Abhorrent Beast

General Info
hp.jpg blood_echoes.jpg Location Drops
13000-15000 1753 Ailing Loran Chalice Lower Loran Chalice
15489 116423 Lower Loran Chalice Bolt Damp Blood Gem (6)
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101 101 101 --
blood_DEF.jpg arcane_DEF.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_DEF.jpg
101 70 70 295
slow_poison_RES.jpg rapid_poison_RES.jpg VS_beasts.jpg VS_kin.jpg
70 999 X -

Abhorrent Beast is a Chalice Dungeon boss in Bloodborne, and is the true form of the Suspicious Beggar.

Abhorrent Beast Information

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The Abhorrent Beast has 3 phases that are apparent when he stops and roars:

  • Phase I - 100% - Normal Moveset
  • Phase II - <75% - His normal moveset is modified, adding follow-ups to attacks.
  • Phase III - <50% - Adds new moves to his moveset


Combat Information


  • The Abhorrent Beast has a wide variety of attacks covering his sides and his front, so there are few safe zones and the fight requires much dodging and distance.
  • Almost all of his attacks have the same timing, so take advantage of that.
  • His side is always open after each of his attacks allowing for a counter strike. This can be key to winning the fight - dodge to the side of his attacks and attack his flank. Rinse and repeat.
  • The Abhorrent Beast will charge you upon using a heal or item. Wait until he is in a long animation before healing or using items to buy time to dodge the incoming attack.
  • Don't bother trying to riposte/parry as there's no easy way to visceral attack him, you may want to try the cannon but only when he's at 30% health.
  • Continuously walk back from him and that will trigger a 3 hit combo, as soon as the third hit comes in hit him with a leap attack or Long Axe R2, then instantly dodge back.
  • Also, if using an axe (or a similar weapon) you can trigger his 3 hit combo that will let you hit him 3-4 times before you can dodge, to do this you can dodge to his side and attack-dodge, normally after repeating this twice he will use his combo or his ground attack, leaving him always open for some damage.
  • If you have a quick weapon then you will want to go on the offensive most of the time, go in a clock wise formation, or if he's about to attack dodge towards his right side (your left) and hit him once or twice on his back and you either need to A. dodge backwards as he'll do a backhand swing or B. do it all again if he decides to run back.
  • Don't even try to roll around this guy. If you do try to sneak in a hit between his attacks, there's a better chance of him killing you with a follow up attack than you dealing damage and being able to escape unscathed. Your best bet is to use whatever projectile attacks you have at your disposal while kiting him, clockwise. Molotov Cocktails work well, arcane or a good gun are even better. (This advice is only applicable for arcane/bloodtinge builds - rolling and striking works well for melee and with the right timing you'll receive no damage.)
  • On the third stage, the beast uses a 4 part combo. Bait out the first 2 swipes and then get in behind him while he does the upward swipe. Strike him in the back and dodge away. This prevents him from finishing the combo with the AoE ground slam. Repeat until dead. (Only possible if he's been glitched by leaving the game running for long periods of time).
  • The easiest and cheesiest strategy is to use Poison Knife. Two knives will poison him, just throw both after a long attack (or one inbetween two quick attacks), and strafe around till it wears off, then throw another pair. Repeat until death. Boring, but 100% fool proof.
  • While Slow Poison is effective, it can barely take away 10% of its health with 3 knives in Ailing Loran Chalice. For a faster kill, use Poison Knife to keep poison on the boss while following the dodging strategies. This reduces the boss difficulty significantly.
  • Its head and arms can be severed if enough damage are dealt on one of these parts. Defense will be lowered on these parts until it heals up. Breaking his head also open up for a visceral attack


Attack Name Attack Description Counter
Rush Swipe
  • The Abhorrent Beast rushes at the player and swipes once with his left arm.
  • Usually activated when you are using an item (healing) or at a fair distance from him
  • This attack is present in all phases.
  • Dodge to the upper left. Give it ONE slash and hop backwards.
  • Sometimes he tries to backhand you after you attack him, so be ready to dodge back and you can try to get one more attack in.
Left Jab
  • The Abhorrent Beast places his right hand on the ground and bursts with a left jab.
  • It's a straight forward jab that has a medium attack animation.
  • This attack is present in all of his phases.
  • BEWARE: this attack has a longer range than it looks, his arm extends out further than you'd expect.
  • Dodge to the left and a forward R1 will hit him before he recovers from the animation.
Front Swipe During Phase I
  • Swipes with his left and then right arm which will hit anyone closely in front of him.

