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Catoblepas as it appears in Dawn of Sorrow
Alternate Name(s)
カトブレパス Katoburepasu
Legendary creature
Ethiopian mythology

The Catoblepas is an ox-like beast which breath turns living things to stone. In the Castlevania series, it is similar to the Gorgon (in fact, in Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin, it is actually a direct re-use of the Gorgon sprite from Symphony of the Night), and breaths out a petrifying gas cloud.


Catoblepas - 01

Catoblepas from Historia Naturalis de Quadrupedibus (Jan Jonston, 1614)

The catoblepas (from the Greek καταβλέπω, (katablépō) "to look downward") is a legendary creature from Ethiopia, described first by Pliny the Elder and later by Claudius Aelianus.

It is said to have the body of a buffalo and the head of a wild boar. Its back has scales that protect the beast and its head is always pointing downward due to it being very heavy. Its stare or breath could either turn people into stone or kill them. The catoblepas is often thought to be based on real-life encounters with wildebeest, such that some dictionaries say that the word is synonymous with "gnu".

Pliny described the catoblepas as a mid-sized creature, sluggish, with a heavy head and a face always turned to the ground. He thought its gaze, like that of the basilisk, was lethal, making the heaviness of its head quite fortunate.

Claudius Aelianus provided a fuller description: "The creature was a mid-sized herbivore, about the size of a domestic bull with a heavy mane, narrow, bloodshot eyes, a scaly back and shaggy eyebrows. The head was so heavy that the beast could only look down." In his description, the animal's gaze was not lethal but its breath was poisonous, since it ate only poisonous vegetation.


Castlevania: Circle of the MoonEdit

Catoblepae appear in the Observation Tower and the Battle Arena. In this game, the Catoblepas looks like a gray ox which stops when a hero is near to release a cloud of petrifying gas to the ground, which will travel a few steps away from the beast.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

Catoblepae appear in the Study. They attack by breathing petrifying gas cloud and their appearance is closer to that of an armored bull than to an ox. Soma can safely stand on the back of the beast, even allowing him to use them as stepping platforms to reach higher areas.

The Catoblepas' soul grants Soma the Stone Breath ability, which allows him to release a continuous cloud of petrifying gas from his hand.

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

Catoblepae appear a few times in the Garden of Madness. They are very slow, so killing them is not very difficult.

Same as in Aria of Sorrow, its soul grants Soma the Stone Breath ability, which allows him to create clouds of petrifying gas, which can turn to stone many enemies and allows Soma to deal +50% damage to them while petrified.

Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

Similar to those appearing in Dawn of Sorrow. They appear in Sandy Grave.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Catoblepas
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Catoblepascotm Catoblepas (jpn) [ edit ]
Circle of the Moon (Strategy)
''Abil: Stone
Strong: Stone
HP: 550/560 (*)
Exp: 1,800/2,000
Atk: 500/510
Def: 430/435
Common Drop: Heart High (2%)
Rare Drop: Soldier Fatigues (0.5%)
Observation Tower, Battle Arena(*)
Catoblepas 29. Catoblepas  [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
This ox-like beast's breath turns living things to stone.Abil: Attack petrifies.
Strong: Nothing
Weak: Sword, Poison, Curse
HP: 200
MP: 10
Exp: 40
Atk: 27
Def: 20
Rare Drop: Milk
Soul: Stone Breath
Study, Dance Hall
DOS-Catoblepas 26. Catoblepas  [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
This ox-like beast's breath turns living things to stone. Strong: Stone
Weak: Piercing, Slashing
HP: 70
MP: 30
Exp: 85
Atk: 26
Timestop: Affected
Common Drop: Milk (8%)
Rare Drop: Meat (4%)
Soul: Stone Breath (16%)
Garden of Madness
DOS-Catoblepas 35. Catoblepas  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
This ox-like beast's breath turns living things to stone. Strong: Stone
Weak: Whip, Slash, Fire
HP: 120
Exp: 60
Skill Pt: 2
Drop: Milk, Tasty Meat
Great Stairway

Soul DataEdit

Item Data: Catoblepas
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Blue Soul Catoblepas - Stone Breath - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Breathes a petrifying cloud into the air. Guardian Soul
Attrib: Stone
Consume: 15 MP/sec 
10 AP
Drop: Catoblepas


  • While in other games Catoblepas is weaker than its counterpart, the Gorgon, in Circle of the Moon Catoblepas is the stronger one.


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