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Gehrman, the First Hunter

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14293 128000 Hunter's Dream Old Hunter Badge
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[Warning: Ending spoiler ahead]


Gehrman, the First Hunter is a Boss in Bloodborne, and one of the three possible final bosses of the game.

"Oh, Laurence... what's taking you so long... I've grown too old for this, of little use now, I'm afraid..."

"Oh, Laurence... Master Willem... Somebody help me... Unshackle me please, anybody... I've had enough of this dream... The night blocks all sight... Oh, somebody, please...

"Hm hm hm ha ha ha... Dear oh dear, what was it? The Hunt? The Blood? Or the horrible Dream? Oh, it doesn't matter... It always comes down to the hunters' helper to clean up after these sort of messes."

"Tonight... Gehrman joins the hunt...."

Gehrman, the First Hunter Information

  • You fight Gehrman if you choose the Refuse option when he presents you with 2 options after you talk to him, or if you attacked him in the Hunter's Dream after defeating Mergo's Wet Nurse.
  • Defeating him will initiate a cut-scene. If you have consumed 3x One Third of Umbilical Cord, you will fight the Moon Presence, otherwise the game will end and you will obtain the Honoring Wishes trophy.
  • Gain 1 Insight for finding the boss and 3 Insight for killing him.

 

Locations

 

Drops

  • Old Hunter Badge
  • Blood Echoes NG (128,000) (64,000 for co-operator), NG+6 and so on (980,480)
  • (no blood echoes are dropped if you take on Moon Presence)

 

Combat Information

  • While using his scythe, Gehrman frequently uses a charge move that can be parried while he channels.
  • Gehrman can be parried and riposted for the entirety of the fight. Whereas he is very fast and unpredictable in his third stage, he can still be staggered while he uses the charge move on his scythe. (need confirmation on other moves)
  • Shoot as he slices horizontally with his scythe for easy parries.
  • He usually gives two side-swings to approach you, after which he's open for a quick R1 attack. Immediately move backwards (walking or dodging) after hitting him once.
  • When Gehrman switches to the curved sword and blunderbuss, it may be more effective to stay close to him and dash (hit O) around him as he attacks and then get in a quick hit at the end of a combo. This seems to be more effective than hanging back since it is then harder to get in a hit and he can also stagger you with his gun even if you're not attacking. The stagger seems to only occur when he's using his pistol as opposed to his blunderbuss.
  • It is also possible that in his powered up form, he will go for a jump attack but get stuck on a ledge if you're close enough to one, giving you free attacks with minimal chance of taking damage.
  • In scythe form, a fairly easy way to deal with it is to bait out one of his attacks and walk backwards. His attack will fall short, and you have time to hit him once and repeat. For his curved sword and gun, run towards him and roll right, if he rolls and shoots you'll get two free hits on him. Then back out, because he might retaliate quickly. His long combo ends in a ground slam with his curved sword and then a shoot with his gun, if you stay close, you can roll through the gun shot and get a hit in on him. Take the fight slow, and stay close to max health, as his scythe does massive damage.
  • Gehrman can alternate between a blunderbuss and a heavy pistol. The heavy pistol takes a moment to charge before firing, and being hit by it will parry the player even if they are not performing any action when hit.
  • Uses Burial Blade and a unique unobtainable blunderbuss.
  • Uses "Quickening" to dramatically increase his mobility and deflect firearms. Using the Old Hunter Bone produces the same effect.

 

Attack Name Attack Description & Counter
Scythe Charge Attack Gehrman pulls his scythe behind him before dashing forward and letting out two swift strikes. This move has good tracking, so timing your dodge is critical. Conversely, simply shoot him while he charges the attack for an easy parry.
Leaping Scythe Attack Gehrman leaps forward while swinging his scythe. Keep on your toes as this attack has good range, a short start-up time, and can be performed immediately after a previous move.
Gun Blast A single blast from his blunderbuss or pistol. Typically performed after a dodge or roll. Can parry the player. Can be dodged with proper timing.
Visceral Attack Can occasionally land visceral attacks after parrying.
Sword Flurry An extended flurry of sword swings. Performed after Gehrman transforms his weapon into its' blade form. Has good tracking, so may require multiple dodges to avoid.
Wind Gust After jumping into the air, Gehrman swings his scythe, producing a quick series of damaging wind gusts. Has good tracking and a deceptively long range. Run away from Gehrman to avoid this attack.
Scythe Pull Uses scythe to pull hunters toward him before slashing them. Dodge to the side or use gun for an easy visceral attack.
End of the Nightmare Triggered when under 50% HP. Gehrman stops where he is and begins to channel energy. Shortly thereafter, a large blast of energy is released. Anyone within the area of effect will take high damage assuming they do not outright die. This move can be delayed with a rapid series of attacks. This is, however, a dangerous strategy largely suited to cooperative play.

