Cathedral Ward is a location in Bloodborne. The player will initially enter from Central Yharnam and have a few optional routes to progress from here.

General Information



Cathedral Ward Map


NPCs in the area











Lore Notes

  • After beating Father Gascoigne and ascending a ladder into a study as you're entering Cathedral Ward , a note is around the first table, reading the following, "The Byrgenwerth spider hides all manner of rituals, and keeps our lost master from us. A terrible shame. It makes my head shudder uncontrollably."
  • "A watchman of Byrgenwerth guards the gate with a password, the sacred adage of the Grand Cathedral." From a note atop the tower where you need to drop down to be able to open the second gate.
  • The note on the right side near some candles before you ascend the steps inside the Grand Cathedral in Cathedral Ward, reads : "Heir to the ritual of blood, purveyor of ministration. Place your hand on the altar's sacred covering, and inscribe Master Laurence's adage upon your flesh."
  • A note reading, "The sky and the cosmos are one. - The Choir.", can be found on the outside of the workshop building while ascending to Upper Cathedral Ward.

Cathedral Ward Walkthrough

Safe Passage

Entering the area from Central Yharnam immediately after defeating Father Gascoigne, and the Cathedral Ward lamp can be found very quickly on the same same path. You should talk to the NPC Odeon Chapel Dweller (Agatha) next to the entrance door, to ensure you have triggered the right dialogue, which allows you to invite NPCs to take refuge in this Chapel. You can return to Central Yharnam now and find the woman hiding near the dog kennels, invite her to the chapel and receive the Gesture: Triumph after speaking to Odeon Chapel Dweller.


Back in the Cathedral Ward, the old woman from the dog kennels will be wearing white and sitting in the chapel. Exit through the door to her left. Two Church Servant enemies await here, deal with them and you can pick up the Hunter Set on the right side - but quickly move away as you will otherwise be grabbed by an invisible "blue light" enemy that can one-shot kill you. The rest of this open area holds a Blood Vial next to a staircase.

Exit through the same stairs, going down, and defeat the other Church Servant then continue downwards until you see a small bonfire, and torch mobs and hounds. Stick to the right side of the map and wait for the patrol to come near, then defeat the dog and its master. You can pick up Molotov Cocktail and Coldblood Dew on this side as well. You can now proceed to clear the enemies that remain outside, while keeping an eye on the pitchfork-wielding enemy, as it has deceptively long range. Ignore the chapel entrance for now, and proceed on the opposite side and once you arrive at the stairs, prepare to be jumped by two extremely fast Rapid Dogs and a Rifle Huntsman. After defeating them, continue through the door and onto the balcony over looking an alter. Pull the lever on that balcony to move the alter, revealing the path to Old Yharnam.

This floor also houses a Madman's Knowledge on the ledge on the left. Don't drop down here yet. Instead, exit the lever room and go right, then right again, and you will meet the friendly NPC Alfred, if you choose to cooperate you will receive the Gesture: Pray and 3x Fire Paper.


Go back all the way to the lantern downstairs and into the chapel, and proceed without going under the altar so you can pick up a Madman's Knowledge in the far end. Beware to your left, an enemy will attempt to ambush you. Once that is dealt with, head down under the altar and claim Tempering Blood Gemstone. The room down the stairs from this one houses a werewolf, but you can run past if if you wish. Ahead of you is the room with the Old Yharnam lamp, and 4x Antidote.

Ways to go

At this point, you have a couple of options as to how to proceed next, if you wish to continue to explore the Ward fully, continue along the next paragraph. However you are also given the options of either exploring the Healing Church Workshop, or Old Yharnam, which we've just been granted access to via the lever.

If you wish to explore this area fully, head back the way you came and take the right stairs leading up from where you met the first pair of Church Servants. You will find your first Reaper, and a Bloodstone Shard on the left. If you don't want to deal with the Chapel Giant, then wait for him to go up the stairs, sprint in the direction that he emerged from, and operate the lever which closes a gate behind you. Go left from the stairs to find two Brick Trolls and several Carrion Crows. After dealing with all the enemies in this open area, look for the Monocular item near the end of the broken bridge. Continue along the path towards a ball and chain Reaper. Next to him, there is a "Loot enemy", which are like Crystal Lizards in Dark Souls (enemies who run away and will drop materials if you can catch them before they vanish). After you have defeated the giant, claim 5x Bloodstone Shard from the nearby corpse, and head down the stairs to its right to find a Tempering Blood Gemstone in a chest next to a locked door.


