Yharnam, Pthumerian Queen

General Info
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22822 72730 Great Pthumeru Ihyll Chalice Yharnam Stone
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75 80 75 --
blood_DEF.jpg arcane_DEF.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_DEF.jpg
75 115 75 115
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250 270 - -

Yharnam, Pthumerian Queen is a Boss in Bloodborne.


Yharnam, Pthumerian Queen




Combat Information

  • All her blood attacks cause rapid poison to build up, so bring Antidotes.
  • Only the end of the second "Cry" of the three, will root you if close in melee range. When you hear the second cry jump back, then come back in for a strike.
  • Usually you can only get 1-2 hits on her, then you have to distance yourself, otherwise you get chained down
  • Sometimes the baby doesn't cry right when you start attacking her. Listen carefully and especially in the first phase you can just spam R1 despite your stamina and interrupt her slowly starting attacks until after a while baby forces you to stop. It is possible to R1 spam the whole first phase if the baby stays silent.
  • The first phase you can just dodge through the blood rain she shoots from her wrist, to get your hits in (don't do that once phase 2 starts, you'll get hit)
  • Phase 2 starts at around 70-75% she will break her handcuffs and will start using her knife in melee (perfect for riposting, makes the fight a whole lot faster)
  • As for riposting, just get close in shortly, backstep and interrupt her from a safer distance, otherwise you'll get chained and can't get your Visceral Attack in.
  • At some point she will disappear and summon clones, just hit/shoot them once, and they will disappear (clones only shoot one blood bullet from distance).
  • At around 50% she will use a new ranged skill, which involves her cutting her wrist and summon blood knives that attack you from the ground, just sidestep the ground knives; there will be 5 fast ones (just sprint around the arena) and a 6th one that will be delayed
  • Poison Knives work great. 4 will be enough to start the slow poison. It's recommended to wait for the more difficult half of the fight (You can't kill her with 20 Poison Knives alone, but having it chip away in the background makes the fight significantly shorter).
  • You can attack her safely with the transformed Threaded Cane without causing the baby to cry. This makes the fight go much faster if you've already invested in upgrading one. Since she flinches on hits in her first phase, you can effectively stunlock her to 70% as well as deal significant amounts of damage to her in her phase 2 when she's simply walking around.
  • Alternately, go for hit and run tactic with Burial Blade dash R1 in its scythe form and immediately steps backward. The weapon's charged R2 attack can also be used to make the fight exceedingly easy, as it can be used to continually knock her down from a considerable distance, which interrupts her attacks.
  • Throwing any type of knife at her places her in some sort of immobile state, and interrupts many of her attacks. This works well in her third stage. You can use this opportunity to heal yourself, land a couple hits, or force her melee attacks to set up a Visceral Attack.
  • Using Holy Moonlight Sword's L2 attack, you can keep knocking her down, essentially avoiding getting hit. Be careful as you can clip her into the center column and be unable to hit her. (Just pushed her into a wall and clipped her through the floor; she died seconds later (half health to instant kill)).


Attack Name Attack Description & Counter
Blood Missile (1 or 3 projectiles) Fast long range shot fired in a series of 1-3. In the beginning of the fight only one missile but later 3 missiles together. The clones always shoot single projectiles, which is a good way of identifying them. Dodge left or right.
Blood Fountain Launches a slow rain of blood from her wrists. In the first stage of the fight can be dodged under the rain by quickstepping right towards her but later rain becomes too heavy.
Blood Blast Heavy close range attack in the first phase of the fight. Lifts her hands up and launches an AoE blast. Dodge straight away from her. Usually one quickstep and some walking is enough so that after the blast, the player can quickstep back to her and attack.
Telekinesis Attack Bows slightly forward and the ground around her starts to glow with a blue light. Act fast! Quickstep away from the glow or run towards the Queen and attack her. The area of the spell has visual borders. If you do not dodge or interrupt the attack, you will get thrown around in the air and slammed to the ground taking a massive amount of damage.
Single Blood Spears from the floor Stabs her hand with her sword causing a blood spear to arise from the floor right under you. She can do one after another, up to 3-4 times. The timing to dodge is as soon as she stabs herself, not earlier.
Walls of Blood Spears Stabs her hand and a line of spears arise from the floor. She can do another as soon as one line finishes, up to 3-4 times. Excellent opportunity to quickstep behind her and do a charge attack to get a backstab chance.
Sword Rush Takes a fast and far reaching jump towards you and slashes with her sword. Easily dodged.
Blood Storm After buffing her sword pushes it to the ground and pillars of blood erupt near her, much like the fire pillars in Fire Storm magic in Dark Souls. Don't try anything, just dodge away from her.
Slashing with her sword Swings her sword (buffed or not) at you and tries to stab too if you get in range. Baiting an melee attack, dodging away and taking a rather easy countershot from the follow ups to stagger her is a solid strategy and visceral attacks makes this fight too much easier.



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Notes & Trivia

  • She is the only boss in the game with a gold trophy for defeating her.
  • She drops the Yharnam Stone, but only in Ihyll encounter, as she doesn't drop anything in Mergo's Loft.
  • If you haven't defeated Mergo's Wet Nurse, she still appears on Mergo's Loft even after killing her in Pthumeru Ihyll.




