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Alternate Name(s)
Feather Demon
Releasing a flock of crows
Shooting razor-sharp feathers
Unleashing four electrical spheres

Malphas (also called Karasuman or Feather Demon) is a crow demon. He tends to flap his wings and ascend in the air, gathering energy as he does so. He then releases an attack which can consist of razor-sharp feathers, a barrage of crows, or dark energy being emitted from its body.


Malphas is described in the Ars Goetia as a "Prince of Hell", commanding forty legions of demons. He appears as a crow, but if requested, will instead resemble a man with a hoarse voice. Malphas specializes in the construction of houses and towers, knowledge of enemies' thoughts, and bestowing familiars. He will attempt to deceive his conjurer, however, and must be treated carefully.


Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit

In the Castlevania series, Malphas first appeared in Symphony of the Night, and was called Karasuman (crow man) in the American version, likely to avoid religious controversy (note that Biphron, Ukoback and Legion also had different names, although Beelzebub remained unchanged). He is the boss of the Clock Tower and fights in the same room where Richter faced Shaft Ghost in Rondo of Blood. Several Malphai appear as regular enemies later on in Death Wing's Lair.

Malphas fights in three ways. After unfolding his wings on the ground, he will draw the essences of many demon crows inside him and unleash them in a massive wave. His second attack is to fly into the air and fire spreading, directed feathers. Malphas can also fire energy spheres, although this attack is not seen as often. However, Malphas is slow to attack, and easy to knock off balance, and thus he is one of the easier bosses of the game.

Castlevania: Harmony of DissonanceEdit

In Harmony of Dissonance, there is a remarkably similar enemy called the Feather Demon. It does not use Malphas' raven attack, but it is obviously the same type of creature, only redone for the sake of the Game Boy Advance's lower technology.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

Malphas makes a cameo in Aria of Sorrow, as his soul is the one that gives Soma the ability to double jump. However, Malphas himself does not actually appear in the game.

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

Malphas makes a proper return as a boss in Dawn of Sorrow in the Dark Chapel, in which he guards the double jump ability. Oddly enough, Malphas is the only boss aside from Menace that doesn't appear in Boss Rush Mode.

Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

Several Malphai appear as ordinary enemies later in the game in Portrait of Ruin.

Castlevania: Lords of ShadowEdit

Main article: Crow Witch Malphas.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Malphas
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Karasuman 87. Karasuman  (Malphas) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Demon Lord of Ravens. Strong: Dark
Level: 22
HP: 500
Exp: 1,000
Drop: Resist Dark, Ring of Feanor
Guard: Life Vessel
Clock Tower, Death Wing's Lair
Featherdemon 52. Feather Demon  [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Strong: Wind
Level: 23
HP: 272
Exp: 150
Common Drop: Barbuta
Rare Drop: Ramail Coat
Castle A: Clock Tower
Castle B: Castle Treasury, Entrance
Malphas 104. Malphas  [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
A black demon that is accompanied by crows. Weak: Holy
HP: 1200
MP: 800
Exp: 1500
Atk: 52
Timestop: Unaffected
Soul: Double Jump
The Dark Chapel
Malphas 82. Malphas  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
A black demon that is accompanied by crows. Weak: Fire, Light
HP: 666
Exp: 573
Skill Pt: 12
Dark Academy, 13th Street, Nest of Evil
Encore of the Night
' HP: 950
Exp: +1 level
Steal: ~32 silver
Clock Tower
CrowWitchMalphas Crow Witch Malphas  - see also Malphas [ edit ]
Lords of Shadow (Strategy)
It is said that this monster was once a beautiful woman, a Witch who inhabited the mountains that surrounded the fortress. (...) Strong: Dagger x3, Fairy x3, Holy Water x3
Weak: Crystal
Size: Giant
Difficulty: High
The Crow Witch (Chapter 4)

Soul DataEdit

Item Data: Malphas
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Silver Souls Malphas - Double Jump - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Jump again in mid-jump. Ability Soul
Find: Study


  • Malphas can perform an attack similar to the Holy Lightning spell performed by members of the Belnades Clan. At some point while confronting him, he may hover in the air and slowly build up energy. After enough energy has been gathered, he will unleash four giant electrical spheres which will travel in an arcing pattern, and which also have homing properties (although very slightly).


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