Lady Maria

(of the Astral Clocktower)

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General Info
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14,081 39,000 Astral Clocktower Celestial Dial
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147 147 147 --
blood_DEF.jpg arcane_DEF.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_DEF.jpg
147 103 177 103
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999 999 No No

Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower is a Boss in Bloodborne. She was added with The Old Hunters DLC.

"A corpse... should be left well alone." (Lady Maria)


Examining her body:

"A corpse... should be left well alone.
Oh, I know very well. How the secrets beckon so sweetly.
Only an honest death will cure you now.
Liberate you, from your wild curiosity."


Lady Maria General Information

The boss will only be initiated once the corpse is examined. After the cutscene, Lady Maria and the player character will be placed into set positions and the fight will begin.
This fight has three phases:

  • Phase 1:
    • Lady Maria will fight normally with the Rakuyo occasionally switching between transformed and untransformed modes.
    • Can occasionally use a gun when her weapon is untransformed.
  • Phase 2:
    • Lady Maria will stab her chest with the two blades, produce an explosion of blood and coat her weapons in it, similar to the Chikage.
    • All of her previously used attacks will now have greatly extended reach and will gain a bloody effect.
    • In this stage she will also gain several new attacks incorporating blood.
  • Phase 3:
    • Lady Maria will levitate off the ground slowly, seemingly syphoning the blood on her, then producing a fairly large blood explosion.
    • All attacks used in the previous phases now gain a fire property, which traces each attack, producing fire after the attack finishes.
      • The fire is produced slightly further away from the attack, effectively extending the attack's range.
      • It is possible to be hit by both the attack and the fire after it in succession if not dodged properly.
      • Some of her attacks now open up visceral attacks for her.






Strategy & Tips


General Tips

  • Dodge to your left to avoid most of her attacks.
  • It is possible to parry Lady Maria through all her three phases.
  • It is also possible to stagger her through all three phases.
  • Starting from phase 2, Lady Maria will gain an attack that can unconditionally parry, similar to Gehrman's bullet (a single, long charging criss-cross attack)
  • When attempting to parry Lady Maria in phase 3, even if it is successful, it is still possible to be hit by the fire slashes of her attack even though the attack does not complete and the fire effect does not appear on screen. This will damage and stun you, preventing you from getting a visceral in.
  • She can easily be moved to phase 3, even skipping phase 2, with 3-4 visceral attacks.


Weapon Specific Tips

  • A cheese is possible where you knock her down with Augur of Ebrietas, walk up to her, and repeat. You get the chance for a visceral attack if you time it properly.
  • Cheese also possible using the Threaded Cane. Light attacks (untransformed) stunlock her long enough to chain them together, so you can light-attack her until your stamina is drained. Repeat until victory, parries and visceral attacks make successful starting points for these chains of attacks.
  • Executioner Gloves stagger her nicely. Shoot two charges with the gloves, refill with blood bullets and shoot two more charges. You can use the stagger to get some hits in as well.
  • Ludwig's Holy Blade when above a strength threshold will stagger Lady Maria out of her 'armored' (two-handed moves).
  • When using the Chikage, phase 1 during her dual wield can be handled by staggering her normal moves and looking out for her 2h strikes which can be easily parried because they are slow and the only moves that won't be staggered.


Melee w/ Beast Roar

First Phase

  • Get her next to a wall. Roar, 4 to 5 hits depending on your stamina (never let it fully deplete). Roar, 4 to 5 hits, repeat.

Second and Third Phase

  • Hug her left side and try to stay as close to her as possible, quickly close any gap between you and Lady Maria. One or two hits, then dash around to get yourself position behind her again.

Silver Sword R1 Spam + Parry Baiting Strategy

  • This strategy requires pistol and Silver Sword mode of either Kirkhammer or Ludwig's Blade
  • If you R1 spam she either dodges away or stays put and tries to attack back. The silver sword is fast and poise breaking enough so that she can't hit back. Even the heavy two handed charged smash gets canceled if you hit her enough.
  • Spam deals heavy damage to her and works in all 3 phases but the situation has to be perfect or you will get punished. You need to have enough stamina to do it and bail out safely
  • Counter shot baiting is useful when you aren't used to PVP parrying or not familiar with the moveset of Lady Maria
  • To create a parry shot chance you can either start shooting at anytime during your R1 spam or use the R2 thrust attack (charged or not) to lightly stun her and shoot immediately after it once or twice
  • On those occasions she is near you and can either dodge away or try to attack back getting counter shot and punished
  • To do chain of parries you need to do running R1 attack after visceral attack. It gets her lightly stunned again and if you shoot her again there is a high chance you can parry her again especialy in the first phase
  • In the second and third phase it is more about getting a chance to R1 spam and maybe finish the spam with a visceral attack. Running R1 trick or R2 thrust attack can be done more rarely then.


