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Many notable examples of horses appear in the Castlevania series in many different roles beyond being just mounts.

OverviewEdit

In the majority of their apparitions in the series, horses are portrayed as enemies, such as equine demons, hybrids or as undead creatures. But they also appear as special attacks, landmarks or benevolent spirits.

Anthropomorphic horse enemies, such as Amduscias, the Were-Horse, and the Unicorn have also appeared in Castlevania games.

The Valhalla Knight, the Dullahan in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, and the Dead Warriors are examples of horses being ridden by knights. They gallop back and forth on horses that are missing their hind side, patrolling a set area. Horses are also seen pulling chariots in the series such as for Richter Belmont on Rondo of Blood, and for the Gladiator in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, which shoots arrows. Nightmare is a ghostly horse, which may or may not have a rider, which has a skeletal back half, but a fleshy front half.

AppearancesEdit

Super Castlevania IVEdit

Mr. Hed is a disembodied, floating horse head that will attack the player in the first stage of the game, The Ruined Mansion. It will remain in place while undisturbed but, if Simon approaches, it will charge in his direction and rise in the air trying to tackle him.

Later in the stage, the skeleton knight Rowdain appears as a boss, riding a skeletal horse capable of shooting fireballs. By dealing enough damage to them, the horse is destroyed, leaving Rowdain to attack alone.

Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit

The Valhalla Knight is seen running back and forth in some places of the castle, riding an undead horse that has been ripped in half. If the player attempts to jump over this enemy, the knight will point his spear at them, at which point the horse will take a leap when it gets close enough to Alucard.

The Hellfire Beast is a thunder demon with a horse head. It is inspired on the Goetic demon Amduscias, which took the form of a unicorn.

Living horses are seen being ridden by Maria and Richter, but only on the extra modes with these characters and only in the Saturn port of Symphony of the Night. It is also possible to summon a horse spirit with Alucard via the Shield Rod+Knight Shield combo, increasing Alucard's attack by 20 points.

Lastly, a prominent horse sculpture is used on the Warp Room located at the Entrance to set it apart from the others, which are themed after other animals.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

Nightmare makes its first appearance in the form of a horse in this game. It patrols different areas of the castle by running back and forth, similarly to the Dead Warriors. Some of them have a rider, while others do not. By capturing the Nightmare's soul, Soma Cruz gains the ability to shoot Nightmares as projectiles.

The Gladiator's chariot is pulled by undead horses, allowing him to patrol set areas on The Arena and on the Chaotic Realm. But he can also shoot arrows across the path behind him.

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

Concept art suggests that the Nightmare was intended to show up in this game, but no such enemy appears. Yet the Valhalla Knight returns from Symphony of the Night, rebranded as "Dead Warrior".

Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

Aside from returning enemies, horses are part of Charlotte's attacks when using Don Quixote or Tristan&Isolde, which make a distinct horse neigh sound when unleashed.

Castlevania: Order of EcclesiaEdit

This game features Ghosts resembling Mr. Hed. They are horse heads that float toward Shanoa and are engulfed in a purple aura.

Nightmares return in this game as enemies in the Tymeo Mountains, using the design seen on concept art for Dawn of Sorrow. They are armored horses whose back has decayed and exposed its bones. They run across the room attempting to trample the player, and drop Horse Hair, which is used by George to create his violin.

Eligor is a gigantic armored centaur boss whose body is covered in weapons. Shanoa must maneuver between Eligor's legs while avoiding his hooves, evading giant arrows and his tail that shoots out like a harpoon. Defeating him without taking damage awards the player with a Boss Medal describing Eligor as a demon-horse rider.