During Phase II and up*
Does the same as phase I but after a short pause, he does another two swipes which takes him longer to recover from the animation.
  • If you are close enough, forward R1 once during his second swipe and hop back.
  • In Phase II, wait out the second set of swipes, slash him once and hop back.
3 Slams During Phase I
  • A three hit combo to the ground in front of him, first with his left hand, then right hand in quick succession and a powerful left hand slam which comes out slower than than the first two.

During Phase II and up*
Same moves but after he finishes the slam, if you try to attack him after the combo, he'll quickly do a two swipe combo.The swipe combo after the ground pound has a long recovery animation.
  • Stand JUST outside the aoe of the attack and as he finishes move forward and give him a slash and hop back.

  • In Phase II, bait out the two swipe combo and depending how close you are to him, you can either hop back once or just move backwards depending on how close you are to him and just R1 as the last swipe misses you. Be sure to hop back after.
Ground Blast During Phase I
  • Slams the ground in front of him with his left arm that leaves a lingering blast of lightning.
  • Be careful, even though he has slammed down his hand, the AOE damage still lasts for a split second.

During Phase II and up*
Progressively through the phases, the AOE of the slam gets larger and larger.
  • If you are close to him, dodge left and attack.
  • If you are far, stay out of range, and you can time an attack when the blast dissipates.
Two Fist Punch During Phase I
  • A two-fist punch forward with a medium animation.

During Phase II and up
  • The two-fist punch lets out a gust of wind that damages you if you are in front of it.
  • Progressively through the phases, the gust travels further and further.
  • Depending on how close you are and what phase he is on, hopping back is not a good option.
  • Side stepping is the best maneuver for this move.
  • Side step, R1 and hop back.
Two Slash Combo
  • A medium range slash with the left hand followed up by a medium range slash with his right hand.
  • You can tell it's a two slash combo if he starts the slash with his left hand.
  • Hop to the side or backwards for the first slash but for his second slash hop forward to the left. R1 him once and hop back.
  • If he tries to backhand you after you attack him and he misses, hop back in and R1 him once more and hop back out. This is not advised for when he is past phase II because I didn't risk testing it out.
Three Slash Combo During Phase I
  • You can tell it's a three slash combo if he starts the slash with his right hand.

During Phase II and up
  • His first two slashes are still the same, however, at times he will slam in front of him instead of the third slash. The delay for the third slash is the same as during phase I, try to read whether it's another slash or a slam so you know to either roll towards when its a slash or backwards when its a slam. The slam has a long animation and it's possible to even sneak a charge R2 attack in.

During Phase III
  • His first two slashes are still the same, however, at times he will do a very delayed upper cut slash followed by a two fist punch (with the gust). If you side step to your left as his claws are scraping the ground, the upper cut will miss entirely and you should be able to hit him and hop back.
  • Hop to the side or backwards for the first and second slashes. For his third slash (which comes out slower than the last two slashes), hop forward to the left (10 o'clock direction on the thumbstick) just as his in animation to do the third slash and you should go right under him and standing beside his right leg. R1 him once and hop back out.
  • If he tries to backhand you after you attack him and he misses, hop back in and r1 him once more and hop back out. this is not advised for when he is passed phase II because I didn't risk testing it out.
Leap Slam During Phase III
  • He will leap after an attack and slam his claws in the ground.
  • This has a very large frontal AOE.
  • Be sure to constantly hop back if he's airborne. This move has a very long animation so you will be able to run up to him and slash him once.
Wind Gust
  • An alternative to the Two Fist Punch move, which skips the punches entirely.
  • The Abhorrent Beast will pull both hands back and form gusts of wind around his claws to then propel forward in a medium sized cone.
  • The range of this attack increases with each stage so even if it can be harmless on the first stage with a rather long windup and minimal range, on the final stage it can reach about 1/3 of the boss room so mind your heals.
  • This attack is usually performed as an alternative to the Rush Swipe, meaning healing or being far away can trigger it.
  • Getting close and dodging to his side will avoid this attack as it does not have good tracking or enough aoe to hit behind him or to his side, this is pretty manageable due to the long windup.
  • Can also be dodged to the side if you are too far from him once the attack itself launches if timed correctly.




