Undead Giant

General Info
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3175 1425 Pthumeru Chalice Adept Blood Gemstone (2)
12768 11267 Lower Pthumeru Chalice Adept Blood Gemstone (3)
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132/170 158 92 --
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132 160 120 70
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300 180 No No

Undead Giant (死体の巨人 lit. "Corpse Giant") is a Chalice Dungeon Boss in Bloodborne.

Undead Giant Information

The boss comes in multiple varieties. All varieties have the same standard shape, with a torso, head, two arms and two legs.

  1. Variant 1: Two blades in place of the lower half of its arms.
  2. Variant 2: A large cannon on the left arm, and a blade on the right. This one is so far unique, in that it has a ranged attack.
  3. Variant 3: A large club for smashing on the right arm, and a large scythe like blade on the right. Also has several ball and chains attached to its back.






Combat Information

  • He is weak to fire, so Molotovs do decent damage against him.
  • He is also weak to bolt, Tiny Tonitrus with high Arcane stat will do a very high damage to him.
  • Beast Roar occasionally protects you from the direct hit of cannon by deflecting it, it immediate explodes when it's caught by the roar and you can still get hurt by the explosion, however.
  • The boss has a kind of lump on his right leg (Melee), left shoulder (Cannon), or left leg (Chain) if you hit it multiple times it will explode taking a huge chunk of his HP.
  • His attacks do very high damage and are AoE. Because of this, the best dodging strategy is to dodge through his attack and get behind him. He can't hit you behind him unless he does a telegraphed spin attack or a AoE ground pound to get you, which are both easily dodged.
  • Be mindful of only attacking after having dodged an attack from him, attacking him from behind is key. You should get at least two hits on him before backing off, rinse and repeat this strategy and he should go down without much trouble.
  • The hammer fist variant with the ball and chains is capable of instantly killing the player with his hammer fist, but is extremely slow and predictable. Approach with extreme caution, and play the fight very safe and cautiously. In low health this variant gives a very few safe openings to attack him so consider finishing him off with poison knives as he can be poisoned.
  • The cannon variant shoots the cannon at long range twice in a row, run directly at him during this to get in some free hits and then back out. Watch out at mid range, as he can shoot the ground in front of him.



Attack Name Attack Description
Scythe Swings Swings the weapon once or twice. (Melee)
Kick Kick or stomps the hunter once or repeatedly. (All)
Axe Swing Swings the axe horizontally or vertically once or twice. (Cannon)
Strong Axe Swing Swings the axe with a timed delay. (Cannon, 50% health or below)
Cannon Fires cannon for 1-4 times (Cannon, will fire within melee range at 50% health or below)
180 degree swing  
Smash with 2 arms AoE wave slam, does that when they reach 50% health. (Melee & Chain)
Jump attack Leaps toward the hunter. (Melee)
Lunging Swing Lunges toward the player with the sickle on its left arm. Causes the chains on its back to flail around. (Chain)
360 degree spin Spins himself along with the chains, has very wide range. (Chain)


Video Strategies

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Strategy 1 (General Tips)

The Undead Giant's attacks are generally slow and telegraphed, but deal extremely high damage if they connect.

While the attacks differ slightly for each form, there are many consistencies when fighting each. His attacks normally have good forward range and sweep around to his sides, so the safest way to avoid them are to dodge towards in order to get behind him to attack.

This will only provide a brief opening however, as all three giants utilize a quick spin attack when the player gets behind them.

The spin attack has very short range however, and simply dodging away will allow the player to avoid damage. Each giant will also utilize a slam AOE attack when below 50 percent life. It deals high damage, but the AOE is very small behind the giant.

Should you be at the giants feet when he initiates the attack, the safest thing to do is run/dodge behind him.

Each giant also has a huge deformed bulbous growth somewhere on their body. Attacking it repeatedly will cause it to burst, dealing high damage and stunning the giant.

It is recommended to attack the growth once the giant falls below 50 percent health as he becomes much more dangerous then, and the burst damage can help finish him off. He is fairly resistant to elements, but bolt works the best if utilizing paper or elemental weapons.

The left shoulder growth of the Cannon Giant can he directly hit with Burial Blade vertical slam once he swings his axe horizontally for the second time. Always bait the giant to swing his weapon twice so you can hit him without problem. at 50% health, his horizontal swing is occasionally replaced by a timed horizontal powerswing which doesn't swing twice.

The hammer giant has a deadly lunge attack when below 50 percent life that has a teleprahed wind up and should be sprinted directly away from to avoid the swipe and ball and chains connected to his back.

