The Bloody Crow of Cainhurst is an enemy hunter in Bloodborne, and is the last enemy to be faced as part of Eileen the Crow's questline. maxresdefault.jpg


The Bloody Crow of Cainhurst is a hunter who has presumably gone mad with bloodlust, and as a result became a target of Eileen the Crow. However, in her old age, she proved to be no match for him in combat, as the player finds her in a pool of her own blood, barely alive on the steps leading up to the entrance of the Grand Cathedral.

He is outfitted with the Cainhurst set with the exception of his chest piece, which is the Crowfeather garb. His weapons are the Chikage and the repeating pistol.


Once the player has defeated Rom, this character can be found at the Grand Cathedral if you helped Eileen defeat Henryk earlier at the Tomb of Oedon, and she survived.

    • Can this NPC be an ally?: No
    • Can this NPC be an enemy?: Yes





Standard Strategy

This battle is very difficult to take on solo, as he is capable of dealing massive damage up close, as well as from distance, and has quite a substantial pool of health (~4160, needs confirmation). He makes frequent use of the Hunter's Bone, and will also begin throwing Numbing Mist at you in the later stages of the battle. He is also able to heal by using a blood vial, which he will usually do when he drops between 30%-50% health.

He begins the battle one-handing the Chikage, and will switch between this and the transformed Chikage, which deals poison damage to him as long as he has it in trick mode. It appears as though he avoids transforming and taking poison damage after he has used his blood vial and his health drops around the 30% mark (needs confirmation).

As long as he has the repeating pistol out, you must be ready to dodge because it deals tons of damage. He tends to fire following a quickstep, so it is a good idea to quickstep yourself immediately after you see him quickstep just in case he follows it up with a shot. Also, attempting to stunlock him can prompt him to fire in retaliation if he is able to get a shot off between your attacks, which will likely parry you. In one of the few examples of its usefulness, the Wooden Shield may be used to mitigate much of the damage he can do if he connects with his pistol, but well timed/directed dodges should be enough, and putting on armor with high Blood defence (eg. White Church set) before this battle is worth consideration.

He will come at you with a variety of moves in the Chikage moveset, switching between two-handed and one handed forms, and using the Hunter's Bone to quickly close the distance on you, so you must remain equally mobile. Every now and then he will wind up with a heavy attack, sometimes fully charged, sometimes not, but baiting out these attacks will allow you to either attempt to parry, or swoop in for a quick strike or two. However, he will punish you for getting greedy with trying to stunlock him, or attempting to jump attack from distance, as he will quickly deliver strikes with his Chikage if you run out of stamina, or are left vulnerable following the jump attack.

Due to the hazard he poses at close range, employing weapons with a decent amount of reach such as the Transformed Hunters Axe or Threaded Cane can provide an extra layer of safety as you can land hits from distance and slowly whittle him down. Poison knives, if timed right, can also deal damage for you if you are able to connect with three of them.

Although a straight-on fight with him is possible, you can give yourself an advantage by luring him into the stairwell. This limits his angle of attack to directly in front of you if you maintain medium range, and also allows you to quickly dart out of the Cathedral to heal up from safety, or even swap out weapons/equipment if you need to.
One particular method involves exploiting his approach patterns with well timed charged R2 attacks of long-reach weapons, such as the transformed Hunter's Axe, or Ludwig's Holy Blade. Based on whether he is running, or walking towards you, charge up your attack so that he basically walks right into it as he prepares to attack you. However, this obviously will leave you open for punishment if mistimed. In addition, he may dash through the attack if the Hunter's Bone is active, and as a result, the Hunter's Axe double spin gives you an added layer of security, since the second spin will connect if he dashes through the first.

Whatever strategy you choose to employ, you will want to be well stocked on vials, and be patient no matter how low his health is, because one moment of recklessness can mean your death due to the insane amount of damage he can dish out.

Ranged Strategy

Alternatively, you can cheese him by using a combination of Poison Knife and Numbing Mist, as he can be poisoned with three knives. You may also blast him with Cannon if you have 4 Bone Marrow Ashes and having all three Formless Oedon Runes equiped. For Arcane users, either Tiny Tonitrus or Executioner's Glove would serve the same purpose. This is especially useful as he gets low on health and stops tricking the Chikage, and Tiny Tonitrus can effectively be used up to 29 times with all the Formless Oedons equipped thanks to blood bullets.