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Notes & Trivia

  • She is voiced by Evetta Muradasilova, the same voice actress who voiced the Plain Doll, and the Maiden in Black in Demon's Souls.
  • Lady Maria could be the inspiration behind the Plain Doll created by Gehrman.
  • Killing her triggers additional dialogue with the Plain Doll, further fueling the connection between the two.
  • It appears that players are unable to summon help for fighting her on their first try, most likely due to her arena being positioned directly after another boss battle.
  • There are many resemblances with the Sir Alonne boss battle (Dark Souls 2). The scenery, the choice of music and the use of katanas.
  • She has a special visceral attack animation, in which she will hug the player character before removing her hand from their chest. What triggers it is currently unknown.
  • When she uses "charge attacks" she emits little blue lights. Such lights can also be detected when you transform church weapons or when you gain Insight.
  • Some of the blue lights turn out to be snowflakes. Such snowflakes where also detected during the meteor shower of The Living Failures.
  • Lady Maria's attire displays a golden salamander
  • Her Rakuyo can be interpreted as mimicking the hands of the Astral Clock. Some of her stances also seem to imitate the hands of a clock.
  • The cover for the DLC (the picture right behind these letters) shows her holding the saber part of her Rakuyo.
  • Through her attire, we find out that she is distantly related to Queen Annalise of the Vilebloods.  Most likely as a result, she was able to use blood based attacks.
  • When examining, it appears that Maria has probably attempted suicide, yet failed, further implicating the "undying" nature of a Vileblood.
  • Intrestingly enough, Lady Maria has tossed away her Rakuyo when she could "stomach it no longer" yet uses it during the boss battle.  You can find her Rakuyo in the well in Fishing Hamlet after you defeat her.


    • 28 Jun 2017 20:10  

      honestly great fight but the only problem is she does like no damage, that and she gives ample time to heal urself for free. i just beat her first try and honestly little disappointed that she wasnt harder. Her move set is cool i love the pace of the fight but seriously she barly scrached me with a full combo. i have 30 vit and and sl 72

      • 15 Jun 2017 01:17  

        If you're having trouble I recommend using your right hand weapon and just beating on her until she begins using blood arts, then use your saved quicksilver bullets to gun parry her to finish her off.

        • 30 May 2017 02:06  

          ONLY reason that alot of bloodborn bosses are hard is hyper armor that they get at random and the ability to punish you straight through some counter attacks. Maria is a prime example of that, where by she will randomly just punch you while you are hitting her regardless of any hitstun you have going. Is one of the reasons i hate hunter boss fights... they simply have things you don't and can do things you cant... its annoying how much hyper armor hunters in the DLC have its like they gain hyper armor for scratching there nose...

          • 19 Feb 2017 20:33  

            Not sure why this says visceral attacks only open for her during Phase 3, I was landing them on her during all three phases, that's how I killed her.

            Or does it mean she can only start parrying you during Phase 3? If so that's also wrong because I remember during one run she was pretty much spamming me with her gun all through Phase 1 and manage to get me once.

            • 20 Jan 2017 07:30  

              I just beat her today because I figured out a way to cheese her (Ludwig's Holy Blade greatsword):

              Fight starts, lure her into an attack; whatever it is, dodge forward right. Hit her twice, then keep walking forward right. Almost every attack of hers will miss from here as her tracking on most attacks does not catch up, allowing you to regain stamina, and hit her twice again, repeat.

              If she switches weapon stance, do a similar thing, but dodge forward left, attack attack, walk forward left instead.

              With this method, the only attacks you're looking out for are her long startup animations as these are the ones with good tracking so get used to dodging them. And, because you're in her face constantly, her "upgrades" to longer range doesn't really matter. Even the explosions in the third phase mostly miss, though I add in a dodge just in case.

              And...since it's Ludwig's Holy Blade, I get to regain a lot of health if we trade.

              • 27 Dec 2016 20:37  

                Correction for the notes and trivia: "The cover for the DLC (the picture right behind these letters) shows her holding a weapon that is not her Rakuyo." The weapon she is holding IS her Rakuyo, only its just the saber part, she isn't holding the dagger part.

                • Gun Parries30 Sep 2016 19:12  

                  Lady maria is by far my favorite boss in the entire series(including the dark souls games but excluding demon's souls). Gun parries in this fight deal a lot of damage and are amazing so I suggest trying it out but in no way is it and easy task. I actually killed her using only gun parries... good luck and happy Hoonting

                  • Her visceral attack25 Sep 2016 04:37  

                    I just found out that her special visceral attack is not limited to female characters. I finally got it and it was on my male character.

                    • Another tactic to beast her without getting hit29 Aug 2016 07:46  

                      Simply spam R1 on her with the transformed Beasthunter Saif as much as your endurance can handle, sparing a little for shooting (Try to pin her against the wall if possible). She will either retaliate with an attack or dodge backwards. Simply shoot her after completing the combo and if timed just right, she'll drop to her knees begging for a sweet sweet visceral attack. I recommend using the Blood Rapture and Clawmark runes for healing and damage from the visceral attacks.<br/><br/>With all this in mind, it's possible to destroy her without taking a single hit. I discovered it after raging at her retaliating to my attacks so fast.<br/><br/>Haven't laughed at something so hard in my life. Enjoy!

                      • Table by the Chair05 Jul 2016 14:51  

                        On the table, next to her chair, is a goblet and a framed picture with broken glass. Her Rakuyo description says she tossed it down a well (where you find it), so I'm pretty sure she drank a poison to kill herself (especially since there is blood all around her chair and she's fighting you with a weapon she doesn't have). My question is, just what is that picture on the table? Husband and I couldn't make it out for the life of us.

                        • [ Boss video, SPOILER ] Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to your DOOM !05 Jul 2016 14:51  

                          Lady Maria is without any hesitation, a true master of fight... I don't know yet if she's the final boss, but... be aware, she's... deadly. Spectacularly deadly ! <br/>And I won't say anymore for those who want to discover it by themself... <br/>For the others ? See it by yourself... if you dare : <br/> <br/>[ ]

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