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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has secret character customisation. In order to unlock a lot of the options, you need to get your hands on the Hair Apparent books, all of which are numbered using Roman numerals like Hair Apparent V. While you always play as the enchanting Miriam, you can actually do a lot more with the way she looks than you would initially think.

After meeting Todd (a Killer Barber who isn’t a killer), you’ll be able to sit down and change your hairstyle, as well as hair, skin,and eye colour. It’s a strange place to keep the customisation, but who are we to judge.

In order to unlock new hairstyles, you need to find the Hair Apparent books, which we'll be going over in this guide.

Hair Apparent I

Found within the Dian Cecht Cathedral just before the Craftwork Boss at the bottom of a room.

Hair Apparent II

Found within the Dian Cecht Cathedral but you have to go through the Oriental Sorcery Lab to actually get to it.

Hair Apparent III

A reward for completing ‘Avenge the death of Dan!’ for Lindsay. You have to kill 3 Wolfman to complete it.

Hair Apparent IV

A reward for giving Susie some cookies as part of her side quests.

Hair Apparent V

Doesn’t exist. For some reason, this book seems to be Hair Apparent XII, and if it’s a deep cut (get it) then I don’t get it.

Hair Apparent VI

At the bottom of the first portion of the Towers of Twin Dragons. There are five collapsing gold platforms to go down. Make your way left at the bottom to grab this.

Hair Apparent VII

After gaining the Invert Shard, head back to Towers of Twin Dragons. In the upper portion of the first tower, you need to head to the bottom. You will see two green chests on otherwise unreachable platforms, the one on the right has this.

Hair Apparent VIII

You can find this in the Oriental Sorcery Lab, in the upper left of the room with the big cat enemy.

Hair Apparent IX

Gained as a reward for completing ‘In Memory of Edith’ for Abigail.

Hair Apparent X

As you explore the bell towers of Dian Cecht Cathedral you will reach the room directly above where you got Hair Apparent I. If you break the floor here, you can drop down into a secret area that has Hair Apparent X.  

Hair Apparent XI

In the room above the Fast Travel room just before the boss fight in the Hall of Extermination.

Hair Apparent XII

In the left-hand open area of the Galleon Minerva. You need to use the Invert Shard and go to the top-right of the screen to grab this.

That's every Hair Apparent location in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Now you can live your dreams of having perfect hair no matter how many demons you fight. Make sure to head over to our Bloodstained guides list to sort out any other issues you're having too. 

Bloodstained Ritual Of The Night: How to Farm Gold Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:13:25 -0400 Ty Arthur

Never seem to have enough gold on hand in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night? It's a resource that's readily available, but you need to spend some time hitting the same locations over and over to get rich quick. You've got to farm gold, baby.

The best method we've found involves hitting a series of breakable objects in rapid succession that respawn when you leave the room. This is a much better route than taking on enemies that have a chance to drop gold, as they will also often drop other items that aren't as useful.

Ready to roll in the cash? Let's get started by looking at what items and shards you need to make this method work.

Farming Gold Using Accelerator 

Augment Gold passive shard in Bloodstained menu.

No matter where you farm, it's critical to place Augment Gold as your passive shard (crafted from Augment Luck) so higher value money bags drop more frequently. You may also want to equip the Gambler's Ring as one of your accessories to increase your luck on drop rates.

From there, equip the Accelerator as your manipulative shard, which lets you move very quickly and deal damage along the way to break objects. With this loadout, you will get either 100, 500, 1,000, or 2,000 gold piece bags every time you hit statues or light sources in the locations listed below.

Finally, make sure to equip Gebel's Glasses. This accessory has a really cryptic description saying "a reminder of days now lost," but what that description doesn't mention is that Miriam doesn't run out of MP while wearing them.

This means you can effectively use Accelerator forever. Without the glasses, the statues may drop MP items instead of gold. To get the glasses, you need to acquire 100% of the available shards and then open the chest at Johannes's workshop in Arvantville. 

What should you do if you don't have Gebel's Glasses yet or haven't acquired the Accelerator? You can also use the Spiked Breastplate to farm these same locations, but it will take significantly longer as you won't move as fast.

Note that you can also use either Nectar or Lemonade to increase Miriam's MP regen, which isn't quite as effective as Gebel's Glasses but is still better than nothing when you are constantly spamming the Accelerator.

Best Accelerator Gold Farming Locations

There are three main places to farm gold with the Accelerator that work very well.

The best is easily in the two short cavern passageway rooms found side by side in the Forbidden Underground Waterway (the two small blue rooms on the map just below the red save point room).

There are three lights in both rooms: one on the wall, and two on the ground. You can hit them endlessly in rapid succession just by using Accelerator to run back and forth.

With this area, it's possible to net several hundred thousand gold in a matter of minutes with a little persistence.

 Two statues on either side of the room always drop money

The second area is a little slower and is found back near the beginning of the game in a room with four statues.

By using Accelerator, you can break all four statues then leave the room through the left side and immediately re-enter (don't use the right side as the door gets in the way). It takes about two seconds or less to clear the room and then repeat the process. 

The third area is in the Tower of the Twin Dragons where you also perform this same trick on a room with three lights. Take the elevator from the top floor down to the second floor of the Tower. In the next room, break the three lights to get the gold drop, then exit and re-enter to do it again and again.

