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Gehrman

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Gehrman is an NPC in Bloodborne.


"An old hunter who welcomes and guides new hunters in the dream, what secrets does he hide?."

Gehrman Information

  • Can become hostile. See Gehrman, The First Hunter page for information.
  • When he is not in the Hunter's Dreams, a note on the ground usually leaves you his most relevant/last guidance.

 

Gehrman's Location

  • Gehrman is typically found within the Workshop of the Hunter's Dream
  • If Gehrman cannot be found inside the house, he can be found in the Garden behind the house; out the second door and to the right.
  • He disappears after interacting with him in the Garden until next boss is defeated, although his dialogues can sometimes be triggered inside the house when he isn't present.

 

Dialogue

Upon first speaking with him:

Ah-hah, you must be the new hunter. Welcome to the Hunter's Dream. This will be your home, for now. I am... Gehrman, friend to you hunters. You're sure to be in a fine haze about now, but don't think too hard about all of this. Just go out and kill a few beasts. It's for your own good. You know, it's just what hunters do! You'll get used to it..."

"This was once a safe haven for hunters. A workshop where hunters used blood to enhance their weapons and flesh. We don't have as many tools as we once did, but... You're welcome to use whatever you find. (Whispers) ...Even the doll, should it please you..."

After killing Father Gascoigne:

The moon is close. It will be a long hunt tonight. If the beasts loom large, and threaten to crush your spirits, seek the Holy Chalice. As every hunter before you has. A Holy Chalice will reveal the tomb of the gods, ...where hunters partake in communion..."

"Most of the Holy Chalices lie deep within the tomb of the gods. And the few that found their way to the surface... Were lost again in the hands of men. But if the old hunter tales remain true... ...one of the Holy Chalices is worshipped in the valley hamlet. Yet the town is in disarray... It was burned and abandoned, for fear of the scourge, home now only to beasts. The perfect place for a hunter, wouldn't you say?"

Outside his house if one has 15 Insight or above and Amelia is met:

Oh, Laurence... what's taking you so long... I've grown too old for this, of little use now, I'm afraid..."

After defeating the Blood-starved Beast and recovering the Pthumeru Chalice:

The Healing Church, and the Blood Ministers who belong to it...were once guardians of the hunters, in the times of the hunter...Ludwig. They worked, and forged weapons, in their unique workshop. Today, most ministers don't recall the hunters. And so, heed the message of your forebears. Ascend to Oedon Chapel."

Outside his house after defeating Rom, The Vacuous Spider:

Oh, Laurence... Master Willem... Somebody help me... Unshackle me please, anybody... I've had enough of this dream... The night blocks all sight... Oh, somebody, please... "

After killing Mergo's Wet Nurse:

Good Hunter, you've done well, the night is near its end. Now I will show you mercy. You will die, forget the dream, and awake under the morning sun. You will be freed from this terrible Hunter's Dream."

If accepted his request:

Farewell, my keen hunter. Fear the blood."

If refused his request or attacked him at the Great Tree:

Dear, oh dear. What was it? The Hunt? The Blood? Or the horrible dream? Oh, it doesn't matter... It always comes down to the Hunter's helper to clean up after these sort of messes. Tonight, Gehrman joins the hunt..."

If killed by Gehrman:

You must accept your death, be freed from the night."

Upon Death:

The night, and the dream, were long..."

Endgame

(Warning: Contains Endgame Spoilers)

  1. After defeating Mergo's Wet Nurse, The Plain Doll will inform you of Gehrman's relocation. He can be found in the small sectioned-off area past the previously closed gate.
  2. When greeted, he will say "Good hunter, you've done well. The night is near its end. Now, I will show you mercy. You will die, forget the dream, and awake under the morning sun. You will be freed...from this terrible hunter's dream..."
  3. You will now be presented with 2 options. Submit Your Life or Refuse.
  4. If you choose Submit Your Life a cutscene will occur showing Gehrman beheading your character with his scythe, awakening you to what can only be presumed as the real Yharnam as the sun rises. The Plain Doll will then say "Farewell, good hunter. May you find your worth in the waking world. You will then unlock the Yharnam Sunrise trophy.
  5. If you choose Refuse, you will fight Gehrman, the First Hunter. Upon defeating him you will obtain the Burial Blade and a cutscene will then occur showing you being embraced by an unknown entity as you then take Gehrman's place as the watcher of the Hunter's dream. You will then unlock the Honoring Wishes trophy.
  6. It is possible to Resist the unknown entity if you chose Refuse under a certain condition, by doing so, after confronting Gehrman, you will fight against the unknown entity (or awake anew with Bold Hunter's Mark to keep the Burial Blade and purchase Gehrman's Hunter Set without reaching the ending), once you have confronted the unknown entity, you will be reborn as the new unknown entity and embraced by the Plain Doll.

