Bloodborne's online mechanics are similar to the previous Souls games. Summoning allies into your world, invasions, and covenant PvP are still present, but there are some slight differences. If you don't know how to summon / having trouble summoning / invading players, see the information below.

 

Concerning Online Etiquette

Note: PvP "rules" are quite controversial within the Souls community. Some players believe that certain tactics make the game less fun for everyone, and players are obligated to not indulge in them. Some players believe that the only priority of playing Bloodborne (or any competitive game for that matter) should be to win, whatever the cost. Many believe that the boundaries of what they are willing to do shift depending on their opponent's decisions. As a player, you are free to make your own decisions about your own behavior. (See the discussions below for more info about PvP rules controversy)


(PvP)
There are no formal rules to be followed in PvP. Players may accept or forgo any advantage to have an experience which is most fun for them. Some advantages commonly abandoned include:

  • Summoning help to fight invaders 2 (or 3) v 1. (ganking)
  • Healing
  • Leaving the match to avoid losing, by quitting the game or using the Silencing Blank
  • Attacking players while they bow

 

(Co op)

  • Hosts, please remember your bell will continue to summon people, so do not go afk once you have rung the bell.
  • Guests, IF the Host is afk, either wait for him or use your silencing blank to return to your own world.
  • Hosts, if you wish to wait for another Guest, please try to signal it to the summoned player you already have. You can either message him through PSN or use some gestures.

 

Bloodborne Online Co-Operative Play

Finding Online Players bloodborne_coop_small.png
Messengers will aid your cause:

    • You may ring a Beckoning Bell to become the host to a maximum of 2 "Guest" players who have rung their Small Resonant Bell.
      • The Beckoning Bell becomes available after you gain 1 Insight, the Small Resonant Bell requires you to gain 1 Insight.
    • You may determine a specific "code-word" of up to 8 alphanumerical characters to be matched with people using the same "code-word" - Only in cooperative play.
    • You Must be standing near the summoner, (someone at a Lantern can't summon you if you stand at the boss gate, etc..)
    • You will spawn at the exact position you left your world at, so don't stand in an area where enemies gather, (considering the host didn't kill them, they will attack you when you spawn).
    • Your health gets shortened by 30% when you are in someone's world.
    • Blood Vials and Bullets don't refill when you return to your world.

 

  • Up to three players can group up together online, with the objective being to defeat the boss in the area (guest players receive a word upon success).
  • A game is started when the host player uses the “Beckoning Bell” item to call other hunters. Likewise, the guest players use the “Small Resonant Bell” item to join another person's game. Once connected, the host and guests play together in the host's game.
  • All sessions will end if the host dies, but if a guest dies it will only end the session for that particular player. A “Silencing Blank” can be used by guests to retreat back to their own world, or the host can use it to send away any summoned guests.
  • Matchmaking is done automatically, but passwords can be set to ensure the right players group together as needed. Passwords can be up to eight characters and are only used for co-op play.
  • If you have entered the game from Rest Mode on the PS4 you may need to restart the game before co-op will work. Restarting the game forces a new connection with the servers which may help eliminate issues when joining co-op games.
  • Certain oaths prevent coop playing. Vilebloods will not summon Executioners and vice versa - at least the chance of being summoned will be very low. If you can't summon your friend, check your oath runes. As far as I understand the hunter oath is not preventing any coop play. (This has been tested and refers to Chalice Dungeons). If a Vileblood, does summon an Executioner (s)he will be summoned as an adversary and PvP will follow. PvP will not apply in chalice dungeons (all but sinister ones) as invasions are only possible in sinister chalices. Therefore Vilebloods and Executioners can't "coop" in chalice dungeons.
  • As of Patch 1.05, If a player uses the Beckoning Bell or Small Resonant Bell while using a password, it will be clearly indicated that a password is in use
  • As of Patch 1.05, If the level difference between the host and the guest when matched using a password is large, the guest's stats will be adjusted to match the host's.

 

PvP Play

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Player-versus-Player, or PvP matches are one-on-one bouts that take place in pre-determined areas, where the host's boss also has to be alive. The player being invaded is the host, while the aggressor is the guest.

    • You may ring a Sinister Resonant Bell to become a hostile guest in another host's world or you may be summoned by a Chime Maiden. Up to two hostile guests are allowed.
    • PvP play ends when the host/guest is defeated and the host/guest receives a reward.
  • A match is started when the guest uses the “Sinister Resonant Bell” item to invade a user's game. The host has either started a co-op session or used a Sinister Resonant Bell as well to trigger the appearance of a Bell Ringing Woman. The guest proceeds to invade the host's game, and the two will duke it out.
  • A match is also started when a person of an opposing covenant is summoned. E.g. Vilebloods vs Executioner & 'blood addled' hunters (appears to be random chance) vs Hunters of Hunters
  • The rules are simple. The host can be invaded when they're in areas with the Bell Ringing Woman, who normally appear either as part of co-op play or when a Sinister Resonant Bell is used (though there are occasionally areas where she's just present in general from the start). A guest can return back to their own game once they've defeated the host (or have been defeated by the host). Killing the host will grant them a reward.
  • A pvp session will also end if the host enters a boss room, or if the invading guest player uses a Silencing Blank to return to their own world. Hosts can not use the Silencing Blank to send away invaders.


