8. Father Gascoigne
Our first, and certainly not last, boss from Bloodborne. The first, non-optional, boss in the game: Father Gascoigne. This fight is a real test of a player’s early game skill. Gascoigne HEAVILY punishes passivity and greatly rewards mastery of the parry. Hell, nowadays I can beat Gascoigne solely relying on parries. What makes this fight super cool, is that it’s essentially a Hunter vs. Hunter fight. He uses one of the trick weapons available to the player at the start of the game, and uses a slightly modified moveset of the weapon. However just when you thought you have his pattern memorized, once his health gets below 30%, he transforms into his beast form which has a completely different move set. There is an additional trick to the fight though. If the player is able to locate a specific NPC, Gascoigne’s daughter, she will hand you a music box; which when used during the fight, will stagger Gascoigne for a few precious seconds. You can only use this roughly 3 times, and on each succeeding use, the stagger time is severely shortened. Best way to use it: pop it immediately after he transforms, do a charged strong attack to his back while he’s staggered, visceral attack him after. If done correctly, his HP would be low enough that you can kill him with either 2-3 swings of your weapon, or a single molotov+oil combo.
7. Abyss Watchers
Our 2nd Dark Souls 3 boss. Similar to Yhorm, is a Lord of Cinder. What makes this boss fight special, is that it’s a twist on the “add boss” type fight. An “add boss” is a type of fight wherein the player has to not only contend with a big bad boss, but the boss arena is also littered with additional enemies, or “adds”. The adds, are just weaker versions of the boss. That and, at max, there will only ever be three enemies in the room, BUT one of them will attack the other 2. This makes for a very dynamic fight. You can either choose to ignore the adds as they’ll end up fighting one another as you focus on the boss, or you can take out the one guy that’s teaming up with the boss, other add can team up with you. Either way, the “add” dynamic is very interesting during the fight. HOWEVER, just when you think you’ve beaten the gets up for another round. This time it mimics another Bloodborne boss (which is also included in this list). The main Abyss Watcher regains full life, and the fight restarts with the player in whatever state he was when the first phase ended. During this phase the boss’s gains an AOE on it’s attacks, but is pretty much the same fight minus the adds. Overall a very, VERY, cool fight.