The cannon giant wil sometimes shoot the ground in front of him for high damage with nearly no wind up, and this attack can be difficult to avoid. Once he goes below 50 percent life stay close to him, utilize pillars to approach him, or circle him as you approach to discourage use of the cannon.

Finally, the scythe giant is fairly straightforward, just beware his jump attack when he falls below 50 percent life. Like the cannon giant, staying close to him can discourage use of this attack.

Strategy 2 (Ranged Arcane + Bloodtinge)

For Hunters with high Bloodtinge and Arcane (preferably 40), Tiny Tonitrus combined with the use of Bloodbullet will make the fight completely trivial, not only it deals high damage, it has chance to stagger and even parry the Giant, allowing Visceral Attack to be executed (Oedon Writhe can be extremely useful as it allows Quicksilver Bullets to be replenished with Visceral Attack). Should it be still alive, one can shoot him with Bone Ash Evelyn, and if 10 shots weren't enough, use Oil Urn and Molotov to bring him down.

Strategy 3 (for the Chains variant)

The variant with the club and sickle is possibly the hardest and most frustrating variant to fight due to the chains on its back flailing around with some of its heavier attacks. These chains can deal heavy damage on their own, and often catch players off-guard by swinging immediately after the Giant's arm-attacks. This variant also has a spin attack which has a small telegraph time and can one-shot most players.

1.) For the 1st stage (>50% health), bait the Giant into using its chain spin attack by sticking to its sides and rear. Train yourself to recognize the tell it does before the attack. The chains usually cover more than a 360-degree range, which means that dodging to the side or under the Giant can cause you to get hit immediately after your dodge, so dodge directly away from the giant (or back-step) when the chains come swinging in. Follow up your dodge with an attack immediately afterwards, and make sure you're using a quick enough weapon to let yourself dodge the next attack (R1 with transformed Whirligig Saw worked for me).

Repeat this until the Giant gets down to 50% health, which it telegraphs with a double-arm smash that unleashes a powerful shock wave, knocking back players in the immediate vicinity.

2.) For the 2nd stage, the Giant gains a few more nasty attacks, one of which is the aforementioned shock wave slam. This attack can be countered in the same manner as the spin attack in phase 1. Another attack to watch out for is when the Giant reels back its sickle arm while moving forward, and finishes with a heavy lunge attack. The nasty part is that it also sends its back-chains flying around its left flank. Dodging forward directly under its sickle arm as it swings should cause the chains to fly safely over your head, allowing for a follow-up to the Giant's back.

Keep these 3 heavy attacks in mind, and if it raises its club, be careful not too dodge to early as this move has good tracking. After recognizing this strategy and adjusting to it over the course of a couple attempts, I was able to go from using all my vials and getting killed before it had 25% health left to using 5 at most and killing it without many problems.


Notes & Trivia

  • Cannon variant and two blade variant can be encountered as a rare regular enemy in chalice dungeons. More often in high difficulty root chalice dungeons and if additional rites are used to create the dungeon.



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    • Anonymous

      07 Sep 2020 04:20  

      Yes... that's my first run in Bloodborne, and after Dark Souls3 and Sekiro, I have to say that Bloodborne became my favorite game... But chalice dungeons, the cursed ones... Fromsoft ****ed up. I can't beat this undead giant! He one-shots me despite my 50 vitality!

      • Anonymous

        13 Jul 2020 02:34  

        save the tumor on his leg and the other tumor on top of his head ( if you use weapons that can reach it) until his health fall below 50% or 40%, its will kill him immediately if pop his tumors at this time

        • Anonymous

          28 Jun 2020 20:52  

          Love Bloodborne, hate this boss! I especially like how he leaps at you and 1 shots you. He can even leap through scenery to get you so don't consider yourself safe in the small round arena if you stand around the edges. Cheapest boss in the entire game, so glad it's optional.

          • Anonymous

            03 Jun 2020 22:18  

            for the ball and chain variant, if you (much like me) are struggling going toe to toe with him at a low level, here is a cheese: 1. unlock 2. walk behind his left leg and do 1-2 hits 3. walk a bit away 4. watch his spin 5. repeat from step 2 until death once he goes to half health he might do a slam which has an annoying aoe, however if you are out of range for the spin your probably out of range for the aoe so it shouldn't get in the way of this cheese. If you get knocked out of the cycle stay back watch for an opening (usually after five slams or a big spin). if you do this right you can defeat him without dodging or running.