Queen DuoQueen Pierce Queen BlastQueen Rush

Queen Strike Queen Blood Eruption Queen Trio 

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    • Anonymous

      30 May 2021 16:07  

      Weird boss, a few ppl told me shes like superboss of bloodborne when i asked about get when i encountered her in mergos loft. Was hyped to fight her, turns out shes 4th easiest boss for me (after witch, mergo and micolash) ... defeated on first try with blades of mercy, spammed r1 whole fight and she couldnt even resist that, don't know why theres gold trophy for this ...

      • Anonymous

        25 May 2021 18:08  

        You can spam Augur of Ebriatas and chain vicerals that way. I'm not sure if that's been mentioned yet but it works wonders. You can just stand behind her and it will interrupt her teleporting but I'm not sure about other big attacks and such.

        • Anonymous

          23 Nov 2020 20:03  

          Only in bloodborne do you use dead babies to reach a pregnant woman using her peiod blood as a weapon, and killing her to take her special dead baby

          • Anonymous

            16 Nov 2020 21:39  

            Very good boss design imo, had a lot of fun fighting her. Aesthetics are cool, her moveset is good, music whips. Probably very easy if you can hit her from a good distance but a decent challenge if you need to get up close

            • Anonymous

              12 Nov 2020 22:37  

              I clear these dungeons every time I play Bloodborne specifically for the Blood Rock. Queen has always dropped Blood Rock. This time I get 2 Chunks. All that and it's not even a guaranteed drop. Shame

              • Anonymous

                21 Oct 2020 10:30  

                I recommend summoning Queen Killer for the fight (if he is available). Queen Killer can stop Yharnam's more damaging AOE's with a single cannon shot. This will be your chance to rush. When you get to her, Queen Killer will usually follow, and the two of you can stun lock her until the second phase.

                For the second phase, look for the Queen with the bloodiest gown. This will be the real queen. Attack her while Queen Killer deals with the clones. Repeat until death.

                • Anonymous

                  13 Oct 2020 13:00  

                  Finally did it! Third try lol
                  Queen Killer helped me take 3/4 of the boss health, then i finished the job with the transformed Beast Cutter, using the R2 attacks.

                  • Anonymous

                    29 Aug 2020 00:30  

                    I was surprised at how easy she was for me personally, after this long and somewhat exhausting journey through the chalice dungeons. I struggled the most with the Watchdog and Amygdala in Defiled, getting oneshot at full health several times, but killed the Queen on my first try. Her moves were very easy to predict and avoid in my opinion, and with the transformed R2 of the Beast Cutter I could often interrupt her close range attacks.

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Aug 2020 20:21  

                      lucky for u guy u guy get to keep playing but i get to study and i am so tired i even study on the weekends now cuz of math math is hard dad wants me to have all quizzez perfect and one quiz was so hard that i got so frustrated pls reply to my comment btw in this one chalice i went to find the uncanny burial blade and there was a hunter in one room! i died once but the second time i killed him with the boom hammer which was lvl ten and dad only lets us play at night it suck i get one hour my brother gets an hour and then my sis gets an hour huh i hate math

                      reply to my comment whoever hates math

                      • Anonymous

                        04 Aug 2020 22:01  

                        am i retarded? it took me like two or three tries to get through the bosses in the defiled chalice and the bosses preceding this one, but it must have taken me two hours to beat this bleeding piece of ****

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Jul 2020 12:43  

                          This section needs update:

                          "Ailing Loran Chalice Dungeon, for the 2x Bastard of Loran (found in layer 3) needed to create the Defiled Chalice dungeon (you may be able to buy the Bastard of Lorans from the isnight messenger for 7 insight each without having to this dungeon, but unsure when that option appears in the messenger)."

                          Sage Hair can be purchased from Bath messengers in NG+

                          • Anonymous

                            11 Jul 2020 16:18  

                            I beat her first try, after struggling for hours with Defiled Amygdala and even the bloodletting beast. Pretty anticlimactic but glad to be done.

                            +10 Saw Cleaver made it easy with 50 str/50 skill.
                            I could get in 3 hits before retreating without being stunlocked.
                            Sprint up to a clone, hit it once with R1, then head for the Queen. Easy to find her as she always had the blood red sword.
                            Finished her off with Evelyn once she got close - the bowblade would also work very well.

                            • Anonymous

                              09 Jul 2020 00:41  

                              I was fighting her to a corner and then she fell off the map at 75% health. That's pretty anticlimatic after grinding through Chalice for 5 hours.

                              • Anonymous

                                06 Jun 2020 13:32  

                                I fkn love this boss. It’s challenging with how lengthy it is and the attacks are very unique paired with my favourite soundtrack in the game. The chalices are a tiresome journey and I always feel great when I reach this boss at the end of it all.

                                • Anonymous

                                  22 May 2020 19:43  

                                  So interesting piece of trivia; if you beat her as a summon and haven't received the trophy yet, you will get the trophy.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    13 May 2020 04:03  

                                    For anyone struggling i summoned the Queen killer as i figured the name fit this fight and went in through the first stage going hit and run style. Then during second stage she focused on the summon and turned her back to me and i was then able to chain repeated backstabs that she could not escape(i think she was repeatedly trying to summon her clones) and the fight ended with the chain. I did this with simons bowblade so i imagine anything with a charge of similar or faster attack will produce the same result hope it helps

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