Loran Darkbeast

General Info
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20963 85660 Lower Ailing Loran Chalice Lower Ailing Loran Root Chalice
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160 135 112 --
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112 75 85 300
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999 999 Yes No

Loran Darkbeast is a Boss in Bloodborne.

Loran Darkbeast Information

  • This boss is another version of Darkbeast Paarl.
  • Defeating this boss will NOT reward you Darkbeast Paarl Trophy






Combat Information

  • It is suggested not to lock onto this boss as the camera can be wild.
  • It is recommended to wear Bolt resistant armor like Henryk's Set.
  • As soon as you enter the boss room, the boss has a high chance of doing a jumping attack. The hit box for this attack can be silly sometimes and with a cursed modifier this might one-shot you. Hug the fog gate and if he jumps it should not reach you. Note that the boss room structure can vary in chalice dungeons and in some of those staying by the gate might not be safe for the jump attack.
  • Pungent Blood Cocktail  is effective against this boss.


Attack Name Attack Description & Counter (from Paarl's page)
Claw Swipes Boss swipes his claws up to three times in succession. This attack does moderate damage but is fast. When his power is fully charged, it also unleashes 3 balls of electricity that travel in a straight line.
Leap Swipe Boss can leap toward a distant hunter as he swipes at them. His leap covers a lot of distance, so always try to dodge it.
Slam Boss slams his claw and then emits a blast. He can use this attack in combination with his swipe attacks.
Electric Nova After channeling for a few seconds, boss unleashes a nova around him that does high damage. If the hunter manages to stagger him during the channel, the boss will fall down and become completely vulnerable for a few seconds. This will also cause his attacks to be no longer infused with electricity until he recharges (which he tends to do as soon as possible).
Electric Breath After a short channel, boss damages everything near his head.If not in the vicinity of his head, the hunter can safely go in for a few hits. Pay attention to which part of his body is glowing to tell whether he is doing a nova or a breath. If his chest glows, he is preparing for a nova; if his head glows, he is about to breathe.


Strategy (Baiting and focusing on limbs):

In this guide, you will need to keep facing the boss and bait his attacks. If you stay in front of him, the boss will most likely attack with horizontal swipes. He may attack with one horizontal swipe, two of them, or two of them followed by a forward hand stomp. You need to dodge under the first swipe and the rest of the combo will not matter to you. Go under him in order to attack.

This guide suggests focusing on the limbs of the boss. After baiting and dodging under the boss, attack the closest limb. Attacking the limbs sufficiently will cause the boss to fall down and lose his charge. Whether or not the same leg can cause the boss to fall down has not been tested in this guide. The video accompanied with this guide shows the effectiveness of focusing on the limbs.

After attacking the limbs, depending on your position, the boss will most likely do one of the following:

  • Dodge sideways and attack with a quick swipe. This dodge can be fast and with the camera locked on the camera will go crazy. Without the camera locked on, you will lose sight of him. To dodge his swipe attack, simply roll opposite of where you saw the boss dodge to.
  • The boss will curl up a little and start charging. Bright light will be seen from the body of the boss. This AOE will hit hard. This guide is centred on dodging through the AOE to attack the boss some more. Doing this can be tricky though. In order to dodge through this AOE, wait until the moment the boss starts raising its head up and dodge at that time. It is recommended to dodge towards the head as I found that to be easier. Watching the accompanying video to this guide should help in having a rough idea of when to dodge this AOE attack.

After doing enough damage (about one-third of its health), the boss will back away in order to charge up his body, causing him to have double charge. In double charge mode, the boss will have increased damage and extra effects to some of his attacks. The swipes will cause trails of electricity to follow and can be tricky to dodge sometimes. The AOE attack will do more damage and might one-shot you if you're on the cursed modifier. The strategy remains the same. Bait his swipes, go under the boss to attack, dodge through the AOE and repeat.

