The Giant Ghost, also known as Skull Lord, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a skull transformed into a giant ghost by exposure to the castle's magic.


A ghost taking the form of a giant skull. It attacks by erratically approaching the player, occasionally pausing before delivering a fast, dashing bite.


Castlevania III: Dracula's CurseEdit

Main article: Death/Enemy Data

First appearance of this enemy in the series, although not yet identified as an individual entity. Instead, Death will adopt this form on the second phase of his boss fight, where he transforms into a giant, phantasmagorical skull that floats in a circular manner across the room while slowly displacing to the left. Once it reaches the edge, it will reappear from the right side following the same pattern. After a fixed period of time, the skull will launch a single scythe at the player, lighting itself from the inside and bursting in laughter as it does so.

Castlevania: Rondo of BloodEdit

The Big Ghost makes an impressive introduction midway through the first section in Stage 3' of Rondo of Blood, where the screen suddenly stops scrolling and this entity slowly emerges in the distance, soon arriving where the hero stands. It is a phantasmagorical aberration with three eyeballs, two in their respective eye sockets and a third on its forehead, and attacks by hovering around the screen while three smaller phantom skulls circle around it. It then slowly homes toward the hero attempting to inflict physical damage with its massive size. It can't be harmed by any normal means other than attacking the eyeballs themselves. Fortunately, each one can only sustain a single hit, but due to the ghost's movements and size, this fight can be either extremely easy or considerably difficult, depending on the player's skill and current sub-weaponry.

If playing as Richter, bringing the Axe, Cross or Dagger are all very good choices. If playing as Maria, Seiryuu is definitely the best option. In fact, a single dragon is enough to destroy all three eyeballs if aimed properly.

Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit

The Skull Lord makes an impressive appearance in Symphony of the Night, enriched by the innovative various effects provided by the then new PlayStation system, like a huge sprite size, detailed design and enhanced color palette, and impressive lighting effects. It appears in the Clock Tower and the Reverse Keep and is usually seen among other smaller Phantom Skulls. It is specially weak to Holy, however, and if Alucard managed to get his hands on the Holy Rod beforehand, he may destroy the Skull Lord in a single hit, depending on his stats.

Castlevania LegendsEdit

In Legends, the Skeleton Head floats out of reach and charges to attack when Sonia's back is turned.

Castlevania: Harmony of DissonanceEdit

In Harmony of Dissonance, the Giant Ghost's dead skull from Rondo of Blood can be found in a background of the Skeleton Cave. However, the regular version from Symphony of the Night can be found lurking in graveyards, again, among many other smaller Ghosts. This time around, it has a ghostly blue fiery aura around it, much like its smaller counterparts.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

In this version, the Giant Ghost has been reinstated with its third eyeball from Rondo of Blood and also fashions a fiery aura around it. Otherwise, it attacks in the exact same manner as in other versions.

Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

The Great Ghost from Portrait of Ruin is a hidden enemy and defeating it is the requirement for completing Wind's "Ghosts of the Desert" quest. Only one appears in the entire game and the only hint the player has to find it says that "there is a room in which many ghosts gather". To find the Great Ghost, the player must go to the rightmost-bottom room of the upper right area in Sandy Grave, where many Ghosts appear, and stay there for a considerable amount of time, killing every Ghost that comes in sight until the Great Ghost finally appears. It must be noted that the requirement for this quest can be fulfilled even before starting the quest itself; the player may kill the Great Ghost first and when they talk to Wind to start the quest, it will be already completed.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Giant Ghost
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
3eyeskullGiant Ghost DXC
Giant Ghost  [alt] [ edit ]
Rondo of Blood
' HP: 2x3
Exp: 1000
3'. Caves
Sotnskull 51. Skull Lord  (Big Ghost) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Giant skull spirit. Strong: Dark
Weak: Holy
Level: 12
HP: 80
Exp: 50
Drop: Scimitar, Skull Shield
Clock Tower, Reverse Keep
Skullhead Skeleton Head  [ edit ]
' HP: 3
Atk: 1
2. Inside
Bigskull 13. Large Ghost  (Big Ghost) [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Weak: Fire
Level: 6
HP: 33
Exp: 12
Drop: $5
Common Drop: $25
Castle A: The Wailing Way, Skeleton Cave
Castle B: The Wailing Way, Shrine of the Apostates
AOS-Giantghost 20. Giant Ghost  (Big Ghost) [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
Transformed into a giant ghost by exposure to the castle's magic. Strong: Darkness
Weak: Holy
HP: 75
MP: 100
Exp: 22
Atk: 18
Def: 1
Soul: Force Field
Chapel, Study
Sotnskull 47. Great Ghost  (Big Ghost) [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
An enormous phantom. Strong: Strike, Whip, Slash, Dark
Weak: Holy
HP: 66
Exp: 240
Skill Pt: 9
Sandy Grave
Giantghost Giant Ghost  [ edit ]
Order of Shadows
TAR GGO Skull Lord  [ edit ]
Adventure ReBirth
An enormous phantom.(*) 4. Chapel, 5. Clock Tower
Skull Lord 
Encore of the Night
' HP: 280
Exp: ~325
Drop: Ice Cream, Hamburger; Eight of Crosses, Holy Rod
Steal: ~1 silver, 25 copper
Clock Tower

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Giant Ghost
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Broadsword Icon Scimitar (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Single edged curved sword Sword
Attrib: Cut
ATT +5
Find: Underground Caverns (Scylla battle)
Drop: Skull Lord
Skull Shield Icon Skull Shield (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Shield With Knight's Crest Shield
DEF +4
Drop: Bone Ark, Yorick, Skull Lord
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (40 MP) - Giant Laser Attack
Blue Soul Giant Ghost - Force Field - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Provides a protective barrier. Guardian Soul
Attrib: Holy
Consume: 5 MP/sec 
30 AP
Drop: Giant Ghost



  • In Symphony of the Night, the Skull Lord found in the Reverse Keep doesn't have eyes, unlike the one found in the Clock Tower.
  • The particular way of attacking of the Skeleton Head in Legends is very similar to the Boo enemies from the Mario franchise, which are ghosts that stand still high above while facing them but quickly home toward the hero as soon as they turn their back against them.
  • In Aria of Sorrow, the Giant Ghost is one of two enemies able to deal Dark damage (the other is the second form of Chaos).

See alsoEdit