Game Progress Route for Bloodborne is a guide for players to find a recommended path to complete the game. If you are new to souls games, we recommend reading the New Player Help and Combat pages so that you can understand the game's mechanics better. Further Guides are available here.

 

Game Progress Route for Bloodborne

 

Optional Steps:

  • Die to first enemy or find the Lamp and enter Hunter's Dream
  • Kill first enemy with visceral attack.

 

 

Hunter's Dream

  1. Use tombstone to warp back to 1st Floor Sickroom or if you ran past the Wolf Beast warp to Central Yharnam

 

 

Optional Steps:

  • Collect starting gear from Messengers on the stairs

 

 

Central Yharnam

  1. Progress to Tomb of Oedon

 

 

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Great Bridge  (Optional)

 

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Cathedral Ward

Two options for how to proceed.

  1. Progress to Old Yharnam
  2. Purchase the Hunter Chief Emblem from the Lower Bath Messengers for 10,000 Blood Echoes and proceed to boss Vicar Amelia. If you chose to go to Old Yharnam you do not need to purchase the emblem. Note: If you do not purchase the emblem and therefore do not unlock the cathedral ward gate to the circular area using the emblem, you will not be able to summon any help for the fight with Vicar Amelia.

 

 

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Old Yharnam

This area and boss are entirely optional; however, they are highly recommended for the items and content they unlock.

  1. Enter from the Cathedral Ward, evade Djura's Gatling gun, and continue through to the boss. Killing Djura now will get you the Powder Keg Hunter Badge; however, if you wait until later, you can obtain a gesture in addition to the badge.
  2. Defeating Blood-Starved Beast will open the way to the Healing Church Workshop, thereby getting to Vicar Amelia without buying the Hunter Chief Emblem. However, doing so will not enable any summoning for the fight until the Cathedral Ward gate is unlocked with the emblem or by activating the lever on the opposite side of the gate.
  3. OPTIONAL (Step 12): In order to get both the gesture and the badge from Djura, enter Darkbeast Paarl arena (you do not need to defeat him in order to approach Djura) in Hypogean Gaol (you cannot access this area until after defeating the Blood-Starved Beast and then get killed by a Snatcher) and open the shortcut to Old Yharnam. From Blood-Starved Beast lamp or Darkbeast Paarl lamp, approach Djura without aggroing him or atttacking any monsters and answer "spare the Beasts". This will grant the gesture, the badge, and he will be friendly. Feel free to kill him after this for access to the Ashen Hunter Set.

 

 

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Healing Church Workshop (Optional)

Optional area if you went to Old Yharnam and defeated Blood-Starved Beast.

  1. The previously closed door near the Cathedral Ward lamp will now be open.
  2. Fall down the rafters to the bottom to access the shortcut back to Cathedral Ward so you don't have to buy the Hunter Chief Emblem.

 

 

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Abandoned Old Workshop

Optional area if you went to Healing Church Workshop

 

 

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Cathedral Ward Revisited

Get here and defeat Vicar Amelia to get the password for the Forbidden Woods by touching the altar behind the boss arena. You can receive the Tonsil Stone from 4 different NPCs with red lanterns once you open the door to the Forbidden Woods.

  1. The suggested ones are either in Healing Church Workshop or Forbidden Woods.

 

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Hemwick Charnel Lane

Optional area. To get here you must go left of the Grand Cathedral when facing the front of the cathedral from the outside.

 

 

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Hypogean Gaol

  1. Optional area. To get here you must face one of the Snatcherenemies and let it kill you without it enraging, just let it attack and kill you without hitting it. It will look like you die but a cutscene will play and you will lose your Blood Echoes. You will have to pick them up where you died.
  2. This is a good place to farm Blood EchoesBlood Stone Shards, and Twin Blood Stone Shards by killing the 2 Snatchers and the 2 Giant Boars outside. Nets around 12,000 Blood Echoes per run.
  3. Go into boss room where the Darkbeast Paarl is, and either defeat it or let it kill you (if you kill it, proceed to unlock the shortcut to Old Yharnam). As soon as you reach the shortcut ladder leading to where Djura is, DO NOT run, roll, OR sprint. Casually climb up the next two ladders and WALK towards him to talk to Djura and receive both the badge and the gesture.