 

Gallery

 

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Lore

 

  • In time, a man named Gehrman would rise to the task of the Beast problem. Gehrman redesigned common clothing to provide better defense against the beasts' claws, and also created the Burial Blade, a unique weapon capable of transforming during battle to suit his need for a short or long weapon. Gehrman’s work was so admired that his Burial Blade would become the basis for all hunter armament technology, later known as trick weapons. Moreover, Gehrman was also a formidable fighter, whose agility would become mandatory in any hunter's fighting style.
  • While it doesn’t say specifically, there is heavy implication that Gehrman was hired by the Healing Church to work in the Workshop due to his role as an inventor, since his work place is directly beneath the Healing Church’s Oedon Chapel. He worked in the Workshop presumably until his death. He took many apprentices, who all did his duty in his honor, and may well have died long ago. The bone in the workshop graveyard was one of such apprentices, who had mastered the art of Quickening, allowing him to move at incredible speeds.
  • The description of the Umbilical Cord found in the Old Abandoned Workshop states "Every Great One loses its child, and then yearns for a surrogate. The Third Umbilical Cord precipitated the encounter with the pale moon, which beckoned the hunters and conceived the hunter's dream.- Abandoned Workshop". According to this umbilical cord, the Moon Presence lost its child and yearned for a surrogate. Surrogate means proxy or substitute in the dictionary. This means that Gehrman may have become the substitute child of the Moon Presence. For what purpose does the surrogate child do? It is not known yet. Why do they seek substitutes/proxies? Maybe the Great ones grieved the lost of their child and its their way of coping? Could this mean that they possess some emotions or is it for a entirely different reason?
  • In the Abandoned Old Workshop, you will find an Old Hunter Bone on the grave near the house. The location and description implies that it's a grave of his apprentice who is long dead. How exactly Gehrman is still alive remains a mystery, but is most likely a result of the Moon Presence's actions. On occasion, in the Hunter's Dream, the Plain Doll will relocate to this same grave.
  • Gehrman's role in the Hunter's Dream is to be an overwatcher of sorts. He, like you (depending on the ending you receive), was selected by the "Great One", the Moon Presence, as surrogate of its lost child.
  • By killing Gehrman, you are essentially allowing him to be freed from the dream and his role in it, allowing him to awaken from this, "Terrible hunter's dream".
  • From Gehrman's dialogue, we can assume that he suffers from a strong depression; he's been in the Hunter's Dream longer than anyone else, and has lost many good friends.
  • There isn't much else to explain why the Moon Presence would want to replace Gehrman with you. It's clear that the Moon Presence requires this figure in the dream, for whatever reason. This begs the question: Was Gehrman going against the will and biddings of the Moon Presence by freeing hunters from the dream?
  • Gehrman could also simply be a pawn to the Moon Presence, only able to act freely to a certain extent. He clearly isn't happy about being in the Hunter's Dream. He wants the hunter to slay the cause of the Nightmare, which s/he does by killing Mergo's Wet Nurse. The screen even says "Nightmare Slain" instead of the usual "Prey Slaughtered". It does the same after killing the Moon Presence, which implies that these two dreams are rivals. After the hunter gets rid of the other dream, the Moon Presence simply needs to get rid of you, so it orders Gehrman to kill you. This would make the hunter awake from the dream, without memory. If the hunter has used the umbilical cords, the Moon Presence tries to kill them, because they are a threat to it, a new rival. The Moon Presence seems to need a host. It does not want to replace Gehrman, but it has to if Gehrman dies.

