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Bow Armors (also known as Crossbow Armors) are armored enemies equipped with a bow-like weapon, such as a bow and arrows, a bowgun or a crossbow. In Castlevania: Chronicles, the weapon is aimed straight ahead. In Portrait of Ruin, they shoot homing rocket-like bolts which explode on contact, dealing massive damage.
In Portrait of Ruin, Crossbow Armors usually appear behind the first line of enemy defenses, providing supportive fire. The player should be very careful when approaching one of these enemies, as they usually have enough time to fire before the player can reach to their position. The Crossbow Armor can shoot either directly at the player or slightly above them, allowing the bolt's own tracking system to home toward the hero. Each time they're about to fire, they telegraph this move by emitting a red blinking light from their eyes.
They are easily defeated, though. If they are in a straight line with the player and behind other enemies, the player can just cast 1,000 Blades and take them all out at once. If they're positioned in hard to reach platforms, a single cast of Holy Lightning will be enough to dispatch them. Alternatively, the player can just hit the homing bolt in midair with their weapon and send it back toward the Crossbow Armor, damaging him heavily and usually killing him this way.
A stronger version of this enemy, the Buster Armor, appears in later stages of the game.
|Enemy Data: Bow Armor|
|Image||Name - Game|
|'|| HP: 4|
| 8. Dracula's Tower|
|'|| 5. Versailles|
|An armored warrior equipped with a crossbow and exploding bolts.|| Strong: Ice|
Weak: Strike, Whip, Electric
Skill Pt: 3
| Drop: Silver Plate, Crossbow|| Sandy Grave, Great Stairway, Tower of Death|