Bloodborne Soft Caps Explained

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So you want to grind and level your character to the max in Bloodborne to alleviate the game’s difficulty? Oh boy, do I have some bad news for you. Although leveling up will yield easier runs through lower leveled areas, there’s a thing in Bloodborne called “Soft Caps” and “Hard Caps.”

In this article, we will be tackling these topics. What’s the difference between soft caps and hard caps? Why should you care about these factors? Without further ado, let’s get to it.

Bottom Line Upfront: Soft and Hard Caps are the points of diminishing returns in the stats present in Bloodborne.

What Are Soft Caps?

Soft caps are certain thresholds wherein you’ll get less return for every stat that you put into that category. An example of this is in the statistic called vitality; if you level up the vitality from the very beginning, once you hit 30 points in vitality, every point added on top of that will yield diminishing returns.

To put this into perspective, let’s have a theoretical analysis here. Let’s assume that you start with 100 HP and increase your vitality stat. You gain an additional 20 HP per point until you reach the soft cap 30. Once you reach the soft cap of 30, instead of gaining an extra 20 hp per point, you instead get 15, 14, 13, 12, and so forth.

With that explanation, we can conclude that soft caps are the point wherein diminishing returns start.

What Are Hard Caps?

Hard caps are much worse penalties or harsher diminishing returns than soft caps. Let’s retake the vitality example and put it into the context of hard cap.

In soft cap, you’re still getting at least a reasonable amount of returns per added point to the vitality. However, upon reaching the hard cap, you get much less than what you’re investing for the stat.

Instead of getting 15 points after reaching the hard cap of 50 for vitality, theoretically, you’d only get five hp per added stat. These much lower diminishing returns continue up until you’re getting almost nothing out of the added stat.

Hopefully, this explanation can help you differentiate between soft and hard caps.

Soft Caps and Hard Caps Per Stats in Bloodborne

Bloodborne Stats Ranges and Caps

There are actually two soft caps in Bloodborne, and you’ll even get a steeper drop-off after you hit the second soft cap. Here are the soft caps per stats.

  • Vitality has a first soft cap of 30 and a second soft cap of 50 with a Hard cap of 99.
  • Endurance has a soft cap of 40, and it’s not worth investing much after hitting 40 on endurance.
  • Strength has a first soft cap of 25 and a second soft cap of 50 with a Hard cap of 99.
  • Skill has a first soft cap of 25 and a second soft cap of 50 with a Hard cap of 99.
  • Arcane has a first soft cap of 25 and a second soft cap of 50 with a Hard cap of 99.
  • Bloodtinge has a first soft cap of 25 and a second soft cap of 50 with a Hard cap of 99.

So what’s the point of knowing this information? Well, usually in FromSoft games, there’s usually a meta-level for PVP.

The usual level would be 120, may it be from a Dark Souls game and even in Bloodborne. With the soft and hard cap knowledge in mind, you can then plan out your successful stat allocation depending on the build that you’re going for when venturing into the world of PVP.

Soft Caps and Hard Caps in Other SoulsBorne Games

Other SoulsBorne games have soft and hard caps as well. This also includes Sekiro, however, for Sekiro there is no concrete data besides user-provided data like this one on Reddit.

Here’s a quick rundown on Soft and Hard caps for other SoulsBorne games.

Demon Souls

  • Vitality– First soft cap is at 30 with a second soft cap at 50 and a hard cap at 99.
  • Endurance– Endurance stops once you reach 40 however, equipment load goes up until it’s 99.
  • Intelligence– 10 to 13 you’ll get one spell slot. At 14, intelligence, you get two slots for magic. You’ll garner additional slots at the intelligence levels 18, 24, 30, and 40. The max slots you can get per character is six slots.
  • Strength– First soft cap is at 30 with a second soft cap at 50 and a hard cap at 99.
  • Dex-First soft cap is at 30 with a second soft cap at 50 and a hard cap at 99.
  • Magic– First soft cap is at 30 with a second soft cap at 50 and a hard cap at 99.
  • Faith– First soft cap is at 30 with a second soft cap at 50 and a hard cap at 99. You’ll also get more miracle slots at Faith levels 10, 16, 24, and 36 with a maximum of four miracle slots.
  • Luck– Luck doesn’t have a soft cap, however it hard caps at level 99.