Have you found any other great gold farming spots that we missed? Let us know your favorite gold farming method in the comments below, and check out our other Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night guides here:

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night - How to Get the Oriental Sorcery Lab Chest in Mon, 01 Jul 2019 15:59:46 -0400 Ty Arthur

Like any great platformer, ode to castle-storming games of yesteryear Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night features a number of items you can only acquire through extensive backtracking after unlocking new abilities.

One particularly vexing chest can be plainly seen, but you won't be able to pick it up until much, much later on in the game.

Astute players have probably already noticed the Oriental Sorcery Lab chest under the bridge near a stranded man. Can't quite reach the chest yet? You'll need to grab a shard from a late game boss first!

How To Reach The Oriental Sorcery Lab Chest

To access the chest, you need the Dimension Shift ability acquired by defeating the penultimate boss before the very last boss in the entire game.

If you haven't done so already, go fight Gremory in the Glacial Tomb after the Den Of Behemoths (make sure to use Zangetsuto as your weapon for extra critical hits against Gremory).

When you've got the Dimension Shift shard, head back to the Oriental Sorcery Lab and use your new ability to pass through the barrier directly to the chest.

Having trouble getting this ability to properly activate? 

To use Dimension Shift and move through the wall, you have to actually aim your movement with the orb of light first -- like with the Reflector Ray ability - rather than just pressing the button Dimension Shift was bound to (if you are using a controller, you aim with the right stick).

If you just tap the button, nothing happens and the Dimension Shift ability doesn't actually activate.

Note that when you have the Dimension Shift shard, you can also reach the treasure chest in the Tower Of Twin Dragons to acquire the The Valkyrie Sword.

Having trouble with Gremory or need help finding any other hidden areas of the game? Pop us off a comment below and then check out our other Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night guides here:

Bloodstained Imbrued Fang: Where it is and What it Does Sun, 30 Jun 2019 10:53:25 -0400 Jason Coles

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is full to the coffin lid with secrets. There are secret areas, bosses, and abilities, but there are also a few secret items worth chasing down, one of which is the Imbrued Fang.

The Imbrued Fang is a crucial component of one of the most powerful weapons in the game, the Rhava Velar which is the upgraded form of the Rhava Bural.

Getting both of these items to drop requires a bit of luck though, so get ready to farm.

How to get the Imbrued Fang in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

To get the Imbrued Fang, you need to get ready to beat up a slot machine.

First, you need to grab the Millionaire's Key from the Den of Behemoths. This is a late game area, so make sure you prepared. It's fairly high up in the room as you can see below, so just use invert to go and grab it.

Once you have the key, it's time to unlock the door and fight the Millionaire's Bane in the Hall of Terminus. The Imbrued Fang has a chance to drop during the boss fight in this room, so just boost your luck up nice and high and go wild.

You can fight this boss as much as you want, so don't worry if you don't get it first try. It's also next to a save point, which makes it great for farming in general.

How to Use the Imbrued Fang

The Imbrued Fang is used in crafting arguably the best melee weapon in the game, the Rhava Velar.

The Rhava Velar doesn't do much damage, but the attack speed is like nothing else in the game. This means it can dole out critical hits at a far higher rate. 

To craft it, you need 4 Rhava Bular, 1 Crimsonite, 1 Imbrued Fang, and 4 Sharp Razor.

You can get the Rhava Bular and Sharp Razor from Killer Barbers in the Dian Cécht Cathedral, and Crimsonite from Ninjas in the Oriental Sorcery Lab. Again, these are random drops, so it's a good idea to have your luck as high as possible. 

Once you've got all of those items, you can now craft the mighty Rhava Velar, which might seem weak on paper, but is an absurd weapon in reality.

That's all there is to know about the Imbrued Fang, make sure to check out our other Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night guides if you're looking for any other answers.

Where to Find Strawberries in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Sun, 30 Jun 2019 10:26:36 -0400 John Schutt

Strawberries are a major ingredient in several confectionery recipes in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. That means knowing where to find them and how to farm them is essential if you want to eat every dish the game has to offer.

Use this guide to discover what enemy drops strawberries, where they are, and the easiest method of collecting them.

Where to Find Strawberries

The enemy that drops strawberries, the Celaeno, lives in two areas:

The Tower of the Twin Dragons

The Bridge of Evil

The trick with the Bridge of Evil is, you can only farm the Celaenos there after you've gone through the bridge encounter with Zangetsu, and even then, if they don't drop a strawberry, you'll have to reload the area. 

How to Farm Strawberries

First of all, maximize your Luck stat via:

  • Improve LCK shards
  • Whatever your best Luck gear is
  • The Fortune Tome from O.D.
  • The Gambler's Ring and Plunderer's Ring

Now, the easiest way to farm strawberries in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is to head to the fast travel point in the Tower of the Twin Dragons, then head into the first room and immediately drop down.

There are two Celaeno demons in the large room filled with spinning gears, but to start the farm, go to the level pictured above, exit the room and immediately reenter.

One Celaeno will fly toward you. Kill it, then leave the room again and reenter as before. Do this as many times as it takes to grab all the strawberries you need. 

