The Lion is an armored man-lion beast. It usually cringes in fear, but will occasionally swipe with his claws. It appears in the Forbidden Library in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which is filled with other creatures from Frank Baum's story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, including the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. Although it appears like a type of werebeast, it is not affected by the Were Bane. It also does not deal out "cat" damage, and is thus unaffected by the Cat-Eye Circlet.


Cowardly Lion - 01

The Cowardly Lion as illustrated by William Wallace Denslow (1900).

The Cowardly Lion makes his first appearance in the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He is the last of the companions Dorothy befriends on her way to the Emerald City, where he ambushes her, Toto, the Scarecrow, and Tin Woodman. When he tries to bite Toto, Dorothy slaps him for trying to attack him, where she discovers that the Lion is actually a coward, which he admits. The Cowardly Lion joins her so that he can ask The Wizard for courage, being ashamed that, in his cultural role as the "King of the Beasts", he is not indeed brave.


The Lion wears blue armor and has tan-orange fur with a thick white mane extending around his face.

Enemy DataEdit

No. Name JPN Level HP
96 Lion 27 150
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
- - - - 1,000
Location Drop Guard
Forbidden Library Gauntlet, Fist of Tulkas -
Description "The cowardly lion."

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Lion
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Gauntlet Icon Gauntlet (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
ATT+5 Other (Gauntlet)
ATT +5
Buy: $8,000 (later) Drop: Paranthropus, Lion
Fist of Tulkas Icon Fist of Tulkas (Orichalcum) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Blessed By Tulkas the Valar Fist
ATT +38, DEF +5
Drop: Lion
Effect: Punch
Special: ←→ + [Attack] for Flurry of Fists; ↓↘→ + [Attack] for Homing Fireball



  • Lion is just a modified palette swap of the early-game Sword Lord that does not generate a Vandal Sword, and attacks in a similar way, although he has less reach due to his claws. He is less aggressive: initially he will back away to the edge of the screen if Alucard walks towards him and will only advance if Alucard's back is turned. He only attacks if Alucard is within his attack range: if Alucard remains close to him he will not try to back away and constantly attacks.