Bloodborne is a horror action RPG bloodbath that takes place in medieval victorian times. There are a number of very foul and evil enemies that you have to fight past and you complete quests, but don’t worry there is a great arsenal of weapons that you have at your disposal. The creativity behind the Bloodborne weapons arsenal is great. You have enough blades and guns to deal death to any undead demons that cross your path.
When you first visit Hunters Dream, you can choose from the Saw Cleaver, the Threaded Cane, or the Hunter Axe to be one of your primary weapons. Out of all the 3, the Saw Cleaver gives you the best killing ability during the early parts of the game. It lets you attack the enemies at a high speed, but inflicts on them considerable and deadly damage. Although it doesn’t have the power of the Hunter Axe to knock down your opponents, you can still use a gun to stun them instead, giving you time to inflict as much damage as possible with the Saw Cleaver.
When you’re using the Saw Cleaver in Bloodborne, your stunning your enemies just from a normal attack. Its also fast enough to get back in for more attacks before the monster has time to counterattack. Is one of the great melee weapons and allows you to run into a group of enemies, and just start a wave of fast attacks. As long as you don’t run out of stamina your speed will see them die before they have a chance to fight back. To extend the reach of the Saw Cleaver, you can hit the L1 button to switch to the extended reach mode. This gives you the ability to reach enemies who are using similar long range weapons and stop yourself from getting hurt.
For those moments in Bloodborne when you need a little bit more extra damage, the Hunter Axe is one of your weapons of choice. Its much slower than the Saw Cleaver or the Threaded Cane, but it sure makes up for it with its devastating damage infliction and stopping power. If you use the fully charged charge attack alongside the Hunter Axe’s long form, there are very few enemies you can’t knock down. You get plenty of range from the double swing of the charge attack too, allowing you to stay out of harms way when you’re attacking a group of baddies.
Early on in the game, your best to be fully equipped with the Hunter Axe and the Saw Cleaver. You can use the Saw Cleaver for short form attacks with the R1 button to take down enemies faster. Anytime that you go face to face with a larger enemy you can make the switch over to the Hunter Axe and use the charge attack in either long or short form, depending on how many demons you’re going head to head with. Make sure that you pick your moments with the Hunter Axe, to maximise its slow attack speed.
Ludwig’s Holy Blade
You need 20,000 Blood Echoes to be able to purchase the Holy Blade. You can get it from the Fountain Merchant in Hunter’s Dream, and while it might be a large amount of Blood Echoes for such an early part of the game, it makes for one of the great weapons to level up from the Saw Cleaver. You should wait till you’ve leveled up too, before purchasing the Holy Blade, to allow you the best use of it. Although Ludwig’s Holy Blade isn’t as fast as the Saw Cleaver, it is faster than the Hunter Axe.
The Holy Blade isn’t much help when it comes to distance attacks in Bloodborne, you should still use the long attack with the Hunter Axe for that. The Holy Blade does give you the advantage of attack varieties. The normal R1 attack allows you to make a slashing cut, while the short form charge attack is instead a thrust attack. The long form attack is considered as blunt damage. This is when you sheath the sword. Since there are changes in the way that enemies respond to these different type of attacks, it means you have an answer for almost all monster situations.
The repeating pistol uses 2 quicksilver bullets every time you fire it off. The pistol has nearly unmatched stopping power, and will knock over most of your enemies with ease. It will stop larger enemies dead in their tracks. The Repeating Pistol in Bloodborne is meant as one of the all round stopping weapons for every enemy in the game, even in later stages it will stop them for a brief moment. There are more powerful guns in the game than the Repeating Pistol, but its the speed of its shot that it really excels at. You just have to make sure that you carry enough ammunition to keep it stocked up.
Definitely one of the most unique weapons in the Bloodborne, the Tonitrus ticks all the right boxes. You can use Bolt attack with it, without having to use Bolt paper. You can increase the Bolt attack by equipping it with Bolt related Blood Gems and this means you don’t have to sacrifice your physical damage like you do with other weapons. You can also increase the damage by levelling up your skill and strength. The tonitrus makes for a good replacement to the Saw Cleaver. It can be used to attack just as fast as the Saw Cleaver, but doesn’t have the range that the Hunter Blade has. The main advantage to using the Tonitrus is its ability to create damage with its built in Bolt attack power.
You can’t access the Burial Blade on your first playthrough with Bloodborne, but depending on how you complete the game, you are able to buy it from the Bath Messenger shop when you start a new game+ adventure. The Burial Blade is a cross between the Holy Sword, and the Hunter Axe. It is designed with the same speed as the Holy Sword, but has the stopping power of the Hunter Axe. When you use the Burial Blade in its long form it has the same sort of reach as the Hunter Axe too. The Burial Blade is part of an Arcane stat. Increasing your own Arcane level will power up the attack of the blade too. Better still, some of the damage that is inflicted by using the Burial Blade will be considered part of an arcane attack. This works well against enemies that are weak to that type of stat.