Dark Souls 1

  • Vitality– Increases HP until it hits the soft cap of 30 with a second soft cap of 50. Goes up until it hits the hard cap of 99.
  • Attunement– Increases the attunement slots with a hard cap of 50 with a maximum of 10 attunement slots.
  • Endurance– Similar to other FromSoft games, stamina will hard cap at 40 endurance however, equip load and bleed resistance will still increase until level 99.
  • Strength– Two soft caps at 20 and 40, with a hard cap of 99.
  • Dexterity– Dexterity is very unique, attack rating has soft caps of 20 and 40 with a hard cap of 99, while spell casting speed has a hard cap at 45.
  • Resistance–  Soft caps at 15 and 30, with a hard cap of 99.
  • Intelligence– Has a soft cap of 40 and 50 with a hard cap of 99
  • Faith– Hard caps at 50 with talismans’ MagAdjust dropping sharply after 50.

Dark Souls 2

  • Vigor– Increases HP until it hits the soft cap of 20 with a second soft cap of 50. Goes up until it hits the hard cap of 99.
  • Vitality– Soft caps at 29, 49, and 70, this stat increases your equipment load and increases your defense and poison resistance.
  • Attunement– Increases the attunement slots with a hard cap of 75 with a maximum of 10 attunement slots.
  • Endurance– Soft caps at 20, affects stamina, physical def, poise, and a bit of HP.
  • Strength, Dexterity, and Faith– Soft caps at 40 and 50, with a hard cap of 99.
  • Adaptability–  Increases agility, poison attack, and other resistance statistics. Soft caps at 25.
  • Intelligence– Soft caps at 20 and 40 and begins to hard cap by level 50.

Dark Souls 3

  • Vigor– Increases HP until it hits the soft cap of 44 with a second soft cap of 50. Goes up until it hits the hard cap of 99.
  • Vitality– Soft caps at 40, this stat increases your equipment load and increases your defense until it hard caps at 99.
  • Attunement– Begins to soft cap at 30 attunement, after that you’ll only get one spell slot per 10 levels in attunement.
  • Endurance– Hard caps at 40 for stamina and physical resistances.
  • Strength– Soft caps at 27 and 40, with a hard cap of 99.
  • Dexterity and Intelligence– Soft caps at 40 and 50 with a hard cap of 99.
  • Faith–  Soft cap at 40 and 45 with a hard cap at 60.
  • Luck– Soft caps at 50 and hard caps at 99.

Elden Ring

  • Vigor– Two soft caps at 40 and 60, hard cap of 99
  • Mind– Two soft caps at 55 and 60, hard cap of 99
  • Endurance– Stamina has a soft cap of 50, for equipment load it has two soft caps, 25 and 60. Both hard caps at 99.
  • Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Faith, and Arcane– Three soft caps of 20, 55, and 80 with a hard cap of 99.

Bloodborne Stats and Their Effects

Before we get to the builds, we first have to establish our knowledge of each of your character’s stats in Bloodborne. How does it affect your character, what are the perks of allocating points to that stat, so on and so forth.

  • Vitality– Stat correlating to a player’s health; adding stat points to this will increase the total HP of the player.
  • Endurance– Stat correlating to a player’s stamina; adding stat points to this will increase the total stamina of the player, which in turn allows for more actions such as attacking, sprinting, and dodging.
  • Strength– Stat correlating to a player’s power; adding stat points will allow the player to wield larger weapons and boost damage if the weapon scales on strength.
  • Skill– Stat correlating to a player’s dexterity; adding stat points will allow players to wield weapons revolving around agility which improves overall movement flow between attacks and boosts the weapon’s damage if it scales on skill.
  • Bloodtinge– Stat correlating to a player’s ability to wield firearms; adding stat points will increase the damage of a player’s firearms or even the weapon if it has scaling on Bloodtinge.
  • Arcane– Stat correlates to a player’s ability to wield elemental weapons and spells; adding stat points will widen the variety of hunter tools accessible to the player.

