Considering that you’ve probably fought at least one dozen of Bloodborne‘s brutal bosses by now, you probably know the basic patterns and strategies necessary for success. Locking-on, side-stepping, roll-dodging, attacking the boss’s back, and spamming Blood Vials generally lead to success. However, what if there was a way to beat a boss without letting them unleash a single attack? What if you could turn that pesky gun into a more offensive weapon? Hell, what if you just wanted to change things up a tad? If you’ve found yourself asking any of these questions during Bloodborne‘s interesting, but often repetitive boss encounters, then you’re in luck. It’s entirely possible to defeat the Pthumerian Descendant by constantly stunning it with your weapon, making this Chalice Dungeon boss more of a formality than a challenge.
For this strategy to work, you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve practiced your Visceral Attacks quite a bit. Being able to initiate these massive attacks on command, regardless of whether or not an enemy is completely new, is going to make your life a lot easier in every battle (not just this particular fight). Because the Pthumerian Descendant telegraphs it’s attacks fairly prominently, it’s possible to simple chain a string of gunshot stuns and Visceral Attacks together to make quick work of this battle. Before diving into exactly what you have to do to accomplish this feat of cheesiness, it’s worth mentioning that the Pthumerian Descendant will occasionally throw it’s weapon at you in a boomerang-style forward motion, thus making you the one who staggers. These attacks are pretty easy to avoid, especially when you consider that you have an additional second or two after the throw to anticipate its arrival and move out of the way.
In order to successfully chain gunshot staggers and stuns, you’re going to want to have a moderate amount of distance between the Pthumerian Descendant and your character. This will allow to avoid all of its melee attacks while still giving you enough leeway to lock on, fire a gunshot, and have enough space to get to it in time for a Visceral attack. Whenever the Descendant attempts to attack you in between these Visceral Attacks and staggers, simply dash to the side or backwards and repeat the process. Keep in mind that even if you aren’t successful in your attempts to initiate a Visceral Attack, gunshots can definitely interrupt the Descendant’s progress (definitely a positive thing in any boss fight). Assuming you’re relatively powerful, it should only take a handful of Visceral Attacks to defeat this particular boss. Of course, if you want to dash around to its back and simply wail on it occasionally, that strategy will absolutely prove viable as well.
The Pthumerian Descendant is the final boss in the Central Pthumerian Labyrinth, so light the lamp that appears and head back to the Hunter’s Dream in order to spawn a new Chalice Dungeon or continue your main campaign.