Living String is a consumable material Item in Bloodborne.

"Special material used in a Holy Chalice ritual.living_string.png

The immense brain that Mensis retrieved from the nightmare was indeed lined with eyes on the inside, but they were of an evil sort, and the brain itself was terrible rotten.

But even still, it was a legitimate Great One, and left a relic. A living relic, at that, which is a precious thing indeed. "


Living String Usage



  • In Nightmare of Mensis, after defeating Micolash, Host of the Nightmare and using the lever to drop the Mother (Frenzy) Brain down, it is obtainable by accessing a green cage elevator in the black mannequin enemy area and then slaying the non-aggressive Mother Brain. Upon arriving in the dark area, head immediately northwest after exiting the elevator and it should be there. Listen for the sounds of its breathing.
  • Can be purchased in the Hunter's Dream for 10 Insight. The trigger for this item to appear is most likely killing the Mother Brain mentioned above. (Can confirm the Yharnam Stone is NOT required to buy the string and Make Contact gesture need not be done)



  • Used to open the Great Pthumeru Ihyll Chalice Dungeon where Yharnam, Pthumerian Queen is located.
  • you can also get the moon +30% blood echoes rune by doing the make contact gesture for 40-50 seconds in front of the non-aggressive Mother Brain before killing it.
  • There seems to be a bug where killing the Mother Brain with a cooperator can cause you to not get the Living String.





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    • Is this the only way to get the item?20 Jul 2016 04:05  

      Is there another way to get the living string? Because I honestly don't want to kill the Brain of Mensis. It just looks so sad and helpless, lying in the dark.... I know it's terrible and evil and all, but there's a certain reverence about it that I don't want to disturb.

      • Another way to get it?20 Jul 2016 03:23  

        Is there another way to get a living string? Does anyone know? Because honestly, I don't want to kill the Brain of Mensis. It just looks so pathetic and sad, lying in the blackness... like, I know it's evil and terrible and all, but I still feel like there's a certain reverence about it that should not be violated.

        • Confirmed Purchase Trigger05 Jul 2016 08:45  

          There has never been living string in my insight store, I pulled the lever on mother brain several days ago and still didn't have it available. I looked up how to get it, found this wiki, double checked that I have never seen this item in my insight store, then left to go get it. Came back, and it's here in the store. I can 100% confirm that's what makes it appear. I don't know what qualifies making me a credible person and don't know if you guys wanna trust some random person but yeah I just did that and it's true. So there you go.

          • How to purchase this item05 Jul 2016 08:45  

            You can purchase this item BEFORE obtaining the Yharnam Stone, someone please change the entry. <br/> <br/>This item is purchasable from the insight merchants after having obtained the only one in game from the Mother Frenzy Brain, testing exactly what conditions are required to unlock each material.

            • Relation between Yharnam and Mother Brain ?05 Jul 2016 08:45  

              In order to reach Yharnam the Queen (Yharnam Stone) you have to kill The Mother Brain (Living String). What's the purpose ?

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