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Blood-starved Beast

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General Info
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3470 6600 Old Yharnam Pthumeru Chalice
4536 3565 Hintertomb Chalice Lower Hintertomb Chalice
27258 46514 Ailing Loran Chalice Ailing Loran Root Chalice
Defenses
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108 108 108 --
blood_DEF.jpg arcane_DEF.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_DEF.jpg
108 160 55 160
slow_poison_RES.jpg rapid_poison_RES.jpg VS_beasts.jpg VS_kin.jpg
999 180 Yes No



Blood-Starved Beast, also known as the Thirsty Beast, is an optional boss in Bloodborne. This malformed beast has had all of the skin peeled off its back, making for a truly gruesome sight. Capable of extremely quick and agile attacks, this erratic and unpredictable enemy is a truly formidable foe, whether you choose to face it alone or with other Hunters at your side.    

Blood-starved Beast Information

 

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Combat Information

  • Weak to Fire Damage.
  • Strong against Arcane and Bolt damage.
  • For the fight make sure you have several Antidotes on your quick slot. (If you're out of antidotes, there are 3 in the back of the altar in the boss room )
  • In all three stages, the Blood-starved Beast can be parried.
  • Blood-starved Beast is classified as a beast so anything that increases damage vs. Beasts will increase damage against it.
  • All of the Blood-starved Beast's attacks are focused in front of her and she has no side attacks. Staying to her side/behind will always produce an opening.
  • In its second and third phase, the Blood-starved Beast tends to attack in a succession of 5 or 6 swipes. These swipes have bad tracking and the boss will continue attacking in the general direction even if the hunter dodges behind it. Take advantage of this and retaliate while it whiffs.
  • The Blood-starved Beast is susceptible to Pungent Blood Cocktail, which will distract it for a short time, leaving it open to attacks.
  • Using the Black Church Set is a good idea as it has a good deal of Slow Poison RES.
  • The Yharnam Hunter Set and Gascoigne's Set both provide high Slow Poison RES and are available before the Blood Starved Beast.


The Blood-starved Beast has three phases that is signified when it stops and roars:

  1. Phase I: 100% hp - The boss is slow-moving and has very limited attack combos.
  2. Phase II: 66% hp - In addition to normal move set, it gains a couple attack combos and will now dodge away after each of its attacks, allowing one or two attacks before it moves. Its hits now build up Slow Poison.
  3. Phase III: 33% hp - In addition to the previous move set, it gains a couple of attack combos and becomes more aggressive with its attacks. Slow Poison liquid now spouts from the beast's body during its attacks.



Strategies & Attacks

 


Strategy 1 (Flamesprayer)

An easy way beat the beast (I've done it with only one Antidote and ~4-5 Blood Vials, level doesn't matter for this method). The requirement for this method is to have a Flamesprayer, which you can acquire from Gilbert after entering the citadel. You will also need 16 Blood Stone Shards (if possible) to upgrade it to +3, increasing the efficiency greatly.

The Blood-starved Beast is very weak to fire in all three stages. Use the Flamesprayer whenever he's in range (you can experiment with the ranges before going to him) to ramp up the multiplier. Whenever you see that he wants to move on to the next stage, rush him and keep spraying. He is immobile in that time which allows you to build up a multiplier (see Flamesprayer page for details). As a result the beast is taking tons of damage, and your job is to simply dodge the three attacks he can do when taking tons of damage (the claw rush, the grab and the claw attack), which are his main 3 attacks anyway. What's more important is that using the sprayer does not consume stamina, and does not force you to be immobile, meaning dodging his fast attacks is less of a problem.

Overall this method is very safe compared to the parry method (which simply involves parrying all of his attacks) and is relatively low on resource use. If you run out of bullets, you can press up on the d-pad to get 5 more (at the price of a bit of health).


Strategy 2 (Alfred Decoy)

Make sure you have some insight so you can summon Alfred. He will aggro the beast most of the time, giving you a chance to stay at the back and try and use charge up attacks. Alfred uses the Kirkhammer and hits very hard, however, his aggression can get him killed so you can't let him tank the beast on his own. He will hold the attention of the beast quite well allowing you to get behind and score some charged up R2 attacks. Time it right and you can even score a Visceral Attack on the beast. Get the beast's attention on you throughout the fight to allow Alfred to heal himself up.


Strategy 3 (Dodge to the left)

If you are playing solo I would highly recommend doing this method. As all of his attacks attack either forward or on HIS left side slightly it is recommended to dodge all of his attacks by rolling/sidestepping to the left (his right) for all of his attacks and if possible getting of a couple of free hits after he attacks. This method will work through all 3 stages of the fight but in his 3rd stage it is recommended to play more cautiously because of the slow poison build up.

