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Legion
Legion
OTHER NAMES
Japanese Name
Alternate Name Granfaloon
INFORMATION
Game Appearances Various (see list below)
Abilities
Monster Type
Mythical Lore Origins Biblical Monsters


Legion is a recurring boss prevalent among newer Castlevania games. The general design is a floating sphere composed of numerous featureless humanoid bodies that acts as a shell concealing a center core of varying identity.

The boss has appeared in the following games:

Additionally, Legion appears as an enemy in Circle of the Moon.

The origin of Legion's design is a biblical account of a large number of demons who possessed a man. Thus, from the concept of being "composed of many" came the design of the shell composed of some large number of human bodies.

Generally speaking, the shell has to be defeated by repeated strikes before the core is exposed, and only by damaging the core can the boss be defeated.

Game Specific InformationEdit

Symphony of the NightEdit

In Symphony of the Night, the shell has nine parts (arranged like spaces on a tic-tac-toe board), and destroying the center part (which covers the core) is sufficient to allow the player to damage the core. The shell "attacks" by dropping bodies which fall to the ground and then walk toward Alucard like zombies, and occasionally, if Alucard is closest to an undestroyed portion of the shell, lets out a growl and then scream followed by a shower of bodies that do not form zombies raining upon Alucard. If the portion of the shell Alucard is closest to is destroyed, then the one of the eight tentacles of the core fires off a powerful laser instead. Legion can be destroyed without first destroying all nine shell parts (eight 2D directions and one directly covering the core), but if all shell parts are destroyed, then in between single laser shots, Legion's tentacles fire off sets of homing laser shots that are extremely difficult to avoid. Legion is found as the boss of the Catacombs.


Circle of the MoonEdit

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Harmony of DissonanceEdit

In Harmony of Dissonance, there are two Legions:

  • Legion (Saint)
  • Legion (Corpse)

The first, "Legion (Saint)", is found in the Sky Walkway in Castle B, and is similar to the Symphony Legion, but only has four parts, and destroying any one of them will expose the core. It apparently floats in mid-air using a pair of angelic wings (only a graphical feature, not gameplay-relevant). Also, Legion (Saint) does not drop bodies, but only occasionally produces a smaller version of itself which flies over to the player for contact damage and inflicting curse status. Destroying the shells reveals a small core with three tentacles (that looks like the Tentacle Golems, an enemy found in another Konami franchise, Gradius) which can periodically shoot dashed laser beams.

The second, "Legion (Corpse)", is found in the Skeleton Cave (a Catacombs-like area) in Castle A (it's the Skeleton Cave you hit later). Instead of a shell of bodies, this Legion is protected by a shell of bones, mostly human skulls--a shell that is actually indestructible. However, hitting this shell sufficiently causes it to open, and reveal a bobbing-head skeleton at the bottom of it (along with a graphical touch of flies escaping), and this skeleton is its actual weakness. The skeleton must be hit repeatedly quickly enough or the creature will attempt to re-close itself. If the shell is to any degree open, it will also drop strange-looking maggots that crawl slowly along the ground toward the player-character. Also, notably, even well-into its death animation, it stays on-screen, damaging the player-character if it touches (contact confers curse status as well as damage to Juste Belmont and Maxim Kischine; Simon Belmont cannot be cursed).


Aria of SorrowEdit

In Aria of Sorrow, Legion returns to being a ball of bodies, and is located in the Catacombs. The chain of featureless humanoid bodies walking toward the center room leads to Legion, which occupies a large, square room with a smaller square box in its center. Legion first floats out of the box, then slowly chases Soma around the square "ring" between the walls of the room and the center box, occasionally dropping a few bodies when in horizontal passages. It has four shell parts and a center core, but notably, the center core can be damaged even before any shell part has been destroyed. While Soma isn't required to destroy the shell before the core, it is the only way to earn the Legion soul. If all the shell parts are destroyed, the core is revealed--a golden cage containing a fetus, with three tentacles. The tentacles act like those in Harmony's Legion (Saint), and the core continues to chase the player around the ring, but it can also retract its tentacles and bounce between the walls, moving much faster than when floating. Its death animation is most notable; the cage breaks, revealing what appears to look like a human infant, but it disappears shortly afterwards. The way that the humanoid bodies are piled together gives Legion the appearance of a fetus during a sonogram.


