Top 10 Hardest Bloodborne Bosses

List of the bosses from Bloodborne from hardest to easiest. Keep in mind, this is completely opinionated and open for debate. Also note that when I created this list, it was originally ranked on the difficulty of these bosses on my first playthrough. Some bosses are significantly easier when you learn their attack patterns. Also note that Chalice bosses are not included, but feel free to add them.
The Top Ten
1 Orphan of Kos

I didn't expect a overgrown fetus to destroy me for 2 days straight. He is fastest humanoid boss in the game in his first phase alone and the hardest to parry. His attacks are unpredictable, and requires you to either know his attacks perfectly in order to not take damage or rely on rally. His second phase is the fastest boss in the entire series. Some of his attacks are incredibly difficult to doge even if you are an expert at this fight, forcing you to rely on rally and blood vials. He is the boss equivalent of your character, in mechanical sense. He can doge attacks whenever he wants, move at incredible speed, exploit openings, and he can do it as fast if not faster than you can. Beating this boss is one of the best moments in all of Bloodborne.

Holy ****. I'm so glad I somehow managed to beat him. He's the most aggressive boss in the game, has an insane pool of health, is very hard to read, can close the distance in seconds, hits like an 18-wheeler, can combo you if you're not careful, has deceptive range, delays his attacks sometimes, and his second phase is just the worst. Once he reaches the second phase, you better have blood vials because this guy will wreck you if you don't. Luckily, he can be parried, but the timing can be hard to do unless you learn his combos. I suggest having high physical and bolt resistance, as his lightning bolt can one shot you if you're not wearing the right armor. Hug his left side if you can, but watch out for his uppercut, as the placenta will land on the left side.

2 Gehrman, The First Hunter

If you do not consume the 3 parts of the umbilical cord (ew), and choose not to let him kill you, this will be the final boss of the game, and unlike all other games from FromSoftware, this final boss is no walk in the park. By now, the game has expected you to have master parrying and visceral attacks, and if you haven't, you're screwed. He is extremely unrelenting, and can take you down in a few hits. You MUST dodge to avoid his attacks, and the easiest way to take him down is with visceral attacks. Even with a cooperator, this boss is not to be underestimated.

This list is wrong. I only died to Gehrman once in two play through. He's one of the hardest, but not the hardest. That said, he's really aggressive, hard to read at times, hits really hard, and is one of the best bosses of Bloodborne. The things that make him easier are two things: a generous health pool, and parrying.

For me Gehrman is the hardest boss in the game. He is very quick and agile and does a lot of damage. Just don't charge him head on. Dodge-counter is the best option in my opinion.

Hint: Don't get pulled by his scythe.

3 Ludwig, The Accursed

As long as you know how to doge without difficulty, his second phase is mid-difficulty. His first phase, however, is very unpredictable. Many of his telegraphs are difficult to pinpoint, and his dash attack might require the most precise doge in the entire game. Personally, I view the second phase as a reward for the first phase mechanically. The thematic elements and his unpredictability in first phase help make the transition into second phase far more impactful.

Second best boss music in all Souls games for me. Makes me on fire every time.
The reasons he is so hard is that he has two very different phases. The first phase is not hard but one-shot kill a lot, when he turns into second phase, you have to quickly adjust your strategy, which can be really awkward if you haven't beaten his more than 20 times.
His second phase is actually well balanced, camera is not bad, one-shot kill moveset has very long windup. The trick is: NEVER HEAL when you are hit, EVER. Bad decision, only heal when you were supposed to attack. The safest way to attack is when he finished smash combos, you can also hit him when double rolling into his badass two-handed swing.
A lot of challenge, a lot of fun, my favourite DLC boss.

