A simple save file cheat code offers up all three difficulties in Bloodstained straight from the start!

How to Unlock All Difficulties in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

A simple save file cheat code offers up all three difficulties in Bloodstained straight from the start!
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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. 

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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.


Check out our Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night guides covering a whole lot more than this!

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