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Gestures are player-generated emotes available in Bloodborne. To access the gesture menu, hit the left side of the touchpad on your controller and then perform the action or highlight your chosen gesture and press the action button to execute. You can also use gestures by holding the X button and moving the controller in the specified direction.
You can move, although slowly, while performing some gestures (e.g. Point Forward, Wave, Shake off Cape), others have a set animation you cannot interrupt (e.g. Curtsy, Hunter's Salutation) and some have a continued animation until you decide to interrupt it (e.g. Pray, Sit Down, Make Contact).

Gestures available:

Available from the start of the game
Icon Name Location
point.jpg Point Forward Available from start of game.
hunters_salutation.jpg Hunter's Salutation Available from start of game.
sitdown.jpg Sit Down Available from start of game.
hunters_rally.png Hunter's Rally Available from start of game.
joy.jpg Joy Available from start of game.
conviction.jpg Conviction Available from start of game.
wave.jpg Wave Available from start of game.
Unlockable
shake_off_cape.jpg Shake Off Cape Learned from Eileen the Crow in her first encounter in the hidden room along rafters above the Sewer in Central Yharnam.
external image pray-gesture-bloodborne.jpg Pray Learned from Alfred, in Cathedral Ward next to tomb entrance, by agreeing to his question.
curtsey.png Curtsy Learned from Arianna, by telling her about the safe haven in the Oedon Chapel.
shhh.png Shhh! Learned from Eileen the Crow in her second encounter in the Cathedral Ward
approval.png Approval Help Eileen the Crow fight her target in Tomb of Oedon
triumph.png Triumph Learned from the Oedon Chapel NPC after you send a girl to her safe haven.
makecontact.jpg Make Contact Learned from standing corpse in Upper Cathedral Ward.
brush_off_dust.png Brush Off Dust Learned from Djura
churchbow.jpg Church Bow (male) Learned from Alfred after giving him Unopened Summons
external image Church%2BBow.png Church Bow (female) Learned from Adella the Nun after you save her and send her to Cathedral Ward
respect.jpg Respect Learned from Annalise, Queen of the Vilebloods for joining the Vilebloods
deep_respect.jpg Deep Respect Learned from Annalise, Queen of the Vilebloods for reaching rank 1 in the Vilebloods
roar.png Roar Learned from Alfred after he kills Annalise
begforlife.jpg Beg for Life Learned from Patches the Spider in the Lecture Building.
wait.png Wait Learned from Eileen the Crow in the Grand Cathedral encounter
League Oath Learned from Valtr after crushing 1 Vermin

 

point.gif

point.jpg

"Point Forwrd"

Gesture used to point forward
hunters_salutation.gif

hunters_salutation.jpg

"Hunter's Salutation"

Gesture to bow respectfully
conviction.gif

conviction.jpg

"Conviction"

Gesture used to show determination
joy.gif

joy.jpg

"Joy"

Gesture used to express joy
shake_off_cape.gif

shake_off_cape.jpg

"Shake Off Cape"

Gesture used to shake your cape



Trivia:

  • Using the "Shake Off Cape" Gesture near other players will move their clothing
  • Performing Gestures in front of The Plain Doll will trigger various reactions from her
  • The sound effect used for the Roar Gesture is re-used for ambient noises
  • The "Make Contact" gesture appears to form a Pythagorean triangle between the hunters fingertips and shoulder. It has been suggested that forming a Pythagorean triangle could be used in a "first contact" scenario to signal to an intelligent being that the human race understands mathematics, and is thus an intelligent species. It is possible that the gesture was used in making contact with the Old Ones.



    • Anonymous

      04 May 2017 23:58  

      Hey, I registered all the gesture I had on a Choir character and uploaded them here : https://giphy.com/channel/evla_cythera It currently lacks one gesture but I'll upload it as soon as possible.