Strawberry Drop in the Tower of Twin Dragons

Strawberry Drop on the Bridge of Evil

If you're looking for additional info on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, be sure to check out any of the other great guides below.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - All Shards Location Guide Mon, 24 Jun 2019 11:10:48 -0400 Jason Coles

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is out now and it is full to the brim with strange abilities for you to absorb into your body via shards. Nearly every monster in the game has something to offer you, you just have to be willing to put in the time to farm them, either that or be incredibly lucky.

In order to help you figure out which ones you are missing, we've put together this list of the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Shard locations just for you. A couple of these repeat, but that's because they can be dropped by different monsters. 

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Shard Locations 

Shard Name Monster Location
Cerulean Splash Seama Galleon Minerva
Flame Cannon Cannon Morte Galleon Minerva, Arvantille, Entrance
Gale Crawler Aello Galleon Minerva. Arvantille, Entrance
Summon Ghost Ghost  Galleon Minerva, Entrance 
Head Flair Dullahammer Galleon Minerva 
Summon Rat Giant Rat  Arvantille 
Bone Toss Bone Morte  Arvantille, Entrance 
Summon Bat Bat Arvantille, Entrance, Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Summon Gieremund Gieremund  Entrance, Dian Cécht Cathedral 
Heretical Grinder Blood Grinder Knight  Entrance, Garden of Silence 
Sword Expertise Sabnock Entrance 
Fly Trap Moco Weed  Garden of Silence 
Release Toad Toad  Garden of Silence, Forbidden Underground Waterway
Summon Plume Parma Plume Parma  Garden of Silence 
True Arrow Barbatos  Entrance, Garden of Silence 
Familiar: Carabosse Carabosse Garden of Silence 
Summon Simian Simian  Garden of Silence, Dian Cécht Cathedral 
Alchemic Bounty Zagan  Garden of Silence 
Welcome Party Poltergeist  Galleon Minerva, Dian Cécht Cathedra, Towers of Twin Dragons, Livre Ex Machina 
Acid Jet Ordog  Garden of Silence, Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Petra Ray Gargoyle  Garden of Silence, Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Dagger Expertise Killer Barber  Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Augment INT Demon  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Livre Ex Machina, Forbidden Underground Waterway
Summon Buer Buer  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Bridge of Evil, Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Riga Stroaema Nyabon  Entrance, Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Summon Insect Scythe Mite Towers of Twin Dragons 
Familiar: Dullahammer Head Dullahammer Head  Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Summon Buer Buer Armor Garden of Silence, Towers of Twin Dragons, Forbidden Waterway 
Beast Guardian Wolfman  Towers of Twin Dragons 
Resist Thunder Thunder Elemental Livre Ex Machina 
Firearm Expertise Carriage Morte Livre Ex Machina, Bridge of Evil 
Familiar: Dantalion Dantalion  Livre Ex Machina 
Sacred Shade Rul'sha  Livre Ex Machina 
Circular Ripper Decarabia  Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Summon Shovel Armor Shover Armor  Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Resist Petrification Malediction  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Livre Ex Machina
Teps Oceus Celaeno Towers of Twin Dragons, Bridge of Evil 
Directed Shield Shield Outsider Dian Cécht Cathedral, Towers of Twin Dragons
Resist Strike Puppy  Bridge of Evil, Underground Sorcery Lab 
Bunnymorphosis Lili  Bridge of Evil 
Flying Dagger Assassin  Bridge of Evil 
Draconic Rage Dragon  Livre Ex Machina 
Resist Curse Kunekune  ??? 
Resist Poison Poison Toad  Towers of Twin Dragons, Underground Sorcery Lab, Forbidden Underground Waterway, Hidden Desert 
Healing Sidhe  Underground Sorcery Lab 
Bolide Blast Bomber Morte  Underground Sorcery Lab 
Money is Power Mimic  Livre Ex Machina, Underground Sorcery Lab 
Resist Light Light Elemental  Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Optimizer Ocypete  Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Death Cry Cyhyraeth  Entrance, Garden of Silence, Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Summon Chair Chair Mimic  Livre Ex Machina, Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Chaser Arrow Leraje  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Livre Ex Machina 
Familiar: Bloodbringer Bloodbringer  Entrance, Dian Cécht Cathedral, Hall of Termination 
Spear Expertise Lance Armor  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Livre Ex Machina 
Upbeat Heat Tamako-Death  Livre Ex Machina 
Familiar: Buer Triwheel Buer  Livre Ex Machina, Hall of Termination 
Kick Expertise Gamigin  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Hall of Termination 
Augment MND Titania  Livre Ex Machina, Hall of Termination 
Throwing Axe Axe Outsider  Livre Ex Machina, Hall of Termination 
Resist Slash Scylla  Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Va Ischa Forneus  Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Aqua Stream  Deeseama Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Summon Water Leaper Water Leaper  Forbidden Underground Waterway, Hidden Desert 
Amphibian Speed Glashtyn Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Detective's Eye Seeker  Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Words of Wisdom Archdemon  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Forbidden Underground Cathedral 
Lethargy Amy  Hidden Desert 
Augment CON Allocer  Hidden Desert 
Tis Raiff Vul'sha  Hidden Desert 
Resist Thrust Living Fossil  Hidden Desert 
Resist Strike Rocky  Hidden Desert 
Resist Dark Dark Elemental  Secret Sorcery Lab
Whip Expertise Lamashtu  Secret Sorcery Lab 
Toxic Storm Macaron  Underground Sorcery Lab, Secret Sorcery Lab, Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Red Remembrance Blood Bug  Inferno Cave 
Resist Fire Fire Elemental  Inferno Cave 
Flamethrower Volcano Morte  Inferno Cave 
Summon Hellhound Hellhound Inferno Cave 
Throw Spear Zepar  Hidden Desert, Inferno Cave 
Augment LCK Deathtrap  Inferno Cave, Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Pick Pocket Gusion  Livre Ex Machina, Underground Sorcery Lab, Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Augment STR Gaap  Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Petra Breath Haagenti  Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Tornado Slicer Kamikaze  Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Shuriken Ninja  Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Fly Trap Giant Moco  Den of Behemoths 
Summon Bat Giant Bat  Den of Behemoths 
Release Toad Giant Toad  Den of Behemoths 
Flame Cannon Giant Cannon  Den of Behemoths 
Familiar: Buer Giant Buer  Den of Behemoths 
Firearm Expertise Chariot Buer  Den of Behemoths 
Drain Marbas  Den of Behemoths 
Feral Claws Silver Wolfman  Den of Behemoths 
Void Ray Abyssal Guardian  Livre Ex Machina, Den of Behemoths 
Accelerator Harrier  Den of Behemoths 
Resist Ice Ice Elemental  Glacial Tomb 
Summon Tracer Tracer  Glacial Tomb 
Firearm Expertise Gusion Cannon  Glacial Tomb 
Ace Strike G Axe Outsider  Glacial Tomb 
Fald Ciu Demon Lord  Glacial Tomb 
Summon 8-Bit Zombie Eight Bit Zombie   8-Bit Nightmare 
Summon 8-Bit Ghost Eight Bit Ghost 8-Bit Nightmare  
8-Bit Fireball Eight Bit Skull 8-Bit Nightmare  
8-Bit Flame Eight Bit Overlord  8-Bit Nightmare  
Chisel Barrage  Master Carpenter   Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Ruinous Rood Revenant  Garden of Silence 
Jackpot Millionaire's Bane  Hall of Termination 
Thrashing Tentacle  Vepar  Galleon Minerva 
Craftwork Craftwork  Dian Cécht Cathedral
Double Jump Andrealphus  Livre Ex Machina 
Inferno Breath Valac  Towers of Twin Dragons 
Hammer Knuckle Glutton Train  Bridge of Evil 
Reflector Ray Bathin  Underground Sorcery Lab 
Blood Steal  Bloodless Dian Cécht Cathedral 
Shadow Tracer Doppelganger  Secret Sorcery Lab 
Invert Orabas  Inferno Cave 
Gold Bullet Valefar  Den of Behemoths 
Dimension Shift Gremory Glacial Tomb 
Standstill Orlok Dracule  Glacial Tomb 


