The Hellhound is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a dog that breathes red hot flames.

They are a type of undead carnivores that roam Dracula's Castle. They can appear as zombies, ghosts, demons, or even statues.


A hellhound is a supernatural dog in folklore. A wide variety of ominous or hellish supernatural dogs occur in mythologies around the world.

Hellhound - 01

Goddess Hel and the hellhound Garmr (Johannes Gehrts, 1889).

Features that have been attributed to hellhounds include mangled black fur, glowing red eyes, super strength or speed, ghostly or phantom characteristics, and a foul odor.

Certain European legends state that if someone stares into a hellhound's eyes twice or more, that person will surely die. In cultures that associate the afterlife with fire, hellhounds may have fire-based abilities and appearance.

They are often assigned to guard the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds, or undertake other duties related to the afterlife or the supernatural, such as hunting lost souls or guarding a supernatural treasure. In European legends, seeing a hellhound or hearing it howl may be an omen or even a cause of death.


Super Castlevania IVEdit

Hellhounds first appeared in a variety of forms in Super Castlevania IV:

  • The first one encountered is the Zombie Dog, which appears in the Unliving Quarters and replaces the Black Panther from the original game. It charges straight forward and can be struck down easily, although it will always come back to life after a moment to continue its attack.
  • The second one is the Dead Mate, which can be found guarding a hidden treasure chamber in the same stage, along with its ghost master. It charges through the air in a diagonal direction, passing through walls and floors. Its master, who cannot deal damage on his own or be killed himself, first sobs and then disappears after the dog is killed. No points are awarded for defeating this enemy.
  • The third one is the Candle Hunter, a red version of the zombie dog. This creature boasts two pairs of forelegs and charges straight forward. Whenever it runs past a set of candles, it knocks them down and they fall off the screen.

Castlevania: BloodlinesEdit

Main article: Cerberus

A Hellhound appears as a miniboss midway through the first level. Although in the game it is referred to as "Cerberus", it only bears one head.

Castlevania (N64) / Castlevania: Legacy of DarknessEdit

Twin immobile hound statues are found at the gates of hedge maze in the Villa. These come to life upon unlocking and entering the hedge maze during Reinhardt's and Carrie's quests. They unceasingly give chase and should they manage to catch up with the hero, they will start biting their leg, paralyzing them for a moment and allowing the Gardener to take an easy swipe with his chainsaw arm. Both the stone dogs and the Gardener can only be disabled temporarily, but will always come back to life after a moment and continue their chase.

Castlevania: Lament of InnocenceEdit

Fire-breathing hellhounds can be found in Lament of Innocence.

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

The Dead Mate returns in Dawn of Sorrow. It can be found in a couple of rooms in the Silenced Ruins. In order to make the "Dead Mate" entry be recorded in the Enemy list, the player has to kill the old man instead of the dog, which is more difficult due to the constant appearance of Ghouls and other enemies in the area, all this while the dog keeps charging forward, making it more susceptible of being killed first.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Hellhound
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Wolf-cv4 33. Candle Hunter  [ edit ]
Super Castlevania IV
' HP: 48
Exp: 100
Atk: 4
7. Unliving Quarters
Cv4-keeperCv4-hound 34. Dead Mate (Old Man and Dog) [ edit ]
Super Castlevania IV
' HP: 16
Exp: 0
Atk: 3
6. The Halls
Cv4-hound 35. Zombie Dog  [ edit ]
Super Castlevania IV
' HP: 8
Exp: 0
Atk: 4
6. The Halls
Bl-hound2 Cerberus  [alt] [ edit ]
' 1. Ruins of the Castle Dracula
64-STD Stone Dog  (Statue Dog) [ edit ]
Castlevania 64
' HP: 4
64-STD Stone Dog  (Statue Dog) [ edit ]
Legacy of Darkness
' HP: 1
Villa (Reinhardt and Carrie only)
012 12. Hellhound  [ edit ]
Lament of Innocence
A dog that breathes red hot flames. Weak: Ice, Knife, Axe
HP: 80
Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab
Dos deadmate 74. Dead Mate (jpn) [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
A zombie that protects graveyards together with its beloved dog. Strong: Dark
Weak: Piercing, Slashing, Stone
HP: 212
MP: 1
Exp: 210
Atk: 50
Timestop: Affected
Rare Drop: Pudding (4%)
Soul: Hellhound (32%)
Silenced Ruins

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Hellhound
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Pudding DoS Icon Pudding (jpn) - Dawn of Sorrow [ edit ]
It wiggles and jiggles. Food
HP +100
Sell: $75 
Rare Drop: Dead Mate
Bullet Soul DoS Icon Dead Mate - Hellhound - Dawn of Sorrow [ edit ]
Summon a dog. Bullet Soul
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 12 MP 
Rarity: *
Drop: Dead Mate



Haunted Mansion - Caretaker and Dog - 01

Caretaker and Dog from the Haunted Mansion.

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