Alastor, also known as Vandal Sword or Specter, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a possessed sword driven to seek revenge by the souls of slain warriors.

Origins

Illustration of Alastor by Louis Le Breton, from the Dictionnaire Infernal.

Alastor was an epithet of the Greek god Zeus, and described as the avenger of evil deeds, specifically, familial bloodshed, while Nemesis punished those who offended the gods. As the personification of a curse, it was also a sidekick of the Erinyes. The name is also used to designate any deity or demon who avenges wrongs committed by men.

Alastor, in Christian demonology, came to be considered a kind of possessing entity. He was likened to Nemesis. The name Alastor was also used as a generic term for a class of evil spirits.

Description

Alastor is a ghost swordsman who possesses a very large sword. He is a counterpart to the female rapier-wielding Nemesis. He fades in and out of view and swings his massive sword around. Only the sword can be injured.

Alastor is the ghost form of the Sword Lord in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. After destroying the Sword Lord's armor, Alastor is revealed from within and must be destroyed. A massive variation of Alastor which does not possess a suit of armor, called Azaghal, also appears in this game.

In Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow, Alastor's soul allows the player to control Alastor as a familiar, which is similar to the Sword Familiar found in Symphony of the Night.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Alastor
Image Name - Game
Description
Statistics Items Location
Sotn-vandal-1-.gif 64. Vandal Sword  (Alastor) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Sword Lord wields sword even when banished. Strong: Hit
Level: 15
HP: 120
Exp: 100
Drop: Holy Sword, Muramasa
Clock Tower
Hod specter.gif 65. Specter  [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Level: 24
HP: 96
Exp: 165
Common Drop: Noon Star
Rare Drop: Sapphire
Castle A: Clock Tower, Castle Treasury
Castle B: Clock Tower, Chapel of Dissonance, Marble Corridor
AOS-Alastor.gif 91. Alastor  [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
His vengeful spirit possesses a floating sword. HP: 1,200
MP: 780
Exp: 1,500
Atk: 80
Def: 45
Timestop: Unaffected
Soul: Alastor Familiar
Chaotic Realm
Dos alastor.gif 100. Alastor (jpn) [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
A possessed sword driven to seek revenge by the souls of slain soldiers. Strong: Dark
Weak: Holy
HP: 291
MP: 400
Exp: 564
Atk: 99
Timestop: Unaffected
Soul: Alastor Familiar (10%)
The Pinnacle, The Abyss
COD-035.jpg 35. Spectral Sword Lv.15  (Specter Lv15) [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
A sword monster with an invisible body. Its blade contains the former owner's anger, giving it life. Weak: Thunder
Level: 15
HP: 314
Exp: 43
Common Drop: Knight's Vein
Rare Drop: High Potion
Steal: $200
Garibaldi Temple, Tower of Eternity
COD-140.jpg 140. Spectral Sword Lv.47  (Specter Lv47) [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
A sword monster with an invisible body. Its blade contains the former owner's anger, giving it life. Weak: Thunder
Level: 47
HP: 926
Exp: 672
Common Drop: Knight's Vein
Rare Drop: High Potion
Steal: $200
Infinite Corridor
Dos alastor.gif 126. Alastor (jpn) [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
A sword possessed by the souls of slain warriors, driven by revenge. Strong: Dark
Weak: Holy
HP: 512
Exp: 512
Skill Pt: 25
Drop: Damascus Sword
Nest of Evil

Item Data

Item Data: Alastor
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Holy Sword Icon.png Holy Sword (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Cross hilt - strong vs. undead Sword
Alucard 
Attrib: Cut, Holy
ATT +26
Find: Colosseum (need flying, US and EU only)
Drop: Vandal Sword
Effect: ↓↘→ + [Attack] Holy Burst (ATK 35 for 5 MP)
Muramasa Icon.png Muramasa (Demon Sword Muramasa) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
A blood-thirsty sword 2 Handed Weapon (Katana)
Alucard 
Attrib: Curse
ATT variable, default -5, DEF -4
Drop: Scarecrow and Vandal Sword
Effect: "Jams" like Red Rust if Alucard's total ATT is 10 or less, slow swing speed if total ATT is 29 or less, Slash Flurry and increase swing speed if ATT is 30 or more; Continuous Dark Metamorphosis effect; hidden levelling system where a point of ATT is gained for every (current ATTx2 +11) blood heals while Muramasa is equipped
Noon Star Icon.png Noon Star - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
It cannot be seen at night. Item
Juste Belmont 
Rare Drop: Simon Wraith
Common Drop: Specter
Effect: Allows visiting Merchant's shop in Clock Tower.
Sapphire Icon.png Sapphire - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
A valubale blue jewel. Jewel
Juste Belmont 
Sell: $500  Rare Drop: Specter
Blue Soul.png Alastor - Alastor Familiar - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Summons "ALASTOR" familiar. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
Consume: 3 MP/sec 
25 ATK
Drop: Alastor
Guardian Soul.png Alastor - Alastor Familiar - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Summon Alastor as a familiar. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 5 MP/sec 
Rarity: **
Drop: Alastor
Knight's Vein.png Knight's Vein - Curse of Darkness [edit]
The blood of a great knight solidified by magic. It's burning-hot red, too hot to hold for long. Material
Hector 
Sell: $60  Rare Drop: Bone Soldier Lv.13/18/38, Phantom Sword Lv.15, Spectral Sword Lv.15/47
Common Drop: Dead Fencer Lv.12/30, Dead Baron Lv.12/31,
High Potion.png High Potion - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Medicine that recovers 200 HP. Special
Hector 
HP +200
Sell: $500 
Buy: $1,000 Find: Baljhet Mountains, Mortvia Aqueduct, Tower of Evermore
Rare Drop: Spectral Sword Lv.15/47, Final Guard Lv.42/75
$200 - Curse of Darkness [edit]
' Pick-Up
Hector 
Gold + 200
Find: Candelabras
Steal: Spectral Sword Lv.15/47, Basilisk Lv.23/46, Assassin Zombie Lv.24/34/44, Skeleton Trooper Lv.35, Unicorn Lv.39/44, Amduscias Lv.39/44
Damascus Sword PoR Icon.png Damascus Sword - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A superior sword that never loses its razor-sharp edge. Weapon (Sword)
Jonathan 
Attrib: Slash
ATK +88
Sell: $12,500 
Drop: Alastor

Gallery

Trivia

  • In Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin, Alastor's sword looks like the broken Final Sword wielded by the Final Guard, as well as the equipable weapon.
  • A sword named Alastor also appears in the first Devil May Cry game as a Devil Arm that lead character Dante acquires early on, and is the default sword option. Like the Alastor of Castlevania, it is a lightning-element sword that is able to wield itself as if by an invisible swordsman, though differs in that a humanoid spirit is not shown in any form. It later reappears in the Viewtiful Joe games, this time able to assume a humanoid demon form. In the game's sequel, he is possessed by an artifact called the Black Film which transforms him into a form similar to Devil Trigger from Devil May Cry. Both games were created by Hideki Kamiya, who considers them to be in the same universe. Whether or not this is inspired by the Castlevania enemy is unknown.

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