|This page is about the enemy. For the Innocent Devil, see Gargoyle (Innocent Devil).|
Gargoyles are flying anthropomorphic reptilian-like demons who are usually found as stone statues decorating some structures in the Castlevania universe. These will come to life and attack as soon as the protagonist approaches them. However, not all statues will come to life when approached, and sometimes they will wait until the protagonist performs a particular action before coming to life.
Not all gargoyles appear in their stone form. Depending on the game, they can just appear already flying and attacking. Some of them will swoop at the protagonist, while others will come armed with spears which they'll hurl at them and then continue on their way.
Other enemies in earlier games were called "gargoyles" in the North American instruction booklets. However, they were not designed to be gargoyles in the original Japanese versions of those games. These include the Devils from Simon's Quest and the Flying Skeletons from Dracula's Curse (renamed "Flying Gargoyles") or Super Castlevania IV (renamed "Gargoyle Skeletons").
In the US instruction booklet for Simon's Quest, the Devil was renamed as "Gargoyle", perhaps because of Nintendo's policy of not including either religious or explicit content in games distributed for their console at the time.
These enemies only appear inside of mansions. They attack by walking and jumping sporadically at Simon, while shooting a pair of fireballs from their mouths at an angle. The first time the player finds one of these foes, is when making their way out of Berkeley Mansion. The recently acquired Dracula's Rib will prove to be quite useful in deflecting the fireballs shot by this enemy.
A swarm of Gargoyles (originally named "Ogideran" in the X68000 version) can be seen flying in the background of the Underground Aqueduct. The player will be able to see their formations while this happens, so they can be prepared for when they arrive to Simon's position. This time they come armed with spears and will attempt to stab him when they arrive.
Gargoyles appear in the second section of Stage 2' in Rondo of Blood. This is the first time they appear in stone form in the series. When approached, they suddenly come to life from their statuesque condition and start attacking. They die in a single hit; however, they can be very hard to defeat as they will dodge most of the hero's attacks. They appear to be oblivious to sub-weaponry, though, so a well aimed Axe or Seiryuu, just to name a few, will dispose of them. If not dealt quickly enough, they'll spit three fireballs in a spreading manner.
After a long and intense battle through the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the protagonists make their way to the top and it's there where they'll encounter this menacing creature. The Gargoyle attacks with tail swipes, shooting projectiles from the tip of its tail and by making flying passes. When low on health, it will start bouncing around the top of the tower in an attempt to land on the hero or knock him off to his doom. After it is defeated, it will fly into the air letting out a shrill scream as it explodes into several pieces.
This boss also makes a second appearance as part of Death's boss battle toward the end of the game, in a roulette-style card game prior to fighting Death himself.
Gargoyles are found quite early in the game (after defeating the first boss) and are a frequent enemy throughout the rest of it. They are just a stronger version of Gremlins and attack in very much the same way. They usually appear flying from one edge of the screen to the other and come armed with spears, which they may or may not hurl at Nathan.
In some parts of the castle, they can also be found in statue form until approached.
Gargoyles are first introduced in a little cutscene in one of the rooms of the Garden Forgotten by Time. They have low HP but can be a bit difficult to defeat due to both their erratic flying patterns and their evading maneuvers. They can be found either in stone form or already flying, and can become a nuisance as they will do both, attack relentlessly and/or provide supportive offense while Leon is occupied dealing with other enemies.
They have three attacks:
- The Gargoyle will rear back very far and peg Leon with its feet. This attack should be blocked.
- The Gargoyle will emit purple sound waves which will turn Leon to stone if hit, while dealing a bit of damage at the same time. This attack should be blocked twice, at it deals two consecutive hits. Successfully guarding against this attack will net Leon with 70 MP.
- A little whirlwind will surround the Gargoyle, it will then fly high up and make a quick swoop at Leon. This attack should also be blocked.
In Order of Ecclesia, Gargoyles can be first found in the Castle Entrance, where they appear in statue form. They usually come to life and start to attack as soon as Shanoa approaches them; however, in some cases the player first needs to perform a specific action for them to attack. Being that they're made of stone, they're weak to the Strike attribute, so using a Macir glyph against them is recommended.
The Gargoyle's sprite was used as base for a later enemy: Draculina.
|Enemy Data: Gargoyle|
|Image||Name - Game|
|'|| HP: 2/4/8|| Drop: Big Heart|| Berkeley Mansion / Rover Mansion / Brahm's Mansion|
|'|| HP: 10|
| 2. Forest/Lake/River, 5. Castle Court|
|'|| HP: 3|
| 2. Underground Aqueducts, 3. Courtyard|
|'|| HP: 2|
| 2'. Aqueducts|
|'|| 3. Leaning Tower|
|'|| 6. Proserpina|
|Statue to be alive. Made of terra-cotta. Automatic crime prevention system of Castlevania.|| Level: 15|
| Drop: $100, Zircon|| Underground Garden|
|Statue to be alive. Made of marble. Automatic crime prevention system of Castlevania.|| Level: 25|
| Drop: $400, Resist Stone|| Cursed Prison|
|Statue to be alive. Made of granite. Automatic crime prevention system of Castlevania.|| Level: 35|
| Drop: Hammer, Double Blade Axe|| Soul Prison|
|'|| Strong: Wind|
| Common Drop: Prison Garb (1.5%)|
Rare Drop: Heart High (0.4%)
| Abyss Stairway, Machine Tower|
|A grotesque monster with the wings of a bat.|| Strong: Nothing|
| Drop: Nothing|
| Chapel, Underground Reservoir, The Arena, Forbidden Area, Top Floor|
|A monster with wings, red eyes, and a hide as hard as stone.|| Strong: Lightning, Knife|
Weak: Holy Water, Crystal
| Drop: Heart Repair, Perseus's Ring|| Garden Forgotten by Time, Pagoda of the Misty Moon|
|A demon turned to stone. Attacks in groups.|| Strong: Thunder|
Skill Pt: 2
| Castle Entrance|
|From their stone nests perched high upon the castle, the gargoyles have patiently watched many battles, triumphs and defeats. Centuries after being sculpted, the enigmatic Toy Maker gave them the gift of life, enabling them to finally use their knowledge of war.|| Strong: Oil Flask|
| Drop: 20 Magic|| Main Tower Outside, Belfry, Vampire's Tower, Throne Entrance, Abandoned Mine|
- There exists artwork of a gargoyle in the Dracula X instruction booklet. However, the Gargoyle doesn't appear in the actual game.
- Castlevania: Lament of Innocence Enemy Strategy FAQ by Vesperas at GameFAQs.com
|John Morris - Eric Lecarde|
|Elizabeth Bartley - Drolta Tzuentes - Dracula|
|Cerberus - Armor Battler - Wizard - Heavy Armor - Great Axe Armor - Golem - Snake Dragon - Gargoyle|
The Creature - Gear Steamer - Talos - Silhouette Demon - Princess of Moss - Death - Medusa
|Ruins of Castlevania - Atlantis Shrine - Leaning Tower of Pisa|
The Munitions Factory - Versailles Palace - The Castle Proserpina
|Akumajo Dracula X|
|Bestiary - Inventory|