Whip Skeletons have appeared in many Castlevania games. They carry around a whip, like the members of the Belmont clan, and do great amounts of damage almost all of the time. Red Whip Skeleton also appear that are soaked in blood and will reassemble after being destroyed, just like normal Red Skeletons. They are a type of Skeleton Chain.
Whip Skeletons are similar to the average, run-of-the-mill Skeletons except for the fact that they are armed with a long-reaching whip. They usually take a couple of hits before they go down, so heroes have to stay on their toes and be very careful.
The Whip Skeleton first appeared as an enemy known as Shimon (死門, literally "Gate of Death") in Konami's 1987 Famicom game Getsu Fūma Den. The character is a parody of Simon Belmont, the first protagonist in the Castlevania series. The name "Shimon" is also the Whip Skeleton's Japanese name, which has led to varying translations in the Castlevania series.
When the Whip Skeleton first appeared in the 1989 NES game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, the English instruction manual called him The Gates of Death instead of "Whip Skelton" like in Nintendo Power. The reason for this is because the Kanji used to spell Shimon is represented with "Gate" (門 Mon) and "Death" (死 Shi). Together, they make Shimon (しもん), a pun on "Simon" (シモン). The Japanese word for death is "shi", which makes the name a portmanteau of death and Simon. This is befitting as they are skeletons.
The use of the name "The Gates of Death" was first properly translated when Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance came out. In the English translation, the "Shimon" was called Simon Wraith in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance.
|Enemy Data: Whip Skeleton|
|Image||Name - Game|
|'|| 3. Forest, 4. Marsh, 7A. Lookout, A. Clocktower 2|
|'|| 6'. Basement, 7. Mountains, A. Clocktower 2|
|'|| HP: 64|
| 5. Castle Court, 6. The Halls, Super Castlevania IV Stage 9 [gold], A. Clocktower|
|'|| Weak: Fire|
| Common Drop: High Potion|
Rare Drop: Noon Star
| Castle B: The Wailing Way, Shrine of the Apostates|
|Some say this is what happened to Simon Belmont in the end.|| Drop: Simon's Plate|| Chapter 11|
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