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Chalice Dungeons are a type of location in Bloodborne.

Description

In-Game Description

Beneath Yharnam lies an intricate old labyrinth of myriad, endless ruins. By conducting a Chalice Ritual, the seal to the old labyrinth can be broken, allowing you to explore it in the form of Chalice Dungeons.
Select CHALICE RITUAL at a Ritual Altar in the Hunter's Dream, and then select a Holy Chalice and an offering in order to conduct the ritual and unseal a Chalice Dungeon. When using a root chalice, the structure of the unsealed Chalice Dungeon will change each time the ritual is conducted.

Mechanics

Chalice Dungeons are created by conducting a Chalice Ritual at a Ritual Altar. Performing Chalice rituals consume Blood Echoes and chalice materials. They are optional content and act like a dungeon-crawler, with enemies, bosses and items, not found in the main story.

Including the Short Ritual Root Chalice, there are a total of twenty-six Chalices. There are a total of thirty-five named Chalice Dungeons. Each dungeon consists of labyrinth-like "Layers," with a boss at the end of each layer.

Root chalice dungeons are random generated,the others are fixed.

Players are able to co-op in Chalice Dungeons and even share their dungeons for others to experience. Sinister Chalices can be used to create PvP-type dungeons.

Pthumeru Chalice Dungeons

Chalice Dungeon Chalice Depth Icon
Depth
Chalice Bosses
PthumeruChalice
Pthumerian Labyrinth
1 Pthumeru Chalice ----->
Pthumeru Root Chalice
1: Undead Giant
2: Merciless Watchers and Chieftain
3: Watchdog of the Old Lords
Central Pthumeru Chalice
Central Pthumerian Labyrinth
2 Central Pthumeru Chalice ------>
Central Pthumeru Root Chalice
1: Beast-possessed Soul
2: Keeper of the Old Lords
3: Pthumerian Descendant
Lower Pthumeru Chalice
Lower Pthumerian Labyrinth
3 Lower Pthumeru Chalice ----->
Lower Pthumeru Root Chalice
Sinister Lower Pthumeru Root Chalice
1: Merciless Watchers and Chieftain
2: Undead Giant
3: Rom, the Vacuous Spider
4: Bloodletting Beast

Cursed and Defiled Root Chalice
Cursed Pthumerian Defilement

4 Cursed and Defiled Root Chalice
Defiled Chalice -------------------->
1: Keeper of the Old Lords
2: Watchdog of the Old Lords
3: Amygdala
Great Pthumeru Ihyll Chalice
Pthumeru Ihyll
5 Great Pthumeru Ihyll Chalice ------>
Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice
Sinister Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice
1: Pthumerian Descendant
2: Bloodletting Beast
3: Yharnam, Pthumerian Queen


Hintertomb Chalice Dungeons

Chalice Dungeon Chalice Depth Icon
Depth
Chalice Bosses
Hintertomb Chalice
Hintertomb
2 Hintertomb Chalice
Hintertomb Root Chalice
1: Maneater Boar
2: Undead Giant
3: Blood-starved Beast
Lower Hintertomb Chalice
Lower Hintertomb
3 Lower Hintertomb Chalice
Lower Hintertomb Root Chalice
Sinister Hintertomb Root Chalice
1: Brainsucker
2: Forgotten Madman
3: Pthumerian Elder


Loran Chalice Dungeons

Chalice Dungeon Chalice Depth Icon
Depth
Chalice Bosses
Ailing Loran Chalice
Ailing Loran
4 Ailing Loran Chalice
Ailing Loran Root Chalice
1: Beast-possessed Soul
2: Blood-starved Beast
3: Abhorrent Beast
Lower Loran Chalice
Lower Loran
5 Lower Loran Chalice
Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice
Sinister Lower Loran Root Chalice
1: Loran Silverbeast
2: Abhorrent Beast
3: Loran Darkbeast


Isz Chalice Dungeons

Chalice Dungeon Chalice Depth Icon
Depth
Chalice Bosses

Great Isz Chalice
Isz Gravestone

5 Great Isz Chalice
Isz Root Chalice
Sinister Isz Root Chalice
1: Brainsucker
2: Celestial Emissary
3: Ebrietas, Daughter of the Cosmos

Additional Rites

When the player performs a chalice ritual to create a Root Chalice Dungeon, they can perform Additional Rites that will the challenge greater while also increasing the rewards:

Fetid Offering

"Invigorates the Watchers, making them more treacherous than normal, but also making them worthy prey for a special hunt."

  • Requires Sage's Wrist or Sage's Hair.
    • A red aura appear on several enemies that boost its owner stats.
    • Increases blood echoes when slain and increases number of items dropped by enemies.
    • Enemies gain Rally potential stat, recovering their HP upon attacking the player.

Rotted Offering

"Beckons ungodly forces, normally terrifying things, but also worthy prey for a special hunt."

Cursed Offering

"Defiles dungeons in which hunters' HP is greatly eroded, but what better place to seek cursed blood gems but in the midst of defilement?"

Bosses

There is a boss room at the end of each layer. Tomb prospectors must kill the boss to explore deeper depth

The following is a list of Chalice Dungeons bosses.

Traps and hazards

Main article: Traps

The Chalice Dungeons contain many fiendish traps deployed by the watchers and the Pthumerians, an advanced civilization of distant past. These traps and hazards are designed to repel and kill off tomb raiders. However, experienced tomb raiders can exploit these traps and harzards to benefit themselves.

Trivia

  • There are several Messengers holding blue lanterns in the Nightmare Frontier, which function similar to the ones in the Chalice Dungeons, indicating the Chalice Dungeons the players visit are, in fact, nightmarish realms rather than the real catacombs carved below Yharnam.

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