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The Gorgon as it appears in Dawn of Sorrow
Japanese Name
ゴルゴン Gorugon
Legendary creature
Libyan mythology

For the Lords of Shadow 2 enemies, see Gorgon Sisters.

The Gorgon is a metal-plated ox-like beast which sometimes spews dangerous gas. Not to be confused with the Greek inspired Gorgons, such as Medusa. In its early appearances (Symphony of the Night, Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow), both it and its relative, the Catoblepas, had petrifying breath. In Dawn of Sorrow and later games, its breath changed to being poisonous, while the Catoblepas continued to use its petrifying breath.

It paces back and forth very slowly, occasionally stopping to belch its petrifying breath. Its back can be jumped on without taking damage. Its soul gives Soma the Body of Silver ability (CON +12) in Aria of Sorrow, and Poison Breath in Dawn of Sorrow.


Gorgon - 02

Gorgon's woodcut image

While it is widely known that the term "gorgon" collectively refers to the monstrous sisters Stheno, Euryale and Medusa from Greek mythology, the Gorgon in the Castlevania series appears as an armor plated ox-like beast which has one trait in common with the aforementioned characters: the ability to petrify living beings; the latter does this via spewing a petrifying gas cloud from its mouth, though, which can also be an obnoxious poisonous gas in some versions.

This creature has its origins in Edward Topsell's zoological text, The Historie of Fovre-Footed Beastes (The History of Four-Footed Beasts, 1607). In his work, Topsell presents a zoological exploration of the world. Rather than basing his work on his personal observations, Topsell cited diverse zoological accounts, including the Swiss Historiae Animalium and Pliny's somewhat dated Natural History from circa 77~79 C.E. Topsell also includes whole creatures entirely on his predecessor's recommendations. One such inclusion was the "strange Lybian Beast" or the "Gorgon". Topsell describes the creature as such:

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Cover of The Historie of Fovre-Footed Beastes by Edward Topsell (1607)

"It is a feareful and terrible beast to beholdd, it hath high and thicke eie lids, eies not very great, but much like an oxe or bugils, but all fiery-bloudy, which neyther looke directly forwarde, nor yet upwards, but continuallye downe to the earth, and therefore are called in Greeke Catobleponta. From the crowne of their head downe to their nose they have a long hanging mane, which maketh them to looke fearefully. It eateth deadly and poysonfull hearbs, and if at any time he see a bull or other creature whereof he is afraid, he presently causeth his mane to stand upright, and being so lifted up, opening his lips and gaping wide, sendeth forth of his throat a certaine sharpe and horrible breath which infecteth and poysoneth the air above his head, so that all living creatures which draw in the breath of that aire are greevously afflicted thereby, loosing both voyce and sight, they fall into leathall and deadly convulsions."

Relying on the authority of "sundry learned men", Topsell includes the Gorgon, the Sphinx, the Manticore, the Lamia, the Winged Dragon and the Unicorn. He does, however, express skepticism regarding the Hydra.


Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit

The Gorgon's elemental resistances only apply to its body, which is protected with an armor plate. The head has no resistance to any form of attack. It is even has lower defense (2 DEF, as opposed of the body which has 40 DEF) and weak against Water and Lightning attack such as Agunea and Thunderbrand.

It is the only monster able to drop Stone Sword, which can only be obtained by killing its body.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

Instead of covering its body with an armor plate, the game description depicts it as having a "hardened skin of iron". It may drop Meat Strip or Milk. It has no tolerances, but it's weak against Dark, Poison and Slashing attacks.

Just like its weaker twin, the Catoblepas, it's possible for Soma to stand on its back, thus avoiding its petrifying gas and also accessing areas which are too high to reach on your own.

Its soul grants Soma the Body of Silver ability, which increases his CON +12.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Gorgon
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Gorgon-1- 125. Gorgon  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Armor plated war-beast. Strong: Fire, Stone, Cut, Hit
Level: 38
HP: 240
Exp: 555
Drop: Hammer, Stone Sword
Black Marble Gallery
Cotm gorgon Gorgon (jpn) [ edit ]
Circle of the Moon (Strategy)
' Strong: Stone
HP: 230
Exp: 219
Atk: 215
Def: 165
Common Drop: Heart (2.5%)
Rare Drop: Meat (1%)
Eternal Corridor, Chapel Tower
Hod gorgon 76. Gorgon  [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Strong: Thunder
Level: 32
HP: 420
Exp: 295
Common Drop: Double Mail
Rare Drop: Silver Bangle
Castle A: Castle Treasury
Aos gorgon 52. Gorgon  [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
An ox-llike (sic) creature with hardened skin of iron.Abil: Attack petrifies
Strong: Nothing
Weak: Sword, Poison, Curse
HP: 320
MP: 1
Exp: 95
Atk: 35
Def: 45
Common Drop: Meat Strip
Rare Drop: Milk
Soul: Body of Silver
Floating Garden, Underground Reservoir
Gorgon 78. Gorgon  [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
A monstrous bull that breathes clouds of toxic gas. Strong: Poison, Stone
Weak: Piercing, Slashing
HP: 230
MP: 30
Exp: 280
Atk: 51
Timestop: Affected
Common Drop: Milk (8%)
Rare Drop: Tasty Meat (4%)
Soul: Poison Breath (8%)
Silenced Ruins
Gorgon 93. Gorgon  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
A monstrous bull that breathes clouds of toxic gas. Strong: Poison, Stone
Weak: Whip, Slash, Fire
HP: 295
Exp: 187
Skill Pt: 6
Drop: New York Steak, Mirror Cuirass
Forgotten City, Burnt Paradise

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Gorgon
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Hammer Icon Hammer (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Unpetrify [Familiar use only] Medicine (Cure)
Attrib: Stone
Buy: $200 Find: Marble Gallery, Reverse Entrance, Reverse Outer Wall
Drop: Gorgon, Hammer, Gargoyle (Saturn-only)
Effect: Removes Stone status
Stone Sword Icon Stone Sword (Milican's Stone Sword) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
May "petrify" enemies... Short Sword
Attrib: Stone
ATT +1
Drop: Gorgon
Effect: May cause enemy to turn to stone
Double Mail Icon Double Mail (jpn) - Harmony of Dissonance [ edit ]
Double-layered armor. Body
Juste Belmont 
DEF +55
Milk AoS Icon Milk - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Low-fat milk. Food
HP +150
Sell: $40 
Rare Drop: Catoblepas, Werewolf, Gorgon
Tasty Meat AoS Icon Tasty Meat - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Restores 290 HP. Food
HP +290
Sell: $200 
Find: Underground Reservoir
Rare Drop: Killer Fish, Red Minotaur
Yellow Soul Gorgon - Body of Silver - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
CON is increased by 12. Enchanted Soul
CON +12
Drop: Gorgon
New York Steak PoR Icon New York Steak - Portrait of Ruin [ edit ]
A juicy, mouth-watering steak. Item, (Food/Meat)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
HP +1,000
Sell: $1,250 
Find: Dark Academy
Drop: Gorgon
Mirror Cuirass PoR Icon Mirror Cuirass - Portrait of Ruin [ edit ]
Mirrored armor that protects the wearer from petrification. Body Gear (Armor)
DEF +16
Sell: $5,000 
Drop: Gorgon
Effect: Resistance vs. Stone.


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