If none of the previous strategies of cheesing this jerk to death appeal to you, you can try a stunlock strategy centered around Beast Roar. Equip Beast Roar and a fast-attacking weapon such as the untransformed cane or one of the silver swords. This will only work if you lure him into a corner. The best place to do this is right near the doors to the cathedral: The half-opened door and the wall form a little triangular funnel that is perfect for keeping him in place. Induce him to follow you as far down the stairs as you can before he starts moonwalking back up. He probably won't move all the way to the doors so once he is as close as you can get him, run around behind him so you're facing the doors and use Beast Roar to knock him back and down. Ideally, you'll be able to use a couple Beast Roars to push him into the three-sided corner formed by the wall and one of the cathedral doors. Once he's stuck in that corner, get in close and hit him with quick-striking light attacks over and over until your stamina is nearly depleted. Then, use Beast Roar to knock him down. Make sure the movement caused by your attacks don't put you behind him or to the side, or the Beast Roar will knock him free from the corner of death. If you position yourself right, you can get off at least 4-5 attacks depending on your stamina, Roar him to the ground (he won't have anywhere to be blown backwards to, so you can keep attacking him as he stands up) and repeat until he's dead. To make sure you have enough bullets to keep this strategy up until he's dead, bring the Formless Oedon rune.
Beast Roar can also be used to push him out of the Cathedral doors. The player can then stand in the entrance, blocking his path as he attempts to move back inside. At this point he is completely vulnerable to attacks and will not fight back or heal. If he gets back inside, chances are you won't have enough bullets left to repeat this strategy so care should be taken to keep him outside.

Patience Strategy

Even though you can kill this overpowered NPC character with ranged attacks you can also, if you are willing, kill him by taking your time. The newest patch prevents you from cheesing him by abusing his Chikage poison damage so you need to choose other options, unless you are overleveled. This strategy consists of keeping away from the NPC, attacking sparingly and letting the NPC whittle away his HP each time he uses the Chikage transformation. Quickstep is important, keep strafing and be careful of his gunshots. The NPC will use his Chikage transformation from time to time and whittle away his HP. Parry him when you can and use a visceral attack to punish him. Do not get greedy and try to hurt him since he will more than likely parry you and one shot you with a visceral attack.

Take care to avoid his Numbing Mist when he starts using them because you will need to, inevitably, heal. He will, as said before in the page, use a Blood Vial once, but do not despair. Tolerate this and keep using this strategy. As said before, quickstep and strafe, quickstep when he does or you will most likely get shot and take tremendous amounts of damage. The Chikage poison damage will do the work for you. Attack from time to time. There is no need to take the fight to the Boss when he will do the work for you. It should not be said but Blood Vials are a must here. To use this strategy strafe around the room, take your time, let the Boss hurt himself and do not get impatient or he will punish you. Try to bait the Boss to use the transformation, this is the trick to the strategy.
Patience Strategy Addendum
It's possible to cheese him in an alternative way. First, draw him out to the cathedral entrance. Due to his program he will continue to walk towards you despite the fact that he can't cross the threshold of the Cathedral entrance. Now, look to either side of the entrance at the statues of the Amygdala and notice the line of stones that extend from right in fron of the statues. Using a long weapon (rifle spear for my playthrough) it is possible to R2 attack him from safety without him being able to hit or shoot you, provided you backstep away after each attack and maintain his view so that his gunshot would hit the wall in front of him. You will be unable to lock on, so a trial-and-error of hitting him is required. It is also possible to get him stuck in the hinges of the doors or on the statues in the stairway inside the cathedral, but he is unlikely to maintain this stuck position for very long.
The room is enormous. Use this. Strafe and quickstep. Keep away from the Boss. The poison damage will eventually kill him or give you the opportunity to kill him yourself. This will take time so do not expect to kill him quickly.


Simon's bowblade strategy

Another simple strategy requires the use of Simon's bowblade. If the player has acquired the bow by the time the fight occurs, an easy cheese strategy can be achieved. Simply kite him towards the cathedral steps and go far enough down that he has to retreat back to the inner parts of the cathedral. While retreating up the steps, shoot at him with the bow.

Doorjamb Aggro

If you can draw the Hunter down the stairs and through the main doors, he will still attack up until the absolute edge of the Cathedral building. But physically cannot step out. By moving just to the left of the door, he can become "wedged" in the small triangle of space between the door and the edge of the foundation. Using a weapon such as the Threaded Cane, you can safely continue to hit him and draw his attention, while keeping the thick door of the Cathedral and the Pillar on it's left between the two of you. If he retreats inside, fire a bullet, or strike with the Cane to clip him through the door and cause him to charge again. This strategy is incredibly cheap, but nearly 100% safe once you reach the door, you can stay to the left, and continue an almost constant barrage of attacks, while being shielded from his counters and bullets.

