The Creaking Skull is the first boss of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.


Creaking Skull - 01

Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (c. 1844).

The Gashadokuro are spirits that take the form of giant skeletons; they are fifteen times taller than an average person and said to be created from the amassed bones of people who died of starvation. These yōkai roam after midnight, grabbing lone travelers and biting off their heads to drink their spraying blood. A loud ringing sound is usually heard in the ear of nearby victims, foreboding an imminent encounter.

They are said to possess the powers of invisibility and indestructibility; though Shinto charms are said to ward them off.


The Creaking Skull is a massive skeleton that is too large to properly support its own weight. Instead, it slowly drags itself forward, periodically pausing to swing its femur at Soma, or spit a ball of fire toward him. A second one can be found in the basement section of the Dance Hall, and its soul can be gathered there.

The soul it drops is the Guardian Big Bone guardian soul, which is the strongest guardian soul (based on its AP). With it, Soma grows the Creaking Skull's skeletal club arm to fight any enemies behind when the soul is activated. It also attacks in the same fashion as well. While not technically useful, it can help defeat those enemies that gang up on him, specifically Fleamen and Rippers. This soul can be replaced with other more effective guardian souls later in the game, such as Shadow Knight's, Big Golem's and Cagnazzo's.

The Creaking Skull is also the only boss found in the mobile version of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, with the exception of the end boss, Graham Jones.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Creaking Skull
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Aria-creakingskull 34. Creaking Skull  (Gashadokuro) [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
A giant corpse whose body has collapsed under its own weight. Strong: Darkness
Weak: Holy
HP: 240
MP: 259
Exp: 110
Atk: 35
Def: 10
Drop: Nothing
Soul: Guardian Big Bone
Castle Corridor (as a boss), Dance Hall
AoS Glu Creaking Skull Creaking Skull 
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (mobile)



  • A later enemy, the Giant Skeleton, is a palette swap of the Creaking Skull, though it cannot shoot fireballs.

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