4 Laurence, the First Vicar

Admittedly, I've only beaten 15 of the 22 bosses in the main game/DLC, so I haven't faced Gherman or Kos yet, but my God how is Laurence not #1, or at least a lot closer. I beat Ludwig in 2 tries, Laurence has beaten me 17 times, and counting...before him I thought Ebrietas, Logarius and Shadow were the hardest, I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever beat this guy. Seriously thinking about bypassing him for the moment or taking a break from this game altogether. One thing is for sure, I'll never play another Souls game.

hardest boss in the game. Don't let his appearance fool you. He may just be the Cleric Beast on fire, but he hits like a truck filled with nuclear explosives being thrown at you by Godzilla, even if your fire damage reduction is high like me. His swing/slash attacks are a death sentence.

When he reaches about half HP he'll lose his legs and vomit lava all over the room and will also bleed lava out of his anus. He'll also try to chase you by slamming his hand on the ground. Just try not to step into any of his lava!

5 Martyr Logarius

Although he is an optional boss, if you attempt to defeat him, you will realize that he is much harder than almost every other main boss. Personally, I find him to be easier than some of the bosses in Dark Souls 3, but in Bloodborne, he is the hardest boss in my opinion. The reason is that even though he starts off relatively easy, once he loses some HP, he becomes enraged and incredibly fast. He wields two melee weapons, casts spells, and launches flying swords from every direction simultaneously. Additionally, he is unpredictable and can deliver devastating blows with his axe. If someone tries to face him at very high levels, they might find him easy, but if attempted at low levels, he becomes one of the most challenging bosses in all of FromSoftware's games.

His last form is what I think is the hardest of all. He is fast and keeps on attacking you. It will be an easier fight if you can prevent him from using his flying swords attack which is kinda annoying. I fought him like 20+ times and I fell from the roof one time when I was about to defeat him which is super frustrating. Overall he is one challenging opponent that made my Bloodborne experience challenging

6 Ebrietas, Daughter of the Cosmos

For me the hardest thing about Ebrietas is her charge attack, which could sometimes one-hit you if you have not enough HP. But her attacks are predictable and very slow. I used "Ludwig's Holy Blade" against her. Dash + R1 or R2 (I forgot what is the slam attack) in the head a couple of times after she does her slam attack will stun her, then follow a visceral attack, then repeat.

Her "Disco Lights" (As I call it) is hard hitting when it hits you since it will hit you a couple of times, but its very easy to dodge. Just walk side ways and it will not be a problem.

Ebrietas is a fight that's easier explained than done. If you have a strong enough Stake Driver, you can bait her attacks and charge attack the head for massive damage, but once again, easier said than done. She hits incredibly hard, has this really annoying and nigh-unavoidable charge attack, and can use A Call Beyond to one shot you later on.

7 Blood-Starved Beast

The first two phases here are extremely easy, but during the final phase is when this becomes my worst nightmare. First of all, the boss seems to get extended attack range which was the cause of many, many deaths, you get poisoned for standing near it, (horrible smelter demon flashbacks) and the grab attack will kill you instantly, (for most players). The pungent blood tactic is certainly the safest, but it can be expensive. visceral attacks can work well here. Best of all, if you want that Ludwig holy blade, you have to kill this boss.

Before anyone downvotes this comment, keep in mind that I completely understand that for the most part, this boss has fairly predictable attacks, and not a lot of HP. Where it get's hard is during its final phase. You can't even get close to him, because contact with him will result in you being poisoned once he's in his final phase. He also becomes extremely unrelenting once he's in his final phase. I understand that he doesn't have a lot of health in his final phase, but getting him down to zero HP in his final phase will be a hell of a workout. Visceral attacks are your best friends in his final phase.

8 Father Gascoigne

One of the hardest boss fights in the game for me. If you are starting Bloodborne, he will be a pain in the ass and start thinking to rage quit after a couple of times.

The trick against him is to perfectly time your dodges in his beast form since this will be the form that you will have a hard time beating. He's beast form is fast but once you perfected your dodge you could kill him with minimum to no hits at all. What I did was forward-dodge his attacks so that I will be in his behind. When you get behind him attack at least 2-3 times (don't button mash), then dodge if he will attack again, then repeat the process. If you are hit, just back and heal (if needed). Use your surroundings as much as possible (it will be a big help). Matching his speed will most likely be a big advantage for you but it will be a hard/fulfilling task.