If you've focused well on the limbs. You will cause the boss to fall more than once and will have enough time to damage him. After this, the boss will attempt to dodge sideways and quick attack you at least once before trying to gain some distance to charge up again. While the boss is charging up, you can at least attack the limbs once per charge.


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Player Notes & Trivia

  • The real boss in this battle is your fight against the lock-on and camera mechanics.




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    • Anonymous

      24 Nov 2020 17:47  

      anyone else get severe fps drops in this fight? this particular one in the chalice dungeon makes the game run like 10 fps and no where else in the game is it that bad not even paarl

      • Anonymous

        02 Oct 2020 06:46  

        Far too quick for its size, and far too much health for its speed. Should have been better balanced... Basically forcing you to play unlocked and then having him jumping around constantly off screen is irredeemable garbage... Horribly designed boss. Dark Souls didn't have trash like this, and with any luck neither will Elden Ring.

        • Anonymous

          27 Sep 2020 13:28  

          What a horrible boss. You can't even hit him half the time because he's freaking massive and constantly prancing around.

          • Anonymous

            15 Sep 2020 16:54  

            Get under him and hit him with the threaded cane in whip mode. Then back away while blocking with the loch shield. It’s almost an unfair combo against this guy as the shield absorbs almost all damage. Just watch your stamina.

            • Anonymous

              25 May 2020 10:02  

              Golden Ardeo, Henryk Set and bolt damage reduction (and visceral attack damage if needed) runes and you can survive he's AOE in the second phase with 30 vitality(probably a little less). With that being do the limb techinque and when he falls, aim for his head. While he's electric aura is off, damaging his head will give a visceral attack opportunity. If you are having problems in second phase throw blood cocktails and spam A Call From Beyond. Remember to use blood bullets if you're short. Happy hunting

              • Anonymous

                14 May 2020 23:00  

                This boss isn't hard at all. The only reason anyone has ANY difficulty with him is because he's big enough to take up your entire screen when you dodge between his legs, meaning you can't even see if your hitting him. And that's just a*****ty boss mechanic.

                • Anonymous

                  14 May 2020 20:53  

                  Dude i need someone to help my fight this guy. That Aoe is kicking my ass! The glyph is irhi.. add me my PSN is TACOxSLAYER94

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Apr 2020 08:55  

                    Seconding that LDB in the regular shared fixed dungeon has a chance of dropping a Blood Rock. Just got one after being beckoned down from the Makeshift.

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Dec 2019 18:20  

                      dude I cant see the boss. always jumps out of camera. I am swinging my saw cleaver blindly. Like the beast has moveset of a toddler but fps drops and camera is killing me

                      • Anonymous

                        09 Dec 2019 06:53  

                        So many particle effects. The Ps4 is just not built for this, I'm getting the framerate of an 1890's photo booth

                        • Anonymous

                          01 Dec 2019 01:52  

                          If you are running an arcane build, A Call Beyond and fire gems are your best friends when fighting the Darkbeast. If you aren’t, learn how to dodge underneath his attacks and unlock the camera at the same time. If he continues to attack at the ground this will give you ample time to score plenty of hits. Most times, however, he will jump out and you may only get one hit. Focus on one limb (preferably the hind ones) and break it. After breaking 3 you should be in control of the fight with Darkbeast Loran low on health. Good luck, fellow hunters.

                          • Anonymous

                            16 Nov 2019 23:00  

                            I find that the best way to deal with this guy is to have a holy moonlight sword and focus on his legs. With enough hits, he will fall down. Also, if you can, try t I-frame through the AOEs.

                            • Anonymous

                              24 Sep 2019 07:09  

                              not much in this game pisses me off but the fact that paarl can constantly backstep/sidestep out of view, then followup with the horizontal sweep attack (that you can't see the startup for since he jumped offscreen) is actually ruining this fight for me. i wish this fight ran at more than 20fps

                              • 08 Jul 2019 17:21  

                                Level 141, 99 ARC Kos Parasite build makes this boss a joke. Killed him first try, 13/25 blood vials left. Even kept the lock on to make it harder. Just get underneath him and spam L2.

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