The Great Armor, or Armor Lord, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is one of Castlevania's many elite armored guardians, a heavily armored knight built out of the corpses of great and powerful warriors.


The Great Armor is a giant Sword Knight that wields a Great Sword and sometimes a shield. While it boasts high defense and attack power, it is generally the most basic variant of giant armors, being less powerful than a Final Guard and less maneuverable than a Victory Armor.


Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit

One of the tougher enemies encountered in the earlier areas of the game, this enemy is an enormous armored knight, garbed in royal purple gear with gold trim. Although this incarnation of the Armor Lord doesn't carry a physical shield, it is capable of projecting an energy shield which is impregnable to any attacks made by Alucard. All variants share this capability. In addition, its enormous sword can dish out major damage, but its attacks are slow and very easy to dodge. All variants are also capable of performing a rapid thrusting attack, quite similar to the Rapier's special attack.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

The Great Armor is found in this game as the game's third boss in the Study, and later as a common enemy in the Clock Tower. These enemies, much like the Golems, are really slow but pack a punch. They only have two attacks, which can easily be avoided. The first one is a thrust to the area below the sword, which Soma can crouch under to avoid damage, while still allowing him to attack the Great Armor. The second attack is trying to smash the sword down, which again requires Soma to remain close. While not considered an attack, the Great Armor can also raise up its shield to block all attacks for a few seconds.

The later versions of this enemy, Final Guard and Shadow Knight, add one more attack to the repertoire of Great Armor attacks. They charge their swords up and stab the ground, sending a shock wave of energy toward Soma. However, it can be easily jumped over.

Soma can acquire two souls from defeating a Great Armor. After the official boss battle, he gets the Malphas Ability Soul, allowing him to do a double jump, which helps to access the Dance Hall area. The soul that the Great Armors drop later in the game is the Great Armor guardian soul, which grants the Strength Booster ability. This soul's in-game description is incorrect; it increases Soma's STR to 120% while active, not by 120%.

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

In this game, the Great Armor has been given an increase in size and a changed color design, but the tactics are the same. These enemies can be found in the Dark Chapel area of the castle. While not a particularly strong enemy, they have somewhat bulky defense, allowing for resisted attacks.

Because they are normal enemies, however, they can be fought as many times as desired Their soul is also one of the most useful souls in the entire game. They drop the Great Armor Guardian Soul, which grants the Great Armor Familiar ability, which instead of increasing Soma's strength like in the last game, has the soul of a Great Armor fights alongside him as a familiar.

Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

While they retain their size and design from Dawn of Sorrow, their color scheme is changed to red for Portrait of Ruin. They use the same tactics they used in Dawn of Sorrow, but are considerably weaker this time around.

Castlevania: Order of EcclesiaEdit

Found in the Library and in the Arms Depot, Great Knights are one of Castlevania's many elite armored guardians. They pace at a very slow rate and mainly attack by slamming the massive axes they wield on the ground, so ranged combat or hit-and-run tactics are recommended.

They have been slightly redesigned from previous installments and have a chance of dropping the Melio Ascia glyph, which allows Shanoa the ability to wield the most powerful variant of axe-type weaponry in the game.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Great Armor
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Masterkni-1- Great Armor  [alt] [ edit ]
Rondo of Blood
' HP: 24
Exp: 1000
2'. Aqueducts, 5'. Piers
Armorlord-1- 45. Armor Lord  (Great Armor) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Heavily armored undead warrior. Strong: Cut
Level: 12
HP: 81
Exp: 100
Drop: Rapier, Saber
Colosseum, Outer Wall
Aos greatarmor 61. Great Armor  [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
A heavily-armed soldier built out of the corpses of great warriors. Strong: Nothing
Weak: Thunder
HP: 650
MP: 999
Exp: 300
Atk: 40
Def: 25
Common Drop: Iron Plate
Rare Drop: Great Sword
Guard: Malphas soul.
Soul: Strength Booster
Study (as a boss), Clock Tower
DOS-Greatarmor 38. Great Armor (jpn) [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
A heavily armored knight built out of the corpses of powerful warriors. Strong: Fire, Water
Weak: Bashing, Electric
HP: 115
MP: 1
Exp: 180
Atk: 45
Timestop: Affected
Common Drop: Ring Mail (8%)
Soul: Great Armor Familiar (15%)
The Dark Chapel
COD-058 58. Great Armor Lv.25  [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness (Strategy)
An armor knight with red-brown armor. Beware the fearsome thrust of its shield bash attack. Strong: Wind
Weak: Thunder
Level: 25
HP: 465
Exp: 117
Common Drop: Steel
Rare Drop: Short Sword
Steal: Carbon Steel
Forest of Jigramunt, Cordova Town, Tower of Eternity
COD-088 88. Great Armor Lv.35  [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness (Strategy)
An armor knight with red-brown armor. Beware the fearsome thrust of its shield bash attack. Strong: Wind
Weak: Thunder
Level: 35
HP: 620
Exp: 231
Common Drop: Steel
Rare Drop: Short Sword
Steal: Carbon Steel
Eneomaos Machine Tower, Aiolon Ruins
COD-136 136. Great Armor Lv.46  [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness (Strategy)
An armor knight with red-brown armor. Beware the fearsome thrust of its shield bash attack. Strong: Wind
Weak: Thunder
Level: 46
HP: 883
Exp: 603
Common Drop: Steel
Rare Drop: Short Sword
Steal: Carbon Steel
Tower of Evermore
Greatarmor 34. Great Armor  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
A heavily-armored knight who commands other armored warriors. Strong: Ice
Weak: Strike, Whip, Electric
HP: 240
Exp: 120
Skill Pt: 4
Drop: Iron Plate, Great Sword
Great Stairway, Entrance
Greatknight 100. Great Knight  [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
One of Castlevania's many elite armored guardians. Weak: Strike, Thunder
HP: 600
Exp: 450
Skill Pt: 6
Atk: 85
Drop: Knight Helm (3%), Melio Ascia (1%)
Library, Arms Depot
Armor Lord 
Encore of the Night
''Abil: Ultimate Shield - The next attack made is reduced to 0 damage.
HP: 2000
Exp: ~5150
Drop: Sirloin, Attack Potion; Holy Essence, Buffet Ticket
Steal: ~38 silver
Royal Chapel

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Great Armor
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Blue Soul Great Armor - Strength Booster - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
STR is increased 120%. Guardian Soul
Consume: 60 MP/sec  Drop: Great Armor
Effect: Actually increases to 120%, ie by 20%
Knight Helm Icon Knight Helm - Order of Ecclesia [ edit ]
Knightly head gear. Head Gear (Helmet)
DEF +10, CON +5, MND +3
Drop: Great Knight
Melio Ascia Icon Melio Ascia - Order of Ecclesia [ edit ]
Superior axe glyph. Glyph
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 45 MP 
ATK +16
Drop: Great Knight



See alsoEdit

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