That's every shard you can get from the incredibly varied monsters in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

If you're struggling to get one of these to drop, it's worth upping your luck stat and pushing through. Good luck on your adventure, and if you need more help check out our other Bloodstained guides here on GameSkinny. 

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Early Game Battlemage Build Mon, 24 Jun 2019 10:38:14 -0400 John Schutt

There are many build options available in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Whether you stack pure physical damage and resistance for a tank/DPS combo focus on speedy attacks augmented with mobility abilities and protective magic, your biggest hurdle is your imagination.

For my money, however, being a battlemage is the real way to win. A battlemage build feels like it outdoes almost everything else for speed, efficiency, and relative consistency.

Your spells buff both your offensive and defensive capabilities, make quick work of trash mobs, and do respectable damage to bosses. If you’re trying to 100% the game and you want a reliable means of taking down every demon in Gebel’s castle, read on to discover what I think is the best way to do just that.

Finally, before we get into the meat of things, remember that this build guide is structured around the early game and is not necessarily optimized for endgame content or enemies.

Your mileage may vary.

The Best Offense is a Good Sword

When it comes to dealing damage, you want to maximize your uptime as much as possible. If all you’re using is a sword, you have to be in the enemy’s face the whole time and your risk both your own life and being unable to capitalize on your potential DPS.

On the other side of the coin, if your focus purely on spells, you’re liable to run out of MP at exactly the wrong time, leaving yourself defenseless in the face of some big hairy beast.

Battlemages — especially in the early game — don’t have to worry about either problem nearly as much. You can cast spells to soften your foes up then go in for the kill with your weapon of choice.

Speaking of which, I think the sword weapon type is the overall best weapon type in the game. There are a few reasons why:

Swords Have Good Range

While not matching the whip, greatsword, or spear weapon types, they still offer respectable reach and damage to match. You still need to be fairly close to your enemies for the best results, but you’ll be landing hits from within easy dodging distance since the hitbox lingers for a little bit and reaches farther than you might expect.

Swords Have Fast Attack Speed

Swords might not match daggers or boots, but sword attacks are some of the quickest and easiest to consistently land.

You’ll want to upgrade your sword whenever possible, of course, and if you can get your hands on an Ulfbehrt Sword, hang onto it even after it’s no longer your best option. You’ll be able to upgrade it to the Harpe sword once you’ve found the Steel weapons upgrade book.

