Winter Lantern

Enemy Type Not Beast Nor Kin
Health 1700
Drops Cursed Damp Blood Droplets (5) [33%], Pebble x10 [5%], Quicksilver Bullets x3 [62%]
Weak Poison
Strong Above average magical defenses
Locations Nightmare Frontier, Nightmare of MensisFishing Hamlet

Winter Lanterns (sometimes called "brain trusts" prior to the release of the official guide) are an enemy in Bloodborne. Grotesque creatures with a lethal gimmick, Winter Lanterns will constantly damage you and build up your frenzy meter with their gaze.

These vaguely humanoid, eldritch abominations roam the Nightmare Frontier and the Nightmare of Mensis. Winter Lanterns require line of sight to cast their deadly spell and despite their appearance they cannot see anything behind them. Be forewarned, frenzy will continue to build for a few seconds after line of sight is broken.


  • Have Sedatives ready.
  • Avoid fighting them up close, they cause Frenzy to build up while you are in their line of sight. In most cases, they are set up in a way that allows you to sneak past more or less undetected.
  • Apart from their Frenzy AoE they only have one attack, a lunging grab attack that deals minor damage, but frenzy continues to build during the grab.
  • Circle around them up close, and their grab should miss, which will leave their backs exposed for a long enough time to do a charge attack.
  • Alternatively roll or dodge through their grab, but beware that the grab attack has good tracking and will catch you if you act too early.
  • Wait halfway through the grab animation,
  • Frenzy will not cause damage if it triggers in the middle of a visceral attack. Use this to your advantage, if you are farming them, by stacking an appropriate amount of frenzy resistance.
  • Use the transformed Hunter Axe's heavy attack (Hold R2) to keep them on the ground.
  • For those having trouble with this enemy, 3 sets of 2 poison throwing knifes are enough to kill one (except in The Nightmare Frontier, those are immune to Slow Poisoning).
  • Can be knocked down with Burial Blade charge attack,
  • Heavy weapons can stagger and cancel their grab, you can charge one, smash it a few times, then quickly roll away and use the sedative before you get frenzied.
  • Simon's Bowblade in its bow form is a reliable weapon against this enemy for builds with high Bloodtinge. Being able to one-shot them or tear apart huge chunks of their hp with a charge attack.


Winter Lantern Information

  • Similar to the Brain of Mensis, they cause frenzy by looking at you.
  • If they do not notice you, the hunter will remain unaffected by Frenzy. Blue Elixirs are very useful for this.
  • Winter Lanterns after the Lighthouse lamp can drop Physical ATK Blood Gems up to +22.3% (Old Hunter's DLC).



Cursed Tempering Damp Blood Gem.png
Nightmare Frontier 1700 2759 (x3) 62% (x10) 5% (5) 33% (2) 33% (2) 33%
Nightmare of Mensis 1700 10177 (x3) 62% (x10) 5% (5) 33% -- --


Notes & Trivia

  • Their brain seems to be entwined with several messengers.
  • Winter can be related to Death or Slumber, and, considering the high threat that these enemies pose, could imply that their name refers to them as a "death beacon" of sorts.
  • At a certain level of Insight, they will begin singing in an off-key tone.
  • They wear what appears to be a blood-stained version of the Doll set. minus the shawl
  • Close examination of their hands reveal that they have the same hands as The Doll, albeit slimy and covered in tentacles.
  • Their bodies are a great deal taller than The Doll and there is no doll head underneath the brain.
  • Their mouths look just like venus fly traps.
  • It has a large gash along the spine for which there is yet no explanation.





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    • Anonymous

      22 Sep 2020 04:04  

      The worst ****in enemy ever, let's design an enemy that would kill you just by looking at you, get ****ed whoever designed this ****!!

      • Anonymous

        13 Jun 2020 14:48  

        Just to clear up the confusion on whether these enemies can detect you behind them or not, the ones in the frontier cannot see you behind them, the ones in Mensis can detect you and will turn around to begin inflicting frenzy on you and the final ones in the hamlet can see and inflict frenzy on you without turning around. In this sense they get progressively harder to deal with each area you encounter them.

        • Anonymous

          03 Jun 2020 22:28  

          Apparently some people have found a way to sexualize this enemy. *****ing disgusting. Who looks at this enemy and gets a rock hard boner?

          • Anonymous

            07 Mar 2020 23:15  

            I managed to get a radial Cursed Tempering Damp Blood Gem(4) from one in the nightmare of mensis. Its effects are no different than the droplets it drops though

            • Anonymous

              24 Feb 2020 21:40  

              Ashen Hunter set with beak mask and that rune that adds 200 frenzy resistance, if your quick and have a +8 or 9 heavy weapon you should be able to kill 1 just before the frenzy bar fills up. Or just use the sedatives the old lady give your to heal the frenzy.

              • Anonymous

                22 Jan 2020 07:40  

                If you're too lazy to do the chalice dungeons they're a great source for gems just gear up with the crowfeather set( ashen hunter is ok too) especially the beak mask some sedatives and a heavy weapon like hunter axe(not trasformed) or kirkhammer(hammer form) and R2 them to the ground till they're dead. This might only work on NG though since they're weaker and I usually have 0 insights with a frenzy rune. It takes me 3 R2 with hunter axe +9.

                • Anonymous

                  04 Aug 2019 23:57  

                  can the ones in the frontier drop (5) droplets? i’m tryna make a good blade of mercy without going dungeon diving to far

                  • Anonymous

                    24 Feb 2019 03:39  

                    The only mob in the game you end up accidentally farming simply because you are trying to get past them without dying.

                    • Anonymous

                      12 Feb 2019 11:52  

                      Is it any wonder these things blow your brains out? they are like mini-brains of mensis... either that or their appearance is so ugly, and what you are seeing is a defense mechanism of the character's mind to try to blot it out... Personally it doesn't matter which it is, I like to kill them with 99 bloodtinge cannon, buffed with bone marrow ash, and do it before they piss me off. At the end of the day, the best defense against frenzy is to make sure you spend less time thinking of the crap you just saw, trust me.

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