Brainsucker

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General Info
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?? 11280 Lower Hintertomb Chalice Tempering Blood Gemstone (3)
?? ?? Great Isz Chalice Tempering Damp Blood Gem (6)
Defenses
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Brainsucker is an enemy and can also be found as a Chalice Dungeon boss in Bloodborne.

Brainsucker Information


The Brainsucker mob has 2 variants, hooded and non-hooded.

The hooded variant is the elite version. The elite version is able to cast spells that paralyze the player.

The elite version's hood comes off, when they use their Insight-draining grab attack (this does not alter their behavior).

Locations (Boss)

 

Locations (Mob)

 

Drops (Boss)

 

Drops (Mob)

 

Combat Information

  • Brainsucker possesses extreme Blunt resistance but is highly vulnerable to Thrust, Bolt, and Fire.
  • The moveset of this enemy is the same for both the standard version and the Chalice Dungen Boss version. The Boss version, however, has more HP.
  • By its namesake, the Brainsucker has a unique grab attack which upon landing, allows it to suck on its victim's brain with a large tentacle by driving it directly into their head. It will then drain 2 Insight from them, inflicting high damage in the process. Be sure to keep in mind that this will make you die inside.
  • The Insight drained is lost permanently, even if the Brainsucker is killed afterward.
  • Mashing R2/L2/R1/L1 allows the player to break free of the grab faster. They will however still lose at least one Insight and receive roughly half the grab's full Damage.
  • The Brainsucker also uses a binding attack that snares its victim in place, to be savaged by other enemies or the Brainsucker itself. There are 2 versions of the binding attack: long range single targeted projectile, or short range AoE.
  • The Brainsucker also utilizes physical attacks, all of which can be parried.
  • The Brainsucker is staggered as easily as other human-sized enemies and thus can be stunlocked like the rest.
  • Note that the brainsucker is immune to being staggered and interrupted while it telegraphs its grab attack. Always be ready to take evasive actions.
  • Dodge the binding attacks and get close to begin a combo, stopping right before you use the last bit of stamina. Dodge back or to the side with that sliver of stamina quickly after your assault and keep your distance while you recover stamina and continue dodging its bindings and physical attacks.

 

Attacks

Attack Name Attack Description
Arcane Prison Flare Releases a trio of moderately quick Arcane Flares that imprison you and allow it to close the gap and suck out 2 Insight and cause massive damage. Mash R1/R2/L1/L2 to escape early and limit the insight drain to 1.
Roar + Grab Emits a roar while raising its arms and then does a grab after about 2 seconds
Arcane AoE Slams its hand down and creates a small AoE of Arcane Prison Flares around itself. Very short range. Usually used when the player is within striking distance.
Charge + Grab Suddenly charges in your direction and goes for a grab when in range
Flail Combo Rapidly attacks in a surprisingly quick and powerful melee combo. There is little warning of this attack and it is hard to interrupt.

 

Strategies (Quick Kill)

Brainsuckers are possibly the most infuriating enemies as they can spam you extremely quickly and drain your precious insight. Always try to sneak behind them for a charged attack but it should be noted that, unlike most enemies, as soon as you get within striking distance, they will sense your presence and turn around even when walking slowly to sneak behind. Their AOE and ranged stun attacks are very difficult to dodge and after each brain sucking attack (which puts you on the floor) they will immediately repeat and it will often grab you again before you have the chance to get up or dodge.

If you have a secondary weapon upgraded a bit, equip Kin Hunter gems into it (can be obtained from beasts made of corpses that replace the pigs after defeating Rom, in Yahar'gul Unseen Village in the outside area.) As soon as you come into the vicinity of a brainsucker (assuming you do not have the chance to sneak attack) run towards it and prepare to dodge left/right for its ranged stun attack. Alternatively, a safer method is to stun it with a pistol, walk a bit closer, stun again and repeat until you are close range. When you are in striking distance, spam R1 keeping it stun locked and when stamina is expended, immediately dodge back once or twice then left/right (by second or possibly first backward dodge it will use it's ranged attack) and immediately after it attacks use pistol to inch closer and repeat. You'll want a fast weapon as it attacks quickly once it recovers from being stunned.


