Father Gascoigne is an experienced hunter who has succumbed to the blood-drunkenness of the hunt and, as such, descended into a frenzied killing spree. He is armed with the Hunter Axe and a modified version of the Hunter Pistol that acts like the Hunter Blunderbuss, and he also wears his titular Gascoigne's Set.
Despite his title, he is not a Healing Church priest. This is referenced in his attire's description.
Gascoigne was a priest in a foreign land, where he earned the title of "Father". At some point in his life, Gascoigne travelled to Yharnam and eventually joined the Healing Church as a hunter. From here, Gascoigne was partnered with Henryk, an older hunter. The two made an effective duo, and their partnership led to Henryk's 'tragically' long life.
At some point, Father Gascoigne took a wife by the name of Viola and the pair had children. As Gascoigne continued to hunt, he became affected by the bloodlust, forgetting even his family. Viola was known to play a Tiny Music Box, a memento of theirs, in order to draw him home when he had been out all night, helping him remember her and their children when he began succumbing to the bloodlust. Their daughter, the Young Girl, still resides in Central Yharnam, unless the Hunter sends her to Iosefka's Clinic, where she becomes a Celestial Minion, or Oedon Chapel, where she will be killed by the Maneater Boar. The Tiny Music Box will be given to the Hunter when speaking with the Young Girl and can be used against Father Gascoigne to stun him during battle.
During his final hunt, Gascoigne finally succumbed to the bloodlust, becoming little more than the beasts he had hunted. Viola left their home in order to search for her husband but forgot her music box. Her body is found in the Tomb of Oedon, near to where Gascoigne is hacking away at corpses until the Hunter puts him down. It is unclear whether he killed his wife or the beastly scourge did; nonetheless, her loss cost him his humanity.
Father Gascoigne has three forms in the battle. His first two forms use his trick weapon, the Hunter Axe. He begins with the axe in shortened form and will shoot his Hunter Pistol at the Hunter after his combos or dodges. Gascoigne will flinch when hit by most weapons two or three times, but will then gain hyper-armor and be able to attack. Learning this timing presents a good opportunity to stagger him and perform a Visceral Attack. Alternately, dodge to the side and then resume attacking. Try to attack him with a transform attack, as this will stagger him.
At mid-range, Gascoigne will occasionally roll towards the player; firing during his roll will often interrupt his following attack and cause a stagger. (This technique can work for all Hunter enemies, but is not guaranteed, as they often attack with their firearm after they roll)
Once his health is reduced to about 2/3 of his maximum, he will transform the axe into its longer two-handed version. He can still use his Pistol while in this phase, despite the fact that no other hunter can do this.
For the final 1/3 of Father Gascoigne's health, he will transform into a wolf-like creature for the rest of the battle. This form is stronger, faster, and more aggressive. He also gets a new jump attack, which can catch players off guard if they aren't careful. However, his resistance to Fire damage drops accordingly. It is still possible to stagger him with firearms.
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To summon him, players must first:
- Acquire one Insight.
- By either encountering the Cleric Beast or using one of the two Madman's Knowledge that are in the area.
- Players must go back to the Hunter's Dream to acquire the Old Hunter Bell in order to summon him.
- They must spend one Insight to summon him.
- He is located near the metal fountain that is found close to the Young Girl's house.
- Using the Tiny Music Box in close proximity causes him to stop attacking, instead clutching his head in pain and muttering to himself. This can help players to make the fight against Gascoigne less difficult, especially during phase two, when he switches to using a large axe.
- Using the Tiny Music Box three times before the final phase of the fight will cause him to transform into a beast prematurely.
- Viola's corpse can be found on a nearby roof in the same area where Father Gascoigne is encountered. The Red Jeweled Brooch can be obtained by looting her corpse.
- Henryk, his old hunting partner, can be fought at the Tomb of Oedon Lamp during Eileen the Crow's questline.
- Unlike other NPC hunter summons, Gascoigne's model remains unchanged from his boss fight and is significantly taller than the player.
- Father Gascoigne is voiced by Connor Byrne.
- His set of weapons behave very differently from the player's version.
- The Hunter Axe, for instance, slightly recurves when compared to the one that the player wields. He also holds his axe differently. The player holds his or her axe with the axe part pointed to the left, but Gascoigne holds his pointed to the right. He also uses an uppercut and slashes the ground, emitting sparks, when attacking.
- His Hunter Pistol behaves like a Hunter Blunderbuss and appears to possess a break-action reloading mechanic, which he uses after firing per shot.
- The way his weapons behave differently, compared to the player's versions, may come from Gascoigne being a more experienced hunter since the player does not have access to these attacks from their own weapons.
- Gascoigne's name is of an Old French origin, named after Gascony, a region in France. This name is more commonly used in England, which can explain why Father Gascoigne speaks with a Southern Irish accent. In the prologue to the player's battle with him, he states "...Beasts all over the shop...", 'all over the shop' being an English colloquialism adopted in Ireland.
- Playing the Tiny Music Box to Gascoigne if he's summoned will elicit a small chuckle from him.
- In the alpha build, when Gascoigne killed the player he would mutter the words "sick creature... may you rest in peace... Umbasa". Umbasa is an expression; similar to the "Amen" or "God bless you" of Christianity, used by clerics and religious people in the world of Demon's Souls, Bloodborne's spiritual predecessor. This line has been cut in the final game.
- If one were to listen carefully after defeating him in his beast form, you can hear Gascoigne scream what seems to be "forgive me". He could be referring to his wife Viola, his daughter, his partner Henryk, if not all of them, as he finally saw the beast he had became shortly before fading and remembered all that he had done. It is even possible that he could have been referring to the player character. This could also help prove that, in his beastly rage, he murdered Viola, not the Huntsmen.
- It is technically possible to summon Gascoigne for his own boss fight. However, he cannot climb ladders nor take the elevator and it is thus impossible for him to reach the Tomb of Oedon.