Simon, the Harrowed is a non-player character in Bloodborne. He was added with The Old Hunters DLC harrowed_hunter_small.jpg

"You seek nightmares, and the secrets within, do you not?"


This character can be found at The Hunter's Nightmare, and later on at Research Hall and Fishing Hamlet

General Information

  • Can this NPC be an ally?: No
  • Can this NPC be an enemy?: Yes
  • Drops: If killed, will give 9401 blood and Simon's Bowblade


Associated Quest


  • Meet him at the first shortcut in the nightmare that leads back to the Hunter's Nightmare lamp. Respond "Nightmares are fascinating" to progress his quest.
    • If you do not speak to Simon, or answer "I've no interest", Simon will remain at this location until you speak to him again and answer "Nightmares are fascinating". His quest will not progress, but does not become unavailable, even if Brador is killed before Simon leaves this location.
  • Appears again in the Underground Corpse Pile near the lamp after defeating Ludwig the Accursed and killing the head of Ludwig.
  • Meet him again in front of the research hall, telling you to kill Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower. Raising the staircase triggers his appearance here.
  • Meet him at the last shortcut in the Fishing Hamlet (Lighthouse Hut lamp) where he breathes his last and drops the Underground Cell Inner Chamber Key and Simon's Bowblade.



By shortcut back to Hunter's Nightmare lamp:

You're a hunter with your sanity, aren't you?
Must've taken a wrong turn then, eh?
Well, we're more alike than you think.
This is the Hunter's Nightmare, where hunters end up when drunk with blood.
You've seen them before.
Aimless, wandering hunters, slavering like beasts.
This is what the poor fools have to look forward to.
So, don't be brash, turn back before it's too late.
Unless, you've something of an interest in nightmares?

Respond “nightmares are fascinating”:

Ahh, yes, I see…
You sense a secret within the Nightmare,
And cannot bear to leave it be.
As if the spirit of Byrgenwerth lives on within you!
Such inquisitive hunters will relish the Nightmare.
But beware, secrets are secrets for a reason.
And some do not wish to see them uncovered.
Especially when the secrets are particularly unseemly…

Respond "I've no interest"

"Yes, as it should be.
Hunt your beasts, and think no more on the secrets of the night.
That is the very best a hunter can do.
Just don't let the blood intoxicate you."

If he kills Ludwig:

"Oh, he's well and truly gone, now.
A tragic figure. But he will shame himself no longer.
He died with his ideals untarnished.
He was a true hero, and earnt that much, at least.
Here, this is Ludwig's guiding Light.
The blinding thread, that lead, and mislead, that consummate hero.
The poor brute."
"Do you know why the Hunters are drawn to this Nightmare?
Because it sprouted from their very misdeeds.
Things that some would rather keep secret.
A pitiful tale of petty arrogance, really.
High time someone exposed the whole charade."
"Now, now, go on ahead.
You seek nightmares, and the secrets within, do you not?"

At the Research Hall lamp

Oh, hello. Not a pretty sight, is it?
The true face of the blood-worshipping, beast-purging Healing Church.
But that's not all.
You seek the secrets field by the Nightmare, do you not?
Then here's what you must do.
Climb the Astral Clocktower, and kill Maria.
She hides the real secret…

At the Lighthouse Hut lamp:

…Oh, you, I'm afraid, I've made a botch of things…
…I can hear the bell, now…
…The beast-hide assassin, he's after me…
…Again and again…
…It never ends…
…Please, I need you to do something…
…This village is the true secret.
Testament to the old sins…
…It feeds this Hunter's Nightmare…
…Please, bring to an end to the horror…
…So our forefathers sinned?
…We hunters cannot bear their weight forever…
…It isn't fair, it just isn't fair…

If you attack him:


If he dies:


Simon is a rather unique character in the world of Bloodborne, having inhabited several different positions in support of and in opposition to the Healing Church, as a Healing Church Hunter. Most likely originating as a simple Yharnam citizen, Simon hailed from the earlier days of the Healing Church's initially glorious (and eventually disturbing) roots. Like many others before and after him, he was a Church Hunter following in the footsteps of Ludwig the Holy Blade who heeded the call to combat the scourge of beasts. Simon admired Ludwig, like most of his time, and saw him as a hero, even after his transformation into a hideously disfigured and grotesque beast. Going by his dialog, it can be inferred that Simon was familiar with Ludwig both in his human years and well after his downfall.

