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Bloodlicker

Bloodlicker Frontal Crop 1.png
Enemy Type Not Beast Nor Kin
Health 405 or 1362
Drops Bloodtinge Gemstone, 211 or 2310 Blood Echoes
Weak Righteous, Bolt, Thrust, Physical (slash)
Strong Blunt and Arcane
Locations Forsaken Cainhurst Castle, Chalice Dungeon, The Hunter's Nightmare


Bloodlickers are enemies in Bloodborne.

Bloodsucking Beast Information

Prowling the grounds of Cainhurst castle with their unmistakable, vile bodies, these fast-moving creatures can prove quite dangerous. Their appearance is somewhat flea-like, and they are equally as swift in their movements and attacks.

These enemies are not to be trifled with, as their jumps and sudden turns can quickly finish off even a high level, high vitality player. They can dodge expertly and will do their utmost to keep the player within sight. Bloodlickers can come in slightly different variations; the size of their blood-sack will indicate their resistance to physical attacks.

Not all Bloodlickers will actively seek to engage enemies, as some will simply stand still in the snowy ground of the forsaken castle, admiring the landscape. However, they will still be very aggressive once engaged.

 

 

Strategy

  • Get close to the back of this enemy and perform a heavy attack, beware of Mule Kick attack (see below). However, know that it is not subject to visceral attacks.
  • They are extremely fast, and their jump attacks are double, meaning they will jump once and then again to land on you.
  • Also note that Bloodlickers will hiss immediately before using their frontal attacks, so be prepared to quickstep behind them as soon as you hear this cue.
  • Bloodlickers in chalice dungeons have a small aggro range tied to their spawn location which can be abused for hit and run tactics.

 

 

Moveset

Attack Name Attack Description
Claw Slaps It will swipe at the player with fast, erratic attacks. These could be single attacks or combos.
Jump Attack The bloodlicker will jump at the player, covering a large distance with this high-damage attack.
Claw Stomps Tries to hit the player with floor slaps.
Mule Kick An attack which only takes place if the player is behind it. Will kick both its hind legs.
Spit Blood It spits blood as a ranged attack that can inflict Slow Poison. Exclusive moveset for the bloodlickers in the Hunter's Nightmare.
Tantrum Will shake its head and tongue frenetically, hitting the player multiple times if connecting.



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Bloodlicker Information

This enemy comes in three different "bloodsack" sizes, indicating physical resistances. Its preset Chalice Dungeons locations are: Pthumerian Labyrinth, Central Pthumerian Labyrinth, Hintertomb, Lower Hintertomb, Lower Pthumerian Labyrinth, Cursed Pthumerian Defilement, Ailing Loran, Lower Loran, Isz Gravestone, Pthumeru Ihyll. Bloodlickers will appear in chalice dungeons only after the player uses visceral attacks against large enemies and moves to a different room, and even then only less than half the time.

 

Bloodlicker

Location
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Forsaken Cainhurst castle 1362 2310 (1x) 16%
Chalice Dungeons 405 211 (1x) 16%
Hunter's Nightmare      

 

Lore

  • Bloodsuckers are most likely transformed Vileblood knights and nobles. They share their weakness pattern (Righteous, Bolt with a resistance to Arcane) as well as their silver hair and vampire theme.
  • Hiding behind their long hair is a weary, wrinkled face. This could be because of starvation, vampirism or their relative age as "insects".
  • Relevant lore theories can be found under The Mysteries of Cainhurst Garb & Architecture.

 

Notes & Trivia

  1. There is a chance it will appear in chalice dungeons when a visceral attack is performed on an enemy. If the player leaves the room and returns, a bloodsucking beast could be lapping up the blood.
  2. The Watcher's Gravedigger and Merciless Watcher (Mob) have a high chance of spawning Bloodlickers if a visceral attack is performed on them.
  3. It is possible when dying on a boss that you used multiple visceral attacks on (Merciless Watchers in the Lower Pthumeru Chalice) It's possible for your blood echoes to become tied to a Bloodlicker even though they technically weren't spawned in the room. This means that it's possible to make your blood echoes impossible to retrieve if you don't perform a visceral attack during your second attempt. It also means that you will have to leave, and then return to the boss room without reloading in order to make sure it spawns.
  4. Farming these enemies in advanced Chalice Dungeons is the only way to gain high level Bloodtinge Gemstones (Circle). You can farm them for the Circle Blood Gems they drop .
  5. They don't just spit blood from their mouth, they shoot it from their nose as well.
  6. Bloodlickers are also found in the Hunter's Nightmare drinking from the river of blood, though why is still unknown.
  7. Bloodlickers exclusively drop bloodtinge gems, this could prove very important in establishing their alien allegiance.
  8. Though mostly covered in spiky hairs, their tail seems to have small, pale feathers.
  9. Aside from the Vermin snakes only the Loran Cleric has a similar thin tongue.
  10. In version 1.00 of Bloodborne, their corpses will often fail to disappear upon death.
  11. Lore theories can be found here.

