The Cleric Beast is a huge creature with hideous horns whose shrieks sound like cries of agony. At first glance, the Cleric Beast has a malnourished and almost skeletal body, however this monster has high agility and supernatural strength. It is one of the first bosses encountered in Bloodborne and the first boss to be revealed during the game's development.
The Cleric Beast owes its name to a rumor that it was originally a member of Yharnam's clergy transformed by the old blood. After defeating the Cleric Beast, one obtains the Sword Hunter Badge which states in its description:
"One of the badges crafted by the Healing Church. The silver sword is a symbol of a Church hunter. Ludwig was the first of many Healing Church hunters to come, many of Whom were clerics. As it was, clerics transformed into the most hideous beasts."
This suggests that the Cleric Beast was a member of the healing church, possibly a hunter employed under Ludwig that succumbed to the scourge of the beast and transformed into a horrific monster. Laurence, a high-ranking member of the Healing Church clergy, also transformed into a Cleric Beast himself.
Powers and Stats
Name: Cleric Beast
Gender: Unknown, presumably Male
Classification: Human Cleric Mutated by the Old Blood
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, and durability, Regeneration (Mid-Low), Some resistance to magic and electricity
Lifting Strength: Class 10 (Superior to Giant Lost Children who can casually lift giant boulders)
Striking Strength: Building Class
Range: Extended melee range due to its size
Standard Equipment: None
Intelligence: Low, possibly non-sapient
Weaknesses: Vulnerable to fire