One Third of Umbilical Cord

A great relic, also known as the Cord of the Eye. Every infant Great One has this precursor to the umbilical cord.

Use to gain Insight and, so they say, eyes on the inside, although no one remembers what that truly entails.

Third Umbilical Cord is a Consumable Item in Bloodborne.


One Third of Umbilical Cord Descriptions

Mergo's Cord: "Every Great One loses its child, and then yearns for a surrogate. This Cord granted Mensis audience with Mergo, but resulted in the stillbirth of their brains."

Workshop's Cord: "Every Great One loses its child, and then yearns for a surrogate. The Third Umbilical Cord precipitated the encounter with the pale moon, which beckoned the hunters and conceived the hunter's dream."

Arianna's Cord: "Every Great One loses its child, and then yearns for a surrogate, and Oedon, the formless Great One, is no different. To think, it was corrupted blood that began this eldritch liaison."

Iosefka's Cord: "Provost Willem sought the Cord in order to elevate his being and thoughts to those of a Great One, by lining his brain with eyes. The only choice, he knew, if man were to ever match Their greatness."





Third Umbilical Cord Usage

  • Can be used to access the third ending in the game, consuming 3 Cords before the fight against Gehrman, The First Hunter or at least before he dies, and unlock the fight against Moon Presence.
  • Increases your Insight by 3 when consumed.





  • Arianna will only appear in Oedon Chapel if the player sends her there.
  • If the player does not interact with Arianna, her shoes can be found dropped from an enemy in Iosefka's Clinic at night time. This suggests that she found her way to the clinic on her own.
  • If you visit Iosefka's clinic from the backdoor before fighting Rom, the Vacuous Spider she will turn hostile if you go too far up the stairs. If you kill her at this stage you cannot get her Umbilical Cord, however you can run away from the fight and still get it upon your return after fighting Rom.
  • Its possible for the imposer not to spawn, she will however, respawn for the blood moon



  • In the US versions of the game it is called "One Third of Umbilical Cord".
  • In the UK versions it is called a "Third Umbilical Cord".
  • There is a note in the second floor of the Lecture building stating simply "Three third cords" being the sole allusion to how to unlock the secret ending.
  • Named 3本目のへその緒 in the Japanese version, literally meaning "Third Umbilical Cord".
  • Named "Terzo Cordone Ombelicale" in Italian version, literally meaning "Third Umbelical Cord"
  • In the original 1.0 version of the game as well as the original printing of the future press guide the description of the abandoned workshop umbilical cord says "One of the heirlooms used to contact the Great Ones, originating in the child of the Vilebloods. Long ago, in an encounter with the Great Ones, a contract was established, establishing the hunters and the hunters dream" . Another small addition is that each cord has " Keep one to fend off foul spirits, or use it to obtain great Insight".


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    • Anonymous

      25 Apr 2021 17:12  

      Anyone have an Umbilical Cord to spare? For some reason the nun killed the whore and I killed Iosefka because she attacked me when I entered her clinic for the first time

      • Anonymous

        12 Mar 2021 19:39  

        Had no idea you could bing people to oden chapel until after rom so missee that cord and didint know that the lady at the clinic was hostle before you killed rom and killed her two because i didint know she droped a cord so there goes getting the burial blade in ng.

        • Anonymous

          11 Feb 2021 10:20  

          Beneath the lighthouse hut in the Fishing Hamlet, just before Orphan of Kos, there are giant snail shells embedded in the walls, floor, and ceiling. However, unlike the shells of the snail women, these have prolonged segments that give them an appearance unusually similar to the Third Umbilicals.

          By the way, the depression at the center of a gastropod/cephalopod's whorled shell is also called the "umbilicus."

          • Anonymous

            10 Nov 2020 23:16  

            SERIOUSLY, nobody has commented on the fact that it says in the description for the umbilical cord that this is a "precursor to the umbilical cord..." There is a theory floating around that the great ones created the Pthumerians and the Pthumerians are the precursor to the human race. This theory would actually fit into old-school Lovecraftian lore; The great ones created us almost as an experiment and when we turned out to be weak AF they abandoned us and we became something of a joke. However, in the Bloodborne series, instead of them abandoning us, we started butchering them and experimenting with them, which is why they "closed the gate" so to say. The ones that were left behind were cursed to share a planet with us until we hunted them all to death. The main point I am making here is that it says it is the "precursor to the umbilical cord," hinting that we are some form of descendant of the great ones.

            • Anonymous

              30 Sep 2020 01:58  

              British and Australian versions they’re just called ‘third umbilical cord’. Kinda funny when you have 3 of the third umbilical cord rather than 3 thirds

              • Anonymous

                04 Feb 2020 10:58  

                Iosefka does not spawn at night if you attack the door. She tells you to f* off basically and only appears again during Blood Moon.

