Vampire Survivors has a badass new boss rush mode in patch 0.9

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Or, as the developers put it in the game menu, a “Challenge of Recycled Assets”.

With patches coming out all the time, stay tuned Vampire Survivor wasn’t easy, but pretty much every step was fun. The new content in patch 0.9 feels a little superficial from the outside, but once you actually try it, it’s unforgettable. The biggest addition is Boss Rash, an arena-based survival mode. If you can survive 15 minutes, you can unlock a wonderfully weird new character.

Before you can enter Boss Rash, you must first unlock Hyper mode on the five regular tiers – Mad Forest, Inlaid Library, Dairy Plant, Gallo Tower, and Cappella Magna. Hypermode will open once you kill the boss that spawns on these stages after 25 minutes. if you were an avid Vampire Survivor Player, you should be good to go.

I already had every Hyper mode ready before Patch 0.9 came out, but to spawn Boss Rash I had to play a match and then quit. That worked.

Before I go into any more detail, there’s a good-to-know tidbit that needs to be covered.

Going forward, saved data will be stored in %APPDATA%/Vampire_Survivors_Data – this change is intended to “avoid cloud conflicts and issues on Steam Deck”.

**Spoilers below**

If you want to be as efficient as possible (and feel safe), Try playing Boss Rash with only one weapon Use the Max. Weapons” – this is the criterion for the new character Gyorunton, who wears a bracelet. It looks like a long-lost Pokemon!

Vampire Survivor Gyorunton
Why are you so sweet???

As much as I like this colorful character design, I’m not sold on the projectile bracelet, which evolves into a bi and then a tri bracelet without having to pair it with an item.

Vampire Survivor Patch 0.9 also brings two new Arcanas: Twilight Requiem (unlocked by reaching level 99 as a Dommario) and Twins (Reach level 99 as Pugnala). The former creates explosions when certain weapons expire, and the latter creates a counterpart to Peachone, Ebony Wings, Phiera Der Tuphello, and Eight the Sparrow.

Boss Rash is the clear highlight. The final moments are challenging, even with a souped-up character. You have to face several reapers – even the big boss – at the same time in an uncomfortably small space. Granted, for egg-hoarding mills out there, it will be a no-brainer. But I just made it to the 15 minute mark, with Revives lending a hand at the last second.

Not for long now, right? 1.0 feels close.

Jordan Devore

Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random images. They are anything but random.

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