Origin

Origin

Origin is like a class system in Bloodborne. It determines a preset of stats for your starting character, so choose wisely as this can affect the overall versatility of your character. There are nine available origins to start within Bloodborne.

Milquetoast

Stats

  • Level 10
  • Blood Echoes- 300
  • Vitality- 11
  • Endurance- 10
  • Strength- 12
  • Skill- 10
  • Bloodtinge- 9
  • Arcane- 8

A starting class that offers an emphasis on being a physical DPS with high vitality, strength, endurance, and skill. Its main drawback would be a low starting bloodtinge and arcane.

Lone Survivor

Stats

  • Level 10
  • Blood Echoes- 420
  • Vitality- 14
  • Endurance- 11
  • Strength- 11
  • Skill- 10
  • Bloodtinge- 7
  • Arcane- 7

Much like the name suggests, this class offers higher survivability with the focus on vitality, good endurance, strength, and skill but with a low bloodtinge and arcane.

Troubled Childhood

Stats

  • Level 10
  • Blood Echoes- 360
  • Vitality- 9
  • Endurance- 14
  • Strength- 9
  • Skill- 13
  • Bloodtinge- 6
  • Arcane- 9

A class that offers a higher number of early game actions due to high endurance, plus the ability to wield fast weapons with its high starting skill stat. It has a decent vitality, strength, and arcane; however, your firearms may have low starting damage due to the class’s low bloodtinge.

Violent Past

Stats

  • Level 10
  • Blood Echoes- 180
  • Vitality- 12
  • Endurance- 11
  • Strength- 15
  • Skill- 9
  • Bloodtinge- 6
  • Arcane- 7

This class offers a very high starting strength with great starting vitality, endurance, and average skill stat, but with a very low bloodtinge and arcane.

Professional

Professional

Stats

  • Level 10
  • Blood Echoes- 240
  • Vitality- 9
  • Endurance- 12
  • Strength- 9
  • Skill- 15
  • Bloodtinge- 7
  • Arcane- 8

The professional class screams for high mobility and agility during combat with its high starting skill and decent endurance. However, it does have mediocre vitality and strength, low bloodtinge, and arcane with an even lower starting blood echo.

Military Veteran

Stats

  • Level 10
  • Blood Echoes- 320
  • Vitality- 10
  • Endurance- 10
  • Strength- 14
  • Skill- 13
  • Bloodtinge- 7
  • Arcane- 6

It is a flexible class that offers high strength and skill, decent vitality, endurance, and blood echoes; however, it does not have a good level of bloodtinge and arcane.

Noble Scion

Stats

  • Level 10
  • Blood Echoes- 540
  • Vitality-7
  • Endurance- 8
  • Strength- 9
  • Skill- 13
  • Bloodtinge- 14
  • Arcane- 9

Noble Scion is a class that has decent starting damage with firearms due to its high bloodtinge, a high amount of blood echoes, great starting skill stat. However, its mediocre strength and arcane holds this class back.

Cruel Fate

Stats

  • Level 10
  • Blood Echoes- 500
  • Vitality- 10
  • Endurance- 12
  • Strength- 10
  • Skill- 9
  • Bloodtinge- 5
  • Arcane- 14

Cruel Fate is the go-to class if you want to go with a mage/cleric/wizard build in bloodborne. It has high arcane stats, decent starting blood echoes, endurance, good vitality, and strength. These perks have cons, such as mediocre strength and atrociously low bloodtinge.

Waste of Skin

Stats

  • Level 4
  • Blood Echoes- 10
  • Vitality- 10
  • Endurance- 9
  • Strength- 10
  • Skill- 9
  • Bloodtinge- 7
  • Arcane- 9

Waste of Skin is one of the best starting classes in Bloodborne. I always go for this class in FromSoft games because of the sheer flexibility for various builds that you can go for even if you respec your character.

