Cleric Beast

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General Info
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3015 4000 Central Yharnam Sword Hunter Badge
Defenses
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103 123 103 --
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103 165 50 165
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999 999 Yes No

Cleric Beast (聖職者の獣 Seishoku-sha no kemono lit. "Cleric Beast") is a Boss in Bloodborne. While optional, it's likely the first boss that most new players encounter.

Cleric Beast Information

  • The Cleric Beast is an enormous creature with disfigured horns. With high agility and superhuman strength, this boss should not be taken lightly.
  • This creature owes its name to a rumor which states that members of the Healing Church would eventually transform into the most hideous beasts.
  • You can summon Father Gascoigne to help you fight the Cleric Beast (you must have the Old Hunter Bell). He can be summoned near the fountain where you encounter the first Brick Troll in Yharnam. The advantage to summoning Father Gascoigne is that he can help you fight the enemies that guard the Great Bridge. The disadvantage is that he may get hurt before the boss fight against the Cleric Beast.
  • It's your choice when to summon him, but people who have issues reaching the boss may want to consider summoning him before fighting the enemies on the Great Bridge.
  • You can also summon Vileblood Hunter Alfred at the door of the dark house that leads back to the Centarl Yharnam lamp after you have killed the Blood-Starved Beast before fighting the Cleric Beast.
  • The Cleric Beast is an optional boss fight, but is necessary to beat if you wish to acquire the Sword Hunter Badge.
  • You gain 1 Insight for finding the boss and 3 Insight for killing it.

 

Location

  • Central Yharnam at the far end of the great bridge. You will have to fight several enemies to reach it, including a pair of Wolf Beasts; Carrion Crows; and a Brick Troll. It's possible to avoid fighting the Wolf Beasts if you take a shortcut from one of the houses.

 

Drops

  • Blood Echoes: NG (4,000), NG+ (61,812), NG++ (67,994), NG+3 (77,265), NG+5 (92,718), NG+6 (154,530), NG+7 (265,173).
  • Sword Hunter Badge.

 

Combat Information

  • The Cleric Beast is vulnerable to Serration and Fire damage, and can be crippled in the fight for a short time.
  • However, it's considerably strong against Blunt, Arcane and Bolt damage.
  • Always try to dodge and stay behind him, since his counterattack swipe with his left arm does minimal damage that can easily be recovered via the Rally mechanic.
  • Attacking any of its limbs repeatedly will eventually cripple and stagger the Cleric Beast for a short while.
  • After a certain amount of damage is dealt, it will start doing its healing animation with the red aura. This will heal all of its crippled limbs and will enrage it further. It will not, however, heal back any of its health.
  • You can shoot his head with a firearm to open him up for a visceral attack, which will cause massive damage. When using the Hunter Pistol it takes two direct hits usually (on NG). On the flip side, the Hunter Blunderbuss takes three normally (also on NG). At extremely close range, only one is sometimes needed (NG).
  • If you have successfully pulled off a Visceral Attack by shooting its head, you can do it again only after it uses its healing move to regenerate limbs.
  • Molotov Cocktails are extremely effective in this fight. They usually hit for around 250 damage since they deal fire damage.
  • Don't forget to use Oil Urns to further increase the damage. You'll find a small handful near the fountain where you can summon Father Gascoigne; it's guarded by a group of Carrion Crows. However, keep in the mind the Cleric Beast's agility; it can easily jump and dodge both items if you carelessly throw at it.
  • If you summoned Father Gascoigne into the fight with you, the Cleric Beast will largely ignore you; Father Gascoigne is so aggressive, he'll just stand in front of the beast and attack wildly. He doesn't do a great amount of damage with each hit, but it leaves you relatively unhindered to get behind the boss and break its legs. Furthermore, like his boss fight encounter, Father Gascoigne will transform his axe to extend it when his health is low, allowing him to hit the Cleric Beast from a longer distance while still being able to use his unique firearm.
  • Father Gascoigne does not fill a summon slot. If he is summoned first, it is still possible to summon two players, allowing you to tackle this boss with a four-man team.
  • If you have already killed Blood Starved Beast in Old Yarhnam , you can summon Alfred for this fight. You can take a stairs from Central Yarhnam lamp , kill the Huntsman & you will find messengers ringing bell before entering the dark room which is short to Cleric Beast.

 

Attack Name Attack Counter
Grab This enemy has a grab that can be deadly, if you see its left arm swing forward in a grappling motion, get out of the way.
4-hit combo Wait away from the boss until the last hit slams the floor to safely counter.
Forward Leap Roll INTO the leap to avoid taking damage.
Forward Slam Stay away to avoid, or roll forward to avoid taking damage.

