Amalaric Snipers (also known as Snipers of Goth) resemble the upper torso of a four-armed flying angel and are some of the rare Holy-themed enemies in the Castlevania series. They signal their appearance with a single arrow before teleporting in place. Once there, they will float above the player, taking careful aim before firing powerful Holy-based arrows. They are strong against Holy weapons, which sometimes makes them hard to kill.


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King Amalaric of the Visigoths (AD 502-531)

Amalaric was king of the Visigoths from 526 until his death in 531. In 522 the young Amalaric was proclaimed king after his illegitimate brother, Gesalec, was forced to flee to Africa after leading a disastrous reign following the death of their father, Alaric II, in the Battle of Vouillé.

Amalaric's kingdom was faced with the threat of the Frank army coming from the north. This was his motivation for marrying Chrotilda, the daughter of Clovis, king of the Franks. Amalaric pressured her to forsake her Roman Catholic faith and convert to Arian Christianity, at one point beating her until she bled. Chrotilda sent to her brother Childebert I, king of Paris, a towel stained with her own blood. In response, Childebert attacked and defeated the Visigothic army, forcing Amalaric to flee south to Barcelona, where he was assassinated by his own men.

The official description of the Amalaric Sniper, also called Sniper of Goth, states that he "slew Amalaric of the Goths", which could be interpreted as one who snipes (kills with an arrow) Amalaric, the Goth. He is also described as a "fallen angel", which may lead one to speculate if this term was chosen due to the real Amalaric, by forcing Chrotilda to abandon her Catholic faith, indirectly brought his own demise by making his executioners a sort of Christian traitors, or "fallen angels".

General informationEdit

While his attack patterns are nothing out of the ordinary, many heroes have fallen victims to the Amalaric Sniper's holy arrows, generally just for not being prepared to deal with such an enemy. An Amalaric Sniper always signals his appearance with an arrow shot from the sky, which marks the spot where he'll spawn. He flies with great speed, trying to position himself at an angle from the hero, and aims a powerful Holy elemental arrow at them. He's also keen to unleash his secondary attack, where he'll hover in midair and call upon sixteen arrows around him, which he shoots outward covering most of the screen.

Due to the Amalaric Sniper being Holy-based and not having any elemental weaknesses, the player is usually stuck by dealing small amounts of damage if they have been using elemental weaponry (especially if it's Holy-based). Also, due to his great mobility and the angle he tries to place himself to lock-on to the player, weapons with low reach or which attack in a straight pattern make it quite difficult to damage them.

With this knowledge and taking a moment to prepare against them, Amalaric Snipers can be dealt quite easily. A player just needs to switch for a weapon with Slash, Piercing or Dark attributes (which these enemies are generally weak against) and which attacks in a wide overhead arcing pattern. At higher levels and if the player has access to spells with a wide area of effect (like the Thunder Cross, even if it's also Holy-based), Amalaric Snipers can be defeated in just a single casting.


  • In Dawn of Sorrow, Soma is able to summon the aid of an Amalaric Sniper by gaining dominance over his soul (Summon Archer), which allows him to call forth an Amalaric Sniper from Heaven to shoot a Holy arrow at his foes.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Amalaric Sniper
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Snipeofgoth-1- 118. Sniper of Goth  (Amalaric Sniper) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Strategy)
Angel archer. Slew Amalaric of the Goths. Strong: Holy
Weak: Dark
Level: 36
HP: 50
Exp: 200
Drop: Magic Missile, Brilliant Mail
Amalaricsniper 36. Amalaric Sniper (jpn) [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow (Strategy)
A fearsome archer and a fallen angel. Strong: Holy
Weak: Piercing, Slashing, Dark
HP: 99
MP: 100
Exp: 84
Atk: 32
Timestop: Affected
Rare Drop: Chakram (4%)
Soul: Summon Archer (20%)
The Dark Chapel
Amalaricsniper 91. Amalaric Sniper  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin (Strategy)
A fallen angel who is now a fearsome archer. Strong: Holy
Weak: Whip, Slash, Dark
HP: 179
Exp: 218
Skill Pt: 8
Drop: Pudding, Blessed Ankh
13th Street, Nest of Evil
Sniper of Goth 
Encore of the Night
' HP: 480
Exp: ~845
Drop: Turkey, Potion; Five of Skulls
Steal: ~8 silver, 40 copper
Royal Chapel
Amalaricsniper 7. Amalaric Sniper  [ edit ]
Harmony of Despair (Strategy)
A fallen angel who is now a fearsome archer. Strong: Holy
Weak: Slash, Pierce, Petrify, Darkness, Poison, Curse
Drop: Chakram (2.30%)
Soul: Red (2.80%) Summon an archer to support you.
Chapter 1

Soul DataEdit

Item Data: Amalaric Sniper
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Amalaric Sniper - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Summon an archer to support you. Bullet Soul
Consume: 12 MP  ATK +14
Rarity: *
Steal: Amalaric Sniper (2.8%)



See alsoEdit

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