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Strategy 1

  1. Phase I:
    • After each of his attacks, dodge to upper left, attack once, retreat. (Works on most attacks)
    • Rinse and repeat
  2. Phase II:
    • Move in and out to bait his attacks, move in and out to bait his Phase II follow up attacks, then attack once.
    • Use Phase I Strategy for unmodified moves.
    • Rinse and repeat
  3. Phase III:
    • He has new moves, but in general, the Phase I strategy will work

Strategy 2 (Hit n' Run)

  • Use heavy hitting weapon like Kirkhammer or Logarious Wheel
  • Keep your distance and concentrate on two of his attacks: the left jab and 3 slam combo (dodge first two slams and quickstep + R1 the last one)
  • Dodge those two attacks towards the boss, hit only once and always quick step away after single hit to avoid taking damage
  • The Rush Swipe can be dodge + R1 -attacked too but keep in mind his following punch is not too heavy but most likely will hit you
  • Dodge all other attacks
  • Keeping your distance also helps to heal. The only safe time to heal is when the boss is attacking, but can't reach you.

Strategy 3 (BlackSky Eye)

This requires at least 40 arcane and the DLC.(I was 154 with over 48 Arcane) The BlackSky Eye has great range and only costs one QS. So you may need to use a Formless Oedon Rune to get the most out of it as well as Bloodbullets. He will charge at the creation of bloodbullets and vials so make sure you time them well. He may also occasionally charge at the Eye itself. So watch out for that. Just proceed with caution and take it slow dont try and rush the boss fight. Even if you only deal 200 a shot which is about my damage. (200-500 depending on your range to him) If you are feeling rebellious get close and evade and hit him with it. but i recommand saying a distance so He doesnt kill you.

Strategy 4 (Controlled Chaos - Ailing Loran Only)

Summon Vitus if available; he'll help you during phase 1 and possibly through phase 2 of the boss. Make sure you have either a bunch of Fire Paper or the Empty Phantasm Shell (or both!), as well as a full stock of poison knives. Upon entering the room, Abhorrent Beast will charge at you; wait until your partner takes the aggro from you, then trick your weapon and strike from behind for heavy damage. Charged R2 strikes won't open up for a visceral attack, but they still hurt. When the beast turns to attack you, back off and let Vitus take the heat off you again. You really shouldn't get hit at all during this stage. Wash, rinse and repeat until either the boss dies (unlikely) or Vitus does. At this point, you're probably at about 30-40% of the boss' health.

At this point, start circling the inner ring of steps clockwise, and dodge backwards and to the left whenever the boss attacks. You'll want to deactivate the trick on your weapon and put it into the quickest mode it has. Wait until he does either the Wind Gust, or a long combo that you can dodge away from and pump two poison knives into him. Now, depending on how far you and Vitus got the boss down, you can either try to wait out the poison (somewhat risky, once the boss starts doing leaping attacks), or speed the process up by sneaking in a few hits whenever he does that leaping slam. Using Ludwig's/Kirkhammer's silver sword, you should be able to get one dodge slash and another R1 slash in before you need to dodge away again. Make sure you do or he could crush you in a single combo. Keep this up for a few minutes and you might not even deplete your entire supply of knives before he's dead.


 Abhorrent Beast Gallery


Notes & Trivia

  • His lightning coated body suggested him being a Darkbeast, as both him and Paarl are coated with lightning, while the mace Tonitrus is modeled after the Darkbeasts.
  • The Beast form also resembles the one from Beast's Embrace rune, it could the reason why the Beggar remained sentient even after the transformation.
  • He actually elongates his arm like rubber in most attacks, making it difficult to guess his range.


