The Manticore is a large lion-like creature with seemingly useless bat-wings and a scorpion's tail. It attacks using two methods-the first is with a fireball launched from its mouth, and the second is with its poisonous tail. In Aria of Sorrow, the Manticore appears first as a boss, then as a field enemy. A stronger version of Manticore called Mushusshu (Caleo in Greek Mythology) appears in Dawn of Sorrow.
Manticore also appears as the Poison-element Attribute card in Circle of the Moon.
Castlevania: Circle of the MoonEdit
The Manticore appears in Circle of the Moon as the posion-attribute DSS card, thus producing poison effects, such as summoning a poison cloud. When the Uranus card is obtained, you can summon the Manticore, which produces posion rain that damages all enemies on-screen.
Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit
The Manticore is encountered in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow as the boss of the Chapel, and later as a common enemy in the Floating Gardens. He is considered to be hard to obtain soul, and the room he is found in must be re-entered from the right side in order to farm as the left room goes to a different area of the Floating Gardens.
He has two attacks, both of which deal a decent amount of damage if you're not careful. The first is an attack with his tail if you are within range. The tail also poisons Soma on contact. If you are out of range of his tail, he shoots fireballs. Depending on the amount of health he has left, the amount of fireballs changes. If he is close to full health, he shoots 1, and when his health is under half, he shoots 3, sometimes 4.
Defeating him as a boss has a small chance to yield his soul, but he is able to be found later in the Floating Gardens area. Like the Devil and Curly Guardian Souls, it transforms Soma into a rushing ambiguation of the Manticore. It can be used to bypass the waterfall in the Underground Waterway and gain access to the Forbidden Area.
Interestingly, the Manticore does not keep the same room when faced in Boss Rush Mode. Instead of using the room in the Chapel Area, he uses the Colosseum-like room from The Arena as his lair, allocating for a somewhat more difficult boss fight.
Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit
These are encountered in the Wizardry Lab. They'll attempt to sting Soma, and spit fireballs at him. Their souls let Soma use their tails. The Caleo, (Mushusshu) is based on a Greek mythological creature which was described as the stronger form of Manticore in Greek Poet Homer's Poetry.
|Enemy Data: Manticore|
|Image||Name - Game|
| A monster with the body of lion, the wings of a bat and a scorpion's tail.Abil: Tail attack poisons.|| Strong: Nothing|
Weak: Sword, Curse, Petrify
| Rare Drop: Gladius|
Soul: Ogre Form
| Chapel (as a boss), Floating Gardens|
|A monster with the body of a lion, the wings of a bat, and a scorpion's tail.|| Strong: Bashing|
Weak: Piercing, Slashing, Stone
| Common Drop: Spaghetti (8%)|
Soul: Stinger (4%)
| Wizardry Lab|
|Soma Cruz - Mina Hakuba - J./Julius Belmont - Yoko Belnades - Genya Arikado (Alucard) - Hammer|
|Creaking Skull - Manticore - Great Armor - Big Golem - Headhunter - Death - Legion - Balore - Chaos|
|Castle Corridor - Chapel - Study - Dance Hall - Inner Quarters - Floating Garden - Clock Tower|
Underground Reservoir - Underground Cemetery - The Arena - Top Floor - Forbidden Area - Chaotic Realm
|Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow & Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Original Soundtrack|
|Futabasha Official Guide - NTT Pub Official Guide|
|Bestiary - Inventory - Julius Mode - Voice Translations|