborne but, if I understood correctly, 99 insight is the hard mode for Bloodborne? I'm in. Even if I use beast blood pellets.

                        • Anonymous

                          This is the double-edged sword Humanities needed to be. Considering Humanity gathers at the Abyss, imagine if having more Humanities (The counter) would turn you into something entirely different from Hollowing. Much like what it did to Artorias. It's done so much better here in Bloodborne.

                          • Anonymous

                            I was hearing Gerhman's voice while he was sleeping with only 11 insight. Has anyone had any similar experiences or an explanation for this?

                            • Anonymous

                              If your inaight meter near 99 or it is 99 dont use your mad mans. I lost 73 mad man because of the *****ng 99 limit. I didnt know anythgn about 99 limit and my 1 ng cycle and chalice runs mad mans *****ed up. God damn *****ng 99 limit!!!!

                              • Anonymous

                                "When you gain insight you will hear several, quick, faint whispers" I didn't realize there was a point where you don't hear several faint whispers. Why is the sound so damned chaotic in this one? It makes me way more jumpy than I need to be.

                                • Anonymous

                                  I hear a baby's cry at 4, and a great way to farm insight is to use the resonant bell and help take down bosses, didn't use any insight and you gain insight and blood echos, don't lose blood echos if you die aswell, can only go up

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Is there any reliable way of farming insight? I know there are sporadic drops in the aqueducts....anything else?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Not sure if this a Chalice Dungeon thing or insight caused Chalice Dungeon thing, but whenever I kill all enemies on a floor and round back to the floor lamp there is usually a Bloodlicker waiting for me and it is a very heafty one that does massive damage and has a ton of health. I have been at a minimum of 40 Insight(normally around 60 except for encounters with Brainsuckers).

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I like how this is World Tendency from Demon's Souls, Humanity in Dark Souls, and a sanity mechanic common in H.P. Lovecraft inspired games all in one stat. Cleverly done From.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Hi... I am on a NG++ cycle of Bloodborne and now it costs me two insights to summon assistance when impurity rune is equipped. (Valtr being one example). Is this correct?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I heard Mergos Lullaby playing in central Yharnam (near the spot where you can summon Gascoigne, or basically near his house) in new game+. Had 73 Insight.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              All of the things that this page says are at 15 insight happened to me at 14 insight. Not sure about any other category of stuff though.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                If some one can correct me. I've went to the second boss and got the insight for seeing him. Second time. I had an allies and we both die. When I spawn back to the lanterns insted of bein at 6 insight I was back at 7. Is the insigh regiven when you duo fail the bosses?

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  How does Insight interact with the Day Night cycle? How do the changes when its night interact with the difficulty increase?

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    While attempting the Rom fight with some 40 insight and giving up I came back with 75. Before the bodyguards only had two attacks, but now they additionally spat acid, had a new leaping attack, would leap backwards, had a new flurry atatck, and an odd-chain leap.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      When I was farming The Bag Carriers for twin blood stones at 0 insight they were doing both the aoe stun and the cone shaped move with the same effect.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I tested 40 Insight and it's true that you can see Lesser Amygdala in the place that you need access to Lecture Hall 1st floor but 50 Insight effect however it's false because you'll get that effect after moon turn red by killed Rom.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          "Church Giant in Cathedral Ward sits down, and Fork-stick enemies gain red glow around their weapons." I can confirm that this happens at 15 insight.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            "Tested in the Hidden Village, at 20 insight the bag carriers will start doing a stagger move, a cone of air that suck you toward them with their palm. At 30 insight they begin doing an area-of-effect dome attack that staggers." This occurs below 20 or 30 insight. I don't think this is insight related at all, unless it's 'cumulative' insight, i.e. insight memory.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I dont know if this is a normal thing but amgdyla ripped his hands and used them as a longer reach weapon , had over 50 insight while fighting him

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                http://dark-soku.blog.jp/archives/25736505.html #406 says going past 50 insight makes you get frenzied easier according to the famitsu guidebook

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  When I tried to help people with Rom he was summoning an additional batch of spiders far of to his left. When I originally fought him he only summoned the batch that surrounds him.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Prior to beating the Rom fight I hit 70 or 75 insight and now I constantly hear a baby crying far off in the distance. My buddy who is past the Rom fight with 20 insight reports hearing no such audio.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Saw Amygdala with over 40 insight and she vanished after I spent a ton on stuff at the messengers. At 50, the three shadows were also harder to kill--they just did more and took less damage. (Not sure if the latter was insight, though. I might have gotten sucked into an NG+ fight somehow, since my level was around 70 at the time, and I was a cooperator. Any confirmation on damage taken/given according to insight?)

