Patches the Spider

General Info
Location Drops
Lecture Building 5453 Blood Echoes
Great One's Wisdom

Patches the Spider is a recurring non-player character in the Souls games (called Patches the Hyena and Trusty Patches in previous games), who makes an appearance as a Nightmare Apostle in Bloodborne.
He is voiced by William Vanderpuye, who also voiced Lautrec of Carim in Dark Souls as well as the Male Aged player voice in Bloodborne.

Patches the Spider, like all his Souls counterparts, is an NPC that promises the player character some form of treasure, only to betray them and put them in extreme peril. Once the Hunter escapes that peril (or dies), and confronts Patches, he will beg for forgiveness, and become a merchant.

" Remember: no matter the circumstances, there will always be people willing to push you down a hole."


  • Patches can be first discovered after defeating Vicar Amelia and having entered the Forbidden Woods at least once. He will replace the regular inhabitant of any of the red-lantern windows in the Frontier or Yharnam. The quickest method to meet him is to simply use the Central Yharnam lampstand and speak at the window several paces away (if, however, you wish to meet this NPC for the first time after defeating Rom, seek the window formerly containting Young Yharnam Girl or the area beneath Healing Church Workshop in Cathedral Ward, which contains the only inhabitant who stays alive even after the Blood Moon appeared). Meeting him will prompt him to offer you the Tonsil stone, which unlocks the Lecture Hall, 1F if the Hunter allows themselves to be grabbed by the Lesser Amygdala above the door to Yahar'gul, the Unseen Village. Speaking to Patches again will get him to repeat his suggestion that you go to the right of the Grand Cathedral to discover something grand. Note that after the player zones out of wherever they spoke to Patches, he will be gone and the real inhabitant of the residence will return.
  • This character can then be found at Lecture Hall (1st floor) where you may talk to him through the door immediately outside the room with the lamp.
  • Then, in the Nightmare Frontier, Patches will set a trap by dropping coins and a glowing treasure above a poison pit. Approaching this will trigger a cutscene where a POV Patches will watch the Hunter from some grass, then scurry out and push them into the pit, laughing. (You can spot him on the rock wall above the item, and if you throw an object like a pebble at him he will fall to his death where only Great One's Wisdom will be dropped.)
  • Finally, you may have a face to face encounter with him via Lecture Building 2nd floor. To find him, you must access from a ladder on the second floor, kill the giant with flaming hands and go down the ladder, he will we blocking the door of this room.


    • Can this NPC be an ally?: Yes
    • Can this NPC be an enemy?: Yes
      • When confronted, gives the Beg for Life Gesture.
      • Selecting the either dialogue option, then talking to Patches again gives the Anti-Clockwise Metamorphosis Rune.
      • Drops: If killed, gives 5453 Blood Echoes and Great One's Wisdom.
      • If you kill Amygdala after meeting him in person, he will disappear, leaving the Great One's Wisdom behind on the desk where he once stood. (Did not disappear in my game) (Didn't disappear in mine either. I didn't even enter Nightmare Frontier prior to talking to him in person)
      • Will also drop the Great One's Wisdom in the swamp, if shot down from the cliff in Nightmare Frontier. He will drop nothing if killed in the Lecture Building later. (Killing him after killing Amygdala caused him to drop the item in my game)

After this conversation, Patches will appear in some Chalice Dungeons and offer you the Consumables sold at the Bath Messenger, albeit at exorbitant prices.


Behind a lantern( Any house w a resident will be temporarily replaced, see location information):

...Oh, a hunter of beasts, are you? Glory be. You know not the value you possess.

...But, more's the pity...

The hours of the night are many, and the beasts more than I can count. A veritable hunt unending!

Not even death offers solace, and the blood imbibes you. Ha, a most frightful fate, oh my.

But I'm willing to do you a kindness.

Step lightly round to the right of the great cathedral, and seek an ancient, shrouded church.

...The gift of the godhead will grant you strength...

Yes, I'm unquestionably certain, heheh...(gives Tonsil stone)

Talk again:

Not even death offers solace, and the blood imbibes you. Seek you the ancient, shrouded church hidden to the right of the main cathedral. ...The gift of the godhead will grant you strength...


Cutscene in the shrouded church:

Heh heh heh heh...Oh Amygdala, oh Amygdala...

Have mercy on the poor bastard...Hah hah hah!


Behind the door in Lecture Building 1F:


What a joy it is, to behold the divine.

It must be such a pleasure. You're in my debt, you know.

You're in nigh on a beast of the field, but here you are, treading a measure with the gods.

