Trophy Guide and Road Map for Bloodborne
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Bloodborne is a hardcore RPG from the fiendish minds at From Software similar to Dark Souls. You play as a newly appointed hunter who wakes up in the gothic city of Yharnam. However, instead of finding friendly citizens living out their daily lives, frenzied beasts and Eldritch horrors stalk the streets. It’s up to you to survive the night and discover Yharnam’s many unsettling secrets.
Bloodborne is like Dark Souls in many ways, but the combat is faster and rewards aggressive gameplay. You won’t find a block mechanic here, instead the combat is based almost entirely on dodging, parrying and quick attacks before retreating to a safer distance. Every weapon has a 2nd form—activated by pressing —which can really open up your attack combos and offer you a little more reach and to compliment your melee weapon is a pistol. This pistol isn’t really used for dealing damage, rather it’s a tool to stun enemies and parry attacks leaving them open for an endlessly satisfying and brutal “Visceral Attack”. Just like Dark Souls, Bloodborne is all about fighting bosses, of which there are quite a few.
You can absolutely plat this game without ever killing an enemy—except the bosses—and reach level 100+ simply by picking up every single cold blood item, using them, and then levelling up every time you visit the Hunter’s Dream (just watch some of the platinum speedruns on YouTube). However, I would advise that you fight the enemies and pick up every single item you come across.
Phase 1 – Defeat Every Boss and Collect All Weapons and Tools Up to the Final Boss.
Your absolute first goal should be to get used to the combat in Bloodborne. If you’re coming from Sekiro then you will notice that the combat is much slower and you might have a false sense of confidence, but do not be tricked by it. The enemies in Bloodborne can hit really hard and if you try to rush them too much, you will be caught off guard and punished. If you’re coming from Dark Souls, then I’m told the combat is similar, only a bit faster so play it safe, but do try to be a little more aggressive than you normally would in Dark Souls.
Luckily the first two bosses, Cleric Beast and Father Gascoigne, are excellent to get to grips with the combat. Cleric Beast is a large beast-like (duh) boss and will help you master dodging. Father Gascoigne is a human boss and much tougher than Cleric Beast, but he will teach you how to parry and perform visceral attacks if you fight him properly—there are some easy cheeses you can use against him, but it’s much better if you fight him as the game intends.
After these two bosses, you should start focusing on collecting the weapons and tools (there is a weapon inside the Ailing Loran Chalice Dungeon so you won’t be able to get them all in this phase) dotted around the world. You should also focus on upgrading one weapon to the max level, +10. I would recommend using the Hunter Saw as it’s given to you right at the beginning, it’s fast, does a lot of damage, and has an , combo that staggers pretty much all enemies. Here’s a list of all the weapons and tools and their locations.
The only other thing you really need to keep in mind is collected 3 Umbilical Cords. They’re easy to miss and as far as I remember the game doesn’t ever make a point of letting you know that you need them. Here’s a quick guide on their locations.
Just keep exploring and defeating bosses and eventually you should come across a boss called Ebrietas, Daughter of the Cosmos. This boss is the final boss you have to kill before you can reach an ending so kill her and return to the Hunter’s Dream, but do not talk to Gerhman yet. We have some chalice dungeons to do.
Phase 2 – Complete the Preset Chalice Dungeons and Kill the Blood Queen
Chalice dungeons are randomly generated and are quite difficult. However, we only need to complete the preset dungeons which aren’t randomly generated and your progress in them carries over into each NG+ and their difficulty doesn’t increase. It’s perfectly fine if you want to split this entire guide up into 3 or more playthroughs and tackle the Chalice dungeons a little each time. However, if you want to get it all done in 1 playthrough then ignore Gerhman for now and dive right in.
There are 5 dungeons you need to complete and there are items you’ll need to find in each one in order to start the next dungeon.
1. Pthumeru Chalice Dungeon
You’ll get the chalice for this dungeon by defeating the Blood Starved Beast and you’ll need x2 Ritual Blood (1) and 1,000 Blood Echoes to start this dungeon.
2. Central Pthumeru Chalice Dungeon
You’ll get the chalice for this dungeon by defeating the Watchdog of the Old Lords boss from the previous dungeon, and you’ll need x6 Ritual Blood (2)—which you can find in the previous dungeon—and 1,800 Blood Echoes to start this dungeon.
3. Lower Pthumeru Chalice Dungeon
You’ll get the chalice for this dungeon by defeating the Pthumerian Descendant from the previous dungeon, and you’ll need x9 Ritual Blood (3)—which can be found in the previous dungeon—and 3,200 Blood Echoes to start this dungeon.
4. Ailing Loran Chalice Dungeon
You’ll get the chalice for this dungeon by defeating Amygdala, and you’ll need x9 Ritual Blood (4)—which can be found in the previous dungeon—and 5,500 Blood Echoes to start this dungeon. Remember to find the Beast Claw weapon in this dungeon.
5. Defiled Chalice Dungeon
You’ll get the chalice for this dungeon by defeating the Bloodletting Beast from the previous dungeon, and you’ll need x9 Ritual Blood (4) – x2 Bastard of Loran – x22 Arcane Haze—which can be found in the previous dungeon. Haze can be extracted inside the Hunter’s Dream at the same place you upgrade weapons—and 5,500 Blood Echoes to start this dungeon. This dungeon is cursed and will reduce your health bar to half.
5. Great Pthumeru Ihyll Chalice Dungeon
You’ll get the chalice for this dungeon by defeating the Amygdala (ver. 2) from the previous dungeon, and you’ll need x9 Ritual Blood (5) – x4 Red Jelly – x25 Arcane Haze – x1 Living String—Ritual Blood (5) can be found in the previous dungeon. Red Jelly can be found on the 1st floor Lecture Hall. Arcane Haze is extracted in the Hunter’s Dream. Living String can only be acquired by killing the Brain of Mensis—and 11,500 Blood Echoes to start this dungeon.s prologue and buckle up for a tough fight.
At the end of the Great Pthumeru Ihyll Dungeon you’ll find the Pthumerian Queen. She isn’t as tough as the last few bosses you’ve fought in the Chalice Dungeons, however, it’s probably for the best if you make sure you have high Blood Resistance, a fully upgraded weapon, and be above level 100 to make things easier.
Phase 3 – Acquire All Three Endings
After you’ve defeated the Blood Queen from the last Chalice Dungeon, save your game and upload your save file to PS+ or a USB.
Go talk to Gerhman and talk to him. Eventually he should ask you a question. Choose “Accept” and watch the cutscene.
Download your save file and go talk to Gerhman again. This time, choose “Refuse”, defeat Gerhman and watch the cutscene play.
Download your save file, but before you talk to Gerhman, eat all 3 Umbilical Cords first. Go talk to Gerhman and choose “Refuse”. Defeat him again and you’ll be confronted with the real final boss (he’s not too hard). Defeat it and watch the final ending.
Phase 4 – PlatGet!
If you have followed this guide then you should have unlocked the Platinum trophy as soon as you saw the last of the three endings.
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