Alura Une, also known as Alraune or Venus Weed, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a Une with a maiden-like creature blooming out of a central rose bud and who is surrounded by many thorns and vines. In some games, Alura Unes grow stronger as they absorb the characters' blood. Her name probably comes from "Alraune", the German word for Mandrake.


Alraune - 02

First edition cover.

Alraune is a novel by German novelist Hanns Heinz Ewers published in 1911, and the name of its female lead character.

The basis of the story of Alraune dates to the Middles Ages in Germany. The humanoid-shaped Mandrake root (or Mandragora) was widely believed to be produced by the semen of hanged men under the gallows. Alchemists claimed that hanged men ejaculated after their necks were broken and that the earth absorbed their final "strengths" (in some versions, blood is mentioned instead of semen). The root itself was used in love philtres and potions, while its fruit was supposed to facilitate pregnancy. Witches who "made love" to the Mandrake root were said to produce offspring which had no feelings of real love and had no souls.

In the novel, a scientist interested in the laws of heredity, impregnates a prostitute in a laboratory with the semen of a hanged murderer. The prostitute conceives a female child who has no concept of love, whom the professor adopts. The girl, Alraune, suffers from obsessive sexuality and perverse relationships throughout the course of her life. She learns of her unnatural origins and she avenges herself against the professor.


Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit

In Symphony of Night they are known as Venus Weeds. They lure their victims into their vicinity, impale them with their vines and then absorb their blood. The game also features a more powerful version called Blue Venus Weed, which has fed on demons' blood.

In her weed form, a Venus Weed only has 100 HP. As the player gets close, she reveals her true form and has a stat boost (500 HP), although she loses her resistance against Hit. In her true form, she can raise her roots upward (36 ATT, Cut), and shoot rose darts (40 ATT, Cut). For every Cut damage from Alucard, her petals get redder.

No. Name JPN Level HP
95 Venus Weed Alura Une 25 100/500 (after blooming)
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
Hit - Fire - 150
Location Drop Guard
Abandoned Pit to the Catacomb Coral Circlet, Heart Refresh
Description "Watered with human blood."

Like the Venus Weed, the Blue Venus Weed only has 100 HP in her weed form, and her HP becomes 550 when revealing her true form. She also loses her resistance against Hit upon transforming. She has the same attacks as the Venus Weed, although dealing more damage.

No. Name JPN Level HP
128 Blue Venus Weed Blue Alura Une 40 100/550 (after blooming)
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
Hit - Fire - 1,000
Location Drop Guard
Reverse Caverns, Reverse Entrance, Hell Garden (Saturn only) Zwei Hander, Heart Refresh
Description "Advanced Venus Weed. Fed with demon blood."

Despite being invulnerable, their roots are supposed to drop Strawberries if they are destroyed. Additionally, their darts have a small chance to drop Oranges.

Castlevania: Circle of the MoonEdit

A creature that appears to be a nude maiden sitting atop a flower. She attacks by causing vines to erupt from the ground. Attacking the maiden herself deals significantly more damage than attacking the flower. One of the rarest enemies in the game.

Alraune アルラウネ 774/1,003 2,500/5,000
ATK DEF Location
490/640 303/450 Observation Tower, Battle Arena
Common Drop Rare Drop
Mage Robe (1%) Potion Ex (0.5%)
Resistance Plant

Note: Second stat listed is when encountered in the Battle Arena.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

This creature appears to be just a large flower until she is approached. At that point, the bud blooms and reveals the true nature of this monster. She attacks by thrusting her vines into the ground and attempting to impale the player with them. Alura Une has relatively high defense, but players are recommended to use the Killer Mantle (which kills her in one hit) as opposed to Flame-based attacks. This weakness makes obtaining her very valuable soul much easier. Alura Une's soul summons the Guardian Alura Une, who heals the player's HP by 10 for as long as the R button is held. This magic uses 60 MP per second, almost making the Chaos Ring a necessity when using it.

Aos aluraune
78 Alura Une 800 1 400
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
53 50 - Flame
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
Underground Cemetery (after defeating Legion), Forbidden Area - Melon Guardian Alura Une
Description "An Une raised on warm blood."

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

Alura Une returns in the Subterranean Hell of Celia Fortner's castle. Like always, Alura will appear as an ordinary Une, but will grow into a flower when approached and then she will emerge. Alura will summon her vines to attack Soma, and will throw rose darts when he stands still. Hitting her vines or getting hit makes her rose petals redder, until they become crimson blood. They turn white again when she's hit. Alura's rose darts also turn red if they hit Soma, from absorbing his blood.