Adding to his distinguishing characteristics, Simon held a strong distaste towards firearms. As the nature of the hunt and the technology used continued to advance towards bigger guns, even those supported by Ludwig himself for hunting larger beasts, Simon distanced himself from his fellow hunters by requisitioning a specially-crafted weapon from the Healing Church Workshop: a bow that could be folded into a blade. A rather isolated figure among the Church Hunters, most scoffed at Simon's choice in arms, with very few of his close friends and confidants actually respecting his tastes and decisions. As the Church Hunters became more proactive and began stalking Yharnam citizens "before the signs of the scourge manifested", Simon joined the ranks of the Church Hunters who hid in the shadows, disguising himself as a common wayward vagabond.

Yet somewhere along the line, Simon grew disillusioned with and possibly even horrified by the Healing Church, and soon aimed to expose its true misdeeds to the rest of the world. Whether it was the hunt, the stalking of citizens who showed no signs of the scourge, or the discovery of the nefarious experiments being conducted in the name of the Healing Church which led to his disillusionment is unknown. At some point, Simon found a way into the Hunter's Nightmare while retaining his sanity, much like the player Hunter, rather than joining the ranks of the countless old hunters consumed by blood who were condemned to an unending hunt for all eternity. His exact goals were uncertain, however Simon likely intended to put an end to the source of the Nightmare.

However, if the player allows Simon to pursue his quest, once he drew too close to the secrets held within the Nightmare, he catches the attention of the beast garbed assassin of the Healing Church, Brador. Attacked by the man repeatedly, a fatigued and mortally wounded Simon would make his way to the lighthouse hut in the fishing hamlet within the Nightmare, where he would eventually fall to his wounds, but not before imparting his final wishes to a worthy hunter to continue his quest and end the Nightmare once and for all.

Strategy (for early Bowblade)

Attack him a few times with a strong attack until he becomes hostile (sidenote: he will stay hostile for the rest of the game) then let him walk out into the Cathedral. He will shoot three arrows at you - you can simply walk left to avoid for the first two and then walk right for the third one. After that quickly close the gap and empty your stamina bar into him, then quickly jump back because he will use a meele attack. Do this until he is dead and drops the bowblade. I would recommend using at least a +3 weapon.

Used +4 Threaded cane right after finishing Amelia. Aggro him, take him into the cathedral and hit him with the whip. You can get him to walk into a pillar and then hit him without any fear of being hit. Only shoots in increments of three, so very easy to dodge; if he uses the sword form, VERY easy to visceral him.

Other Notes:

  1. The credits name the NPC as Simon, the Harrowed.
  2. I didn't speak with him at the research hall but he still appeared by the Lighthouse Hut lamp
  3. Attacking him will make him hostile and prevent being able to progress further in his quest chain
  4. The quest chain can be initiated and completed even after killing Maria and obtaining the Underground Cell Inner Chamber Key. If you have not initiated the quest, he will still be at his first location, near the first lantern. Talk to him there, then you should find him at the Lighthouse Hut lamp. If you have already been by and picked up the Key, he will only give you the bowblade.



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    • Anonymous

      When i spoke to him at the lighthouse i also got a blood dreg along with his other drops. Strange considering I didnt get any in the DLC up to that point while my corruption rune was on.

      • Anonymous

        I did everything in the nightmare and missed simon. beat all the bosses. killed braodor. even picked up the key where simons dead body wouldve been later.
        i went back to simon and talked to him to initiate the quest. but he never appeared in the corpse pile. never in the research hall. and never in the fishing hut.
        is he just gone because i picked up that key too early? is it now impossible for me to obtain the bow?
        if thats the case thats very unfortunate. might have to do another NG+ to get the bow for the trophy then.

        • Anonymous

          Fun Fact: if you do most of the DLC and get the lighthouse hut lamp and don't talk to Simon. He won't kill Ludwig and if you say yes to his church hunter dialogue he will stay there and wouldn't die and give you the Holy Moonlight sword. So if you REALLY want to keep Ludwig alive, you don't do Simon's questline until the very end at the lighthouse hut.

          • Anonymous

            How to kill simon early to get the bow as soon as possible
            High skill recommended to deal more visceral damage.
            His bow attacks can be parried, your bullet must hit him right before he shoots. The parry won't work if he is preparing the attack, hw must actually attack. The time window is very stupidly short so you must time your shot so your bullet hits him right before he shoots his arrow. Keep in mind he's a filthy hacker that reads your controller inputs so you can't just spam bullets or he will dodge them.

