Learn some of the best tips and tricks for Blightbound whether or not you’re starting it for the first time. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s a dungeon crawler built around three players working together to fight back a plague known as the Blight. And if it turns out you have some questions, feel free to ask in the comments below the article.
Table of Contents
|Tip 1 – Work Together With Your Team|
|Tip 2 – How to Choose Hero/Character|
|Tip 3 – Understanding Character Roles|
|Tip 4 – What Stats Are Best?|
|Tip 5 – What is Notoriety in Blightbound?|
|Tip 6 – Learn Item Drops Using the Bestiary|
|Tip 7 – How to Solve Puzzles|
|Tip 8 – Stay Away From Red Auras|
|Tip 9 – Dodging To Stay Alive|
|Tip 10 – Purple Health Bars Are Invincible Enemies|
It doesn’t matter if you’re queuing up alone or playing with friends, always work together. Every character has a role that helps build out your team preparing them for success as mentioned tip 3. Some great examples of how to work together and communicate are in the bullet points below:
- Players can ping locations to get attention by pressing their mouse middle click button.
- Grab mana orbs that appear so your Mage always has mana for healing.
- You can open the text chat by pressing T to talk to others.
- Left alt reveals a radial menu for quick messaging. Saying thank you to someone after they heal you is always a plus.
- Mages have a great ability for shielding themselves to become invincible and then revive others in danger.
- Certain Warrior characters can taunt nearby enemies to keep the danger away from their teammates.
If you’re wondering how to choose your hero/class/character in Blightbound, it’s not too difficult, but it does require your Refuge being level 9. Once you reach Refuge level 9, you can choose which character you play by clicking their picture on the left side and then hitting ready or play at the top right corner. So long as you have their character page open as shown in the screenshot above, clicking to play will select them going in.
Fair warning, you will miss out on some bonus rewards and an extra 2 stat points added to your stats temporarily for the dungeon. This is a way to promote randoming so matchmaking queues aren’t as long. If you want to random but have preferred characters, you’ll need to blightbound one from each role.
Click the character on the left side of the screen that you want to set as preferred and then press the “Set Blightbound” button at the bottom right corner. Once they’re set as Blightbound, their avatar will have a yellow background.
The three unique roles in Blightbound guide each character toward a certain playstyle. However, depending on what stats you choose and items, you can build a character to how you want to play. Regardless, below are brief descriptions of each role and their starting character.
Assassin – Scarlet is the first Assassin you start with and she’s built as a DPS (Damage Per Second) character for killing enemies quickly. Remember to hit enemies from behind for a Backstab damage bonus.
Warrior – Malborys is the first Warrior and they’re built to be a Tank character for grabbing enemy attention.
Mage – Korrus is the first Mage and their most vital role is being a healer for the rest of the party. However, they also have strong attacks and a great shield that makes allies invincible.
If you’re struggling to decide what stats to pick for your character, check out the table below to see how you benefit from each one. Also, the table provides an idea of which stats are best for which role. However, you should still build the way you want to play, because every character benefits from each stat. Once you reach level 8, you can no longer get extra stats from leveling. But you can get a few extra stat points from leveling your Refuge.
|Power||Assassin||Increases your damage by 2% per point.|
|Agility||Assassin||Increases movement speed and critical damage by 2% per point.|
|Vitality||Warrior||Increases maximum health by 5% per point. Maximum health defines your healing received from mana orbs and other healing effects.|
|Will||All||Reduces TItan Skill cooldowns by 5% per point and makes you more resistant to Blight.|
|Luck||Assassin||Increases your critical chance by 1% per point as well as the level of items you find.|
Parties gain Notoriety as they succeed in completing dungeons. So long as your party stays together, you’ll gain more Notoriety and have access to additional difficulties with more rewards. If a player leaves your party or you lose a dungeon, you’ll lose Notoriety. And if you’re worried about the difficulty becoming too hard, not every choice on the map will always be more difficult.
Once you reach Refuge level 2, you’ll unlock the Mentor which also unlocks the Bestiary. It’s easy to ignore this book and not think anything of it. However, it shows where enemies are and what items they drop so long as you’ve fought them before. This is a great way to find what you’re looking for if you’re trying to craft something or get a new item in particular.
Blightbound dungeons often have simple puzzles that block your party from advancing forward. This might be as simple as stepping on three floor plates or shooting glowing crystals to open a gate. If you’re stuck at a part, try looking nearby for clues or simply hitting every crystal at once. The puzzles won’t require you to go running around the dungeon for clues. So before you go crazy, take a moment, and see if anything nearby helps. If you’re still having trouble, drop a comment below and I’ll help you out.
If you’ve played an MMORPG or RPG before, you probably have a good idea of what red auras/circles on the floor are. They’re known as AoEs or Area of Effect abilities. AoEs in Blightbound are often solid or hollow red rings that warn you of incoming damage. The screenshot above shows a few as an example. If you see these, do your best to get out of them. As the next tip states, you’ll want to take full advantage of your dodge whenever you can!
If you want to survive Blightbound, you can learn a lot from the movie Dodgeball. Every character has a dodge on left shift by default. While Mages have the best one because they can teleport through hazards instantly. Dodging is useful for getting away from enemies, AoEs, and repositioning too. If you’re playing an Assassin character, you’ll want to dodge sometimes to get behind an enemy for the backstab bonus damage.
Dodging also makes you invincible for a very short moment which can be enough to survive hazards like lasers in the above screenshot.
There’s only one type of enemy I’ve come across so far that can make enemies near it invincible. While it remains vulnerable, any enemies inside its red aura will have a purple health bar to indicate they’re invincible. Don’t waste your time whacking away at them unless you pull them outside of that aura. I recommend not splitting them and simply going for the elite monster instead that is making them invincible.
Another invincible enemy worth mentioning is a giant red skull that floats around. It’ll chase any player near them and only die after a certain amount of time. However, it also deals damage to enemies if you can lead the skull over them too.
I hope these Blightbound tips and tricks help you get started with a little bit of an advantage. If you need help or have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below.
Blightbound became available on Steam Early Access on July 29, 2020, for PC. It’s developed by Ronimo Games and published by Devolver Digital.
Blightbound was provided by the PR company via a Steam code.
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