He is the first mandatory boss in the game, but oh boy, he is no breeze. Like the Blood-Starved beast, he has 3 phases, and his first 2 phases aren't too bad, but he's still quite unrelenting and hard to stun. But holy ****, once he's in his final phase, everything erupts into chaos. In his final phase, he transforms into a werewolf, and is more unrelenting than ever, and he becomes almost impossible to stun. Attacking him is almost pointless, because he's extremely unrelenting. The trick to his final phase is to parry him and go for a visceral attack. Do this until he is dead.

9 Vicar Amelia

This is the only boss in the game where I had to come back to because I kept getting my ass handed to me. Vicar hits VERY hard, and this beasts attacks are very unpredictable. Luckily, it's weak to fire, so Molotov's and fire enchanted weapons are very helpful. Vicar has a TON of HP, and your best bet is dodge behind it and hit fast without depleting your stamina, because trust me, you will need your stamina. Oh yeah, and Vicar cannot be parried, and guns aren't very useful in this battle.

Amelia made me quit the game for 2 months before coming back with a vengeance. The hardest boss in the early section of the game, and the most memorable for me. The terrifying sounds she made mixed with the furious swipes that would leave no room for error made this boss the embodiment of Bloodborne in my eyes.

First of all, you should focus on attacking her legs(Fire helps by the way). Be aggressive and keep attacking her legs and you will find out that this boss isn't that hard(Also attacking her from behind is recommended). If she heals, attack as much as you can, so she doesn't recover a lot of HP.

10 Rom, the Vacuous Spider

If the fight is 1-on-1 it will be a piece of cake. But the most annoying thing about the fight is his minions and not him. If you get stuck in the mob you're dead for sure. What I did was dodge the spiders and go straight to him. Use a hard hitting weapon or an electric weapon. Hit him at least 2 times then dodge since the spiders will surely hit you when you do 3 hits (based on experience). Then repeat the process until he is dead. Just don't forget he has a deadly meteor strike that could possibly kill you if you are not careful.

The first phase is an absolute joke, since Rom doesn't do anything at all. Kill the little spiders and then try to deal as much damage as possible to Rom. In the second and third phases, you need to manage your time well between dodging Rom and attacking the little spiders. Always pay attention to what Rom's doing. All of its ranged attacks are telegraphed. With enough patience you will be able to best this boss.

The Contenders
11 Shadow of Yharnam

Can be tough if you aren't careful. You have to effectively use the arena for crowd control in order to win. I like to kill the shadow with a katana(Not to be mistaken with the firebreather) first. He is pretty easy to stagger with a gun, so you shouldn't have trouble dealing with him unless you don't have a gun equipped or you run out of bullets. After you take one of the shadows to a low HP, they will get tougher patterns. Finish off the first shadow and quickly go for the pyros. They become much easier after you kill one of them.

I defeated them at my first try (I think it was level gap). Just attack the one who is casting magic first since it will be bothersome if you take him last (I think). The last two will be pretty easy without the caster, just be attentive with your behind since you are fighting 3 opponents at the same time.

This is also a PVP battle, but it's 3 against one. Try to take out the fastest first, as you won't have to run so much, and save the slowest for last. Their fire attacks are pretty overwhelming, but they can be dodged. You will most likely be hit during the battle, so bring plenty of blood vials. Just make sure to keep your distance.

12 Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower

Ok, I get the fact that yes, she can be parried throughout the fight, thus making it kind of easy for someone good at doing that, but otherwise this fight can still be a pretty big challenge. And siting her lower than the Amygdala? That's pretty ridiculous. Not trying to be rude or anything, but I think someone needs to get their facts straight. The fact you can't basically one shot her scores her above that stupid thing. I'd say at LEAST top 10, maybe even higher on a good day.

Easily one of the best fights in all of gaming. That said, it's no cakewalk. Maria's first phrase is easy with a strafe to the left, then she forsakes her hatred of the blood arts to try to stop you at 70%. Finally, once she reaches 30%, she adds fire attacks to that. Not only do her attacks have insane reach during these two phases, they can absolutely destroy you.

