Upper Cathedral Ward

Bosses Celestial Emissary
Ebrietas, Daughter of the Cosmos
Co op Allowed? Yes
PvP Allowed? Yes
Changes in NG+? Yes/No

Upper Cathedral Ward is a location in Bloodborne.


Upper Cathedral Ward Information

  • Upper Cathedral Ward is an area after Healing Church Workshop.
  • To access Upper Cathedral Ward you'll need the Upper Cathedral Key, which is found in the following way:
    • From the Yahar'gul Chapel lamp, turn around and run up the stairs to where the old ladies are. Along the left side of this plateau, you'll see a hole in the fence. Carefully jump down to the platform below. Once on the platform look for a door. Enter and you'll find yourself in a darkened room with a cage below. Look for a hole in the fence and jump down into the cage. On the body inside you'll find the Upper Cathedral Key.
    • Once you have the key, go to Cathedral Ward. From the lamp post, take the door to the right and travel up the elevator. Climb the tower, and at the very top you'll find a door. Use the key to gain access to Upper Cathedral Ward.


NPCs in the area

  • Immobile Statue: Teaches Make Contact gesture. Not a real NPC per se though.









To access Upper Cathedral Ward you need to find the Upper Cathedral Key which is found in Yahar'gul, Unseen Village. When you have the key, head to the top of Healing Church Workshop and open the previously locked door.

When you first enter, head up the steps infront of you and kill the first Celestial Larvae enemy. Carry on heading up the stairs. You'll come to a gate and a bridge, pick up the Blue Elixir from the body then head down the bridge. Through the fog, two Church Doctors will approach you. Up here they're stronger than down in the normal Cathedral Ward, so be careful, but treat them the same as you would any other time. Once they're dead you'll reach the first area lamp.

Past the lamp, carry on up the stairs and you'll come out to a semi-circular area, patrolled by many Celestial Larvae mobs. Go right first, kill your way through the group and pick up the Great Lake rune at the dead end. Back track and head down the left path. Before you go up the stairs, go past them and kill the Carrion Crows who are guarding a body with a Frenzied Coldblood. Once you've picked it up, head up the stairs. You'll see a bonfire ahead of you and another Church Doctor at the top of the stairs. This one is carrying a pretty big flame imbued scythe, so be careful of how you attack him. If you pull him down the stairs you can get him to walk through the bonfire which can shave a bit of HP off him. No matter how you deal with him, head up the stairs and prepare to be very quiet.

At the top of the stairs you'll walk into a dark room with the unmistakeable sound of a Brainsucker. Creep up behind him and take him out. Make sure to pick up the Choir Set before you head out into the corridor. If you go to the right you'll see a body up ahead which has a Madman's Knowledge on it, but be careful as it is a trap. When you approach the body a Wolf Beast will burst through the window. Note that he has blue eyes instead of the normal red, the wolf beasts in this area are amped up compared to those you've fought before, so be prepared to parry, backstep and if you need to, run into the room where the brainsucker was as he can't get through the door.

Once the beast is down, head back to the other end of the corridor as you can't get through the door next to where the wolf burst in. Open the door and you'll find yourself on a balcony above the main hall. When you head down the stairs three of the suped up wolf beasts will fall from the ceiling and destroy the chandelier. As a jump scare, this works, as a device that makes the fight harder, it's even more effective as now there is very little light in the room. Pull the beasts one at a time and down them all. Alternatively, lure them to the door so they can't go through it and sweep them with Burial Blade charge attack since it can go through walls and knock down the Wolf Beasts. Patrolling on the left side of the room will be another wolf beast and hiding around the right will be a brainsucker. Clear the area then head to the rear of the room on the right side. Going down the tight corridor here will net you the Cosmic Eye Watcher Badge. At the locked main door is a body with some Ritual Blood. Head back to the other side of the hall and head down the tight corridor with the Scurrying Beast at the end. DO NOT chase it. Hiding in the room at the end of the corridor is another brainsucker, so going after the scurrying beast will most likely cost you some insight. Kill the brainsucker and head up the ladder.

When you reach the top of the ladder you'll be out on a balcony with a brainsucker standing looking out over the room (creep up and charge attack him, easy kill) and if you cross the balcony and kill the brainsucker standing at the stairs down you'll be able to open a shortcut back to this point next to where the wolf beast burst in. Killing these brainsuckers will cause one of them to drop the Orphanage Key. Open the doors on the balcony and you'll see a statue striking a pose. Interact with it and you'll learn the Make Contact gesture. For now, you're done here so head back down to the bottom of the hall. You can now open the enormous doors here.

You'll come out in a conservatory with a lever in it. Pull the lever and open a shortcut back to the lamp, now if you die you can run straight up from the lamp and past the Celestial Larvae enemies. Pick up the Frenzied Coldblood, then head up the stairs and follow the path round. Half way down you'll encounter a Celestial Mob on his own. Consider this a warning for the next section. When you enter the next room you'll trigger the Celestial Emissary boss fight.


Video Walkthrough

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(Work in progress!)



