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For the winged female enemy, see Siren.

Aliorumnas, sometimes referred to as Salem Witch or Siren, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. She is a witch who was banished by the Gothic king Filimer. She wears robes and can hover in the air. She can launch triple magical homing projectiles at enemies or can shoot a single projectile that curses the player.


A völva seeress speaks her prophecy in this 19th century illustration.

A vǫlva (also known as völva, völvur or völur) is a shamanic seeress in Norse paganism and a recurring motif in Norse mythology. The Old Norse word vǫlva means "wand carrier" or "carrier of a magic staff".

Jordanes relates in his Getica (XXIV:121) of Gothic völvas called Aliorumnas. They were driven into exile by King Filimer when the Goths had settled in Oium (Ukraine). The name is probably a corruption of the Gothic Halju-runnos, meaning "hell-runners" or "runners to the realm of the dead" (which refers to their shamanistic experiences during trance). These völur were condemned to seek refuge far away and, according to this account, engendered the Huns.


Aliorumnae are notorious for being Holy-based enemies with shining auras. If the player is using a Holy weapon, they'll usually have to attack them once or twice more than the rest of the enemies to kill them. However, if there are multiple Aliorumnae in the room, it's advisable to switch to a Slashing/Piercing-based weapon to dispatch of them quicker, as they are weak to these attributes.

They usually appear in church-like areas (chapels, cathedrals, etc.), along with many other Holy-based enemies, either in the same or in a contiguous room (especially Amalaric Snipers).

They levitate and wait until the player is within range to start attacking. They have two spells: a triple homing Holy energy mass spell and a single cursing one that they shoot straightforward. However, both spells take a long time to cast (especially the latter one, as she'll first have to stop in midair to draw a magic symbol). Any attack will cancel their castings and knock them back, so they're not really a threat unless the room is heavily crowded or if an attack sends them out of reach to finish them off.


Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

The Aliorumnae in Harmony of Despair are one of the only enemies in the game that use glyphs prior to casting their spells. Shanoa is able to absorb three of their four spell glyphs (the other enemy being the Nova Skeleton). If their spells are absorbed, they'll resort to use their single projectile attack from Symphony of the Night.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Aliorumnas
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location Notes
Salemwitch-1-.gif 82. Salem Witch  (Aliorumnas) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Ghost witches from Salem. Level: 20
HP: 180
Exp: 80
Drop: Gold Circlet, Shortcake
Abandoned Pit to the Catacomb, Necromancy Laboratory
Hod siren.gif 39. Siren  - Harmony of Dissonance [ edit ]
' Level: 16
HP: 80
Exp: 71
Rare Drop: Mana Prism
Castle B: Luminous Cavern
Sylph.gif 90. Sylph  - Harmony of Dissonance [ edit ]
' Level: 36
HP: 320
Exp: 375
Common Drop: Big Mana Prism
Rare Drop: Silver Tiara
Castle A: Luminous Cavern
Aliorumnas.gif 98. Aliorumnas (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [ edit ]
Witches banished by the Gothic king Filmer. Strong: Fire, Ice, Electric
Weak: Whip, Slash, Poison, Curse, Stone
HP: 196
Exp: 212
Skill Pt: 6
Drop: Dalmatica
Dark Academy, 13th Street
Salem Witch  - Encore of the Night [ edit ]
' HP: 180
Exp: ~450
Drop: Frankfurter, Hamburger; ???
Steal: ~60 copper
Underground Caverns
Abil: Magic Missile
Aliorumnas.gif 22. Aliorumnas  - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Witches banished by the Gothic king Filimer. Strong: Fire, Ice, Lightning, Holy, Darkness
Weak: Slash, Pierce, Petrify, Curse, Poison
Drop: Kiwi (5.30%)
Steal: Ignis, Grando, Fulgur
Soul: Yellow (2.30%)
Chapter 2, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 8
GoS Aliorumnas.jpg 33. Aliorumnas  - Grimoire of Souls [ edit ]
Witches banished by the Gothic king Filimer. Wielding holy magic for dark purposes. Abil: Slow

Item Data

Item Data: Aliorumnas
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Gold Circlet Icon.png Gold Circlet (Silver Circlet) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Restores HP by holy damage Head (Crown/Circlet)
Attrib: Holy
INT +6
Drop: Salem Witch
Effect: Holy-based attacks of enemies heal Alucard instead of damaging.
Shortcake Icon.png Shortcake (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Strawberry shortcake [use] Food (Sweet)
HP +11
Drop: Salem Witch
Mana Prism Icon.png Mana Prism - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
Restores some MP. Medicine
Juste Belmont 
MP +20
Buy: 250G Find: Throughout castle (all)
Rare Drop: Siren
Big Mana Prism Icon.png Big Mana Prism - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
Restores a large amount of MP. Medicine
Juste Belmont 
MP +100
Buy: 1,000G Find: Throughout castle (all)
Common Drop: Pixie, Sylph
Silver Tiara Icon.png Silver Tiara - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
A tiara crafted from silver. Head
Juste Belmont 
DEF +25
Rare Drop: Sylph
Dalmatica PoR Icon.png Dalmatica - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A garment with wide sleeves, worn by religious orders. Body Gear (Dress)
DEF +25, INT +10
Sell: $6,000 
Buy: $24,000 Find: Entrance (Vincent's shop)
Drop: Aliorumnas
Kiwi Icon.png Kiwi - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Full of vitamins that are great for the skin. Item (Food - Fruit)
MP +40, MND +3
Sell: $100 
Rarity: *
Find: Chapter 4, 6
Drop: Aliorumnas (5.30%)
Glyphspell HD Icon.png Ignis - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Call forth raging flames. Hunter Skill Glyph
Attrib: Fire
Consume: 15 MP 
ATK +6
Rarity: *
Steal: Aliorumnas
First Obtained: (Starts with)
Glyphspell HD Icon.png Grando - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Call forth freezing ice. Hunter Skill Glyph
Attrib: Ice
Consume: 15 MP 
ATK +12
Rarity: *
Steal: Aliorumnas
First Obtained: Chapter 4
Glyphspell HD Icon.png Fulgur - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Call forth shocking electricity. Hunter Skill Glyph
Attrib: Thunder
Consume: 15 MP 
ATK +5
Rarity: **
Steal: Aliorumnas
First Obtained: Chapter 4
Evolve: Level 5 and 9
Enchanted Soul HD Icon.png Aliorumnas - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Increase MND Enchanted Soul
MND +1
Rarity: **
Steal: Aliorumnas (2.3%)



  • In the US version of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, this enemy was localized as Salem Witch. This appears to have been a liberty taken from part of the translation team, as her original name in the Japanese version was "Aliorumnas" from the beginning.
  • The Frozen Half enemy in Symphony of the Night is a palette swap of Aliorumnas, except with blue hair instead of a hood.
  • In Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, these enemies are referred to as "Sirens". However, they should not be confused with the proper winged female creatures called Sirens appearing in the rest of the games.
  • The witches Julia Laforeze and Yoko Belnades wear clothes that have a color scheme similar to those of Aliorumnas.

See also