Online Multiplayer

Cooperative Play

Bloodborne's sense of reward and accomplishment upon overcoming difficult challenges is central to what makes it so unique, but that doesn't mean hunters have to go it alone. Up to 3 hunters are allowed to join forces online to tackle challenges that may be too great for a solo player. The player initiating the cooperative session is the “host” and players who respond to that are the “guests.”

  • Cooperative Play rules
    The goal of cooperative play is to join forces and work together to defeat enemies, and ultimately the boss enemy in that level.
  • Initiating cooperative play
  1. Host uses the Beckoning Bell item
  2. Guests use the Small Resonant Bell item
  3. Host and guest (up to 2 guests) are connected, and play within the Host’s game
  • Cooperative Play Completion
    Once players successfully defeat the boss enemy in the area they are joined to, the guests receive a bonus reward and are returned to their own game.
  • Cooperative Play Incompletion
    If the host or guest(s) die, or a guest uses the Silencing Blank item, the guest(s) are returned to their own world/game, and do not receive the bonus reward.
  • Password
    Multiplayer matchmaking for cooperative play is automatic and random. However by setting a password for your session, other players can enter the same password and be joined to your game. Passwords can be up to 8 letters long. 

*Passwords are only used for cooperative play, not Versus PvP sessions.


Versus PvP Play

Hunters don't always have to work together. Versus PvP allows players to face off against one another in combat, using their various weapons and accrued skill to best each other by invading another player's game. In the below outline, the player that gets invaded is the “Host” and the invader is the “guest.” Also note that in certain areas within the game, there can be up to two invaders within a host’s game.

  • Versus Play Rules
    When a host is in an area where a “bell-ringer woman” is present, Versus PvP invasions are possible.
  • Initiating Versus play <Random Invasion>
  1. Guest uses the Sinister Resonant Bell item
  2. Host begins cooperative play, or uses Sinister Resonant Bell to summon the bell-ringer woman
  3. Guest is transported to host’s game
  4. Host and guest play in Host’s game


  • Versus Play Completion
    If the guest is able to defeat the host, s/he will receive a reward and be returned to his/her game/world.
  • Versus Play Incompletion
    If the guest dies, or the host makes it to the boss fight area, or if the guest chooses to use the Silencing Blank item, the guest is returned to his/her own game without receiving a reward for completing the versus play session.

Asynchronous Gameplay Features


Using the Notebook item, you can leave hints, messages, and gestures for players to discover within their own game via the Messenger creatures that appear on the ground. You can also interact with Messengers you find to read notes left by others, and can votie them as Fine (helpful) or Foul (misleading). Just because another hunter has left advice behind, that doesn't mean they're being truthful; ambushes and pitfalls abound in Yharnam, even from other players, so beware.


Players will leave behind a tombstone when they die that appears in other players’ games. If you touch one of these tombstones within your game, you can view a sort of replay of their final moments, and hopefully get a hint as to how they met their end so you can avoid the same fate.

Player Ghosts

You may see player ghosts - white phantoms of other players currently playing the game in the same area as you - which may give you hints as to how to proceed.

Updates & PS Plus Requirements


As of launch day, March 24 (Tuesday) at midnight, there will be an online update to the game that provides for a better gameplay experience. The main contents of the update are as follows:

  • Online Play Optimizations
  • Game performance and usability improvements, etc.

PS Plus Requirements

Certain online elements require a PS PLUS subscription in order to enjoy:

Online Feature

PS Plus Required

Online Multiplayer


Asynchronous Online Features


Sharing Generated Chalice Dungeons


Installing Game Update


Installing Chalice Dungeon Update Data