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

      23 Sep 2021 21:25  

      The weakspot on the scythe version is such a bait... If you got for more than one followup attack after popping it, he does a super quick spin attack with barely any telegraph. MAX one attack after popping the sore unless you want to get oneshot

      • Anonymous

        27 Jul 2021 20:31  

        I'm stuck on the scythe guy. Every time I walk through the fog wall he just 1 shot leap attacks me while Im passing through. I can't usually roll or anything. The few times I was able to roll he traced me left and right around the pillars and rolling towards him gets you crushed under him. Is this a glitch or what? The ball and chain was a ***** to kill but at least I could chalk that up to my shitty skills. I just raged after he did it for the ****ing twelfth time in a row. The last time I even summoned someone, didnt matter he still 1 shotted me AND the phantom who was pressed up against the fog wall: he hadn't even started through the wall yet. This is maddening. Anyone else experience this and maybe have advice? I really dont want to reset my chalice...

        • Anonymous

          03 Jul 2021 11:22  

          If encountered in a cursed chalice dungeon, the best course of action is removing the chalice and trying a different dungeon

          • Anonymous

            22 May 2021 18:06  

            Got a scythe variant as the boss on Layer 2 of my F/R/C Pthumeru Ihyll Root Chalice in my quest for some radial nourishing gems. This guy started his Falcon Kick as I was behind him, only to then rotate his entire body 180 degrees mid-kick and finish his kick so that it connected with my face as I was mid-swing with my transformed Holy Moonlight Sword. One-shot me at 60 VIT (half HP in a Cursed dungeon, but still). I thought I'd seen all the BS that these undead giant bosses have to offer, until I saw that. Turned the game off after that one.

            • Anonymous

              23 Mar 2021 19:28  

              Oh boy, do I love getting one shot! Bloodborne really doesn't have enough one-shot kill attacks. I think if they make a Bloodborne 2, every attack should kill you instantly! (I'm venting after suffering repeated deaths to this thing in an FRC dungeon just because I want my weapon to do a bit more damage)

              • Anonymous

                11 Mar 2021 02:01  

                the ball and chain version is fairly easy, the first phase is for free if you destroy the sack or whatever hagning on its back and the 2nd phase is just outspace the giant, run in, get one or two hits and then run away again

                • Anonymous

                  17 Feb 2021 19:34  

                  The ball and chain version looks very similar to the unique enemy in the Artorias dlc. Considering Chester also being in the dlc it probably just means they had started working on Bloodborne and just wanted to use those designs as a bit of a teaser.

                  • Anonymous

                    06 Jan 2021 19:44  

                    ball and chain version is, design wise, the worst fight in the game. sure, some of there later chalices have stupidly harder bosses but seriously **** that guy.

                    • Anonymous

                      09 Dec 2020 20:37  

                      The hammer and chains version is a total ***** to kill, but an easy cheese is to stay at range and in front of him. Get close enough to bait his light scythe swipe. Sprint in with a heavy weap and get one swing (I used Ludwigs +10 R1 attack) then immediatly backstep waaaaay out. Circle left in the arena staying away from him. ONLY attack after the LIGHT scythe swipe. Watch him to learn the difference between the heavy one (360 balls and chains) and the light one. Stay away from ANY other attack. Takes a bit, but he's prettu safe to bring down this way

                      • Anonymous

                        17 Oct 2020 17:36  

                        one of the easiest bosses just don't attack directly i killed him in my first try maybe playing ds2-3 and sekiro make this boss look like kids toy lol but doesn't mean it's easy i killed him in first try because i know he will be strong so i will not attack him i will wait for him to attack and kill him thanks for my fast starting weapon named [ saw cleaver) who is very fast one making this boss a joke thank you dark souls

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Sep 2020 22:20  

                          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

                            12 Jul 2020 20:34  

                            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 14:52  

                              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 16:18  

                                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.

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