It’s the Night of the Hunt, and all of Yharnam is stirring as something dark and sinister awakens within the city that is the central setting of Bloodborne. Residents are succumbing to this mysterious plague and being transformed into terrifying beasts, and it is up to the hunters to put them out of their misery. But what happens when it is the hunter that falls to the plague? A hunter, trained and equipped to take down even the most fearsome of foes would be one difficult to defeat prey. Well, that’s exactly what you’re in for when you come across Father Gascoigne.
You yourself are a hunter in the world of Bloodborne so you should undoubtedly be familiar with everything a hunter is capable of. Speed, power, strategy, firearms, and evasiveness are what make you a force to be reckoned with. Now just imagine all of that, except with no loss of stamina, unlimited ammunition, an insane damage buff, and a deadly endgame. Sounds crazy, right? Nah, sounds just like Father Gascoigne.
Right before the gates leading to the Tomb of Oedon, you will stumble across an old hunter dealing death to a beast like only a hunter can. He notices your presence and shares that you too will become a beast in due time so he must put you down. You can see in his eyes that he has gone mad, or at least you would if he had any eyes to see into. His face his horribly scarred and his mouth is twisted into a devilishly wicked grin.
This fight is a bit more difficult than the one against the Cleric Beast. You have quite a few more elements to be wary of, and death is much more of a real threat than it was against the large savage beast. Before getting into the patterns of Father Gascoigne, it’s important to take a look at the area you will be fighting in. Bloodborne is chock full of cemeteries and tombstones, so it should come as no surprise that at least one of the boss fights would take place in a graveyard. This is important to be aware of because it will seriously limit your movement for a major portion of the fight. You are unable to break these tombstones, so being aware of them is crucial unless you want to end up cornering yourself which will most likely end in a very gruesome demise.
Once you have the geography of the area logged into your mind, it’s time to take a look at Father Gascoigne himself. He has three phases throughout the battle. His first phase is the dual wielding hunter. Equipped with a Hunter Axe and a Blunderbuss, he will not hesitate to stun you and then chop you to little bits. Your best bet here is to bait him by standing in the open and quickly getting behind him to deal a few attacks.
He will try to shoot you mid combo so make sure to save at least a little bit of stamina for a well timed dodge roll. Unless you also have a Blunderbuss, don’t bother wasting your time shooting at him. A single shot from a pistol is much too slow to hit this unbelievably fast target and firing will only leave you open to an ass whooping. Play it safe and bring down his health little by little. He’ll go for quick combos so stay on your toes as you bring him down to half health.
This is where things get tricky…