For Whom the Bell Tolls
If you’ve ever played a FromSoftware “Souls” game before, you know that there are bosses that can bring the pain. From the dynamic duo Ornstein and Smough to the triple threat Ruin Sentinels, sometimes the odds are just are just not in you favor not matter HOW grossly incandescent you are. Luckily FromSoft has a nifty summon system to bring people into your game to give you a hand through tough areas and bosses. Bloodborne will continue this tradition of co-op fun.
The Beckoning Bell will be your tool to summon up to two players who have used their Small Resonant Bell into your world. In past games, you show up as a white spirit (or yellow, for those who praise it). You can summon people for an entire area until the boss is defeated, in which everyone still alive is sent back. But don’t die, because they will be kicked out and you will have to re-summon.
The purpose of this thread is a new feature, the Watchword. Set through the options menu you can create a word that will help match you up with people of the same Watchword. This will allow you to co-op with people exclusively, such as fellow Strats members. Use the word StratsCo to let others from Strats join your world exclusively.
From the main menu go to System > Network
How to Summon:
In Bloodborne you need what is called Insight. Similar to Humanity in Dark Souls, consuming “Madman’s Skulls”, beating bosses or helping others with bosses will earn you this slightly rare stat. Each time you use a Beckoning Bell you will require the use of one Insight. This can be a little intimidating at first for new players who do not have a lot of insight, but I imagine you will find a lot of Madman’s Skulls and fight a lot of bosses. So be sure to really be careful when summoning people! You don’t want to burn through all your insight! After gaining your first insight you will awaken the Plain Doll in the Hunter’s Dream and receive the Beckoning Bell. This is where you can spend your Blood Echos you’ve collected to level up your stats. After you gain ten Insight you will be able to pick up the Small Resonant Bell and Sinister Resonant Bell which lets you get summoned to/invade other players worlds.
So if you need help with a boss or a tough area, don’t be afraid to ask! I will certainly try my best to help anyone that is struggling. I know what it’s like to be stuck for actual days on a boss when I was new and didn’t understand the game.
How it felt when I didn’t have skills to pay the bills:
Time to start makin’ plays and sayin’ praise with some jolly co-operation!