Father Gascoigne

General Info
hp.jpg blood_echoes.jpg Location Drops
2031 NG (1800) Central Yharnam Oedon Tomb Key
Defenses Human/Beast Form
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95/126 95/126 95/126 --
blood_DEF.jpg arcane_DEF.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_DEF.jpg
95/126 80/160 65/50 120/120
slow_poison_RES.jpg rapid_poison_RES.jpg VS_beasts.jpg VS_kin.jpg
999/999 999/999 No/Yes No/No

Father Gascoigne (ガスコイン神父 Gasukoin shinpu lit. "Father Gascoigne") is a Boss in Bloodborne; he can also be summoned beforehand for a certain boss fight.

Father Gascoigne Information

  • You can summon Father Gascoigne to help you fight the Cleric Beast boss encounter before you fight him at the Tomb of Oedon. Use the Old Hunter Bell at his summoning location near the fountain where the first Brick Troll is fought in Central Yharnam. He can be very helpful for clearing the bridge on your way to the Cleric Beast if you do not enter the bridge via a short cut from one of the linked houses.
  • The Tiny Music Box item has a negative effect on Father Gascoigne in human and beast form. Using the item causes him to stop attacking, instead clutching his head in pain and muttering to himself. This leaves him wide open to attacks. However, if you use it 3 times while he is still human, he will transform into a beast immediately, regardless of his health remaining.
  • Once Father Gascoigne dies, you may buy Gascoigne's Set from the Insight Bath Messenger
  • This boss fight is not optional as it's currently the only way to reach the Cathedral Ward.
  • You gain 1 Insight for finding the boss, 1 Insight for seeing his beast form and 2 Insight for killing him.
  • Killing this boss will cause the time to progress, however, unlike it turning to night, or the blood moon appearing, no changes will happen. the sky is just slightly darker.



  • Father Gascoigne can be found at the end of Central Yharnam. You will need to clear or run by most of the sewers area, head up the ladder before or after the Maneater Boar, and make your way forward and left.



  • Blood Echoes: NG (1,800), NG+(34,393), NG++ (37,832), NG+3 (42,991), NG+4 (51,589), NG+6 and so on (85,982).
  • Oedon Tomb Key



During the intro

"...Beasts all over the shop... You'll be one of them, sooner or later..."

Upon killing the player

"Too Proud to show your true face eh? But what a sporting hunt, it was!"

When entering phase 2 (and only the first time you enter phase 2)

"What's that smell? ... The sweet blood, oh, it sings to me. It's enough to make a man sick"


Combat Information

  • When he transforms his weapon, his range increases but he doesn't really sacrifice anything in terms of speed
  • Transforming his weapon has no impact on his ability to use his Blunderbuss.
  • Father Gascoigne is weak to fire damage, both in human and beast form, and can be parried to open up visceral attacks against him.
  • Molotov Cocktails can be effective in this fight, especially when he turns into a beast, as his Fire RES decreases while in that form. Oil Urns can help further the damage caused by the fire. Keep in mind that Father Gascoigne is very agile, both as a human and beast, so you need to carefully time your throws.
  • The fight has three phases.
    • In the beginning, Father Gascoigne fights with a normal Hunter Axe and his unique Hunter Blunderbuss.
    • At roughly 75-80% health remaining, Father Gascoigne attacks you with a transformed Hunter Axe and his unique Hunter Blunderbuss, introducing charged and longer reaching attacks.
    • When he reaches 50% or less, Father Gascoigne transforms into a beast, leaping and slashing at you quickly with his claws. This last portion can be challenging; make good use of the counter moves listed on this page.
  • While human, Gascoigne can be knocked down and staggered by certain weapons/items.
  • His beast form increases all of his defenses, except his fire resistance, which drops further.
  • During this form, he is considered a beast, and therefore vulnerable to Serration damage as a result. However, he gains considerable amounts of hyper-armor in this form as well.


Attack Name Attack Counter
Scattergun Burst You can dodge forward and avoid it, or move backwards and out of it's range. You may also use the tombstones in the area to block the shots.
Horizontal Chop You can dodge into or away from the swing to avoid damage. You may also use the tombstones in the area to put distance between you and attack.
Spark Uppercut You can dodge away from it or parry it if your timing is good.
Jump Attack Dodge away from it or use tombstones to block it. There is a good opening after he performs this attack.
Charged Spin Used in phase 2 with transformed Hunter Axe. Dodge away from this attack. There is a good opening after he performs this attack.
Aerial Dive (Beast Form) Dodge or roll towards him when he's about to pounce.
Swipe (Beast Form) Dodge away or parry.
Downward Smash (Beast Form) Dodge away and attack from range.
Berserker Slash (Beast Form) Dodge away and parry or attack from range.