Second hardest in NG+7, attack super naturally fast. It might take four to five hits to kill you in NG, but in NG+7 it becomes two-shot or one-shot kill. Don't think about trading. Gun spamming works bad at phase two and phase three, since one missed parry could mean death sentence considering the increased damage and range. The trick is to keep a perfect distance, so you have time to reflect on fast attacks, yet not too far away, since her range in phase three is just insane, you have to dodge toward her to avoid one-shot kill.

13 Darkbeast Paarl

I you got to his area early in the game it will be a very hard boss fight. I returned to him when I got Ludwig's Holy Blade and made the fight really easy. He is BIG and that's its weakness. Just attack his legs/face and he will be down after a couple of hits then do a visceral attack. His lighting burst need charging so you can get out of the blast radius in time if you are outside.

Just be patient while fighting him and you will beat him in no time.

The worst part about this boss is that you can't lock on it, but he jumps around so quickly it is hard to keep up with it. He is a skeleton so you have a good chance to miss your precious hits. He spams the charged blast in Chalice, so you have to learn to roll into that blast, giving you way more chances to hit it. Yet you receive at least 30% more damage when get caught in a roll, it could be a one-shot kill. You might have to roll into that blast at least 4 times in the Chalice, so keep practicing.

14 Amygdala

Amygdala has low health, but hits pretty hard. Only its legs and head are vulnerable, and for the most part, he doesn't hit hard, and he's a fairly easy boss. However, during his third phase, he becomes a lot more aggressive. Keep swinging at his legs, because the damage increases until he heals them. Go for visceral attacks as well when the chance is given.

Even the chalice version is easy. Lemme give you a step-by-step guide on how to beat the defiled Amygdala:
2. Contrary to popular belief, attacking the tail in the first phase is a terrible idea. The thing you should do is bait its attacks and wait for the head to drop to get a couple swings in, and get some distance. Repeat until it rips its arms off.
3. When it rips its arms off, it's safe to attack the tail. Watch out for stomping, though. When it jumps, turn around, don't move, and wait for it to come down to attack its head.

15 Loran Darkbeast

I would like to pay special mention to this boss, for being hard for all the wrong reasons. It's the camera, this boss destroys your camera.

16 The One Reborn

Don't let this colossal beast full you. It seems intimidating, but this boss isn't too challenging. First of all, go on the second level and kill all of the casters. This will give you a much better advantage in the long run. Plunging attacks on this boss are extremely effective, but if that doesn't work, aim for its legs, and stay close. Don't worry, this boss doesn't hit too hard and it's relatively easy dodge. When it howls, get out of the way. That's it's AOE attack. Also, steer clear of its vomit. This boss shouldn't pose too much of a challenge.

Didn't knew you could go up to the second floor to kill the casters!

I was fighting it while dodging the fireballs which is kinda crazy.

Even if you ignore the caster's, the One Reborn isn't too much of a fuss. It hits like a truck though, so be careful with his attacks, especially where it pays homage to Drowning Pool and LETS THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR! Other than that, it's nothing special.

17 Watchdog of the Old Lords

This list is pretty misleading really. The latter chalice dungeon bosses are infinitely harder than any of the main game bosses( and required to platinum bloodborne). This boss on level 2 of the pthumeru defiled chalice is probably (along with defiled amygdala) the most difficult boss in bloodborne, much harder than Yharnam, Pthumerian Queen (the real final boss)

I feel like the reason the chalice bosses are ranked lower is because less people have fought them.

This boss hits really hard, but once you figure out his moves, he's a complete joke.

18 Abhorrent Beast

This is a boss that you should solo. He's very aggressive and hits hard at times, but doesn't have too much health. Use a weapon with good range and damage, like the Whirligig Saw.

Is is a hard boss for me as his moves are unpredictable and he does a large amount of damage, also he threw me of with his dialogue.