Castlevania: Lords of ShadowEdit

Horses are important animals which role as mounts in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. During the game, Gabriel's horse makes its first appearance as a mount, but it dies when Gabriel is fighting with werewolves. As the game begins, Pan takes form of a horse who is able to ride through the Hunting Path. Gabriel rides this horse to escape wargs.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Horse
Image Name - Game
Description
Statistics Items Location
Mrhed 16. Mr. Hed  (Horse Head) [ edit ]
Super Castlevania IV
' HP: 48
Exp: 100
Atk: 4
1. Drawbridge/Fortress/Stables
Rowdain 52. Rowdain  (Skull Horse and Skull King) [ edit ]
Super Castlevania IV
' 1. Drawbridge/Fortress/Stables
Valhallaknight 77. Valhalla Knight  (Dead Trooper) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Bloodthirsty undead knight who eternally seeks combat. Weak: Holy
Level: 19
HP: 161
Exp: 100
Drop: Estoc, Claymore
Colosseum, Olrox's Quarters, Reverse Clock Tower
Dullahan Dullahan (jpn) [ edit ]
Circle of the Moon
' Strong: Darkness
HP: 240
Exp: 2,200
Atk: 550
Def: 440
Common Drop: Platinum Armor (1%)
Rare Drop: Thunderbird Card (1.4%)
Observation Tower
Aos deadwarrior 48. Dead Warrior  [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
The horse-riding ghost of a dead samurai warrior. Strong: Darkness
Weak: Holy
HP: 110
MP: 100
Exp: 100
Atk: 33
Def: 30
Rare Drop: Samurai Armor
Soul: Quick Parry
Floating Garden
AOS-Nightmare
Nightmare2
67. Nightmare  [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
A demon that takes up residence in one's dreams. Strong: Darkness
Weak: Holy
HP: 260
MP: 300
Exp: 280
Atk: 43
Def: 30
Common Drop: Lance
Soul: Evil Gallop
Underground Reservoir
Gladiator 94. Gladiator  [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
Though he's dead, this horseback warrior still seeks out battles. Strong: Darkness
Weak: Light
HP: 600
MP: 999
Exp: 1,000
Atk: 55
Def: 35
Timestop: Partially unaffected (if attacks while time is stopped, it will still continue to attack without moving)
Soul: Crush Wheel
The Arena, Chaotic Realm
Deadwarrior 84. Dead Warrior (Dead Trooper) [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
A dead knight that seeks to fight for all eternity. Strong: Dark
Weak: Piercing, Slashing, Fire, Holy, Curse, Stone
HP: 120
MP: 100
Exp: 188
Atk: 60
Timestop: Affected
Common Drop: Rice Ball (6%)
Rare Drop: Partizan (4%)
Soul: Quick Bullet (8%)
The Pinnacle
Deadwarrior 96. Dead Warrior  (Dead Trooper) [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
A dead knight whose spirit still lusts for battle. Strong: Dark
Weak: Slash, Fire, Holy, Curse, Stone
HP: 210
Exp: 193
Skill Pt: 6
Drop: Samurai Plate
Dark Academy, 13th Street, Burnt Paradise, Nest of Evil
OOE-Ghost 4. Ghost  [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
The reanimated ghost of a horse killed on the battlefield. Strong: Strike
Weak: Slash, Flame
HP: 5
Exp: 3
Skill Pt: 1
Atk: 5
Monastery
Ooe nightmare 29. Nightmare  [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
Those who witness its coming soon know death. Weak: Strike, Flame, Light
HP: 44
Exp: 27
Skill Pt: 1
Atk: 28
Drop: Horse Hair (8%)
Tymeo Mountains
Ooe eligor 119. Eligor  [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
A giant demon knight summoned to protect the castle. Strong: Flame
Weak: Strike, Thunder
HP: 3,000
Exp: 4,300
Skill Pt: 99
Atk: 120
Arms Depot
Deadwarrior 40. Dead Warrior  (Dead Trooper) [ edit ]
Harmony of Despair
A dead knight whose spirit still lusts for battle. Strong: Strike
Weak: Slash, Pierce, Petrify, Holy, Curse, Poison
Drop: Partisan (5.30%)
Soul: Yellow Soul (2.30%)
Chapter 5, 9

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