Dominance over Alura Une's soul will grant Soma the Sweet Jail ability, which will allow him to summon her. Alura grows out of a flower, cuddles into Soma's arms and calls him informally while her insane three flower vines lock on to the nearest enemies to stab them, causing Slashing or Piercing damage. Alura's vines also can be controlled with the stylus. She costs 10 MP per second to summon. Soma cannot move while Alura is summoned and she cannot be summoned while in mid-air. Alura Une also stabs her enemies out of annoyance and sometimes can be heard saying "jamaa" ("annoying").

Alura Une levels up one level per soul until level 9 is reached. She causes insane damage potential even at level 1. She is a plant-type soul and the Skeleton Farmer's soul boosts her piercing power even more. She can be boosted with a level 9 Lilith's soul to cause even more damage than with the Skeleton Farmer's soul. She can also be combined with the Une's soul, which allows her vines to spit Unes from their flowers without costing MP. Alura Une is useful for damaging some still enemies like Death, Balore, or some parts of Aguni's attacks. If the player works very hard, Alura can cause up to 260+ damage per hit of her vines, and about 600 damage per second. Alura Une is recommended by some players during Boss Rush Mode due to her insane damage potential. An interesting technique is to equip the Dead Crusader's soul with Alura Une, which if Soma's damage is 1 or less, the damage is nullified and allows him to summon Alura without much interruptions, unless by enemies giving damage more than 1.

79 Alura Une 600 1 53
Tolerance Weakness
Electric Slashing, Fire
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
Subterranean Hell Grapes (8%) - Sweet Jail (20%) 480
Description "An Une fattened with copious pools of blood."

Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

These monsters appear to be Unes at first glance, but when approached, a large flower grows from the spot and a maiden blooms out of it. Alura Une attacks by unleashing vines from the ground by shooting flower darts. In this game, however, their uprooting vines seem to have less range (the vines growing just within or a little outside the range of a whip).

An easy way to defeat her is to approach her just until she blooms and then unleash 1,000 Blades. This must be done quick, though, lest she rises her vines to shield herself, rendering the whole attack useless.

No. Name JPN HP
101 Alura Une 573
Tolerance Weakness
Electric Piercing, Fire, Stone
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Dark Academy Rose Corsage Muse's Tiara 440 11
Description "An Une fattened with copious pools of blood."

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Alura Une
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Coral Circlet Icon Coral Circlet (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Immune to curses Head (Crown/Circlet)
Attrib: Curse
INT +7
Drop: Venus Weed
Effect: Resistance vs. Curses
Heart Refresh Icon Heart Refresh (Heart Repair) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Restores 500 hearts [use] Medicine (Heart Potion)
Hearts +500
Find: Black Marble Gallery, Death Wing's Lair
Drop: Archer, Blue Venus Weed, Venus Weed
Zwei Hander Icon Zwei Hander (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
German Two-handed Sword 2 Handed Weapon (Great Sword)
Attrib: Cut
ATT +38
Drop: Blue Venus Weed
Effect: Slow swing
Special: ←→ + [Attack] for Dash Thrust (4 MP)
Castlevania CotM equipment-magic robe Magic Robe (jpn) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
A robe that has magic within Body (Robe, Magician Equipment)
DEF +200, INT +300
Drop: Alraune, Witch
Castlevania CotM item-potion ex Potion Ex (X-Potion) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover all HP. Recovery Item (Health Potion)
HP +100%
Drop: Alraune
Melon AoS Icon Melon (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
A melon of the finest quality. Food
HP +600
Sell: $750 
Find: Study (hidden)
Rare Drop: Alura Une
Common Drop: Witch
Blue Soul Alura Une - Guardian Alura Une (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Restores health. Guardian Soul
Consume: 60 MP/sec  Drop: Alura Une
Grapes DoS Icon Grapes (jpn) - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Bursting with flavourful juice. Food
HP +60
Sell: $190 
Common Drop: Alura Une
Guardian-Soul-DoS-Icon Alura Une - Sweet Jail - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Summon Alura Une as a guardian. Guardian Soul
Attrib: Slashing, Piercing
Consume: 10 MP/sec 
Rarity: **
Drop: Alura Une
Rose Corsage Icon Rose Corsage (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A corsage fashioned from high-quality, delicate materials. Accessory (Corsage)
DEF +3
Sell: $950 
Drop: Alura Une
Muse's Tiara PoR Icon Muse's Tiara - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A tiara blessed by a goddess. Head Gear (Crown / Tiara)
DEF +6, INT +8
Sell: $8,000 
Drop: Alura Une





  • In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, Alura Une has 573 HP, which is actually an in-joke Konami uses in many of its games: "five" in Japanese is go, changed to the voiceless form ko; "7" in Japanese is nana shortened to na; "3" in Japanese is mittsu, shortened to mi; this allows the number to be read as "Konami".
  • Alura Une's rose-throwing attack may be a reference to Aphrodite's Bloody Rose attack from the Saint Seiya anime/manga franchise, where a rose is thrown at the opponent like a dart and it sucks-in their blood, turning red in the process.

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