So I'm almost done with my first playthrough of Bloodborne, and will start NG+ soon enough. On my first playthrough, I've been hitting bosses with pretty much pure physical damage because I had no idea what were their weaknesses. I could obviously just look online at each individual boss' resists online, but I'd like to avoid that. I'm more interested in general rules for bosses weaknesses based on lore.

For example, Cleric Beast, Blood-Starved Beast and Vicar Amelia all look like they are the same "breed" of monster, so I would assume they are weak to the same element. The One Reborn and Amygdala seem to be pure nightmarish products, so I'd assume they are the same breed and have the same weakness.

Is there a general rule for boss weaknesses in Bloodborne that would be based on the breed or type of boss? Instead of just adding random elements to my weapon, it would be good to add the appropriate one based on the boss' type, looks or backstory.

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In general, different "types" of enemies, as well as bosses, have weaknesses.

The most common weakness you'll find is for the "Beast" type enemies/bosses. For example, Cleric Beast, Blood-Starved Beast, or the final form of Father Gascoigne are all Beast types bosses.

Beasts receive an extra 20% damage if you use a serrated weapon (Saw Cleaver, Saw Spear) and take extra damage from Fire. In general, this works on Beast-type enemies as well (the werewolves, for example).

A less common enemy-type is Kin. For the most part, it looks like they are weak to Bolt and Blood. Most are weak to Fire and Bleed as well, but not all.

Everything else has weaknesses on a case-by-case basis, though, so just see what works. For a full breakdown of enemies and their weaknesses, see here.

  • Do you have an example of a "Kin" type enemy?
    – jgadoury
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 17:18
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    Yeah, the Amygdala and Celestial Emissaries are both Kin types.
    – Vemonus
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 17:18
  • It's been a while, but I believe that Kin-type enemies will bleed white and that they're the only things that do so.
    – Vemonus
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 17:19
  • @Vemonus According the the Fextralife wiki (which is usually pretty reliable), Amygdala is neither beast nor kin. Weird, given that it's a Great One. Maybe it's just not blue and slimy enough? Ebrietas and Rom are kin, though.
    – pushasha
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 17:26
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    @oedalis I was not talking about "true kin", I was talking about bosses that the game classifies as a kin enemy, meaning that buffs "vs. kin" apply to them.
    – pushasha
    Commented Nov 19, 2016 at 1:53

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