If it grabs you spam R1 and L1 on the controller and be very cautious when trying to recover. It is not recommended to attack directly after getting up as there is an insanely small window to did anything before it attacks again. It has resistance to blunt and arcane, but is extremely weak to thrust, bolt, and fire.

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Notes & Trivia

  • Resembles the mindflayer, a creature from Dungeons & Dragons that kills by wrapping the tentacles adorning its mouth around the victim's head and draining their psychic life-force.
  • Madman Set loosely resembles the robes worn by these twisted creatures, it is possible the Brainsuckers are the eventual result of Forgotten Madmen succumbed to the desire for more Insight.
  • They carry a strange amulet.

 

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    • Read all these comments half way through byrgenwerth thinking they weren’t a big deal, had about 40 insight at the time. Then I went to upper cathedral ward realised why everyone hated them.

      • Anonymous

        Brainsuckers is like my Toxic Manager.
        Absolute ****ing cancer to deal with and you just want to die and get it over with.
        It's ugly af and you can't help but lose your mind dealing with them.

        • Anonymous

          I always save bullets for my highest powered hunter tool or gun just to shoot these *******s with, if i know i'll face them.
          Overkill much? Sure! But they deserve it for trying to ****ing remove my brain or whatever Insight implies is in my head.

          Stupid spawn of cthulhu rip-offs deserve much worse, but luckily cold-blooded torture in shackles isn't a game mechanic, or i'd stab them like i did the bound ogre in Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen!

          *deep breath*

          ... forgive me, that's just from 7 years of pent up anger, and much lost insight from all my playthroughs. Dx

          • Anonymous

            Lore wise, their existence is quite interesting. They are forgotten madmen who have been taken by their hunger for insight, the knowledge of the great ones and this is seen in their insight draining grab attack, sapping away your insight directly from your brain. Their light-bluish hue reminds me of the celestial emissaries. Note that the celestial emissaries (who are great ones) can be artificially created (as seen in Iosefka’s clinic). Could this mean that the brain suckers are on the way to god-hood? Maybe, or I’m wrong. Who knows?

            • Anonymous

              FYI--The grab attack doesn't work if you're both on stairs. The brainsucker will still hit you and you'll take a decent chunk of damage, but it won't grab you and take your insight.

              • Anonymous

                If you have trouble with these guys and hate getting stunlocked to death here are some tips that might help you. When you see them casting their binding spell, dodge sideway. It breaks their spam because they have to readjust themself. Thrust attacks are their only weakness. Use Blue Elixir in Upper Cathedral Ward. The ones in the corridors won't notice you until you attack them. If they grab you spam the four shoulder buttons. It let's you break free of their grab much earlier, you won't fall to the ground and lose only 1 Insight and way less HP. Hope this helps.

                • Anonymous

                  I hate these things. I mean, they aren't horrible, but I do think they shouldn't have their magic grabs and you DEFINATALLY should get your Insight back after killing them. Either that or lower the damage of their grab. Its unfair that you lose both an important resorse and are likely to die if you dont have high enough health.

                  • Anonymous

                    unpopular opinion: i like these guys. they look cool. also, they really arent that hard with a few molotovs or anything that pokes. the insight draining sucks but its not really that bad and it puts higher stakes on the fight than just regular attacking, you hgotta kill them quick or risk your insight

                    • Anonymous

                      Miyazaki, your games are brilliant and I love them. I only have 1 problem.
                      THESE ****ING THINGS. REMOVE THEM.

                      • Anonymous

                        when they rush in for the grab attack, a whole blast from the Cannon barely did any stagger or knockback. their poise health is seriously terrifying

                        • Anonymous

                          The infinite poise on the grab attack turns these enemies from annoying to infuriating. I feel they are already powerful enough, they really didn't need to add that level of poise to what is a fairly small enemy.

                          • Anonymous

                            another thing for the trivia section, they have stitches from what is most likely brain surgery, making it likely that theyre a product of healing church experimentation

                            • Anonymous

                              These guys, particularly the elite ones in upper cathedral ward with their stunlock spells in those tight corridors, are especially annoying.

