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Antidotes are a vital item for surviving the mid-game in Bloodborne.
But luckily, you won’t have to farm enemies for drops to get them – you can actually unlock unlimited Antidotes for purchase in the Hunter’s Dream Messenger Shop by killing the first optional boss, the Cleric Beast.
We’ll cover exactly how to find and kill the Beast down below, as well as where to find the Antidotes once they’re unlocked.
Finding The Cleric Beast
The Cleric Beast is the first optional boss in Bloodborne, and although it’s fairly easy to find accidentally, you could still miss it if you stick to the main path through Central Yharnam.
If you need some directions, here’s how to find the Beast as quickly as possible.
Start from the Central Yharnam Lamp, then head right to follow the main path.
Take the ramp down, then walk across the bridge to find a gap in the railing to your left. Drop down through this gap and make your way down to the main street.
Once you’re down on the main street, start running away from the horde of enemies until you see a bonfire up ahead.
As you’re moving towards it, look for a set of steps to the left of the bonfire – this is the route to safety.
Head up these stairs and continue running along the walkway at the top, towards the small tunnel.
Run under this tunnel and keep going until you reach the second tree. This tree marks safety from the huge mob of enemies that you’ve run away from, as none will follow you this far.
Walk down the steps here to enter a large courtyard. Make your way around the fountain in the center and up every flight of stairs on its far side.
At the top of the steps will be an ambush party of dogs and Villagers – this can be a tough fight, so run away if you need to.
However you deal with the ambush, run up the staircase they arrived from to step onto the Great Bridge.
On your right will be two Werewolves blocking your way to the Cleric Beast. Luckily, you won’t have to properly fight them.
Walk up to them to get their attention, then run back the way you came to split them up slightly and open up a route forward.
Run back towards where the Werewolves were originally, then keep going until you see a thin staircase to your left.
Take out the Villager at the top, then head down this staircase until you reach a darkened house that the Werewolves can’t follow you into.
As soon as you step into the house, search for the pair of Villagers hiding on this floor and take them out.
Now that the house is safe, turn your attention to the doorway you entered through.
Assuming the Werewolves were still chasing you when you entered, you’ll find them stuck in the doorway, trying and failing to squeeze through.
If they’re there, slowly take them out from the safety of the house, dealing one R1 at a time until they fall.
If they didn’t follow you, you’re free to immediately walk back up this staircase.
Turn left once you step back onto the Great Bridge to see a Troll and some crows stood in front of a large arch.
This arch marks the entrance to the Cleric Beast’s boss arena. Run past the Troll and through the arch to trigger the fight.
Opening the shortcut
If you’re looking for a quicker way to reach the Cleric Beast for repeat attempts, you can actually continue heading through the darkened house instead of returning to the Great Bridge.
From the entrance of the house, walk down the steps and turn left, then open the door here to exit the building.
Once outside, walk up the stairs straight ahead, then turn right and climb another set to reach the metal gate on the left of Central Yharnam Lamp.
Interact with it to open the shortcut gate and give yourself a much simpler route to the Cleric Beast for repeat attempts.
With the gate open, you simply need to take the left path from Central Yharnam Lamp, and climb through the darkened house and up to the Great Bridge to reach the Cleric Beast fight.
Killing The Cleric Beast
If you’re having some trouble taking down the Cleric Beast, here are some quick tips to boost your chances of winning:
- Don’t panic – stay calm and only dodge when it’s necessary to keep your stamina up
- Stay behind it – the Cleric Beast has very few attacks that can hit behind itself.
- Don’t stay locked on – the camera can be buggy against large foes. Keep it unlocked and control it yourself to stay focused on the Beast.
- Use fire – if you have Oil Urns and Molotov Cocktails, use them together on the Beast to deal massive damage.
Once the Cleric Beast is taken out, you’ll receive the Sword Hunter Badge, which unlocks some new items in the Hunter’s Dream Messenger Shop, including Antidotes.
To find the Messenger Shop, warp back to the Hunter’s Dream, then turn left from the spawn point to see the shop underneath a small ledge.
Enter the shop menu to find and buy as many Antidotes as you’d like – the Messengers will stock an infinite amount for the rest of the game.
Depending on when you’re buying the Antidotes, their price will change. The prices are as follows:
- 300 Blood Echoes (default price)
- 600 Blood Echoes (after defeating Father Gascoigne)
- 1,300 Blood Echoes (after defeating Vicar Amelia)
- 2,300 Blood Echoes (after defeating Rom, The Vacuous Spider)
Buying Antidotes can get expensive very quickly. If you’re looking for a way to get Blood Echoes fast, check out our guide to farming blood echoes for the best methods.