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A Visceral Attack is a gameplay mechanic in Bloodborne.

Visceral Attack

Visceral Attack by SunHiLegend 2

GIF by Resetera user SunHiLegend


Visceral Attack By SunHiLegend

GIF by Resetera user SunHiLegend


In-Game Description

With a firearm equipped, a shot fired by pressing L2 with proper timing just before an enemy attacks causes the enemy to stagger. An enemy can also be caused to stagger by facing its back and holding R2 to unleash a charge attack. Once an enemy staggers, press R1 to execute a visceral attack.


Visceral Attacks are interesting as they present the player with an opportunity to deal a lot of damage on a defenseless enemy. To trigger a visceral attack, a player must do one of three things: either parry a foe at the right time, doing enough stagger damage, or, a charged strong attack is struck on the foe's back, this type of visceral attack is described as a backstab by the community. Large enemies frequently are not possible to parry, and as such can only be backstabbed or staggered.

For large, unparriable bosses, visceral attacks are only possible during a certain part of a fight, and are often, if not always limited to 1 or 2 moments during the entire encounter.

It is important to note that the damage dealt by a Visceral Attack is governed mostly by the player's innate Skill stat, and, as such, players with high skill will get much better damage upon a visceral attack when compared to a player with low skill. Additionally, a visceral attack will be boosted by the blood-gems on the right-hand weapon at the moment of its execution. This includes elemental damage.

Upon executing a visceral attack, if the player has taken damage and is still within the possibility of rallying, and recovering lost health, then that player fully recovers that lost health, and enemies that are close to the player when doing a visceral attack will be staggered briefly. This ensures the player can quickly get out of danger after such an attack.


The following Caryll Runes affect visceral attacks:

  • Oedon Writhe - Allows players to regain Quicksilver Bullets by performing a visceral attack.
  • Clawmark - Players will deal a fixed percentage more of damage from a visceral attack.
  • Blood Rapture - Players heal a fixed amount of health from a visceral attack.
  • Heir - Allows players to gain more blood echoes through a visceral attack.


  • Enemy hunters and some bosses can also perform visceral attacks.
  • Dealing enough damage to a specific body part of a large boss may result in the boss collapsing, allowing the player to perform a visceral attack on it.