Talk again:

Heh heh...Are your feet as fat as your wits?

Oh, cease this dithering! Take the plunge! Throw yourself to the wolves!...Heh heh heh...

Talk again:

Hah hah hah! Don't dally, you lucky scamp! The gift of the godhead

cometh! Heh heh heh... yes... Ha hah!

When confronted from behind after being ambushed by him and killing Amygdala <Even if still alive he says this>:

Oh, this cannot be, you cannot be... No, you didn't... ...How did this come to pass?

Hmph! Now, wait just a moment... Do you think ill of me, me?


Indeed, I should think not! I shared with you a thing most secret. Now you're witness to a miracle, and all the stronger for it! You should appreciate it, if you've a grain of gratitude in you! Heh heh... yes, appreciate it! Hah hah hah!

"Of course I think ill of you!":

Oh, it pains me to hear it. You've made yourself a misreckoning. I shared with you a thing most secret. Now you're witness to a miracle, and all the stronger for it! It's plain as a pikestaff. Now, say in my heart, you were as a lamb to my God. Well, you weren't to know, and it wasn't for you to know. All's well, that ends well, I say. laughs

Either way he gives a Rune as a peace offering of sorts:

No matter. Such details are trifling. We're fast friends by now. Let this express what words cannot.*gives Anti-Clockwise Metamorphosis rune*Oh, doubt me not, sweet compeer. What is friendship, but a chance encounter? laughs

Ah, well met. My apologies, but I feel a profound thought occurring... On the good grace of a certain god, and the way he meted out his love. *laughs*


After killing Amygdala new dialogue appears:

Ahh, well met. This is a most pleasing encounter. You see, I must depart

erelong. My god is lost to me, so I must away to find another.

If the fates are kind, out paths may cross again. Sooner still, if you were

to take the leap... Heh heh heh... Hah hah hah!

Talk again:

Oh, think not of poor Amygdala. Upon that piteous bastard, you

bestowed salvation. Heh heh... All's well, that ends well... Heh heh heh...

Talk again:

Oh, think not of poor Amygdala. Upon that piteous bastard, you bestowed salvation.

Upon Dying:

Ergh, that was uncharitably done... That was uncharitably done, dear friend...

Encounter in Chalice Dungeons:

Aah! The sight of you is as balm to my eyes!

Truly, you are an indubitable, irrefutable friend!

And, my dear compeer, I vow once more to ease your burden!


The time has come again I fear. But if the fates smile upon us, we'll soon meet again.

Farewell, dear friend.


  • Could be based on Atlach-Nacha, a giant spider with a human head


Other Notes:

  • Random bug where Patches will commit suicide for no apparent reason. Selected "Not at all" dialogue option, exhausted his dialogue, opened door beside him, and then proceeded up the ladder. Once the top of the ladder was reached I received blood echoes. Went back down and Patches was gone and a Great One's Wisdom was in his place. A few stories have surfaced confirming glitch. No information on how or why it happens. (This happened to me selecting the other dialogue option, too. Although the Great One's Wisdom didn't appear in his place....)
  • Another random bug seems to occur when you enter the frontier before speaking to patches. (Needs comfirmation) When I first spoke to patches after entering the frontier, he "begged for my forgiveness" before I fell into the trap. (However I did receive the tonsil stone and spoke to him through the window of the first floor lecture building)
  • Male Aged Voice is the same voice as Patches.



    • Anonymous

      23 May 2019 09:02  

      I'm quite glade they got rid of him in sekiro. I know he has his fan base, but I never found him charming.

      • Anonymous

        19 Jan 2019 22:13  

        i want to *****ing die. i killed this dude because he's a god damn spider on the wall. little did i know he can give you a rune that boosts your stamina up to 15%

        • Anonymous

          05 Jan 2019 18:09  

          I sneaked up on him and killed him not knowing he is a NPC! xD He was so creepy I couldn't take any chances

          • Anonymous

            01 Jan 2019 23:05  

            Note: the one in nightmare frontier isn't the real patches. I shooted him down and collected the great one's wisdom, but patches was still in the lecture building.

            • Anonymous

              19 Jul 2018 03:24  

              Funny story: first time I saw Patches was at the Lecture Hall 1F. Mistaking him for an enemy, I had my attack already charged when he started speaking. Oops.

              • Anonymous

                15 Jul 2018 02:51  

                Just a tiny bit of dialogue missing: when you confront him for the first time from behind, he might say,

                "No, this cannot be, you cannot be... No, you didn't... >>> Lord Amygdala? <<< ...How did this come to pass?"

