Hunter Blunderbuss

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Hunter Blunderbuss is a Firearm in Bloodborne; it's one of three "shotgun" firearms in the game.


Hunter Blunderbuss Description

"A blunderbuss created at the workshop for the hunters' line of work. Hunter firearms are specially crafted to employ Quicksilver Bullets fused with the wielder's own blood, boosting damage against beasts. The impact of this highly-effective weapon counters beasts' swift movements, and its wide spread is nigh-on guaranteed to hit the mark."


Hunter Blunderbuss Information

  • This particular firearm is one of two "shotgun" firearms that is wielded in the left hand.
    • If you have 27 Bloodtinge or less, Ludwig's Rifle is more powerful in terms of damage. From 28-32 Bloodtinge they have the same damage. From 33 Bloodtinge on up the Hunter Blunderbuss does more damage. This takes into account the distance you are from the opponent.
    • However, in reality it can wielded on any character regardless of Bloodtinge levels since the utility it provides alone is useful.
    • Amount of Blood Echoes needed for purchase is 1700, making the blunderbuss the better option if you wish to save 100 Blood Echoes




Player Notes

  • Being one of two firearm choices at the beginning of the game, the player must make a choice essentially between a handgun and shotgun.
    • The Hunter Pistol does more damage, but the Hunter Blunderbuss is more effective at hitting a fast moving target (as well as potentially hit multiple targets at the same time).
    • The other main difference between the two starting firearms is that the Hunter Blunderbuss has a slower recovery time between shots.
    • Remember that both firearms still have the same trigger speed on the initial shot.
  • The Hunter Blunderbuss is extremely useful for staggering enemies at point blank range.
    • It can also be a viable damage option when fighting opponents up close as well.
    • Remember that the damage dealt will decrease rapidly if the opponent is standing far away from you.
  • When choosing between the Hunter Blunderbuss or Ludwig's Rifle, keep in mind the distance that each firearm covers.
    • Ludwig's Rifle can harm opponents with more damage from a longer distance, but it has a more narrowed spray pattern up close compared to the Hunter Blunderbuss.
    • Furthermore, while both "shotguns" fire the first initial shot at the same speed, the Hunter Blunderbuss has a faster recovery time.
    • In reality, you can easily make good usage of both "shotguns" and swap them up depending on the situation.





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Movesets & Videos




  • The Hunter Blunderbuss has many similarities to its real life counterpart.
    • The modern day shotgun derives from the blunderbuss heavily, especially as a close-ranged defensive firearm.
    • There were many different forms of the blunderbuss, but there were two designs that were used often:
      • Djura uses a form that borrows designs/mechanisms from a olden day muzzle-loading firearm combined with a short, large caliber barrel, which happens to be the same style the Hunter uses.
      • Father Gascoigne uses a blunderbuss in the form of a handgun.
        • It's actually in the design of the Hunter Pistol, but it behaves like the Hunter Blunderbuss when shot.
  • Prior to release, the Hunter Blunderbuss had the same model as the Pthumerian Watchers.
  • The lever on the top of the Blunderbuss looks like it may operate a breech block for loading in a shell. 


Cannon  ♦  Church Cannon  ♦  Evelyn  ♦  Flamesprayer  ♦  Gatling Gun  ♦  Hunter's Torch  ♦  Hunter Pistol  ♦  Loch Shield  ♦  Ludwig's Rifle  ♦  Piercing Rifle  ♦  Repeating Pistol  ♦  Rosmarinus  ♦  Torch  ♦  Wooden Shield


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    • Honestly I believe this weapon is a much better pick over the pistol. Sure, it has a shorter parrying range and longer recovery, however it's parry timing is practically the same as the pistol while being more consistent with the wide spread, in addition to being safer with the high stagger in case you mistime the parry.
      The stagger is especially strong due to the fact that gunshots don't take stamina. I've found that staggering an enemy with this during a combo leaves you stamina positive, giving you enough for more attacks than you would've been able to do. An example being when you're comboing an enemy and instead of depleting your stamina with a final attack, you could shoot to regain enough stamina to do two attacks instead, or do one attack and shoot again to loop the situation. This was really helpful during my bl4 run when my damage and stamina was quite low. The stagger is also really helpful with light weapons which have trouble staggering and heavy weapons which benefit from using the stagger to set up into a slow attack.

      • Anonymous

        what i find strange is at the start of the page it say one of three shotgun weapons but later says one of two and i cant find any other shotguns on the wiki

        • Anonymous

          When it was my 1st time to play bloodborne, confronts with gascoigne, he has literally the design of hunter blunderbuss not pistol

          • Anonymous

            On a scale of "eh" to "ouch!", how much damage would a point blank BMA shot from this do (on a 40 bloodtinge build with a good gem on it)?

            • Anonymous

              I just thought of this

              If the bloodbourne universe has knowledge, and the power to create fully automatic maxim/machine guns, why are there still matchlock guns like the blunderbluss, and flintlocks (it’s not a pistol like the game says it is, it’s clearly a flintlock btw.) keep in mind, matchlock guns were abandoned by the mid 1800s, by then, they had more modern guns, aswell as level action guns, of course, you could say the maxim guns in Yharnam are a new invention, and level actions were apparently never invented in the Bloodbourne universe, (yet,) but it’s odd seeing maxim guns alongside outdated matchlock guns, (then again, they still use medevial weaponry, but thats sorta justified sorta, because it’s somehow, more effective to use cleavers, then guns against beasts.)

              • Anonymous

                It’s not mentioned that the blunderbuss cannot parry from the full distance it can shoot. Farming watchers for example I shoot their wake up attack from a distance and it staggers them normally but does not put them in a visceral state but the pistols bullet can successfully parry from the max distance it travels. I haven’t tested this on Ludwig’s rifle or the rifle spear though.

                • Anonymous

                  Is it worth going bloodtinge up to 50 & getting Evelyn to +10 ?? Deffinitelly not. Blunderbuss is far enough good even not upgraded at all :))

                  • Anonymous

                    Compared to the pistol, does this have a higher chance to proc a VA? Im ***** at the timing compared to parrying in Dark Souls, and I don't care about damage with firearms. I use them primarily for VA.

                    • Ok, so I've been planning this for a while, but I finally figured out how to implement a new image when doing these edits (wasn't that hard, should've done this edit a long time ago). GIFs involving a blunderbuss were surprisingly scarce, so I just re-used this one from an earlier page because why not watch Djura blasting a scrub into bloody pieces?

                      • I would expect the Blunderbuss class to have much higher damage and stagger than the pistol class, but fire slower and have much shorter range. Since that's not the case at all and the weapon is mostly there just to give the player breathing room early game, I would recommend never upgrading this weapon. If you want more damage but dislike the Pistol, Repeater Pistol, and Evelyn, I recommend using Ludwig's Rifle instead unless you are going for a high Bloodtinge build for the Chikage. Upgrading the Blunderbuss does not increase its impact stagger or its range, so the materials are wasted on it. This may change in the future if From Software ever decides to change the nature of the Blunderbuss.

                        • Anonymous

                          "The Hunteers blunderbuss is based off of a blunderbuss". Jesus christ that blew my mind, I never knew that.

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