Biphron, also called Lossoth or Lightkeeper, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. He is an old hunchback demon who carries a lantern whose glow illuminates dark graveyards. He searches among graves and lights magical torches among them. It is told that he also knows much wise lore. Biphron walks slowly back and forth, occasionally flinging fireballs or creating fountains of flames at those who get near him.
In demonology, Bifrons is a demon, Earl of Hell, with sixty legions of demons under his command. He first appears in the form of a monster, but at the command of those who summon him, changes his shape into that of a man. He is supposed to make one knowledgeable in astrology, geometry, and other sciences and arts, as well as teaching the virtues of precious stones, woods and herbs.
He takes corpses from their graves and deposit them into new ones. He also sometimes puts magic lights above graves, which in turn appear like candles.
In the US version of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Bifrons' name was changed to Lossoth. In Tolkien's lore, the Lossoth were a race of snowmen of Forochel who could glide on ice by tying bones to their feet, made their houses of snow and possessed "carts without wheels", probably sleighs. It is unclear why Bifrons, a demon who is particularly related to fire, was renamed to a race of snow dwelling people.
While his appearance and slow pacing may hint the other way, Biphrons can be annoying enemies to deal with (more so if they come in numbers) and it's recommended to dispatch of them as soon as they are encountered. If the player allows them to attack, they will unleash fountains of flames or three fireballs in an arcing pattern which will fall at different distances between each other. These attacks will be launched sporadically and unpredictably, which may or may not end in a quick barrage of them combined altogether, sometimes covering most of the screen and leaving little time or space to retaliate.
Even if all of their attacks are Fire based, they don't inflict particularly serious damage, although they may stun-lock the player and leave them open to attacks from other enemies.
|Enemy Data: Biphron|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Searches among graves and knows much wise lore.|| Level: 20|
| Drop: Sirloin, Firebrand|| Catacombs|
|Spirit creature whose glow illuminates dark graveyards.|| Strong: Flame|
Weak: Sword, Poison, Curse
| Soul: Napalm Flare|| Underground Cemetery|
|A demon who lights magical torches on graves.|| Strong: Fire|
Weak: Whip, Slash, Ice, Poison
Skill Pt: 8
| Forgotten City, Dark Academy, 13th Street, Nest of Evil|
|Item Data: Biphron|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Sirloin steak [use]|| Food (Meat)|
| HP +100|| Find: Castle Keep|
Drop: Lossoth, Minotaur
|Fire sword of Oberon|| Sword|
| Attrib: Cut, Fire|| ATT +25|| Buy: $10,000 (later) Drop: Lossoth|| Effect: ↓↘→ + [Attack] Fire blast (ATK 40 for 5 MP)|
|Shoots out a series of exploding fireballs.|| Bullet Soul|
| Attrib: Flame|
Consume: 35 MP
| 85 AP|| Rarity: 20|