Bleed builds up after successive attacks from specific weapons in a similar way to Poison, but it deals instant damage instead of damage per second. As the victim is hit, the Bleed Resist meter fills. The rate at which this fills is dependent on the Bleed Resist value of the victim and the Bleed auxiliary effect modifier, which corresponds to buildup of the offender's weapon. Once the Bleed Resist meter is full, "Blood Loss" occurs.
Blood Loss deals damage based on a percentage of the victim's total health, typically 30%, but 50% when weapons associated with Priscilla are used. This is also applied to enemies in the same amount, but with bosses the amount inflicted is smaller, but still substantial.
- Bleed damage can be avoided by rolling the moment when the Bleed meter fills.
Bleed buildup slowly decreases with time, and can also be cured with the items Bloodred Moss Clump and Divine Blessing, or through the use of the Remedy sorcery. Resting at a bonfire also cures buildup.
As with defense against other negative status effects, light armor sets generally offer the best Bleed resistance. The Chester's Set offers excellent protection against Bleed. The Dingy Set, Gold-Hemmed Black Set and Shadow Set are also good alternatives.
Individual armor pieces that have the highest Bleed Resist when fully upgraded are the Gargoyle Helm, Sage Robe, Smough's Gauntlets, and either Blood-Stained Skirt or Maiden Skirt, totalling 163.7 Bleed Resist.
The Bloodbite Ring increases resistance by 400% of the character's intrinsic Bleed Resist and is not affected by armor; however, it does stack with weapons and shields that affect Bleed Resist.
The Bloodshield offers excellent Bleed resistance and is the only shield to offer defense against this negative status effect.
|Barbed Straight Sword||33||30%|
|Jagged Ghost Blade||30||30%|
|Painting Guardian Sword||30||30%|
|Infliction Source||Buildup||Damage Percentage|
|Forest Hunter Thief||???||???|
|Kirk, Knight of Thorns||???||???|
|Lord's Blade Ciaran||???||???|
|Undead Male Merchant||42||42%|
|Xanthous King, Jeremiah||???||???|
|Abyss Attack Dog||???||???|
|Giant Skeleton Swordsman||33||22%|
|Wooden Scarecrow - Scissor Wielding||???||???|