Lady Maria

(of the Astral Clocktower)

General Info
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14,081 39,000 Astral Clocktower Celestial Dial
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147 147 147 --
blood_DEF.jpg arcane_DEF.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_DEF.jpg
147 103 177 103
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999 999 No No

Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower (時計塔のマリア Tokei-tō no Maria lit. "Maria of the Clocktower") is a Boss in Bloodborne. She was added with The Old Hunters DLC.

"A corpse... should be left well alone." (Lady Maria)


Cut content: Secret dialogue with Lady Maria that was later cut out of the game can be found here.

Examining her body:

"A corpse... should be left well alone.
Oh, I know very well. How the secrets beckon so sweetly.
Only an honest death will cure you now.
Liberate you, from your wild curiosity."



Lady Maria General Information

The boss will only be initiated once the corpse is examined. After the cutscene, Lady Maria and the player character will be placed into set positions and the fight will begin.
This fight has three phases:

  • Phase 1:
    • Lady Maria will fight normally with the Rakuyo occasionally switching between transformed and untransformed modes.
    • Can occasionally use her gun in both transformed and untransformed modes..
  • Phase 2:
    • Lady Maria will stab her chest with the two blades, produce an explosion of blood and coat her weapons in it, similar to the Chikage.
    • All of her previously used attacks will now have greatly extended reach and will gain a bloody effect.
    • In this stage she will also gain several new attacks incorporating blood.
  • Phase 3:
    • Lady Maria will levitate off the ground slowly, seemingly syphoning the blood on her, then producing a fairly large blood explosion.
    • All attacks used in the previous phases now gain a fire property, which traces each attack, producing fire after the attack finishes.
      • The fire is produced slightly further away from the attack, effectively extending the attack's range.
      • It is possible to be hit by both the attack and the fire after it in succession if not dodged properly.
      • Some of her attacks now open up visceral attacks for her.






Strategy & Tips


General Tips

  • Dodge to your left to avoid most of her attacks.
  • It is possible to parry Lady Maria through all her three phases.
  • It is also possible to stagger her through all three phases.
  • Starting from phase 2, Lady Maria will gain an attack that can unconditionally parry, similar to Gehrman's bullet (a single, long charging criss-cross attack)
  • When attempting to parry Lady Maria in phase 3, even if it is successful, it is still possible to be hit by the fire slashes of her attack even though the attack does not complete and the fire effect does not appear on screen. This will damage and stun you, preventing you from getting a visceral in.
  • She can easily be moved to phase 3, even skipping phase 2, with 3-4 visceral attacks.
  • A simple strategy: R1 spam with a reasonably quick weapon (threaded cane, church pick, etc). After 2-4 hits, fire a blunderbuss. The timing  will very often result in a parry. Works in all 3 phases - especially if you back her into a wall during phase 1. The only attack that disrupts your flow is her charge attack, but you can often regain your health via rally if you keep spamming.
  • She is EXTREMELY weak to Thrust ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


Weapon Specific Tips

  • A cheese is possible where you knock her down with Augur of Ebrietas, walk up to her, and repeat. You get the chance for a visceral attack if you time it properly.
  • Cheese also possible using the Threaded Cane. Light attacks (untransformed) stunlock her long enough to chain them together, so you can light-attack her until your stamina is drained. Repeat until victory, parries and visceral attacks make successful starting points for these chains of attacks.
  • Executioner Gloves stagger her nicely. Shoot two charges with the gloves, refill with blood bullets and shoot two more charges. You can use the stagger to get some hits in as well.
  • Ludwig's Holy Blade when above a strength threshold will stagger Lady Maria out of her 'armored' (two-handed moves).
  • When using the Chikage, phase 1 during her dual wield can be handled by staggering her normal moves and looking out for her 2h strikes which can be easily parried because they are slow and the only moves that won't be staggered.


Melee w/ Beast Roar

First Phase

  • Get her next to a wall. Roar, 4 to 5 hits depending on your stamina (never let it fully deplete). Roar, 4 to 5 hits, repeat.

Second and Third Phase

  • Hug her left side and try to stay as close to her as possible, quickly close any gap between you and Lady Maria. One or two hits, then dash around to get yourself position behind her again.

Silver Sword R1 Spam + Parry Baiting Strategy

  • This strategy requires pistol and Silver Sword mode of either Kirkhammer or Ludwig's Blade
  • If you R1 spam she either dodges away or stays put and tries to attack back. The silver sword is fast and poise breaking enough so that she can't hit back. Even the heavy two handed charged smash gets canceled if you hit her enough.
  • Spam deals heavy damage to her and works in all 3 phases but the situation has to be perfect or you will get punished. You need to have enough stamina to do it and bail out safely
  • Counter shot baiting is useful when you aren't used to PVP parrying or not familiar with the moveset of Lady Maria
  • To create a parry shot chance you can either start shooting at anytime during your R1 spam or use the R2 thrust attack (charged or not) to lightly stun her and shoot immediately after it once or twice
  • On those occasions she is near you and can either dodge away or try to attack back getting counter shot and punished
  • To do chain of parries you need to do running R1 attack after visceral attack. It gets her lightly stunned again and if you shoot her again there is a high chance you can parry her again especialy in the first phase
  • In the second and third phase it is more about getting a chance to R1 spam and maybe finish the spam with a visceral attack. Running R1 trick or R2 thrust attack can be done more rarely then.


