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Bloodhunt Archetypes: Which Character Should You Pick?

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Ford James

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7th Sep 2021 14:35

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Picking which of the Bloodhunt archetypes you want to start the game with comes right after you've completed the tutorial, which means you know basically next to nothing about each one. Sure, Bloodhunt gives you a brief overview of their abilities, but picking the best character and class is a big ask so early on. Which is why we're here to help; we have a full overview of the best Bloodhunt archetypes and characters, so you have some guidance on which one to pick depending on your playstyle.

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Bloodhunt Archetypes And Clans Explained

Best Bloodhunt archetypes and characters

There are six Bloodhunt archetypes and three clans in the current version of the game, which are as follows:

  • Brute (Brujah)
  • Vandal (Brujah)
  • Saboteur (Nosferatu)
  • Prowler (Nosferatu)
  • Siren (Toreador)
  • Muse (Toreador)

Each of the clans focuses on a different style of gameplay; the Brujah clan are all about strength and head-to-head combat, for example. Meanwhile, the Nosferatu clan focus on stealth and hiding in the shadows, scouting enemies and stalking them before striking unexpectedly. Then there's the Toreador clan, which focuses on ability usage, charming civilians, and healing allies.

Either of the Brujah archetypes are the best Bloodhunt characters for a newbie just starting out, simply thanks to their well-rounded abilities. They're simple to get to grips with, while both the Nosferatu and Toreador clans take some learning and practice to make the most of their skills. Here are the best Bloodhunt archetypes for players just starting out, along with their abilities and skills explained.

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Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Brute

Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Brute

Kicking things off is the Brute, which is closely contested at the top of the list. The Brute takes the number one spot for a few different reasons though, the main one being how simple of a class it is to use. Here are all the Bloodhunt Brute powers:

Clan Skill: Soaring Leap - Perform a powerful jump forward.
Passive Skill: True Grit - The Brute replenishes up to half of their health while not taking damage.
Archetype Skill: Shock Wave Punch - Unleash a shock wave capable of deflecting bullets.

Soaring Leap is why you'll find the other Brujah clan archetype in second place, but the Brute class pips it to the top thanks to True Grit. Being able to constantly heal while not in combat is a crucial aspect, especially when it comes to new players who haven't mastered the art of avoiding damage yet. Shock Wave Punch is also excellent since it deflects any incoming bullets, which is especially useful in tight streets and alleyways. You can follow behind the wave to get within melee range, at which point your foe will be reloading after emptying all their bullets into essentially a huge shield.

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Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Vandal

Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Vandal

Vandal is the other Brujah clan archetype and while Brute is a little more defensive, this one is in all-out attack mode. Vandal is the one to go for if you think attack is the best form of defence, offering a hugely powerful ultimate.

Clan Skill: Soaring Leap - Perform a powerful jump forward.
Passive Skill: Adrenaline Rush - Gain moderate damage resistance when in close vicinity of enemies.
Archetype Skill: Earth Shock - Leap forward and crash upon the ground, dealing damage and hurling enemies upward.

Again, Soaring Leap is incredibly useful for traversal across rooftops and the like, especially when combined with Earth Shock. This allows you to leap off the top of buildings and slam into the ground at high speed, dealing damage and knocking enemies back a considerable distance. Add in Adrenaline Rush which means you'll take less damage when near the enemies you've leapt into, and all three abilities combo together nicely.

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Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Prowler

Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Prowler

Over to the Nosferatu clan now, and the Prowler is much better than the Saboteur because of its scouting powers. The Prowler is much more of a team player, so communicating with your allies while utilising the powers is crucial.

Clan Skill: Vanish - Become invisible and move rapidly for a brief duration.
Passive Skill: Sense The Beast - Severely wounded enemies leave a trail that reveals their recent movement.
Archetype Skill: Scouting Famulus - Send out bats to scout an area, temporarily revealing enemies through walls.

Vanish is super useful in combat situations, because even though you're only invisible for a few seconds, you move quick enough that you can get behind enemies and bamboozle them. The Prowler's true strengths come with the passive skill though, because as long as you deal enough damage to an enemy, you'll be able to track and follow them no matter where they go to try and heal. Scouting Famulus is also useful in high-action combat situations, although the area the bats cover is quite small.

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Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Muse

Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Muse

The Muse character from the Toreador clan is by far the better of the two, but you need to be working as a team with your allies for Muse to be useful. This is essentially the healer class and isn't anywhere near as good offensively.

Clan Skill: Projection/Dash - Send out a projection of yourself, which you can dash to.
Passive Skill: Final Act - Instantly refresh your cooldowns and enable the use of powers when downed.
Archetype Skill: Rejuvenating Voice - Enter a restorative state that heals you and nearby allies while channelled. Taking damage or using the power while channelling interrupts the healing state.

The ultimate, Rejuvenating Voice, is the bread and butter of this class. Let your allies do the majority of the fighting and lie in wait with your healing powers when they need topping up. If you end up going down, Final Act will allow you to still use your abilities, so you can dash away and heal yourself despite being downed. Nobody likes being a healer, but this class is vital when used effectively.

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Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Saboteur

Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Saboteur

If you want to avoid engagements and combat to simply out-survive your enemies, then the Saboteur is the primary choice, because it is the dream for any camper.

Clan Skill: Vanish - Become invisible and move rapidly for a brief duration.
Passive Skill: Unseen Passage - Turn semi-invisible when crouching.
Archetype Skill: Sewer Bomb - Throw a bomb that explodes and releases toxic gas when approached by enemies.

Rather than using Vanish for the upper hand in combat like the Prowler might, as the Saboteur, you can use Vanish to flee round a corner and avoid combat altogether. Unseen Passage boosts the effectiveness of this because if you crouch right after, you'll stay sort-of invisible, with a ghostly sheen around your body. Not impossible to see, but pretty damn hard. If enemies start approaching your hiding spot, then Sewer Bomb will be immensely useful, as it deals damage to them, and you can either engage from the other side of the toxic gas, or use it as a distraction to run away.

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Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Siren

Best Bloodhunt Archetypes: Siren

Finally, we have the Siren. While it might be the weakest of all six archetypes in Bloodhunt, if you can master the abilities then it becomes a very viable choice for the right playstyle.

Clan Skill: Projection/Dash - Send out a projection of yourself, which you can dash to.
Passive Skill: Kindred Charm - Nearby civilians are charmed, temporarily making them act friendly towards you and your team.
Archetype Skill: Blinding Beauty - Slowly erupt into pure beauty, blinding and damaging all nearby enemies.

The biggest strength for the Siren is Kindred Charm ensuring you'll pretty much never fall victim to a Bloodhunt, which can often be the demise for players. Blinding Beauty is useful in combat too, because you can blind any enemies nearby, which you can dash towards with the clan skill to then finish them off. Overall though, the Siren may need a buff at some point to hold its own against the rest of the characters.

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Now you know the best Bloodhunt archetypes and characters, keep your eyes peeled on GGRecon for more Bloodhunt guides.

 

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