                              Yeah, they're manageable, but boy is getting stunlocked and succ'd by a group of them when you screw up irritating.

                              • Anonymous

                                I hate nothing. I love all the unique enemies in the game for their challenge, move sets, and especially designs. I absolutely hate the brain suckers with all my being.

                                • Anonymous

                                  I've never got grabbed once by these guys, I didn't even know they had a grab attack until I came to their wiki article.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Try the untransformed Holy Moonlight Sword's charged R2 combo. With the right runes it absolutely destroys these insight leeching *******s. The second hit will fling them comically far.

                                    • Today was the day I had the worst luck in UGC, and had 12 insight sucked off by one of these. 3 years of playing this game, yet this is the first time I have ever experienced a rage quit.
                                      Although, the quit/log back on method works. That's a relief.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        (sorry if I double post I can't see if the first post sent even after reloading the page.)
                                        Holy Moonlight Sword untransformed charged R2 combo can pretty much instant kill them up until NG+3 and the first Isz Chalice. I tested it on arcane/strength build, idk about further NGs than 3, but it can take them out with just those two hits and the right runes.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Worst enemy in the souls series by far. Jailers from DS3 are nothing compared to that. Playing BB for the first time. It’s very good but areas like yaarghul (gank city), upper cathedral, bosses like Rom and Amygdala, are an enormous dissapointment for me.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            If you can, spam augur of ebrietas on them. Keeps them knocked down if you are lucky, and it's fun to see these cocksuckers helpless.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I left BB for 'bout half a year, and totally forgot how to deal with these fxxkers until re-checking this page. Great.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I think most players would be (begrudgingly) OK with their grab attack if the F*CKS DIDN'T IMMEDIATELY SPAM YOU WITH ANOTHER. It is literally an endless loop of slurp slurp dead. You get caught in one, you are repeatedly grabbed, killed, and left insightless. It feels cheap... Luckily I play bloodtinge builds.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  For those who think they are master players and act like they never died in bloodborne: 1- We know they are not hard. 2- We know how to dudge them. 3- We are unlike you aware of the importance of the insight 2 insights can buy me a good thing! So we are nervous about losing them not afraid of these mother suckers. 4- for those who are afraid about their insight go and spend all of them and come back to whip these *****ers ass! Imagine their faces when they try to suck your insights but you have none this us amusing! And like what they said a person with nothing to lose is terrifying!

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    *****, and i cannot stress this enough, these guys. In the narrow hallways of upper cathedral ward they're absolute nightmares, not to mention the sheer number of them around every corner just slobbering over the opportunity to drain half your health then proceed to immediately do it again.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I never had problems with these *****ers. I dont get why people freak out so much about them. I'm *****ing average BB player so if I can do it, you can LEARN IT.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Sometimes, when I lay in my bed, I just ask myself how much insight those f***ers must have meanwhile for ripping all the poor players

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          i love it when they stun you with their binding spell, take your insight, stun you again with the spell before you can dodge and take insight again...

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Oh, if only I could rip YOUR head open, and rip chunks of YOUR brain out, pathetic mindflayer-wannabe! freaking things make me sick!

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              The most annoying thing about them is the fact then can powerhouse through a charged R2 Hunters Axe swing.. Like wtf I crushed you with 2 swings right to the face and you're still coming at me with outstretched arms tryna gimme a kiss and don't seem to be phased at all. Bull*****Mob. P.s. I use the BowBlade now to deal with these f***ers

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                You can stunlock these guys with the hunters torch. I didn't know about this until recently. It makes them a joke. Dodge their first attach and spam L2 until they die or you are low on stamina (dodge away, recover stamina, get in close to bait attack, dodge attack, spam again until dead). Trust me, try this.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I've seen a lot of complaints about brainsuckers, so here's my special secret technique for fighting them. When you see a grab coming look at your controller, you may notice a button you hadn't seen before, it's got a lil red circle. Press it moving the stick either left or right. If you time it right they never even hit you. In all seriousness this enemy is fine, just because you have trouble fighting it doesn't mean it's broken. Either learn what you're doing wrong and fix it, or aknowledge that you're too stubborn to adapt.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    My strategy for fighting these guys: quit every time they grab you so they don't steal all your insight. Dodge their spells and try to bait out their grab, which you can parry (although it's kinda risky). It can be easier just to rush them down and smash them repeatedly then retreat when you get to low stamina and repeat.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      enemies like these always make me sad that fromsoft never gives the infinite poise unblockable frame 10 600-dmg grab attack to the player and these lovecraft rejects get to have all the fun with it instead