  • The is one of the few areas in the game with a persistent musical score as you work through the level.
  • Before the 1.07 patch, You can stab the brainsucker through the door
  • BUT, They did not fix this completely, you can attack through the wall with a medium range weapon to lure them near the wall and continue attacking them until you get the Orphanage Key


    • 18 Mar 2018 04:06  

      The Brain Suckers... My God... Something to be added is the about ones on the upper balcony. If you go to kill the first one, the second will start to attack you. My God, I wish these enemies were never made...

      • Anonymous

        02 Jan 2018 02:55  

        If anyone wants to co op this area, please comment below, the brain suckers are giving me pause to solo this area
        or message me at kingtofu-the-9th I will also help you, of course.

        • Anonymous

          18 Dec 2017 02:16  

          Anyone notice the trees alongside the initial bridge before the first lantern are kinda... off? I'm fairly certain trees aren't supposed to move like that.

          • Anonymous

            15 Dec 2016 07:10  

            Wiki says you need to kill 2 brainsuckers near the wolf for the key. False. Just kill the one closest to the wolf.

            • Anonymous

              23 Nov 2016 05:51  

              Lost almost 20 insight to those stupid brain suckers and by the sound of some of the other comments I got off lucky. Whoever programmed them to spam that grab spell every half second needs to be punched in the face. There's a difference between tough and straight up bull*****.

              • Anonymous

                23 Nov 2016 01:11  

                You bellends. "Sneak attack the one on the balcony" yeah but while you do that two others sneak up on your ass. *****ing twats

                • Hidden path05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                  Hey just fond out that if you hit the big window in the Lumenflower garden's bonfire it breaks, not sure if it is known but i couldn't find references to this hidden path.

                  • Anonymous

                    Wolf Beast exploit.05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                    SPOILER! This just happened to, at the start of the cathedral, on the stairs where the Church giant with the scythe is, if you have been attacked by the wolf that comes in from the window, it will stay there and and it will try to attack you from the other side when you are on those stairs again, he can be attack, but so can you, so use a long ranged weapon.

                    • Anonymous

                      It Actually Has Music!05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                      I know that very few areas in Souls Games tend to have music but this music is what makes this area one of my favourites (the same with Hypogean Gaol). It's not too loud and only adds to the atmosphere. I understand the lack of music is meant to build atmosphere but for me that's overshadowed by the loud character footsteps that you hear for almost the entire game. On later playthroughs, the lack of music gets boring for me and I have to revert to outside sources of music to remain interested, at least occasionally. It's the same with the other Souls Games.

                      • Anonymous

                        update05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                        Bloodstone chunk x2 needs to be added to item list here. Located on a crawler (crystal lizard) just be for you reach the ladder leading up to the door with 'make contact' gesture. Also, the wolf beast here seem to be a decent source of farm for shards, twin shards, and I've gotten a chunk from one. Done the farm run only a couple of times, but shards are def very common, twin common/rare, chunks rare/very rare?? Needs more confirmation.

                        • Anonymous

                          Soothing Hymn...DS Shoutout05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                          So far, I've seen no one else realize that the musical score is actually Dark Sun Gwyndolyn's theme slowed down. No, really, just listen to the vocals. Why it's there, I'm not sure other then "why not?"

                          • Make Contact Gesture05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                            So I followed the game progression route of this site. When I got to the area where the Make Contact Gesture guy is, he wasn't there. Only a body on the floor laying down. Did I do something wrong? Am I suppose to come back later?

                            • Anonymous

                              Chandelier in the great hall05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                              Does anybody have an idea how to save that huge chandelier from falling down ? There are 3 wolfes hanging on it when you first enter, and i like the lighting in the hall so i tried to take em out from the side after passing the brainsucker whos guarding the choir set, so far ive only been able to shoot, throw molotov, knifes at two of em but the last one that brings the whole thing down seems untargetable, anybody ever tried and suceeded ? I first thought it to be a fixed event, but ive actually invaded an host and his summon who were fighting the wolves UNDER the chandelier, while it was still up. So any ideas?

                              • Anonymous

                                Insight... more like blind05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                                I didn't realise the brainsuckers were draining my insight until I lost about 40 points... gutted

                                • Anonymous

                                  Fextralife is slacking05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                                  Where's the Map? I like going through each zone blind uncovering every thing I possibly can and then come to the map to see if I missed anything. So much easier than reading a walk through.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Item exploit05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                                    In Mensis base the room with the floor missing on the upper landing where all the little guys are walking around one of them will keep giving item drop if you stand there. Mostly antidotes and cold blood dew

                                    • Anonymous

                                      -.-05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                                      I´m so ***** stupid, I was there got the gesture and left because i thought thats it. Even thought to myself what a small region that was, like the moron i was. Now i´m newgame+ and i looked up the trophies and saw just what i missed. UUUUUGHGHGHGH please kill me now

                                      • Anonymous

                                        bull***** avioded05 Jul 2016 14:35  

                                        Thank God I came out of this place with all my insight with the help of a very wise friend :). And I thought tower of Latina 2.0 was bad but this place.. Not everyone makes out unharmed.

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