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.


Lucifer - 01

William Blake's illustration of Lucifer as presented in John Milton's Paradise Lost.

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.


Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

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.

Arch Demon アークデーモン Ākudēmon 320 1,000
ATK DEF Location
505 400 Catacomb, Chapel Tower, Underground Warehouse
Common Drop Rare Drop
Cursed Ring (3%) Apollo (1.4%)
Resistance Darkness

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

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.

Aos arcdemon
73 Arc Demon 500 2,000 400
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
46 35 Darkness Holy Unaffected
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
Inner Quarters, Underground Reservoir, The Arena - High Mind Up Magic Back
Description "Uses the powers of darkness to wreak havoc upon the world."

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

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).

He has 666 HP, 666 MP, and yields 666 EXP points, a number commonly associated with the Devil.

94 Arc Demon 666 666 82
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Holy
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
The Abyss Mana Prism (4%) Demon's Mail (2%) Resist-Dark (8%) 666
Description "Uses the powers of darkness to wreak havoc upon the world."

Item Data

Item Data: Arc Demon
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Cursed Ring Icon Cursed Ring (jpn) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Luck decreases greatly while equipped. Arm (Ring)
STR +30, DEF +30, LCK -100
Drop: Arch Demon, Beast Demon
Apollo Apollo - Circle of the Moon [edit]
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.
High Mind Up AoS Icon High Mind Up (Mind High Up) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Restores 50% of your MP. Magical Item
MP +50%
Sell: $400 
Buy: $1,000 Find: Hammer's Shop, Inner Quarters
Rare Drop: Devil, Arc Demon
Yellow Soul Arc Demon - Magic Back - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Restores MP as damage is inflicted upon him. Enchanted Soul
Drop: Arc Demon
Mana Prism DoS Icon Mana Prism (jpn) - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Restores all of your MP. Magical Item
MP +100%
Sell: $1,500 
Find: Demon Guest House, Silenced Ruins, The Pinnacle
Common Drop: Arc Demon, Stolas
Demon's Mail DoS Icon Demon's Mail - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
A mail suit that is imbued with demonic power. Armor
DEF +56
Sell: $33,000 
Rare Drop: Arc Demon
Ability Soul DoS Icon Arc Demon - Resist-Dark - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Gain resistance to dark spells and attacks. Enchanted Soul
Rarity: ***
Drop: Arc Demon


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