Top Ten Hardest Bloodborne BossesList 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.
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.
This is the only boss (aside from ludwig) where I couldn't see myself beating solo. Difference is, I killed ludwig on the 6th try (not solo), whereas I killed Orphan on the 20th try or so (15+ solo tries and 8+ not solo tries. My partners ALWAYS died before me).
Also, ludwig had 10 vials and 10 bullets outside of his chamber which makes the fight easier to retry.
Hands down the most difficult boss in the game, maybe of any game I've played. first fight against him was on new game plus. He destroyed me again and again. I refused to get help on him though, I tried and tried, after about 30 or 40 tries, maybe more, I lost count. I finally got him. and it was literally whoever got hit next was dead. Super intense. What a good feeling when I finished him off though
Mute the sound effect makes the fight 50% easier. The trick is to control his first phase, do a riposte when his health is about 55%, dodge his transforming blast, do one charged attack, after that his health might be lower than 30%. Don't lock on in second phase, only do charged attacks, might get a backstab. Relatively breeze compared to Lurance.
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.
Gehrman ripped me to shreds whenever I tried being aggressive but he wasn't too awfully difficult once I adopted a slower, more careful approach. He is unquestionably the hardest boss in the game though.
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
This is kind of a PVP battle. This guy is kind of unrelenting, but is doable. He uses a scythe to hit, which can be dodged pretty easily, but conserve your stamina when you hit, because he hits pretty fast. He sends out orbs to hit you when you're not up close, but these are fairly easy to dodge. Back off if you need to, but don't get carried away with your hits.
Although he is an optional boss if you try to bit him you will realize he is much harder almost than every other main bosses, and for me even if he is easier than some of dark souls 3 bosses, thought in bloodborne think is the hardest boss. Reason because even if he is quite easy at the beggining when loses some hp he get enraged and then he is extremely fast, he hold two melee wepons and cast spells and flying swords from every direction all at the same time, also he is unpredictable and he can give some really heavy blows with his axe. If someone try him at very hign levels probably will find him easy but if you try at low levels you will find one of the most insane bosses in all fromsoftware game bosses
The 2nd phase is what's so hard. He becomes a lot more aggressive but if you get behind him and visceral him when he's powering up for the 2nd phase you'll have a lot easier time.
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.
The beast can be staggered if you shoot at the right time, and its left is extremely vulnerable. Many of its moves have a fair warning too. Watch out for the grab attack on the next phases of the fight though. This move can instantly kill you if you aren't careful. However it is actually telegraphed. Quickstep to the left if the beast stops moving. It might use the grab attack. If you can avoid it, you can get some free hits. Eventually you will take it down.
Honestly this boss is so easy it's a joke, if you know what you're getting yourself into. This boss can be very easily intimidating, and I think that is why it's caused so many deaths in it's day. Really he is extremely simple, every attack can be dodged to the left...that's it. He's also very vulnerable to parrying, and if you have some antidotes, the poison isn't much of a problem.
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.
How isn't this guy in the top 5. I've beaten all the bosses on NG+7 and this guy is by far the hardest to me with orphan of kos not too far behind. He constantly tries to hit you with combos which stun lock you and kill you within 2 hits (on the higher NG's) and his second form is just as hard. I've beat ludwig my second try on NG+7 and lost count when it came to Laurence, but it took me about an hour or 2.
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!
The First Vicar is Unpredictable as to what combo it wi do and demands a higher-than-average level along with perfect timing. He hits insaily hard, tanks more than an actual tank, and unlike any other bosses, he doesn't even take increase damage if you break his limbs. He is insainly aggressive and powerful that demands an equally aggressive and powerful response for any hope to win. Look out for his jumps as they are hard to dodge and will probably kill you.
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.
This boss should be much much higher in this ranking. Phase one he's aggressive yet if you keep your calm you should be able too dodge most his attacks. But that's near impossible since even his weakest attack will make you on edge. His one shot charge and jump can end fights quickly if your not careful. His head bash which deals little damage can be tanked but it normally installs panic. After many attempts he goes into stage 2.
Stage 2 is not as difficult but will likely kill you as it's a new moveset based on stunning you. If you keep calm even after damage you'll realise his movements are mostly slow. Therefore not getting stunlocked. Definitely the 3rd hardest boss here
NG+2 (first time playing the DLC though)
I feel like I could have kicked his bum solo but I choose not to because I was already like 10 deaths in and had 80-something insight. Nonetheless he deserves to be in the top five. He is unpredictable, the charge attack kills you if you are not fully healed and that drop-down attack was weirdly hard to evade, which is bad because is highway to death.
How this isn't in the top 10, I don't know. The first phase is the hardest part of the fight, as he's insanely aggressive and hard to read. After you drop him to half health, his difficulty is brought down a little, as his attacks aren't hard to read. The one attack you should watch out for during this phase is this shockwave that will very likely one shot you.
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.
He is really difficult if you are a beginner in the game. You will be intimidated by him when he turns into his beast form. I know since I was really panicking when I fought him on my first try.
My tip is to perfectly time your dodges to his attacks, you could beat him easily if you can dodge his attacks perfectly even in his beast form. Just relax and don't be too cocky when fighting him, and use the environment to your advantage. (Just don't get cornered in the tombstones or you will be raped)
In my first try I didn't had the music box which made my fight very difficult, but on my NG+ try I got the music box but still didn't used it.
