The Arc Demon, or Arch Demon, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a demon who uses the powers of darkness to wreak havoc upon the world. It is the penultimate member of the classic demons' family, generally ranked above a Devil but below a Demon Lord. They are essentially a stronger version of the Devil.
In some occult and similar writings, archdemons are spiritual entities, prominent in the infernal hierarchy as the leaders of the demonic hosts, just as archangels lead choirs of angels. Essentially, archdemons are the evil counterparts of the archangels and are possibly referred to as "archangels of death" in the Bible.
Archdemons are occasionally described as once being rebellious angels who had fallen from Heaven and which maintained their ranks as ex-angels within their new roles. Alphonsus de Spina in 1459 believed that specifically one third of the original angelic court became devils. However, accounts have varied throughout history and Johann Weyer altered the figures to 7,405,926 demons and 72 princes of Hell.
Some examples of archdemons over time include Belial, Ashtaroth, Asmodeus and Lucifer.
In Circle of the Moon, Arch Demons appear as green goat-like beast men that spit out blasts of Darkness magic in rapid succession. They (and all demons, for that matter) can be easily dispatched if the player crouches and attacks right in front of them, making their barrage of fireballs miss.
In Aria of Sorrow, Arc Demons are no longer immobile and instead hover around the room to launch large fireballs toward Soma. Their appearance is no longer goat-like, instead they bare a more humanoid shape. They possess a large pair of claws, two pairs of wings, and a pair of elongated horns. The player should be careful not to stay near them, lest the demon responds with a quick claw swipe.
A single Arc Demon appears in the entire game, at the beginning of The Abyss. His main attack consists in creating a magical seal that spawns and unleashes three fireballs that home toward the player. He also tries to kick them as he flies around.
In this game, he is green colored, has a torn pair of wings and bears two pairs of horns, one on the side and one coming from the top of his head. He is notorious for having a lot of HP (even for a high leveled character wielding advanced weaponry).
|Item Data: Arc Demon|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Luck decreases greatly while equipped.|| Arm (Ring)|
| STR +30, DEF +30, LCK -100|| Drop: Arch Demon, Beast Demon|
|Apollo, god of the sun, music, and prophecy. Has the potential to create explosives.|| Action Card|
| Drop: Arch Demon (1.4%)|| Effect: Gives Nathan various abilities usable with the combination [Down, Towards, Up] + B.|
|Restores 50% of your MP.|| Magical Item|
| MP +50%|
| Buy: $1,000 Find: Hammer's Shop, Inner Quarters|
Rare Drop: Devil, Arc Demon
|Restores MP as damage is inflicted upon him.|| Enchanted Soul|
| Drop: Arc Demon|
|Restores all of your MP.|| Magical Item|
| MP +100%|
| Find: Demon Guest House, Silenced Ruins, The Pinnacle|
Common Drop: Arc Demon, Stolas
|A mail suit that is imbued with demonic power.|| Armor|
| DEF +56|
| Rare Drop: Arc Demon|
|Gain resistance to dark spells and attacks.|| Enchanted Soul|
| Rarity: ***|
Drop: Arc Demon