What Bloodlines 2 Disciplines can you unlock in Kindred-controlled Seattle? Each power with which you’re imbued as you navigate the bloodthirsty politics of the West Coast has multiple applications and can completely transform your dark, twisted adventure. What we’ve seen of Bloodlines 2’s gameplay so far bears this out: just like Dishonored or Deus Ex, you have multiple ways to progress in combat and traversal.
Each of the five Bloodlines 2 clans – ancient families that have the most influence over vampire society – boast familiarity with three different abilities. In Hardsuit Labs’ sanguineous sequel you start as a Thinblood, which allows you the choice between three different Bloodlines 2 abilities. Then, later in the game, you get the chance to join one of the major families, which further expands your choice of salacious skills.
We don’t know all the Bloodlines 2 Disciplines yet – publisher Paradox Interactive will be detailing those in the coming weeks – but we’ll be collating all of the bloody information that emerges in this guide. We do know that the early events will introduce you to your Bloodlines 2 Thinblood abilities, but the decisions you make with them become more nuanced as the game progresses. So, here are all the Bloodlines 2 abilities we know about so far.
Here are the Bloodlines 2 Disciplines we know about so far by Clan:
The most vampiric power in our book, Chiropteran is all about bats. But, while hanging upside down rather than sleeping prone in an actual bed is optional, choosing the Chiropteran Discipline means that you can glide through the air and summon swarms of your fruit-loving mates.
- Glide: Significantly reduces your muscle mass and weight to allow you to float up updrafts to access higher areas. Can also swoop on NPCs and rain down powers from above
- Bat Swarm: Summon bats to attack a target to disable them and deal damage
Mentalism is essentially telekinesis for the fanged parasites of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. This ability branch lets you move objects from afar with your mind which also has a good chance to letting you access distant places.
- Pull: Allows you drag in inanimate objects from afar, be it a out-of-reach obstacle, or an enemy weapon you want to use for your own ends
- Levitate: Suspend enemies and throw them around like a ragdoll. Can raise up more powerful enemies when upgraded
Nebulation is a Bloodlines 2 power that lets you shroud yourself into a wispy body of mist. It’s also a choking hazard, just not for you. You can also surround, blind, and choke the NPCs on whom you wish lung-clogging misfortune.
- Mist Shroud: Envelops you in mist, muffles footsteps, and makes you harder to notice. Can also travel through tight spaces and choke targets
- Envelop: Creates swirling cloud of mist that surrounds and forcibly enters the lungs of NPCs that touch it
If the problem can be resolved with fists, the Brujah are the Clan to call. What they lack in diplomatic skills they make up for with punching. Invest in this skill branch to turn walls into rubble and people into many different bits of people.
- Fist of Caine: Punch objects and people with such force they shatter into tiny pieces, throwing them in all directions
- Earthshock: Punch the ground with such force you trigger an earthquake. Causes a shockwave that knocks down nearby NPCs
Just because the Brujah are brawny, that doesn’t mean they’re not fast, too. Celerity means that you won’t just get beaten into a bloody pulp: it’ll be over before you can blink.
- Unseen Storm: Dash away in any direction and momentarily disappear from view to attack and dodge around foes
- Accelerate: Reach such speeds that everything else becomes slow motion. Avoid bullets and land the killer blow before targets know what hit them
And there you go, those are all the different Bloodlines 2 Disciplines we know about so far. Remember there are plenty more on the way but, to be honest, we’re stuck on what exciting ability we’re going to choose first already.
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