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Beast's Embrace


After the repeated experiments in controlling the scourge of beasts, the gentle "Embrace" rune was discovered.

When its implementation failed, the "Embrace" became a forbidden rune, but this knowledge became a foundation of the Healing Church.
Those who swear this oath take on a ghastly form and enjoy accentuated transformation effects, especially while wielding a beast weapon.

Beast's Embrace is a Caryll Rune in Bloodborne; it was added with The Old Hunters DLC.

 

Beast's Embrace Effects

  • When equipped, it transforms the player into "The Ghastly Beast."
    • This is one of two Covenants that involves transforming the Hunter into a non-human form.
    • The other one is the Lumenwood Kin Covenant.
  • The Hunter receives a permanent Beasthood meter only when using the Beast Claw, transformed or not.
    • It also radically changes how the Hunter behaves, both in movement and when attacking, but only with the Beast Claw. (Backstep & rolling looks quicker - needs testing)
    • Most noticeably, the Hunter will howl and screech like a beast when attacking and doing certain movements.

 

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Notes

  • To memorize this rune, you must have the Rune Workshop Tool.
  • The Hunter receives reduced fall damage while the rune is equipped.
  • Damage against Beast DOWN effect on cursed blood gem does not affect anyone equipped with the Beast's Embrace.
    • In general, gems that specialize against Beasts won't affect a user of the Beast's Embrace.

 

Improvements for Beast Claw

  1. A special feral leap attack (Forward-R2).
    1. If used to attack an opponent from behind, it will trigger a backstab, allowing for a Visceral Attack.
  2. A beast-like howl (L2) which consumes zero Quicksilver Bullets. It deals minor damage but can attack multiple opponents at once.
    1. This abiliity can be parried.
    2. It also heavily boosts the Beasthood meter; this is especially noticeable when used on multiple opponents.
  3. A dashing heavy attack (R2) while transformed will make the character drag both claws along the ground and slash at the target from below.
    1. Each claw hits separately, which independently boosts Beasthood.
  4. During combat, the Hunter will hunch over, behaving more beastly while also using unique dodge animations with slightly increased distance while dodging.
  5. The Hunter can deal a transformation attack from normal to transformed, which was impossible to do without the rune.
  6. While it has no charged R2 attacks, they deal slow but heavy damage that can quickly boost Beasthood.

 

Screenshots

beast_transformation-bloodborne_small.jpg beast_transformation-bloodborne2_small.jpg

 

Trivia

  • The Beast form loosely resembles the Abhorrent Beast, possibly suggesting the origin of the Afflicted Begger.
    • It also resembles a Cleric Beast, similar to Laurence, the first vicar.
  • When the Hunter attacks while using the transformed Beast Claws (and you have this rune equipped), if the Hunter stands still suddenly, the idle animation is different than normal.
  • The image of the rune resembles a Beast Claw, an indicator of what you will become when you choose to be a part of this Covenant.
  • Since gems that effect damage against Beasts won't apply against users of the Beast's Embrace, it might mean the Hunter isn't quite yet a "true" beast.
    • This is similar to the citizens of Yharnam who haven't quite become beasts themselves.
    • However, it's very clear that the symptoms are progressing, making it possible that lore-wise the Hunter might become similar to the Afflicted Beggar if used for too long.

 




    • 23 Mar 2017 16:03  

      I think there was a huge missed opportunity with the design aspect of this rune. The character looks pretty sweet, which is why I use this rune above the others, despite not even using the beast claw's too much. With that said, how badass would it have been if, say, while using the beast claws, the character would sprint on all fours to further imply that you've transformed? What about innately slouching forward while the player is idle? Also, why does beasthood increase only when used with the claws? It should be a constant benefit (or disadvantage) having the beasthood meter rise while doing damage, with any weapon. I think there should've been an additional effect once the beasthood meters fills up completely, maybe some strong, red glowing eyes? A more noticable, more convincing aura around the character? I don't know. The character looks cool, don't get me wrong, but it could've been so much better.

      • ghastly beast and cleric beast16 Aug 2016 19:20  

        personally when i look at the ghastly beast, it makes me think of a younger Cleric Beast. it is almost as if u r a premature Cleric beast.

        • Backstabs and Parries05 Jul 2016 14:55  

          If no one has noticed yet, you can backstab enemies by using the jump attack on their back. Has anyone found if there's a new way to parry with beast's embrace yet?

          • What does the roar do?05 Jul 2016 14:55  

            How does the L2 roar work? I've tried using it like Beast Roar at the end of a R1 combo, but it doesn't seem to do anything. Does it just block projectiles?

            • Beastmode05 Jul 2016 14:55  

              When i got this rune and used it a bit with the Beast Claws I realized thaz it gives the Claws a permanent beathood meter in both forms transformed and untranformed. <br/>Maybe someone can add that

              • Additional effects?05 Jul 2016 14:55  

                Is there any effects other than changing one's appearance and the beast claws moveset? <br/>Like an increase of taking damage to fire? <br/>I've also noticed my dodges on a certain boss in my playthrough have been more on point with this rune on as opposed to without it. Could there be more i-frames or it could just be all in my head from a placebo effect of transforming into a beast finally. :) <br/> <br/>Sorry for the double post thought the reply was the discussion box...

                • Transformatin appearance05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                  the long ive used this i started to realize it kinda makes your character look like a small cleric beast crossed with a small abhorrent beast

                  • Covenant05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                    there's no proof there's any 'covenant' called 'The Blood Beast'. Until someone posts an image source, or verifiable source can we avoid making up covenant names and confusing players? It's bad form to post to a wiki without factual information. Maybe the Future Press guide will explain it better, but please no more guessing.

                    • vs beast damage, fire damage05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                      Is there any video evidence of the "vs Beast" damage modifier doing anything to someone wearing this rune? I saw one video by a forum user that showed using "vs beast damage down" bloodgems didn't affect it at all. Stat pages also don't point to a change in fire resist.

                      • L2 is NOT an improved roar. It sucks05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                        Seriously. It takes longer to actually go off and when it does, it just staggers them a little. Like if they were hit by a simple r1 swipe. The reason the item beast roar is so good is that it actually knocks them down so you can regain your stamina. All it does is take away our good old L@ that was so great at building the meter up... bleh.

                        • Player receives beasthood meter?05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                          I was hoping this would make a beasthood build that wasn't dependent on constantly choking down blood pellets, but no matter what I try I still don't have a beasthood meter with anything other than the beast claw (which has it already.) Seems like a bit of a waste...

                          • Damage05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                            You take wayy more damage, tested it out with my friends new character that is lvl 50 and almost killed me in 3 or 4 hits ad my character is at lvl 253 then we tried it without and she could barely make a dent in my health. The same also goes for enemies they do a hell of a lot more damage too.

                            • Does this Caryll Rune affect the ending cinematic?05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                              For the final cutscene, I know it will show whatever helmet you have equipped but does it show the effect of the Beast's Embrace?

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