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

Queen Strike Queen Blood Eruption Queen Trio 

    • Anonymous

      09 Jul 2020 06:41  

      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 19:32  

        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

          23 May 2020 01:43  

          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 10:03  

            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

            • Anonymous

              14 Apr 2020 13:13  

              I'm pretty sure defiled watchdog and amygdala are more worthy to be the holders of a gold trophy, not this weakling. Charged R2 spam with a strength build and she never gets to attack

              • Anonymous

                18 Feb 2020 09:28  

                It was a long time ago, but the second time I fought this boss with other character using 2H Burial Blade, I made her clip through the floor with the charged attack when she was at 75% of her health and after a little while, Prey Slaughtered popped in. It was such a surprise to win this way, but I'd had prefered to do it normally xD

                • Anonymous

                  14 Feb 2020 07:08  

                  Anyone doing an Arcane build will have an incredibly easy time with her. Just summon Queen Killer and spam the Auger the entire fight.

                  • Anonymous

                    30 Jan 2020 14:18  

                    She's the easiest boss in my whole process to reach her. If your lvl is high and strength build you can kind of brute force through her with a +10 ludwig holy blade untransformed R1, she's really easy to dodge when she shoots projectiles but the spear is kind of annoying, just hit her 2-3 hits and dodge away then rinse and repeat. You can shoot the fake one 1 time to make them disappear. I finally have the platinum at lvl 178 and solo only since I don't have PS plus. ='((((

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Jan 2020 10:31  

                      It's visually similar to maria, but instead of fun attack patterns, it's clones and massive AoE grab attacks because the chalices haven't hurt your feelings enough yet

                      • Anonymous

                        21 Dec 2019 12:21  

                        I beat her yesterday on dungeon 3aqbyx95 I went for overkill and got two summons in (1 player and the queen killer NPC - appropriately the other player was equipped almost exactly like the NPC). Would have tried soloing, but was sick to death of the whole thing after the previous boss, the bloodletting beast.

                        • Anonymous

                          02 Dec 2019 03:27  

                          The worst, longest boss run-up in the series if you count the entire damn dungeon experience as the run up to her. Decided to overlevel just to get my plat. Needless to say she went down faster than she should have under a LHB nuke-slam barrage

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Nov 2019 02:33  

                            Got her on my second try! BL 155 with the beasthunter saif. R1-L1 combo and retreat. I had much more trouble with the layer one boss, who kicked my ass atleast 10, maybe 15 times.

                            • 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

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