Strategy 4 (Parry And Visceral Attack)

The Blood Starved Beast is extremely vulnerable to parrying. Shooting him when he raises up his claw during singular swipe, or before the last slash if its rapid slashes will immediately stagger him, leaving him to be riposted by visceral attacks continuously, it barely takes roughly 6-7 Visceral attacks to defeat this beast effortlessly.


Strategy 5 (Ailing Loran Chalice)

This fight can be quite a challenge so I will cover several methods and do remember it is not like the first encounter, for starters he has a lot more health, I went in with a 10+ Ludwig's Holy blade and was only doing around 500 damage in greatsword mode and in the grand scheme of things that is very little damage. One of ways you can beat him while parrying however I suggest things like the Formless Odeon rune which increases maximum bullets along with Odeon Writhe which restores bullets with each visceral attack. In this method you are going to want to be very precise and you should also use the blood bullets. Melee Method- For this you will need some sort of buff Fire paper works best but i used arcane, you will also need a high damage weapon that has long reach or quick slashes. You will need to learn his attacks so you can dodge them effectively (Use chart above) but during his final stage try some parries because they have the potential to do some really good damage.


Strategy 6 (Hintertomb Chalice)

As we all know, the Blood-Starved Beast tends to be a troublesome and tense, yet annoying boss.
However, due to the round arena, the fight can get pretty trivial.
Equip the following:
Treaded Cane +9, 10 Molotov Cocktails and 10 Firepapers.
At the beginning of the fight, lock on onto the Beast and circle the room, facing the creature. It shouldn't attack you.
First of, you throw your 10 Molotov Cocktails at it, all while keeping distance.
After you spend your Cocktails, switch to the second weapon mode of the Treaded Cane, don't forget to imbue it with fire.
Now its just up to you and your reflexes. Try to work with the corners of the room, it may get stuck in there for a few seconds, which can lead to some good hits. Just remember: The more its health depletes, the more aggressive and faster it gets!
Attack Name Attack Description & Counter
Claw Swipe Swipes hand across body. Be wary of charging in after the first swipe, as additional attacks may follow if the player remains close. Can be parried.
Lunging Swipe Lunges forward while swiping claws. Be wary of its' speed and the distance it covers. Avoid this attack by dodging to the side. Can't be parried.
Lunging Grab The beast lunges at and grabs the player before biting them. Inflicts Slow Poison. Before executing this attack, the Blood-Starved Beast will momentarily pause. When this happens, prepare to dodge.
Rapid Slashes Extended string of rapid slashing attacks. Each successive slash carries the creature forward. Avoid this attack by dodging to the side. Can be parried.
Poison Explosion After rearing back a cloud of poison shoots out of the beasts' body. A high damage attack with a moderate area of effect. May inflict Slow Poison. Although a risky proposition, opportunistic hunters can get in some free hits while the creature prepares for this attack.



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Notes & Trivia

  • In the church after Djura in Old Yharnam, there is a crucified Blood-Starved Beast hanging in the center of the room.
  • The Beast Patients beneath this corpse have formed a circle around her and they are chanting.
  • On the altar several gold embossments depict The Moon Presence. It is of course concealed and you'll have to look closely.
  • The limbs of Blood-starved Beast very much resemble the tails of The Moon Presence.
  • When she perform her "poison explosion" she can mimic the form of Manus' horns with her flaps.
  • In the encounter in Old Yharnam, it is possible for the Blood-Starved Beast to become stuck in the wall above the alcove behind the altar. If hit with a high-reaching weapon (tested with the Hunter Axe), the Beast can be defeated by effectively forcing it underneath the world.

 




    • 08 Apr 2017 14:52  

      Here's a good strategy keep hitting this guy until you see home move his hand to attack keep doing that and he's super easy oh and once he reaches his final form just hit him and when the poison bar fills half way just back off

      • 22 Mar 2017 06:19  

        It's worth noting that one cannot access any Loran chalices without defeating this thing as well, seeing as the only place one can get Ritual Blood 4 is in the Lower Hintertomb or Lower Pthumeru chalices.

        • 22 Mar 2017 05:53  

          So, thinking about it, I think I have a theory about what these things are. These beasts, like most beasts in Bloodborne, were once people, and, like many people in Bloodborne, they imbibed the old blood. They became addicted to the blood and consumed copious quantities of the stuff, eventually transforming into a beast. A relatively large beast, all things considered. However, their thirst for blood was not sated, and so they began to feed on their fellow beasts, drinking their blood with their huge fangs. Eventually, when they ran out of their fellow beasts, they gradually starved, until in desperation they clawed open their own bodies to drink their own blood. This perversion of blood ministration corrupted their blood, turning it an ashen color, and making it poisonous to all creatures besides itself.

