You may have noticed a pattern by now if you’ve been keeping up with these Bloodborne boss guides. The fights don’t seem to get easier, and it’s about time that you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that they have no intention of doing so. The deeper you delve into the city of Yharnam, the more your despair will become real. This even includes that moment when you stumble across Vicar Amelia. A young, beautiful woman praying to some unknown deity all alone in her temple. Well, it should probably be mentioned that she’s only a young beautiful woman at the beginning of the cutscene that introduces her. Because you see, she transforms into something far more menacing.
You fight Vicar Amelia in the form of a huge white beast that resembles the Cleric Beast you fought all those hours ago. The main visual difference (aside from the color) is that both of its arms are huge and furry instead of just one. If only that was the only difference. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to deal with yet another boss with an extensive move set. There is a plus side, though. For the first time you will fight a boss that isn’t surrounded by pesky obstacles. The temple you will do battle in is actually very open, and that’s probably because this is the largest boss so far.
The strange thing about your fight with Vicar Amelia is that you don’t really need any items (not counting Blood Vials, you always should have a few of those). Sure you can bring Bolt Paper, or Fire Paper if you want to add a temporary element to your melee weapon. You can even bring some trusty Molotov Cocktails if that’s your thing, after all there are quite a few openings for you, but even this isn’t necessary. What you do need are some cat-like reflexes, a strong weapon, and a bit of patience.
Pretty much every attack from Vicar Amelia is extremely deadly, this boss knows how to dish out the pain and has no qualms with smashing you into itty-bitty pieces. But, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any openings. You actually want to wait for Vicar Amelia’s strongest attacks in order to get in there and handle your business. What moves are those? Well let’s break them down.
As with the last two dog-like beasts (Cleric Beast & Blood-starved Beast) you want to watch Vicar Amelia’s arms. There are two specific attacks you’re looking for, the first of which is when she spreads both of her arms wide. This means she’s gonna tackle and bite. The second is when she sits on her hind legs and lifts her hands together as if she were praying and flashes blue. This means she’s about to do one of her long range attacks. It is extremely powerful and it will knock you to the ground, but don’t worry too much since it is very easy to dodge and leaves her open for an onslaught (but we’ll get to that shortly).
Now that you have the arm formations jotted down, the other moves you need to watch out for are her leap attack which she follows with a deadly evade technique after a couple of seconds. Next one isn’t an attack at all. You will notice that Vicar Amelia occasionally flashes gold. There are rare events when she sits down in the prayer position and glows gold instead of it just flashing. If you look at the bottom of your screen you’ll see that she’s actually healing herself, and she will continue to do so until she’s regained half of her health back or she is interrupted.
Every single one of Vicar Amelia’s aforementioned abilities can potentially change the battle in her favor should you be too slow to act. But, if you pay close attention to her, each provides a rather large opportunity for an aggressive hunter to make mincemeat of an otherwise formidable foe. It all comes down to the dodge.
For every move not listed here, you want to dodge backwards (back step). This will keep Vicar Amelia in your line of sight, while keeping you safely out of her rather long range. Why don’t you attack her during these moments you ask? Because she usually uses her quicker attacks in these scenarios, and she doesn’t rest in between them either. No sense getting your ass kicked, when you’ll be granted plenty of golden opportunities in just a few seconds.