Henryk is a non-player character in Bloodborne. Henryk
 

"The taciturn old hunter Henryk was once partners with Father Gascoigne, and though they were a fierce and gallant duo, their partnership led to Henryk's tragically long life."

Location

  • Henryk can be found at the Tomb of Oedon and is automatically hostile. To meet him, you must follow the quest of Eileen The Crow and talk to her at the Cathedral Ward.
    • Can this NPC be an ally?: Yes: He can be summoned in Forbidden Woods and Byrgenwerth. However, he has a set of conditions that must first be met.
    • Can this NPC be an enemy?: Yes: Tomb of Oedon
    • If he isn't killed until you encounter Rom, the Vacuous Spider, he will disappear. People think the dead body with yellow garments is Henryk's corpse. In fact, it isn't actually his body. The body can be seen while he is still standing there. The disappearance from Tomb of Oedon can happen even before the encounter with Rom. The trigger is either entering Forbidden Woods or defeating the boss of the Forbidden Woods.

 

Strategy (vs.)

  • In NG, Henryk is encountered at a point where he is incredibly tough (but not impossible) to kill alone. However, the Hunter has a few things that will help him/her with this fight to make things a bit more fair. 
    • The Hunter can carefully sneak up to him by dropping from the ledge where you normally find the Red Jeweled Brooch and get a free visceral attack.
    • If using the saw cleaver or saw spear, it is wise to avoid the R1-L1-L1/R1 combo -- Henryk's AI commonly has him use his pistol in response to being hit by it, and his auto-timing almost guarantees you'll be staggered. He will hit you with a charged R2 while you're staggered, and it generally one-shots low level players.
    • After a short while, Eileen will appear and help you kill Henryk.
      • Once she appears, her aggression will dominate Henryk's aggro.
      • She does a lot of damage, but it's possible for her to be killed, therefore it's suggested that you help her by attacking Henryk to ease some of the pressure.
      • Be careful not to hurt Eileen since your attacks can damage her as well. She can turn hostile if you damage her too much.
        • The threaded cane's untransformed R2 and transformed saw spear's R2 are generally safe to use against Henryk with regard to Eileen. Simply spamming him with the pistol is also effective, and if staggered by it, Eileen will combo with you and use a visceral attack.
      • Do not, under any circumstances, allow Eileen to be stunlocked; Henryk can deal a lot of damage in a short period of time.
        • His Saw Cleaver and Hunter Pistol can quickly stunlock Eileen if she is cornered or backed up against a tombstone.
        • He isn't shy about using his Hunter Pistol and will use it to keep Eileen from moving away quickly.
      • If you die the first time and reappear in the Tomb of Oedon, Eileen will automatically be there fighting Henryk.
    • Henryk can be poisoned with only a handful of Poison Knives; these go a long way towards weakening him and giving Eileen a fighting chance.
    • Overall, the fight is a careful balance between assisting Eileen and keeping yourself alive.

 

Strategy (Ally)

  • Henryk can be summoned at two locations in the Forbidden Woods and Byrgenwerth, both spots near the area's boss location, but you must meet two requirements.
    • First, you have to kill Henryk at the Tomb of Oedon.
    • You also need to be a member of The League and have equipped the Caryll Rune "Impurity."
  • Overall, Henryk is a valuable summon.
    • He has high health and can serve as a distraction.
    • Furthermore, like all NPC summons, he does not fill a summon slot for other players.

 

Dialogue

[None, but he does the Roar Gesture on random occasions while he is fighting you]

Lore

  • Henryk was one of the Old Hunters as mentioned by Eileen, and was a member of the League as stated by his Confederate title when summoned.
  • Henryk was Father Gascoigne's partner during the Hunt. This explains why Henryk is found where he is, possibly returning to look for his partner.
    • Eileen mentions that she plans to assassinate Henryk because "he has gone mad."
      • It's possible he attacks you on sight because he somehow knew that you killed Father Gascoigne.
      • Another possibility is that he simply went insane when Father Gascoigne died, and now attacks virtually anyone he comes across.
      • Whatever the reason might be, Henryk is clearly not in his right mind since he attacks you on sight and roars in anger while he is trying to kill you.
  • It's speculated that Father's Gascoigne's youngest daughter was referring to Henryk when she mentions her "grandad."
    • Due to Henryk being Father Gascoigne's trusted hunting partner for a long time, it's plausible that Henryk had a part in her life and thus she sees him as an important figure.
    • At the same time there is no concrete evidence that he's the grandad figure being mentioned, but it's a popular theory nonetheless.

 

Trivia

  • The name Henryk is the Polish equivalent of the English name Henry and stands for "mighty, formidable."
  • The description of the Throwing Knives states that Henryk enjoyed using them during the Hunt, and he does use them when he fights you or alongside you as a summon.

 




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    • Anonymous

      28 Sep 2021 01:02  

      2 things:
      1. If you kill Eileen AFTER she gets to the Ward Henryk will still spawn.
      2. Should you be my level of stupid and do just that: Henryk can be cheesed like Father Gascoigne. You can put tombstones between you and Henryk while using a weapon with reach like the Threaded Cane or Hunter Axe.

