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What does Feeding do in V Rising?

Since V Rising is centered around playing as a vampire, blood is going to matter a lot as the only form of sustenance available. If you want to become an all-powerful ruler over the night, you're going to have to do a lot of Feeding, so how exactly does it work?

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What does Feeding mean in V Rising?

Feeding in V Rising means you'll be consuming an enemy's blood for your own sustenance. You know, because you're a vampire? But what matters here is what you get for drinking all that blood: Feeding on an enemy in V Rising will directly refill the Blood Pool and alter your character's Blood Type. What's a Blood Pool? I have a Blood Type? Don't worry, I'll answer all these questions and more in detail.

How the Blood Pool works in V Rising

To start, Feeding is a mechanic that ties directly into the Blood Pool. Every player has a Blood Pool that's almost always draining away over time and drains faster during moments of combat. In V Rising, letting your Blood gauge run empty will drain your health over time until it hits zero. But we can take fate into our own vampiric hands by Feeding upon the living!

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How Blood Type and Quality works in V Rising

In V Rising, enemies that you can Feed from will have their own designated Blood Types. Feed on an enemy with a certain Type, and you'll be granted unique buffs geared towards a certain playstyle. Extra critical hit chance, reduced ability cooldowns, better resource gathering, and Life Leech on-hit are just a few examples of the Blood Type bonuses you'll find.

My personal favorite Type to run so far is Brute, especially at the higher Blood Quality tiers. It's all about keeping you in the fight by granting a bunch of attack buffs, health regen, and Life Leech in combat, which plays into my hyper-aggressive playstyle beautifully.

V Rising Gameplay, showing combat with ovals indicating to Enemy Health, Blood Type, and Quality.
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And now that we've mentioned Quality, it's time to explain the fun-yet-tricky part of Feeding. Individual enemies with a Type can also spawn with their own randomly generated Blood Quality. We know that different Blood Types will offer different bonuses, but Blood Quality determines how strong those bonuses will be, ranging from 1% to 100%. The higher you go, the better the reward will be, and the game will happily tell you what specific bonuses you'll get at each tier.

Remember, Blood Type bonuses do not stack or carry over between Feedings. It's on you to decide whether you're alright with losing a high-tier bonus for a quick refill, or if you want to double down and pray you find a better Quality enemy soon. You can check an enemy's Blood Type and Quality by looking at their status bar at the top of the screen.

What if you can't Feed on anything in V Rising?


But what if you're still in the early stages of V Rising, or you're just not near any enemies? Thankfully, there's some options provided to handle those sanguine emergencies. Firstly, you can halt the Blood Pool's passive drain by entering a coffin to rest, which is a lifesaver for when you're stuck in base trying to plan your next move.

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The second emergency option involves the Rats you'll find everywhere and the Tainted Hearts that can be dropped by most enemies. If you're running low on Blood, you can consume them in either the inventory tab or bind them to your hotbar for quick uses.

Keep in mind that Rats and Tainted Hearts will drop your Blood Quality and change your Blood Type to Frail, but they'll still refill the Blood Pool and buy you some time.

It might feel like a lot to manage on paper- especially for an open-world survival RPG like V Rising- but Feeding is extremely easy to deal with in practice. You're always going to be Feeding on enemies, meaning you're always going to be reaping some kind of benefit at all times. And even if you're unlucky with finding high Quality enemies, there's no debuffs or punishments whatsoever. Just quench that bloodthirst, don't die, and the world will be yours.

For more on V Rising, feel free to check out How to heal in V Rising and other useful guides here at Pro Game Guides!



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