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"A female vampire who loves to bathe in blood."
Official description from the trailer of Castlevania: Judgment

Carmilla (カーミラ, Kāmira), sometimes also known as Camilla in both English and Japanese, is a recurring boss character and antagonist in the Castlevania series. Several incarnations of her have appeared throughout. She is sometimes, but not always, accompanied by her servant Laura. She is often referred to as possessing great beauty and allure.[1]

She often appears as a loyal servant to her master Count Dracula, either plotting to revive him, or awakening from her slumber in order to come to his aid.[1][2] Her role is notably averted and expanded upon in the Lords of Shadow series.

In addition to appearing in several installments, she is also the namesake of Camilla Cemetery in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, as well of Carmilla's Lair from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

Carmilla is based on the titular character of the novella Carmilla, written by Sheridan Le Fanu in 1872. Appearing to be a member of Austrian nobility, in reality she the long-dead Countess Millarca von Karnstein, returned to life as a vampire.


Castlevania II: Simon's QuestEdit

Carmilla made her first appearance in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, where she appears as one of the three bosses. She goes by the moniker Onna Kyūketsuki (女吸血鬼), which she is referred to in the manual, which translates to "female vampire". [3] A clue book found in Debious Woods refers to her properly as Carmilla. [4] She can be encountered in Laruba Mansion. Upon defeat, Carmilla leaves behind the Magic Cross, the item which is used to enter Dracula's Castle.

Vampira Female Vampire 256
Location Drop
Laruba Mansion Magic Cross

Castlevania: Rondo of BloodEdit

Carmilla appears as the boss of the fourth stage in Rondo of Blood along with her consort Laura. Notably, the spelling "Camilla" in used in this game instead of "Carmilla". Once Richter or Maria enter the boss room, they are first greeted by Carmilla's mask. From behind the mask, Carmilla appears as a giant nude woman atop a skull. The mask then breaks into several pieces and Carmilla begins to attack with the skull. One of her attacks is shedding tears of blood.

Name Alt. Name HP EXP
Camilla 86
Stage 4:Atop Countless Terrors
Stage 4': Fortress of the Water Demon

Castlevania: Dracula XEdit

In Dracula X, if the player fails to save Annette, Carmilla will possess Annette, appearing as the boss of Stage 6 (the Clock Tower) instead of Death. [5] While her appearance resembles her one from Rondo of Blood, her attacks are identical to those of Shaft from the same game.

Name JPN
Clock Tower
Requirement Failed to save Annette.

Castlevania (Nintendo 64)Edit

Camilla from Dracula 3D

A model of Carmilla atop her skull can be seen in early footage of the Nintendo 64 game Castlevania. However, she is not present in the final game.

Castlevania: Circle of the MoonEdit

Main article: Camilla

Contrary to her relative minor roles in previous games, Camilla appears as a much more prominent character in Circle of the Moon. Possessing her own castle located in Austria, she plots to revive her master Count Dracula in order to unite the forces of darkness. [2]

Camilla Carmilla 1500 80000
ATK DEF Location
650 700 Underground Waterway
Common Drop Rare Drop
Resistance Darkness

Castlevania: Harmony of DissonanceEdit

Harmony of Dissonance - Carmilla - 01

Carmilla's mask in Harmony of Dissonance sculpted in relief

In Harmony of Dissonance, an effigy sculpted in relief can be found in the Skeleton Cave which is clearly intended to resemble Carmilla's mask (Vampira) from Simon's Quest and Rondo of Blood.

Castlevania: Lords of ShadowEdit

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Main article: Carmilla (Lords of Shadow)

Carmilla's next prominent appearance is in Lords of Shadow. In the story of the game, she is one of the founders of the Brotherhood of Light, along with Cornell and Zobek. Several hundred years in the past, the three founding members performed a mystical ritual to ascend to a higher state of existence. Their good sides were transported to heaven as angelic beings, while their dark sides were left behind and became the Lords of Shadow. Carmilla's original gentle nature was turned into that of a vicious vampire. She takes up residence in the Bernhard Castle, and possesses a piece of the God Mask, a device which the protagonist Gabriel Belmont must retrieve in order to resurrect his dead wife Marie.