Curse of DarknessEdit

In Curse of Darkness, Legion, when defeated, releases a creature known as "Nuculais". The Legion is fought in a tall room, seemingly composed of flesh under Garibaldi Temple. The Legion hovers in the middle and is reached by climbing a walkway protruding from the wall. The Legion itself doesn't attack, but zombies will rise from the floor and walkway and explode if they come into contact with Hector, for around 200 damage at level 50.

When the Legion is defeated it releases the Nuculais, which is a giant translucent white humanoid with no organs (except for a heart) that seems to have been corrupted by its early release from the Legion. The Nuculais is one of the hardest bosses in the game and has many attacks, including turning into a mobile pool of lava, throwing the aforementioned explosive zombies at Hector, and a powerful charge attack.


Portrait of RuinEdit

Graphically ported from Symphony, in Portrait of Ruin it appears as a boss enemy in the Nation of Fools portrait level of the game. Like its counterparts in previous games, it has a core with many naked men that fall from it and attack the player, possibly the former inhabitants of the Nation of Fools. This time, Legion has nine parts of body, excluding the core.

In Portrait of Ruin, Legion cannot be defeated without destroying its "body armor". Even if the player concentrates his attack on core, all the bodies will fall anyway, revealing the bare core. In this form, Legion will not only fire the blue lasers well known from other games, but it will also spin slowly and launch fire (which does not poison) under pressure from the tentacles, which is especially hard to avoid. However if you move your character across the bottom of the screen this makes the fire easier to avoid.

Harmony of DespairEdit

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Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Legion
Image Name - Game
Description
Statistics Items Location
Granfalloon2-1-
Faloon-inside-1-
Tortsoul
98. Granfaloon  (Legion) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Nightmarish creature. Composed of many. Strong: Dark
Weak: Holy
Level: 28
HP: 400
Exp: 3000
Guard: Life Vessel, Mormegil
Catacombs
Cotm legion Legion (jpn) [ edit ]
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (Strategy)
' Strong: Darkness
HP: 420/540 (*)
Exp: 1590/2900
Atk: 610/760
Def: 375/480
Common Drop: Cure Curse (5%)
Rare Drop: Potion High (0.5%)
Observation Tower, Chapel Tower, Battle Arena(*)
Legion-saint
Legion-saint2
68. Legion (Saint)  [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Level: 35
HP: 1920
Exp: 2230
Castle B: Sky Walkway
Legion-corpse 85. Legion (Corpse) (jpn) [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Level: 43
HP: 4620
Exp: 3388
Guard: Cipher's Charm
Castle A: Skeleton Cave
Legion1
Legion2
Aria-legion
109. Legion  [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
He is many, he is one. Strong: Dark
Weak: Light
HP: 5000
Exp: 12000
Timestop: Unaffected
Drop: Nothing
Soul: Legion Laser (you need to destroy all 4 parts of shell before killing him)
Underground Cemetery (as a boss)
148 148. Legion Lv.52  [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
A seething lump of flesh made from innumerable human sacrifices. Crushes foes with its massive weight. Strong: Dark
Weak: Light
Level: 52
HP: 6900
Exp: 0
Steal: Pizza
Garibaldi Temple
Granfalloon2-1-
Porlegion2
Tortsoul
143. Legion  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
The one who is many. Strong: Dark
Weak: Piercing, Fire, Holy
HP: 2000
Exp: 4000
Skill Pt: 50
Guard: Cog
Nation of Fools
Legion 
Encore of the Night
''Abil: Corpse Toss - Turns (unknown formula) of the player's blocks inactive.
HP: 3600
Exp: +1 level
Drop: Twilight Cloak
Steal: ~2 gold, 70 silver
Marble Gallery
Granfalloon2-1-
Porlegion2
Tortsoul
57. Legion  [ edit ]
Harmony of Despair (dlc)
The one who is many. Strong: Darkness
Weak: Strike, Lightning, Holy
Drop: Globus (Normal and hard Shanoa only)
Soul: Red (0.50%) Fire a beam at enemies.
Chapter 8

Soul DataEdit

Item Data: Legion
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Legion - Harmony of Despair
Fire a beam at enemies. Red Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Holy
Consume: 20 MP 
ATK +13
Rarity: ***
Steal: Legion (0.5%)
First Obtained: Chapter 8


TriviaEdit

Legion is considered by many players as one of the more disturbing bosses in the Castlevania series, along with Beezelbub and the Forgotten One.

In the English localization of some games, Legion is referred to as Granfalloon. This is presumably a reference to the novel "Cat's Cradle," by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. In the novel, a Granfalloon is a group of people that may be incorrectly assumed to be connected to God's plans for the world.

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