Notes:

  • When a player rings a Sinister Resonant Bell in an area where the boss has already been defeated, no Bell Ringer Woman will apparently be summoned into that players game, thereby reducing (or even completely eliminating; needs confirmation) the chance to host a PvP match. Furthermore, Bell Ringing Women automatically present in certain areas, will also cease to appear when the boss of that area is defeated, once again drastically reducing the chance to host PvP matches.

 

Online Play Rewards

Online sessions will last until a boss is defeated by the co-operative group, or until the host or invader is vanquished in a PvP match or by an enemy or the boss.
Regular Online Play rewards:

  • Insight Points
    • One for killing host
    • One for killing invader
    • One for killing summoned phantom
  • Blood Echoes
    • For killing Invader: 30% of the blood echoes it takes the invader to level up (Tested)
    • For killing Host: 10% of the blood echoes it takes the host to level up (Tested)
    • For killing Summoned Phantom: Needs testing, presumably 10% of the blood echoes it takes the summon to level up


Please See Covenants for specific covenant-member rewards.

Asynchronous Multiplayer

Bloodborne also has asynchronous online element. Players can leave hints and messages for other players in other game worlds. Graves are erected where players have fallen in the game world, and touching them replays how they died. And players can see phantom images of other players running around in the same areas for a limited amount of time. So it's essentially Demon's Souls and Dark Souls in this area.

Chalice Dungeon

Chalice Dungeons are split into two types: normal and randomly generated. Both can be played offline and online, but random ones require connecting to the internet once in order to connect to a server and download data. Players' Chalice Dungeons can be publicly accessible and shared online.

Bloodborne Updates

An update will go live on release day, which will include online optimizations, enhanced game performance and usability, and a few other things. See Patches for more information.

Bloodborne & Playstation Plus

Sony clarifies that PlayStation Plus is required for co-op and player-versus-player, but not required for downloading updates and getting the necessary data to generate a Chalice Dungeon.

Features

Multiplayer Interaction Need PS+?
Online Multiplayer Yes
Asynchronous Network Play Yes
Online Dungeon Share Yes
Updates No
Dungeon Data No

Memoirs

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Memoirs are notes left by other hunters in the world, asynchronous tips for your playthrough

Illusions

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Illusions are spectral appearances from other hunters, that may give you hints as to how to proceed. These kinds of projections may be other players in their worlds in real-time or specifically coded ghosts to guide you in the right direction

Portraits

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Portraits of other player's deaths can be seen by touching their graves, that mark the spot at which they were defeated.

 

Online Play Items

 

Multiplayer Items

 

Multiplayer Items in Bloodborne are those used to connect to, interact or communicate with other players.

Item Name Use Acquired

beckoning_bell.pngBeckoning Bell

Summon another player into your game, you become the “host.” Messengers next to doll in Hunter's Dream after you obtain 1 Insight.

old_hunter_bell.pngOld Hunter Bell

Allows players to summon an allied NPC at Old Hunters locations. Pick up from steps of Hunter's Dream after you obtain 1 Insight.

small_resonant_bell.pngSmall Resonant Bell

Join another player's game, becoming a “guest.” Messengers after you obtain 1 Insight. (since 1.05)

sinister_bell.pngSinister Resonant Bell

Used to invade another Hunter's world. Messengers after you obtain 1 Insight and buy Small Resonant Bell. (since 1.05)

silencing_blank.pngSilencing Blank

Abandon a co-op session.
Dismiss guests from your world.
Messengers after you obtain 1 Insight.

notebook.pngNotebook

Write a note, or read a note left by another player. Messengers on the first visit to Hunter's Dream.

vileblood_register.pngVileblood Register

Multiplayer scoreboard. Chest next to the shortcut lift in Cainhurst Castle.

league_staff.jpgLeague Staff

Multiplayer scoreboard. Obtained from Valtr consuming 1 Vermin.




