The best Back 4 Blood cards make a significant difference in your chances of survival. There is a surprising amount of flexibility in the way you build your character and deck, with enough cards and a variety of Cleaners where you can have multiple builds for a character. But how do they work? This advice guide will go over what you need to know about maps and give some tips on the best firsts to look for in Back 4 Blood.
What are cards and how do they work?
Cards grant your cleaners and sometimes your team special buffs or debuffs, and although you start with a paltry set of five cards, you’ll quickly rack up enough to build full decks. This is especially true if you’re playing multiplayer and filling up supply lines. Back 4 Blood lets you choose decks at the start of each level or when you start a new race. When building your deck, be sure to put your favorite or favorite card in the first slot, as this ensures that the card will display once the race begins. The cards are divided into several categories, including: Mobility Infringement Defense Healing Corruption You cannot buy Corruption cards. These are just effects that the game chooses at random for each turn to determine such factors as the dangers you will face or the enemies you might encounter. Team cards do what their name suggests and apply a given effect to the whole team. They are temporary and you can buy them in safe rooms before you leave to start a game. The Team strain usually has a high copper price tag, but the benefits it offers are vital, especially in higher difficulties like Nightmare. Finally, be sure to keep track of which mode you are building decks for. Back 4 Blood has three distinct deck types, and they don’t intersect between Campaign and Swarm, for example.
How to get cards
The easiest way to get cards is to buy Supply Lines. You’ll earn Supply Points for every round played in Multiplayer, and completing Act 1 usually unlocks two or three full Supply Lines. Completing the challenges at each stage will earn you rarer cards, although it will likely take multiple tries for some of them. Take note of the special conditions on the corruption cards or in the upper left corner of the screen to get an idea of the challenges of each stage. Other challenges can be found in the Achievements tab. Some stages also have areas where you can buy cards with copper. These are often behind locked doors, so it is worth a member of the group to bring a tool kit.
Back 4 Blood: Best Cards
There is some variability in which cards will work best for your cleaner and style, but these are our top picks for almost any situation.
Best for the offense
Offensive cards are obviously the ones that make you hit harder, but they come in many different shapes and sizes. Combat Knife: melee attack turns into knife attack Battle Lust: melee kills restore 2 health Ridden Slayer: damage bonus against weak points Broadside: precision kills have a chance to detonate Ridden Two is one and one is not: equip a primary weapon in your Hellfire secondary slot: + 45% movement speed while firing and + 5% speed when not don’t shoot
Ideal for assistance
These are the cards that keep your team alive longer. There are several other cards with specific perks, such as extra stamina or more health if you hit with shotguns, but they’re general enough to work for most teams. Scar Tissue: -1 damage suffered by all Climbs Durable: + 15% trauma resistance Inspirational Sacrifice: Team heals 25 if a member is incapacitated Scent Salts: + 100% Ammo revive speed Scavenger: Detect nearby ammo, more ammo spawns Charity Soul: Healing a teammate heals you for 50% of the amount Lucky Pennies: Party has a 35% chance to find 35% more copper Second Chance: Grants a life extra to the team (this is a must for higher difficulties) Again, these are only starting recommendations applicable to most versions. You’ll unlock dozens of additional cards suitable for specific cleaners or builds as you play, but these should give you a foundation enough to understand how deckbuilding works and which ones are right for you. Related Articles: That’s All You Need To Know About Back 4 Blood Cards, But Be Sure To Look at Our Other Back 4 Blood Guides For More Tips.