Strategies 1 (Use the Tombstones)

While in his human form, Gascoigne's search path is bad and he often tries to attack you even if there are tombstones between the two of you. As a result, he usually runs head first into the tombstone and misses his attack (His Blunderbuss will also be blocked by the tombstone as well). Use this to your advantage by baiting him to attack the tombstones and charge attack him while he's in recovery frames for 200-300 damage. It is also possible to get him stuck on one of the trees in the corners of the cemetery, leaving you the opportunity to hit him from the other side of the tree repeatedly until he transforms.

While in his beast form, Gascoigne will gain the ability to destroy the tombstones, making the above strategy obsolete. On the other hand, he will attack like a madman, giving tons of opportunity for you to stun him with your Firearm and perform a Visceral Attack on him. Keep a moderate distance from him by dashing backwards and wait until he performs his multiple swipe attack and shoot him in the face while he is slashing the air, which will net you multiple Visceral Attack opportunities, making him go down very fast.

Strategy 2 (Quick Weapon & Stairs)

Use a weapon quicker than his axe. The Threaded Cane is ideal here, but other weapons will do. As soon as the battle starts, run for the stairs to the right, and conduct the entire fight on the stairs and the landing in front of the cathedral gate. The graveyard is a difficult place to fight due to its erratic terrain and his arcing attacks. If you need space, drop down from the landing and make the loop back up, healing as needed.

In Phase 1, dodge to your left and away often, if you're not sure what he's about to do. Use the dodge attack whenever you can get away with it, but don't get greedy, even with the Threaded Cane, you can't hit him more than twice in a row before he'll use the Blunderbuss. He has trouble hitting you with the blunderbuss if you're on the stairs, as well.

In Phase 2, his attacks become more linear, with a lot of overhead swings and rolling thrusts, except for the circular swing, which has a long windup so you have time to interrupt or get clear. You can dodge sideways more often, but you still need to be careful.

In his final phase, he's extremely quick, hits hard, and has a lot of reach. Try to save your bullets for this phase. Try to get some distance and have an Oil Urn ready to throw, and then again try to get some ground and hit him with a Molotov Cocktail. Fight defensively, heal freely, and try to just burn him down. 

Strategy 3 (Giant Axe Swing)

The heavy attack on the transformed  Hunter Axe has the potential to keep Father Gascoigne away from the player during his human phase. It is incredibly effective at keeping him from getting too close to the player as long as the player has sufficiently practised the heavy swing with R2 and learned the timing, recovery time, and speed. The first swing doesn't always stun Father Gascoigne, however, the player will typically not react to an attack during the second swing, meaning if Father Gascoigne hits the player before their attack is entirely finished, it will connect regardless. This can be used to recover the health from his attack fairly instantly.

The second swing has the added bonus of sending Father Gascoigne flying backwards. While the player could use this opportunity to get in a free hit, the speed of the double-handed axe makes the weapon fairly useless in this scenario. Instead, it is better to simply heal if needed, give yourself ample time to charge the attack when he comes running. He may occasionally fire his blunderbuss shot, so it's recommended to gain some distance yourself or sidestep when he follows it up with a regular attack, and try for the heavy swing again.

When Father Gascoigne dashes towards the player, it's best to have the attack charging. Because Father Gascoigne is such a fast target, he will almost always step in the range of the attack, and rarely attempts to avoid it at all, instead trying to attack you out of it. Once the second swing connects, he typically will try to close the gap between you two again, allowing for you to follow it up with more of the same.

Be aware that every time you send him flying, you will break tombstones if he connects with them while being propelled back. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but always take into consideration that the path his AI will take to get to you is dependant on the quickest route, and if tombstones are in the way of his movements, he will have to run around them. It is important to remember that the heavy attack will drain all of your stamina in one swing, meaning a quick dodge may be possible after a brief few frames, but an attack won't be as effective due to losing nearly all of your stamina. The heavy swing only requires that you have stamina (regardless of how little) to perform the heavy swing, and you will always have a chance to use it if you manage to connect the second swing of the heavy swing with Father Gascoigne, as he will never get up quick enough to stop you before you can. As such, pay close attention to yourself relative to your environment.

It is best to stay in an open area during the fight, as it is possible to have your axe attack interrupted by the environment, resulting in the player getting stunned from their own attack, and possibly opening themselves up to a free hit from Father Gascoigne.