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Name Size Difficulty Chapter
Carmilla Medium High Chapter 8: The Throne Room
Silver Dagger Explosive Dagger Holy Water Flasks Divine Shield
Strong Strong Strong Weak
Fairy Light Fairy Dark Crystal
Strong Strong Strong
"The three founding members of the Brotherhood of Light were brave warriors who sacrificed their physical bodies in order to become spiritual beings, able to fight God's wars against evil. They performed a mystical ritual to transform themselves into angelic creatures. Their intentions were honorable, but they were deceived and their spirits were fractured; their good sides were transported to heaven as angelic beings, while their dark sides were left behind. The second of the founders, Carmilla, was a highly skilled healer, and her talents knew no equal. Pure of soul and chaste in mind and body, she was renowned for her love of all living creatures. When the spirit left her body on that fateful night, her love for life and her purity were corrupted, giving birth to the Vampire Dark Lord."

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2Edit

Main article: Carmilla (Lords of Shadow)
Carmilla(LoS2) icon

Many centuries afterwards, Carmilla reappears in her castle in her former human form, where Gabriel, now known as the vampire lord Dracula, takes residence. She seduces him into drinking her blood which has a poisonous effect on him. In order to resist her influence, Dracula drinks blood from his resurrected wife Marie. After evading Carmilla in the castle's library, he chases her onto one of the rooftops, where she attempts to trick him by taking the form of Marie and forces him to choose which of the two is his real wife. Dracula makes the right choice and faces Carmilla in combat. As he gains the upper hand, despite the witch's best efforts, including regaining his Mist Form from her, Carmilla makes one final attempt to break Dracula by threatening to kill Marie, only to be impaled through the mouth by him with a piece of broken gate and destroyed for good.

Other AppearancesEdit

Castlevania: JudgmentEdit

Main article: Carmilla/Judgment

Galamoth plots to send the Time Reaper from 10,000 years in the future into the past to destroy his rival Dracula, and change history. A man named Aeon discovers this and pulls together champions from different eras of history into a dimensional rift, in order to find a chosen one capable of destroying Galamoth's servant, the Time Reaper. Carmilla is one of these warriors.

Carmilla is a female vampire. She worships Dracula like a god and her greatest joy is shredding humans and let their blood splatter on her. Carmilla views humans as nothing more than prey and always looks down upon them. She is aggressive and provocative. [6]


Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. First published in 1871 as a serial narrative in The Dark Blue, it tells the story of a young woman's susceptibility to the attentions of a female vampire named Carmilla. Carmilla predates Bram Stoker's Dracula by 26 years, and has been adapted many times for cinema

Carmilla, the title character, is portrayed as possessing lesbian traits. Her victims are exclusively female. However, she becomes emotionally involved with the protagonist Laura. Carmilla has nocturnal habits, but is not confined to the darkness. She has unearthly beauty, and is able to change her form and to pass through solid walls. Her animal alter ego is a monstrous black cat and she sleeps in a coffin.

In the story, Carmilla takes advantage of the anonymity of a masquerade ball to look for victims. In the games, her mask represents the ballroom masks that Carmilla wore to the many parties she went to, and was also used to hide the fact that she was a vampire.

Although Carmilla is a lesser known and far shorter Gothic vampire story than Dracula, the latter has been cited as being heavily influenced by Le Fanu's novella.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Castlevania Judgment. Konami. 2009. Story Mode. Character: Carmilla. Opening.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Castlevania: Circle of the Moon instruction manual. Konami. 2001. p.20,21. AGB-AAME-USA.
  3. Dracula II: Noroi no Fuiin manual. Konami. 1987. p.26.KDS-DRK.
  4. シニガミガ カクシモツ ナイフニ カミーラノ ヒトミハ クモル. Translation: With the knife which Death hides in his hand, Camilla's eye becomes cloudy.
  5. Akumajo Dracula XX Holy Bible Guide. Kodansha. 1995.
  6. Castlevania: Judgment Official Japanese Website

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