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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.

OriginsEdit

Harpy - 01

Harpy from Monstrorum Historia (Ulisse Aldrovandi, 1642).

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.

AppearancesEdit

Haunted CastleEdit

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.

One last Harpy appears at the end of the Vampire's Room after successfully crossing the crumbling bridge and just before the battle with Dracula.

Castlevania: BloodlinesEdit

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.

Castlevania: Rondo of BloodEdit

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.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

Gaining dominance over a Harpy's soul grants Soma the Wing Cutter ability, which allows him to shoot two razor-like feathers at once, one to the left and one to the right.

Castlevania: Curse of DarknessEdit

Harpies are usually paired with Iron Gladiators or other large monsters, like a Cyclops or a Red Ogre.

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.

Castlevania: The ArcadeEdit

The Harpy is the boss of the Lookout Tower.

Enemy DataEdit

See Enemy Data.

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Harpy
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Apple Icon Apple (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Crunchy delicious apple [use] Food (Fruit)
Alucard 
HP +9
Drop: Harpy, Human Face Tree (Saturn-only)
Life Apple Icon Life Apple (Wonder Drug of Life) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Heals [familiar use only] Medicine
Alucard 
Find: Throughout castle (all)
Drop: Harpy
High Potion HoD Icon High Potion - Harmony of Dissonance [ edit ]
Restores a large amount of HP. Medicine
Juste Belmont 
HP +150
Bascinet Icon Bascinet - Harmony of Dissonance [ edit ]
A helmet made of chain netting. Head
Juste Belmont 
DEF +16
Red Soul Harpy - Wing Cutter - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Shoots out razor-like feathers. Bullet Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
Consume: 25 MP 
100 AP
Rarity: 12
Drop: Harpy
Blue Soul Harpy - Harpy Familiar - Dawn of Sorrow
Summon Harpie as a familiar. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Rarity: **
Find: Cursed Clock Tower
Steal: Harpy
Red Steel Red Steel - Curse of Darkness [ edit ]
Red steel, made from solidified magma. Hard, good for armor and non-edged weapons. Material
Hector 
Common Drop: Armored Sprinter Lv.33/44, Necromancer Lv.31/35, Undead Lord Lv.33/38/43, Harpy Lv.32/46
Orichalcum Orichalcum - Curse of Darkness [ edit ]
The ultimate metal, created on a phantom continent. Shines with a red light. Material
Hector 
Find: Aiolon Ruins
Steal: Harpy Lv.32/46
Penne Arrabiata PoR Icon Penne Arrabiata - Portrait of Ruin [ edit ]
A short pasta with a spicy tomato sauce. Item (Food)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
HP +196
Sell: $245 
Drop: Harpy
Featherblades - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Shoot razor-sharp feathers. Bound Spell
Charlotte 
Consume: 10 MP  ATK +9
Rarity: *
Bind: Harpy
First Obtained: Chapter 5
Harpy - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Shoot razer-sharp feathers. Bullet Soul
Soma 
Consume: 10 MP  ATK +9
Rarity: **
Steal: Harpy (2.8%)

NotesEdit

  • 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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