Vampire Survivors – Ultimate Basic Guide (Weapons, Passive Boosts, Characters etc.)

All information from the in-game achievements / collection tabs in one location (with a few additional notes).

Definitive Guide to Basics

Weapons

  • Whip – Attacks horizontally, passes through enemies.
  • Ignores: speed, duration.
  • Bloody Tear – Evolved Whip. Can deal critical damage and absorb HP.
  • Requires: Hollow Heart
  • Magic Wand – Fires at the nearest enemy.
  • Ignores: duration.
  • Holy Wand – Evolved Magic Wand. Fires with no delay.
  • Requires: Empty Tome.
  • Knife – Fires quickly in the faced direction.
  • Ignores: duration.
  • Thousand Edge – Evolved Knife. Fires with no delay.
  • Requires: Bracer.
  • Axe – High damage, high Area scaling.
  • Ignores: duration.
  • Death Spiral – Evolved Axe. Passes through enemies.
  • Requires: Candelabrador.
  • Cross – Aims at nearest enemy, has boomerang effect.
  • Ignores: duration.
  • Unlocked by: Find a Rosary. (drops from breaking light sources)
  • Heaven Sword – Evolved Cross. Can deal critical damage.
  • Requires: Clover
  • King Bible – Orbits around the character.
  • Best with: speed, duration, area.
  • Unholy Vespers – Evolved King Bible. Never ends.
  • Requires: Spellbinder.
  • Fire Wand – Fires at a random enemy, deals heavy damage.
  • Ignores: duration.
  • Unlocked by: Destroy 20 light sources.
  • Hellfire – Evolved Fire Wand. Passes through enemies.
  • Requires: Spinach
  • Peachone – Bombards in a circling zone.
  • Best with: cooldown, duration.
  • Unlocked by: Survive 10 minutes with any character.
  • Ebony Wings – Bombards in a circling zone.
  • Best with: cooldown, duration.
  • Unlocked by: Get Peachone to Level 7.
  • Santa Water – Generates damaging zones.
  • Ignores: speed
  • Runetracer – Passes through enemies, bounces around.
  • Best with: speed, duration.
  • Unlocked by: Survive 5 minutes with Pasqualina.
  • Lightning Ring – Strikes at random enemies.
  • Ignores: speed, duration.
  • Unlocked by: Defeat a total of 5000 enemies.
  • Garlic – Damages nearby enemies.
  • Ignores: cooldown, duration, speed.
  • Unlocked by: Find 5 Floor Chickens.
  • Pentagram – Erases everything in sight.
  • Best with: cooldown and luck only.
  • Unlocked by: Survive 20 minutes with any character.
  • Clock Lancet – Chance to freeze enemies in time.
  • Ignores: power, speed, amount, area.
  • Unlocked by: Find a Orologion. (drops from breaking light sources)
  • Laurel – Shields from damage when active.
  • Best with: cooldown only.
  • Bone – Throws a bouncing projectile.
  • Best with: duration, speed.
  • Only usable by Mortaccia (starting weapon).

Passive Boosts

  • Spinach – Raises inflicted damage by 10%.
  • Armor – Reduces incoming damage by 1.
  • Hollow Heart – Augments max health by 10%.
  • Unlocked by: Survive 1 minute with any character.
  • Pummarola – Character recovers 0.1 HP per second.
  • Unlocked by: Survive 5 minutes with Gennaro.
  • Empty Tome – Reduces weapons cooldown by 8%.
  • Unlocked by: Hold 6 different weapons at once.
  • Candelabrador – Augments area of attacks by 10%.
  • Unlocked by: Get Santa Water to Level 4.
  • Bracer – Increases projectiles speed by 10%.
  • Unlocked by: Get King Bible to Level 4.
  • Spell Binder – Increases duration of weapon effects by 10%.
  • Unlocked by: Get Runetracer to Level 7.
  • Duplicator – Weapons fire more projectiles.
  • Unlocked by: Get Magic Wand to Level 7.
  • Wings – Character moves 10% faster.
  • Unlocked by: Reaching Level 5 with any character.
  • Attractorb – Character pickups items from further away.
  • Unlocked by: Find a Vacuum (drops from breaking light sources)
  • Clover – Character gets 10% luckier.
  • Unlocked by: Find a Little Clover (drops from breaking light sources)
  • Crown – Character gains 7% more experience.
  • Unlocked by: Reaching Level 10 with any character.
  • Stone Mask – Character earns 10% more coins.
  • Unlocked by: Find a Stone Mask (Found in Library in top alcove sections rarely)

Characters

  • Antonio – Starting Weapon: Whip
  • Passive: Attacks deal 10% more damage every 10 levels (max +50%) (Lvl 50)

Available from beginning, purchased with gold

  • Imelda – Starting Weapon: Magic Wand
  • Passive: Gains 10% more experience every 5 levels (max +30%). (Lvl 15)
  • Pasqualina – Starting weapon: Runetracer
  • Passive: Projectiles get 10% faster every 5 levels (max +30%). (Lvl 30)
  • Gennaro – Starting weapon: Knife
  • Passive: Permanent +1 projectile (all weapons).

Unlocked with Achievement, then purchased with gold.

  • Mortaccia – Starting Weapon: Bone
  • Passive: Gets more projectiles every 20 levels (max+3) (Lvl 60)
  • Unlocked by: Defeat a total of 3000 skeletons.
  • Poe – Starting Weapon: Garlic
  • Passive: Permanent +25% pickup radius and =30 max health.
  • Unlocked by: Get Garlic to Level 7.
  • Porta – Starting Weapon: Lightning Ring
  • Passive: Permanent +30% area. Starts with temporarily reduced cooldown (so Lightning Ring kills faster).
  • Unlocked by: Get Lightning Ring to Level 4.
  • Arca – Starting Weapon: Fire Wand.
  • Passive: Weapon cooldown is reduced by 5% every 10 levels. (max -15%) (Lvl 30)
  • Unlocked by: Get Fire Wand to Level 4.

Maps

  • Hyper Mad Forest – Defeat the giant Blue Venus in the Mad Forest.
  • Inlaid Library – Reach Level 20 in Mad Forest.
  • Hyper Inlaid Library – Defeat the Nesuferit in the Inlaid Library.

Beginner Tips

This is opinion from my playing experience.

Play however until you unlock Garlic (5 Floor Chickens), Hollow Heart (Live 1 minute), and Empty Tome (Equip 6 weapons). Then start trying to follow this tier-list for building a powerful character (asterisks denote that item needs unlocking).

Antonio: Starting weapon – Whip

Weapons

  • Best picks: Garlic, King Bible, Magic Wand, Laurel
  • OK Picks: Axe (best 6th weapon if evolved with Candelabrador), Cross, Runetracer
  • Poor picks: Fire Wand, Knife, Peachone, Ebony Wings, Santa Water, Lightning Ring
  • Worst picks: Clock Lancet, Pentagram

Passives

  • Best picks: Spinach, Spellbinder (evolving King Bible), Empty Tome (evolving Magic Wand)
  • Good picks: Duplicator / Crown / Attractorb
  • OK Picks: Hollow Heart (evolving whip) / Bracer / Candelabrador (higher if using axe)
  • Poor picks: Clover / Stone Mask
  • Worst picks: Wings / Armor / Pummarola

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