|Locations|| Yahar'gul, Unseen Village,|
(Potentially anywhere when a Beckoning Bell is used)
|Drops||Quicksilver Bullets x3|
The Bell-ringing Woman is a black-clad woman who always carries a bell and a dagger. A closer look at her face reveals a skeletal figure with decaying skin and gray hair.
The bell-ringing woman will continuously summon enemies while she is alive and the Hunter is within a certain range. She can only summon a certain amount of enemies at a time, but as soon as one of her summons is defeated, she will summon another to take its place. When she is defeated, any summoned enemies will receive a drop in defense and be momentarily stunned.
In Chalice Dungeons, the enemies that are summoned by a bell-ringing woman have a red glow and veiny appearance. If she is killed, any summons will instantly vanish. They will summon either Labyrinth Watchers or Nightmare Apostles. The latter being extremely dangerous.
- Nightmare Frontier:
- Yahar'gul, Unseen Village:
- Multiple locations.
- Nightmare of Mensis:
- Inside the small chapel filled with Nightmare Apostles, up the stairs, and on the left.
- Chalice Dungeons
Bell Ringers are relatively weak enemies that pose little threat by themselves, being rather un-aggressive and having overall nonthreatening attacks; they will either use an AOE spell to rapidly drain a player's health or attack them with their dagger, both attacks which can generally be easily avoided. What makes them a threat is the plethora of enemies that they will constantly summon and respawn.
Enemies summoned by the Bell-ringing Women, in Yahar'gul, will have a buff that grants them more health.
Due to their ability to summon enemies, they should be eliminated as quickly as possible before the player is swarmed. Once the Woman is slain, all the enemies (summoned by that particular woman) will lose the buff they had, and be staggered briefly and vulnerable to attack. The player will only receive Blood Echoes the first time they kill a summoned enemy and will not gain any if they defeat the same enemy again, although they can still receive item drops.
Bell-ringing Women in Chalice Dungeons will constantly summon Labyrinth Watchers, which aren't all that worrying. The problem is that the ones in later dungeons will summon Nightmare Apostles. Though there is a limit to the number of enemies that spawn, they will chase the player relentlessly, and are, from the instance they are summoned, immediately aware of the player's location. Not only that, but often times, there can two or even three Bell-ringing Women, each capable of summoning up to four enemies and one permanent enemy.
It is vital that players hunt down and eliminate these women as quickly a possible. Otherwise, players will be completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of enemies.
- In Chalice Dungeons, there are times when there will be more than one Bell-ringing Woman, summoning Nightmare Apostles. This becomes hilariously terrifying to watch as 8 to 12 Nightmare Apostles run at a player.
- This is widely considered one of the most deadly situations in the entire game.
- Strangely enough, one of the portraits in Forsaken Cainhurst Castle depicts these women. This is likely FromSoft's habit of using concept art as in-game paintings.
- Bell-ringing Women wear a richly decorated black gown, complete with floral motifs, a black veil, and plenty of jewelry. One can assume, from the heavy motifs of motherhood, birth, and ritual ceremonies that are present in Bloodborne, that the Bell-ringing Women are dressed in black to symbolize mourning.
- In the fight against The One Reborn, the 6 Bell-ringing Women present, wear a red veil, perhaps for symbolizing renewal by blood.
- The Bell-ringing Woman shares a lot of design similarities with Yharnam, and Mergo's Wet Nurse.