Pthumerian Descendant

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General Info
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3437 4147 Central Pthumeru Chalice Lower Pthumeru Chalice, Cold blood gem (3)
16824 100474 Great Pthumeru Ihyll Chalice Tempering Damp Blood Gem (6), Cursed Cold (5)
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114 110 110 --
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110 52 60 154
slow_poison_RES.jpg rapid_poison_RES.jpg VS_beasts.jpg VS_kin.jpg
250 180 No No

Pthumerian Descendant (トゥメル人の末裔 Toumeru hito no matsuei lit. "Pthumerian Descendant") is a Boss in Bloodborne.

Pthumerian Descendant Information

The Descendant is a fast and relentless attacker that can be very difficult at high lvl depths. They may appear in any chalice dungeon and are a good source of Cold Blood Gems.



Combat Information

  • Weakest to Arcane; weak to Fire Damage
  • Defeat Pthumerian Descendant through chain staggering. Simply lock onto him and back-peddle away. Eventually he will quick step towards you to close the distance; blast him with your blunderbuss at this point, this will stagger him and you'll be able to easily dispatch him with Visceral Attacks. The timing seems to be fairly loose, but if you fail the timing the blast will still cause him to recoil and let you backstep away to bait him into following once more. Once he hits phase two he'll pull out a second Shotel and become more aggressive, including running towards you. Just backstep to keep enough distance to bait him into quickstepping towards you and follow the same strategy.
  • Once staggered, he dodges away from you. To prevent this, keep him against the walls and he will have nowhere to retreat.
  • The Combination of Lead Elixir (anti-stagger) and Beast Roar (will knock him to the ground if out of stamina or at low hp) ensuring an easy win.
  • When in 50% health he roars and begins to separate his one blade into two. Get behind him, charge R2 attack and get a chance to backstab him. It can also cancel his separation attempt and he will try it again, giving you another opportunity to backstab him.
  • If you have a fast and powerful weapon, with high damage per second, you can try to get him standing near a wall to stop his retreat and spam R1 when he is in 60% health. That way you can damage him to 50% so he begins the blade separation while under your heavy slashing. A good way to do high damage fast.
  • For an Arcane build, use gloves to stagger while getting close to deal damage. Repeat until dead.
  • Transformed Axe L2 (sweep attack) is very effective just after dodging behind him.




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One bladed moveset

Attack Name Attack Description & Counter
Rushing attack Often the first attack he does. If you are far away he quicksteps near you and swings his sword 1-4 times. The first attack is hard to parry and it depends on your distance but try firing your pistol immediately when you see him lifting his hand while rushing towards you. Mostly dodging towards him and endind up behind him is the best strategy.
Charge attack Charges a heavy slash by lifting his left hand slowly up, then yanking it fastly behind his head and then immediately slashing hard and continues with 1-2 fast and powerfull following slashes. First slash is easy to parry.
To counter shot fire pistol just before the charge is finished and the first slash starts, precisely when the fast yank happens. Fire blunderbuss little sooner, more precisely when the arm is lifted up but the yank has not started yet.
Blade toss Throws his blade at you and it boomerangs back to him. Blade can go through obstacles and walls. Mostly dodge left or right. Shooting him staggers him cancelling the attack and makes the flying blade teleport back to his hands safely not hurting you.
Left to right swing +combo Starts from lifting his left hand up and slashing to his low right, then lifts his hand to his upper right and slashes to upper left. If you are close he follows with 1-2 fast slashes. He can stop after first slash if you are far away. To get a chance to hit back walk far enough to avoid the first slash and dodge step the second to his left side (your right) to get behind him. This way he stops slashing and you get a very good opening for attacks. To get a parry fire your pistol after the first slash.
Right to left + combo Starts from lifting his left hand up to his right side and slashing to his upper left, and then slashes 1-3 times. Harder to parry since the first strike is faster than in "left to right" move so there is less time to react to the following swing. Often dodging back, away from him, is the best strategy.
Recovering slash After getting visceral attacked Descendant gets slowly up from the floor and takes a fast slash towards you instead of quickstepping away. Chances of a slash is high if you are close to him or he is near walls and can't quickstep away. This is actually a safe opportunity to try to parry him. After visceral attact get only a little closer to him so that the slash can't reach you and keep an eye on his right hand while he is getting up. Hand makes a U-turn like movement during getting up animation. Fire your pistol just before the U-turn is finished. Timing is difficult but if you are far enough there is no downside in failure since he either quicksteps away or the slash can't reach you.
Blade separation When in 50% health he quicksteps away from you, holds his blade high and splits it to two blades with a long shout starting the second phase of the fight. Keep an eye on his health bar. After you damage him under 50% health stay near him. When he quicksteps away run towards him (he won't attack) and get behind him with a quick weapon while he roars. Hold R2 for a charge attack and get a backstab chance. If done fast enough you can interrupt the separation and he has to do it again after visceral attack.