      I may have been trying to avoid the Bloody Crow/Eileen fight. Hehehe.....

      • Anonymous

        03 Sep 2021 01:24  

        Why can't I ever get his emote? Am I doing something wrong? Also does Eileen heal after this fight? I want her blades but I don't want to go through the whole game just to get them

        • Anonymous

          02 Sep 2021 09:05  

          I beat him first try easily on ng+ but that might be because i was level 130
          Goes to show how much of a pain in the ass orphan of kow is

          • Anonymous

            04 Aug 2021 21:02  

            I was trying to avoid Henryk when he and Eileen were fighting so I didn't accidentally agro Eileen but then he killed her ;(

            • Anonymous

              14 Jul 2021 17:26  

              Just saying-
              Henryk and Gascoigne have no known blood relation other than his daughters suggested he was their Grandfather. A possible theory is that he actually was Gascoigne's wife's father, which explains:
              1. Why Gascoigne and him don't have a more specific relation
              2. Why he is their grandfather
              3. How Gascoigne and Henryk met and teamed up

              • Anonymous

                30 May 2021 21:58  

                So it turns out that for when I died at the same time he did, I didn’t get his souls and the game didn’t really register him as dead? Like I could get his armor set but I cannot summon him despite having the Impurity Rune

                So that’s a fun fact!

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                  • Anonymous

                    16 Apr 2021 02:50  

                    Jesus christ. They moved so fast. I couldn't keep up. All I did was shoot him so that Eileen could hit him. She basically did all the damage.

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                      • Anonymous

                        12 Feb 2021 06:33  

                        What i do not get is, how is he summonable after his death? It is clear he is not dreaming anymore, so how on earth would we be able to summon him as a fellow confederate?

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                          • Anonymous

                            10 Nov 2020 18:48  

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                            • Anonymous

                              10 Nov 2020 18:14  

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                              • Anonymous

                                01 May 2020 05:42  

                                I entered the Forbidden Woods, but did not progress through it. Henryk still spawned at the Tomb of Oedon. After killing him, I could summon him for the Shadows fight.

                                • Anonymous

                                  15 Apr 2020 12:19  

                                  I see a lot of people use the applause gesture in MP so I’m assuming this is obvious but just in case ... it’s best to leave the fight with Henryk until after Hemwick and Yahar’Gul so you can be at a good level with a +6 weapon because going straight for this guy after Eileen reaches the ward is a death sentence.

                                  • 24 Jun 2019 00:22  

                                    Can someone please remove the whole "Henryk is the little girl's grandfather" from both Henryk's and the Little Girl's page? It is completely grasping at straws and a very extremely lose fan theory, with the only 'evidence' being that the little girl stated she had a grandfather. I mean, if it had some decent evidence, then putting it on their pages would make sense, but there's literally nothing to support the claim that they are related or that the little girl just refers to Henryk as her grandfather

                                    • Anonymous

                                      16 May 2019 10:43  

                                      Henryk is insanely cool. I was having trouble with Shadow of Yharnam boss on NG+ and couldn't find friends who still play this game so I summoned Henryk to fight with me. Henryk went after the sword and fireball guy leaving me with candle man (I don't know their names). Im underlevelled for someone on NG+ (did bare minimun last time) so it took a while to finish candle guy off. After Candle man died and the were all Meduas-snake-thingies, Henryk was able to get Sword guy done to half. Me and Henryk finshed him off together and we were both in one shot range (Don't know if NPCs can exhaust their blood vials but he didn't heal after swordfighter). We ganged up and Fireball man and at the same time finished him off with a Heavy slash attack. Now there is a giant hole in my heart that cant be filled because Eileen (and partially me) killed him.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        02 Apr 2019 11:32  

                                        It's very unlikely Henryk is related by blood to either Gascoigne or his wife. Henryk is black, whereas Viola, Gascoigne and the presumable older daughter are white. (You never see the little girl from the beginning, but considering her family she must be white as well. )

                                        • Anonymous

                                          17 Mar 2019 00:45  

                                          I've never felt so ashamed of myself more then when I just watched Eileen die to him. Almost tempted to start my game over.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            13 Jan 2019 18:13  

                                            Easy way to win is just let Eileen agro him then do a fully charged heavy. He would shoot me once afterwards, I'd heal, then I'd do another fully charged heavy. Pretty easy to get a visceral this way also.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              08 Oct 2018 18:22  

                                              Ok so I just managed to do this first try, amazingly. After reading all this, I was pretty sure I was gonna get my***** pushed in and fail and Eileen would be dead and everything. So I tried visceraling him + a charged attack from transformed weapon. It worked but did like no damage, so I was panicking at that point. Then Eileen comes in and at first she didn't do anything, I used the Gascoigne strategy with the tombstones which was working well, I got him down to probabbly 1/2 health. Then he realized that this was now 2v1 instead of 1v1 and goes after Eileen and I used poison knives and my pistol as covering fire while Eileen laid into him and I had to kite him around a bit but he went down before I knew it. Overall, it was heart-pounding but not as difficult as I thought it would be after reading all this.

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