Cleave the Moon Trophy in Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
Cleave the Moon
Finish Stage 8 for the first time.
How to unlock Cleave the Moon
Story related and cannot be missed.
You must conquer the eighth stage, Cleave the Moon. The boss name is Gremory the Archdemon, and comes in two forms.
The first form attacks by surrounding itself with orbs and launching a trail of that purple barricade destroying "Bat Swarm" that hounded you the entire stage. She will advertise in a sense where the Bat Swarm will go if you follow her hand movements and learn the patterns.
Upon beating the first form, Gremory’s true form will await you at the top of the tower, surrounded by two pits so be careful not to fall in.
Gremory's attacks are advertised and follow a set pattern, more or less. The moon in her crown forewarns her attack. She starts off with either a Crescent or Waxing Gibbous Moon (the just over half moon, pictured). The Crescent Moon will send yellow Crescent Moon blades at you that can be destroyed. Standing in the center is the best way to avoid them, on Normal. In Ultimate they will hit you if you stay there.
The Waxing Gibbous Moon will send purple Crescent Moon Blades at you that attack in waves. Move to the left to avoid the first, destroy them, then go right, destroy, left, destroy and right, destroy. Both Crescent Moon Blades will drop Weapon potions.
The Full Moon attack will send these pitchfork like beasts at you, with eyes that once destroyed make platforms so you can reach its head. Crouch in the middle to avoid the first attack, destroy an eye and jump to the platform, destroy the next to the next platform and then use a long range weapon to attack her head. The third eye that can be destroyed leaves a Weapon Potion but can be ignored in most cases. Attack a few times and she will soon follow with a side to side flame attack. Keep attacking her until it gets close to you then jump over the flame to the other side and wait for her next attack.
About half way through, she will add one more attack that follows up the Full Moon, the New Moon. A bunch of energy beams are fired at you from both sides, with a temporary safe zone in the center. You will have to jump when the rays swipe upwards momentarily after about a 3 count. Once the beams stop, quickly move to the very edge of the platform to avoid the big crushing finale when she drops a giant "moon" in the center.
Normally, Gremory has no desperation move. Once the second form is defeated, that’s the end of the game. However, if you play as Zangetsu alone, Gremory must be defeated a different way. Hold until Zangetsu is fully charged and then release to finish her off.
Beating this stage (with all allies) for the first time will unlock the Nightmare mode.
Beating this stage (sacrificing all allies) for the first time will unlock the Ultimate mode.