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Super Castlevania IV - Candle Hunter - 01
Candle Hunter's artwork from the All About Akumajō Dracula guide
Japanese name
ゾンビ犬 Zonbi Inu
(Zombie Dog)
老人と犬 Rōjin to Inu
(Old Man and Dog)
キャンドル ハンター Kyandoru Hantā (Candle Hunter)
Statue Dog
Alternate name
Candle Hunter, Dead Mate, Stone Dog, Zombie Dog
Pounces and bites the hero

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


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 was the Zombie Dog, which replaced the Black Panther in the entrance halls. It ran straight forward and could be struck down easily. However, after a few moments, it always revived and resumed charging in Simon's direction.
  • The second one was the Dead Mate, which could be found guarding a hidden treasure area of that stage, along with its ghost master. It charged through the air in a diagonal direction throughout the area, passing through the floors. You received no points for killing it. Its master, who could not do damage on his own or be killed himself, first sobbed and then disappeared after the dead mate was killed.
  • The third one was a red version of the zombie dog, called the Candle Hunter. Whenever it ran past a set of candles, it would knock them down and they would fall to the bottom of the screen.

Castlevania (N64) / Castlevania: Legacy of DarknessEdit

Twin immobile hound statues could be found at the gates of hedge maze in the villa section from Castlevania (Nintendo 64) and Legacy of Darkness. These would come to life upon unlocking and entering the hedge maze during Reinhardt's or Carrie's quest. They would give chase and, if they touched the hero, they would bite his or her leg, paralyzing them for a few moments, allowing the Frankenstein-like Gardener to take an easy swipe with his chainsaw arm. Like the zombie dogs of Super Castlevania IV and the Gardener, they could be temporarily disabled, but would come back to life and continue their chase.

Castlevania: Lament of InnocenceEdit

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

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

The Dead Mate returns in Dawn of Sorrow. It acts similarly to the Zombie Dog from Super Castlevania IV. 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, Soma has to kill the old man instead of the dog, which is more difficult due to the constant appearance of Ghouls and other enemies roaming the area, all while the dog lunges at him, making it more susceptible of being killed first.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Hellhounds
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  [ 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



Haunted Mansion - Caretaker and Dog - 01

Caretaker and Dog from Disney's Haunted Mansion

See alsoEdit

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