In bloodborne, your character level is an important thing to keep track of. It increases your damage per hit, as well as the base power of your equipment. Leveling up also lets you access new weapons and improve the existing ones. It’s important to balance your damage output with other stats like vitality, endurance and strength. You can level up all of these using blood echoes, which are gained by killing enemies. Upon death in the game, blood echoes are dropped on the ground, but can be retrieved by returning to the spot where you died.
How to Level Up
There is one insight required before you can level up in bloodborne, which is awarded either by entering the Cleric Beast arena or finding the Madman’s Knowledge item (both of which are easy to do in central Yharnam). Once you have one insight you can talk to the Doll in Hunter’s Dream, who will let you transfer your Blood Echoes to level your character.
Blood Echoes are obtained by killing enemies and can be used to upgrade your vitality, endurance, strength, skill, bloodtinge and arcane stats. Each stat has a “soft cap” and a “hard cap”, which means that above the soft cap adding more Blood Echoes to it will yield decreasing results, and at the hard cap, it becomes unprofitable to invest any more Blood Echoes into it.
If you’re not at the first soft cap for Vitality or Strength, it is still a good idea to increase them, especially since many weapons in the game scale on both of these stats. In general, it’s best to pick the stats that suit your playstyle and weapon of choice. For example, if you’re using a sword that scales on skill, focusing on Skill is ideal, while if you’re using a hefty weapon like Ludwig’s Holy Blade, you should focus on Strength.