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Death Stranding: How to Heal

Restore blood level with these tips

by Kyle Hanson


In a world where death produces a supernatural explosion the likes of which our real world has never seen, staying healthy is pretty important. In Death Stranding this means maintaining your Blood level, which acts as your HP or health of sorts. And while you often regenerate Blood on your own as you play, you might get into situations where you need more ASAP. To help, here’s a guide on how to heal in Death Stranding.

How to Heal

Early in the game you’re introduced to one way to heal. Fragile explains that Cryptobiotes, sort of ethereal bugs that float through the air, can be eaten to restore Blood levels. It’s not a very strong effect, but it can really help get you out of a jam. The first thing you have to do is find them, of course, so use your scanner and look for the piles of reddish rocks where the Cryptobiotes reside. Once you have them you still need to actually eat them. To do this just hold left on the D-Pad and select the Cryptobiotes then hit X to eat them. This will boost your Blood level and heal you somewhat. But there’s more options open to you.

Blood Bags are an item you’ll receive shortly after getting through the introduction of the game. These items store some of Sam’s blood and can be equipped so that they slowly restore his health without any input from the player. To use them all you need to do is have them on you when your Blood level drops below full. This will happen automatically, so just make sure you have a few of them on you, if you think you’ll be encountering some enemies on your journey.

Finally there’s the biggest way to heal in Death Stranding, which is to rest at a Safe House. Any Knot City or Distribution Center that has been hooked up to the Chiral Network and joined the UCA should offer Sam the chance to rest in his Private Room. This restores pretty much everything about Sam’s health and well being, so do it whenever you can. This will also refill your Blood Bags, just in case you need them later on.

And that’s how to heal in Death Stranding.

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