Two Blade moveset

Attack Name Attack Description & Counter
Rushing attack About the same attack as one bladed rush attack. Don't try to parry. It is possible but extremely risky.
Blade toss Tosses his blades more often than in first phase and distance to trigger the toss is shorter. Throws one or both blades. Safest direction to dodge is your left or if you are far enough straight away from him.
Jumping attack If you are far away from him he can jump towards you and make an X -shaped slash with his swords when he lands. Just dodge away or behind him when you think he is about to land.
Two bladed golf swing
to smash and X -slash
Lowers his both blades fast to his right side and then swings them up and left side of him and continues with slowly starting heavy two blade smash and heavy X -shaped two blade slash.
When you see his both hands high in his left side while he charges the smash attack fire pistol to get the counter shot of the following slash. Works when his both hands go up together and not slightly in turns which is another type of attack.
Faster golf swing and smash If you are close to him he can do slightly faster golf swing with slightly sooner starting smash and no X -slash. Parry timing is shorter and very difficult so dodging away or staying little farther away from him to not to trigger this move helps.
One-two + one-two combo Swings his swords side to side in turns 1-4 times. First blade goes up and second one goes horizontally left or right and then he repeats.
2 swings and an X -slash Swings both of his blades up to his right, then to his left and then finishes with the X -shaped slash. Fire pistol when he is charging the X -slash. Rather easy parry if you identify the combo soon enough.


Strategy 1 (Quick Attacks)

During the fight have a quick weapon (Blade of Mercy, Saw Cleaver, etc.) now dodge his attacks by going to his right side and attack him once or twice, he should then back off giving you breathing room however there is a uncommon chance he will simply turn towards you and attack you, so its important after you attack him to back-step away. His second stage is tricky, only attack when you know for sure he won't go into a combo attack, keep your distance and shoot him to get a visceral attack. Continue this until victory.

Strategy 2 (Parry Master)

In the first phase keep the distance between you so short that the first attack of a combo won't hit you but the secound would. Concentrate only on two of his attacks: charge attack and left to right + combo. Those are the easiest to parry (timings in the attack description above). Dodge rest. If the distance between you are too long he quicksteps towards you before starting to attack. When so always dodge away and don't try to countershot. Try to parry only when he begins an attack from walking animation.

In the second phase keep a sligthly longer distance to avoid faster version of golfswing but not too much since he tosses his blades now more often than before. Concentrate to parry only his slower smash after golfswing and the X -shaped slash after 2 swing combo. Also one-two combo is punishable if you manage to stay close enough to trigger him to continue after first one-two. Important: stay close! If you let him get far away his wider variety of long range attacks is much more dangerous than in phase one. Also getting countershots now is also more difficult.

Strategy 3 (Executioner's Gloves Stunlock)

This strategy is for builds with 20 arc, and can be used to effectively keep Descendant on the defensive for the entire fight. Slash your wrists for blood bullets, then vial up. Be cautious in your timing, as Descendant likes to use his throwing attack before you can heal. Wait until he dodges, then as his animation ends, cast the Executioner's Gloves. Immediately sprint toward him and perform a sprinting R2, followed by R1. The sprinting R2 will stagger Descendant, guaranteeing the R1 to connect on a quick weapon (if he dodges backward instead of to the side, your followup will connect on any weapon). Back away and be prepared to dodge in case he counters, but most often he will dodge away. If he dodges, immediately repeat the assault, then get some distance and refill your blood bullets. If Descendant successfully hits you while you are casting, don't panic: he will still be stunlocked when the skulls connect. Take advantage of this to regain by attacking, then get some distance and heal. This strategy can be mixed with Strategy 2 with a Blood Rapture or Oerdon Writhe rune.


Notes & Trivia

  • Is something called "Elder" but uses the descendant weapons. "Elder" has 16511 HP in FRC Ihyll/Loran/Isz
  • This Boss can also be a regular enemy in chalice dungeons.(possibly as a result of using a fetid or rotted offering)




Descendant Bird of Prey

Descendant No Face Descendant Walk Descendant Splatter Descendant Spin



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    • Anonymous

      09 Sep 2020 12:42  

      Got me a while but I found the best strategy is to just buff you with evisceration runes (both healing and damage) and +4 bullets . Before getting in slice wrists (+5 bullets) and heal. Now once in start stagger it with ludwig rifle (I have it at +4 more range than the pistol) eviscerate rinse and repeat Until second phase. As soon as he almost crap himself splitting the schyte in two stand behind him and spam augur of ebrietas and eviscerate it. Repeat as soon as he stand up and he’s about to do any action. This should either stagger it opening for visceral or damage him quite good. Avoid attacks as much as you can and try to spam the tentacle as soon as he begin attacking you. You should have enough bullets to end him

      • Anonymous

        08 Sep 2020 19:07  

        I HATE him. Who the hell decided that he should be able to use a PROJECTILE through walls? I swear, do FROM employees even play their games?