My favorite and hardest chalice dungeon fight. His fast attacks always get me.

19 Micolash, Host of Nightmares

Interestingly the hardest boss in NG+7 not including DLC. I basically don't die on any bosses(no DLC) beyond NG+, but he One-shot kills me with Call Beyond countless times. The trick is to keep close to him regardless of your health, even when he is about to kill you with his fists. If you panic dodge away and heal, he might Call Beyond, and spam it multiple times (4 times once, yes, I perfectly dodge Call Beyond three times but get caught by the 4th, didn't play the games for a week).

This boss was the easiest in the game for me, and I consider it more of a chase than a boss fight. Once you finally duel with him (twice), all you have to do is be up close to him so he doesn't use ranged attacks, and just wail on him. He doesn't hit hard at all, and he can be taken out very easily.

Hated this fight, imagine a chase fight, but, it's foggy, very confusing without having any direction or insight to what's going on, if you haven't fought him, expect looking for him for 20 minutes, and then getting one shot by Call from Beyond.

20 Bloodletting Beast

I killed this guy in 3-4 attempts, and THANK GOD it's over. This guy isn't the hardest to dodge, but Lord help you if he hits you. Don't lock on to him, as the camera will get you killed, and watch out for his smashes and stomps, as they hit really hard.

The only explanation for this boss being this low is the fact few players ever get to him.

How is this not #1?

21 Moon Presence

If you're going for the third ending, this will be the final boss, right after Gehrman. This boss is a joke, considering you would've just beaten the hardest boss in the game. Its attacks are extremely predictable, and can be easily dodged for a swift victory. It does have one attack which will always bring your HP to 1, and cannot be dodged, but with a few blood vials, you should be fine. It can also temporarily prevent you from healing, but just stay out of its way until the effect wears off.

This boss is so easy, but it shouldn't be final boss on main game, it's a great one so why so easy?

This is the secret final boss and is very easy. I beat him on my first try.

22 Mergo's Wet Nurse

She hits fast and powerfully, but she's not unbeatable by any means. During the fights, there are moments where she seems to slow down. This is when you'll want to hit her. Once you learn her moveset, this boss is relatively easy.

Once you know her moves its pretty easy to dodge her attacks. At first she is intimidating since she's got a lot of arms. But her attacks are very predictable.

I had more trouble than I should've, since I solo'd German on the first try. She's very easy to predict, but that clone of hers is so annoying.

23 Living Failures

You can see why they are Living Failures... Basically something to make you feel good after all you've gone through Ludwig and about to go through Lady Maria.

One of the easiest bosses in the entire game. They are incredibly slow and the arcane attacks can be avoided by hiding behind the plant in the middle. Fun, but very easy

Worst thing about this boss is running outta bullets, I parry every single attack so easy.

24 Pthumerian Descendant

Are you kidding me? This guy should be next to Martyr Logarius. He's quick and aggressive. If you let him reach his second phase in the dungeon where you fight Yharnam, Pthumerian Queen you're as good as dead. This guy deserves to be on the top ten.

Nobody really talks about this boss. If you're going in solo, be ready for serious R1 spamming. This thing hits really hard and can combo you to oblivion.

I defeated the Orphan in less than 10 tries, but it took me much more than 50 tries for this dude. ☹ I managed to defeat him in solo mode...

25 Witch of Hemwick

The boss had a great concept and design, but terrible execution. The support these witches have is really slow and barely hit worth any damage, the witches have low health themselves, and you can damage the second one before the first is even dead. There might be trouble if you're not good at dodging the second one's attacks, so be careful with that, but other than that, these witches are a complete bore.

A lot of people consider this boss to be the easiest in the game, however, if you don't know what you're doing, this boss can be tricky. There are two witches, and they'rev invisible until you're up close to them. Their attacks are very easy to dodge, but they have one attack that can restrain you while they perform a visceral attack on you which can take out a ton of HP. Overall, this is an easy fight, as their minions are slow, and don't pose much of a threat, but coming into this battle blind isn't a good idea.

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