 

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Notes & Trivia

  • The Cleric Beast's design appears to be inspired by the legend of a supernatural creature known as a "wendigo."
    • The legend of the wendigo states that it grew in size depending on how many humans it had eaten. Since Brador wears the skin of a Cleric Beast, yet it's small enough for Brador to comfortably wear as clothing, that might mean that Cleric Beasts start off small at first. Even more chilling, if this is true, that means this particular Cleric Beast you fight on the Great Bridge has eaten many humans and thus grew to an enormous size.
  • Its horns, which are very misshapen, are a trademark of this particular creature.
  • The music score of the Cleric Beast fight is the same as the one used for the "Project Beast" trailer, albeit with minor modifications.
  • At the beginning of the game, when you climb the ladder that leads to Gilbert, you hear an unknown creature screeching loudly throughout the city. This is a foreshadow to new players, warning them of terrible things that lurk in the city. In this case, the loud screech belongs to the Cleric Beast, who continues to screech loudly while it tries to kill you.
  • In the Bloodborne trailer, "Face Your Fears," the Hunter is crushed by the hand of a creature that looks similar to the Cleric Beast.
  • The Cleric Beast shares similar characteristics to Manus, Father of the Abyss from Dark Souls; they both have red eyes on their horns and their left arm is larger than their right.
  • The fur on his legs looks unusually like fungus and there are nails jammed into his legs.

 

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    • Anonymous

      One of my least favorite arenas in the entire franchise. So mich **** that your character and the camera gets stuck on. Great boss, awful arena

      • Anonymous

        I was able to summon Alfred (with Old Hunter Bell) for this fight, the only other bosses I beat were Paarl, Blood Starved Beast (with Alfred summoned) and Gascoigne. His summon sign was in near the door into the dark house from the shortcut left of the Central Yharnam lamp. Dunno why he is available when you can also summon Gascoigne and the NPC is much further than the boss, might (HARD might) be lore significant.

        • Anonymous

          Good first tutorial boss has a easy to learn moveset. Gives a good idea of what is ahead in the game. Has a good theme to listen to when fighting it. 10 out of 10 starter boss :)

          • Anonymous

            I saw a theory on YouTube in one of the very few lore videos I could find about the Cleric Beast, and the guy in question thinks that the Cleric Beast is actually Ludwig after succumbing to beasthood. Any evidence for that theory, or has anyone else even heard it?

            • Anonymous

              Makes me think of a biblical goat demon, something like Baphomet. Fitting for something called a Cleric Beast.

              • Anonymous

                The boss music: extremely high quality composure by talented musicians and choir. The boss it's for: EEEeeerrRReeeeeEE

                • Anonymous

                  First creature you can beat with ease by hugging his but the whole fight. Theres a few bosses this tactic works on. And people said this game was challenging...

                  • Anonymous

                    Ah, a singer's voice. He should really sign up for the choir, he can hit every note. Best singer in yharnam and beyond, by far.

                    • Anonymous

                      Something I feel is overlooked is how (ignoring the CDs, because once you're done w them you don't go back) throughout the game, bosses transition from mainly beasts to mainly kin, and I found myself missing the beast bosses. This led me to actually want to play through NG+ because the bosses were so unique, as opposed to only being enticed to enter ng+ cycles for loot (looking at you, DS3). This kept me in a loop of wanting to fight the CB and Gascoigne, then wanting to fight Rom and Gehrman again. It's a way better alternative to recycling a boss midway through the game, and even when BB did that, they gave Laurence a huge array of new moves (although most of them were and still are BS)

                      • Anonymous

                        I wish instead of killing it immediately it would come back late game and you’d fight it in the area with the two giants and the fountain before Amelia

                        • I wish it had different abilities and more health between evening/midnight/blood moon, since that would inject a bit more into the gameplay experience. If there were also different rewards for fighting it at those different stages of progression through the game, it'd be an interesting balancing feature preventing it from being too easy if you fight him late-game while still giving a worthwhile reward. I shouldn't really complain, though - we got Laurence, instead.

                          • Anonymous

                            Can someone tell me how he is optional because the main gate requiring the emblem, is the only way I know how to get to Vicar Amelia and progress through the game.

                            • Anonymous

                              I was able to summon Alfred for this fight without defeating the Blood Starved Beast. His summoning bell seems to appear there after you talked to him at the Logarius statue and decide to cooperate with him, like the one in Old Yharnam.

