Code Vein: Beginner’s Guide To Getting Started

Bandai Namco has released Code Vein for public consumption across PC, PS4, and Xbox One. However, if you happen to be new and wish to learn the game’s basic ins-and-outs, hopefully, this guide will be of use.

Firstly, when you approach something you can examine, open, or pick up something by pressing X on PS4 or A on Xbox. Of course, you can move and look around by using the Left and Right Analogs. Anyway, here’s the full control setup for Code Vein:

PlayStation Controls

  • X: Examine, Pick up Item
  • Hold X: Drain
  • R1 + X: Combo Drain (Mid-combo)
  • Circle: Dodge
  • Square: Weak Attack
  • Square (Behind Enemy): Back Attack
  • R1 + Square: Special Attack
  • Triangle: Strong Attack
  • Hold Triangle: Charged Attack
  • R1 + Triangle: Launch Attack (focused)
  • R1: Dash / Combo
  • RT / R2: Open Gift Menu
  • R3: Lock on / Reset camera
  • Right Analog: Move camera
  • L1: Guard
  • L2: Parry
  • L3: Open Quick Gesture Menu (press twice)
  • Left Analog: Move
  • D-pad right and left arrows: Cycle through items
  • D-pad Up Button: Switch Weapon
  • D-pad down Button: Use Item
  • D-pad up button: Gift Quickslot 2 (up)
  • D-pad down button: Gift Quickslot 2 (up)
  • D-pad left button: Gift Quickslot 2 (up)
  • D-pad right button: Gift Quickslot 2 (up)
  • Triangle: Gift Quickslot 1 (up)
  • Square: Gift Quickslot 1 (up)
  • Circle: Gift Quickslot 1 (up)
  • X: Gift Quickslot 1 (up)

Xbox Controls

  • A: Examine, Pick up Item
  • Hold A: Drain
  • RB + A: Combo Drain (Mid-combo)
  • B: Dodge
  • X: Weak Attack
  • X (Behind Enemy): Back Attack
  • RB + X: Special Attack
  • Y: Strong Attack
  • Hold Y: Charged Attack
  • RB + Y: Launch Attack (focused)
  • RB: Dash / Combo
  • RT: Open Gift Menu
  • Right Stick (Hold): Lock on / Reset camera
  • Right Analog: Move camera
  • LB: Guard
  • LT: Parry
  • Left Stick (Hold): Open Quick Gesture Menu (press twice)
  • Left Analog: Move
  • D-pad right and left arrows: Cycle through items
  • D-pad Up Button: Switch Weapon
  • D-pad down Button: Use Item
  • D-pad up button: Gift Quickslot 2 (up)
  • D-pad down button: Gift Quickslot 2 (up)
  • D-pad left button: Gift Quickslot 2 (up)
  • D-pad right button: Gift Quickslot 2 (up)
  • Y: Gift Quickslot 1 (up)
  • X: Gift Quickslot 1 (up)
  • B: Gift Quickslot 1 (up)
  • A: Gift Quickslot 1 (up)

The Basics

Secondly, Stats in Code Vein refer to the numerical values that define the strengths and capabilities of your character. In other words, your Stats are affected by your Blood Code and Level, and special Blood Veils and Weapons have bonuses for each core stat, too.

To level up in Code Vein, you’ll need to find and rest at a Mistle and have enough Haze to pay for the increase of level. When you level up, your Stats will increase.

It’s worth noting that upon death, all Haze you possess will remain on the spot or location of your previous life. This also means you’ll return to the last Mistle you rested at, so keep that in mind.

Different Ways To Stay Alive And Not Die

You can restore your health by using the Regeneration ability. To do so, press the D-Pad Left or Right button until you come across said icon and then press D-Pad Down to use the ability. Like any other game, you have a limited amount of regeneration use, but the ability will reset when you either die or rest at a Mistle.

Consumable items will help out, too. You can cycle through these consumable items by pressing the D-Pad Left or Right button and when you have found the item you want to use press D-Pad Down.

Rolling is useful, too. Execute a Roll by pressing Circle on PS4 or B on Xbox, which grants a short time of damage immunity. You can also Parry by pressing L2 on PS4 or LT on Xbox. Upon parrying, your weapon defense stats will help you deduct incoming damage and prevents staggering.

Blood Veils are categorized as Armor and are both protective gear and customization for your character. They can also be used to perform attacks, and each one has a special mechanic/use.

Furthermore, Stamina plays a big role in this game, too. Stamina is the white bar hovering over your health bar, which is on the bottom left side of the screen. Nearly every action requires the usage of stamina, and when used, it will slowly start to fill up after a brief second. To strategically plan your moves, keep an eye on said bar to dodge or execute a devastating blow properly.

Video Guides

Thanks to YouTuber Fextralife, you can check out a 6-minute long video for beginners that covers general stuff for those looking to get educated on the basics in this JRPG:

Weapons in this game are equipment that you can use to deal damage to enemies. There are five main categories of melee weapons, which can be swapped, and upgraded to enhance their prowess. The following video by YouTuber PseudoDrifter covers weapons, the basics, and more:

The last video by Boomstick Gaming runs through advanced tips and tricks for you to get more out of your combos, what you should and should not upgrade, along with other helpful advice:

Lastly, Code Vein is out now across PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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