                Of course, he only mentions Amygdala if you have defeated it prior to speaking with him, but this one fragment of the dialogue is cut if you haven't, nor does he mention bestowing salvation upon Amygdala. I think this consistency might have been thanks to a patch at one point, though I'm not sure which one.

                • Anonymous

                  09 Jul 2018 23:13  

                  He dropped the Great One Wisdom when I killed him before killing Amygdala. I was having trouble killing that boss and after going to Hunters Dream I awoke at the Library first floor by mistake, so I decided to pay him a visit and then kill him. He dropped the item (NG+)

                  • Anonymous

                    27 May 2018 09:43  

                    He just never experienced friendship. Kind of a Jesus moment if you let him live and not choose revenge. We defeat our own egoism in that moment. The greatest of all beasts.

                    • Anonymous

                      27 Mar 2018 09:39  

                      When he is at the Frontier or Yharnam he becomes a merchant, and will sell you an item that can reset the stats, but there is a side line so he can be a merchant, i don't recall how, cuz sometimes he becomes a merchant other times he's just a regular npc behind the red lamp.

                      • Anonymous

                        31 Dec 2017 05:03  

                        Just thought I'd throw this out there for anyone looking for the +15% Anti-Clockwise Metamorphosis Rune; I met up with patches FIRST at the 1F Lecture Building after being abducted by the Amygdala (via the tonsil stone), spoke to him through the door. SECOND, went ahead to the Nightmare Frontier and fell for his trap w/ the cutscene. Did not kill him in Nightmare Frontier. Did not fight Amygdala because I read a few reports here of him potentially glitching if that is done. SECOND, went back and killed Rom then made my way through Yahar'gul Village and killed the One Reborn. THIRD, then got transported to Lecture Building 2F and went and met him the usual way, talked to him, and received the Rune. If anyone else has had as a confusing time as I had dealing with this, I hope it helps. TL;DR: Meet Patches 1F Lecture Building, fall for his trap in the Nightmare Frontier (DO NOT kill him), defeat Rom and the One Reborn, meet him again in the small room where he's guarding the door.
                        These steps helped me to get his rune, which seems super dodgy considering the player can intervene in a few different places. Hope this helps!

                        • 27 Jun 2017 18:58  

                          On my first playthrough I completely missed his questline, so the first time I saw it I was in the Lecture Building.
                          I saw him, a spider, attached to the door, I mistook the particles you see when you gain insight for a spell of some sort and I killed him. I'm stupid :(

                          • Anonymous

                            26 Feb 2017 18:50  

                            That last lore note needs to be removed. Godhead is just an archaic synonym for godhood, and is not unique to Christianity.

                            • Anonymous

                              15 Jan 2017 06:33  

                              I never spoke to patches till the lecture building I came down the ladder behind him and killed and still got the great wisdom but no tonsil stone

                              • Anonymous

                                22 Dec 2016 09:54  

                                First, the wiki says that patches disappearsif you kill amygdala after meeting him in person, but the dialogue section says that f a new dialogue appears if you speak to him after killing amygdala. DOES HE DISAPPEAR OR NOT?

                                • Anonymous

                                  I killed patches and he came back to life.29 Sep 2016 15:22  

                                  I was just doing my thing going through the nightmare frontier and ended up getting pushed off the cliff by patches, then I died. After I went back to where I was i noticed patches hanging off the cliff with his spider body thing, and being the stupid person I am, I got curious and decided to see what would happen if I threw a pebble at him, he fell to his death, The Great Ones Wisdom confirmed it. After a bit more of exploring I back track to the Lecture hall and find he is still behind the door. I have no idea what happened but I assumed that there was more than one patches.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Patches in the place under cathedral ward08 Sep 2016 01:27  

                                    On my way to get the cord from the abandoned workshop I went through the door on the very bottom of the floor(the one with the wolf). I knocked on a door and patches responded and gave me the tonsil stone. I'm if anyone knew this already but I didn't

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Patches instead of messengers09 Aug 2016 05:13  

                                      So I went to dungeon 8i29rqz3, and instead of there being the bath messengers, patches was there instead. It would seem that once you befriend patches he replaces the bath messengers in dungeons, and his items don't cost anymore than buying it from the dungeon messengers.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        confront?28 Jul 2016 00:30  

                                        After being pushed off by him I went to confront but as id killed the amygdala he just says he is leaving

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Won't become a merchant05 Jul 2016 14:45  

                                          So, the first time I saw him he was in the lecture building after the ladder. Now he won't become a merchant. I've scoured the Nightmare Frontier and he's nowhere to be found.

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