                              • Anonymous

                                Since the game doesn't really tell you where you need to go, or what to do, I just ran past him on my first playthrough and only found out about him much later

                                • Anonymous

                                  You know how in the Hunter's Nightmare we come across another vicar praying at the elevator to the Research Hall, and off to the side is a church hunter dressed in black? That's how I interpret the relation between Vicar Amelia and the Cleric Beast. The Cleric Beast is a sort of bodyguard for Vicar Amelia and kills anyone that tries to enter the Cathedral Ward from the Great Bridge, while Amelia continues to pray at the Grand Cathedral. It isn't the exact same hunter as we meet in the Hunter's Nightmare, but an occupational successor. This would also explain why it drops the Sword Hunter badge (although the fact that it is apparently a cleric is reason enough).

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This thing was the first boss I fought and I beat him like 3rd try, honestly thought it was easier to beat than Father Gascoigne

                                    • Anonymous

                                      "red eyes on its horns" in proper lighting, specifically when the sun lowers after fighting Gascoigne, it's easier to see that those aren't eyes, but the broken ends of the horns themselves. Cleric beast doesn't appear to have eyes whatsoever.

                                      • Can't remember who but some *****ing retard said that the Cleric Beast was Ludwig. You know, it's *****ing proven he's not in Old Hunters. After being told that Ludwig wasn't Cleric Beast he then jumped to another theory saying that Brador was Ludwig. Guy was a *****ing retard. You might find him down there in the comment section somewhere.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Pretty good fight, got a clue here in the comments and threw 10 cocktails at the dude, then whacked it with my big ass axe. No problemo. //Obamacare

                                          • Anonymous

                                            IMO, the poor hunter in "Face Your Fears" is crushed by Amelia just before he almost reaches the beast skull of Laurence...The guy hunts down most Yharnamites in the streets, kills the Blood starved beast (Since he goes to the Chalice Dungeons) and finally he finds his way to the cathedral...
                                            LO__
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                                            I I

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I created a new character yesterday after the update, and noticed in two attempts that I could only get the stun from shooting his head once, whereas before I could get it 3 times. I waited for his red glowing indicator and all that, and wasted about 15 Pistol shots to his head trying to get that second stagger, to no avail. Has anyone noticed anything similar?

                                              • so this is the first boos and I am getting my ass handed to me over and over, I'm not getting his last 20% health, I'm 5 or 6 tries in and getting stopped at the same amount heallh left on him

                                                • Killed him yesterday in NG+, started off the fight by blasting him once with a buffed cannon (+7 and bonemarrow ash), took out about 690 health and stunned him, allowing for a visceral attack right off the bat. So you can infact stun him for a visceral. I also had 99 insight at the time.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    i was having some hard time with this boss, but he is really weak to fire, a molotov drains sometinhg up to 180 points of his life, so i farmed a little and bought 10 molotov, aimeing on the head i trew then all and easily killed this boss. after hitting 8 of my molotovs, he was with 1/4 of his life, so it was easy after that with just one blood vial. but u can use more haha. (ps. my english is not perfect, sorry for any mispelling word)

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      You can summon Alfred for this fight if you have met him before defeating the boss. His messengers are near the shortcut from the Central Yharnam lamp to the boss.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Okay, so I've been looking up on the lore a little and I was wondering: do you think the Cleric Beast is the hunter Ludwig? It's a far off assumption I suppose, but I just find it a little ... Coincidental that the badge he drops not only mentions that Ludwig was the first hunter to join the Healing Church, but that after acquiring it you can then get his gun and sword. Maybe I'm looking to much into this ... What do you think?

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          First fight I had and he scared the absolute frap out of me! Beat him first try and have to say, he is pretty badass

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            pfft just get the flamethrower that guy at the central Yharnham torch gives you, take 20 bullets make 5 more then spray the boss with it, create more bullets when needed, probably only need vials ot heal yourself after making bullets because he did nothing to close the distance between us. Boss doesn't hit particularly hard compared to Father Gascoine

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              When I go to fight the cleric beast on the bridge where he spawns instead of him jumping on to the bridge to start the fight there are enemies at the end of the bridge with a fireball behind them. Do I need to fight father Gascoigne first or it this a glitch plz respond ASAP

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I went to fight the boss and it started to acted me all of a sudden 2 werewolf acted me as well out of no where. that was a weird bug

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Since this is an optional boss, has anyone tried to defeat it after advancing to different moon phases? If so, is there any difference?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    At the Center Yharnam lamp talk to the man in the window right next to it and get the Flamesprayer, unupgraded it will easily deal with the Cleric Beast. You may have to get some blood bullets (Up on the D-Pad) to bring him from 100% to 0% with it, but it is easily done.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Has anyone noticed that the Cleric beast seems to resemble that of a Wendigo? If you look at a illustrated description of the wendigo the Cleric Beast seems to hit some to most of the features