 

Video:

- MoonlightButterfly MoonlightButterfly- Gehrman Dialogue
- Mhazard Mhazard- Gehrman Battle Grunt

Other Notes:

  • If you "kill" Gehrman enough within Hunter's Dream he will vanish into mist and becomes unavailable until you defeated Mergo's Wet Nurse. He also disappears at a specific point in the story.
  • However if you attacked Gehrman at the foot of the Great Tree, he immediately becomes hostile.
  • There are more than 360 headstones in the garden where the player fights Gehrman.
  • Gehrman is missing at least his right foot, and it's been replaced with a peg leg. This can be seen when he's in his wheelchair, and goes some way towards explaining his 'retirement'.
  • Gehrman is voiced by Allan Corduner, who was an actor known for his portrayal as Sir Arthur Sullivan, as well as being the narrator of The Book Thief audiobook.
  • Oddly enough, Corduner's portrayal as Death in The Book Thief is akin to his role in Hunter's Dream.

 




    • Anonymous

      05 Oct 2017 15:38  

      Just a quick note; Has anyone noticed that when Gehrman says 'it always comes down to the hunters' helper to clean up after these sort of messes,' that when he says 'hunter's helper,' he's actually referring to himself? He clearly said that line because we didn't submit. But why would he mention hunter's helper in a manner that implies himself? If anything we've been the hunter's helper all along, since he's the 1st Hunter and that we've been going where he points us for the whole game. I think the Moon Presence is the 1st Hunter and Gehrman is its helper and the technical 1st Hunter that is a human. The Moon Presence is a quick agile foe that is arguably easy to take down if you go wild. It can summon clouds that prevent use of vials and has a technique that drains nearly all your health. The more I think about it, the more it seems that the Moon Presence is an Old God that is also a hunter. When the hunt was conceived it taught Gehrman how to hunt beasts, which could explain how he got siderite to make the Burial Blade.

      • Anonymous

        14 Feb 2017 03:26  

        Is it at all possible that Gehrman and the Doll are a subtle homage to Killer7 since they bear a strong similarity to Harman Smith and Samantha Sitbon?

        • Anonymous

          My new Gehrman Headcannon11 Oct 2016 07:23  

          I thought it would be funny to try and recreate Gehrman with the character customization. At first it was just amusing, but as I played through I discovered that it created a whole new level of meaning. Bloodborne will never be the same for me again.

          • Anonymous

            I can't take German siriously07 Aug 2016 11:13  

            Every time he attacks me I keep hearing 'suck it' and 'bam' and I find it really funny. I know he's just grunting but I can't I hear it now xD

            • Massive Spoiler05 Jul 2016 14:41  

              It's funny that there is a big spoiler message under the "Endgame" section, but the information that he "can be the final boss if you refuse his offer at the end" almost at the top of this page, under "Gehrman Information" isn't labeled as a spoiler at all.

              • Anonymous

                Just a possible theory05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                Is it possible that it was Gehrman's blood that you were transfused with at the beginning? And this is why you can enter the Hunter's Dream? Because it is HIS dream? And that is how he is still alive, just like Micolash, he is INSIDE his own dream world? And the doll is someone reconstructed from his past? The final boss music has a very tragic feel to it, so I was wondering if it indicates this regression of Gehrman's character into a dream (that ironically he is trying to free you of). <br/> <br/>My other idea is that he is possessed by the alien old one things because just like Iosefka he refers to himself in the third person, has mood changes, and was slow to get his name out the first time you meet him. (His boss fight quotes: "Tonight Gehrman joins the hunt" referring to himself in third person, just like Iosefka with her Clinic.) This may indicate that he was guiding the hunter all along in order to either kill them for their power, or gather the cords for him? Especially since he seems to gain power during his boss fight from the moon (which he absorbs in a cruciform pose type of move if I recall rightly). <br/> <br/>But yeah, Vaati, ENB, or DaveControlLive'll probably figure this out more.

                • Anonymous

                  Submit w/ 4 Umbilical Cords = Fight anyway05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                  I just ate 4 Umbilical Cords then accidentally hit submit instead of refuse. The cut-scene triggered where he beheaded me, but the final fight started anyway. Anyone else got this?

                  • Anonymous

                    Is this possible?05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                    If you use the Bold Hunter's Mark after beating the first hunter and resisting the final boss is it possible to then come back after you have left? Or do you then just fight the first hunter again being unable to resist the final boss?

                    • Anonymous

                      sleeping05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                      I keep hearing that you can find him asleep at various times. On my game, I've never seen him again after killing the blood starved beast and being told to ascend oedon chapel. I've looked for him every time I come back to the dream, but he's never there. Any hints for getting him to appear? I don't attack him or anything, so I don't understand why he doesn't reappear...