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Whoever made these enemies needs to get their throat kicked in. Everything about them is obnoxious, down to how the most efficient way of dispatching them are tools or the *****ing torch.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Gather round kids its story time i remember when i first went through upper cathedral ward i managed to just barely defeat the 2 on the upper floor and i put down the controller after i got the meme contact pose, just to go get a drink then suddenly when i looked back at the TV there was a THIRD BRAINSUCKER RUNNING RIGHT THE ***** AT ME and i NEVER screamed so hard in my *****ing life. (turns out it was the one guarding the blindfold mask) i've been terrified of these guys ever sense

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            They are exremely weak to bolt and even more to fire. 1 or 2 molotov should do the trick pretty much at every lvl. At 25 I'm killing them with just one. You can also use papers on your weapon but its still a bit risky like that. And molotovs are also cheap af.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I used a Tonitrus +8 and just spammed R1... even in the upper cathedral, I got them down in a few seconds. For some reason, the normal attack from the Tonitrus seems to stun-lock them well enough. If not, the beast roar slams them down behind the corner walls pretty easily to close some distance on them. I wish I had known about this earlier... I would have been 30 insights richer.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                You can also cheese them by luring them behind doors and fighting them through the walls, because again, ***** these guys.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  When it grabs you, just close the app immediately and it will put you back before you got into a fight with them, it works everytime, because ***** these guys and their cheap ass grab attacks.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Beware! You can dodge left/right their binding spell, but unlike a lot of enemy attacks, you can't dodge "into" it. The narrow hallways of the Upper Cathedral Ward are thus hell since you can't move left/right. Anticipate them, draw them out into open area, shoot them to stun lock them, but beware! They do have i-frames during that binding spell. Learned the hard way that there's a tiny window where they ignore getting shot in the face to cast it.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

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                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Easily one of if not the worst enemies in all of the SoulsBorne games. Whoever at FS design these *****s should be shot.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          The boss version took 12 insight from me because of that binding spell. These are truly the worst enemies in the game, like *****ing christ why couldn't they at least drop a Great One's Wisdom even if it's a 0.1% chance.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            F*ck these guys. I hate them worse than any of the bosses. Got up to beating One Rebordn & Amygdala, and then tried Upper Ward. 3 months. 3 freaking months I was stuck at that room with the chandelir jumpscare (wolves didn't even phase me) with those damn things. I'm still stuck there, and haven't finished the game (yes, I started late), because I am going to find a way to get past them. Phantasmal Shell, Ludwig, and Malatovs. Any other suggestions?

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              NG+12 and still have issues from time to time, easiest method I've found especially for upper cathedral ward....blue elixir

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I thought it would be nice to see people saying that they all didn't like something, but hey, I hate 'em too, they're pretty annoying, creepy, and just a nuisance. But if you can't kill 'em or something, and they're too hard-


                                                                                                Welcome to bloodborne. Hope you get used to it.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  "It will then drain 2 Insight from them, inflicting high damage in the process. Be sure to keep in mind that this will make you die inside."

                                                                                                  Yes

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I didn't realize just how difficult these puds can be until I played a non-arcane character. If you are arcane based and have your weapon rigged w/ fire or bolt gems these guys go down in a shot or two. Even the boss versions die in a couple of swats. But when I encountered them w/ a physical character... holy shit they can be tricky.

                                                                                                    For those struggling w/ Upper Cathedral Ward, (esp those last two that are in sight of one another), you might try suicide running until you have the shortcut doors open. Once the doors are open, you can back stab all of them and farm the place for chunks from the wolves.

                                                                                                    Also, beast roar works really well in those narrow hallways. Just blow them onto their backs and dice 'em up...

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