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

      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).

      • Anonymous

        07 Feb 2018 14:42  

        In the last phase I just spammed 99 ARC Executioner's Gloves at range while her attacks kept missing me either due to their lack of reach or being easy to dodge, which made her constant flailing and screaming very funny. The one clone left standing didn't even bother and decided to chill on the other side of the rotunda.

        • 17 Jan 2018 21:12  

          Idk if anyone will see this or not, but I was wondering where the final chalice goes? Like the others go on the tombstones, but they are all full from the other dungeons except the one for a short chalice... does the final chalice go on that tomb or am I missing something.

          • Anonymous

            25 Nov 2017 06:44  

            Such an EZ boss if you're BL 190+ and wear Black church attire. Weapon of choice? Either Burial blade or LHB or chikage.

            • Anonymous

              25 Aug 2017 17:00  

              It's worth mentioning that when you fight her in the Chalice Dungeon, she is noticeably still pregnant with Mergo, but when she appears in the Moonside Lake and in the Nightmare of Mensis, her abdomen is flat.

              It's also likely that Yharnam, her blood, or Mergo are the "holy medium" discovered by the old Byrgenwerth scholars.

              • Anonymous

                04 Aug 2017 09:22  

                I feel like her knife/bloodsword would have been a way more interesting weapon idea than the*****ty chikage. All the chikage does is switch from one handed to two handed and get a buff. There's mo real moveset or aesthetic change the way that weapons like the saw cleaver and Whirligig Saw had.

                • Anonymous

                  18 Jul 2017 07:37  

                  I think it's really cool that we get to fight Yharnam herself, and this fight provides some important lore, but god damn is this fight easy. It's mostly just a lot of rolling around and spamming R1, then shooting her clones. It would have been way more difficult if that mausoleum thing wasn't protecting you from virtually all her ranged attacks. It also sucks that the NG level doesn't affect Chalice Dungeon difficulty, because she can only get easier and easier, and there's no ulterior reward after getting the Yharnam Stone.

                  • 13 Jul 2017 04:49  

                    I found this easier with 1 summon than 2 - since her added health will drag the fight out even longer. Otherwise, not much of a challenge. The boss difficulty in this dungeon seems inverted - with the Pthumerian Descendant (and his quick attacks) being hardest and the Queen the easiest.

                    • Anonymous

                      30 Dec 2016 14:19  

                      way easier than headless beast for me. take a quick weapon, she will stagger at every hit. when stamina runs out, retreat and hide behind the central pillar, but be ready to rolldodge bloodspears from the ground. shoot her clones and get close again to boss and repeat.

                      • Anonymous

                        Too easy30 Aug 2016 04:14  

                        This fight was far too easy. The headless blood letting beast from the layer before was harder and more fun.

                        • Anonymous

                          Very easy05 Jul 2016 14:56  

                          This boss was extremely passive. I just dashed in for my 2 hits, and dashed back behind the pillar(or a section of it anyway) and when the baby stopped crying i did it again. Quite disappointing for all the chalice bosses i had to fight to get to her. Especially the defiled chalice.

                          • Anonymous

                            Location is wrong05 Jul 2016 14:56  

                            Location is not true. I finished all pthumeru Dungeons 4 times and im still looking for this Boss.

                            • Anonymous

                              Red Jelly05 Jul 2016 14:56  

                              So what is best: Doing the Lower Loran Chalice for the extra 2 red jelly, or going into NG+ and picking up another 2 red jelly from the chest in the Lecture Building?

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