 

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    • Anonymous

      02 Sep 2018 03:33  

      These *****ers and winter lanterns are truly some of the worst enemies in the entirety of the soulsborne series.

      • Anonymous

        20 Jul 2018 23:30  

        Much bigger and creepier than I expected on my first encounter. Nearly shit myself getting comfortable running through a room I'd already cleared.

        I love this game.

        • Anonymous

          09 Jul 2018 06:34  

          "Bloodlickers are also found in the Hunter's Nightmare drinking from a river of blood, though why is still unknown."

          Wasn't Cainhurst allied with the Hunters and the Healing Church during the time of the Old Hunters? I doubt the Healing Church would have brought Lady Maria to the Research Hall if she was a transformed Vileblood, nor do I think she would have assented knowing that the Healing Church had unleashed the Executioners on her family. Couldn't the Bloodlickers in the Hunter's Nightmare be Cainhurst knights that had come to assist the Old Hunters, but became trapped in the Nightmare after succumbing to blood thirst? (Notice that unlike with the beasts in the first half of the level, the Old Hunters do not attempt to fight the Bloodlickers and move freely among them as allies...)

          It still perplexes me that these enemies, as well as the gargoyles, are not considered beasts.

          • Anonymous

            14 Mar 2018 15:58  

            oh wow, this doesn't seem to be common knowledge yet, so let me share with you what i discovered (almost 3 years ago). there is a spot from where you can attack them that they can't react to. dodge any initial attack and go behind the enemy, NOT directly behind, because that will cause them to retaliate with their mule kick, but slightly to the side (when you lock on you'd face either behind leg). lock on and slash away, you can combo up all your stamina, because the enemy will not move, counter or dodge in any way. he will move again after you end the combo (if he isn't dead yet), so you'll have to reposition. i honestly thought a lot of people should have found this out by accident by now, as i did. You still have to face them one-on-one though.
            The scorpions in the dungeons have a similar "freeze" position depending on where the player is standing while engaged in combat.

            i came here to finally check what was up with the dungeon appearances. i noticed they always appeared where a mini-boss was standing (Watcher, Madman, etc.). i always thought it simply had a chance of appearing after i used the boss-lever, but i never thought it'd have to do with visceral attacks, which in fact is the way i kill most Watchers, Madmen and the like. it makes perfect sense now (the enemy being attracted by massive bloodloss).

            • Anonymous

              20 Dec 2017 17:00  

              The R2 attack of the non-transformed Holy Moonlight Sword staggers them extremely well, allowing you to combo them to death relatively quickly. Just be sure to fight them one at a time and you can clear the area with ease.

              • 26 Mar 2017 03:19  

                I havent seen the method I use to kill these bloodlickers so here's what I do:

                Kite them to the main chapel/church door.
                Use threaded cane, or whatever that may hit them through the open door
                Rinse and repeat.

                • 25 Mar 2017 17:18  

                  "Bloodsuckers are most likely transformed Vileblood knights and nobles. They share their weakness pattern (Righteous, Bolt with a resistance to Arcane) as well as their silver hair and vampire theme."

                  This note doesn't seem to be entirely true, given that the Knight's set (being the attire donned by the knights of Cainhurst, as opposed to the Queen's royal guards, which wear the Cainhurst set) bears a above-average resistance to Bolt, and has a slightly below-average resistance to Arcane (as opposed to the alleged 'weakness to Bolt with a resistance to Arcane") and the Righteous attribute is not implied nor listed in regards to the Knight's set nor the Knights of Cainhurst. As well as the fact that the Knight's set gives very decent physical defense and has decent Blunt dmg-reduc as well as its thrust dmg-reduc is the highest stat for the set in terms of physical defense (compared to the Bloodlickers, which have a weakness to thrust). Another fact to be noted, is that Bloodlickers not only appear at Cainhurst, but also in the Hunter's Nightmare and in certain Chalice dungeons. If they were knights of Cainhurst, it would be more viable if they appeared solely in Cainhurst, given that all methods of arriving to the Castle is cut off.

