Blood-Starved Beast

General Info
hp.jpg blood_echoes.jpg Location Drops
3470 6600 Old Yharnam Pthumeru Chalice
4536 3565 Hintertomb Chalice Lower Hintertomb Chalice
27258 46514 Ailing Loran Chalice Ailing Loran Root Chalice
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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 (血に渇いた獣 Chi ni kawaita kemono lit. "Blood-thirsty 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






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 3.1 (Dodge to the left)

As mentioned in the above strat, dodging to the left works great on this boss. To add to it, for the entire first stage you can hug it's leg (your left) and keep swinging without needing to dodge. The slow claw swipe will miss every time. You only need to dodge (I recommend quickstep vs rolling) when he rears up for the big combo. This will still mostly work for the later stages, but you will have to dodge more often. You can however get a few quick hits during or after pretty much every combo it does.

If you are on an Arcane build remember you can parry with the Augur of Ebrietas for some nice damage. I found that I actually did more damage if you follow the parry with two attacks from Ludwig's Ultra Greatsword form rather than doing a viceral.

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.



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.
  • Lore theories exist under Blood-Starved Beast & Old Yharnam Lore.


    • Anonymous

      12 Dec 2017 19:05  

      So the ashen blood sickness was said to have "triggered" the beast plague, but I realized that doesn't necessarily mean the ashen blood IS the plague. In fact, it's apparent that the plague isn't the result of a bloodborne pathogen, but rather the form of a beast is a result of fear.

      Think of it this way: the Healing Church was obsessed with perfecting their blood, but an outbreak of plague in Old Yharnam threatened their endeavor, and thus they deployed the hunters (likely led by Ludwig and/or Gehrman) to slaughter the infected. The hunters viewed the infected as poisonous beasts, and through this dehumanization, they found it easier to stomach slaughtering the innocent civilians. However, unbeknownst to the hunters, the Healing Church sealed the bridge to the Cathedral Ward, dooming the hunters to infection.

      Simultaneously, hunters like Ludwig who became obsessed with the hunt were also perceived as beasts, considering how uncontrollable and violent they had become. Eventually, hunters lose sight of themselves and overflow with the thirst for blood, attacking anyone and anything. This deluge of beasts drove the more sane hunters to set Old Yharnam alight, though this desperation could never erase the flood of horror that drowned the city, and thus the beasts of Old Yharnam, or at least their memory, survive to this day.

      I feel like the blood-starved beast represents both of these fears: for one, it's quite clearly infected with this "ashen blood," and the title "blood-starved" seems to hint that this beast is brimming with bloodlust. I'd even wager this beast could be one of the hunters sent to cleanse the ashen sickness, now infected and desperate for blood. Furthermore, the fact that it guards one of the chalices might hint that this creature was connected to the Healing Church in some way, prior to its "transformation." It could also have been a minister of sorts, with the Church of the Good Chalice acting as a center of communion for the citizens of Old Yharnam, until the ashen blood took the city by storm.

      • Anonymous

        27 Sep 2017 19:07  

        I try not to read these descriptions before I face any boss because it's my first play through. The one thing I'm liking about this game is that the strategies are pretty close to what I'm trying to do, but I just got to "get good". It really doesn't take away from the fight, I just got to be stubborn and keep trying. Great game.

        • Anonymous

          25 Jul 2017 22:03  

          he has a 4th stage at like 10 percent health i dunno how i got it but i was trying to cure poison and he screamed like he was changing stages then started fuqing lunging at me i killed him before he could use this stage to much but i don't see anything about this on any wiki

          • Anonymous

            12 May 2017 15:29  

            If you see ger doing the single claw swipe, dodge to the left and immediately start up a charge attack to her back. With the Threaded Cane, I knocked her to the ground every time. I'm not sure if you can do it with other weapons though.

            • Anonymous

              08 Apr 2017 20:52  

              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

              • Anonymous

                22 Mar 2017 11:19  

                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.

                • Anonymous

                  22 Mar 2017 10:53  

                  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.

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Jan 2017 14:22  

                    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.. :/

                    • Anonymous

                      Optional Boss17 Sep 2016 17:35  

                      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.

                      • Anonymous

                        Cheesing the Boss05 Jul 2016 14:42  

                        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.

                        • Anonymous

                          djura and blood starved beast05 Jul 2016 14:42  

                          Is there a way to get to blood starved beast without aggroing djura? I dont want to miss that gesture:)

                          • Anonymous

                            A bit too easy once you figure it out05 Jul 2016 14:42  

                            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.

                            • Anonymous

                              Summon NPC05 Jul 2016 14:42  

                              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.

                              • Anonymous

                                Stopping his final Form05 Jul 2016 14:42  

                                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.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Easy way to beat boss.05 Jul 2016 14:42  

                                  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. Hope this helps.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    HowTo Dodge Him05 Jul 2016 14:42  

                                    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.

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