            • Anonymous

              29 May 2020 01:19  

              The cannon variant and the double blade arm variant are fair, dare I say fun fights, but the flail one is just total bs. It deals more damage than the others, has more melee range, lingering hitboxes that are hard to avoid, and long combos that are hard to punish. It's things like these that make the chalices feel sorta rushed and not smoothed out whatsoever.

              • Anonymous

                26 May 2020 10:41  

                Now my fellow hunting mates I bring you the foolproof method in 2nd phase: Evelyn and blood bullets( if ypu shoot him while he hasn't finish the attack animation he'll take more damage). He doesn't have jumps so you'll be safe

                • 26 Apr 2020 06:25  

                  The Japanese phrase for Corpse Giant is running afoul of the language filter, and being censored. I tried to edit the mess of HTML there and it just got completely censored off and no longer shows at all.

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Mar 2020 13:15  

                    Ok so I finally beat the club and sickle variant with my arcane build. I lured him into attacking and got behind him with a dodge then used Ebriatus from a bit of a distance. Rinse and repeat. He does a lot of chain swings and shockwaves using this method but I was able to keep a decent distance. When I got him down to about 10th of his health I backed away and finished the job with molotovs. It took about a minute overall. I never want to fight this f*** again.

                    • Anonymous

                      15 Feb 2020 19:42  


                      • Anonymous

                        29 Jan 2020 02:35  

                        For hammer and sickle, stay in front and closer to hammer side. He won't spin to hit you with his chains. So all you have to worry about is the ground slam. Ranges from 2-5 hits

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Dec 2019 11:33  

                          "How big and wide should his hitboxes be?" "360° of pure ghost range, or you're fired" "Yes, Papa Miyazaki"

                          • Anonymous

                            15 Nov 2019 15:47  

                            Wow, this guy. Poured 10 poison knives, 10 throwing knives, 10 molotovs, 10 backwards molotovs, 10 oil urns, and 2 bolt paper into the Lower Pthumeru variant. Approached after his club slam for a quick cane swing, at which point he canceled his own recovery to pull three spin attacks in a row. Couldn't get out, got my toes chopped off, died of shame right then and there with most of my blood vials intact. I give up, man. He can keep his Cursed Chalice if it means that much to him.

                            • Anonymous

                              14 Nov 2019 18:35  

                              Weak to fire my a**. I used fire paper, did alright damage, tried the molotov (which is supposed to stagger him according to this entry) did nothing. I died, came back and tested bolt paper and holy sh*t the fight turned into easy mode. I staggered him about 3 or 4 times just by swinging my trick mode ludwigs holy blade against it. (It's the sickle and club variant)

                              • Anonymous

                                07 Nov 2019 05:05  

                                sickle giant moves way too *****ing quick. I've been watching this thing move for the past 3 hours, some moves it can twitch into after a swing. 95% of the time, I press triangle, it jumps - It *****ing knows what I'm pressing. These types of bosses are not fun at all, do a *****ing dance and repeat the same god damn moves then you get to hit it once after 10 mins. The more I replay the whole series, the more I *****ing hate it.

                                • Anonymous

                                  03 Oct 2019 23:40  

                                  i noticed this while trying to run dungeons at BL30 to get some good gems early: normally club guy with the chains has like a full second windup for his spin attack (the one that oneshots you), but if you break the boil on his leg and stagger him, he'll do it instantly with no windup animation. so once you break the boil just gtfo

                                  • Anonymous

                                    03 Oct 2019 02:12  

                                    it's funny to slow it down and see the *****ed up contortions his body makes in some of these attacks, just because someone at fromsoft decided he needed to not have any blind spots

                                    • Anonymous

                                      14 Sep 2019 00:36  

                                      No lie but... this boss can suck my gotdam*****I will literally shove my threaded cane so far up his ass that it’ll become a new trick weapon item description will say “a ***** boy that one shots the player even on NG+” all bosses have merits and this bosses merit is to suck my*****

                                      • Anonymous

                                        31 Aug 2019 16:43  

                                        Somehow the devs thought it would've been a good idea to give him an attack that deals absurd damage, has crazy range and an hitbox that lingers for about 2 seconds. I'm obviously talking about the ball & chain bastard in his 2nd phase. Boring as hell AND frustrating fight, took me about 25 attempts cause the only safe way to beat him melee, without being destroyed in 2nd phase, is to bait the spin and hit with a fast weapon or a thrust. And even if you have high phys damage it will take 2-3 minutes, constantly exposed to the risk of messing up even once and being one-shot. Awesome design.

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