Before crossing the second gate, head right and find a Thick Coldblood (5). Turn around and find continue past the gate once again to find a Thick Coldblood (4) guarded by a Firesprayer-wielding enemy and a Carrion Crow - don't worry about the contents beyond the second gate, we'll come back to that (however if you want to pick up the loot, there should be 4x Madman's Knowledge scattered around). Beware of this attack that can be extremely deadly. Once the enemy is defeated, you can push on to pick Poison Knife and reach the bottom floor where you will find many doors with NPCs residing within them.

If you have defeated the blood starved beast already, then one of the people you talk to is going to is Arianna. You may convince to send her to one of the safe zones. If you have not defeated the blood starved beast, she will tell you that she "doesn't take clients when it's dark". After talking to her, you can talk to the "Skeptical Man" in the window on the other side. Eventually he will ask you about safe places, and you can send him one of the known ones. He will go to the OPPOSITE Location, so if you want him to go to Oedon Chapel you must send him to Iosefka, and vice versa. Beware of the incoming patrols of 4-5 enemies. On this lower floor, you will find the Black Church Set, along with more Poison Knives. Once you have picked up the items, a Rifle Huntsman will have spotted and begin targeting you. Use the trees as cover to get forward and deal with the rest of the Huntsmen as well.


Continue on until you are at his level and can defeat him, and then pick up the Thick Coldblood (4) at the end of the ledge, grabbing the 5x Blood Vial hanging off the edge as you go. Go into the nearby church and up a ladder. At the top, walk forward and drop onto the balcony then the roofs. Pick up the Quicksilver Bullets, and drop off the right side - you may want to perform a falling attack on the underneath dog, then pull the lever that opens the round plaza gate and gather the two Thick Coldblood next to each side of the stairs. After that, find a side alley that will lead you towards the next shortcut to open, next to point N.5 in the map, which is the Wooden Shield. Once the shortcut is unlocked, go up the ladder to your left, and claim Numbing Mist and Messenger's Black Hat items.

Drop from the roofs and head down the stairs, defeat the crow to your right and the Church Servant to your left, and then find Eileen the Crow and talk to her to further her Questline. You can also pick up a Madman's Knowledge amongst the crows on a corner.

When this is done, head back towards the round plaza and take the side exit next to one of the Chapel Giants. Ahead, a crow and a strange enemy will attack you. Deal with them and then find Twin Bloodstone Shard and an Adept Blood GemstoneAlfred will later on move to this area.


You can now backtrack to the large stairs leading up from the round plaza. The enemies here can be challenging if not divided, so go carefully and make sure to back away if you aggro too many. At the top of the stairs, you can go right to proceed into an area with two hunters and access to the Nightmare Frontier (as long as one possesses the Tonsil Stone), go left to go to Hemwick Charnel Lane, or challenge Vicar Amelia. Having high insight will allow you to hear Amelia's voice during the fight.


BOSS FIGHT: Vicar Amelia



Chikage Hunter Walkthrough

Once the blood moon has been activated by killing Rom, the Vacuous Spider, and you have been following Eileen's quest line, you will come across her lying on the ground injured outside the Vicar Amelia boss room. She has been hunting a mark that went terribly wrong, and she worries will be killed permanently if she dies again. To save her and complete her quest line, you must kill her mark for her. Easier said then done...


The Chikage Hunter, her mark, can be found inside the boss room waiting for his prey. He is by FAR the most difficult thing you will have to fight at this point in the game. His health is incredibly high, he moves with extraordinary speed, and has super human reaction times. Fighting him will require patience, strategy, and a bit of luck. Here are some invaluable tips and notes on this very formidable opponent:

