There are three (known) different endings available for Bloodborne. The endings will depend on whether or not you accept the decision given to you at the very ending of the game. Choosing Submit Your Life will unlock the first ending, while Refuse will unlock the other two endings, which will be chosen depending on whether certain criteria were met. It is worth noting that no matter which ending is chosen, you will be thrown directly into New Game + when the credits are over.

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Access to the End

After completing the Nightmare of Mensis. The player may travel back to the Hunter's Dream, and proceed to follow the path behind the tombstones, that are normally used to transport the player to various lamps around the game. Continue through the gate, and Gehrman, The First Hunter can be found at the top of this flowered hill, on the left.


SPOILER WARNING! This page contains spoilers for the end, or near-end, of the game. You have been warned.
Most of the information here is speculation, if you want detailed explanation of the lore in Bloodborne visit the lore section of the wiki.


Yharnam Sunrise:

How to get it:

The first ending in Bloodborne can be obtained by accepting Gehrman's offer.

When the player accepts/submits to Gehrman, he says "Farewell, my keen hunter. Fear the blood." With this, a cutscene ensues where the player is shown to turn around and kneel over. Gehrman stands up and puts his scythe to your neck, and with a swift cut decapitates the player. After a moment, the player is seen waking up with the sun having just risen and bells ringing in the distance. The Plain Doll is shown to be near what is most likely the player's grave, praying and saying "Farewell, good hunter. May you find your worth in the waking world." With this, the player obtains the "Yharnam Sunrise" trophy and the credits roll.


  • Rewards: "Yharnam Sunrise" trophy


Possible Explanation:

This ending heavily points to the idea that the entire game of Bloodborne is nothing more than a dream. When the player accepts Gehrman's offer, the death is a sign of the player waking up from his or her dream.
However, which one is dream and which one is reality is still debatable:
1. The Hunter's Dream is no more than a dream, Gehrman is indeed freeing you from the dream, and the player awakes at reality.
2. This can also be the opposite, the sunrise is the player's dream, which means the Hunter's Dream is actually the reality, and "awakening" is equal to an eternal death. Gehrman's intent could actually be preventing the birth of the Great One.


Honoring Wishes:

How to get it:

The second ending in Bloodborne can be obtained by refusing Gehrman's offer.

When the player refuses Gehrman, he says "Dear oh dear, what was it? The hunt, the blood, or the horrible dream?" After this he begins standing up, and afterwards says "Oh, it doesn't matter. It always comes down to the hunters' helper to clean up after these sorts of messes." He then pulls out a curved sword and attaches it to the long handle on his back, exclaiming "Tonight, Gerhrman joins the hunt..." With this, the player is thrown into a fight with Gehrman, The First Hunter.


When the player defeats Gehrman, he says "The night, and the dream, were long..." Upon his death, a cutscene ensues where the player is shown looking at the crimson moon with an ominous figure approaching. The player then slowly walks up to the figure, who then grabs the player and after a few seconds seems to incapacitate the player. After a blackout, the Plain Doll is shown pushing a wheelchair, and as the camera scrolls up the person in the wheelchair is revealed to be the player (as opposed to Gehrman). The Plain Doll kneels down beside the player and says "And so, the hunt begins again." A shot of the sky is shown wherein the moon has just risen. The player obtains the "Honoring Wishes" trophy and the credits roll.


  • Rewards: "Honoring Wishes" trophy; First Hunter Badge


Possible Explanation:

The entity that grabs you may be what the nightmare itself stems from, and the player is shown to take the place of Gehrman as the new watcher of dreams.


Childhood's Beginning (Secret Ending):

How to get it:

The third and final ending in Bloodborne can be obtained by refusing Gehrman's offer with additional criteria being met. The additional requirements are simple: the player must use three One Third of Umbilical Cord. Although there are four possible cords for the player to get in a single run, only three must be consumed. (consuming them is the only condition. It does not matter where or when you consume them, as long as it is before Gehrman dies.)


This ending follows the same pattern as the second ending; however, once Gehrman is defeated, when the entity tries to grab the player a shining light appears and the entity is knocked back. The entity, now seemingly enraged, shakes its head and lets out a cry before challenging the player. This puts the player into a boss fight with Moon Presence. Once the player has defeated Moon Presence, rather than getting the usual PREY SLAUGHTERED message, they instead get a message saying NIGHTMARE SLAIN. After a moment, a cutscene is shown with the Plain Doll walking up to what appears to be a small slug-like creature whose colors and coat resembles that of the Moon Presence. The Plain Doll says "Are you cold...?" She then proceeds to pick up the slug and, after a small giggle, says "Oh, good hunter," with the cutscene ending and the player obtaining the "Childhood's Beginning" trophy.