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        The doors you can knock on in Central Yharnam, the dialogue changes as you continue on. It descends more into madness and just cackles and grunts instead of what it is in the beginning of the game.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          "20 Insight If your audio settings are set up well - During the Vicar Amelia boss fight, you can hear a female mumbled speech throughout the fight. At the end, you'll hear clearly: "Seek the Blood, but beware, the frailty of Men. Their wills are weak, minds young." I just helped someone beat Vicar and I only had 17 insight and I heard this. However, it could be because in their world they had more than 20 insight. Just something to consider

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            since the half of my first playthrough i ran with 99 insight through the game. I am now in ng+3 and have no idea what happens in the game without insight.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I first got over 40 insights and I saw them, but later I spend some insights and had over 30 and still can see them.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Has the sound of the crying baby got anything to do with insight? I am at new game again with 10 insight and i can't seem to hear it.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  i mean really, ppl on here claiming that so much stuff happens with insight yet there are so many triggers from bosses and such like the baby crying or certain enemies having totally new movesets. if anything insight is just a better humanity concept. at 99 insight in NG+ i havent seen much different aside from regular NG+ activities

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I went through ng and ng plus with 20 insight when I fought vicar but now I'm at 99 on ng ++ and she has a completey different moveset and attacks is this because of my insight?

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      i don't play online, i defeat every boss on my own, i currently have 72 insights, from which i have no clue what to so with. Some enemies (such as the insects in "forsaken castle cainhurst") have become enchanted with glowing red eyes after hitting the 70's mark. they are faster stronger and with nearly unlimited stamina. Although they do give off MORE bloodechos. and ranking up has been be very easy. but the bosses have also become infinitely more powerful. it's as if i set the difficulty of the game much higher.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        i did some chalices after i defeated the blood-straved, and because i did so, i had nearly 99 insight at the very beginning of the first playthrough. Wise as i was, i didn't buy me anything for that. So, did i missed something, becaus i ran with 99 insight all the time? Currently i'm working on ng+3, still with 99 insight up (all the time).

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          These guys also appear on certain levers that might be easily missed, not sure how much insight is required though.. An example would be cathedral ward

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Im pretty sure enemies gain additional attacks as insight increases, Therefore making the game harder and more difficult

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              in ENB's walkthrough of the vicar amelia fight the prayer could be heard at lower insight than 20. I think it was six insight.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Many new attacks with between 40 ish and 99, was farming a while ago with 40 or 50 then just now with 99 ,big difference 3 new moves .

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  I found out that if you accumulate 50 Insight before beating Rom, The Hunter's Dream theme will change. If you drop below 50 it will revert back to normal. Of course after defeating Rom, it will be permanently changed because of the story. Here is my video proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwiLJCwZTPw

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I've heard having high insight (40+) increases the drop rate of certain items, like bloodstone chunks. Anyone have any experience with this?

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I'm around 21-23 Insight and just beat Micolash. I'm in the area where crow-dogs and Shadow of Yharnam-like mobs come out. I got the message of the bell ringing woman with a sinister bell and another bell starts ringing and a player invades my world without using the Beckoning Bell. Is this because of the amount of Insight? Hasn't happened until now.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        im at 85+ insight and at the start of ng+ the crying of the baby is driving me crazy, its so stupid. how low do i need to make it for it to stfu?

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          I could swear the Staff-Wielding Pale-Guys in the Cathedral Ward gain a Pistol at either 15 or 20 Insight. Was at 12 Insight and they never used a pistol. Buffed myself to 20 to hear Amelia talking and on the way i got shot by a pale guy with his pistol (and the Lamp enemies shot projectiles as known)

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Does Insight affect Willem (actually hear what he says) or the Witch of Hemwick (illusions broken) in any way? I doubt the former changes, but I wanted to ask anyway.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              What title said. I like to farm the hoppers (as i call them) in front of cainhurst castle and was at 44 insight when I attempted to again...least to say that it hurt. So I dropped the insight down to (at this point) 19, and noticed that they did at least a few of the new attacks, just not rampantly as with the higher insight. Anyone else notice stuff like this? or did that insight truly make me mad?

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Except those Cathedral dudes with blue glowing lantern and some mobs (that listed above). its does not affect enemy's health, attack, defense and move set? Its does not make you weaker, do less damage and receive more damage? Its does not make boss became harder, aggressively and more ferocious? So its just placebo effects? lol to cut the crap short; everything remains the same, its just add some weird phenomenon into the game only, that's it?

