One of the most bizarre bosses Soma encounters in the game is the Headhunter. This demon first appears as an elegant and noble woman who wants nothing more than to welcome him into her parlor... so she can chop off his head. She wields a dagger and perform short lunges in an attempt to stab him.
After her head is lopped off, it is replaced by the head of an old, white bearded magician, allowing the Headhunter to fly about the room and cast fire and lightning spells. Once Soma lops that head off too, the Headhunter comes back with one more surprise in the form of a lizard head.
With the lizard head on, the rest of the Headhunter's body changes entirely to match it. Now, the boss scutters about the parlor's walls and ceiling, lashing out a lethal tongue toward Soma, and sometimes spraying poison breath out of his mouth. Once this third, and final, head has been chopped off, the Headhunter will die in a burst of flame as the entire head collection in the background spontaneously combusts.
The Headhunter is based off of Princess Langwidere from L. Frank Baum's book Ozma of Oz, the third book in the Oz series. She is the Princess of Ev, a kingdom near the kingdom of Oz, and is extremely vain. Instead of changing clothes, she prefers to change her head with one of the thirty she keeps in her large boudoir. When Dorothy and friends arrive, the princess decides she wants Dorothy's head for her personal collection and imprisons them until she agrees to her demands. Later, when Princess Ozma comes on a mission to free the Queen of Ev and her children, Langwidere agrees to release Dorothy to her.
However, it's more likely the Headhunter depicted in Aria of Sorrow is based off of Princess Mombi from the 1985 Disney movie Return to Oz, a character that besides taking traits from Princess Langwidere, is also combined with another Oz character named Mombi, who had magical powers.
With the Headhunter soul in his possession, Soma can equip it to increase his stats based on how many souls he has collected so far. The soul grants him STR +1, CON +1, and INT +1 for every 16 souls he has acquired. Collecting many souls of the same type will still strengthen the Headhunter soul, even though the bonus will become capped at +33 per stat.
|Item Data: Headhunter (edit)|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Collect souls to increase strength.|| Enchanted Soul|
| Drop: Headhunter|
- It's possible to skip the Headhunter without using any glitches, since the other entrance to the Inner Quarters can be reached by performing a double jump with the Flying Armor's soul equipped.
- Princess Langwidere in Wikipedia.
- ↑ The Headhunter's in-game Enemy data entry refers to him as a male.
|Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow|
|Soma Cruz - Mina Hakuba - J./Julius Belmont - Yoko Belnades - Genya Arikado (Alucard) - Hammer|
|Creaking Skull - Manticore - Great Armor - Big Golem - Headhunter - Death - Legion - Balore - Chaos|
|Castle Corridor - Chapel - Study - Dance Hall - Inner Quarters - Floating Garden - Clock Tower|
Underground Reservoir - Underground Cemetery - The Arena - Top Floor - Forbidden Area - Chaotic Realm
|Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow & Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Original Soundtrack|
|Futabasha Official Guide - NTT Pub Official Guide|
|Bestiary - Inventory - In-Game Formula - Julius Mode - Voice Translations|