Bosses are enemies in Bloodborne who feature a larger health bar and may be defeated to consider a stage "cleared". They will usually drop unique items. Players summoned to help defeat a host's Boss will be returned to their own game world after that Boss has been cleared. Bosses listed below are currently known and more will be added when data becomes available. It isn't 100% clear if the Root Chalice Dungeons will pull Bosses at random from the game or if it has its own set of them.

Using a series of glitches and exploits, it is possible to beat the game and enter New Game + while only killing Rom and Mergo’s Wet Nurse

Quick Bosses Alphabetical Text List


Quick Checklist

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Bosses are unique Enemies in Bloodborne. There are 17 normal Bosses, 21 Chalice Dungeon Bosses, and 5 DLC Bosses.


amygdala boss


Location Nightmare FrontierDefiled Chalice
Optional Yes
Drops Ailing Loran ChaliceGreat Pthumeru Ihyll Chalice
Weaknesses Arcane, Fire, Bolt

celestial emissary boss

Celestial Emissary

Location Upper Cathedral Ward
Optional Yes
Drops Communion
Weaknesses Thrust, Bolt and Fire


cleric beast boss

Cleric Beast

Location  Central Yharnam
Optional Yes
Drops Sword Hunter Badge
Weaknesses Fire and Serration

darkbeast paarl boss

Darkbeast Paarl

Location Old YharnamLower Loran Chalice
Optional Yes
Drops Spark Hunter BadgeLower Loran Chalice
Weaknesses Arcane, Fire and Serration

ebrietas boss

Ebrietas, Daughter of the Cosmos

Location Altar of Despair
Optional Yes
Drops Great Isz Chalice
Weaknesses Thrust, Bolt and Fire


father gascoigne boss

Father Gascoigne

Location Central Yharnam
Optional No
Drops Oedon Tomb Key
Weaknesses Serration

gehrman boss

Gehrman, The First Hunter

Location Hunter's Dream
Optional No, except if going for "Yharnam Sunrise" ending
Drops Old Hunter Badge
Weaknesses Arcane, Bolt and Fire

logarius boss

Martyr Logarius

Location Forsaken Cainhurst Castle
Optional Yes
Drops Crown of Illusions

Use The Old Hunter Bone to quicken parry


mergos wet nurse boss

Mergo's Wet Nurse

Location Nightmare of Mensis
Optional No
Drops Third Umbilical Cord
Weaknesses Arcane, Fire, Bolt and Rapid Poison

micolash boss

Micolash, Host of the Nightmare

Location Mergo's Loft Middle
Optional No
Drops Mensis Cage
Weaknesses None

moon presense boss

Moon Presence

Location Hunter's Dream
Optional Yes, except if going for "Childhood's Beginning" ending
Drops Blood Echoes (230000)
Weakness Arcane, Fire and Bolt



the one reborn boss

One Reborn

Location Yahar'gul Chapel
Optional No
Drops Yellow backbone x3
Weaknesses Bolt and Fire

rom boss

Rom, the Vacuous Spider

Location Moonside Lake
Optional No
Drops Kin Coldblood(12) x1
Weaknesses Bolt, Fire, Arcane

Shadow of Yharnam

Shadow of Yharnam

Location Forbidden Woods
Optional No
Drops Blood Rapture
Weaknesses Arcane and Bolt


vicar amelia

Vicar Amelia

Location Cathedral Ward
Optional No
Drops Gold Pendant
Weaknesses Fire and Serration

witch of hemwick boss

Witch of Hemwick

Location Hemwick Charnel Lane
Optional Yes
Drops Bloodshot Eyeball x4
Weaknesses None

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    • Anonymous

      Bosses Section not working. Enemies, Chalice Dungeon Bosses and DLC tabs work but nothing comes up when clicking on Bosses. :(

      • Anonymous

        my bloodborne character got corrupted so i’m just staring at this till i have the balls to actually restart

        • Anonymous

          Honestly. I think it's better having 22 or so bosses out of which all are pretty memorable, even if not every single one is amazing, rather that a hundred, out of which 11 are unique and rest are reused/buffed up mobs. Yeah. I'm pretty burned with Elden Ring and after beating it I have an urge to beat bloodborne yet again

          • Anonymous

            Hi, I need help with a boss. I tried to search for it but for some reason there Is no information about it. This boss it's actually 3 bosses, 3 giants, they can cast meteors, the place it's full o flowers and there is like a great rock in the middle, so, can you guys tell me about this one? Or anyone else have ever heard about them?

            • Anonymous

              The bosses in this game are so good, and have the best balance between more unique bosses and bosses that require more skill

              • Anonymous

                A priest played Ludwig theme on a huge church organ and scared the whole town! Google 'bloodborne ost ludwig church organ'

                • Anonymous

                  Bunch of comments here talking about how there isn’t the complete boss list, yet there’s a section for other types of bosses on this exact page.

                  • Anonymous

                    You left out a lot of bosses and completely messed up drop loot seriously I bet you haven’t played Bloodborne wannabe

                    • Anonymous

                      You forgot half of the bosses... Amygdala, wet nurse, rom, celestial emissary, ebritus, moon presence. This is sad. And darkbeast doesn't drop lower loran chalice goddamn

                      • Anonymous

                        The only thing that felt weird about the Hunter bosses is their height. If you happen to notice how much they tower over the player character it feels really off but in Dark Souls 1 this was actually explained by the lore. Berenike knights, black and silver knights you name it they’re all a different species to our human/undead characters and it worked well but in Bloodborne I think they had to do it to make it feel like less of an npc fight and more boss like but damn is it weird when you’re fighting Maria and suddenly notice how tall she is compared to you!