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Notes & Trivia

  • Read this article to find cut content that reveals further dialogue with Lady Maria.
  • She is voiced by Evetta Muradasilova, the same voice actress who voiced the Plain Doll, and the Maiden in Black in Demon's Souls.
  • Lady Maria could be the inspiration behind the Plain Doll created by Gehrman.
  • Killing her triggers additional dialogue with the Plain Doll, further fueling the connection between the two.
  • It appears that players are unable to summon help for fighting her on their first try, most likely due to her arena being positioned directly after another boss battle.
  • There are many resemblances with the Sir Alonne boss battle (Dark Souls 2). The scenery, the choice of music and the use of katanas.
  • She has a special visceral attack animation, in which she will hug the player character before removing her hand from their chest. What triggers it is currently unknown.
  • When she uses "charge attacks" she emits little blue lights. Such lights can also be detected when you transform church weapons or when you gain Insight.
  • Some of the blue lights turn out to be snowflakes. Such snowflakes where also detected during the meteor shower of The Living Failures.
  • Lady Maria's attire displays a golden salamander
  • Her Rakuyo can be interpreted as mimicking the hands of the Astral Clock. Some of her stances also seem to imitate the hands of a clock.
  • The cover for the DLC (the picture right behind these letters) shows her holding the saber part of her Rakuyo.
  • Through her attire, we find out that she is distantly related to Queen Annalise of the Vilebloods.  Most likely as a result, she was able to use blood based attacks.
  • When examining, it appears that Maria has probably attempted suicide, yet failed, further implicating the "undying" nature of a Vileblood.
  • Intrestingly enough, Lady Maria has tossed away her Rakuyo when she could "stomach it no longer" yet uses it during the boss battle.  You can find her Rakuyo in the well in Fishing Hamlet after you defeat her. 
    • It's possible the weapon she uses is not the same Rakuyo, but made to the same design, since the Rakuyo specifically states that she was fond of it as it did not rely on blood. Since the weapon she uses has blood-based attacks, she may have had a counterpart weapon made that incorporated blood, and discarded the original Rakuyo in shame.









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    • Anonymous

      06 Jul 2021 16:10  

      I wish she got a buff in her second phase that made parrying and staggering her impossible. Its a shame that she can be cheesed so easily with r1 or l2 spam.

      • Anonymous

        06 Jul 2021 02:49  

        For anyone having trouble, use the Augur of Ebrietas. It took two fights to crush her. I had no problem getting her to the third phase in NG+ but kept dying. Personally, I think I’m decent at this game but apparently not.

        Nonetheless, the AofE allowed me to kick the sh*t out of her and I can’t stress it’s value enough. Just make sure you get your viscerals in when you can otherwise it’s pointless. Additionally, remember, dodge to her left. Cake!

        • Anonymous

          02 Jul 2021 15:22  

          Hated the bosses before her but she was so good she made up for that. Didn't even think about parrying since I was just finding the boss with dodging so damn enjoyable. Easily a favorite.

          • Anonymous

            13 Jun 2021 22:09  

            The article says that "When examining, it appears that Maria has probably attempted suicide, yet failed, further implicating the "undying" nature of a Vileblood."

            I would suggest that, after the events at the fishing village, Maria attempted and succeeded in taking her own life - which is why she's stuck in the Hunter's Nightmare, where hunters go after they die.

            • Anonymous

              06 Jun 2021 11:22  

              she's the only great hunter boss in the game imo
              other ones have bad arenas or can be parry'ed easily
              great boss fight but not as good as ludwig

              • Anonymous

                29 May 2021 16:56  

                Intimidating at first if you aren't so great at hunter fights or parrying, but what others have said around here is true: keep close to her, dodge to the left (her right), strike once or twice, she will immediately attempt to attack you, so you can parry her easily. Finally beat her with an arcane-str build that didn't really use lots of parrying so far. Being aggressive and sticking to her sides lead me to victory.

                • Anonymous

                  04 May 2021 17:03  

                  BTW if you're using two handed strength build, just consistently dodge past most of her attacks and then simply hit when you turn around (must be target locked). Works for pretty much every attack (aside from the floating death bomb, which you must dodge underneath). When she uses the two handed "R2" looking attack of hers, it's best to get her close to a wall and stay on her back. Got through this fight with two-handed hunter axe (very low vitality build) and lost almost no health. Remember, if she does hit you hard and you can't rally back in time, just dodge and use blood vials instead of attacking 1 or 2 times.

                  • Anonymous

                    23 Mar 2021 23:23  

                    Why the **** does she have 3 unreactable attacks? Her triple thrust combo becomes almost instant in 2nd phase (and so does the very occasional single-arm thrust), and the second spin she gets in 3rd phase - NOT ONCE have I managed to dodge it in over like 200 times I fought her. Literally the only bloodborne enemy I'm having such trouble with.

                    • Anonymous

                      18 Mar 2021 20:45  

                      idk why i even trust this wiki so much **** info threaded cane does not stunlock her she just raped me with a combo right through the cane

                      • Anonymous

                        18 Feb 2021 05:40  

                        If FS had given the Bloody Crow of Cainhurst a boss health bar and had a song composed for him, he could have replaced Maria's function as a boss encounter easily and we could've gotten something more original here. The dlc already has a filler boss (Living Failures) and rehash (Laurence) and Maria is kind of filler tbh. But I know, I know, these lore bosses aren't meant to be challenging. For instance, I find Nashandra to be an interesting character, although her boss fight is very easy. Same goes for the Moon Presence in this game.
                        And of course, this is all subjective and only my opinion. I hope we can be adults about this.

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Feb 2021 11:52  

                          Impales herself several times with her blades, loses gallons of blood and is not damaged in the process. I love From Software's Boss Logic.

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