  • Rewards: "Childhood's Beginning" trophy; First Hunter Badge

It's worth noting that the trophy title is curiously similar to Arthur C. Clarke's book "Childhood's End", which suggests that human beings may one day evolve past the need for a physical body and become beings of pure mind.


Possible Explanation: 

Now that the player has consumed a full umbilical cord, you essentially become a Great One, and so the Moon Presence can no longer do what it had initially planned to do to you and it becomes enraged and simply attacks the player.

Or as with ending the game with the fight against Gehrman, where the player takes his place as the "First hunter," the part where the doll picks up the slug and calls it ''good hunter'' may indicate that the player now assumed the role of the Moon Presence.

P.S. notes in Byrgenwerth have been found that read something like a child being born when a full blood moon hangs low. Later on, in Hypogean Gaol, a note reads "Nightmarish rituals crave a newborn. Find one, and silence its harrowing cry." It is possible that the umbilical cord belongs to the baby born under the full blood moon, however, it is unclear what the baby represents or who was the one that gave birth to it. It also seems to mean that the nightmare wants to kill you because after eating the umbilical cord it then thinks you're the infant and wants to kill you.

Peculiarity! This dark slug appeared before in DS1. It can be found in front of Lord's Blade Ciaran when she prays for Artorias. Alternatively, the "dark slug" is actually the plume of Artorias' helmet, albeit a very gracious, and smooth version of the plume. As Artorias exudes a strange dark slime, this is definitely possible, and yet the resemblances to The Great One Larva remain. It's possible that the plume is some kind of ethereally warped armor, like that of Outrider Knights, or The Berserker Armor.


Echoes Trick

There's a way to acquire Gehrman's Blood Echoes, despite having triggered the third ending.

Simply shut down the application during The Moon Presence's Encounter Cinematic. After booting the game back up, you will have acquired Gehrman's Echoes.

This trick can also be used to escape the Honoring Wishes Ending, and trigger the Childhood's Beginning Ending instead.

After booting the game back up, you need to consume 3 One Third Umbilical Cords and reload the Hunter's Dream for the ending to change.

    • Anonymous

      28 Mar 2020 05:01  

      tbh, im kinda hopeful with the final ending. lets say you keep your consious, why would you stop slaying nightmares/great ones? could you now battle them in their reality as a moon presence to attempt to break the cycle of being minuscule ants?

      • Anonymous

        01 Feb 2020 11:47  

        So, there I am, going for the Yarhnam Sunrise Ending where I've given my character the Bordeaux Dress and Arianna's shoes only for me to look like I have no clothing and equipped the Beast's Embrace rune. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting that. Has anyone else encountered this?

        • Anonymous

          05 Jan 2020 00:38  

          I can't comprehend how epic this story is. In the end a literal God descends into the dream. Thinking that we are a successor to Gehrman he grabs you and tries to turn you but then he discovers the truth: You are here to succeed Him. A fight breaks out, the monster is ferocious but not strong enough to best the Hunter. The great beast falls, the red moon is gone.. ..and a new Great One is born.

          • Anonymous

            04 Jan 2020 23:03  

            In the end. Does it really matter which ending you choose? I mean: 1. If you allow Gehrman to kill you, the hunter is saved from the dream meanwhile the First Hunter remains still there. 2.If you kill Gehrman and then allow Moon Presence to turn you. You'll take Gehrman's place as a gatekeeper. 3.If you kill them both, you take controll over the dream. All in all, it is just a matter of perspective: Which choice would make YOU happy?

            • Anonymous

              04 Mar 2019 23:40  

              How I see it: - The blood ministration/beast plague phenomenon is somehow linked to the Great Ones and their method of reproduction (using humans to produce infant Great Ones). - However, though the beast plague is needed for the Great Ones, it is also a problem - the parasite needs to keep its host (the city of Yharnam) alive, or it can't use them anymore. - Therefore, the Great Ones created (or co-opted?) the hunters. The hunters mitigate the beast plague, so the city survives, and the Great Ones' reproduction cycle goes on. This is why the Moon Presence sustains the hunter's dream through Gehrman. - So the meaning of the ending(s) is that no matter what you do, you cannot defeat the Great Ones or break free of the cycle. If you defeat Gehrman, you take his place in the dream; if you defeat the Moon Presence, you take its place as a Great One. Whatever your choice, the dream, the hunt, and the parasitic reproduction of the Great Ones goes on. Even if you wake from the dream, the cycle goes on, and there's no guarantee that you won't be brought into it again on another night for a new hunt (this could be the meaning of NG+ in a meta way).