                                                                      • so i found out by complete accident that if you have the cathedral ward unlocked before fighting the cleric beast that you can't summon Father whatshisface instead you summon Alfred. but he literally does nothing during the boss fight except follow you around which is pretty useless if Alfred has the boss aggro. so it basically becomes a 1v1 anyway since Alfred literally doesn't attack a single time or even target the cleric beast

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          If you neglect to fight the Beast, can you encounter him later in the Cathedral Ward? Specifically, on the balcony from which he drops into the arena (with the Ball and Chain Church Giant)? I'd guess not, but does anyone know for sure? Don't feel like starting a new file to find out.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Someone really needs to edit this and remove the part saying its Ludwig since we now know what we know with the DLC.

                                                                            • We all know that the Cleric Beast drops from the Cathedral Ward, so why can't you see it there? It would be cool if you could fight it there instead or something, or even be able to see it on top of a building.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                He most certainly can be parried as long as your bloodtinge isn't too low. Just did 2 fights and was able to stagger him with just one shot everytime

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I absolutely can't stand this fight on NG+, or any other boss on NG+ for that matter. It's not because it's hard. I've only died to this boss once in the whole game when I first fought it. The reason is because of how long it takes to kill this thing. I think it took around 15 minutes with a 10+ Threaded Cane and a 9+ Warped Twinblades.. It's neither challenging or interesting, it's merely boring. On NG I think this is a pretty good opening fight to the game though the arena's a bit small and the dumb thing kept walking into the bridge walls. I think they should have either given it new moves and/or increased its health and made its attacks do more damage. As it stands, it seems to have about three times the health it had on NG.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    My first video on Bloodborne it might help you, if you want check it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksj2lVPDbX4

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      So.....it turns out that Ludwig is not the cleric beast, and he even appears as a boss in the upcoming DLC, albeit as a monster.

                                                                                      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JXyiJ3NZhQ The Video is from NG+ but you can still kill him using Gascoigne to keep the heat off you when healing or attacking him on NG. I would say this boss is easy on NG+ plus even when I was level 80 and using the burial blade +10 fire infused.

                                                                                        • Ok, so, not only did someone get rid of alot of the indented bullets I used to try and make points easier to read, it looks like there's some sort of fight that broke out in the revisions tab. Also, I cannot edit anything anymore.

                                                                                          What in the world happened while I was gone?

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            When I first got this game I tried a more defensive hit and run approach but that was way more time consuming and only ended up getting me killed most of the times. Now when I restarted the game with a new character I was more on the offense. Got up next to him and stuck to his legs while swinging away with the saw cleaver like there was no tomorrow. The only times I stepped away briefly was to refill health and stamina.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              The item descriptions you read indicate that the Cleric Beast was the current captain of the church hunters. But I'm rather sad that we never learned his name like we did fighting Laurence in the dlc.

                                                                                              • Balls... I need to change the bit about Gascoigne not taking up a summon slot, because that was changed in the League patch. Both him and Alfred were changed to Old Hunters, which do use a summon slot, and their signs disappear after you have two summons and having one prevents you from having more than one human player.

                                                                                                And every *****ing time I correct this, someone comes by and changes it back. And now the page is locked. >_>

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  I don't think they grow in size as they eat people like wendigos do. Amelia instantly went from a small human lady directly to an enormous beast right in front of our eyes.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    i just got bloodborne a few days ago and have been having a pretty good time learning the game (it's hard but that's the fun part) i beat the cleric beast 1st with i would venture to say half a pixel of health left and no blood vials afterwards i felt like my heart was about to burst out my chest and ***** slap me :p onto the next boss :)

                                                                                                    • The Cleric Beast is, in my opinion, the best created boss that From Software put into Bloodborne. It's difficult enough that most new players will get slaughtered repeatedly, and yet smart observers will figure out its weaknesses quickly enough (hint, one of its arms is longer than the other, and it's no surprise that the longer one performs deadlier attacks). That's why I'm glad they created another one in the DLC, granted it's more vicious and you can't use fire extremely well against it this time around.

                                                                                                      I should mention that the DLC patches changed up quite a few things however regarding the summons. I know that Father Gascoigne can't be summoned in his original spot and is now found near the fountain, which IMO is a far better location since it helps new players out with take down the creatures of the bridge while also wearing down Father Gascoigne and making him less useful against the Cleric Beast. Also, I don't know if Alfred can still be summoned, that I still have to test out, so for now I left that part out until it can be re-verified.

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