The Headhunter is a boss in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. This demon collects the severed heads of his victims.[1]


Princess Langwidere - 01

Illustration of Princess Langwidere from Ozma of Oz (1907).

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.


One of the most bizarre bosses Soma encounters in the game is the Headhunter. This demon first appears as an noble and elegant 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 reptilian head.

With the reptilian 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 flames as the entire head collection in the background spontaneously combusts.

Enemy DataEdit

Headhunter1 Headhunter2 Headhunter3
107 Headhunter コレクター Korekutā (Collector) 700 800 3,000
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
30 40 Darkness Sword Unaffected
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
Inner Quarters - - Soul Flare
Description "This demon collects the severed heads of his victims."

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Headhunter (edit)
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Yellow Soul Headhunter - Soul Flare - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
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.


  1. The Headhunter's in-game Enemy data entry refers to him as a male.

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