Vampire Survivors is a difficult roguelite where it helps to know how to evolve items. This can make a huge difference since certain items gain new buffs as well as increased damage. And if you want to win a run, you’ll need to know the right combos for powerful builds. Continue reading our guide for how to evolve and every evolution available.
We try to update this guide as often as new evolutions are added to Vampire Survivors. Whether that’s one of the earliest patches introducing the Garlic evolution or the many new ones added in DLC. Check out our table to learn them all.
Whether you’ve just started playing or have been for a bit, it’s easy to not know item combinations exist. It relies on a few conditions and getting far enough with the right items to pull off. Fortunately, once you know what to do and what item synergies you need, it’s not too hard. First, you’ll need to make it past the 10-minute mark. You can keep an eye on how long you’ve been alive by checking the timer near the top of your screen.
If you’re struggling to make it this far, you may need to buy some power ups. I’d recommend getting Armor and Move Speed or doubling down on Greed to get coins. Also, you can check our guide on How to Reach Level 99 for some build recommendations. You’ll eventually need to if you want to unlock Arcana cards for unique buffs.
Second, you’ll need to completely max the level of the weapon you want to evolve. As previously mentioned, not every weapon has an evolution, so it’s important to check the list below. For example, you can evolve the Runetracer now but not the Bone.
Third, you’ll need the right item/power up that synergizes with your weapon. For example, the Whip requires the Hollow Heart power up. If you’re playing Vampire Survivors for the first time, you’ll need to survive at least one minute to unlock this item. The achievements list in-game is a good way to find the requirements for unlocking certain content.
And finally, once you have the right items and are past the 10-minute mark, you’ll need to open a chest on the floor. You can get these by killing elite enemies that appear as you get further into a Vampire Survivors run. Such as a giant praying mantis in the Mad Forest or Medusa in the Inlaid Library.
As long as you’ve met the right conditions, the chest will immediately give you the evolved version. In the case of evolving the Whip, you’ll get the Bloody Tear which deals critical damage and leeches health from enemies.
While most evolutions typically require one item and a power up to combine, there are a few that are unique. One example is the Vandalier evolution where you need to reach max level with the Peachone and Ebony Wings. However, certain other evolutions known as Unions require one item and two power ups. Such as the Phieraggi evolution requiring the Phiera Der Tuphello, Eight The Sparrow, and the Tiragisú.
That’s all there is to this Vampire Survivors guide on how to evolve and every evolution. Feel free to comment below if you have some tips and tricks of your own for surviving the full 30 minutes. My favorite evolutions so far are Gorgeous Moon, Unholy Vespers, and Death Spiral.
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