              • Anonymous

                21 Dec 2018 03:26  

                The way i see it. Ending 3 is where we become the new nightmare, the Doll is our wet nurse. A new hunter will end us and pick 1 of the 3 ending. On and on and on

                • Anonymous

                  29 Jul 2018 21:55  

                  Welp, I think the first ending’s the “good ending”. The nightmare’s over, life goes on.

                  If you take Gerhman’s place, you have to screw around in a wheelchair until the next poor sap saves teh world and (maybe) kills you so your nightmare ends.

                  Same situation if you become the next Moon Slug; pray someone kills you so you can wake up.

                  Or maybe the best ending is not starting the game so you don’t get trapped in the first place.


                  • Anonymous

                    01 Jul 2018 01:27  

                    Echoes trick.. "There's a way to acquire Gehrman's Blood Echoes, despite having triggered the third ending.

                    Simple shut down the application during The Moon Presence's Encounter Cinematic. After booting the game back up, you will have acquired Gehrman's Echoes"

                    Am i doing this wrong, has it been fixed or is it a load of poo?

                    • 04 Apr 2018 04:27  

                      If you aim the camera right, to can upskirt, or updress The Doll. Sadly, she's wearing shorts underneath... I don't see how this is possible because with The Dolls clothes on you aren't wearing any shorts.

                      • Anonymous

                        01 Apr 2018 23:19  

                        Is childhood's beginning possibly a reference to Arthur C. Clarke's childhood's end? Both seem to deal with the same topics of human ascension/evolution through assistance of already superior beings and we know that bloodborne is largely influenced by other 20th century novels (Lovecraft).

                        • Anonymous

                          20 Mar 2018 23:26  

                          I got the hunter badge when gehrman died then fight moon persences when I ate the 3 umbilical cord s david

                          • Anonymous

                            20 Mar 2018 05:59  

                            It isn't necessarilly "grab and incapicitate" as it is "hug". I think you misinterpreted the ending, as the achievement does imply a more warm manner to the ending since the achievement says "captivated by the moon".
                            Also I think it has something to do with how the Elder Gods lost their child

                            • Anonymous

                              07 Nov 2017 08:14  

                              Would it be canon if the people who died during the hunt "woke up?"

                              (I ask this because of Gascoigne's daughter ;_; )

                              • Anonymous

                                29 Aug 2017 21:00  

                                The Trophy descriptions actually confirm some of these insinuations, especially "Childhood's Beginning," while also offering some extra insights.

                                Yharnam Sunrise: "You lived through the hunt, and saw another day." Though the hunt will continue another night, you've maintained your sanity and resisted the temptation of the old blood. In the future, either you or another unfortunate individual will be subjected to the dream once again in another one of the Healing Church's sessions of blood treatment.

                                Honoring Wishes: "Captivated by the Moon Presence, you pledge to watch over the hunter's dream." Enamored in the sight of the obscure Great One that commands the hunters, you remove the tormented memory of Gehrman, or perhaps more accurately his ghost from the dream, and take his place as the hunter's guide. Your physical form is likely lost to you, but your consciousness survives in the dreams of future hunters, in order to protect the Moon Presence and the delicate secrets of the esoteric Eldritch Truth.

                                Childhood's Beginning: "You became an infant Great One, lifting humanity into its next childhood." By killing the Moon Presence, you have removed the hunters and effectively taken its place as the ruler of the hunter's dream--essentially becoming the next Moon Presence. Alone in this realm, your incomprehensible consciousness will serve as a testament to the healing power of the blood, and it's possible that the hunt has finally fulfilled its loftiest goal. Perhaps your body and blood in the physical world will be harvested to heal the city, possibly even to enlighten all mankind and to save the world from purposelessness (it's evident that whatever blood you've been subjected to induces powerful hallucinations and fever dreams, which the Healing Church believe to be transcendental spiritual journeys). Basically you become Squidsus Christ.

                                That, or nothing happens and everyone forgets who the hell you were and nothing changes and the Trophy is just lying to you.

                                • Anonymous

                                  27 Aug 2017 20:57  

                                  If you submit your life, can you get the burial blade in ng+? Trying to 100% the game and kill two birds with one stone

                                  • Anonymous

                                    27 Aug 2017 02:33  

                                    I missed the good ending. How am I supposed to know to EAT a bunch of umbilical cords (eww)? I avoided reading the "Spoilers", because, you know, they're spoilers, and now I've screwed up the ending. There are plenty of things you can be cryptic about, game makers, but not things this big.

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