                  • Anonymous

                    05 Dec 2016 00:55  

                    The only monster i might hate more than these things is the Winter Lanterns. I'm really NOT looking forward to fighting through a hoard of them in hunter's nightmare. Can anyone tell me if the ones in the blood river have more or less health than the ones at Cainhurst? it's not listed in the article above at the time of posting. The ones at Cainhurst still give me trouble even 1-on-1, I need to know how far in over my head I'll be going for the Amygdala Arm and Gattling Gun. Also are they vulnerable to the Shaman Bone Blade?

                    • Anonymous

                      Did anyone notice?05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                      There is one of those beast which is a lot fatter than any other. Whats curious though is that it doesn't attack you and flees instead. Thought it was weird.

                      • Anonymous

                        Tactic05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                        Dodging to the side when they leap and attacking (into their side) with a heavy wep like a kirkhammer or greatsword seems to get them in a semi stun lock, just the basic attacks stagger them a little. This is the best method I've found to deal with them. If you stand behind them they try to kick, so be careful of that.

                        • Anonymous

                          It worked for me05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                          easiest way I found was to cheese em' by locking on, then quick stepping to the side and behind, paired with R1 once, repeat. They killed me like 14 times in a row at cainhurst till I tried that, the only drawback is you have to kite em'

                          • Anonymous

                            Chalice Dungeon05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                            If you kill an enemy with a visceral attack in a chalice dungeon, you might summon one of these beasts. so when you leave the area and come back later, they might be there sucking up the blood from the floor. anyone wanna add that? sry i can't edit properly

                            • Anonymous

                              These guys are jerks05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                              Compared to many of the other denizens of Cainhurst, these guys are gigantic punks. They're fast and they hurt. Worst, they are fans of big single-hits with a long reach. Back-dodging is good for avoiding, but their recovery time is quick enough that you can't get a hit in and, once again, they have more reach than most weapons. I advise circling them, as they don't turn particularly well. Attack from the sides; they have a dual-back kick attack that will hit you from their immediate rear.

                              • Dying05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                These guys have the odd tendency to also wander off the edge of the cliff outside the Castle. I can't count how many times I've randomly gotten souls there a few minutes after spawning at the lamp

                                • Anonymous

                                  Dumbest enemy in the game.05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                  They really are. Borderline impossible to kill as they cannot be stunned, are extremely hard to stagger, and don't react to visceral attacks. >.> Their attacks are constant and frantic, and once engaged you'll be unable to retreat as it'll just frog-leap after you. Super lame enemy that goes against the whole point of the enemies of the Soulsborne franchise thus far, as pretty much all other enemies either have a weakspot, are strong and slow or quick but can be countered with parries and what not. I've died more to Bloodlickers than all bosses combined, and I'm not even exaggerating.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Urgh05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                    Awful, even without their speed and damage. The way their bellies are bloated and red with useless blood while the rest of their bodies are lifelessly pale. They take no sustenance from it, just mindless gluttony. Gives me the horribles.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Thrusting05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                      When I fought these guys, I just used the R2 thrust on ludwig's or chikage and they would get staggered. Just continuously thrust attack them but you might get hit at least once but ignore it. You can also interrupt their attacks with a thrust if you're close enough to hit them without getting hit back.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Passive BloodSucker05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                        Just wanted to point out that there is a passive bloodlicker just outside of the entrance to Cainhurst Castle, on the left precisely, wich has a larger blood sack and does not attack no matter what

                                        • Anonymous

                                          this creature05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                          I hate this creatures. I dont like to fight them. Even from behind they can kick you and kill you fast from forward. Ive encountered them in Chalice dungeons quite often. I was once running back to the previously cleared area, in dark and I had a firestick in my hand, I was running and I encountered one of these. It jumped right at me ... I *****ted my pants screaming OMFG, I was totally unprepared.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Hn05 Jul 2016 14:43  

                                            I've noticed on various occasions during my runs through the Chalice dungeons. You don't exactly have to kill someone with a visceral attack; you just have to use one for them to appear on six different occasions for me I didn't finish the a Madman with a visceral but I did hit him with it. I killed him with 1-2 more normal swings and then came back later and this annoying creature was there. So from my personal playing; someone else should test it though I guess. You just have to preform a visceral.

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