  • First what must be noted are his items. He will take advantage of the Old Hunter Bone, and will almost always have its effect active. He will also throw Numbing Mist if you stay still too long or have low health, so keep moving. While rare, he may also occasionally heal up.
  • Combat-
    • He wields the Chikage and the Repeating Pistol. His firearm is what you will most have to worry about. The damage is capable of halving your life with a single shot, and he will use this as often as he can. Constantly move to avoid the hail of gunfire, and whenever he dodges, it's best if you do so too, as he often follows up his dodges with gunfire.
    • Beware: When either you or he reach low enough health (around ten percent for me), he will begin spamming his ranged weapon in a last second bid to kill you. Keep calm and keep dodging. If you can, try to return fire with your own ranged weapon to try and finish him off, but if you can't, keep dodging around in a circle around him until you can get in striking range, where he is less likely (though not certainly) to use his ranged weapon.
    • His sword is actually far less terrifying to fight. To most hunters he will actually do less damage with the sword, though he is quick in his strikes. He will often two-hand his sword as well to do more damage, though he is actually easier to fight as his gun is gone. This is by far the best place to parry him. The Hunter when two handing will either:
      • Roll towards you for a rolling attack. In this case, keep dodging. He's too fast at this part.
      • Walk slowly towards you and attack, which is incredibly easy to parry him.
    • As soon as he is in range with his sword, fire your gun. He will most likely have started attacking at this point and will be stunned. If not, dodge back. For the parry, I suggest equipping the Clawmark rune (Stronger visceral attacks), The Blood Rapture rune (Viseral attacks restore HP) and the Oedon Writhe rune (Visceral Attacks restore QS bullets). These will help you keep going as the fight draws out.
  • Most of the danger comes when he has both his sword and gun. If you have a fast weapon with enough stagger damage, hit him once then dodge back. If you follow up he'll use his super human reflexes and parry you, killing you almost certainly. If you don't have speed, try range instead. Keep this up throughout the fight. High damage parry when he two hands, quick strikes when he has gun and sword.
  • The most important rule: KEEP MOVING. If you stay still, he will hail you with bullets and mist.
  • Keep this up and after a few tries, you might be able to beat him. But don't worry if you don't, he is stupidly overpowered, so stay calm.
  • Alternatively, if you don't mind cheesing him, you can just wait until he switches to the blood mode of his weapon, then walk outside the doors. He'll kill himself from the continual damage and won't follow you outside. This is much easier than fighting him.


Cathedral Ward Map




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    • Anonymous

      06 Feb 2021 00:42  

      Elieen wont show up, opened both gates, killed cleric beast, father g, bsb and vicar amelia. Talked to her in sewers and got gesture to. What am i doing wrong?

      • Anonymous

        19 Nov 2020 16:23  

        As a minor note, about the Chikage hunter. They must have done a patch somewhere, because you can't cheese him anymore, or at least I've noticed it in NG+ lately. He'll now swipe his blade clean of blood and back off, when he used to just stay in that mode until you damaged him again yourself (auto-dmg from blood mode seemed to be completely beyond his ability to detect, heh). That and he starts spamming blood vials at around 50-60% health as well. Pity.

        • Anonymous

          06 May 2020 19:01  

          Before you go through in the tunnel leading to the door that doesn't open, there is a lower platform which is in accessible because of a waist-high wall. I'm sure I managed to access it from another area (on an earlier playthrough) but I can't remember how. Anyone got any ideas?

          • Anonymous

            18 Feb 2019 16:26  

            One complain: It says this area has two bosses, Vicar Amelia and The Bloody Crow of Cainhurst (a.k.a the chikage hunter); but the Bloody Crow isn't a boss, it's a mini-boss. It might be a rough fight, but it doesn't make it a boss. There's also the fact that Eileen can take his place if you don't help her in her quest. Also, the link for Chikage Hunter leads to a 404 error.

            • Anonymous

              22 Jan 2018 03:01  

              Lore note from Cathedral Ward:
              "A Watchman of Byrgenweth guards the gate with a password, the sacred adage of the Grand Cathedral"
              (found on a tower accessible from ladder after killing mob w/ armed hunstman and beastman; overlooking main square"

              • Anonymous

                23 Aug 2017 08:07  

                Just a heads up for anyone whos doing this fight. I found that you can land a guaranteed charged R2 just after you finish the visceral attack animation when you parry him. Basically doubles your damage each time you parry, and sometimes you can get a third hit in too (might need to be in blood form, he started dodging out before the third attack landed for me)

                • Anonymous

                  03 Dec 2016 21:33  

                  Easiest way I've found to kill the Chikage Hunter: Liberal use of the Augur of Ebrietas. If it hits, it'll knock him down or parry him, along with dealing a decent chunk of damage on its own, and the AI just doesn't learn. Bait out a lunging attack, and just...tentacle him in his stupid face.

                  • Anonymous

                    No enemies30 Sep 2016 05:40  

                    Im up to the part in the game where Rom is dead, technically im up to mensis but i don't think that affects it. Anyway, all the white dudes with staffs are gone, idk why this is but im sure it's to do with the bloodmoon. Does anyone actually know why this occurs?

