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Bloodborne Progress Update

  • I’ve got all the trophies except Bloodborne (Platinum), Hunter’s Essence (collect all weapons), and Yharnam, Pthumerian Queen (defeat Yharnam).
  • The only weapon I’m missing is the Beast Claw, and both it and Yharnam are found in the Chalice Dungeons. Everything that needs doing is down there.
  • I’m bouncing back and forth between the dungeons and NG+, though now that I’m at depth 3, I’ll probably be spending more and more of my time in the dungeons.
  • I’ve completed Pthumeru (depth 1), Central Pthumeru (depth 2), and Hintertomb (depth 2). Right now I’m about a quarter of the way into Lower Pthumeru (depth 3).
  • I breezed through the depth 1 and 2 dungeons, but depth 3 not so much. I’d say depth 3 is a tad easier than NG+, meaning it’s comfortable, but you’ll die if you’re not careful and you might just die anyway. I get the distinct impression that depth 4 will be a serious test and 5 will drop my balls in a vice and squeeze until I scream for mercy.
  • I’m sitting at level 119
    • Vitality: 39
    • Endurance: 30
    • Strength: 20
    • Skill: 50
    • Bloodtinge: 10
    • Arcane: 20
  • My weapon of choice is the Blade of Mercy +10, followed by the Threaded Cane +10 for crowd control. In the left hand I’m usually holding half of the Blade of Mercy, but sometimes a Hunter Blunderbuss +6 or Hunter’s Torch will see some use. I’ve also started messing around with some of the Hunter’s Tools (spells). Of the ones I can use, I like the Auger of Ebrietas.
  • I’ve got all of the attire except the Madman set. I generally wear the Executioner’s set with the Knight’s Wig, though at the moment I’m swooshing around in the complete Crowfeather Set.
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Bloodborne Trophy Tracker

I made a spreadsheet in Google Docs to help keep track of my trophy progress. If you’d like to use it yourself, just click the link below and go to File > Make a copy… or File > Download as to make an editable version for yourself. There are some spoilers in the trophy descriptions; you have been warned.

Bloodborne Trophy Tracker

If you have any recommendations, questions, or problems, let me know in the comments. And good luck on your quest for Platinum.

EDIT: I added a tab for Attire, though it doesn’t have any bearing on trophies.

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Bloodborne: Moon Presence and Childhood’s Beginning Ending

If you refuse to submit your life to Gehrman, the Moon Presence—a Great One—comes to take you. She doesn’t come to kill you; it’s more like recruitment or indoctrination. However, if you have consumed the three Third Umbilical Cords, you become like unto a Great One yourself, and she has no power over you. This causes Moon Presence to fly into a rage and attempt to kill you. After her defeat, you are reborn as an infant Great One.

This is the ending that seems to most please the Plain Doll. Presumably she expects things to improve with the Moon Presence destroyed and the Hunter reborn. Given that, I believe this is intended to be the ‘best’ outcome for the PC. There is certainly no indication of the Doll having a sinister ulterior motive, but the possibility she is the prime architect of the Nightmare cannot be completely dismissed. Perhaps she now has greater power with the Moon Presence out of the way and she holds sway over the infant Great One in her arms.

I don’t think that’s the case. I think this is supposed to be a positive ending, but I have trouble getting past the fact that I’m now a slug.

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Bloodborne: Visceral Attack versus Brick Troll

Brick Trolls are tough to engage in pure melee, particularly for the beginner. They’re fast and hit for huge damage. The good news is that they telegraph their attacks from a mile away and are very susceptible gun parry.

Gun parry typically involves shooting your opponent during the last part of their attack animation—after they’ve closed in, just as their weapon begins its final approach. They will drop to their knees and you’ll hear a distinctive noise. Walk up to them and press R1 to initiate a Visceral Attack.

If you stagger an enemy, but whiff on the Visceral Attack, it’s most likely because you weren’t close enough. It could also be because you took too long, but in general, you should have ample time. Even if you get knocked back, you should still be able to roll forward and get the Visceral Attack in.

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Bloodborne: Gehrman, The First Hunter

If you refuse to submit your life to Gehrman, you must fight him. What happens when you win depends on whether or not you’ve consumed three Third Umbilical Cords. In the video clip, I have consumed them. Upon Gehrman’s defeat, the Moon Presence descends to take me—but cannot—leading to one last boss fight.

Gehrman should be considered the final boss, and is very worthy of that distinction. He is without a doubt the toughest challenge I faced during this, my first playthrough of Bloodborne. There a few key pieces of advice I can give. When he wields the Burial Blade as a scythe is when he is most dangerous. If you wander too close, he’ll quickly pull you in and unleash a devastating combo. Keep your distance and wait for him to start his charged attack. This is your best chance to stagger him and perform a Visceral Attack. When he switches to his blade and gun, just dodge his attacks while trying to sneak in a few of your own.

Eventually, he’ll enter a kind of meditation state which will allow you to lay into him quite a bit, but be careful. There are two versions of this state, one of which ends in a very damaging explosion. In the video clip you can see the harmless version at 1:50, where he’s simply buffing himself. At 3:20, he’s charging up for the AoE attack. I was able to finish him off before he went critical, but make sure to go in with full health and/or back off early.

Patience and good dodging will go a long way. Oh, one last thing. When he flies up into the air to unleash his shockwave attack, you want to move towards him, not away. May the Good Blood guide your way my friends.