As you wander through the halls of Bloodstained Ritual of the Night, you will find coinage of every shape and size. However, one type, the 8 Bit Coin, stands out from the rest since you can’t use it like regular in-game cash. If you’re wondering just what these items are, here’s a quick guide on how to get 8 Bit Coins and what they do in Bloodstained Ritual of the Night.
How to Get 8 Bit Coins in Bloodstained Ritual of the Night
Unlike regular coins, collecting 8 Bit Coins isn’t necessarily guaranteed. They are deviously hidden and off the beaten path. Unless you diligently search everywhere, you might never find one. This section of the guide will be updated as we discover more 8 Bit Coins.
After you exit the village, you will come across a long path that leads to a drawbridge, which span a hole. Before you lower the drawbridge, jump down the hole and head left.
You will then run down a corridor mostly filled with harmless rats, as well as several giant rats that will attack you on sight. Eventually, you will find a wall and a path leading upward.
Go against your instincts (or follow them, if you are a veteran Castlevania player) and attack the wall. It will eventually break, leading to a secret room. This room contains a chest, and the coveted 8 Bit Coin is inside.
Alternatively, in the village, you will find a building with a roof that shakes when you stand on it. If the roof doesn’t tremble, you’re on the wrong building.
When you find the correct one, the roof will eventually crumble and send you plummeting through the floors into the dead end with the breakable wall. Just attack the wall, and you will find the 8 Bit Coin room.
Dominique Baldwin, the de facto merchant of Bloodstained Ritual of the Night, has many wares for sale, including 8 Bit Coins. At 4,000 G each, however, you won’t be able to afford the coin until later in the game. Moreover, you need to find an 8 Bit Coin before Dominique starts selling them.
You can find Dominique in the leftmost room of your home base.
Johannes, who resides on the right side of the home base, offers many services. He can craft new items, upgrade shards, and disassemble equipment you no longer need, including items obtained with 8 Bit Coins (more on that in a bit).
If you don’t like the item you bought with the 8 Bit Coin, you can ask Johannes to dismantle it, which will refund you a coin you can use to buy another one. Just select the Dismantle option when interacting with Johannes, select the weapon you don’t want anymore, and you will be refunded the coin.
Of course, you will need six alkahest to dismantle this weapon, which rarely drop from enemies but can be bought from Dominique at 800 G a pop. So, if you want to dismantle one of these special weapons, make sure you really don’t like it.
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What 8 Bit Coins Do
Throughout Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, you will find tons of items in treasure chests, hiding in walls, and on the corpses of slain demons. Some loot, such as swords and rings, can be equipped instantly, while others need to be combined via Johannes’ alchemy before they are usable. 8 Bit Coins fall into the latter category.
When you visit Johannes with an 8 Bit Coin, you can create some very special weapons. Simply select the Craft option while interacting with him, scroll down until you find the weapon you want, and select it.
These weapons aren’t overpowered and are quickly outclassed by equipment you find later in the game, but 8 Bit Coin weapons are essentially teasers for things to come.
For example, the Ambivalence whip can swap between two types of elements, Light and Dark, for extra damage against specific enemies. Meanwhile, the Orleanders boots can poison enemies for damage over time, and the Encrypted Orchid is a lightsaber that unleashes a lingering spark of damaging electricity.
You have plenty of choices regarding weapons you can craft with the 8 Bit Coins, so scroll through the list and select the one that speaks to you. And, if you don’t like what you chose, you can always disassemble it for another 8 Bit Coin, which you can immediately use to pick another weapon.
Now, you might wonder what’s the point of looking for/purchasing coins for weapons that aren’t very powerful. The answer is, surprisingly, upgrading them. Johannes can combine a 8 Bit Coin weapon with a 16 Bit Coin (purchased from Dominique) to craft a more powerful version of that weapon. So, if you want some powerful weapons that get stronger the deeper you explore the castle, you’re going to need to start collecting those coins.
That’s everything you need to know about what 8 Bit Coins do. This guide will be updated as we discover more places to find 8 Bit Coins. For more useful tips and guides, stick with Twinfinite.