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.


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.









    • Anonymous

      16 Jun 2019 08:28  

      This boss is pure weeb trash. I only die to retarted one shot attacks when she is below 50%. I have never used all my blood vials out of the million times I fought her.

      • Anonymous

        04 Jun 2019 18:37  

        I've been trying to solo her all day, and on one of my close-but-failure tries i found out how she most likely parries you. So I was in her third phase, and about to die. I took a blood vial and she attacked during it's animation. I don't remember the timing, but I got parries somehow while being hit mid-blood vial animation. Itd probably work while attacking, but it worked for me mid animation.

        • Anonymous

          27 May 2019 08:32  

          She was really tough with my first character, haven't played her in ages. Last night I just blunt force trauma'd her with the whirligig saw non transformed. Throw in a couple visceral and downed her my first try. Was still a very fun battle but I don't recall her being that easy.

          • Anonymous

            21 May 2019 23:21  

            She killed me in her 3rd phase when I first tried this fight with only 11 blood vials. From then on, I strangely kept getting worse and worse at her, not even getting her into the 3rd phase on one attempt. Then I found out how ridiculously easy she is to parry and got her in a parry chain for all of her 2nd phase and also stole a lot of health from her 3rd phase, so it lasted for way shorter than it should have done because she was only a few hits from death when I started it. Really fun fight though, and I'm kinda regretting essentially cheesing to kill her.

            • Anonymous

              21 May 2019 22:48  

              Just beat her in NG+3. She's incredibly easy to parry. Took me around 5 tries. Equip clawmark rune and visceral attacks will get her. Despite that though i really enjoyed the fight. Not like Ludwig ughh

              • Anonymous

                16 May 2019 19:53  

                Like many of this game’s bosses- you gotta be lucky with the attacks they dish out. I went with the Augur of Ebrietas strategy and equipped the clawmark rune. Those visceral attacks cheesed the hell out of her. But if you’re looking for a more cinematic fight, just gotta trial and error.

                • Anonymous

                  29 Apr 2019 02:04  

                  Extraordinary boss fight. I admit, I had some issues with her--mainly her third phase--and she took me around 6-8 tries. The time I managed to beat her, I did it in about a minute without being hit once. These are the boss fights I play these games for; the ones with such a perfect learning curve where you can just feel yourself do better each time.

                  • Anonymous

                    25 Apr 2019 02:12  

                    I duel wielded the Blades of Mercy. If you hit her fast enough it will stun lock her. Dodge when needed too. Rinse and repeat. 2nd phase parry her, it’s really easy since the build up for her attacks can be easy to get used too. 3rd Phase I duel wielded Blades of Mercy again, stun lock her and when ever she is about to break it. Use Beast roar to knock her down. You will restore stamina during the roar and when you close the gap. Rinse and repeat. Most human sized bosses can be knocked down by Beast roar.

                    • Anonymous

                      26 Mar 2019 11:05  

                      Just beat her yesterday, what I noticed way too slowly was that pretty much any R2 attack stuns her, but the Holy Moonlight Sword can do it with normal attacks too. Panicked Augur of Ebrietas usage worked like a charm too. Didn't help much when she trashed me with her charged attacks that took 2/3 of my health though

                      • Anonymous

                        12 Feb 2019 07:49  

                        Trying to kill Maria without lock on/guns/backstabs/rely on rolls much (run and outspace in most) while being hyper agressive and using trash damage poison cane in whip form... I think I'm becoming hollow/losing insights as how many times I died.

                        • Anonymous

                          09 Feb 2019 13:03  

                          Honestly - very disappointing fight, I played DLC on NG+ and this fight was no challenge. Her blood attacks (those heavy hitters) are absurdly slow and her parry windows are insanely easy to time right - and I'm not parry master or some crazy no hit/speed runner, just casual souls-borne fan.

                          • Anonymous

                            29 Jan 2019 11:58  

                            This is a fight only suitable playing solo. If you cooperate, the tracking looks like defective for the cooperator.

                            • 18 Jan 2019 11:03  

                              her fight is actually the one i loved the most i did struggle because i was learning her move set and i did manage to parry her a few times. During my 4th try with her she knocked me into her chair and table and it didn't make me angry instead when it made me laugh and when i finally was done i had laughed some more at her knocking me into her chair and table. tho i do wish it was still there when it was done next time i gotta remember to stay away from them so we don't break them lol.

                              • Anonymous

                                11 Jan 2019 09:23  

                                I kind of love these somewhat intense bosses like Maria, Friede, and Giel. Don't Parry, don't rely on a shield, just focus and enjoy the fight.

                                • Anonymous

                                  16 Dec 2018 05:12  

                                  Seems she was actually 'killed' by the Simon, Seeker of Secrets before we arrive on the scene. People have finally been able to crack into the files of the game through various means, finding the triggers for the events and cut dialogue with her in the DLC. There are various Youtube videos about it now.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    10 Dec 2018 06:17  

                                    Oh, just to. Mention, since we are in the hunter nightmare the time is not really relevant. So that rakuyo is indeed the same, also, idk if we can consider her as a failed suicide since it's a nightmare, if she was a vile blood just like her relatives then why she dies after we defeat her?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      19 Nov 2018 16:44  

                                      I am not really sure what it means by she could "stomach it no longer", but in the Chinese translation of the description of Rakuyo, it states that Maria discarded it in guilt.

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