Back 4 Blood Guide: Tips to Get You Started


If you are looking for tips for Back 4 Blood, you have come to the right place. Turtle Rock Studios’ spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead is out now, and you might be wondering what to expect when you dive into the infested chaos of Ridden.

Much of the structure and gameplay will make L4D veterans feel right at home. There are still a few differences, however, and the most notable of these is the card system. But whether you are familiar with this type of gameplay or are new to it, this Back 4 Blood guide should get you started.

Return 4 Blood Tips: How to Survive Against the Ridden

Reach the heights

The levels in Back 4 Blood are filled with boxes, cars, and other random items that you can jump up to. You should do this constantly to avoid the zombies around you, especially when you have to summon a horde as part of the mission. Making the most of the environment can make all the difference.

Whether you choose the roof of a shipping container or the top of a stairwell, Ridden are usually much easier to manage if they have to climb up to get to you. The use of choke points is also useful, paired with a Molotov at the right time.

To stay together

Resist the urge to run ahead or explore areas on your own. When the horde comes down on you – and it will often be – the teammate who ran far ahead is the one who will be pinned down by a Hocker and quickly killed. Along with covering your back, you can share ammo and other consumables and even heal and revive yourself if things don’t go quite as planned.

Try any deck in Solo mode

Back 4 Blood’s “Single Player Campaign” mode is not as easy as it sounds. The mode currently disables the ability to earn Supply Points, but it also unlocks all cards in the game for players to play with. It’s the perfect environment to experiment with builds that seem fun to you, like one that focuses on melee or soaks up temporary health from shotgun shots.

And when you’re ready to resume normal progression, there’s always a way to go solo with bots. Go to Preferences in the matchmaking menu and enable private rooms.

Beware of the traps of the horde

It is worth exploring in Back 4 Blood: you will find weapons, ammo and other valuable items. But it’s important to pay attention to the four main types of traps that instantly summon a horde when triggered.

  • Birds
  • Security doors
  • Car alarms
  • Golden Snitch

Birds are the most common pitfalls. You often see them congregating to feed on corpses, and startling them can bring a flood of Ridden straight to your location. To avoid this, make sure you don’t shoot in their direction, approach them, or sprint alongside them. If you’re willing to sacrifice a grenade or a Molotov, you can also try killing them with one hit before they can alert a horde.

Alarm doors can be just as tricky. These tricky doors will still be labeled with a warning sign, but sometimes you will need to go through one to progress. There is a pretty consistent trick to get around this problem: shoot near the door to lure the zombies to the other side of your path. After a zombie has dealt a single knock on the door, the alarm is deactivated and you can break it without worry.

Car alarms are, unfortunately, less forgiving. The game will briefly warn you that a car is rigged to trigger an alarm when you approach it and you can also tell by its flashing lights. A single bullet in the body is enough to trigger the horde, so avoid shooting in its general direction as best you can. And don’t be surprised when someone shoots anyway; it is quite difficult to avoid.

Golden Snitch are the most difficult danger to avoid. It is a special Corruption Card zombie recognizable by small glowing lights on its big fleshy head. Try to sneak in. If you want to shoot it, it has to descend in a single shot from a powerful pistol (like an upgraded sniper rifle) or upgraded throwables. Normal bullets won’t kill him until he calls a group of Ridden friends to join in the fun.

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Invest in team upgrades at the start of a race

It can be tempting to focus on buying better weapons and neat accessories early on in a race, but if you’re looking to maximize your team’s potential, you should immediately save for upgrades. team. Additional support items or grenades are great, but the level upgrades for these items are even better, making them more effective. For example, a rare medkit heals a lot more HP, and a rare Molotov burns for a much larger area. This is even more true at higher difficulty levels, where first aid stations are rarer and there is less ammo for everyone.

Always bring a tool kit

The Quick Accessory slot (linked to 5 by default) is mostly occupied by situation items that can come into play during a race, but one item is far more useful than the others: the Toolbox. The Toolbox is a multi-purpose key that can unlock specially marked doors full of useful loot, bypass security doors without an alarm, or speed up level-specific objectives. Make sure at least one of your teammates has one before starting a level (Karlee has one by default). My advice: Always use it in those special loot rooms, unless you’re desperate. Better weapons, ammo, and free health are worth more in the long run.

Use your melee attack when carrying items

You will be reloading your weapon often, which means being vulnerable for a short time. As well as having teammates covering you up, you can use your “bash” melee ability (tied to “V” by default) while reloading to push enemies away from you.

During the campaign, there are also various points that require one of you to carry an item from one location to another. This makes the wearer vulnerable and unable to fire weapons, but again, the hit ability can help if your teammates are having trouble keeping the Ridden away from you.

Ping Permanent mutations

You should ping everything in Back 4 Blood by default, but it is especially important to ping a special Mutation enemy when you see one. It’s easy to overlook an Exploder heading your way in the midst of the chaos, and pings help keep everyone focused on the bigger threats. Pinging also places a red skull icon over their heads for several seconds, making it easier to spot Hockers moving quickly after repositioning.

On Veteran and above, save copper for first aid stations

You will find first aid points located in different places during the missions, so it is worth saving some extra cash. 400 Copper is needed for Veteran, while Recruit makes this healing fee free for all players.

While pain relievers, bandages, and first aid kits are helpful in the event of a leak, use first aid stations as much as possible so you can save these consumables in an emergency. These stations also heal damage from trauma, so if your character’s health seems a little worse, take advantage.

Build your deck in order of importance

Back 4 Blood uses a card system, which gives you various stat or ability buffs. You can customize your deck when playing the campaign, and you will be able to choose from these cards in order.

Your first card will always be your starting card, and since all cards drawn persist throughout the campaign, make sure it is correct. Each time you reach a safe room and complete a mission, you will be able to choose another card from your selection before embarking on the next one. Since corruption cards are also in play, it makes sense to try and counter them with your pick as often as possible.

Don’t worry about the bots

Back 4 Blood’s bots are trying hard. Sometimes they will do something a little silly like invade your personal space, move around a piece of geometry, but for the most part these are really good partners that come with bonuses that normal players don’t. have not.

For one thing, bots don’t take trauma damage, so they won’t lose max HP after being revived. They also seemed to have an unlimited supply of ammo that they are more than willing to share with you when you run out of ammo. They also don’t seem to be taking any loot in the world but still have a grenade to throw in the mix, so it’s a win-win.


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