If you’re into survival games, chances are you may have heard murmurings about V Rising, a vampire survival title from Stunlock Studios, the developers behind Battlerite. It’s like a lot of other games in the genre, except you’re playing at a Diablo-esque camera angle and well, you’re a vampire. That comes with all sorts of complications including avoiding the sun, feeding on enemies, and building a cool-ass base. One of very first problems we ran into was trying to find a suitable area to place down our base hub, called a Castle Heart. We encountered various issues like Blocked by Environment, Blocked by Road, and more. In this guide, we’ll help you solve this problem and suggest some good areas to plop down your base.
If you’re looking for more help, we have guides on how to get Blood Essence, how long a day is, explainers on teleport and Blood Types, how to get around the environment when placing a Castle Heart, and what the Castle is Decaying message means as well as how to work around it.
V Rising Blocked by Environment Error
When placing down your Castle Heart you need a large, flat area to build your base. That means somewhere with no obstructions like roads, rivers, or things you aren’t able to destroy. Early on this can be a problem as it’s certainly not easy to eliminate all nearby trees and rocks, especially when some have a higher level cap then you, rendering them indestructible.
You have a few options here. The easiest is to keep exploring until you come across a flat and open land. We recommend looking at your map where it is easier to see these areas. Keep in mind that the world is the same for everyone and isn’t procedurally generated. There are also plenty of foes to worry about as well.
That flat area to the south at the center of the above image, near that lake, was full of big enemies that were so powerful their level indicator changed to a skull. It might not be the most ideal, but we ended up settling where the red triangle is for our starter base. There were a few skeletons around, but they stopped spawning once we placed down the Castle Heart. If you find you’re not a fan, you can always move later! We just wanted something as fast as possible so we could continue on with the tutorial.
The other option, of course, is to clear out an area by chopping down all of the trees, smashing all of the rocks, and removing any kind of obstructions like prebuilt walls. All of that can, and will get in the way, keeping you from placing walls, doors, and other crucial structures.
When you do finally find an apt location, the message will disappear and instead tell you what percentage of the nearby land is suitable for building. In my case, that was about 60 percent, not great, but also not too bad.
Have area recommendations for folks? Share them in the comments below! We’re just starting ourselves and are hunting for the best locales.
Need more help with V Rising? Stay tuned! We’re diving into the game now and will be back with a plethora of guides including some tips and tricks, how to get Blood Essence, and the best way to deal with that whole Castle is Decaying message!
[Disclaimer: Tencent, the parent company that owns Fanbyte, is also a majority holder of Stunlock Studios, the developer of V Rising. That being said, there is no direct nor indirect involvement in coverage whatsoever. We do share the love for vampires, but that’s about it.]