 

Strategies

 

1. Melee Strategy


Gehrman is a very fast and very aggressive foe. Most of his attacks with do a great deal of damage to a hunter of every level and a couple can even one-shot a player with 30+ vit. To prepare for this fight, equip runes that will give you more stamina, more health and ones that offer a health bonus for visceral attacks. Make sure to purchase Bolt paper/fire paper or level up your Tonitrus.

The key to this fight is patience, observation and persistance. As Gehrman is the first hunter, his fighting style is the same as yours, he has exactly the same mechanics you do, plus a couple more for good measure. When the fight starts, he'll walk slowly towards you and chances are he'll start by doing a charge attack with the Burial Blade. Hit him with your gun or if you have a fast enough weapon, get behind and do a quick charged attack and land a visceral. If you can manage this you're onto a great start.

When he charges the Burial Blade he will do a wide sweeping two hit combo that has devastating damage, so if you're not close to him when he starts the charge up, back off so you're less likely to take the full whack of the attack. His other attack to watch out for with the Burial Blade has him reaching out past your head and pulling you close into him. This in itself isn't greatly damaging but the follow up combo usually is.

While using the Blade, he will occasionally charge up and leap up into the air, swinging the blade and causing a shockwave to hit the ground. For this attack you want to get underneath him as the shockwave tracks slightly if you back off and has a wide arc of potential damage.

Stick close to Gehrman and bait out his attacks. Make full use of the dodging ability and keep a close eye on your stamina. One or two hits and then a quick escape is the best tactic to use in a straight melee fight as he retaliates quickly and hits very hard. When you've taken a third of his hit points off he'll put the Burial Blade away and pull out a curved sword and a blunderbuss. Now he'll become more aggressive and actively try to stay close to you, no matter how much you back off. He'll attempt to parry you with the gun (which he can do) and he'll unleash several 5 or 6 hit combos with the sword. This is where the battle becomes rather balletic as you need to be quick on your feet, dodging his attacks and trying to land hits where you can. Gehrman will act in exactly the same way and the two of you will end up spending a lot of time in motion trading hits.

Around halfway through the fight he'll get into some open ground, extend his arms and start channelling energy. This wind up takes about 5 seconds, so get in behind him and use this as an opportunity for a free charge attack and visceral combo. Be warned, if you mistime this you'll end up being caught in an AOE blast which does huge damage. If you're across the other side of the arena when he does this, back off and let him do the blast.

Oddly enough, Gehrman himself can be knocked down by Burial Blade scythe charge attack.

 

2. Burial Blade Strategy / Blood Echo Farming

In order to acquire Burial Blade in the current NG, one must consume three One Third of Umbilical Cords before Gehrman's defeat. Once Gehrman is killed, wrap out from the subsequent fight by using Bold Hunter's Mark. once you acquired the Burial Blade, upgrade it to +9 and insert Blood Gem Imprints for boosting physical damage, the next step will be using Small Resonant Bell to become a co-operator. Once you're summoned, switched the Burial Blade to scythe form and spam charge attack to Gehrman, it'll continuously knock down Gehrman so the others can land their blows, once Gehrman is defeated, each time you can earn 64000 echos for each kill (or 128000 echos in case of Moon Presence)

3. Bowblade E-Z Strategy

Gehrman does not usually rush towards you and there is an easy way to defeat him if you have a decent damage dealing Simon's Bowblade. Simply lock onto Gehrman, walk backwards, and shoot him. Remember to have enough Stamina for a quick, emergency dodge. In his later stages you will likely encounter his airborne attack and a few lunges towards you, requiring you to perform a quick evasive maneuver. Use the Charged R2 Attack often for maximum damage. Bring enough Blood Vials to convert into Blood Bullets when your stock of Quicksilver Bullets deplete.

