Endings are, naturally, the final moments in a game which conclude its story and events. Bloodborne is not different and the like many other games designed by FromSoftware, it will send players into a "New Game +" immediately after the credits.
Access to the Endings
This is noticeable thanks to the burning of the workshop and new dialogue of The Doll, who says:
- "Good hunter, you have come... Dawn will soon break... This night, and this dream, will end. Gehrman awaits you, at the foot of the great tree. Go on, good hunter..."
From this moment the player can either keep exploring Yharnam or access the graveyard zone of the Dream where Gehrman awaits The Hunter to inform him/her the contract made at the beginning of the game is done and he/she can die in the dream to finish the hunt.
The Hunter can accept or refuse this offer, resulting in one ending or another. If certain conditions have been met, a third ending will be triggered if a specific one of the two choices mentioned above was chosen.
After any of the three endings and the forthcoming credits, the game ends and the player will immediately start a NG+.
In this ending, the Hunter accepts Gehrman's offer of release from the dream. The Hunter kneels before Gehrman, who rises from his wheelchair and executes the Hunter. The Hunter then wakes up in what appears to be Central Yharnam with the sun rising while a bell is rung in the distance, signifying that the night and the hunt is at an end for now.
Finally, The Doll is seen praying near a tombstone, most likely the player's, saying "Farewell, good hunter. May you find your worth in the waking world.". Then the credits roll.
This ending happens if the player refuses Gehrman's proposition and hasn't yet consumed three Thirds of Umbilical Cord. In this ending, the Hunter refuses Gehrman's offer of release, prompting Gehrman to rise from his wheelchair and ready his weapons, in order to force the Hunter to accept their fate.
The Hunter kills Gehrman, prompting the Moon Presence to appear. As the Hunter approaches the creature, it grabs them. Just as it did with Gehrman, the Moon Presence enslaves the Hunter, who is now forced to carry out the same role as Gehrman did. Some time later, the Doll is seen pushing the Hunter around the workshop in Gehrman's old wheelchair as the moon turns red and the hunt begins anew.
This ending is obtained by defeating Gehrman, as in the "Honoring Wishes" ending, and having used at least three Thirds of Umbilical Cord before overcoming Gehrman. After defeating Gehrman, the mysterious Moon Presence descends from on high. As the Hunter approaches it, it grabs them, intending to subvert the Hunter to its will. The Hunter, with the power granted to them by consuming the Umbilical Cords, is able to resist the Moon Presence's influence, prompting it to attack.
- To access the most amount of gear in a single playthrough, players may consider triggering the fight with the Moon Presence so that the game does not immediately thow them into NG+. Thus allowing players to acquire the Old Hunter Badge, which unlocks the Burial Blade and Gehrman's Hunter Set at the Bath Messengers.