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The Secret Ending You Probably Didn't See In Bloodborne

FromSoftware's Bloodborne doesn't make things easy on the player, and that's true with both its punishing gameplay mechanics and the game's lore. The world of Yharnam is full of secrets that shed some light on its history and inhabitants, but locating them often brings up more questions than answers.

That's true even with Bloodborne's ending. After defeating the penultimate boss, Mergo's Wet Nurse, the Hunter returns to the Hunter's Dream and meets Gehrman, the First Hunter. Gehrman offers the player a choice, and each choice leads to one of the two non-secret endings: "Yharnam Sunrise," in which the player sacrifices their life and returns to the waking world; or "Honoring Wishes," in which the player kills Gehrman, submits to the mysterious entity that created the Nightmare, and replaces Gehrman as the First Hunter.

But if the player meets certain conditions during the game, they can access an alternate ending that gives more clues about the world of Yharnam. Here's Bloodborne's secret ending that you may have missed.

How to access Bloodborne's secret ending

First, the player needs to locate at least three umbilical cord segments. One can be looted from Mergo's corpse. Another can be found in the Abandoned Old Workshop. The third can be looted from Arianna's monstrous newborn after killing it. A fourth can be found on Iosefka after killing Rom the Vacuous Spider. 

Return to Gehrman and refuse his offer, which triggers his boss fight. Make sure to consume three Umbilical Cord segments before Gerhman is dead. They can be consumed at any point in the game, up to and including his boss fight. Consuming the Cords and defeating Gehrman will unlock the secret "Childhood's Beginning" ending.

"Childhood's Beginning" proceeds like "Honoring Wishes," but instead of submitting to the mysterious entity, the player battles it. The entity is revealed to be the Moon Presence, a tentacled Great One. The Great Ones are Bloodborne's demonic gods, inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. The Moon Presence is the most powerful and has created the Nightmare that plagues Yharnam.

After defeating the Moon Presence, the Hunter is reborn as a slug-like Great One themselves, giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "God Mode."