4. Gatling Gun Strategy

Gehrman can be easily staggered by Gatling Gun during his first phase, as long as one can stop him from buffing with quickening, he can be staggered to death in the entire fight.

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Notes & Trivia

  • You CAN co-op & pvp on this area. You must first have triggered Gehrman as a boss and exited the boss arena by being killed or using a Bold Hunter's Mark. You can also co-op the following boss if you have defeated Gehrman and meet the requirements.
  • Upon defeating him the Burial Blade can be acquired from the bath messenger shop in NG+ for 60000 Blood Echoes. (NG+ not necessary. If you fight "Moon Presence" after Gehrman you can use Hunter's Mark to return outside the boss area and still purchase this weapon.)
  • Both of his forms can be parried.
  • During first form, one handed fist light attack can stagger Gehrman for 4 times, any further punch will not stagger him until his moveset is finished.
  • Gehrman changes into a Top Hat, Henryk's Hunter Gloves and adds an unobtainable cape onto his Hunter Garb upon initiating the boss fight rather than wearing his usual unique attire.
  • If one muted the music and sound but voice, one can record Gehrman's dialogue during the cutscenes without sound, but not his grunt during battle.
  • When killed, Gehrman raises his arms in an almost perfect "make contact" gesture, before falling to his knees, looking to his hands and then falling forward. It should also be noted that Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower shares this same action upon death (with the exception of groaning rather than speaking final words).

 




    • Anonymous

      29 Jul 2018 14:15  

      For cosplaying his boss form, I’ve found that the Yamamura hat actually looks a little better than the standard top hat. It’s tall enough and has the nice warped brim, and hides the eyes a little better. He doesn’t actually wear Henryk’s gloves, as Gehrman’s feature a metal gauntlet, but they’re close enough. In case anyone’s interested...

      • Anonymous

        19 Jul 2018 04:28  

        I refused him at the end of the game, started the cutscene, then quit out because I didn't eat the umbilical cords. Now he's gone. Is there any way to get him back?

        • Anonymous

          18 Jul 2018 18:27  

          If you have a friend help you he can be put into visceral by hitting him in the back with the augur of ebrietas which only cost 1 bullet so it’s an assured visceral rather than timing your shots with a gun

          • Anonymous

            09 Jul 2018 16:58  

            Killed this guy in NG - parried/visceral a few times and then, more through luck than judgement, trapped him in the small path by the fog gate. He couldn't dodge away, so I mashed R1 untransformed LHB, which got him down to about 30% health. I then just fished for parries for the rest of the fight, healing every time he damaged me. It worked (just about.)

            • Anonymous

              26 Jun 2018 08:01  

              After many try i finally defeated him twice for different ending. First phase fight strategy was to stagger with firearm and visceral attack, in second phase when he leaps in air and make shockwave attack, I tried the guide posted here to stay close with him first but this strategy didn't work for me as i was constantly hit by shock wave and then he was near me when i am recovering and will kill me with one shot as i HP got low due to shock wave hit. I followed different strategy. I kept my distance from him in second phase attack.Only when he is equipped with scythe, he will leap in air.So i went as far away as i can when starts to leap in air and roll away further as shockwave about to come. Only 1/2 times shockwave hit me but i was able to restore health as he was far away for him. So anyone struggling with shockwave should try this strategy. I used Axe transform with bolt and fire, dodged when he about to attack and landed 1/2 attack on him. I kept a distance and used cocktail and knives in second phase to reduce his health as he won't attack often when there is a distance.

              In second phase one key thing to remember is when he switches between his scythe and other weapon with firearm. Be careful when he switched to scythe as he will attack fast and will leap in air. But when he switch to other weapon then you have a chance to hit 1/2 attack after he fires a gun. Hope this helps someone.

              • Anonymous

                10 Jun 2018 22:01  

                I don’t know if this has been said but it is possible to stun him enough and “glitch” him so he stays in his second phase for the rest of the fight. When he does the roar ( not the AOE) as long as you land enough hits (mainly with a partner) it could work.

