You’re going to get hurt – a lot – while playing Back 4 Blood, so you’re going to need to know how to heal. Here’s how you do it.
To heal in Back 4 Blood, you first need to have some sort of medical item in your inventory. You can buy these from the store in a safe room, or you can find them while you’re out and about. They come in various forms, and different types of health kits will heal you in different ways.
There are bandages, which heal you for a minor amount, and full health kits, which heal you the most. There are also bottles of pills, which temporarily heal you – but eventually their effect wears off, essentially damaging you again.
If you have one in your inventory, you’ll see it on the right-hand side of your heads-up display. To use it, press ‘left’ on your d-pad. That will put it in your hands. You then need to hold your right trigger (RT/R2) to use it. Be sure to switch back to your gun once you’re done; if you have two medkits it’s easy to accidentally use the second one.
You’ll also sometimes come across medicine cabinets on the wall while out in Back 4 Blood’s world. These heal you for a large amount. You’ll typically find them in harder-to-reach rooms, and behind doors that need toolkits to get into. Your team will get four free uses of a medicine cabinet (one for each character), and further uses will cost credits.
We’d recommend always buying a health kit in a safe room before you head out – it’s handy to have one at hand. Just make sure you’re somewhere safe (or as safe as you possibly can be) before using it, as its application takes a few seconds.