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 --
blood_DEF.jpg arcane_DEF.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_DEF.jpg
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

      The best way to manage the ****ass camera in this fight is to make sure you’re locked on to his HEAD. If you lock on to the body, the camera is a mess. The head isn’t perfect but it’s manageable and more reliable.

      Dodge into the swipes and hit him with a long range swipe attack. Transformed saw spear R1 works well and the Kos parasite was fairly reliable. LHB L2 would conceivably hit the body too. Hit him once or twice and you should be able to quickstep back pretty quickly before he counters or charges the AOE. Make sure to stay a little closer to him for the second phase or the lightning effects will get ya. His swipes get a bit farther and more aggressive so you can usually dodge into them easier if you’re timing it right. Once you get into a rhythm, you can focus on managing your stamina bar and distance.

      • Anonymous

        I think if timed perfectly you can dodge inside the electric AOE attack and not take damage. I swear I did it by accident a few times.

        • Anonymous

          Just too much health. This fight is pretty ****ing hard for me tbh but mostly because his insane health pool.

          • Anonymous

            What is this camera holy ****. Why can’t we just lock onto the legs. I can’t dodge this stupid thing because I can’t ****ing see

            • Anonymous

              This is by far the worst boss in bloodborne. The camera, the one-shot aoe attacks that take up half the arena, the terrible hitboxes on the arm swipes, the ridiculously high health pool and the fact that it's literally just paarl again. Amygdala in the cursed chalice would have been the worst if there wasn't a cheese strategy. There's no cheese for this ****er, you just have to smash your balls repeatedly with a hammer for ten minutes, no way around it.

              • Anonymous

                I mean the whole fight feels like trying to put a bra on an enraged bull. It can be fun at times, depending on your build, but it can also be extremely annoying.

                • Anonymous

                  This dude had me lose my **** during my first playthrough. The second time around, which was yesterday, I stuck to a strategy: always dodge under him through his claw swipes, bash his legs once or twice and get out, no exceptions, repeat. Also figured out how to dodge the AOE blast with some regularity. Turned a fight I hated into a super rewarding victory after a long, intense grinding fight. Gotta love Fromsoft games.

                  • Anonymous

                    On a 99 arcane build, use the blood cocktails. 1 should allow you to hit with 2 ACB blasts. Target the body and youre able to take him down before going through 20 (+blood bullets each shot) quicksilver bullets

                    • Anonymous

                      Do not lock on. Bait the horizontal swipe attack. Roll under the 1st swing (may be 1-3). Stay under the boss for 2 swings on the back leg. Vertical swinging weapons can damage chest and head. Roll behind and away from the boss. Repeat. Have enough dps to stunkock/visceral this boss and it’s a cake walk. Be on the aggressive between boss attacks. Do not try to fight ranged or you will run out of stamina.

                      • Anonymous

                        Not that it'll make it a cakewalk or anything, but one good trick I've learned while running an Arcane build is to chase it down when it's trying to recharge its static (it'll repeatedly try to back away from you, about half the length of the arena), get underneath it, then use Call Beyond. The wide spread does a significant chunk of damage, and potentially knocks out its electricity a second time, possibly even opening it for a visceral, too. You can also do this when it ups its charge at about 70% health and again at roughly 40%.

                        The Madaras Whistle is pretty nice, too, but don't forget to dodge out of its jaws. It's not nearly as reliable, either, but it does consume fewer bullets per use.

                        Believe me, I've died enough times to practice all kinds of dumb tricks.

                        • Anonymous

                          This boss is annoying and tedious it literally just comes down to one question.
                          Got enough dps to knock the electricity off in one stamina bar?
                          Yes? You win
                          No? You lose

                          • Anonymous

                            “DodGe UnDer tHe fIrsT SwIpe aNd ThE ReSt oF tHe ComBo WonT MatTer”
                            Is terrible advice the second and third swipe/slam will hit you if you just did he under the first and then try to hit his head

                            • Anonymous

                              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

                                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

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

                                  • Anonymous

                                    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.

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