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Back 4 Blood Guide Trauma explained


Back 4 Blood Guide Trauma explained

Trauma is a game mechanic in Back 4 Blood that cuts your health bar. So this will reduce your maximum health. Trauma is not easily healed, but you can strengthen your resistance to it.

How does trauma build up?

You can tell whether you are suffering from trauma from your health bar. This can have four different colors:

  • White indicates the amount of health you have available.
  • Red indicates the health that you have lost. This health can be restored with the help of healing items.
  • The black part of the health bar shows you the trauma. This will reduce your maximum health.
  • Blue is only part of the bar if you have taken pain medication. They improve your health for a short period of time. Painkillers can also help with trauma, but more on that later.

The strength and impact of trauma is primarily related to the level of difficulty . On "Recruit" you are not burdened as much by it as on "Nightmare".

As the level of difficulty increases, not only does the likelihood of suffering trauma increase, but so does the impact of this game mechanic on gameplay. On higher levels of difficulty it will hinder you a lot more than on "Recruit".

Trauma is usually built up when you get blood on the hat in Back 4. The longer you have to expose yourself to the attacks of the infected , the more the trauma increases. In addition, you should avoid being incapacitated, because this also increases your trauma.

How can I heal trauma?

Trauma cannot be healed just like that, which is why it can become a heavy burden in Back 4 Blood. The best way to heal it is through the healing stations that you can find in the game . These are the red boxes on the walls that you often find in (locked) rooms.

When using these stations, keep in mind that free use or general use is limited. So make sure that the members of your team first use the healing station who are most affected by the trauma.

Pain relievers can also be very useful. While they do not permanently heal trauma, the black part of the health bar will also turn blue for the duration of their effects . This means that more health is available to you again.

How can I improve my trauma resistance?

First of all, you should always have Doc with you, especially on higher levels of difficulty . Of all eight characters , she is the only one who automatically strengthens the team's trauma resistance. With Doc in the group you will be able to use many other benefits for your health.

The other way to increase trauma resistance is of course with certain cards that should be in your deck. The following selection of cards has a positive effect on your trauma resistance:

  • Motivational Speech: + 20% reduced incapacitated trauma
  • Durable : + 15% trauma resistance
  • Wooden armor: + 40% trauma resistance
  • Body armor: + 25% trauma resistance
  • Fresh Bandages: Heals 10 trauma damage at the start of each level
  • Shelter Restoration : The team heals 5 trauma damage and refills 10% ammo at the start of each level
  • Medic: First Aid and Defibrillators also restore 15 trauma damage and 1 extra life