Once the second phase actives, performing the heavy attack is still effective, but far more difficult, as Father Gascoigne will rarely be far from his opponent. Hitting him during his aerial attack is nearly impossible and will result in you simply being smashed underfoot. Your options at this point are:

  • Continuously gain distance from Father Gascoigne and prep yourself for a heavy attack. This may result in the battle going on longer, but still has the added bonus of sending him flying when struck
  • If you gained the Saw Hunter Badge, purchase a faster weapon, such as the Threaded Cane, and use that weapon in conjunction with your firearm of choice

Should you decide to continue using the axe, try running up the stairs, falling back into the graveyard, and preparing for when he comes close. Depending on how far he was from you, he may either have chased you down the building or ran back down the stairs (which would be the best scenario). Be aware of the sheer difficulty that predicting his movements so far in advance can make using the axe in this phase incredibly difficult, so come prepared with items or a backup weapon.

The benefit of this strategy may allow a player with insufficient levels to take on human Father Gascoigne without having to grind so heavily for blood echoes, however the second phase may still require it, thus, it may be necessary to upgrade your axe at the workshop, increase your strength and endurance, or build your character according to your play style and use that for his second phase.

Strategy 5 (Tiny Music Box)

If you fully clear Central Yarhnam 2-3 times depending on starting class, you should be able to get enough blood echoes to get either strength or skill to 30. Once there go into the boss fight and immediately head to your left into the open area. Keep Gascoigne away from the walls and gravestones and then use the Tiny Music Box and rush him with a fully charged R2 to his back, followed by a Visceral Attack. Doing this four times will almost, if not completely, kill him, making the entire fight take as little as 45 seconds to a minute.




Notes & Trivia

  • Nothing stops you from picking up the Red Jeweled Brooch during the boss fight. This does not change the quest in any way.
  • In beast form, he becomes stronger, faster and more aggressive, at the cost of his sanity. However, later in the game, multiple details come to light that some beasts, perhaps even all, still have a conscience, meaning their humanity isn't completely gone.
  • It's possible to use the Tiny Music Box to stun Gascoigne, but mind that can't interrupt his combos this way, and on the third stun he will assume Beast Form regardless of health. In Beast Form, you will be able to stun him one last time before this strategy stops working altogether.
  • His equipment set reveals that his clothing had a "pungent beastly smell," indicating that his transformation had been slow and ate away at his humanity over time.
  • Even though his equipment set is actually above-average when dealing with fire damage, Father Gascoigne is still weak against fire damage.
  • This is an indicator of just how far the beast plague has taken its toll on Father Gascoigne; he's become more beast-like over time.
  • In the Alpha version, he muttered "Umbasa" upon killing the player, a reference to one of From Software's games, "Demon's Souls".
  • If you summon Father Gascoigne for the Cleric Beast boss fight and you happen to have the Tiny Music Box, using it will make Father Gascoigne give you an unimpressed grunt or a small chuckle.
  • Gascoigne's surname is based off Irish origin. His dialogue, "beasts all over the shop" is also based off from an Irish colloquialism.
  • As his attire description reveals, the title "Father" is actually a reference to his literal paternal status: he has 2 daughters, both of which still hope for his return after the hunt. 
  • However, it could also point to Gascoigne's Irish connections, as priests in Ireland are colloquially referred to as "Father", think calling someone "Sir".
  • There is a very rare glitch where Gascoigne duplicates himself upon transforming, leaving his human form standing inert where he transformed and his beast form acting as normal. Hitting either will damage his health bar, meaning one player can distract the beast form while another hits the defenceless human form.
  • Oddly enough, Father Gascoigne actually carries the Hunter Pistol, although it behaves like a Hunter Blunderbuss.
  • Also, Gascoigne can use his firearm even while his axe is transformed.
  • Normally players cannot use firearms when the Hunter Axe is transformed, giving Gascoigne a unique characteristic amongst many Hunters and Old Hunters.
  • When transformed he only has 4 toes.
  • In his transformed state it is possible to lure him into clipping through the stairs and falling to his death. Stand halfway up the stairs and have him charge at you from the foot of the stairs, and on rare occasions, he will miss the stairs hitbox and fall straight to, leading to an instant victory after he hits the bottom of the world.
  • Father Gascoine hates the sewers. If you have summoned him for the fight against the Cleric Beast, any attempts to lead him near the sewers will result in him using his Silencing Blank and leaving. Effectively wasting your Insight.









