How to co-op for Chalice Dungeons & use Makeshift Altar in Bloodborne

Chalice Dungeon are underground ruins that can be entered only by using Holy Chalices. These Dungeons add a ton of additional content and special rewards because every time you enter a chalice it offers random bosses and different rewards.
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After defeating the third boss – Blood-starved Beast, players acquire the first chalice named – Pthumeru chalice that can be used at any of the Ritual altars in the Hunter’s dream, except the first one (the altars look like tombstones). In order to use any chalice you’ll need some additional materials like Ritual Blood or Tomb Mold and some Blood Echoes. These basic components can be bought from the messengers near the altars, while the higher level components drop in Chalice dungeons. You can also check out our guide for all Chalice Dungeons and their requirements.

How to create Chalice Dungeons

When you acquire the first chalice (after defeating the third boss – Blood-starved Beast,) go to Hunter’s dream and create a Chalice Dungeon at any Ritual Altar except the first one. Press square at the altar where you started the ritual to make your chalice dungeon accessible to other players. While creating it, be sure to set the privacy to public, if you want other players to join your dungeon, or make it private and only players who knows the password and the Glyph code can enter it.

How to co-op for Chalice dungeons

Player who creates a dungeon should ring the Beckoning Bell the moment he enters the dungeon, in case he needs help from other players. Ringing the Beckoning Bell will consume 1 Insight. If you play with a friend, give your friend dungeon’s glyph code (letters and numbers in the bottom right corner in your altar menu). Your friend should enter this code at the altar in “Search by chalice glyph” option. After that your friend will have the same dungeon like you. When he enters the dungeon he needs to ring Resonating bell (it doesn’t consume Insight). You have to be patient because it sometime takes more than 5 minutes to co-op with each other.

If you don’t play with a friend, but you want to join a random public dungeon and help someone, you should approach the Ritual Altar in Hunter’s dream and in the “Chalice dungeon search” select a random dungeon. After that enter the dungeon and ring Resonating bell. You will co-op with the host only if he rang his Beckoning Bell.

How does co-op work in Dungeons?

Only the host of the Chalice dungeon gets the next chalice, loot from chests and continues chalice progression. When you kill a boss as a host, guest player is sent back to his version of your dungeon. Now, the guest player should ring Beckoning bell in his version of your dungeon, and the former host player needs to return to previous dungeon level and ring his Resonant bell. The roles will change and the former host becomes summoned. Players will have to do the same chalice twice if both of them want to continue the chalice line and get the same rewards.

If you die as a guest you should ring your resonant bell again and rejoin. If the host dies, he has to ring Beckoning Bell again, but the guest needs to ring his resonant bell again to rejoin.

How to use Makeshift Altar

Before you can use the first Altar – Makeshift Altar in the Hunter’s Dream, you have to acquire the item – Short Ritual Root Chalice. Defeating the last boss in Lower Hintertomb Chalice (the order of the chalices is the following: Pthumeru Chalice -> Central Pthumeru Chalice -> Hintertomb Chalice -> Lower Hintertomb Chalice) unlocks the key “Short Ritual Root Chalice” and use of Makeshift Altar. This Altar has three Quick-search options:

  • Dungeon Quick-search: Quick search and join an accessible Chalice Dungeon.
  • Co-op Quick-search: Quick search a Beckoning Bell chime to begin co-op
  • Adversarial Quick-search: Quick search a Sinister Bell chime to become an adversary. (PvP chalice)

I would like to thank Grooney218 for some clarifications.