The Harpy is a bird creature which has the torso of a woman and is the most common type of bird people in the Castlevania series. First appearing in Haunted Castle, the Harpy has made herself known for being a quick and tough enemy to beat (and harder in numbers). She replaced the Eagle in her console debut in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, where she would drop Gremlins/Ghoul Rabbits. In later games, she appears holding a dagger in her talons and starts attacking by throwing it at the player. In Legacy of Darkness, she can grasp onto the heroes with her claws and drop them from great heights.
In Greek mythology, harpies would steal food from their victims while they were eating, and also carry evildoers (especially those who have killed their families) to the Erinyes. They seem originally to have been wind spirits. Their name means "snatchers".
Zeus punished King Phineus from Thrace for revealing the god's secret plan by using the gift of prophecy, given to him by Zeus himself. Phineus was blinded and put on an island with a buffet of food which he could never eat because harpies always arrived to steal it out of his hands. This continued until the arrival of Jason and the Argonauts. The Boreads succeeded in driving off the harpies but without killing any of them, following a request from Iris. The harpies returned to their cave in Minoan Crete.
In this form, they were agents of punishment who abducted people and tortured them on their way to Tartarus. They were vicious, cruel and violent, and lived on the islands of the Strophades.
First appearance of Harpies in the series. Near the beginning of the Banquet Room, a dimensional portal unexpectedly opens before Simon and transports him to what seems to be the ruins of a Greek city, where three Harpies ambush him. Once defeated, another portal opens and returns him back to the castle.
Harpies are the first enemies encountered at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Unlike previous incarnations, they resemble birds more than women this time around. Their plumage is dark green and their heads appear to be covered in feathers in a hood-like fashion. Some of them hold a polearm in their talons and attack by swooping at the player. After being damaged a couple of times, their heads may be cut off and blood will start sprouting out from their necks; this won't stop them, however, and they'll still attack with the same ferocity until defeated.
The Harpy's design from this game would become a staple for future releases, as the same in-game sprite (or some variations of it) were used in following titles.
Harpies appear in the Clocktower and now they start the fight by throwing the dagger they hold in their talons, followed by either swooping at the player or hurling a barrage of razor-sharp feathers from their wings. They may also grab and carry the player whilst inflicting damage.
Their hair is green-colored this time around and their plumage is yellow, which would change to orange in some later installments.
They attack in a number of ways:
- Swooping down and slashing with their feet.
- Firing a blue energy ball.
- Picking Hector up and carrying him around for a moment while constantly ripping at him with their talons.
To steal from them, the player must allow to be carried by a Harpy and attempt to steal as soon as she lets them go. The window of opportunity for stealing is very small, however, and many attempts may be required. Since attacks from other enemies may hinder the process, it's recommended to dispatch of all surrounding opposition first and leave behind only the Harpy intended to steal from.
The Harpy is the boss of the Lookout Tower.
- See Enemy Data.
|Item Data: Harpy|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Crunchy delicious apple [use]|| Food (Fruit)|
| HP +9|| Drop: Harpy, Human Face Tree (Saturn-only)|
|Heals [familiar use only]|| Medicine|
| Find: Throughout castle ()|
|Restores a large amount of HP.|| Medicine|
| HP +150|
|A helmet made of chain netting.|| Head|
| DEF +16|
|Shoots out razor-like feathers.|| Bullet Soul|
| Attrib: Sword|
Consume: 25 MP
| 100 AP|| Rarity: 12|
|Summon Harpie as a familiar.|| Guardian Soul|
| Rarity: **|
Find: Cursed Clock Tower
|Red steel, made from solidified magma. Hard, good for armor and non-edged weapons.|| Material|
| Common Drop: Armored Sprinter Lv.33/44, Necromancer Lv.31/35, Undead Lord Lv.33/38/43, Harpy Lv.32/46|
|The ultimate metal, created on a phantom continent. Shines with a red light.|| Material|
| Find: Aiolon Ruins|
Steal: Harpy Lv.32/46
|A short pasta with a spicy tomato sauce.|| Item (Food)|
| HP +196|
| Drop: Harpy|
|Shoot razor-sharp feathers.|| Bound Spell|
|Consume: 10 MP|| ATK +9|| Rarity: *|
First Obtained: Chapter 5
|Shoot razer-sharp feathers.|| Bullet Soul|
|Consume: 10 MP|| ATK +9|| Rarity: **|
Steal: Harpy (2.8%)
- The dagger the Harpy throws cannot be deflected like most of of her other attacks.
- If the Harpy is attacked in the middle of her throwing-dagger animation, the attack will be canceled and she will lose the dagger.
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- Another Harpy Battle - Nico Nico Douga video (registration required)
- The Harpy is the only female monster encountered in Curse of Darkness.
|Castlevania: The Arcade|
|Vampire Hunter - Lady Gunner - Little Witch|
|Death - White Dragon - Dullahan - Minotaur - Water Dragon - Were Wolf - Harpy|
|Ruins - Palace - Underground Waterway - Ramparts - Clock Tower|
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