        • Anonymous

          25 Aug 2020 07:41  

          I have almost given up the entire game because of this boss. Four days of trying, and I absolutely cannot get the parrying right. Honestly, I despise this thing.

          • Anonymous

            21 Jul 2020 14:09  

            He sure can run fast for an old guy. He could be behind a pillar and then next moment is running at you full speed. There's no tell, no warm up, it's 0 to 60 humph in a split second followed by a forward lunge with large range. I'm attempting this fight in Ihyll at BL4 in near death mode (hyper mode) but it may be beyond my skills :-\

            • Anonymous

              19 Jul 2020 17:14  

              Part of the psychological problem I have fighting this boss is that I know if I defeat him then the next boss is the headless bloodletting beast which is even harder. It has tons of HP and awkward movement in a small room. I must enjoy getting killed repeatedly by pillar clipping boomerangs. Talking of which..... Stay close to prevent him throwing it doesn't always work. And sometimes he jumps away, behind a pillar, and then throws it. Cheat!

              • Anonymous

                18 Jul 2020 11:44  

                Don't like how he can still throw his weapon in phase 2. All the time it took to split he can instantly put it back together, throw it and have split again? No, not fair. I'm having a real nightmare with this dude at BL4 (again, I've done it once before).

                • Anonymous

                  07 Jul 2020 03:44  

                  I'm liike 95% sure that the sound of him transitioning into second phase ( The Shwing of his blades) is also used in Sekiro)

                  • 21 Jun 2020 15:54  

                    this boss seems pretty "fair" except for the fact that he appears to know that his thrown attack clips through the pillars, and intentionally abuses this gltich.

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Jun 2020 10:36  

                      Because he tries to be stylish in phase 2 I actually find it easier to parry him compared to the first phase

                      • Anonymous

                        29 May 2020 02:21  

                        Homeboy robbed me of my victory: I got the fight ending parry but my attack went straight through him. Wasn't too close, wasn't too far, i was in the position i parried him the rest of the fight, but my untransformed threaded cane whiffed right through without ANY damage or visceral. After he got up, he followed with a double boomerang (FRC, ded). Could be latency or bugs or a million things but that was the cheapest piece of***** I've ever faught

                        • Anonymous

                          13 May 2020 01:02  

                          This guy was driving me insane in Ihyll until I gave up trying to parry and started using those bullets for R2 and L2 with transformed Holy Moonlight Sword + Augur of Ebrietas. Lead Elixir also helps making sure you don't get interrupted (first time ever I used it), though it isn't necessary. Increased Rally runes help since you won't have many oportunities to heal and you should keep close to him. Str + Arcane build. I think a heavy weapon is mandatory to interrupt his attacks..

                          • Anonymous

                            14 Mar 2020 01:37  

                            i had to fight this dude on a root f/r/c that i created, it was a nightmare.... the guy two shoted me. anyway, why do the blades pass thro the pillars?hmmmm......D E E P E S T L O R E

                            • Anonymous

                              10 Mar 2020 02:06  

                              ya know, I never really complain about boss mechanics, but this guy is the *****ing worst on last pthumeru chalice

                              • Anonymous

                                31 Dec 2019 19:01  

                                Get him behind a pillar (if you get one in the room) and spam the Kos L2 arcane attack. It will hit him through the pillar and he'll carry on humggg hummging away without being able to hit you, even with his boomerang attack.

                                • Anonymous

                                  07 Dec 2019 19:26  

                                  L2 of the holy moonlight sword is much more effective per bullet than parrying. You'll poise through one of his hits and either stagger or send him flying, plus the arcane dmg hits hard

                                  • Anonymous

                                    27 Nov 2019 02:32  

                                    This is how my friend died to the boss: My friend started making fun of the boss because each time it would attack it would make a "Humph" sound effect. My friend start to mimic the sound when he would attack in act of mockery. One thing leads to another and they're both attacking and more importantly Humphing each other. Laughing hysterically and unable to see the screen clearly he dies with a all powerful Humph to his characters head.Fun times.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      23 Nov 2019 13:46  

                                      Looking at his defenses and how easy he is to stagger, Wheel with rapid poison and flat arc might be a fairly good strategy.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        05 Nov 2019 12:18  

                                        Why even mention parrying his forward quickstep? He SELDOM ever does this and when he does, it's when you're not expecting it and is incredibly hard to parry. Fighting him normally works much better.

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