                    • Anonymous

                      Sad Peeps05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                      All of the npc's i've fond so far are just sitting around crying except for the old lad anyone know why

                      • Anonymous

                        *Sigh* What have I done?05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                        Okay, everything just hit the fan in the cathedral ward. The old lady is dead, Eileen went mad, Arianna's preggers, and the Old Hag still doesn't know what the hell is happening. All thanks to that god ***** beggar (And possibly me skipping some parts of the NPC quests). Had me by surprise when his power-level just went over 9000, almost killed me, but thanks to that Greatsword, I finished him without expending much of my vials. God ***** beggars, should've never let him touch my baby-mama. Nevertheless, after killing the pretentious human, I searched for Eileen. Turns out, she be pissed and wants to shove her blades down my throat. Still can't kill her, god ***** Eileen.

                        • Anonymous

                          I went right before the boss.05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                          I went to the right before the Boss. I came to an area where you met two hunters who will attempt to kill you. I recommend to fight them one by one. One of them has a blunderbuss which is extremely annoying - auto-stuns if it hits. Here you can also find a Frenzied Coldblood (7). After this you come to an area with two axe-wieldibg reapers(?) and a rifleman ( cannot reach him). After beating them i came to a room with a door. When i went for the door a huge hand descended from the ceiling and killed me! After that i gave up on this route...

                          • Anonymous

                            God ***** it05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                            Dropped my controller and demolished the red robed undead. Poor guy. "I only wanted to be your friend..." I feel so guilty!

                            • Anonymous

                              Blood?05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                              If you take a right while facing the vicar Amelia boss room I found two hunters but after I killed them there were two doors that when you knocked on them they asked for blood. Has anyone managed to get inside? What is its purpose?

                              • All Survivors that can be sent to Havens05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                                Video with all the people you can send to safe Havens and how to find them.Link:

                                • Anonymous

                                  Eileen the Crow05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                                  I would really like some input on this. If I go about the game normally, and kill the Blood Starved beast before opening the gate with the emblem will Eileen be out the door in front of the Cathedral Ward lamp? Because I skipped the Shh gesture accidently on 3 characters and would like to get it on my fourth. I know NG+ but I would like to try and get all gestures in NG.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Killing Chikage hunter without engaging him directly.05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                                    Here is a super useful tip on how to kill the hunter without even touching him I discovered. When confronting him DO NOT attack him instead let him attack you, dodge his attacks and wait for the moment where he switches to the bloodied Chikage when that happens IMMEDIETLY run away to the exit as fast as you can! The hunter will follow you with the bloodied Chikage until the exit after that wait until his sword drains the health of the hunter completly, the funny thing is his AI doesn't realize he has a draining weapon therefore he doesn't switch back to the normal Chikage when waiting for you at the lamp; draining his health away without realizing it and he doesn't even heal either after a a minute or two he will die with his health drained! Hope this helps everyone who is having pure hell with the hunter!

                                    • Anonymous

                                      got snatched05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                                      so that really dangerous guy just outside of the cathedral ward entrance ( the middle one, wen u spawn) that can kill you in two hits got lucky on me while i was farming him... i got teleported to the jarghal hidden village place. woke up in a cell, some npc is downstairs praying and crying and wont talk to me. the area boss is that huge blue lightning beast... is this a glitch or what? i havent beaten that spider... i just killed the blood starved beast. i am stuck here with no vials and no way ( from what i can find) to return to the hunters dream... no lamp... bold hunters mark dont work, or the hunters mark. can i continue this game or what? i have no chance at killing the boss solo and coop wont work.......... help please

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Locked door05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                                        Does that locked door by the giant with the ball in chain go any where? The one directly left of the chest

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Accidentally closed the gate with the monocular behind it05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                                          I accidentally hit the lever of the gate by the first Church Giant, panicked, and ran outside the gate (yea, stupid). it's now locked by a device and the area it "protects" has the monocular, a loot enemy, and a tempering blood gemstone. Does anyone know how to reopen the gate or if this area can be jumped into or accessed from another area later on?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            locked door by the tempering blood gemstone and the loot enemy on the map05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                                            does anyone know how to open this door?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Huge Room With Candles And Ritual Bowl Thing and a Big Door05 Jul 2016 14:49  

                                              Make your way up to the Vicar Amelia boss fight. Just before the two dudes with huge tree branches you take the path on the right, kill the two bad hunters and from here there are two paths (that lead to the same area). If you take the left path with the snatcher, you'll wind up going down a cliff with two riflemen and then an area with two executioners. After this area is the room I'm talking about. If I try to open the door some huge ghostly messenger thing grabs me, takes a huge chunk of health and frenzies me, then proceeds to drop me which the fall kills me. Nothing happens after that What is this

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