Most non-invasive way of cheesing him

(note: this method takes 10-15 min and decent timing is required but I assure you this is one of the more tactical ways of fighting him)
1. 10 molotovs (to use near end of fight)
2. 10 oil urns (to use near end of fight)
3. 10 throwing knives (to use near end of fight)
4. 20 blood vials
5. note in phase 2 (depending how accurate your attacks are but bring extra items (not pebbles) like pistol ammo (20 bullets) and a pistol/gun with decent damage to finish him at a range.)
know that you should not engage him using this method will also make it less likely he will use pistol attacks

How to fight him:
Phase 1
1st. Begin by entering by entering the cathedral then walk up to him then back away and be ready to dash back. When you hit the stairs after backing up he usually starts using the hunters bone (to evade his quick lunges when he has hunters bone active keep in his aggro (notice range) range but at a distance).
2nd. keep moving towards him then going back and forward up and down the stairs (if necessary outside the cathedral and then continue step) with him coming towards you and you stepping back when he tries to move forward. (note he has unlimited use of the hunters bone and roughly over 3000 health) your goal is to get close enough to make him switch his blade to extension mode (this mode causes him to lose health but gain damage) once he does keep on your toes by moving back as often and as quick as possible.
3rd. when he get to 1/3 or 1/2 of his health he will use blood vile once to heal then preceded with the same method till he gets back to 1/3 then precede to next phase. on the off but extremely rare chance he uses a second blood vile repeat this step and use caution.
This phase should take approximately 10 minutes.
Phase 2
When he is at 1/3 he goes into a unusual protection mode so he wont be using his sword extension mode anymore. At this point use the knives to damage him then use the Molotov`s. This should assuming you hit him with 2/3`s of all the per-requisite items kill him. otherwise if you missed some hits use the rest then your pistol and if absolutely necessary your main weapon to deal final or final 2 attacks to finish him.
Assuming you did this correctly you wouldn't have to actually engage him and the only damage you might take is his pistol shots (they're pretty damaging).
(note: depending how accurate your attacks are but bring extra items (not pebbles) like pistol ammo and a pistol/gun with decent damage to finish him. )


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Other Notes:

  1. If you kill Rom before helping Eileen defeat Henryk, you will not be able to have this encounter. Instead, Eileen will turn against you at the Cathedral.
  2. It was once possible to cheese him by exploiting a pathfinding glitch which caused him to get stuck behind the cathedral doors, leaving him vulnerable to attacks "through" the door with weapons like the transformed Threaded Cane. This was patched out as of version 1.04 however, so more legitimate approaches are necessary.
  3. He can still be cheesed after 1.04 with a bit of luck. If he tricks Chikage and the player sprints out of the Cathedral, he will sometimes lose interest and forget to transform Chikage back, resulting in his eventual death thanks to the Chikage's self-damage.
  4. Pathfinding isn't fixed as of 29/11-2015, managed to get him stuck on one of the side ledges going down the staircase towards the doors, his AI wasn't capable of walking him back off, so he ended just standing there staring.
  5. Since he wears the crowfeather garb, it is possible that he either was a Hunter of Hunters and joined the Vilebloods, or killed one and took their garb. Regardless, he is hostile to all, so runes do not make a difference.


    • 25 Apr 2017 23:15  

      New cheese strat for anyone who's having trouble with this guy. Bring 20blood vials and 9 poison throwing knives. Bait him into using chikage trick form until he blood vials then get him to follow you near the exit. When he breaks Agro and starts moonwalking up the steps he will not dodge. 3 poison knives to proc slow poison. Repeat until dead. Happy Hunting.

      • 03 Apr 2017 13:17  

        I'm not a high Blood or Arcane build, but the method I used was a transformed beast cutter, leading him down the stairs and when he starts to back up, I hit him once. Rinse, repeat. He didn't use his pistol that much, and used the transformed Chikage quite a bit. Hope this helps!

        • 20 Mar 2017 14:46  

          If you have the Beast Embrace Rune and the Claws you can do the jumping attack and kill him really easily. He doesn't even try to dodge it. Just watch your stamina so you can dodge after the initial attack as he always tries to swipe you with his Chikage or a his gun shots. Overall this is a really efficient and easy way to beat him

          • 13 Mar 2017 08:27  

            I'm extremely surprised that no one mentioned the Lead Elixir. Just equip it and bait him into a corner, then Beast Roar him to buy you some time to drink it.
            Since he's stuck in that corner and you are basically a walking wall, put that motherfcker down. Be sure to roar when out of stamina in case he roll out.