                • Anonymous

                  27 May 2019 18:47  

                  I collected 3 of them in my ng+ run and didt use it but moon precence ending triggered. I couldnt get my 3. Endng ***** : /

                  • Anonymous

                    04 Mar 2019 01:03  

                    has anyone tried proposing to Arianna before blood moon? like go thru cainhurst and use kneel emote on Arianna before speaking

                    • Anonymous

                      27 Oct 2018 13:01  

                      I doubt it's the "true ending". If something like this even exists. The special unique secret ending in DS3 is the Dark Lord ending (Londor wins!). The formula "hard to obtain means true ending" doesn't work in the Soulsborne series.

                      • Anonymous

                        24 Oct 2018 10:26  

                        That massive spoiler warning should be a bit more... massive. I didn't even notice it until after the fact.

                        • Anonymous

                          23 Oct 2018 21:00  

                          Phony Iosefka is still hostile after fighting Rom. Blood moon makes her not-hostile, I think. Just wanna be specific for accuracy's sake.

                          • Anonymous

                            13 Aug 2018 14:54  

                            As a lore note, getting 'eyes on the inside' may be interpreted as being able to achieve lucidity or 'control' over one's dreams. In lucid dreams, you are able to interact with the dreamworld as if it were real life. It would be like living in your own fantasy, shaped by your own imagination. U can even bring and communicate with real life people in your dream. Obviously one can only dream when one is sleeping (or more importantly, when one's outer eyes are closed). So i think that the game defines 'dreaming' as observing pictures INSIDE the brain with eyes on the INSIDE. Great Ones may have a powerful version of this ability which allows them not only to observe different planes, but also create new dimensions by just 'dreaming' about them - perhaps Mensis for the Nightmare of Mensis, Kos for Hunter's Nightmare, and (speculation) Moon Presence for Hunter's Dream and Yharnam. Perhaps their ability to induce lucidity in dreams is so powerful that they can actually transfer the conscious of people in the waking world to their dreams. People with lesser minds would not be able to tell the difference. People with higher insight may realize that what they they see is actually what they are being made to see (cite Rom, noted as hiding 'all sorts of secrets'. On a separate line, the description of Blacksky Eye hints that some form of the cosmos exists and can be accessed from inside the eye. While an eye cannot see unto itself, an eye on the 'inside' could actually communicate with the cosmos (and by extension, the Great Ones). But perhaps this requires the blessing or aid of a phantasm, creatures known to act as a conduit to the Cosmos. Or perhaps 'using' third umbilical cords provides this 'in-sight', which may explain how Laurence and Gehrman may have contacted Moon Presence (possibly in the abandoned workshop?). But we know third cords are exceedingly rare, found only when a woman is impregnated by a child of the Great Ones - an event known to occur only during Blood Moons. The major problem, however, is that School of Mensis used hexagonal cages on thier heads to somehow telephone the Great Ones. This doesn't seem to require eyes at all and is more related to brains. So I've no idea what that's about.

                            • Anonymous

                              28 Jul 2018 01:03  

                              So one cord came from Mergo, the second from Arianna’s child, a third is found on (or in?) Imposter Iosefka as if she was in the final stages of pregnancy, and the last is found without an owner in the Abandoned Workshop. I wonder if this one was collected from the Orphan of Kos, considering it doesn’t drop an umbilical, and Gehrman and the hunters obviously have a deep connection to the Orphan? I guess this is what drew the attention of the “pale moon,” perhaps indirectly, which could explain the “curse of blood” laid upon the hunters by the residents of the Fishing Hamlet. Perhaps the Moon Presence is the very curse itself, along with the bloodlust it represents.

                              • Anonymous

                                15 May 2018 17:48  

                                Maybe one third of umbilical cord is correct cause if we want the secret ending we need to eat 3 umbilical cord

                                • Anonymous

                                  26 Apr 2018 06:04  

                                  "In the UK versions of the game it is called "One Third of Umbilical Cord".
                                  In the US versions it is called a "Third Umbilical Cord.""
                                  I think these gotta be switched, dude or someone I don't really know who to talk to about this.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    23 Mar 2018 05:14  

                                    US and UK version are the same and have always said One third of Umbilical Cord.
                                    I am going back and forth between patched and unpatched and it says the same thing either way. I have US version

                                    • Anonymous

                                      21 Feb 2018 22:00  

                                      Strangely, as of this posting, the Canadian version of the game (having French printed on the back cover) still lists the item as "One Third of Umbilical Cord." Not sure if it's a regional thing, or even why the Canada/US versions would be any different or patched differently, but yeah it's still got the old(?) name for it.

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