Of all the early game swords I’ve used, the Harpe is by far the best. It’s also relatively easy to come by and deals respectable damage to almost everything Bloodstained can throw at you.

The Power of Sword Mastery

A passive shard that increases your sword’s damage, plain and simple. The more you upgrade it, the better it becomes, and therefore the harder your sword will hit.

Sword Mastery drops from Sabnock demons, the big lion-headed armored demons with big swords. They’re relatively slow and easy to hit if you know how to deal with them, so farm up a little bit for maximum DPS.

A Better Offense Comes with Spells

Once you’ve maxed out the power of your sword arm, it’s time to add in that extra touch: fire-and-forget Summoning spells. Spells like these — Summon Plume Parma, Summon Shovel Armor, etc. — give you the ability to deal damage through both your magic and through your primary weapon for one specific reason. Stop me if you know what I’m about to say.

These spells, once cast, do damage without needing your direction. They happen, and any additional damage you do is gravy. I find that I can two-shot most mobs in the game with a single casting of both equipped summoning spells, no matter the type. Any foe that doesn’t fall is weak enough that I can care less about my safety and run in and kill them.

Take some time to invest in the Welcome Company spell. You'll get a powerful shield that's low-cost, hits more times in a second than you can, and hits like a truck (for being made of paintings). Again, any way you can stack damage is essential.

Spells trivialize boss fights, too. Many of bosses are fairly mobile yet possess larger hitboxes than most mobs.

All I had to do in most of my fights was to summon my minions and then take pot shots whenever the opportunity presented itself. The combination of magic and physical attack damage made what could have been a multiple-attempt fight into a single fight scenario.

Gear Up to Take ‘em Down

Magic and swords are all well and good, but they can be even more effective if you pair them with the right gear.

As with any battlemage build, your goal with gear isn’t to optimize for any one trait but to empower everything equally.

That means you want workable defense, good strength, and to provide your magic with all the oomph you can muster without stealing your sword’s thunder.

For my early game, I settled on the following loadout. While I don’t much care for the fashion, I couldn’t fault its effectiveness:

  • Harpe (for reasons noted above)
  • Feather Crown for the Mind (and therefore Magic damage)
  • Riding Habit for its Defense boost
  • Unicorn Ring for the Mind increase and overall survivability
  • Thick Glasses for their general stat increases
  • Gunman’s Scarf for some more health and defense

Not an ideal setup, I know.

For only a few hours in, though, I felt like I was taking advantage of my enemies whenever I fought them. Nothing stood a chance, bosses or otherwise.

Note, however, that I use the Unicorn Ring not just for the small stat boosts, but because it’s of its improved healing qualities.

Remember to always have a stock of potions handy. This game has some pretty brutal difficulty spikes depending on where you go when, and being unprepared for a boss is an easy trip back to the save room. Potions won’t win you a fight, but they’ll give you a little time to think before reengaging.

A battlemage is in many ways a student of many things but a master of none. You won’t be one-shotting bosses with a single spell or attack, nor will you always be on the move to maximize survivability. You will, however, have a large set of tools to dig into and experiment with.

I’ve always considered a battlemage build to be a great first playthrough setup because of those tools. Specialization is next to impossible without all the game’s systems at your disposal, so choosing instead to dabble in many things rather than focus on just one seems apropos.

As I and players around the world dig into Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, we’re bound to find both optimal damage — and optimally fun — setups that crack the game wide open. For right now, though, go battlemage.

You won’t regret it.

Check out our other Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night guides, filled with a bunch of great info and plenty of informative guides like these.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - How to Swim Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:32:51 -0400 Jason Coles

Learning how to swim in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a little harder than doing so in real life. That is to say; you can’t merely go ahead and learn how to swim just wearing floaties. 

Instead, you need to be impaled by one of the games many Shards in order to gain the ability to traverse the depths.

While you come across water reasonably early in the game, you don't gain the ability to dive into it until you’re around halfway through Bloodstained. The good news is that you’re about to be told precisely how to gain this ability, so read on.

How to Swim in Bloodstained Ritual of the Night

The shard you’re after is the Aqua Stream Shard. You can get this Shard from one of the first rooms in the castle, but not until you’ve acquired a different ability.

You first need to defeat the Bloodless boss, who you’ll come across as you make your way through the game. She is in the Hall of Termination, which can be found in the Dian Cecht Cathedral.

Defeating her will grant you the Blood Drain Shard, which you need to use on the fountain of blood early on in the castle.

Once you descend below the blood fountain, you’ll eventually come across a big jellyfish enemy, which is the one that drops the Aqua Stream Shard that allows you to swim.

For reference, the map below has the Blood Fountain room circled, with the jellyfish room circled below it. 

You may need to farm the jellyfish in order to get the Shard to drop, but press on, and it’ll eventually be yours. Then you’ll have even more places to explore.

Due to the way you swim underwater, you won't be able to open chests right off the bat, though. To do that, you need to have the Deep Sinker Shard, which can be found within the Hidden Desert area after a boss fight.

You can see where it is on the map below. Once again the Blood Fountain room is circled for reference. The shard itself is past this barrier which disappears once the boss has been defeated. The Deep Sinker Shard lets you move around underwater as though you were on land. This means you can use your abilities and open chests. 