          • 08 Jan 2017 08:22  

            Eion87 is my psn name... 4 attempts on NG+ blood starved beast with 2 coops helping me and just can't beat him. farthest i got down to was 1/3 his HP.. :/

            • Optional Boss17 Sep 2016 11:35  

              I think you need to update your info to say that she is a Must-fight Boss, because you can't get to Grand cathedral without killing Blood-starved beast. All the gates are closed and there is no switch to open them.

              • Cheesing the Boss05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                I recently was playing with my friend and we tackled this boss together, I was the one summoned and was sent back to my world. So I decided to stock up on antidote for the battle in my own world, I used a bold hunter mark to quickly get back to the Old Yarnham lamp. Now here is the strange part: Instead I spawned right behind the Blood Starved beast where the lamp appears after the fight. Scared beyond all belief I stood there behind it for a good minute, it didn't move. So I tested the waters and walked in front of it; still didn't move, and I hit it. Lo and behold the thing didn't agro and I completely cheesed the boss. Got the echoes, Chalice and lamp. Just a fun story and I hope they patch it soon.

                • A bit too easy once you figure it out05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                  Granted, it did take a few tries first time around, but once you figure out that all you have to do is dodge left, this boss is incredibly easy due to how overly telegraphed its move-set is. Same goes for when you meet it in Hintertomb Chalice 3rd Layer too.

                  • Summon NPC05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                    Alfred can be summoned to help fight the Blood-Starved Beast. The "summon sign" is at the right end of the path leading down to the Church of the Good Chalice from Old Yarhnam, before the area full of flaming bodies. Alfred is a strong NPC which will provide some great help during the fight or at least will be a good decoy. Just don't let Alfred take too many hits from the Blood-Starved Beast in order for him to heal and survive the whole fight. With some decent leveling, Antidotes, Pungent Blood Cocktails and Alfred, this fight may become easier than it looks.

                    • Stopping his final Form05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                      So I was summoned into co-op to fight this boss. Just before the beast tried to reach it's final form during the scream my co-op partner shots him and a make a fully charged dual wield hunter axe attack. The Beast doesn't transform but stays in form 2. Not sure if it was just bugged or the guy knew what he was doing, but haven't been able to replicate it and came here looking to see if someone else has managed doing this.

                      • Easy way to beat boss.05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                        This boss is really easy if you take a blunderbuss to the fight. Every time he swipes with his right hand stagger him with the gun and just keep attacking him he can't do anything about it. <br/>Hope this helps.

                        • HowTo Dodge Him05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                          Just dodge forward + left towards his right side, his attacks will go over your head most of the time. And just dodge away from AOE's. Thats how i fought him and got no problems.

                          • I killed him on 2nd try05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                            To beat him I summoned the NPC for distraction and, as quickly as possible, I just fire bombed the hell out of him using molotov's, flamesprayer and firepaper while the NPC held his attention. I didn't have Urn Oil but if I had I can't imagine this beast taking more than a minute or so to take down. I did forget about being poisoned and died immediately after so don't forget about using your antidote.

                            • Easy boss until...05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                              That ***** grab. That's the only way he is ever able to kill me. No wind up, huge hitbox, guaranteed poison. It's basically a 1 shot that's next to impossible to see coming. Alfred seems to be able to survive it though.

                              • BSB right handed swipe05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                                So for anyone wondering, when BSB does the swipe with his right hand if are standing very close to him it will almost always go over your head. So I found that face *****ing BSB was the eaisiest way to beat him.

                                • HALP05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                                  How do I fight him? I see him dangling from the chandelier, just chilling. I walk under him and start swinging my axe at his feet and it doesn't do anything

                                  • Suggestion fo chalice dungeon05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                                    I was at the point to throw everything out of the window, fortunately I have noticed that it gets stuck in the door if you place yourself in front of it(door-beast-player, basically a sandwich), it doesn't attack since it tries to move away and you can beat the humanity out of it

                                    • So easy it hurts...05 Jul 2016 08:42  

                                      1. Run up to BSB. <br/>2. Dodge forward-right to avoid the attack. <br/>3. Strike twice. <br/>4. Repeat. <br/> <br/>Result: Perfect victory, only healing hp from the poison at the end because I couldn't be bothered to use an antidote.

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