Lady Maria

(of the Astral Clocktower)

Maria Angel Of Stillness Header
General Info
hp blood echoes Location Drops
14,081 39,000 Astral Clocktower Celestial Dial
physical DEF VS blunt VS thrust --
147 147 147 --
blood DEF arcane DEF fire atk bolt DEF
147 103 177 103
slow poison RES rapid poison RES VS beasts VS kin
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.



Maria Awakening Front Maria Blood Angel C Front Maria Blood Spin Front

Maria Bizarre B Front Maria Scissor A Front Maria Impact A Front

Maria Ring of Fire D Front Maria Grand Swing C Front Maria Impact D Front

Maria Fiery Combat C Front Maria Ring of Fire B Front Maria In Flames You Died Front



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    • Anonymous

      I constantly dodged to the right and it worked so well, punishing each of her attacks with my transformed Amygdala Arm. The duel was a clear contrast between two styles, as I played a female character wearing the White Church set and the Crown of Illusion. With the Amygdala arms, my character was like a mad ancient priestess facing an elegant and yet deadly swordwoman wearing Victorian clothes.

      • Anonymous

        How in God's name does "The scenery" of Maria's boss room resemble Sir Alonne's? Alonne's has tiled floors, stone pillars and big arched windows, Maria's is a wooden clock tower.

        • Anonymous

          Who wrote the entry to dodge your left? No, do not dodge left, dodge to your right and her left aiming just past her, this will avoid every single attack in phase 1 and 2, regardless of her weapon form.

          While in phase 3 the fire can catch you as she swings top left to bottom right or in the w shape, but besides that the rightward dodge still works okay, much better than leftward atleast.

          • Anonymous

            That's it, humans are cancelled. We aren't making any more of them. This comment section ruined it for everyone. You all are the real vilebloods.

            • Anonymous

              Is strong AF, tall, pretty, defines herself through her own skill and accomplishments rather than inheritance, has extremely good fashion and music taste, cool bossfight and on top of all of that she has a gentle hard for the weak.

              This is the ideal women, I will not be convinced otherwise but I will make her some great food.

              • Anonymous

                The sudden choirs in the OST made me feel visceral fear when she stabbed herself. Coming from the Ludwig boss fight, which is the exact opposite, it's like the game is showing you what an actual monster looks like.

                • Anonymous

                  Lady Maria
                  You know I am an enlighten man
                  Of my curiosity, I am beastly mad

                  Matrona Maria
                  You know I'm so much skilled than
                  The common, vulgar, weak, licentious causal
                  Then tell me, Maria
                  Why I see her swordfighting there
                  Why her smoldering eyes still scoop my soul

                  I see her, I awake her
                  The moon caught in her snowy hair
                  Is guiding in me out of all control

                  Like fire
                  This pyre onto my skin
                  Secrets I must acquire
                  What is kos or kosm

                  • Anonymous

                    as a lesbian. i am not afraid to say i would gladly let lady maria stab me. i would also let her choke me until i pass out and then let her kick my unconscious body.

                    • Anonymous

                      I didn't get extra dialogue from the Doll defeating Maria, instead I came back to the hunters dream after the Mario fight to discover the doll was actually dead, and could no longer talk but still channel blood echoes. I swear I did nothing to hurt or attack her. I can't find anyone else talking about this online. What do I do?

                      • Anonymous

                        I’m kinda sad I beat her first try. The fight was so fun I was kinda hoping I would lose so I could fight her again.

                        • Anonymous

                          okay, so here my out. Maria is Eileen's mom
                          first off, their fighting styles are extremely similar. and both characters use similar iconography (maria uses blood and fire, and eileen is symbolized as a crow, maria also has a feather on her cap.)
                          Miyazaki has worked with George RR Martin before.
                          George RR Martin is most famous for Elden Ring, but he also has a small book series called Game of Thrones. Well, most people don't know this, but that series has a spin off book titled Fire and Blood(see the maria connection)
                          also part of that series is a book titled A Feast for Crows(see the eileen)
                          So clearly Miyazaki based both characters off of GRRM's series.
                          Back to the fighting styles. They both use swords.

