Locations Central Yharnam,
Cathedral Ward,
Hemwick Charnel Lane,
Forbidden Woods
Drops Blood Vial,
Blood Gems,
Pungent Blood Cocktail
Blood Echoes
Physical DEF icon - Bolt icon -
VS Blunt icon - Fire icon -
VS Thrust icon - Slow Poison RES icon -
Blood DEF icon - Rapid Poison RES icon -
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The Executioner is an enemy in Bloodborne.


Executioners are large enemies resembling the Huntsman's Minions. They wield a massive executioner's axe and wear attire similar to that of the Butcher Set, although with a lot of metal armor.


Executioners are very resilient and fighting one can be time-consuming. They are one of the few enemies that use their weapon to block. However, their attacks are easily telegraphed, allowing the opportunity for counters and Visceral Attacks.



  • They have a cape identical to that of the Butcher Set, worn by the Younger Madaras Twin. This is evident by observing the pattern on the cape and the buttons that hold it together on the neck.
  • Its entire existence is almost a reference to the Dark Souls series as he wears metal armor resembling the Ironclad Soldiers from Dark Souls 2 (evident by his stance and expressionless mask with only two holes for the eyes), and he has a iconic move from the Butcher's Knife (whe the axe is held paralel to his shoulders and swung down). Additionally, the metal plate on his torso seems to be a reference to Executioner Smough, a boss from the original Dark Souls, as it has a fake face resembling the helmet of Smough along with an overall similar design. The name also gives it a way.
  • Their block works exactly like the shield-wielding Yahrnamites, though it is much stronger. However, this still means their guard is possible to break, but usually a weapon with high poise damage is needed, and it must deal a strong attack at that. The L2 combo from the Hunter's Axe is a fine example, as the first attack will break the guard and stun the executioner, while the second attack will deal extra damage.


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