Bleak Faith: Forsaken – Beginners Guide (Tips, Tricks, & Strategies)

Those who begin the action RPG Bleak Faith: Forsaken may notice many similarities in gameplay to Soulsbourne titles, but there are still plenty of tricks and strategies unique to this game that make it a distinct experience for beginners. Developer Archangel Studios have crafted a difficult but satisfying adventure through grueling boss battles and intricate story levels that test a player’s ability to adapt to new challenges. Through an interconnected world that players make their way through, there are plenty of intricate details in both gameplay and story that may be difficult to comprehend at first.


A general tip about Bleak Faith: Forsaken‘s gameplay would be to constantly level up stats when able. Similar to focused character builds seen in Elden Ring, players are able to customize their scores in this game to become stronger for the tougher battles later in the story. The primary stats available for players to invest in are Strength, Agility, Intellect, and Constitution, each of which require crystals to upgrade when talking to the Handler NPC. Having high stats are a great way for players to gain advantages in combat, especially when they are aware what each score does.

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Understand the Application of Every Stat

Bleak Faith: Forsaken Player About to Fight Boss with Glowing Battle Axe

Since stats are a constant and important part of Bleak Faith: Forsaken, players should understand what leveling them up contributes toward. Strength increases Base Weapon Damage as well as Critical Weapon Damage, while also reducing weight penalties and other penalties to some heavy weapon speeds as seen on the Greatsword.

Meanwhile, Agility bolsters Critical Chance and boosts the player’s maximum stamina, simultaneously giving them more movement and lowered character visibility to enemies. Bosses like Bleak Faith: Forsaken‘s Konrad the Traitor are much easier to deal with if player’s have more stamina to dodge with.

Flux relates to certain abilities tied to weapons players find, and can be enhanced when players choose to level up their Intellect score. Ability damage in general is raised when Intellect goes up, while Constitution simply gives the player higher maximum Health and stagger resistance.

Players are recommended to focus on Strength and Constitution during the early levels if looking to use heavier weapons that deal more damage, or prioritize Agility over Strength if they want to use faster tools.

Learn What Status Effects Do

Bleak Faith: Forsaken Boss Arena with Player Using Spartan Style Armor Set Against Boss with Large Pike Weapon

A core part of the combat in Bleak Faith: Forsaken ties into the status effects that can be applied to both the player and the enemies they fight. In total, there are four ailments that change up combat scenarios, called Silence, Heat, Frost, and Decay.

Although not as serious as the Scarlet Rot condition from Elden Ring, Decay still reduces all armor resistances and lowers attack power by 10% per stack of Decay inflicted. This status could be devastating if used on the player, but an incredible opportunity to weaken strong enemies in certain weapon builds.

Silence works best on targets that use magic, since this condition prevents the afflicted from casting at all, or slows down their casting speed if they are immune to the status. Heat and Frost are incredibly similar, as both deal damage over time.

Frost also slows down the target with the status, giving players more time to dodge attacks or exploit weaknesses in battle. While players are encouraged to explore these statuses by inflicting them on foes, they should also be aware how it affects their character should they be on the receiving end.

Enhance Character Traits with Abilities and Perks

Bleak Faith: Forsaken Player Attacking Enemy with Red Aura From Vampirism Perk Equipped for Lifesteal

The best weapons in Soulsbourne games are the ones players upgrade to become even better versions of themselves, which applies to Bleak Faith: Forsaken too. Completing challenges in the game unlocks new weapons for the player to use, as well as new upgrades for abilities.

Exploring different skills to suit specific builds makes up much of Bleak Faith: Forsaken‘s customization options, so players should experiment with various abilities to see which ones appeal to them the most.

On the other hand, Perks are incredibly useful as well because they provide players with passive buffs to aid them in combat. Capable of being upgraded just like base stats, these Perks may not seem strong during the early parts of the game, but their enhancements make them nearly unstoppable later on.

Closely related to Talisman Slots in Elden Ring, there are 18 Perks in the game, but players can only have a limited number of them equipped at a time, incentivizing careful upgrades toward the ones that work best.

Best Early Game Perks



Reason(s) to Equip

Natural Talent

Grants a bonus to a player’s stats that are being increased by equipment.

  • One of the best Perks in the game
  • Upgrades start from Constitution only to every other stat
  • Makes players incredibly durable and versatile


Gives the player’s weapons lifesteal, or the ability to regain health when hitting enemies with a melee attack.

  • Stacks with weapons that already have lifesteal
  • Strong immediately, getting only better with upgrades


Creates a copy of the player that assists in battle.

  • Upgrades lead to creating this clone more often
  • Stacks with Companions Perk for multiple allies


Increases stun build-up on the Demon Souls inspired weapons in Bleak Faith: Forsaken as well as damage dealt to stunned enemies.

  • Synergizes well with a variety of weapons
  • Pairs into many other Perks
  • Extra damage makes strong early game builds

Lose Often to Learn Patterns

Bleak Faith: Forsaken Konrad the Traitor Boss Fight Near Beginning of the Game as the First Major Enemy Players Face

An unfortunate reality of 3rd person action RPG titles like Bleak Faith: Forsaken is that players will lose, and lose often. With no difficulty settings, players are forced to learn how enemy attack patterns function in order to beat the toughest bosses or singular enemy types. Experience comes with failure, and players need to set their expectations for this reality before embarking on their adventure.

As long as players remember to upgrade their stats and weapons, or increase their passive buffs through Perks, they should have no problem becoming adept in combat. In a direct comparison to the tough bosses of Soulsbourne titles, players receive plenty of rewards for overcoming bosses during their playthrough, earning more customization options to help with progression. The best strategies or tricks to use in Bleak Faith: Forsaken come from trial and error, which players do not need to view as an obstacle as there is no real penalty for their losses.

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