|Brador, Church Assassin|
|Appears In||The Old Hunters|
|Status||Imprisoned, yet capable of invading the player|
|Location||Within the deepest dungeon beyond the Underground Corpse Pile|
|Voiced By||Neal Barry|
Brador is a mysterious character that lies in a cell, locked away out of his own volition, and ringing a soundless bell.
He has a rather imposing and intimadating tone, but in a way that does not show lack of temper. His only mission is to keep players from venturing further into the Hunter's Nightmare and uncovering secrets that are "better left alone", as he says.
He dons his own special set, the Brador's Set, an attire that resembles the Foreign Set (the starting attire of players when players awaken in Yharnam), except it is covered with blood, has a hood and cloak that was made from a smaller Cleric Beast scalp, and gloves that are exactly like the ones from Gascoigne's Set, but bloodied.
His weapon of choice is a spiked mace, covered in blood, called Bloodletter. Curiously enough he also has a Ludwig's Rifle, although he never makes use of it, always opting to instead use the Bloodletter's transformed state.
- Underground Corpse Pile
- in the lowest level of the "Underground Dungeon" that comes before the "Surgery Altar" of the Research Hall
Brador was once an assassin for the Church. However, after killing a compatriot, Brador wore his scalp and hid himself away in the cell where he currently resides, right after the Ludwig boss arena, in the deepest dungeon cell. This character is shrouded in mistery and it is at least certain that he knows secrets of the Healing Church which must not be unearthed.
He will invade the player throughout the Fishing Hamlet, with brutal determination.
Brador can be interacted with after defeating Ludwig. He will be resting in the deepest cell past the boss arena behind a locked door. He will pose a question to the player, it is irrelevant to the questline which answer the player chooses.
Upon reaching the Lighthouse Hut Lamp, players who did not kill Simon, the Harrowed will find him dead at the door of the hut, from his dialogue it is clear he has been attacked by Brador. He asks the player to redeem the hunters, and passes away, giving the player both his weapon, Simon's Bowblade, and the Underground Cell Inner Chamber Key, the means of unlocking Brador's cell.
Brador will begin invading the player in the Fishing Hamlet as they explore beyond the Lighthouse Hut Lamp. He will invade 4 times and drop a part of his set everytime he is defeated. He will invade consecutively, meaning that players can be invaded a total of 4 times without dying or warping back to the Hunter's Dream.
Brador will invade in the following areas:
- at the end of the bridge after the second Lamp of the Fishing Hamlet, the Lighthouse Hut; drops the Bloodied Armbands.
- after the first invasion, going along into the village, beneath the building with the villager with large staff that uses lightning to attack you, his invasion will trigger once you explore up the staircase into the building at ground level; drops the Beast Hide Garb.
- after unlocking the shortcut that leads into the caves filled with white slugs and women in shells, progressing further will eventually lead to some women who lack shells, and at the dead end of the tunnel, once the player gets to the item that lies ahead, Brador will invade; drops the Bloodied Trousers.
- the final invasion is located in front of his cell at the top, the enemies there will be found slain by him; he will drop Brador's Testimony.
His invasions are constant meaning that Brador will not stop invading players in these set paths. The only way to stop his invasions is to open his cell and slay him where he stands, he will not fight back. Upon his death, he will drop his weapon of choice, the Bloodletter.
Any piece of attire that had not dropped from him will be in its specific invasion spot. It is possible to simply reach the Lighthouse Hut, grab the key, warp back to Ludwig's arena, fight Brador only once, and kill him in his cell. This ensures the player need only fight Brador once and get every piece of his attire beyond Brador's Testimony, at the spots where he would invade players.
Brador is a powerful opponent, capable of dealing massive damage and withstand hits rather easily.
What makes the fight hard is the fact that he always wields the Bloodletter in its transformed blood state, which deals massive damage, while also making constant use of Lead Elixir, which turns him incredibly resistant to damage as well as essentially unstaggerable.
The Lead Elixir is also very dangerous as it means that most attacks dealt to him will just bounce off Brador making it seem like the player is striking a metal wall.
However, his strategy is fairly straight forward, raw damage and high defense. The ability to constantly dish out damage all the while being impossible to trade hits with or even find openings in his attacks, as such, all that needs to be done is to simply wait for the Lead Elixir to run out, and to make sure he never uses it again.
This will make the fight much easier, and players need not worry about healing as Brador never heals.
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- The quickest way of dealing with Brador is to go back to his cell as soon as players acquire the Underground Cell Inner Chamber Key. This will trigger his invasion, but players need only kill him once, get his headgear and then head towards his cell, speak to him and kill him, thus putting an end to his invasions permanently, causing him to drop the Bloodletter on the spot, and every piece of his Attire will be at the site of his respective invasion.
- Brador's phantoms do not count as "actual" Hunters, meaning that they will not drop Blood Dregs when the Corruption rune is equipped. Only his actual physical body will.
- Brador actually has a Firearm equipped, a Ludwig's Rifle, which does indeed confirm that he is a member of the Healing Church, however, as most players will experience, nothing will make him shoot it.
- Brador's Set is a mix between the Foreign Set, and a Cleric Beast's hide/scalp serving as a cloak. This makes it one of the most singular Attires in the game, not only from a design perspective, but also from its symbolic perspective. Perhaps the player character came from the same place as Brador himself.
- Another interesting thing about this set is how this scalp belonged to not just some beast, but a Cleric Beast. This means that Brador slayed a compatriot, and what most of the community agrees with is that this compatriot was none other than Laurence, the founder of the Healing Church himself. Not only because Laurence becoming a Cleric Beast meant that the Old Blood was potentially dangerous, and this was a secret that should be kept unknown, but also because his weapon itself is called Bloodletter, thus making an allusion to the Bloodletting Beast, a beast whose skull is cracked on the same spot as the beastly skull of Laurence, in the Grand Cathedral.
- The Bloodletter, Brador's weapon of choice, is a a very obscure and mysterious item. It is a blood weapon like those of Cainhurst, but there is no mention from whence it came or how it was made.
- Coincidentally, Brador's personality seems to fit this weapon rather well, both have mysterious origins and also, in a way, frown upon the curiosity of mankind. This aversion to the curiosity of men manifests in Brador telling players to leave the nightmare, while the Bloodletter will be quite dangerous high Insight due to its Frenzy afliction on the user when using the special attack.
- Though Brador appears to be an old man, when he invades the player, his model turns younger, this appears to be deliberate as Brador's Testimony, when worn by Brador, appears to have right horn broken in half when players meet him in the cell, however, whenever he invades the player, his horn is intact. This is quite strange and seems to point that the Brador players fight is truly Brador in his prime.