The Amalaric Sniper, or Sniper of Goth, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It resembles the upper torso of a four-armed flying angel and is one of the rare Holy-themed enemies in the series. It signals its appearance with a single arrow before teleporting in place. Once there, it will hover above the player, taking careful aim before firing powerful Holy-based arrows. It is strong against Holy weapons, which sometimes makes it hard to kill.


Amalaric - 01

King Amalaric of the Visigoths.
(A.D 502-531)

Amalaric was king of the Visigoths from 526 until his death in 531. In 522 the young Amalaric was proclaimed king after his illegitimate brother, Gesalec, was forced to flee to Africa after leading a disastrous reign following the death of their father, Alaric II, in the Battle of Vouillé.

Amalaric's kingdom was faced with the threat of the Frank army coming from the north. This was his motivation for marrying Chrotilda, the daughter of Clovis, king of the Franks. Amalaric pressured her to forsake her Roman Catholic faith and convert to Arian Christianity, at one point beating her until she bled. Chrotilda sent to her brother Childebert I, king of Paris, a towel stained with her own blood. In response, Childebert attacked and defeated the Visigothic army, forcing Amalaric to flee south to Barcelona, where he was assassinated by his own men.

The official description of the Amalaric Sniper, also called "Sniper of Goth", states that he "slew Amalaric of the Goths", which could be interpreted as one who snipes (kills with an arrow) Amalaric, the Goth. He's also described as a "fallen angel", which may lead to speculate if this term was chosen due to the real Amalaric, by forcing Chrotilda to abandon her Catholic faith, indirectly brought his own demise by making his executioners a sort of Christian traitors, or "fallen angels".


An Amalaric Sniper always signals its appearance with an arrow shot from the sky, which marks the spot where it will spawn. It flies with great speed, always trying to position itself at a far angled distance from the player, and aims a powerful Holy elemental arrow at them. It can also use a secondary attack, where it hovers in midair and shoots out sixteen arrows 360 degrees outward, covering most of the screen.

Due to the Amalaric Sniper being Holy-based and not having any elemental weaknesses, the player is usually stuck by dealing small amounts of damage if they have been using elemental weaponry (especially if it's Holy-based). Also, due to their great mobility and the angle they place themselves to lock-on to the player, weapons with low reach or which attack in a straight pattern make it quite difficult to hit them.

Players are advised to switch for a weapon with Slash, Piercing or Dark attributes (which these enemies are generally weak against) and which attacks in a wide overhead arcing pattern. At higher levels and if the player has access to spells with a wide area of effect (like the Thunder Cross, even if it's also Holy-based), Amalaric Snipers can be defeated in just a single casting.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Amalaric Sniper
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Snipeofgoth-1- 118. Sniper of Goth  (Amalaric Sniper) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Strategy)
Angel archer. Slew Amalaric of the Goths. Strong: Holy
Weak: Dark
Level: 36
HP: 50
Exp: 200
Drop: Magic Missile, Brilliant Mail
Amalaricsniper 36. Amalaric Sniper (jpn) [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow (Strategy)
A fearsome archer and a fallen angel. Strong: Holy
Weak: Piercing, Slashing, Dark
HP: 99
MP: 100
Exp: 84
Atk: 32
Timestop: Affected
Rare Drop: Chakram (4%)
Soul: Summon Archer (20%)
The Dark Chapel
Amalaricsniper 91. Amalaric Sniper  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin (Strategy)
A fallen angel who is now a fearsome archer. Strong: Holy
Weak: Whip, Slash, Dark
HP: 179
Exp: 218
Skill Pt: 8
Drop: Pudding, Blessed Ankh
13th Street, Nest of Evil
Sniper of Goth  [ edit ]
Encore of the Night
' HP: 480
Exp: ~845
Drop: Turkey, Potion; Five of Skulls
Steal: ~8 silver, 40 copper
Royal Chapel
Amalaricsniper 7. Amalaric Sniper  [ edit ]
Harmony of Despair
A fallen angel who is now a fearsome archer. Strong: Holy
Weak: Slash, Pierce, Petrify, Darkness, Curse, Poison
Drop: Chakram (2.30%)
Soul: Red (2.80%) Summon an archer to support you.
Chapter 1

Item Data

Item Data: Amalaric Sniper
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Magic Missile Icon Magic Missile (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Shoots a magic arrow [use] Projectile
Attrib: Cut
ATT +30
Buy: $300 Find: Throughout castle (all)
Drop: Bone Archer, Bone Musket, Sniper of Goth
Brilliant Mail Icon Brilliant Mail (Shining Breastplate) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Increases sub-weapon strength Body (Body Armor)
DEF +12, INT +1
Drop: Sniper of Goth
Effect: +10 ATK for sub-weapons
Chakram DoS Icon Chakram - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
A throwing weapon with a sharp, circular blade Throwing Weapon
Attrib: Slash
ATK +12
Sell: $1,500 
Drop: Amalaric Sniper
Effect: Throw; Fast Throw
Bullet Soul DoS Icon Amalaric Sniper - Summon Archer - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Summon an archer to support you. Bullet Soul
Attrib: Piercing
Consume: 25 MP 
Rarity: **
Drop: Amalaric Sniper
Pudding PoR Icon Pudding (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A savory pudding, flavored with caramel. Item (Food/Sweet)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
HP +40
Drop: Amalaric Sniper
Blessed Ankh Icon Blessed Ankh (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Increases the effectiveness of recovery items. Accessory
Jonathan, Charlotte 
Sell: $2,500  Drop: Amalaric Sniper
Effect: Increases healing effect from usable items.
Chakram Icon Chakram - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Throwing weapon with a sharp, circular blade. Firearm
#hands: 1
ATK +4
Sell: $400 
Drop: Amalaric Sniper
Bullet Soul HD Icon Amalaric Sniper - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Summon an archer to support you. Bullet Soul
Consume: 12 MP  ATK +14
Rarity: *
Steal: Amalaric Sniper (2.8%)


  • In Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Soma is able to summon the aid of an Amalaric Sniper by gaining dominance over his soul (Summon Archer), which allows him to call forth an Amalaric Sniper from Heaven to shoot a Holy arrow at his foes. Strangely, the invocation of Amalaric sniper holds his bow upside down once he has shot his arrow.



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