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The Dodo Bird is presumably the last such creature left alive; it runs whenever it sees people. There is only one Dodo Bird in the whole of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, found in the Reverse Entrance. It can be hard to kill since it runs away as soon as it spots Alucard, though if Alucard moves so its spawn location is some distance off-screen and back it will reappear.

The Dodo Bird has all of two hitpoints and deals exactly 1 base touch damage, meaning it is not a threat in any sense; it is more a problem to deal with the Jack o' Bones and Dragon Rider that come in behind it and can knock Alucard away. Dodo Bird has two useful drops, the Heart Brooch which reduces heart use by subweapons, and the Rune Sword, a powerful throwing sword.

In Portrait of Ruin, another can be encountered in the outskirts of the forgotten city, one room left of the poison worm. It appear every 1 out of 4 encounters and will appear on the screen after 5 seconds. Like its Symphony of the Night counterpart, it runs away upon detection, so the player must kill it quickly. A good strategy would be using Time Stop. It must be killed for one of Wind's quests and drops a fried chicken.

It is similar to the Rare Ghost and other enemies in other games that run away when they spot the player character.

Game Specific InformationEdit

Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

The Dodo is a small flightless bird that was hunted to extinction. In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, when you enter its area, it walks from the left of the screen slowly. To complete the "King of the Birds" quest, you must kill it. Your best bet is to hit it with a fast spell like Chain Lightning, otherwise it will run before you can finish it off.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Dodo Bird
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Dodobird-1- 141. Dodo Bird  (Dodo) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Rare bird. Runs when it sees people. (...) Level: 49
HP: 2
Exp: 111
Drop: Heart Broach, Rune Sword
Reverse Entrance
Dodo 99. Dodo  (Dodo Bird) [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
An extremely rare bird. It is rather cowardly, and runs away quickly. Strong: Strike
Weak: Whip, Slash, Fire
HP: 100
Exp: 365
Skill Pt: 30
Drop: Fried Chicken, Heart Brooch
Forgotten City
Dodo Bird 
Encore of the Night
''Abil: ???
HP: 600
Exp: ~1030
Drop: Hamburger; Ace of Skulls
Steal: ~12 silver, 60 copper


  • This enemy is based off of the Dodo, which was a small, flightless bird that was hunted to extinction. This is why the enemy appears as a zombie (which it is referred to as in Portrait of Ruin) and is frightened by the heroes.
  • In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Dodos do not appear as enemies, but a Dodo can be brought forth from a Dodo Egg relic. After hatching one of these, the Dodo will fly to a hidden secret for Dracula to find.

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