Lady Maria

(of the Astral Clocktower)

General Info
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14,081 39,000 Astral Clocktower Celestial Dial
physical_DEF.jpg VS_blunt.jpg VS_thrust.jpg --
147 147 147 --
blood_DEF.jpg arcane_DEF.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_DEF.jpg
147 103 177 103
slow_poison_RES.jpg rapid_poison_RES.jpg VS_beasts.jpg VS_kin.jpg
999 999 No No

Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower (時計塔のマリア Tokei-tō no Maria lit. "Maria of the 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. 
    • It's possible the weapon she uses is not the same Rakuyo, but made to the same design, since the Rakuyo specifically states that she was fond of it as it did not rely on blood. Since the weapon she uses has blood-based attacks, she may have had a counterpart weapon made that incorporated blood, and discarded the original Rakuyo in shame.







    • Anonymous

      18 Jan 2018 03:52  

      i swear she is impossible on a BL4, had less trouble with ludwig and honestly believe i could kill laurence easier

      • Anonymous

        19 Dec 2017 07:02  

        I used augur of ebrietas and ruined a perfectly good boss battle literally like three minutes on first try

        • Anonymous

          02 Dec 2017 08:33  

          Whirligig saw + guidance rune makes her ridiculously easy. Just L2 her till you're out of stamina and then dodge and instead of spending time healing, try to gain your health back by rallying when chaining L2. I only needed to use one or two blood vials with this method. You have to be very aggressive.

          • Anonymous

            20 Sep 2017 15:25  

            Ludwig's holy blade just ruined her. 2nd try. Being able to 3 hit stun lock her was sort of unfair. I liked the fight and her moves and the atmosphere, but all too easy.. next up Orphan, i'm sure it will take a few more attempts for him

            • Anonymous

              17 Sep 2017 05:44  

              Burial Blade: Got her in the corner, and then just spam R1 until stamina depleted. Back up and repeat until she died.
              She'd occasionally get in a hit, but the burial blade has great regen.

              • Anonymous

                14 Sep 2017 07:13  

                What if Maria killed mother kos? It's largely agreed that Willem wanted the great one umbilical cord. Gherman likely led the hunt, with Maria by his side as his apprentice. She could have been kept in the dark, only told they were going hunting. Turns out she was the greatest hunter there. None of the rest could even touch Mother Kos, but as fast and nimble as she was she killed what she believed to be a beast. Only then did she find out what was really going on as other hunters rushed in to take the umbilical cord. She may even have fiercely protected the orphan, even turning on the hunters. Gherman could have gotten away with the umbilical cord. This would explain why the rakuyo was in the well in the fishing hamlet. She cast it aside because she used it to kill mother kos, and dreaded what she had done. Instead she would dedicate her life to protecting the orphan, similiar to how she does in the dream. This would include finding a more powerful version of the rakuyo she loved so much, one that uses blood magic. This would also explain why the orphan is alive but mother kos dead in the hunter's nightmare. Plus, Maria is there in the nightmare protecting the orphan just as she did in life. Maybe the "secret" is even just that the orphan is still alive, and she is protecting him.

                • Anonymous

                  07 Sep 2017 16:50  

                  I think her fight would be more awesome if we can't stunlock her. Or if her movesets doesn't take too much windup time.

                  • Anonymous

                    20 Jul 2017 19:07  

                    A thought: could Maria have been the first "Hunter of Hunters?" The Crowfeather Garb suggests the first came from a foreign land, and I wonder if that implies Cainhurst? Secondly, the Hunter's Hat states that it is fashioned after "one of the old hunters," and whereas most believe that this person was Djura, I can't help but notice that Maria's Hunter Hat looks like a very rudimentary version of the infamous cap. All of the primary hunter hats are pointed to resemble a beak, and the symbol of the Hunter of Hunters--the "Hanged Man"--is highly reminiscent of a crow's talon, after all. Maria certainly doesn't take to another Hunter encroaching upon the secret of Kos, either.

                    The Crowfeather Garb also suggests that Hunters of Hunters let their victims lie "in hopes they would find rest in a Hunter's Dream." To me, this calls to mind the carcass of Kos, which Maria evidently insists "should be left well alone." Even though Maria appears to have erected a tombstone for Kos and leaves flowers at the grave, she still kept her distance, choosing only to mourn from high on a cliff above the corpse. And just what was this "blasphemous Yharnam burial service?" Apparently it would "trap" the dead in the Hunt, perhaps to be resurfaced some other night. Could this be what those crawling caskets and the One Reborn represent in Yahar'gul?

                    I also wonder, before Maria became Gehrman's student, what was the Hunter's Dream? It doesn't seem the Plain Doll would have existed yet, and evidently Gehrman was still alive in the waking world (some say he would have been younger, but he was apparently referred to as "old Gehrman" even in the times of Ludwig), so was there even a Hunter's Dream yet? Did the Hunt used to take place in the waking world? The Hunter's Nightmare is unusually bright, despite the Hunt is supposed to take place at night.

                    When did Gehrman create the Plain Doll? Obviously it had to have been after meeting Maria, since Maria was evidently "unaware of his curious mania," and I imagine seeing a doll that looked just like her would have really freaked her the ***** out. It must have been after Maria's death, perhaps as a form of mourning. Which leads to the next question: when did the Moon Presence take interest in Gehrman? Old Yharnam was the first location to witness the Paleblood Moon, so it seems that the cleansing of the scourge, or possibly just the ensuing violence attracted the Moon Presence. I suppose it was at this time that it noticed Gehrman's worth, unless the Moon Presence was always a part of Gehrman's psyche and was simply awakened during these events.

                    Gehrman instructs the player to close the curtain on the Hunt, and is desperate to keep them from becoming obsessed, or "blood-drunk," tying in with the philosophy of the Hunters of Hunters. Could this be the influence of his love and grievance for Maria? Could it all be an act of revenge against the Healing Church and Byrgenwerth for what happened to her?

                    Perhaps one could assume this is what the Moon Presence was intrigued by?

                    Oops, I deep'd a little harder than I originally meant to.

                    • 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

                      • Anonymous

                        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.

                        • Anonymous

                          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...

                          • Anonymous

                            23 Apr 2017 10:18  

                            I died 4 times to her and her fight was really really epic but i feel bad because i was just R1 spamming and parrying her.

                            • Anonymous

                              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.

                              • Anonymous

                                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.

                                • Anonymous

                                  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.

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