 

 

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Lecture Building 1st Floor (Optional)

Optional area. To get here you must have the Tonsil Stone in your inventory and get picked up by the invisible Lesser Amygdala that is at the dead end to the right of the Grand Cathedral when facing the front of the cathedral from the outside. You will actually have immediate access to this area upon defeating Rom, the Vacuous Spider.

 

 

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Nightmare Frontier (Optional)

 Optional area. Leave the lecture building through the large doors at the end of the hall. Can be quite difficult right now, suggested to return later. Beware of the poison water.

 

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Iosefka's Clinic (Rear Entrance)

Optional Area.
NOTE: If you intend to use Iosefka as a source for one of the One Third of Umbilical Cord, do NOT kill her now. Return here after killing Rom, The Vacuous Spider in order to get One Third of Umbilical Cord. The catch here is that killing her now would let you obtain a rune. This makes her the best candidate to sacrifice, since the other three cord sources don't require you to give up anything. The choice is yours.

 

 

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Castle Cainhurst

Optional Area. To get here you must have the Cainhurst Summons in your inventory and approach the large obelisk in the graveyard near the Witch's Abode, there are two executioners in the graveyard. The Witch boss must be defeated for this to work.
Area can be quite difficult.

 

 

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Byrgenwerth

Find the Lunarium Key and defeat Rom, The Vacuous Spider
NOTE: This will permanently change the game world.

  1. Hypogean Gaol lamp will no longer work; however, there are shortcuts into here from Yahar'gul, Unseen Village
  2. Any NPCs that can be "saved" (ask you about a safe place) and have not been saved will be lost. Make sure Arianna is saved to get One Third of Umbilical Cord.
  3. Amygdalas will become visible.
  4. Many Hunter NPCs quest lines can be completed now such as Eileen the Crow, which she will be found at the top of the steps leading to the Grand Cathedral.
  5. Iosefka can no longer be fought to obtain the Oedon Writhe rune. After killing Rom, she will then provide One Third of Umbilical Cord instead.

 

 

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Yahar'gul, Unseen Village

  1. The Upper Cathedral Key can be found in the building where the laser-shooting Amygdala is located.
  2. Defeat One Reborn
  3. Inspect the Mummy after One Reborn to gain access to Lecture Building 2nd Floor.

 

 

Optional Steps:

  • If you did not defeat Darkbeast Paarl  in Hypogean Gaol you can defeat him here.
  • Obtain Tonitrus weapon (if you didn't during your first optional visit here)
  • Obtain bloodgem that adds +18% Physical ATK.

 

 

Upper Cathedral Ward

Optional area.

  1. Get Orphanage Key

 

 

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Orphanage

Optional area.

  1. Defeat Celestial Emissary
    to gain access to Lumenflower Gardens
  2. Defeat Ebrietas, Daughter of Cosmos

 

 

 

 

 

Lecture Building 2nd Floor

Exit the area to access Nightmare of Mensis

 

 

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SPOILERS BELOW

 

 

 End Game - Hunter's Dream

There are three endings and how you proceed will decide which ending you get.
NOTE: Once you trigger the end game boss(es) you can not continue in the open world so finish everything you want to before triggering the end.

  1. Ending one - Consume no more than 2 One Third of Umbilical Cord and then talk to Gehrman. Let him kill you, no final boss.
  2. Ending two - Consume no more than 2 One Third of Umbilical Cord and then talk to Gehrman. Fight him as final boss.
  3. Ending three - Collect and consume 3 or more One Third of Umbilical Cord and then talk to Gehrman. Fight him as the penultimate boss before the Moon Presence - the true final boss.