Gascoigne is the first mandatory boss, and if you don't adapt to Bloodborne's aggressive style, prepare to die. A lot. He acts like most hunters do during the first phase, and when he reaches his second phase, prepare for one of the most aggressive fights in all of Bloodborne.
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.
Charged attack one-shot kill in NG+7, so using the beast pellet is a perfect choice. Equip the rapier (don't know the name) with bolt buff, +1200 damage per hit, stab her when she puts her head down, guaranteed riposte chance. Do a charged attack before riposte(50% buff), keep stabbing when she is transforming, then patiently wait she puts her head down again, stab stab stab, it takes less than 3 mins.
I understand that a lot of people think this boss is tough, and it's true that she does hit really hard, but she hits really slow. If you're up close, she will only do a slam attack, which is very easy to learn and dodge. Just stay up close and dodge when necessary.
Honestly a lot of players say Vicar Amelia is one of the hardest boss in the game. But personally I almost defeated her in one try (I died once when I just stood in front of her when she used her ground attack). I find her very easy since her attacks were too predictable, and her heal is not that effective since even if you don't use a numbing mist to prevent her from healing, you could still continue attacking her while healing so that she will only replenish a little health.
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.
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.
This boss isn't hard as much as he is annoying. He can only bump you, roll onto you, or use an area of effect attack, which are all very easy to dodge, but he has spider surrounding him that infinitely respawn, and he teleports when you land so many attacks on him. His spiders are a pain in the ass when you're trying to land a few hits on him, and they can easily overwhelm you. Just do your best to ignore them.
Rom is all in all very easy if you first take out all his minions. they do not infinitly respawn, Rom just spawns a new batch every time he teleports. In his second and third phase he starts shooting projectiles at you, which are easy to dodge, but it's advised to not lock onto minions and keep an eye on Rom instead.
Watch out for minion headslams since they can easily take up a major chunk of your health.
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.
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.
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.
Kill the pyros first, then wail on the katana Shadow, as you'll have no trouble staggering him.
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.
There isn't much to this fight, but he hits VERY hard, and also deals electrical damage. Stay behind him, and hit his legs, because you might be able to stun him and go for a visceral attack. Also, make sure you've mastered dodging, because he hits pretty fast. If you can, summon someone to help, so they can distract him while you wail on him.
This boss was so easy, but the first time I got there early and it glitched I entered fog but he didn't move, it was like the game didn't notice I entered fog so boss didn't fight at all, I just kept hitting 'til he died.
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.
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.
A very long boss fight for me. Its not hard, I just hated the thing that he is running almost all the time.
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:
1. DON'T SUMMON THE QUEEN KILLER.
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.
This is the easiest boss of all. I had Saw Cleaver +7, and just ran straight at her. Run between her legs, and stay behind her tail. And when she jumps, start charging a R2 attack, and when she lands aim for the head, and run behind her. Easy.
Like the Darkbeast Paarl, Amygdala is BIG and is an easy target. He? is slow and once he do his slam attack his head will be vulnerable to attacks. Use a hard hitting weapon and it will be an easy one.
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.
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.
Gehrman's crush. Epic fight, but she ain't easy. First phase isn't so bad but then she gains blood AND fire enhancements to her weapons. She has godlike range during her last two phases (especially the third one) so watch out!
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.
This boss is no threat, unless you're greedy with your hits.
I think that the Orphan of Kos actually took me more tries than Ludwig, but I could feel myself getting a little better and learning the Orphan's attack patterns with each attempt. Ludwig I eventually just got lucky. It's not that any one of his attacks make him difficult, or even that they're tough to dodge. It's that he is so remarkably aggressive that you rarely have a chance to counter him.
This badboy gave me a really hard time.. I think I had a total of 30+ tries, and if I compare it with Gehrman where I only had 3 tries first time, I would rate this the hardest boss. Maybe because the first time I tried him was on +1 difficulty, and my level was low. After some farming and leveling I re- tried, much easier, but god-awful anyways..
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.
Not very difficult
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.
This boss on great pthumeru ityll is hard but Defiled watchdog and defiled amygdala are much harder a. Because your health is reduced by half, meaning you can be 1 shot in the blink of an eye and b. going co-op can make these even harder, it's easier to persevere and do them solo
After struggling because I thought you could parry him, he isn't that bad.
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.
Wow, this was so easy
More than likely, this will be the first boss you come to face in the game, and if you don't know Bloodborne's mechanics, this first battle can be tough. The Cleric Beast is rather aggressive, and hits pretty hard. The strategy to this boss is somewhat difficult to learn, but once you nail the strategy, you can probably take this beast out without taking one hit. Though this boss looks very intimidating, don't be afraid to be up close and personal with him. Stay behind him and slash away, while dodging his slow attacks. This boss is also very weak to fire. Land visceral attacks when the opportunity is present.
The very first boss that most of use will fight in the game. If you are new to the game, you will fight him a LOT of times before killing it (Like me). He's attacks have a long reach and deals a lot of damage. The best thing to do is to front-dodge him so that you could go behind him and attack him from that position (He has a spin attack so be careful). You could also parry him with your sidearm so you could visceral attack him which deals a good amount of damage. I you know his attack patterns it will be a easy fight.
I fought him in my NG+ game and just defeated him in my first try.
I've defeated him first go in all my games. He's incredibly easy to read and easy to stay behind.
That being said, if you're new to Soulsborne this thing will probably crush you.
Bloodborne was my first FromSoftware game and I beat this easy boss solo first try still.
Why the hell is this 21?
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.