Now that you know how to swim in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, you should head on over to the Bloodstained guides hub where you can learn about all sorts of other useful things. It’ll make this tricky journey far easier to handle.  

Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Millionaire Key Guide Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:00:36 -0400 Ty Arthur

It wouldn't be a 'vania-style platformer if you didn't have to hunt down items in out of the way locations to open up locked doors way back at the beginning of the game. Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night keeps firmly to that tradition with a Millionaire Door that can't be opened until several hours after first finding the Millionaire Key.

Still haven't managed to track down the key? It's hiding up on the ceiling in a very late game area!

Where To Find The Millionaire Key

 Millionaire Key Chest Location In The Den Of Behemoths

This item is found near the end of the game when you gain access to the Den of Behemoths. If you haven't unlocked this area yet, you need to use the zangetsuto blade (earned by defeating Zangetsu) to slice the red moon in half during the boss fight with Gebel.

When you finally reach the Den of Behemoths area, invert the map by pressing down, up, and then the jump button to drop onto the ceiling at the spot indicated in the map above.

From there, invert again so you can stand up and open the chest to get the Millionaire's Key. You can also simply fly up there instead to grab the chest.

That key is then used to open the Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Millionaire Door found in the Hall Of Termination.

Unfortunately, just like with the silver bromide chest, this is another element that has apparently been messed up with the 1.02 patch. Some players are finding they either can't get in with the key, or that they are actually able to only open the door without the key.

Considering how far into the game the key is located, this probably isn't an issue where you'll want to uninstall and reinstall the game and then pause the patch installation. Instead, it may be better to just wait for the next patch to fix the problem permanently.

Need help finding any other items or beating any of the game's bosses? Leave us a comment with the location where you're stuck and then be sure to check out our other Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night guides below:

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - How to Find Silver Bromide Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:25:28 -0400 Ty Arthur

As you might expect based on the Castlevania connection, Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night has more than a few hidden items that are difficult to find on your first playthrough. One of which is the silver bromide, which is found in true Castlevania fashion.

Can't seem to find the silver bromide no matter where you look? You've probably already passed by the area where its found and never realized it was waiting in a chest for you the whole time!

Where To Find Silver Bromide

Go to the upper-right corner of the map to enter the Tower of Twin Dragons after acquiring the Double Jump shard. The specific map section you are looking for here is called Livre Ex Machina, and its where you fight the Valac boss.

After the boss fight, jump down the hole in the ground created by the boss (you have to run down part of the tower to see the hole) and find a gold chest containing the silver bromide.

So, what's the point of the bromide? After a bunch of item exchanging, it opens up a new area of the map.

Take the silver bromide to Dominique in Arvantville to get a photo taken. After that, go visit the vampire librarian back in Livre Ex Machina for a passport.

From there, head through the Garden of Silence to the Bridge of Evil and you can now go through the doors to access the next area.

What To Do If The Silver Bromide Chest Is Already Open

Note that there has been a big problem caused by the 1.02 patch that was released after launch. That patch seems to have accidentally opened and emptied all un-opened chests across the game!

If you started your game before that patch was released, you will need to manually create a whole new save file and start over or the chest will be empty every time you enter the room. 

Some players are reporting that still doesn't resolve the issue. In that case, your only option is to fully delete the game, reinstall it, and then pause the 1.02 update so it doesn't download.

At that point you can open the chest, then exit the game and resume the 1.02 update. Presumably this will be fixed with the next patch, so if you see an update named 1.03 or later you should be good to go.


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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Where To Find The Warhorse Key and Door Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:23:43 -0400 Jason Coles

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has many secrets and mysteries hidden within it. There are a plethora of hidden items, breakable walls, rare techniques, and even unique crafting recipes. These secrets pale in comparison to the mystery of where to find the Warhorse Door.

The Warhorse Door can be found in the bottom left of the room with the undead carriage driver, the one where he helps you get across to the other side. This is an area you find quite early on in your journey, and you may well have forgotten all about the door by the time you actually reach the key.

Well, how about instead of you worrying about things, I let you know precisely how to solve this mystery.

Where To Find The Warhorse Door and Warhorse's Key in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

In case you can't remember where the door is, it's specifically in the Garden of Silence, just to the left of the Waypoint there.

The Warhorse's Key, on the other hand, can only be found after you have reached the Glacial Tomb, which is a fair bit into the game.

The easiest way to find the key is to head left from the Glacial Tomb's Waypoint. You need to go in a straight line until you find an enemy in a small room. Crush it, then grab the Warhorse's Key from the chest under it.

Now that you have the key, it’s time to go and open the Warhorse Door. This is where things get tricky.

Inside is a small room with a nasty boss who has 6,666 HP and a lot of dangerous attacks. The best thing to do is to take holy weapons and spells, as they do the most damage. Beat this monstrosity, and you’ll be rewarded with the powerful Ruinous Rood spell.


Hopefully this helped you find your way to the Warhorse's Key to get that pesky door open. If so, check out our other Bloodstained guides here on GameSkinny.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - How To Upgrade Shards Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:31:42 -0400 Jason Coles

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is finally here, and it is a lot of fun. As you make your way through the game, you'll encounter shards, which are dropped from enemies and bosses. These imbue your character with either passive or active abilities, which can be upgraded.