                        • Anonymous

                          damn the treaded cane and fire paper helped out SO much for this fight also lock on doesnt matter did this fight locked on the whole on my second attempt

                          • Anonymous

                            I just concluded my first ever character journey in Bloodborne until NG+6. My build was a vitality/str build with a little of Skill, BL100. I also did Sekiro NG+7 with 14 attack power, and Dark Souls 3 at SL100. The most difficult bosses of these 3 games were in my opinion Orphan of Kos, then Laurence, then Gehrman. 5 days to beat them in NG+6! While it took me 2 days for Isshin the sword Saint NG+7. Or 3 hours for Father the Owl... Dark Souls 3 is the easiest for me. Even if Gael NG+7 can be really tough, but very sensitive to poison or distant weapons, or Prince demons very annoying with their HP.

                            • Anonymous

                              It would be nice if the bosses were re-arranged in the order the player is likely to encounter them in during a normal first time playthrough.

                              • Anonymous

                                I you look above the bosses are listed per category (Enemies, Bosses, Great ones, etc.) So if you're looking for Amygdala and such, they're in the Great Ones category ^^

                                • Anonymous


                                  • Anonymous

                                    So I've needed to use the beckoning bell for almost every boss except the cleric beast, am I just a bad player? Or does it mean something else, cause I've been doing it a lot and I'm starting to think I'm just bad... am I?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Out of curiosity, but will the wiki ever host some info on the two cut bosses you can access with the chalice glyphs?

                                      • Anonymous

                                        can any 1 give directions to the blood starved beast from old yarnahm gate ( the gate with the note saying hunters not wanted )

                                        • Anonymous

                                          To defeat the boss that looks like it has a brain for a butt you have to hit the butt that increaseingly lowers its health.your welcome.
                                          And there is a trick with the weapons hold R1,R2,L1,and L2 then when the weapon glows let go and it will swing around.Your welcome again.

                                          • For everyone who's confused as to where the rest of the bosses are, they're listed under Great Ones, Chalice Dungeon Bosses, and DLC Bosses. You can toggle who you're looking at above the boss list.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I think the game changes certain things (enemy weaknesses, drops, item locations, etc.) based on the order that bosses are fought and insight. That may be why only certain bosses are required to be beaten to open a new area that advances the main game. But perhaps it's not that. It simply appears procedurally determined in some ways.

                                              • Took me a minute to figure out what the hell is going on here. Turns out the bosses listed as "Great Ones" are separated from the other bosses, despite there being no functional difference between the two. That's just confusing.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Has anyone else seen this happen? I've had it a few times, but I'm not sure why. It doesn't seem to be a bug.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Not sure if it's a bug or not, But I got Rom as a Layer 3 boss, with all his tiny spiders. He was strangely super aggressive at low health, spamming me with magic.

                                                    • to all: i made the checklist graphic. if there are changes that need to be made to the optional and mandatory lists plz let me know what they are and i will update it. Also, if anyone has matching images for the last 2 bosses i would love those as well.

                                                      • I have not experienced this first hand but multiple people from Reddit claim they have fought Rom inside a chalice dungeon. It's increasing possible some of the easier/smaller bosses from the story do appear in the chalice dungeon.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          When I first started Bloodborne for the very first time today, I had no idea how to level up as it's totally different from previous Souls' games. Needless to say, the very first boss I unexpectedly faced, was freaking Father Gas and I got slaughtered within 20 seconds. That was when I lost 4k of blood echoes hoping to repair my weapon. But hey, I thought to myself, I can get it back when I face against Father Gas again, no big deal right? Hell, was I wrong. Instead of using the route to Father, I used another route which led me to another superb boss, which is the Cleric retard. Again, I got killed within 3 minutes or so but at least I managed to reduce its health to half, thanks to them molotovs. After getting mercilessly slaughtered, I awoke at the hunter world ( can't remember the name), and only then can I level up. Mind you, during those memorable onslaughts I faced, I was only level 10. Although I was killed numerous times, I did enjoy Bloodborne, even though sometimes it's pretty frustrating when facing certain enemies.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            This artical is missing so many bosses. i need to know the name of the boss that gives the chalice for the beast claw but nooooo I can't find it anywhere just cause it's optional. darkbeast paarl is optional and hemwick also and there both up there. you missing the giant blue guy from upper cathedral and the boss I'm looking for. ***** who knows there could be more, from likes to hide ***** from us :P

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              One of their weaknesses is ripostes, the swordman is easily parried because of his dash at you if you keep distance. The short range fire one just does nothing so he is easy, and as for the long range just keep him in your view as you circle around the area, use the giant gravemarker and the small on opposite of it as cover from the long range one and you will win(at least that's what i do

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Theres no need to rush to first boss fight just travel through Central Yharnam and find 1 Insight it will be guarded by several Carrion Crow's. You can get there through ascending a long ladder from sewers where loads of bog monsters laying(I dont know their name, you will know it when you see it), when you get on top just take a few steps forward then turn right and you will see them!

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