How to get Blood Essence in V Rising to fuel the Castle Heart

V Rising Blood Essence is a special resource found in the game by killing enemies, as it’s basically just a synonym for regular blood. Practically all enemies drop Blood Essence when attacked and killed, so you can obtain it anywhere in V Rising by committing acts of violence on any living creature you happen to see, whether it’s a deadly enemy, a panicking villager, or a deer with no idea what’s about to hit it. More than that though, there’s two superior forms of Blood Essence players can get: Greater Blood Essence and Primal Blood Essence, which can be obtained by finding the right V Rising boss locations and creating a Blood Press in the process of killing those bosses – that’s right, it’s not as simple as butchering them. Fortunately we’ll go into more detail on how to get Blood Essence in V Rising below, and how it’s used to fuel your Castle Heart.

Blood Essence

You can find Blood Essence in V Rising by killing any enemy or creature with anything, from your own bare claws to the V Rising best weapons. Each kill you get has a chance of dropping Blood Essence (presented in your inventory as shiny red orbs), that immediately get added to your inventory rather than dropping to the ground (unless your inventory is full). Simply go out killing through the forests and fields of V Rising and you’ll eventually come across a certain amount of Blood Essence – you don’t even need to fight anything dangerous. Every time you see a little icon appear above a defeated enemy that says “+ (number) Essence“, you’ve got what you need. You can also get Blood Essence by putting four rats in a Blood Press you’ve built and squeezing them like oranges. Bit cruel, but whatever works. 

Greater Blood Essence

To get Greater Blood Essence requires you to kill higher level enemies, usually level 20 or up, going out of Farbane Woods to the areas to the North. Again, there’s a relatively small chance of it dropping, but any enemy can drop it, so just cut through tougher foes until you can get what you need.

You can also craft Greater Blood Essence by killing the boss Tristan the Vampire Hunter, a very difficult boss at level 46 who roams the centre of Farbane Woods (you can check the V Rising map for that in relation to yourself). Once you slay him, you’ll be able to craft Greater Blood Essence at your Blood Press with either 4 Unsullied Hearts or 200 regular Blood Essence.

Primal Blood Essence

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Primal Blood Essence is the most valuable and hard-to-obtain form of Blood Essence, used for very specific purposes. As far as we know so far, the only way to get Primal Blood Essence is via the recipe in your Blood Press – and to get the Primal Blood Essence recipe, you’ll need to kill Jade the Vampire Hunter, another boss who’s level 62 and roams the Dunley Farmlands basically at random. Find out how to get some V Rising Merciless weapons and gear if you need the advantage in slaying them.

Once killed, she drops the recipe for Primal Blood Essence, which allows you to make the stuff in your Blood Press with either four Exquisite Hearts or 12 Greater Blood Essence. Mathematically then, if you have both recipes, this means there’s an exchange rate of 2400 Blood Essence to every Primal Blood Essence. Hardly cheap, but what makes it worth it?

How to use Blood Essence

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The different types of Blood Essence are used for different purposes, as we’ll outline for you below.

  • Blood Essence (the regular kind) is used as fuel for your Castle Heart, and by far the kind you’ll use most regularly. Click on the Heart and move Blood Essence into it from the menu, and it’ll burn it up like coal to power all the different devices in your castle/base. It also prevents Castle Decay, a status that leaves your base vulnerable to destruction and takeover by other players. Keep your Castle Heart constantly fuelled with blood, and you shouldn’t have a problem.
  • Greater Blood Essence is simply an upgrade and build material, and can’t be used as Castle Heart fuel. Its main function is to be used as a building resource for the Servant Coffins, unlocking NPC servants for you to use as your own personal army of darkness.
  • Primal Blood Essence is a substance that right now only seems to have a single use: creating the Legendary Blood Key. This item itself doesn’t have any real use at time of writing, but we expect it to be mentioned in the upcoming V Rising Roadmap soon, as its description hints at things to come.

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