Before getting too far in the game, it's probably worth knowing a bit about the system. So, here is a little guide on how to upgrade shards in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

How To Upgrade Shards In Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Shards are the magical abilities you find as you slaughter your way through the hordes of demons in the game. They can take the form of various skills in a few different categories, but the thing that binds them all together, other than your body, is how they are upgraded. 

Enhancing a shard in bloodstained ritual of the night.

There are two factors to the strength of a shard: the Grade and the Rank


The Grade is the simplest aspect to upgrade, and it is the one that governs the strength of the shard. This increases every time you gain another one of the same shard.

So, if you really want to improve your Fire Cannon, then you need to keep killing Cannon Morte until you have more. This goes for every shard you find. There is an upper limit to this, so you just can't keep going, but you can always sell the excess shards for sweet money. 


The second part of the upgrade system is the Rank. This can be upgraded by chatting to Johannes in the safe house and choosing Enhance Shard.

Here, you use materials you find in the world to improve the behavior of the shards, whether that be by simply making a shard have a larger area of effect, or adding projectiles, for example.

You can find these materials out in the world or buy them from a shop; just don't forget to use them if you like a specific shard. 


That's all there is to know about how to upgrade shards in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. There will be lots of other guides going up on this rather wonderful little indie game though. Be sure to check out our other Bloodstained guides for more tips and tricks. 

How to Beat Zangetsu in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:30:06 -0400 John Schutt

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is, by all rights, a Castlevania game. It just lacks the name. Boss fights are tough, relatively lengthy, and require a certain level of precision to overcome. This is especially true of your first fight against Zangetsu.

Your battle with him is one of the earlier gateway fights: either you beat him, or you don’t progress. This issue isn’t helped by the difficulty spike you’ll feel fighting him.

In this guide, we’ll cover every one of his moves, both of his phases, and a few strategies to counter each. While this article isn’t about builds, there will be some advice at the beginning on what I found most effective.

Zangetsu in Bloodstained Ritual of the Night

How to Beat Zangetsu Part 1: Be Fast and Cautious

Zangetsu is a much more mobile combatant than Miriam, and he makes full use of his boss arena as you fight him.

For me, the best tactic was staying behind and above Zangetsu whenever possible. He has a couple of jumping attacks, but those were slow and easy to see coming (with a few exceptions, noted below).

Your first order of business, even before you enter the fight, is learning how to animation cancel your attacks so you can land two hits for the price of one.

In short, you’ll want to hit the attack button a moment before you hit the ground, then hit it again once you’ve landed. The landing will cancel the animation of the air attack and immediately cause the grounded attack to come out, netting you “free” damage with little risk.

Second, you’ll want to be in Zangestu’s face as much as possible — or more accurately, at his back.

In the first phase, and somewhat in the second, it takes Zangetsu a few extra frames to turn around if he’s grounded. Be aware that with slower weapons, you might only be able to get one or two ground attacks off before Zangetsu counters, so don’t overstay your welcome or you will regret it.

When Zangetsu’s airborne, your best bet is to try and run underneath him, landing behind him and getting a few quick hits in. If your strategy is primarily jump-centric, be aware that his sword’s hitbox is deceptively large. Never assume that his attacks won’t hit you, because you’ll be sent straight back to the save point if you do.

Lastly, use your magic sparingly unless you have a surplus of Ethers. You’ll discover why when we discuss his attack patterns...right now.

How to Beat Zangetsu Part 2: First Phase Attacks

Zangetsu doesn’t have the largest number of attacks, but what he does have are power and speed. Below we’ll look into each move, what it does, and how to either avoid or punish it.

Basic Slash

Usually reserved for when you’re standing right in front of him, Zangetsu’s basic slash isn’t hard to dodge if you know it’s coming, but it is fast. He only uses it consistently if you stay in front of him for too long. If you can predict the slash, a quick hope over his head will give you an opening for one or two hits.

Exploding Kunai

Stay too far from Zangetsu, and he’ll wind up to fire an exploding kunai that travels a moderate distance before detonating. This attack has long starting and recovery periods, so jump over the projectile and get some easy damage in. You’ll know this attack is coming when Zangetsu reaches into his coat, so when you see that, start making your way toward him.

Short-distance Warp

When Zangetsu speaks for a moment and stands very straight, he’s about to do a short-distance Akuma-style warp. The attack makes him invincible, covers about a quarter of the arena, and sometimes ends with a reverse slash to punish players trying to get behind him.

Your best bet is to use this attack as a chance to get over him, but time your jump such that you’ll land after the reverse slash, as this attack is almost immediate once Zangetsu stops warping.

Long-distance Warp

This one is harder to predict, but Zangetsu will speak again, then go into a classic sword-draw stance, followed by a full-screen warp that ends either at the arena wall or with his sword in your face. Of all the attacks in his first phase, this one deals some of the biggest damage, so once you know it’s coming, get up and out of the way.

Guard into Counter

When Zangetsu puts his sword up in front of him and steadies it with his other hand, he’s gone into an auto-counter state. Any physical attack against him will deal no damage, stun you, and leave you wide open for a heavy counter-attack.

The best counter to the counter is magic or ranged attacks. Most projectiles break his guard state and stun him for about a quarter second — just enough time for a second attack.