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Since patch 1.05 I no longer gain insight for finding bosses, and only appear to gain two for beating them. I noticed this today when fighting the Shadow of Yahrnam and confirmed it with Rom, although I don't know if this is an intentional change or just a glitch in my game post update.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    It just downed on me - the baby Great One (Mergo) is the one creating the nightmare.That's why it gives you "Nightmare Slain'' after it stops crying, not after you kill the wet nurse.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      I've found that either after killing Rom and engaging the bloodmoon or having 30+ insight you can hear a baby crying in most areas.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        According to this video, Brain Trusts can be heard singing at much lower Insight than 30, 10 at most. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj78ozxcpIM

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          In the old hunters dream below the chruch workshop you see the doll. She's probably the host of the hunters dream. She's alive. At a certain level of insight her finger on her lap starts twitching. Didnt work with 12 but with 63. So its somewhere in between.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            In ng+, i have max insight from ng pvp. Now, i can see the Amygdala in cathedral ward near the second hunter set. Later on, i obtained the tonsil stone. If i allow Amygdala in cathedral ward to grab me while i have the required insight and the tonsil stone, will i be warped to lecture hall or stay in cathedral ward?

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              Does insight have any impact on bosses? I keep seeing people saying things like, "he did that with only 5 insight. He would have much more trouble with higher insight" is there anything to this? It seems like there isn't. One way or the other, can it be added to the page?

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                Allright, so insight can be used for buying items and summoning friends... but the ways to collect it are limited to discovery and non respawning bosses? Does this essentially 'force' you to start a new game plus after a while or is there a way to farm at least a small amount? Dont have this game so sorry for my ignorance.

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  Apparently Gehrman is supposed to be invisible and only seen when he attacks the latter half of the fight. I fought him with 97 insight and he never went invisible, could this be due to the high insight or was something else going on?

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    Fellow hunters, I cannot show a screenshot as prove, neither can I test what amount triggers these as it was a friend's game I was watching. Both of them were noticed at 50 insight and also ng+ (but didn't seem to be due to this). First, the gate you open with lugwing's key purchased after the cleric beast for 10000 will have messengers holding it's lever. An interesting touch. Secondly, the dead man at the gate that allows access to the forbidden woods had a different dialogue, where he would start mumbling incomprehensible things after asking for the password, only a part being hearable and written on the subtitles "... Got to close the...". He appears to say gate at the end but I had a hard time hearing it, so that word may be wrong. Hope someone can confirm what amount triggers these. Great to finally start contributing to this community! -Ashkiin "May the good blood guide your way"

                                                                                                                                    • I did a whole playthrough where I fought every boss with 0 insight in stock during the fight, but I saw no obvious differences like in the witch of hemwick fight. The only thing I can think of was that Gehrman never did his aerial attack, but I only realized after I killed him so I couldn't retry the fight.

                                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                        Hello, I've already posted the message on the "blood chunk" page, but thought it might be somewhat handy to duplicte it here as well: Guys, it seems like insight VERY SERIOUSLY affects chunk drop rate. I went on a chunk farming route with wolves, had 3 eyes rune equipped and with 24 arcane had 370 discovery. Of 10 runs I only got two chunks. That time I had 30 insight on me. Then I consumed all madman\wisdom items I got and topped my insight to 88 Of the next 10 runs I got 15!!! chunks. It was chunk literally every run, sometimes two. One run was without chunks but the next one i got 3! on one run. I DO NOT believe this could be a coincidence!!!! Hope someone can check it from your side as well. Update: Made another farming run, 16 times; my loot: 72 shards, 32 twin shards, 20 chunks

                                                                                                                                        • I'm pretty sure this is progress related and not affected by insight.
                                                                                                                                          On 1 of my characters he spoke in his sleep with 8 insight, and on another character he only mumbled with 40 insight.

                                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                            99 insight and brainsucker's got none if you having bloodborne problems I feel bad for you son I got 99 insight and ***** this game's fun! Hit me -RootsMC-

                                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                              I've found that somewhere between 27 and 55 insight chevaliers in Cainhurst begin to spit two projectiles in a succession instead of one.

                                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                                So I made a bone-headed move of spending 90 insight on three blood stone chunks in one go and left the insight messenger to notice that when my insight dropped from 91 to 1, my frenzy bar almost instantly filled to about 3 quarters and my beasthood bar also filled to about half. Anyone got any idea why?

                                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                                  Are there any changes people have found with varying amounts of insight while in the nightmare? I've only just gotten it today and am rather curious.

                                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                                    So I was learning how to fight OoK and failed. I returned to Hunters Dream with 13 insight and decided to have a break. Wanted to try him the next day and suddenly all of my insights were gone. Anyone know what the cause could have been? I only lost "lose insight". The Madmans Knwoledge and Great Ones Wisdom cunsumables were still in my inventory.

                                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                                      Currently, I have 10 insight where as earlier I had 4 and both times my Frenzy stat was 558. I don't know if the frenzy stat itself determines insight directly. I'd like to say it does as all the clothing and runes that have insight on them affect that stat but if there's a hidden resist stat it may still affected but the number on the stat screen does not change per insight.

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