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 game, 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 only 2 HP 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.
In Portrait of Ruin, another Dodo can be encountered in the outskirts of the Forgotten City, one room left of the Poison Worm. It appears every one out of four encounters and will walk in slowly from the opposite side of the screen. Like its Symphony of the Night counterpart, it runs away upon detection, so the player must be quick in killing it.
To complete Wind's "King of the Birds" quest, the player must succeed in finding and killing one. Using a fast spell like Holy Lightning or Time Stop, or smashing it with a heavy-hitting weapon like an axe, are good alternatives to defeat it; otherwise, it will run before it can be finished it off.
|Enemy Data: Dodo Bird|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Rare bird. Runs when it sees people. ()|| Level: 49|
| Drop: Heart Broach, Rune Sword|| Reverse Entrance|
|An extremely rare bird. It is rather cowardly, and runs away quickly.|| Strong: Strike|
Weak: Whip, Slash, Fire
Skill Pt: 30
| Drop: Fried Chicken, Heart Brooch|| Forgotten City|
| ''Abil: ???|| HP: 600|
| Drop: Hamburger; Ace of Skulls|
Steal: ~12 silver, 60 copper
|Item Data: Dodo Bird|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Reduces Heart Consumption|| Other (Brooch)|
|Consume: Halves heart consumption|| Drop: Dodo Bird|
|Flying rune-inscribed sword.|| Throwing Sword|
| ATT +40 (Cut); DEF -4|| Drop: Dodo Bird|| Effect: Thrown in a forward arc|
Special: ←→ + [Attack]: Extended throw
|Crispy-fried, golden brown goodness!|| Item (Food)|
| HP +129|
| Drop: Dodo|
|Increases the likelihood of getting hearts.|| Accessory (Brooch)|
| DEF +1|
| Drop: Dodo|| Effect: Increases the value of Heart pick-ups.|
- The Dodo Bird is similar to the Rare Ghost and other enemies in other games that run away when they spot the player.
- 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' presence.
- 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.