      • Anonymous

        Gestures [Bloodborne Wiki]20 Jan 2017 03:36  

        You wait for 30 seconds and it will change direction, this is used for the brain of mensis when you drop it, you just have to use make contact in front of it and wait for 30 seconds, it gives you a special rune

        • Anonymous

          A note on Triumph05 Jul 2016 14:43  

          Make sure you talk to the blind beggar in Cathedral Ward before you 1) advance past Rom OR 2) rescue all remaining survivors AFTER losing one of them (sent to Clinic, killed, etc.) You won't be able to get the dialogue about having saved someone once he gets locked into the "there's no hope for yharnum" line after all the survivors who weren't lost have arrived. <br/> <br/>As a minor sidenote, you CAN still get the Triumph gesture even if you've rescued all survivors and he no longer talks to you about having brought back an individual survivor. You'll get it from talking to him at that point, ie. "Can we be friends..."

          • Anonymous

            pretty late but...05 Jul 2016 14:43  

            this is just a funny thing to do. what you do is (you have to be walking forward until merged gesture starts) you have to bring up the gesture menu and press square to test a gesture, after that you need to quickly go to the gesture you want it to merge with and just mash square on that gesture (you still need to be pushing your analog stick forward in this stage) and stop moving forward when the gesture starts happening, not before. if done right you should get a deformed animation and its really wierd. for example: you could merge roar and league oath and look like your squating and holding a staff up! I dont think this works for all gestures, but most. if your starting, you could use joy and sit down. also if your wondering why you use square instead of X is so that you dont exit the gesture menu. sorry if this doesnt work out for you.

            • Anonymous

              Gestures for Asian and R-all Version05 Jul 2016 14:43  

              So I have been trying this to no avail the last few days. Then it hit me .. press and hold O to initiate the gesture motion control instead of X for the Asian and R-all version of the game.

              • Anonymous

                Roar isn't a roar..?05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                Female young voice... She screams... Painfully.. Why? It sounds like she's lost her mind rather than being triumphant, I like the sound on the male though..

                • Anonymous

                  make contact direction?05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                  I've noticed that the make contact gesture will sometimes change direction is this completely random or is there a way to trigger the change?

                  • Anonymous

                    Roar interactions05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                    I've been experimenting with distances traveled and retraveled to trigger the roar echos, and have found that the location one roars tends to mark it, similar to dropping a shining coin. In an area around that becon exists a band that must be passed through, then re-entered to trigger the echo of your own roar. It seems like roar is a sort of multiplayer gesture as well, because at rare times in locations I've spammed roars, I'll hear the roar of another gender or aged character, implying that they can hear my roars, and are crying out in reply. When I hear a roar that I myself didn't plant, I seed the area with roars in hopes that someone else out there hears the reply. Try it yourself by roaring at regular/increasing distances, then retrace your path and listen for the echos; they become predictable and easy to set. I can't be sure, and it may be my imagination and wishful thinking, but I plant roar cues around frequent invasion points like Mergo's Loft so that when invaded, the opponent will hear me in the distance forward from them no matter which direction they travel, letting me sneak in for ganks. It seems to work, but like I said, without asking my opponent I can't know for sure. <br/>What are your thoughts?

                    • Anonymous

                      Make Contact05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                      While maybe not important to anything, if you hold the "Make Contact" gesture long enough your character will shift position and alternate which arm is up and which is out.

                      • Anonymous

                        Eileen the Crow05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                        I've tried on 3 different characters now but can't seem to get her to her second location to learn the Shhh gesture. I'd really like some imput here for this.

                        • Anonymous

                          A wierd effect with roar05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                          So i was playing around with the plain doll and the gestures and at some point i used the roar gesture and then i ran to the back of the workshop to check if Gherman is there, and on my way back as soon as i got next to the workshop door i heard part of the roar scream for a moment. I tried doing it a couple more times and it worked everytime

                          • Anonymous

                            Re: Make contact05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                            141 could mean 1.41 which is rad 2., the length of the hypotenuse in a right triangle if the other sides have a length of one.

                            • Anonymous

                              Pray gesture05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                              Has anyone experimented with the Pray gesture ? I have a feeling you can do something with it somewhere, but can't figure it out.

                              • Anonymous

                                Make contact05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                I used the make contact gesture in front of the lifeless doll in the abandoned workshop and received 141 blood echoes. Tried this 2 times at different points of the game and I gained the blood echoes both times. Can someone confirm this works and it's not just something weird in my game? seems pretty pointless but maybe there's some reason behind it

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