    • Anonymous

      18 Jun 2020 19:03  

      I’m wondering if anybody shares my opinion on a few things I want to mention about invasions. First of all I absolutely love the setup of invading a player only if they have summons because it encourages you to work harder to make a stronger build that can take on multiple players. I love this setup so much but on the opposite end I despise the hosts ability to kill the bell maiden and disable invasions for the entire co op session. Let me explain though, in demons souls and dark souls 1 invasions against single hosts was so common it was for the most part too easy to make a powerful character and abuse the invasion system so in Bloodborne they made serious tweaks to this formula and made it only possible to invade a player (outside of the nightmares) when they had help. So there you have it, single host gets left alone and hosts who are summoning risk invaders it’s perfectly balanced but for some reason they just HAD to throw in that extra F you to invaders by letting the host kill the maiden instead of spawning them out of bounds so invasions are consistently possible during co op.

      • Anonymous

        16 Jun 2020 01:05  

        Is anyone else disappointed that there are no areas specifically built for pvp? I know the players have made fight clubs in chalice dungeons (and good on you for that) but I was surprised that there was no battle of stoicism equivalent or something like that.

        • Anonymous

          19 Apr 2020 19:11  

          do u absolutely suck at this game??? do u need an elite gamer to babysit your scrub butt because its to hard for u??? well then... i introduce you to kurt_ZeUs (my psn), a ludwigs wielding hunter that will turn ALL ur enemies into mush... im quiet famous player in the bloodborne community, and already getting messages every day by ppl asking for help, and now i offer my skills to u. coop only

          • Anonymous

            15 Oct 2019 11:41  

            I'll probably be on all week. Very experienced. If you need some help or want to get spanked in PvP, let me know. PSN ID: Feels64

            • Anonymous

              18 Jun 2019 01:21  

              Anyone know if the DLC (being a Nightmare) functions the same way as in the Nightmare realm in the base game?

              • 11 Feb 2019 00:16  

                “Summoning help to fight invaders 2 (or 3) v 1. (ganking)” *Long Sigghhhhhhhhh* Listen, I’m not gonna go offline solely to appeal to people that complain about “ganking.” I play online for co-op and I’m already not gonna disconnect if I get invaded, but don’t give me ***** points for summoning a friend that can actually PvP to aid me.

                • Anonymous

                  01 Feb 2019 03:38  

                  Does anyone know how to invade ones world as a hunter that is able to kill the host without invading? I know its impurity. But what rune has the other person must wear?

                  • Anonymous

                    18 Jan 2019 16:28  

                    Greetings, honorable hunters! Should you have a need for co-operator, leave a message to eve_riot_. May the good blood guide your way.

                    • Anonymous

                      10 Jan 2019 16:05  

                      The Old Hunters actually have a "sign", seemingly giving their bells to the messagers. That could've been how getting summoned worked instead of what we got, where you're given the option to give your resonate bell to your messagers, basically putting down a "sign" like in Dark Souls. You could also still have the option to use the current system of summoning as well. Same could've gone for the sinister bell.

                      • Anonymous

                        20 Dec 2018 07:29  

                        I’ve done coop with my lower level friend and realized I was only doing base damage was this intentional or a glitch?

                        • Anonymous

                          10 Sep 2018 23:11  

                          Does Online play still work? I'm trying to play online with a friend but none of my bells are working, yet I have everything set up correctly.

                          • Anonymous

                            31 Mar 2018 00:06  

                            Bloodborne was never designed for PvP and this was made very clear by the removal of a red sign soapstone type item that existed in Souls, it's absolutely baffling how people come to a game not designed for PvP solely to PvP in it, then complain about it regardless. Bloodborne invasions are designed for players to seek the best gems etc to be able to take on 2-3 people at once which is the standard invasion because of the way the multiplayer is set up. This is what gives you a satisfying PvP experience in this game, not honourable player made meta duels that the souls games mixed better with.

                            • Anonymous

                              14 Mar 2018 10:15  

                              With the PS+ dl I was hoping for a strong online community for pvp. Unfortunately Bloodborne pvp is terrible. Just about the only way to invade is to jump into a gank. 20 heals is a lot of chugging. Lame.

                              • Anonymous

                                07 Mar 2018 05:55  

                                So, earlier today I was hanging with friend and playing, doing co-op with all the new players thanks to PS+ giving it out. At one point I quit out the game to show my step-father a different game and then came back, when I came back online and hit continue on my character, it greeted me with the message 'Lost Connection to Network. Returning to Title Menu'.
                                From my hour or two spent using methods to try and get online play back to working, I found nothing that works, so if anyone might have some helpful advice for a Fellow Hunter, it would be much appreciated.

                                • Anonymous

                                  20 Jan 2018 19:16  

                                  My bad but coop sucks. Your items aren't replenished when you're done AND it doesn't advance your own playthrough. So to coop you either have to be a mindless slash and mash guy or stacks like crazy... where's the fun in that ? Last time I saw so many farms I was on Farmville.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    14 Dec 2017 01:51  

                                    need op help on laurence asap if youre on psn add me please Lassariot the bl range would be roughly 36-102 to join me

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