            • 01 Mar 2017 19:16  

              I'm sorry to say this but alot of these strategies are kind of tedious imo. I thought people would do this already but I picked up the game again and when I beat him I wondered if the strategy I used was listed here. Turns out it isn't lol. But this is the easiest method to me. First, you aggro him. As soon as you do, take your lock off and keep an eye on him and start to walk/ sprint away. This will trigger him to start sprinting as well. When this npc sprints, he is guaranteed to do the running r2 of the chikage(I forgot to mention, do this strat when he's one handing the sword) the running r2 of the one handed chikage is the same as the usual one handed r1s from other katanas in the souls series. Interrupt the attack with your gun and visceral him. With this method all you have to worry about are his bullets, dodge those and you should be fine. And just repeat until he's dead.

              • 24 Feb 2017 04:19  

                I've found that he (along with most NPC hunters) has no idea how to deal with the combined reach and stagger of the Kos Parasite. While it isn't foolproof due to the parasite's slow attack speed, he will often exit the stagger with a swing from his Chikage, which will fall short due to the parasite's long reach.

                • 22 Jan 2017 07:46  

                  Drawing him to the end of the staircase is really effective! I used a long-ranged melee and baited him to the near end ( which he replies mostly with running charge attacks which draws him nearer to the end of the staircase and speeding up the process), quick stepped behind him and he basically just reacted like a hostile npc out of their normal aggro range: keep trying to run back like an idiot :D ( free hits ez kill)

                  • 19 Jan 2017 03:50  

                    just something i didnt see on the page which i use,use some blue elixir after you get to the top of the stairs to go invisible, the walk along the left side almost hugging the wall so you dont trigger his attack (as enemies can still notice you if you get too close even when sing the elixir i think) and make sure to WALK and not to run as running while using the elixir cancels out the effect aswell. once you're behind him , sneak up to him and get a backstab in for a nice amount of early damage.

                    • 22 Dec 2016 04:20  

                      I can never get this fight. I find Eileen bloody and dieing on the stairs, I get her reward and dialogue. But he's never present in 4 playthroughs. What am I doing wrong, I've tried a few times now

                      • 10 Dec 2016 18:39  

                        would recommend beast roar for the fight it knocks him flat on his ass and can give you the opening you need to finish him off or heal. the beast hunter's saif worked quite well for bashing him when he was getting up just be warned he does like to try retaliating after doing so so escape to a safe distance ASAP or you will die, no ifs ands or buts about it

                        • 08 Dec 2016 23:53  

                          1st play through @ 25 vitality/25 endurance/30 skill using the +5 threaded cane. The strategy I found worked best, like many, is drawing him to the stairs. He tends to not use his firearm as often on the stairs and will deal damage to himself by frequently by tricking his weapon. It's really a patience game, two swipes of his blade in the tricked out mode and then I'd dash in R2 with the whip and back out. Rinse and repeat. If you have numbing myst, save it until his health hits 25%: that's when he'll tend to pop a blood vial. I had an abundance of poison daggers, so I'd throw three once he got to around 25% health to start slow poison and kept the same strategy as above... run in R2, run away.

                          • 05 Dec 2016 20:02  

                            Augur of Ebrietas is fantastic against him - spamming it whenever he made a move to attack with his sword, he can be knocked down for most of the fight, even if you don't land a parry with it.

                            • 11 Nov 2016 16:35  

                              Not as bad as I thought it would be. Yeah, he does massive damage, but a decently upgraded Ludwig's Holy Sword in greatsword mode can chew through most NPC hunters without a hitch. Just let them whiff, smack him two or three times (with the guaranteed stagger you should always get a least two hits in), backdash out, regain stamina, repeat. The Holy Sword substantially out-ranges the Chikage, so you can safely hit him outside of his reach. But don't get greedy, and definitely keep an eye on his left hand; if he raises it to shoot, dodge immediately, because those guns do bonkers damage.

                              Poison knives also work extremely well; three should get him poisoned, and combined with his own bleed-out from the Chikage transform, you can reliably let him die slowly at a distance and pick away when he gets close.

                              It also helps to fight near the stairs, because if you need to heal, you can use the slope to throw off his gunshots, allowing you to heal safely.

                              • door cheese just worked for me02 Oct 2016 13:28  

                                i was baiting him to the stairs and pulling a bit of hit and run with a transformed kirkhammer and when he got to around 50% health he actually attempted to chase me all the way to the doors and ended up getting stuck behind the left door (looking at the cathedral)

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