And so it begins: the Cleric Beast is the first major boss that you'll encounter in Bloodborne, and also the protector of a nice Bronze Trophy and the Sword Hunter Badge. Despite its ample size and claustrophobic stomping grounds, however, it is very beatable – well, as long as you have the right strategy.

While it may sound counter-intuitive, you're best off staying close to the Cleric Beast, as attack from distance and it will attempt to leap on top of you. Should you find yourself on the receiving end of one of these jump strikes, dodge just after the nasty has left the ground, and you should escape undamaged. Your best bet, though, is to get in behind it.

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Once you're in at the rear of the foe, you'll have the upper-hand, as you'll be able to target its legs and do some serious damage. Don't worry too much if you get hit, as a quick counter attack will enable you to regain many of your health points. A swift, one-handed weapon definitely works best here, but you'll obviously have to work with what you've got.

There are occasions where the Cleric Beast will become enraged, in which case you're going to want to steer clear of its pounding and swiping attacks. It's also worth noting that the foe can pick you up should you position yourself directly in front of it, and it will punish you once it's in control. As such, you're better off trying to move as much as possible, getting behind it as often as you can.

Molotov cocktails will do decent damage if you're looking for a little assist, but keep pounding away on the enemy's hind legs and moving about and you should bring it down eventually. Once you're done, enjoy your shiny new Bronze Trophy – and mentally prepare yourself, because it's going to get much harder than this.

Have you managed to kill the Cleric Beast yet? Have you got any tips for defeating it? Cut the nasty down in the comments section below.