Although you may have a much more challenging early game than any other class, the late game potential of this class is immensely high.

Recommended Stat And Weapon Builds for BL 100+

Bloodborne Weapon Upgrades

First and foremost, we start with this list of builds; we would like to thank the YouTubers who put in a lot of effort in showcasing their builds. Unfortunately, I couldn’t share what build I had because I have not played Bloodborne since Sekiro came out.

Regardless, here are some of the fun and recommended builds for Bloodborne.

High Physical Damage Build by ZOXTheGamer

Here are his distributions for stats.

  1. Origin: Military Veteran
  2. Vitality: 53
  3. Endurance: 12
  4. Strength: 50
  5. Skill: 42
  6. Bloodtinge: 7
  7. Arcane: 6
  8. Right-Hand Weapons: Saw Cleaver +10, Beasthunter Saif +10, Burial Blade +10
  9. Left-Hand Weapons: Hunter Pistol +10, Gattling Gun +10

This build is a great all-around build for the Military Veteran class. Its primary purpose would be for the PVP side of things; however, given that this is already a blood level 120 build, you can easily breeze through the game bosses with this setup.

For more information on this build, check out this video on ZOXTheGamer.

The Bloodstained Wanderer Build By FightinCowboy

Here are his distributions for stats.

  1. Origin: Unknown
  2. Vitality: 30
  3. Endurance: 30
  4. Strength: 10
  5. Skill: 25
  6. Bloodtinge: 50
  7. Arcane: 15
  8. Right-Hand Weapons: Chikage +10, Reiterpallasch +9
  9. Left-Hand Weapons: Evelyn +9
  10. Caryll Rune Effects
    • Boost Max Stamina +15%
    • Boost Max HP +10%
    • Visceral Attacks Restore HP +200
    • Continous Healing Near-Death +1

This build is incredible for PVP/PVE; with the stats scaling to the Chikage and especially the Evelyn firearm, you’ll be sure to do tons of damage to your enemy. However, do keep in mind if you choose to transform the Chikage, it will drain your HP, and it may kill you if you’re not careful.

Utilize the transformation of the Chikage properly, and you’ll be sure to destroy unsuspecting invaders with this build. Also, this build pushes the soft cap of the bloodtinge to 50, ensuring that it maximizes every ounce of damage it can squeeze out of the Evelyn and the Chikage.

Here’s a video that further explains this build, along with a demonstration in PVE and PVP.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How Do You Survive More In Bloodborne?

Answer: In Bloodborne, you can either survive by pumping the vitality to the max soft cap of 50, or you can learn the moveset of each monster and dodge accordingly to their actions. I would suggest that if you’re getting one-shot by enemies, then pump up your vitality a bit.

Come back to the enemies and try them out again; with that strategy, you’d at least be able to tank a few more shots and open up a room for a bit more mistakes. This strat is perfect for beginners in FromSoft games; however, I would not recommend this strategy for veterans in the game.

Question: Is Dark Souls or Bloodborne Better?

Answer: Since I played both Dark Souls and Bloodborne, I would say both are great games, but Bloodborne takes the cake for me.

This decision came down between the fluidity of combat and Bloodborne brought a particular engagement to me while I was playing it. The world of Bloodborne is gorgeous, and so are the characters and the lore. However, Elden Ring vs. Bloodborne is a different story altogether.

Question: Who is the Hardest Boss In Bloodborne?

Answer: For me, it would be the Orphan of Kos. Do keep in mind that this opinion is from my own perspective only.

This boss is the one I have had the most challenging time dealing with; the complex moveset, variable timing of attacks, relentless aggression all took everything that the game taught me up until the point that I had to fight this atrocity.

It was fair that this was the final boss of the Old Hunter’s DLC since he was by far the most challenging boss I have ever faced in Bloodborne.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this guide helped you distinguish the difference between soft cap and hard cap in Bloodborne. Make sure to utilize these caps to optimize your build properly, and you’ll be able to create your own build from scratch now.

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