                      • Anonymous

                        Lore Section05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                        I believe that the Moon Presence is the host of the dream, and Gehrman is only there to serve his purpose as a surrogate. The Moon Presence most wants other hunters brought in to fend off the nightmare whenever it comes. Moon Presence is probably perfectly fine with Gehrman releasing people from the dream because it already its "child". The moment you free Gehrman from the dream, it needs a replacement, though. As for the third ending, it makes sense that it wants you dead for the simple notion that you can't be controlled and are strong enough to kill Great Ones.

                        • Anonymous

                          Not in the garden?05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                          It says that if he's not in the house, he's out back in the garden, but I can't find him, the only thing back there are the stump messengers

                          • Anonymous

                            New Gehrman Dialogue05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                            I signed into my character who i logged off on while i was in the house in the hunters dream and i got some dialogue that i didnt see here, thought i should share it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYUKiUAlhUY

                            • Anonymous

                              Apprentice05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                              Its only me that think this guy is not gehrman but his apprentice? In the beggining, he exitates to tell his name, but says gehrman. He has no leg, and there is a bone from the gehrman apprentice inside a grave on the old workshop. I dont know, but i think this guy is not gehrman.

                              • Anonymous

                                Just a thought.05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                                It strikes me as odd how much in the story lines up with Demon Souls. Hear me out, they are still referring to the Gods as Old Ones. Would it not be fitting if the Maiden in Black was the host of her dream/nightmare, (Why the Old One wouldn't let her die) and Old King Allant would more or less play the role of Gerhman? In the same way we have to fight him and choose the fate of the future, just like we do here in Bloodborne. <br/> <br/>It's stated here we need dreams to communicate with the Gods. That there is indeed more than one, as seen with the school of Mensis and the Moon Presence. So what does this mean for the over-all story? I really have no idea, but i'm almost certain that the two are somehow connected.

                                • Anonymous

                                  As a boss..05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                                  ..This guy is equally cool and cheap. Be aware that the vast majority of his attacks will overwrite yours, and that late in the fight he will most likely be able to oneshot you with any two-handed attack if you have 25 vitality or less. His reach is also rather dumb, and his hitbox is pretty broken. You'll find that your weapons often slips right through him, or that his manages to connect even though you are visible out of the way of his attacks.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Gehrman's dialogue05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                                    Anyone else notice how he forgets his own name briefly? When you meet him, and he introduces himself, he pauses, as if to remember what his name is. And then when he tells you his name, his voice raises, as if he's remembered something he almost had lost. Perhaps by the time your Hunter arrives, he's beginning to lose his sense of self? <br/>-HazamaOuroborous

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Anyone ever thought the possibility that Gehrman created hunter(s) in the dream he trapped in, in order to kill and release himself?05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                                      As the title suggests. : ) <br/> <br/>I am only thinking in Freudian theory: <br/> <br/>Imagine Gehrman is trapped in the dream, can not wake up. <br/>But subconsciously he wants to. So he created/signed hunters, who suppose to be the manifestation of himself in his dream, in hope that one of the hunters would grows strong enough to kill and replace him (Gehrman). It would end his nightmare. <br/> <br/>The point is that player, is both Gehrman and the hunter he built. The purpose of this is helping him escape the hunter's dream. <br/> <br/>I have a bit more clues which supports this idea, regardless they are seemingly a bit far fetched. <br/> <br/>Please let me know if anyone is interested talk about this.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Umbilicar05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                                        So, I need to consume the Umbilicar before or after refusing his offer? If I refuse, then he killed me, am I suppose to consume those things or until I manage to defeat him?

                                        • Tonight, Gehrman reads the book.05 Jul 2016 14:41  

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                                          • Anonymous

                                            Whispers05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                                            It sounds like he whispers/snores a few words before he says "Laurence, what's taking you so long..." I can't make it out though; can anyone?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Hunters bone05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                                              I still think the old hunters bone is Gehrmans right leg. It has the same affect Gehrman has when at 50% health.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Umm...05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                                                Pretty sure Gehrman gives you permission to f*ck the doll when he says "You're welcome to use whatever you find. (Whispers) ...Even the doll, should it please you..." so was that designed to be a specific feature? The hunters were all like "K so this doll can use blood to strengthen hunters, and other stuff." Wonder how that design meeting went.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Could somebody change some things?05 Jul 2016 14:41  

                                                  The stuff about Quickening and his weapons should be on the boss page, as he doesn't really use them when he's sitting in his chair. <br/>The mention of the Burial Blade in the lore section is fine, though.

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