            The way I did it:
            Saw spear +4 and Hunter pistol, full 20 supplies, aggro'd him and made him follow me to the room with the lamp. much more space to dodge his shots. keep a medium distance, memorize his attack patterns and the time it takes for him to prepare the next shot. trading hits just doesn't work.
            Strafe from side to side because he is a filthy hacker that reads your controller. Once you learn the timing on the parry the fight turns from extremely hard to just moderately hard. It takes forever with a low level character and without many supplies it's worse so be sure to have plenty

            • Anonymous

              Will he ever give you anything good for his quest? or should I kill him for his weapon, since I'm doing a skill/blood build and his weapon is perfect for it

              • Anonymous

                I've been thinking again about parallels between Bloodborne and Lovecraft (because duh), but I realized Simon may have a more direct inspiration from Lovecraft's short story, "He."

                In this tale, the protagonist is disheartened by the lack of culture in New York, and by the somewhat "deformed" people of the city (Lovecraft refers to them simply as "swarthy" and "stocky"), and is meandering the back alleys of Greenwich Village where he happens upon a man dressed in very old, tattered clothing from at least a century prior. The man takes the protagonist to his home, then reveals to him a vision of both New York's past and future, wherein the townspeople devolve into mindless, uncultured, beast-like creatures worshipping chaos and banality. The protagonist is so terrified by the visions that he screams, attracting the vengeful spirits of the natives, killing the strange man. As it turns out, the man had stolen this knowledge of time manipulation from the local natives long ago before poisoning their drinking water. The protagonist awakens in the back alleys once again, determined to leave New York forever.

                Likewise, we find ourselves in a warped vision of Yharnam's past (and likely its future) where blood-drunk hunters become trapped in a mindless hunt, whereupon we find Simon, a denizen of the old Healing Church, who acts as a sort of guide on this traipse through time—literally, through the Astral Clock into the unsavory past. This is where Simon meets his end at the hands of Brador the assassin, a man determined to bury the secrets of the Healing Church's transgressions against the hamlet villagers.

                Kind of a neat parallel, if that was the intention.

                • Anonymous

                  Whoops. I also killed him with the Threaded Cane, after running from the giant shark to the upper lantern. Simon the Harrowed indeed. Poor guy can't even die in peace.

                  • Anonymous

                    Same here. Miyazaki definitely put him there on purpose. We went for the shark cheese instead of git’ing gud. woeful alertness...

                    • Anonymous

                      when I first saw him I thought he was an enemy because I thought he looked pretty similar to the enemies in that area. so thats fun.

                      • Anonymous

                        Simon came before the time of Ludwig, for Simon was among the first church hunters whereas Ludwig came at about the midway point to when our character arrives. Simon would come to know of him through hearsay and/or literature. Who writes these things? Such pathetic insects you must be to put in this minuscule amount of effort. Go back to writing CoD reviews, its clearly more your autistic speed.

                        • Anonymous

                          I'm on my second playthrough of this game and same as I remember from my first one, he never showed up next to Ludwig's head until I killed it. But once I did he showed up right away.

                          • Anonymous

                            I accidently killed him with the treated kane in the lighthouse when I tried to wall cheese the shark giant..thing before I realised he is taking a nap on the floor. Couldn't they've placed him elsewhere goddamit...

                            • Anonymous

                              I didn't talk to him because I missed the door, so I finished the dlc killing the final boss I went back and opened the door but I didn't find him there...someone can tell me if I lost him forever or he is somewhere else?

                              • Anonymous

                                I ran past the shark giant and think that I accidentally killed him upon entering the hut. That or the shark giant hit him through the wall. RIP harrowed hunter... lol

                                • Anonymous

                                  So there are no repercussions to attacking him as soon as you meet him? You still get the Bowblade and later the key.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Omg I just missattacked to him. After that I killed him because he's automatically get hostile of me. Should I regret? :D

                                    • Anonymous

                                      If you kill Simon at the lighthouse instead of talking to him, he will drop his bowblade and the key, so if you wanna be cruel you can attack him when hes wounded and he will die easily and you'll still get the key.How do I know this? Well, You see those cannonballs outside the lighthouse hut? I decided to hit them to see if that did weapon clipped through the wall and hit 'something' - then it said I got Simons Bowblade and that key...I was like "Huh? Oh Snap!" I ran into the hut and see his dead body. WHOOPS

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