    • Anonymous

      17 Jun 2020 21:18  

      "Gascoigne's surname is based off Irish origin." Source? Gascoigne is a British surname of Old French origin

      • Anonymous

        19 May 2020 21:45  

        Ten molotovs plus a few well-timed evades on his second form, at which time he was almost dead. Took one minute to beat him first try, I love molotovs!

        • Anonymous

          11 Apr 2020 18:32  

          molotov cocktails are extremely effective. as soon as he transformed i chcuked three on him and he was dead son!

          • Anonymous

            07 Dec 2019 02:19  

            Wish more hunter bosses like him were in CDs. This guy is fun as hell to fight. 35 Amygdalae, watcher trios and watchdogs back-to-back on defiled chalices? Not so much.

            • Anonymous

              17 Oct 2019 12:35  

              A true tutorial boss. I knew this game was right up my alley when i beat him first try, first build. My hands were shaking and i was out of vials by that time. Did you know that according to PSN, roughly half of the people who bought the game have gotten the trophy for beating gascoigne? Sad they don't know what kind of experience they're missing

              • Anonymous

                15 Oct 2019 22:18  

                very easy on an arcane build. idk if molotov cocktails are effective on other builds too, but 9 of them almost killed him (one missed) and the red was super easy, just cut him to shreds with saw cleaver

                • Anonymous

                  24 Aug 2019 00:41  

                  In my opinion, Father Gascoigne is the best Boss Fight in all of SoulsBorne... I had trouble on him the first time because I had been used to attacking slowly and patiently due to Dark Souls, but Father Gascoigne conditioned me to play like a true hunter, and I felt that was him passing his curse onto me... A truly amazing boss that has my heart racing every time I fight him... Wow

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Jul 2019 10:44  

                    I never had any trouble with Gascoigne, both in NG and NG+ it took me 2 attempts. And this is my first SoulsBorne game.

                    • Anonymous

                      10 May 2019 00:05  

                      Wiki is wrong about 2 daughters. He only has the 1. Other girl is never mentioned by the daughter in the window at all.

                      • Anonymous

                        17 Apr 2019 14:14  

                        I beat this guy on my second try, I really don't understand why so many people had so much trouble with him. I guess soloing O&S in DS1 has trained me well...

                        • Anonymous

                          10 Apr 2019 18:37  

                          Maybe I read it wrong, but the Tiny Music Box only works once in his beast stage. At least it did for me, multiple times I used it and it only worked the first time yet it doesn’t state such here.

                          • Anonymous

                            07 Apr 2019 11:56  

                            Noticed on NG+ he sufferes from the same glitch as Living Failures and Orphan. Oeden Writhe and Blood Rapture are 4x as effective on a visceral

                            • Anonymous

                              20 Mar 2019 03:05  

                              Right. My recommendation is that you don't try to attack when you enter the battle. He is fast and can attack faster than you. Dodge to the side and use a quick attack chain to get a head start on taking him down. When he fires with his gun, if you time your Dodge/roll right, you can actually avoid taking any damage. I do not recommend this as a strategy... This is a thing you should only do if you are desperate to get away or have health to spare. In the first stage of the fight, the long rage axe, if that is your chosen first weapon, is your friend. It allows you to keep some distance and a little leeway when dealing with him. Do not attempt to party his upper cut attack. If you have space, back stepped as much as you can.

                              • Anonymous

                                01 Feb 2019 17:45  

                                I get it, it's a 'hard' boss. Being the fact that he has a ton of health and can hit hard. But as long as you can dodge, learn to not be greedy, and take advantage of his pauses (like in any SoulsBorne game) then you'll be fine. Being someone who played the other three games, I'd have to say he's one of the easier bosses in Bloodborne. Heck, compared to the other games too. He's still one of my favorites, always bringing me back to play it again.

                                • Anonymous

                                  22 Jan 2019 22:11  

                                  Im was new to soulborne games before bloodborne and on my first playthrough he absolutely destroyed me. I mustthe have tried at least 20 times before finally beating him. Such a wakeup call for a newcomer.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    12 Jan 2019 18:42  

                                    I managed to get him to half hp because for some reason Cascoinge and I were on the other side of a wall of graveyards. He kept trying to long attack me abd i did the same. After He transfirmed i shot oil over him and spammed molotovs.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      07 Nov 2018 13:27  

                                      Oh yeah? Well I killed him on my Zerost try with my bare fists just throwing gang signs and scaring him to death with the kool ass hunter torch plus 11, the game was so impressed I was instantly rewarded with NG+99 and OoK killed himself out of amazement. Pro Playa, sheeesh:)

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