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Balore as he appears in Portrait of Ruin
Japanese Name
バロール Barōru (Balor)
Gaze that unleashes a devastating energy beam
Smashes the player with his powerful fists

Balore is a recurring boss from the Castlevania series. A giant imprisoned in the depths of the castle from times long forgotten. Pure rage fuels this monstrosity and he recognizes no allies, destroying everything and everyone who dares to cross his path. His right eye has the ability to unleash a devastating energy beam (the Portrait of Ruin version is just an horizontal-swapped sprite of the one in Dawn of Sorrow, making him fire from his "left eye" instead).


Balore is taken from the Celtic mythology of Ireland. Balor was the king of a race of giants known as the Fomorians who possessed unusual physical properties, Balor himself having only one eye. As a child, Balor was observing druids preparing noxious spells and the fumes entered his eye, this granted his eye incredible destructive power and so his eyelids grew heavy so that the destructive forces could be contained behind them.

In the Castlevania series, Balore is giant and wields a destructive eye-based attack, both features shared with his origin. The most recent interpretation shows severe damage to Balore's face (perhaps a remainder of his childhood incident), as well as a deathly gray color to his skin in Dawn of Sorrow onwards rather than the normal, somewhat bronzed tone he had in Aria of Sorrow.


Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

Noted as "a demon with a fear-inducing gaze", Balore is a fearsome enemy. When Soma first enters the boss room at the Arena, he finds a swarm of bats hanging on the ceiling. These quickly fly to the center of the room as soon as they notice his presence, coalescing into another, more powerful creature: the Giant Bat. Its dramatic appearance doesn't last long, however, as a giant hand suddenly comes out and crushes it instantly in a rain of blood, while a dreadful chuckle can be heard in the background. Balore enters the scene, only peeking his face and arms into the room, unable to enter due to his colossal size.

To fight him, Soma must attack his left eye while looking out for Balore's fists. Upon reaching 2,000 HP, Balore switches to his right eye instead and constantly sweeps the ground with beams that leave a trail of fire. In this phase, his DEF drops to 10. The easiest way to defeat him at this point is to use the Medusa Head's soul, Vector ZERO, to hover near his eye, avoiding the ground fire and gaining a clear shot.

Defeating Balore rewards Soma with his and the Giant Bat's souls. Balore's soul provides him with the Balore Punch ability, an extremely powerful punch attack, whilst the Giant Bat's soul grants him the ability to transform into a bat and fly.

110 Balore バロール Barōru (Balor) 4,000 4,000 16,000
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
65 60 - - Unaffected
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
The Arena Guards the Giant Bat's soul (Bat Form) - Balore Punch
Description "Demon with a fear inducing gaze."

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

Soma once again encounters Balore in the Wizardry Lab, who demonstrates his power by destroying a massive wall of ice that stands between him and Soma. This time around Balore has been completely redesigned. His skin is now blue and the upper half of his body is shown on the left hand side of the screen, perhaps to show that he has indeed been slain by Soma, but has come back to life through a zombification process.

The player can also stand on Balore's fist to be at level with Balore's face. Balore's face is shown to have rotten on one side and being metal bolted on the other. The rotten side of his face can be seen when he screams and fires his eye beam, or when he is killed and disintegrates.

Balore is weak against stab and slash attacks: both attributes being easily obtainable at this point of the game, Balore shouldn't pose much of a threat.

103 Balore バロール Barōru (Balor) 900 500 45
Tolerance Weakness
Clockwork (unaffected) Slashing, Piercing
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
Wizardry Lab - - Destructive Glance 1,000
Description "A demon with a fear-inducing gaze."

Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

In Portrait Of Ruin, Balore appears in the Nest of Evil as the first boss. He has the same appearance and attacks from Dawn of Sorrow, only now faces the opposite direction, which may slightly confuse players who were familiar with his attacks in the previous game. He is also the first boss to challenge players in the first Boss Rush course.

No. Name JPN HP
130 Balore バロール Barōru (Balor) 3,000
Tolerance Weakness
- Slash
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Nest of Evil - - 2,000 40
Description "A demon whose very gaze induces terror."

Soul DataEdit

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

  • 120 MP to cast.
  • Powerful punch attack.
  • Second strongest soul in the game under the Red Minotaur soul.

Item Data: Balore
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Red Soul Balore - Balore Punch - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Packs a deadly punch. Bullet Soul
Consume: 120 MP  660 AP
Rarity: Always get the soul.
Drop: Balore

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

  • 1/1 level.
  • 0 MP to cast.
  • "Touch the Touch Screen to shatter certain blocks."


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