Blood-starved Beast
Thirsty beast large
Affiliation VS Beasts Button Beasts
Locations Old Yharnam
(Church of the
Good Chalice
Chalice Dungeons,
Ailing Loran,
Hunter's Nightmare
Drops Old Yharnam:
Pthumeru Chalice
Chalice Dungeons
Base: Random
Bloodtinge Gemstone
x1 (100%)
Hintertomb Boss:
Lower Hintertomb

Ailing Loran Boss:
Ailing Loran Root

Hunter's Nightmare:
Random Bloodtinge
x1 (100%).
Old Yharnam: 3470
Chalice Dungeon Base: 635
Hintertomb Boss: 4536
Ailing Loran Boss: 27258
Hunter's Nightmare: 5183
Blood Echoes
Old Yharnam: 6600
Chalice Dungeon Base: 333
Hintertomb Boss: 3565
Ailing Loran
Boss: 46514
Hunter's Nightmare: 2366
Old Yharnam:
Physical DEF icon
Old Yharnam: 108
Chalice Dungeon Base: 114
Hintertomb Boss: 114
Ailing Loran Boss: 114
Hunter's Nightmare: 137
Bolt icon
Old Yharnam: 160
Chalice Dungeon Base: 160
Hintertomb Boss: 160
Ailing Loran Boss: 160
Hunter's Nightmare: 220
VS Blunt icon
Old Yharnam: 108
Chalice Dungeon Base: 114
Hintertomb Boss: 114
Ailing Loran Boss: 114
Hunter's Nightmare: 137
Fire icon
Old Yharnam: 55
Chalice Dungeon Base: 70
Hintertomb Boss: 55
Ailing Loran Boss: 55
Hunter's Nightmare: 75
VS Thrust icon
Old Yharnam: 108
Chalice Dungeon Base: 114
Hintertomb Boss: 114
Ailing Loran Boss: 114
Hunter's Nightmare: 137
Slow Poison RES icon
Old Yharnam: 999
Chalice Dungeon Base: 999
Hintertomb Boss: 999
Ailing Loran Boss: 999
Hunter's Nightmare: 999
Blood DEF icon
Old Yharnam: 108
Chalice Dungeon Base: 114
Hintertomb Boss: 114
Ailing Loran Boss: 114
Hunter's Nightmare: 137
Rapid Poison RES icon
Old Yharnam: 180
Chalice Dungeon Base: 180
Hintertomb Boss: 180
Ailing Loran Boss: 180
Hunter's Nightmare: 180
Arcane (DEF) icon
Old Yharnam: 160
Chalice Dungeon Base: 160
Hintertomb Boss: 160
Ailing Loran Boss: 160
Hunter's Nightmare: 220

The Blood-starved Beast is a Boss/Chalice Dungeon Boss in Bloodborne.


The Blood-starved Beast is a deformed, quadrupedal creature whose skin is peeled off and hanging from its back. Much like the Cleric Beast, it also has a malnourished, skeletal appearance. Although it may look like a weak creature at first sight, its erratic and nimble movements make it a formidable foe for hunters.

The Blood-starved Beast is generally the third or fourth boss of the game depending on how the player explores the Cathedral Ward.


Thirsty beast chained

Corpse of a Blood-Starved Beast found crucified upon the altar within the church next to Djura's tower.

It is suggested that the Blood-starved Beast was a person receiving blood healing as a part of rituals performed by Healing Church members in Old Yharnam in order to learn more about the Great Ones and the effects of blood healing. This is demonstrated a corpse of another Blood-Starved Beast can be found crucified and chained in the small chapel of Old Yharnam, next to Djura's tower.

Moreover, below the corpse, the player finds ritual blood. This suggests that the Blood-starved Beast has some connection to ritualistic practices performed by the Healing Church and has some significance to Blood-Healing and its administration. In this case, it is well possible that these Beasts "must" be skinned alive in order to collect their blood without killing them, since they would simply regenerate minor cuts or surgical shunts.

