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
slow_poison_RES.jpg rapid_poison_RES.jpg VS_beasts.jpg VS_kin.jpg
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

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    • 19 Oct 2019 08:15  

      Getting to her is so damn hard. The defiled chalice is probably the hardest part in any fromsoft game because you have half health and have to fight Watchdogs and his horrible hitboxes and Amygdala with its massive health pool and ridiculously damaging attacks

      • Anonymous

        21 Aug 2019 18:54  

        I got this strategy from another player on here, but I'll repost with more detail. 1. Get the Pthumeru Chalice, do the dungeon 2. Open the Pthumeru Root Chalice, look for a chalice with the glyph "3aqbyx95", it will be pretty much at the bottom of the list 3. Fight your way down to the third layer, it's tough but possible (especially with summons), Yharnam will be at the third layer Killing her this way does award you the achievement as well as all other rewards, as usual. A strategy I found useful was to let the "Queen Killer" summon deal high damage to her, and healing him with the Choir Bell. Good hunting!

        • Anonymous

          15 Aug 2019 23:47  

          She Looks a lot like Lucy after she became a Vampire in the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Why does no one acknowledge that this game is much more inspired by Dracula than Lovecraft?

          • Anonymous

            30 May 2019 20:40  

            someone needing to do it easy, here: glyph(olny need pthmeru root chalice from 2nd layer boss in pthmeru chalice) 3aqbyx95

            • Anonymous

              26 Mar 2019 23:37  

              Anyone else notice that her clones are not visibly pregnant like she is? That's how you can pick her out amongst them.

              • Anonymous

                03 Mar 2019 03:00  

                I think this is the only decent boss in the dungeons. She isn't the hardest, but then again, in my opinion, she's the only one that's well-designed. No janky hitboxes, no unclear aoe, no absurd amounts of tracking on her attacks. Also, her gimmick's enjoyable and it's touching as well as unsettling to see dead Mergo still protect his mother. Much more memorable experience than the rest, who often have little reason to be there or be given the importance of a boss fight in the first place.

                • Anonymous

                  06 Jan 2019 12:18  

                  I wish this boss had an introductory cinematic when you reach her. Considering how important she is to the story and all the work to get to her.

                  • Anonymous

                    02 Jan 2019 22:08  

                    I managed to beat her at my first attemp. The L2 of the burial blade can avoid the baby cry if you do it at the maximum possible distance. Actually the real prize for this fight is the golden trophy:another step to the platinum :D

                    • Anonymous

                      06 Dec 2018 05:28  

                      I spend 10 hous Just to find her and what did I get? A Useless stone. At least I finally got the platinum.

                      • Anonymous

                        06 Aug 2018 03:09  

                        Quite a disappointment. Took me at least 20 hours in the dungeons to get here, just to kill her on my first attempt by spamming R1 with kirkhammer sword. On the other hand it's a relief to finally get this achievement - hurray :)

                        • Anonymous

                          29 Jun 2018 22:45  

                          I noticed something neat a while back, but I guess I never posted it here. If you tilt the camera down where Queen Yharnam is in Mergo's Loft, you can see that the way her dress fans out at the bottom looks unmistakably like a sea shell. Sea shell imagery is highly prominent in Bloodborne, and there's even a relief of a woman standing on a shell in Cainhurst. Plus there's the connection to the Fishing Hamlet and the ocean and Kos, but that's a little too much to discuss right now...

                          • 29 Jun 2018 21:46  

                            Shame that her outfit and weapon aren't playable. If they had been, I'd imagine her weapon would behave similar to the Chikage in terms of element but behave like the Holy Moonlight Sword in terms of transformation. As for the attire, it would likely have had high blood resistance but low frenzy resistance (she does go berserk in the fight). Just saying from a Fashion Souls standpoint, Bloodborne really could've used more armors to choose from.

                            • Anonymous

                              06 Jun 2018 22:36  

                              The Painting Girl from Ariandel created Yharnam as the next painted world, this queen is her as an adult.

                              Go nuts.

                              • Anonymous

                                30 Apr 2018 11:59  

                                Or just use the rakuyo, it stunlocks her to death. She can't do anything except for the baby stun when you spam r1 with a transformed rakuyo, repeat until dead.

                                • Anonymous

                                  21 Apr 2018 09:09  

                                  Killed her at bl 80 ng+3 today. Think it's funny she's the easiest boss by far in that dungeon. Bloodletting Beast and pthumerian descendant are 10x harder.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    02 Apr 2018 06:31  

                                    Is Yharnam's pregnancy by great one a reference to HP Lovecraft's book, the Dunwich Horror, where Lavinia Whateley the albino is impregnated by Yog-sothoth with Wilbur? Just a though because I was reading the book :o

                                    • Anonymous

                                      30 Mar 2018 17:35  

                                      It took me like 10 hours to get to her through all these stupid dungeons, but it was worth it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLa2j4Qchu8

                                      • Anonymous

                                        21 Mar 2018 09:11  

                                        Haven't fought her yet but shouldn't be to difficult seeing how I'm on ng+ and lv 159 stats are spred decent. A hunter against the mother of all menstrual here I come XD

                                        • Anonymous

                                          18 Feb 2018 15:26  

                                          For finishing this fight without taking any damage you just need to use rakuyo and backstab her. Then do a visceral attack and while she tries to get up backstab her again and do a visceral attack again. Repeat this until she dies. (I am not sure about it but i think you can do this with any weapon that has long backstab range).

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