                          • Anonymous

                            You can strafe almost every move in first phase to the left, as long as you're up close. She will almost always just go right past you. If she dodges backwards, then you need to dodge to the left as she approaches again. At least that worked great for me.

                            • Anonymous

                              The only waifu in soulsborne i stayed loyal too. Simpley becease i love her so mutch, to the point that when i defeat her in battle i use the hunter charm just so we can have the thrill of battle again.

                              And the cut content dialog she has "what it wrong my hunter" yes she actually said that to your character. Enough said

                              • Anonymous

                                Sometimes I deliberately extend the fight with Maria. I never parry her and have learned to perfectly dodge all her attacks, even in phase 3. I do this to bait out her extremely rare down shot attack where she slowly rips out my character's liver. I'm considering making a new character and stopping at her fight for this purpose. I honestly just want Maria to singe my flesh with her rotten Cainhurst blood and mark me as her property.

                                • Anonymous

                                  I want maria to literally come to my house and f*cking kill me. just absolutely destroy me. I'm talkin' full on, watermelon-in-the-thighs level carnage. And I want it to scare the sh*t outta me. I mean I hope I piss myself. I hope I piss myself and she calls me her little "peepee pisspiss boy." I want her to f*ck me up. I mean I want her to make me her b*tch. Her little peepee-piss-myself-b*tch, I want it to get embarrassing. I mean like... weirdly embarrassing, Unsanitary, too. We should be entirely different people, by the end of the first eight hours.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Eileen once said a hoonter should hoont beasts not hoonters. She was wrong. Instead we must hunt the simps.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      So, if like me you don't really play with parry and her combo in the 3rd phase is giving you trouble, here's how I finally beat her :
                                      Phase 1 and 2, dodge and attack, I only went for a parry if I was sure about getting a crit.,not wasting any bullets. That means, going into phase 3, I still had most of my bullets. Went for a parry when she was starting her combo. At best, I got the timing right and I got a crit., at worse, I interrupted her combo, and stunned her enough to get a couple of hits in.
                                      So, kind of mixing strategies worked for me. Pure melee dodge/attack for the first 2 phases, then heavy uses of the firearm in her phase phase to interrupt her combo.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Getting so tired of this fight. I can get her to her 3rd phase without too much issues, but once there, I get caught in her combo that one-shot me...

                                        The things is, you need to dodge her first before attacking (if you don't play with parry), and in her 3rd phase, I'm always a fraction of second too late, and it's game over...

                                        I haven't that much trouble with a boss since Martyr Logarius.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          If they are gonna go the extra mile to make every character in these games waifu atleast add jiggle physics

                                          • Anonymous

                                            growing up i thought i would be no ones housewife but then i met my wife lady maria of the astral clocktower and now i get to make her a warm dinner every day

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I have never been parried by her. Either it's just a rare move or I never realized that one of her attacks put you into parry state. Gehrman on the other hand loves to spam his Insta parry.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Beat her on my second try. Fighting Ludwig hardened me and she is literally the queen of being parried at this point.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  This fight was quite literally bloody hell and yet this is probably the most amount of fun that I've had with a hunter boss fight in this game.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Yeah I'm a SIMP

                                                    S - Stop killing me please
                                                    I - I just want to finish the DLC
                                                    M - Maria please stop killing me
                                                    P - Please stop killing me Maria

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I thought I would have to spend a couple of hours fighting Maria, but I somehow managed to beat her in 4 attempts thanks to the parry system.
                                                      It's kind of a shame because I did actually enjoy fighting her in the third phase, even tho I never died to her third phase once.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        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

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                                              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

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                                    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

                                                                      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

                                                                        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

                                                                          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

                                                                            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.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              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

                                                                                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.

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