Blood Echoes are obtained by killing enemies or consuming blood echo items. The amount of Blood Echoes an enemy drops is determined by the strength of said enemy. The player starts out with a different amount of Blood Echoes depending on their Origin.
Recovering Blood Echoes
Blood Echoes can be recovered in two ways. The first is by finding the location of your previous death. A blood stain will contain your echoes if there are no nearby enemies to absorb the echoes. Upon death however, enemies can absorb your blood echoes if their spawn location is close enough to your death location. The closest enemy will absorb all your echoes if there are multiple enemies within the range; this is determined without account for height so enemies that spawn below and above you can absorb your echoes. Enemies carrying your echoes are identified by their glowing eyes, which also signifies that they have become stronger by absorbing your blood echoes.
If you die and reload your save, your blood stain (even if an enemy absorbed your Blood Echoes) will be relocated at the Lecture Building just before the library hall outside the lamp room(1st floor).
Blood Echoes can be used to purchase items from Messengers in the Hunter's Dream. They can also be used to level up your character via The Doll. Echoes can be used to fortify and repair your weapons in the Hunter's Dream as well.
- Witch's Abode - Equip Heir and Moon Caryll Runes. The Executioners can be staggered easily, making use of the Heir rune (since they will be the bulk of Blood Echoes here). Run back to either lamp in the area or use a Bold Hunter's Mark.
- Ailing Loran Layer One (Ailing Loran Chalice) or
Lower Loran Layer Two (Lower Loran Chalice) - Equip Moon Caryll Runes. Go to Ailing Loran Layer One and kill the eight (8) enemies in the first room (7 Wraiths & 1 Big Wraith). These enemies have a simple attack pattern and deal minimal damage. Without any Runes equipped, the room will yield 24,269 Blood Echoes. With 3 Moon Runes equipped, it yields 41,644 Blood Echoes.