Grapple into Slam

One of the easiest attacks to punish, when Zangetsu shoots his grappling hook into the ceiling, you’ll want to run underneath him and wait for him to land.

The tricky part is the timing. Move too fast and he’ll turn around at the apex of his grapple. Move too slow and you’ll take a hit. You want him to be at the very peak of his grapple when you’re underneath him to ensure he doesn’t turn around, giving you plenty of time for damage.


This one is liable to catch you at least once because it comes out quickly and without much warning. It's a basic uppercut that leaves Zangetsu hanging in the air for a few seconds; your best strategy against this attack is to stay a moderate distance away from Zangetsu so that when he does use it, it’s not an issue.

Uppercut into Slam

Another one liable to catch you, this attack takes the attack we just talked about and adds a forward moving slam attack that deals some of the harshest damage in the fight. See it coming, though, and it’s a prime opportunity to run underneath Zangetsu and take a few swings at his back before he recovers.


Not an attack so much as it is an emote, Zangetsu will periodically taunt you and leave himself wide open to a few attacks. Don’t waste these opportunities.

Zangetsu showing his fire blade

How to Beat Zangetsu Part 3: Phase 2

Phase 2 of the Zangetsu boss fight is almost a mirror image of Phase 1, except that Zangetsu’s attacks deal Fire element damage, and his slam attacks cause large explosions that increase their damage radius.

The attacks you want to watch out for in this phase are:

Short Distance Warp

In phase 2, every time Zangetsu warps a short distance, he ends the warp with a reverse slash. That leaves him open, so try to be in the air just as the warp is about to end for maximum safety and damage potential.

Any Slam Attack

In phase 2, anytime Zangetsu slams into the ground, he creates a large explosion. This explosion is by far his most damaging attack, and like his sword attacks, it has a deceptively-sized hitbox.

You won’t be able to just run beneath him to avoid these attacks. Instead, you want to be in the air behind Zangetsu to both avoid the shockwave. In other words, be directly below the boss as he jumps, then jump away from him as he starts to descend. You’ll avoid both his sword and the blast.


And that’s it. As far as Zangetsu’s health is concerned, I estimate each phase has between 250 and 400 HP, so the fight takes a bit if you aren’t dealing consistent damage. Remember that there’s a save point just across the room before the boss arena, so don’t forget to save.

You’re liable to need it.

Check out our other Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night guides for all kinds of cool content and guides. 

How to Get Bovine Plume in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:26:00 -0400 Ty Arthur

Much like the classic Symphony Of The Night gameplay that was this Kickstarted game's clear inspiration, Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night features a host of hidden items and special upgrades for accessing hard to reach areas.

What would a platformer be without inaccessible locations that you have to return to with an upgraded jump option? Like Alucard and many other demon hunters before her, eventually Miriam will need to get her hands on some bovine plume to craft the High Jump shard.

Haven't come across any and not sure where to farm those elusive bovine plume yet? They are surprisingly simple to come across as a random drop, but only if you know exactly where to go ahead of time.

Where To Get Bovine Plume

This particular item is found much later in the game in the Oriental Sorcery Lab area, which is accessed near the end of Bloodstained.

Bovine plume can be found as a random drop from the Haagenti (the enemy that looks like a bull demon with wings) in various areas of the Oriental Sorcery Lab.  

Note that a similar enemy is found in the Garden Of Silence much earlier in the game, but those ones don't ever drop bovine plume. As far as we know, the bovine plume only drops from the Haagenti in the Oriental Sorcery Lab, so don't spend too much time whomping on the ones early in the game trying to get one.

For those wondering, note that you don't have to give up the Double Jump when you craft the High Jump shard -- you still get both, and in fact you can Double Jump with the High Jump.

Having trouble finding any other items or secret loctions in Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night? Drop us a comment below and we'll help you find the answer! 

Be sure to also check out our guide to unlocking all the Bloodstained difficulty options and utilizing save game name cheat codes over here.

How to Unlock All Difficulties in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:40:50 -0400 Ty Arthur

Keeping with the themes of old school platformers that served as the game's inspiration, the Kickstarted and totally-not-Castlevania entry Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night features a series of cheat codes based on entering different save file names. 

One of those "cheats" is to unlock all the difficulties straight from the beginning without actually having to beat the game first on normal and then on hard mode.

Want to skip straight to the more difficult modes? Here's how to do it with just a few simple keystrokes.

Unlocking Nightmare Mode In Bloodstained

To unlock all difficulties straight off the bat, just start a new game and change the save file name from the standard Miriam to NIGHTMARE in all caps. After choosing "Yes" to proceed with the name, you get the option to choose normal, hard, or nightmare mode.

Yep, it's that simple. If you grew up on the insane difficulty of NES platformers and find normal is just way too easy for your bad self, then feel free to enjoy the real challenge of the harder Bloodstained modes!

Wondering about the other Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night save file name cheat codes? The only other one confirmed so far is 8MEGAPOWER (and yes, you have to enter it in all caps). If you entered it correctly, you should hear a sound, and after starting the game a better starting sword will be available.

It's not an over powered uber weapon that will work for the full game, but it does give you an edge in the early sections of Bloodstained.

Based on information sent out to Kickstarter backers, it seems like there are several more silly cheat codes to find as a reward for completing various tasks.


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