    • Anonymous

      15 Mar 2018 23:29  

      the punch where he extends his left hand is easy to dodge through and get a hit in. I mostly used that to beat him on my level 34 character good luck!

      • Anonymous

        16 Feb 2018 23:47  

        I used Beast pellet with a flame boosted weapon and have nearly killed him 19 times... when he is down to one hit I somehow lose each time LOL. Anyways you can nearly kill him in 40 seconds if you rage on him in the beginning as long as you know when to dodge.

        • Anonymous

          14 Feb 2018 02:46  

          Beat this *beast* with 50/50 SKL/BT. Upgraded Evelyn with Bonemarrow Ash and good amount QS Bullets will down his health and open him up for a Visceral attack after a certain point. Keep moving, Hunter.

          • Anonymous

            07 Feb 2018 03:02  

            "Almost all of his attacks have the same timing, so take advantage of that." Good tip except it's complete bs. his right fist alone has three different attacks with COMPLETELY different timing. on top of that, all three looks the same when he "charges" his attack. how tf can you write something like this, delete it now, srsly.

            • Anonymous

              14 Jan 2018 13:17  

              This one is a *****ing nightmare on the Lower Loran,because you can't summon anyone (i didn't subscribe to PS plus)
              Not to mention the incoming Darkbeast one.
              I guess Lower Loran Root Chalice and the sinister one is out of question for me

              • Anonymous

                29 Nov 2017 17:32  

                That feeling when you get him down to a sliver of health on your first try and he kills you, then you try again multiple times and can't ever get that close.

                • Anonymous

                  06 Aug 2017 04:12  

                  "Its head and arms can be severed"? You can cut his head off?! Or does the person who put that there mean they can be damaged?

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Jul 2017 23:36  

                    the weaknesses? im always guessing the usual serrated, fire, etc. i see the actual defense values but his weaknesses should be shown

                    • Anonymous

                      15 Jun 2017 01:15  

                      Tough bastard, grab a long or quick weapon and circle around him, be wary for turn-around attacks and ground pounds.

                      • Anonymous

                        14 Feb 2017 23:30  

                        Beat Loran Darkbeast on first attempt, solo. Takes me about 50 attempts, with a summoned npc, to beat this guy.


                        • Anonymous

                          14 Feb 2017 17:03  

                          He's one of the only bosses I had real trouble with in this game, I died to him five times and had to summon help from an Old Hunter to serve as a distraction. I haven't completed the defiled chalice dungeon with the Amygdala & Watchdog (the keeper was effortless with the visceral attacks) yet but I assume they'll be more difficult than the beast. I beat every DLC boss in one go, so we'll see how completing the chalice dungeons goes over...

                          • Anonymous

                            28 Jan 2017 02:57  

                            He's an amazing boss, but hardly the hardest for me. Personally Ludwig and Orphan were unmeasureably harder. Hell I was stuck on Orphan for a year.
                            This is what bosses should be, hard but possible without hours of annoyance. (This is at around Lv 120.)

                            • Anonymous

                              04 Jan 2017 21:10  

                              This boss is absolutely amazing. Just grab a burial blade and an old hunter bone, be aggressive, and you will have the highest adrenaline rush in all From Soft games.

                              • Anonymous

                                22 Nov 2016 04:49  

                                He is now resistant to poison in the ailing loran chalice. Threw all 20 of my knives at him in succession and he never got poisoned. Blacksky Eye can also make this fight fairly easy on high arcane builds. Just bait a chain of attacks move back and fire one off, when he comes running at you dodge forward to his right and either get one attack off or be safe and just back away from him.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Incorrect Health25 Sep 2016 02:19  

                                  Doubt people would notice or care, but the top health value mentioned, 2,099, is NOT the Ailing Loran Chalice version. This version is spawned from the Suspicious Beggar. The boss in the Ailing Loran Chalice dungeon has well around 15k-18k health, not 2,099.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Poison09 Aug 2016 22:57  

                                    Might have been patched out; I tried using Poison Knives in Ailing Loran 3 and the status absolutely would not stick.

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