                • Anonymous

                  06 Jun 2018 22:19  

                  Gehrman was one of the easier bosses, simply for the fact that using the Augur of Ebrietas will either stagger him allowing a Visceral attack, or knock him over completely. In addition, the Augur of Ebrietas's low Quicksilver Bullet consumption allows for striking Gehrman, giving you distance to press the D-pad up to draw more QS Bullets from your health, Heal or Augur again, dash in and strike to refill your health. I must have landed six Visceral attacks in my most recent battle. However, the Augur of Ebrietas will not interrupt his big attacks, like when he hovers in the sky to slash at you, etc., so be ready to dodge, then strike!

                  • Anonymous

                    23 Apr 2018 14:57  

                    Got him on my 6th or 7th try, and it was absolutely epic- used hunter axe +10 (my first and favorite weapon still) and didn‘t perry- mostly because I‘m not good at perries unfortunately. But it was so much fun. He is so fast and brutal and in the end I had no blood vials left, only like 20% health and gehrman had like probably 5%... he was charging up an attack, I was charging up L2, it was him or me, and mine just triggered slightly before his...and that was his death. I just got lucky I guess, but still, this was epicness and storytelling right out of the fighting gameplay, absolutely gorgeous:):):)

                    • Anonymous

                      22 Apr 2018 01:49  

                      Gehrman is my absolute favourite boss(at least from those I've fought so far, I missed a few on my first playthrough, and don't have the DLC). The whole illusion he kept up of being a crippled and frail old man throughout the game, until he stands up and basically becomes the embodiment of death itself. His aesthetic is so badass, the tattered robes, hat and scythe really make him seem like the grim reaper, and the setting for the battle is also a really great choice and really gives a "last stand" vibe.

                      • Anonymous

                        28 Feb 2018 01:10  

                        I hate people who cheese bosses like this or even parry him actually. Just like Gwyn the fight needs to be enjoyed.

                        • Anonymous

                          30 Jan 2018 03:57  

                          I tried 5 or 6 times with LHB and it just wasn't cutting it. Switched to the tonitrus and that cleared the problem right up on my first try with it. That little bug zapper isn't good for everything, but there are bosses in this game that it just FRIES, and Gehrman is one of them. Now he's got so many gigawatts in him he's back to the future.

                          • Anonymous

                            10 Dec 2017 01:00  

                            I just absolutely ultra-cheesed Gehrman. I'm level 80, Arcane 60, with formless Oedeon equipped. All I did was cast A Call Beyond, doing ~1000 dmg each, and kept out of range. Done in about a minute with no damage taken.

                            • Anonymous

                              21 Sep 2017 09:41  

                              Need some help with this guy; I want to get his burial blade before the real final battle and he's kicking my ass to the point where I ran out of blood vials. HMU, my IGN is Mitoonuh.

                              • Anonymous

                                07 Sep 2017 17:18  

                                Some of the strategies are*****. Kill him, warp before the cutscene to get the burial blade, upgrade it and kill him again.. for freaking echoes?! I mean you already killed him WTF. There's lots of ways to earn echoes and you chose Gehrman? Would rather farm somewhere else than waste my time as I'm sure there are better ways to get echoes.

                                • Anonymous

                                  13 Aug 2017 04:05  

                                  tfw Gehrman almost kills you with his left-right scythe sweep, but trips on a tombstone and his attack terminates early

                                  • Anonymous

                                    03 Aug 2017 23:30  

                                    a broken and overpowered boss with broken mechanics and hitbox, he does NOT move like you, he zig zags, this is a dissappointing boss fight. my hitbox is broken as well, as i don't damage him when i can see that my sword should connect, but then again, from software is known for leaving bugs in the code and call them features. thanks fextralife for the walkthrough, i have enjoyed this game until gehrman

                                    • Anonymous

                                      11 Jun 2017 18:39  

                                      So i just killed gehrman and saw the cutscene with the moon presence. I started the fight because i consumed the umbilical cords. Then after the cutscene i left the game to get his Scythe for the moon presence fight, but when i quit and got back in i was outside but had 0 Blood echos. I thought they were in the field but i only picked up 365.
                                      69/10 would lose 128k blood echos again.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        14 May 2017 15:51  

                                        So i just beat him in ng+ and it seemed like he was doing increased damage from my last play through which was about 4 days ago

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