 

 

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Game Progression Route for The Old Hunters (DLC)

The Hunter's Nightmare

  1. Defeat Ludwig, The Holy Blade
  2. Obtain the Eye Pendant to activate the altar lift

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Research Hall

  1. Obtain and feed 3x Brain Fluid to Saint Adeline for the following, in order:
    1. Obtain Blood of Adeline
    2. Obtain more Blood of Adeline + Balcony Key
    3. Obtain Blood of Adeline + Milkweed (Optional)
  2. Defeat Living Failures for the Astral Clocktower Key
  3. Defeat Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower

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    • Anonymous

      21 Oct 2019 05:51  

      I really appreciate that even though it says spoilers below in regards to the endings, it doesn't actually spoil the ending, it just details how to get them.

      • Anonymous

        09 Oct 2019 12:53  

        Is it just me or is bb the easiest game by from software so far? I nearly defeated every boss on the first try...

        • Anonymous

          09 Oct 2019 12:49  

          the chalices are the worst thing ever invented by from software... they are so boring but nessecary because of the *****ing gems... last playthrough they were the reason i stopped playing... this run i think i will ignore them completely! Any tips so far how to rush through them without losing fun while playing but collect all nessecary items?

          • Anonymous

            28 May 2019 02:17  

            I tried to rush only key bosses in ng 4 and the game finished under 1 hour. So i suggest go for optional areas for more fun and items and Ofc more challenge

            • Anonymous

              14 Feb 2019 15:20  

              If you choose to submit your life, it doesn't matter how many Cords you have consumed. I consumed all four and still got the first ending.

              • Anonymous

                20 Jan 2019 13:52  

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                • Anonymous

                  29 Nov 2018 19:19  

                  Let me know if I jump into the dlc before fighting ROM will I come back and continue on the story I want the amazing weapons inside the dlc before carrying on ,is this possible

                  • Anonymous

                    27 Jan 2018 21:35  

                    Transposed a letter in Flamesprayer (spelled it as flamepsrayer) and because of that it links to a dead page. I can't change it since I'm not registered.

                    • Anonymous

                      25 Sep 2017 11:18  

                      For the listing for Lecture Building 1st Floor, it says "Obtain multiple runes." The problem is that there are no runes on the first floor.

                      • Anonymous

                        28 Mar 2017 12:07  

                        You should progress Forbidden Woods before Nightmare Frontier and Hypogean Gaol. That'll have your weapon +6.

                        • Anonymous

                          04 Feb 2017 18:24  

                          Is there any where to find a similar guide for The Old Hunters? If not I'd like to request adding it to this page.

                          • 10 Jan 2017 21:18  

                            Fun Fact!

                            The Cleric Beast or the Blood Starved Beast are not, both, optional. You have to kill one of them to access the closed areas of Cathedral Ward or there is no possible way to progress the game. Killing the Cleric Beast gives you access to the Hunter Chief's Emblem to open the gate or you have to open the door inside the Chapel by killing the Blood Starved Beast to come up through the lower levels into the back way to open the gates.

                            • Anonymous

                              22 Dec 2016 23:54  

                              "If you do not purchase the emblem and therefore do not unlock the cathedral ward gate to the circular area with the emblem, you will not be able to summon any help for the fight with Vicar Amelia."

                              This is not true...
                              I did not buy the emblem (opened the gate from the other side instead) and I could still summon Henriett (the Old Hunter NPC). I had to open the three gates in that area before her summon sign would appear though.

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Dec 2016 17:31  

                                Hey guys, I just discovered this page and the game Bloodborne, I'm having a ton of fun with this game but atm I don't know how to progress and I find the progression page pretty confusing. Can somebody help me? I have defeated: Cleric Beast, Blood Starved Beast, Father Gascoine, Vicar Amelia, Witch of Hemwick, Shadow of Yharnam and Darkbeast Paarl. My open paths are currently Byrgenwerth (struggling to defeat the hunter in the house), also I've opened the Lecture Building and Nightmare Frontier in which I'm struggling.

                                • Anonymous

                                  03 Nov 2016 00:25  

                                  Why is it that i Can't trigger the buggy? I killed the witches, got summons, and went to oblisk. Nothing. I'm on NG+ and killed mergo's wet nurse.

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