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How to Beat Darkbeast Paarl in Bloodborne

How to Beat Darkbeast Paarl in Bloodborne

Darkbeast Paarl in Bloodborne is a morbid rendition of Pikachu. This skeletal cat is covered in lightning and has a ferocity to match its beastly qualities. The boss is optional, but you should defeat him to get the chance to befriend Djura, the Gatling gun dude, on top of the tower in Old Yharnam.


The boss is not that huge of a challenge, and with our help, you’ll easily fizz out this overgrown kitty’s spark.

Fighting Darkbeast Paarl

Darkbeast Paarl

Darkbeast Paarl is a tattered skeleton beast who likes to stay electrified during the fight. He attacks with quick slashes and uses the electricity to deal elemental damage. Luckily, the fight is pretty straightforward if you stay underneath him.

When health enough damage, he will lose his electrical discharge. He will then back off a bit and try to buff himself up again. His attacks are all front-facing, meaning staying behind him will totally negate them.

Now and then, he will perform an electrical AOE, which has a long wind-up. You should get out of dodge when you see him charge this attack up.

Here are some tips you can use when facing Darkbeast Paarl in Bloodborne:

  • The boss is extremely weak to Fire damage.
  • Coating the boss with the Oil Urn and setting him ablaze with Molotov Cocktails will deal the most fire damage in an instant.
  • Fire Paper is effective for buffing your weapon.
  • Bolt/Electricity-resistant armor like the Henryk’s Hunter Set will absorb some of his bolt attacks.
  • His weak points are his head and back legs. Attacking the head is harder but deals more damage compared to the legs, although the legs are easier to attack.
  • You can summon Defector Antal to aid you in this fight.
  • If you chase him when he tries to back off and recover his electricity buff, he will never be able to apply it again.
  • Do not lock on to the boss. The camera will go haywire trying to keep up with him.

Boss Strategy

Darkbeast Paarl Boss Strategy

The plan for this fight is to apply the Fire Paper onto your weapon and immediately run under the boss. Avoid engaging him head-on as most of his attacks are targeted there.

None of his regular attacks will reach you if you stick under him. He will try to hop around so try to chase him and stay underneath him at all times.

When you are here, start attacking his back legs. These legs are his weakest point after his head. In just a few hits, he will collapse to the ground, and his electricity will dissipate.

Use this time to either continue whaling on him from where you were or run towards his head and attack that for maximum damage. If you perform a charged attack on his head at this point, it will open him for a Visceral attack.

Eventually, he will pick himself up, try to attack you one or two times, and then retreat in an attempt to buff himself up again. If you chaise him successfully, he won’t get the chance to do so.

Keep up the same strategy of staying under him and attacking his legs and then his head, and soon the prey will slaughtered. The only attack you should look out for when you are under him is the electricity AOE. The charge up to this attack is long, so get out when you see him going for it.


Here are all the attacks you have to look out for:

  1. Swipes: A one-two swipe with his claws directly in front of him. Can chain it thrice. When he is charged up, this attack will fire off 3 orbs of electricity.
    • Reaction: Roll through the swipes and move beneath him.
  2. Lunge: A long distance-covering lunge followed by a swift claw swipe.
    • Reaction: Roll into the attack.
  3. Slam: Slams his claws in front and causes a small electrical explosion.
    • Reaction: Stick under him, and it will completely miss you.
  4. Electrical AOE: He raises his head and charges up electricity around him, which leads to a massive explosion in his radius.
    • Reaction: Back off when you this attack coming. On the other hand, if you perform a charged attack in the nick of time, he will collapse and lose his electrical charge (risky but very effective).
  5. Shocking Breath: Exhales an electricity-infused breath from his mouth in front of him.
    • Reaction: Move under him when you see his head charging up. You can continue attacking him while he is stuck in animation.

Rewards for Defeating Darkbeast Paarl

Darkbeast Paarl Slaughtered

Along with the 21,000 Blood Echoes, you’ll receive the Spark Hunter Badge for defeating Darkbest Paarl in Bloodborne. This badge will unlock the Bolt Paper and Tonitrus in the Bath Messenger Shop in Hunter’s Dream.

You’ll also unlock a shortcut to Old Yharnam and be able to enter it from the opposite side & reach the Bloodstarved Beast‘s arena quickly.