Lady Maria

(of the Astral Clocktower)

General Info
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14,081 39,000 Astral Clocktower Celestial Dial
physical_DEF.jpg VS_blunt.jpg VS_thrust.jpg --
147 147 147 --
blood_DEF.jpg arcane_DEF.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_DEF.jpg
147 103 177 103
slow_poison_RES.jpg rapid_poison_RES.jpg VS_beasts.jpg VS_kin.jpg
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.


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 Jan 2021 01:46  

      This game is just something else entirely! Day 1 of 2021, I beat Lady Maria. My first attempt, alone. I hadn’t even met the boss up to this point. I had nothing to go on besides rumors and a list of resistances. The whole time it felt like a dance. A waltz of death between two master hunters. A flurry of magic, blood, fire, and blades in a whirlwind of swift raw power. God, From Software is good at making you feel fights. Some of them just hit different altogether.

      • Anonymous

        11 Nov 2020 09:31  

        I didn't spot it in her trivia but, once you beat Maria, if you immediately go talk to the Doll, you get a unique conversation with her before any other options (blood echoes, talk, leave) pop-up. Something about 'as if heavy shackles were removed a moment ago', or close to that.

        • Anonymous

          31 Oct 2020 00:07  

          I didn't find her all that challenging at BL80, quality build w/ Ludwig blade. 3-4 attempts and not many vials. But I'm generally good at the hunter-style fights. Living failures killed me a few more times than her because I suck at gank fights lmao.

          Stay close to her and she can't use her range advantage in phase 2 and 3. Always dodge through her attacks. Low poise, take advantage.

          • Anonymous

            30 Oct 2020 16:02  

            "She has a special visceral attack animation [...] What triggers it is currently unknown"

            She's a lesbian you damned fools, she gives girl characters a hug and tosses boy characters aside like so much rotten meat

            • Anonymous

              22 Oct 2020 22:08  

              The first time I fought her I was doing an Arcane build and even though i got close several times, I never could quite beat her and moved on to other games. The second time I fought her a year or two later I was rocking the beast claws with the embrace rune. I died a couple times until she had the misfortune of getting backed into a corner. I literally just sat there beating the tar out of her until endurance ran out, which coincided with her phase change. I backed off while she did that and then jumped right back into attacking before should could. Same thing for the second change. She died stunlocked in a corner and I can't decide whether that was the most hilarious or disappointing moment of this playthrough.

              • Anonymous

                13 Oct 2020 17:24  

                I wanna bottle up some of her blood and give to Gehrman as a present. He might cry with a massive boner while he slowly drinks it after I tell him it’s Maria’s blood.

                • Anonymous

                  18 Sep 2020 02:29  

                  I remember stupidly not returning to the Hunter’s Dream after the Living Failures. I never anticipated two fights back to back. She killed me easily and repeatedly, I ended up losing all my Echoes in there.

                  • Anonymous

                    11 Sep 2020 02:22  

                    It took me a couple of tries, but I manage to beat her using the Beast Claw with the Beast’s Embrace rune. I stun locked her in a corner and was able to take half her health in one combo. I did it again when she went to her 3rd phase and she couldn’t land a hit on me. I found this fight easier by being aggressive rather than waiting for parries (probably because I suck at parrying)

                    • 08 Sep 2020 23:06  

                      Awesome boss, but she should drop a lot more Blood Echoes, with her being a DLC boss and all. I can quickly get over 50K Echoes by doing Depth 5 dungeons for a little bit

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Aug 2020 17:33  

                        I just beated her on my second try. First time playing the dlc (ng+1). If you're used to parry in this games, this boss can be really a joke.

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Jun 2020 06:45  

                          Get your endurance up, lots of bullets. stunlock her with blades of mercy (+10) use augur of Ebrietas to stun her too, if you get it right she won't be able to do many attacks but the ones where she 'transforms' (big blood, lots of fire)

                          Messes her up big time, especially if you manage to get a friend and get her stuck in a corner

                          • Anonymous

                            13 Jun 2020 22:45  

                            This is one of my favorite boss fights, her combos are crazy! A good way to beat her is to keep close, i used +10 Burial Blade, hit, hit, then shoot, and it almost guarantees a visceral attack

                            • Anonymous

                              03 Jun 2020 07:04  

                              Just stay stay close to her all the fight and dodge to the left and you will be bliss. Avoiding stay too far from her because she will begin to spam fast and deadly thrust and blood shots ( phrase 2 & 3) that will ***** you up. Also avoiding her combo as much as you can which very can be an ass in mid range.

                              • Anonymous

                                21 May 2020 02:06  

                                Honestly, this is one of my personal favorite boss fights. Her character design is awesome, attacks are badass, & music is perfect. I stayed up til 2am & couldn't beat her, but then the next day I won on the second try, my last hit being a final parry. Dodging to the left works wonders. You can stagger her with most attacks but be careful of knowing when to spam R1 because she has some attacks that have hyper armor. After doing a viceral it is easy to follow up with an Augur of ebrietas & potentially even spam it if you do it right, but she gets up faster after the 1st hit of Augur. All in all it was a fantastic fight & I can't tell you how many times I heard that bell toll in the beginning.

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