This page details how to find and kill the Putrid Rat V blood boss in V Rising. Includes how to construct the Vermin Nest, how to find a Twilight Snapper, Fish Bone, and Grave Dust, and how to defeat the Putrid Rat to use Rat Form.
Construct a Vermin Nest in Your Castle
There are numerous V blood bosses which can be viewed and tracked using the Blood Altar from your castle. However, the Putrid Rat is unique in that you are unable to track it from the altar. You also won’t be able to find it by chance out in the wild. Instead, you first need to construct the Vermin Nest, which can be found in the Refinement tab of the Production build menu. You’ll need 360 Stone and 120 Bone to do this, but these are both readily available materials found throughout the world, so it shouldn’t be a problem to get them quickly. If by chance you are struggling to get enough bone, or if you want to get a lot of bone quickly, look for Graveyards or Haunted sites on the map, where you’ll find plenty of undead enemies who drop them. Otherwise, you can gradually acquire them at a slower rate as you defeat creatures and some humanoids.
How to Summon the Putrid Rat
Now that you have a Vermin Nest, you’ll be able to see that you can actually “craft” the Putrid Rat, from the third recipe down to the left of the Vermin Nest tab. To craft it, you’ll need to acquire 1 Twilight Snapper, 4 Fish Bones, and 8 Grave Dust. These are relatively easy items to find, but they can take some time investment, especially if you’re unlucky with fishing.
Defeat Fufus the Foreman for the Fishing Pole Recipe
The first thing you’ll need to do before you can actually go fishing is defeat another V blood boss, Rufus the Foreman. This is a level 20 boss who provides the recipe for a Fishing Pole, alongside other useful rewards such as the Hunter’s Crossbow, Sculptured Wood, Painting Frame, and Woodworking Bench, not to mention the Blood Rage ability. You’ll find Rufus at the Bandit Logging Camp, which can be found in the eastern side of Farbane Woods, as shown in the screenshot below. Once you’ve killed him, you can return to your castle and construct a Woodworking Bench, which requires 12 Planks and 60 Animal Hide. The planks can be refined from lumber (20 Lumber = 1 Plank) using the Sawmill, while the hides drop from most creatures.
At the Woodworking Bench, you can craft the Fishing Pole using 8 Planks, 4 Copper Ingots, and 4 Course Thread. You can refine the Copper Ingots from Copper Ore using a Furnace, and the Course Thread is a relatively common drop from bandits and stashes at bandit camps, so you should have plenty of this after defeating Rufus. Now that you have the Fishing Pole, it’s time to go fishing…
How to Fish for the Twilight Snapper in V Rising
The fishing system in V Rising is rather basic to say the least, but it forms an important part of the game, especially if you want to keep your prisoners happy enough to farm blood from them later in the game. However, for the purposes of summoning the Putrid Rat, all you need to find is a Twilight Snapper and 4 Fish Bones. The Fish Bones are easy enough to catch, since they’re one of the most common outcomes for most fishing ventures. You can also find them as loot drops from enemies and stashes, though this is a less reliable method. The Twilight Snapper is a particular type of fish, and it’s significantly more rare than the bones. You may find yourself fishing for a substantial amount of time before you catch one.
It may seem a bit confusing when you first begin to fish, since you can’t actually cast a line into any body of water in Vardoran. Instead, you need to find specific spots of water which appear to bubble at the surface. You can click on this bubbling surface with the Fishing Pole equipped to cast your line, then wait for a visual and sound cue that there’s something on the line. The sound cue comes in the form of a loud splash, and the visual cue is a splash which emanates from the bubbling water, as shown in the gif below. You’ll need to click immediately when you see this happen to ensure that you make a successful catch.
If you catch a fish (or anything else), it will appear as a drop in front of you on the ground. You can then loot it and find it in your inventory. The bubble on the surface of the water will disappear, and it won’t respawn for a while, so you’ll need to find another body of water with bubbles in it to try fishing. Once you have a Twilight Snapper and 4 Fish Bones, all that remains is 8 Grave Dust. You can find this as a relatively rare drop from undead enemies, but you can also refine it using the Grinder, a piece of technology that you’ll have access to by default from the Refinement tab of the Production build menu. You’ll need 8 Planks, 4 Copper Ingots and 4 Whetstones to make the Grinder. The Whetstones can be found as drops in most camps. It costs 100 Bone to produce 1 Grave Dust, so you’ll need to kill a fair amount of creatures or undead before you have enough.
How to Defeat the Putrid Rat and Use Rat Form
Once you have all the ingredients assembled (1 Twilight Snapper, 4 Fish Bone and 8 Grave Dust), place them into the Vermin Nest to begin summoning the Putrid Rat. The nest will glow green and it will take 24 seconds to summon the rat, at which point it’ll spawn in your castle as a hostile V blood boss, so you should be ready for a fight.
The fight with the Putrid Rat shouldn’t be too difficult so long as you have decent gear which brings you up to around Gear Level 30. It has a substantial amount of health so you’ll want to use high damage spells / attacks, but a source of healing such as Purgatory will also prove extremely useful. If you don’t yet have a skill which heals you, be sure to have at least a couple of items which are capable of healing you as you kite the boss to avoid damage, such as Vermin Salves or Blood Rose Potions. In truth, Purgatory is an ideal skill for this fight, since it heals you while also inflicting AoE (Area of Effect) damage, something which will be useful once you bring the Putrid Rat down to around 50% health, since it summons numerous smaller rat adds at this point.
If you don’t have Purgatory, any AoE skill will be useful for this stage of the fight, but you’ll need to be careful to ensure that you’re not overwhelmed by the adds. The Putrid Rat can inflict a fair amount of damage with each hit, and it has two main skills that it will use frequently throughout the fight. One is a single-target slash attack, which consists of the rat quickly striking at you with swift consecutive blows. This is easy to avoid by just running away or using a Veil skill to quickly dodge it, but if you’re caught it can inflict a lot of damage in a short amount of time. The boss will jump slightly in the air and glow slightly red before the attack is initiated, so look out for these visual cues and be ready to move.
The other main skill that the Putrid Rat uses is an AoE slam skill. This will inflict less damage than the single-target attack, but it can easily catch you off guard if you’re not ready to move when the attack begins to initiate. Look out for when the boss begins to shake as a green mist forms around it, before it slams one of its paws on the ground to create an explosive AoE attack. So long as you’re ready for the attack and move out of the way in time, you should be fine. With all the adds dead, there isn’t much else to this fight. You can extract the V blood once the Putrid Rat falls to learn the Rat Form Vampire Power, which will allow you to transform into a rat, providing the following buff: “Turn into a small rat and blend into the environment making it harder for enemies to detect you. Taking damage breaks the effect.”. You can access this from the same power wheel where you find Wolf Form and Blood Mend.