It is not unlikely that these beasts were once Blood Saints, the Healing Church's nuns chosen to be sources of healing blood: this would explain both why these beings are "blood starved" (they were skinned to take their blood) and why there are similarieties to the Female Beast Patients.



The Blood-Starved Beast primarily uses frontal attacks. Its attacks cause poison buildup in later stages. It also has a grab attack that does massive damage. It's recommended, but not necessary, that you fight this boss before fighting Vicar Amelia.

There are three stages to the fight:

Stage 1

The Blood-starved Beast will mostly use a forward charging attack. It has a long telegraphing animation and can either be dodged or used as an opportunity to close in and attack. When it raises its right arm to attack, stagger it with a gunshot, then perform a Visceral Attack on its head. The player could actually walk under its arm when it raises it for attacking. Also, since it moves slowly in the first phase of the fight, you can abuse the entire first phase to deal damage by shooting and using throwing knifes.

Stage 2

Stage 2 begins when the Blood-starved Beast has about 2/3 of its health remaining (signaled by a shrill scream). Attacks during this stage will last longer and have longer range. The Blood-starved Beast's front attack animation during this stage is a multitude of hits, but can still be staggered just as it begins its attack cycle. It will still charge forward, and can now perform a grabbing attack that will inflict poison. If it begins closing in, back step repeatedly to avoid getting hit.

Stage 3

Stage 3 begins when the Blood-starved Beast has 1/3 of its health remaining (it will let out another shrill scream). During this last stage, the boss gains a permanent poison aura, so being within close proximity can poison the Hunter (Antidotes can counter this). Also, it will dodge to a safe distance after almost every attack, leaving only small windows to attack it. Try to stagger the Blood-starved Beast as much as possible, as poison does not take effect if it triggers during the visceral attack animation.

Attack Patterns
Attack Type Description How to Counter
Right Hand Slash Raises its right arm and whips it in front of it. Dodge under the arm and counter from behind.
Charge slash barrage Stands up while raising its right arm and then charges forward. Evade by rolling under right arm.
Maul Grab Attack Stands perfectly still on all four legs for a second and jumps suddenly in an attempt to catch the player by surprise. Can be dodged to left/right.
Slash Flurry Gets close and then suddenly it stands up and unleashes a fury of attacks. More slashes are added to this attack at stage 2 of the fight and even more at stage 3. Dodge forward under its right arm and start attacking while the monster attacks (5% chance of getting hit).
Poison Blast Moves away from player and stands still for a bit, then releases a burst of poison, which also creates a poisonous aura around the boss. Remain at a distance. If you're fast enough, you can hopefully hit it a couple times, but be quick.


All Versions



  • The crucified carcass of a Blood-starved Beast can be found in the church hall behind Djura's tower. All the Beast Patients (male and female) appear to be drinking from its blood.
  • The Blood-starved Beast appears to have been a victim of skinning through an old mythological norse method called the "Blood Eagle", whereas the victim's back is peeled to the side or front. In this case it was to the front and the flayed skin is now resembling a hood of flesh.
  • Curiously, the female Beast Patients appear to be going down the path of becoming Blood-starved Beasts. Like them, they have a distinctive lack of thick fur, rely mostly on their talons for dealing with prey, have grab-attacks that involve biting opponents, have a slender body, a shroud that covers their head, and most evidently, they deal Slow Poison with their attacks.


Bloodborne Blood-starved Beast Boss Fight04:19

Bloodborne Blood-starved Beast Boss Fight

Blood-Starved Beast Boss Guide03:41

Blood-Starved Beast Boss Guide

Blood-starved Beast Spear tactic solo play12:05

Blood-starved Beast Spear tactic solo play

Blood-starved Beast Evade/Counter Alternate Strategy

Co-op Blood-Starved Beast Boss battle


Tsukasa Saitoh - Blood-starved Beast (Extended) (Bloodborne Full Extended Soundtrack, OST)06:35

Tsukasa Saitoh - Blood-starved Beast (Extended) (Bloodborne Full Extended Soundtrack, OST)



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