The Dryad is an enemy in the Castlevania series. They are evil tree spirits.


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The Dryad by Evelyn De Morgan.

A dryad is a tree nymph, or tree spirit, in Greek mythology. In Greek drys signifies "oak"; thus, dryads are specifically the nymphs of oak trees, though the term has come to be used for all tree nymphs in general.

They were normally considered to be very shy creatures, except around the goddess Artemis, who was known to be a friend to most nymphs.


Dryads are evil tree nymphs, or female tree spirits. The first dryads in the Castlevania series protruded suddenly from the trunk of a tree like a human-shaped branch. The Dryad tree in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon emitted seeds that slowly moved toward the player. The dryad formed the shape of a woman from the upper trunk of the tree in Aria of Sorrow.


Haunted CastleEdit

First appearance of Dryads in the series. Only two are found in the entire game, both in the Graveyard after exiting the burning section. Due to their unconventional way of making their presence and attack, they may take the player by surprise. Even then, however, they are easily avoidable and will be put down in just a few whip strikes.

Super Castlevania IVEdit

After a long absence, Dryads return once more in Super Castlevania IV. Once again, only two appear in the entire game, at the beginning of the Sorcery Tower, and they protrude from solid walls instead of trees. Their shapes are more akin to that of a feminine body this time around.

Castlevania ChroniclesEdit

Dryads are the very first enemies encountered in the Courtyard and appear all throughout the first section of the level. They retain their usual means of attack by protruding from dead trees in an attempt to surprise the player.

Circle of the MoonEdit

Dryads in Circle of the Moon deviate from their usual portrayal and instead appear as monstrous tree trunks which, along with their branches, give them a humanoid appearance that boasts a face contorting in pain.

They are only encountered in a long tunnel of the Underground Warehouse which leads back to the Catacomb. They are mobile this time around, although they move very slowly and resort in spewing giant spores that travel across the ground to inflict Plant damage. While not particularly difficult to avoid, they can become a nuisance should the player let them populate the screen.

Aria of SorrowEdit

A most faithful depiction of the mythological nymph, the Dryad in Aria of Sorrow appears as a female torso protruding from a dead tree trunk, with its long branches making the role of hands. They are found in the Underground Reservoir guarding the secret path to the Forbidden Area.

Unlike their Circle of the Moon counterparts, they remain stationary this time around and only resort on hurling three persimmons which they grow themselves at Soma. If one of these manages to connect, it will stick to him for a short time and deal small but constant damage until it disappears. This attack is the only one in the entire game which does not cancel Soma's bat transformation.

Gaining dominance over their soul grants Soma the Drain Seed ability, which allows him to hurl the same kind of fruits at enemies to deal damage and transfer their HP to himself.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Dryad
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Hc-wallwid Dryad  [ edit ]
Haunted Castle
' HP: 6
Exp: 200
Atk: 1
1. Graveyard
Wallgrab 26. Dryad  (Wood) [ edit ]
Super Castlevania IV
' HP: 0
Exp: 100
Atk: 2
4. Outer Keep
X68-wwidow Dryad  (Tree Spirit) [ edit ]
' HP: 12
Exp: 300
3. Courtyard
Dryad Dryad (jpn) [ edit ]
Circle of the Moon
' Strong: Plants
HP: 120
Exp: 300
Atk: 300
Def: 360
Common Drop: Heart High
Rare Drop: Heart Mega
Underground Warehouse
AOS-Dryad 71. Dryad  [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
An evil tree spirit. Weak: Flame
HP: 350
MP: 212
Exp: 200
Atk: 45
Def: 38
Common Drop: Mystletain
Rare Drop: Persimmon
Soul: Drain Seed
Underground Reservoir, Forbidden Area

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Dryad
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Castlevania CotM item-heart hi Heart High (Heart High Up) - Circle of the Moon [ edit ]
Recover 25 Hearts. Recovery Item (Heart Potion)
Heart +25
Drop: Arachne, Gargoyle, Catoblepas, Ghoul, Dryad, Bone Tower
Castlevania CotM item-heart mega Heart Mega (Heart Mega Up) - Circle of the Moon [ edit ]
Recover 100 Hearts. Recovery Item (Heart Potion)
Heart +100
Drop: Arachne, Dryad, Trick Candle
Mystletain AoS Icon Mystletain (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Sword carved from a sacred tree Weapon
Attrib: Sword, Holy
ATK +36
Sell: $4,000 
Find: Clock Tower (hidden)
Common Drop: Dryad
Persimmon AoS Icon Persimmon (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
A bitter fruit. Food
HP +80
Sell: $500 
Rare Drop: Dryad
Red Soul Dryad - Drain Seed - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Grows stronger by stealing HP from its enemies. Bullet Soul
Consume: 33 MP  59 AP
Rarity: 50
Drop: Dryad