The Basilisk is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is the offspring of a lizard and a bird, and it can turn living beings to stone either by breathing on them or simply with its glare. It is a bird-like monster that cannot fly, but its swift beak and tail can quickly overpower its prey.


The basilisk is called "king" because it is reputed to have on its head a mitre, or crown-shaped crest. Stories of the basilisk show that it is not completely distinguished from the cockatrice. The basilisk is alleged to be hatched by a cockerel from the egg of a serpent or toad (the reverse of the cockatrice, which was hatched from a cockerel's "egg" incubated by a serpent or toad). In Medieval Europe, the description of the creature began taking on features from cockerels.

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Basilisk from Serpentum, Et Draconum Historiae Libri Duo.
(Ulisse Aldrovandi, 1640)

The basilisk of Cyrene was a small snake, being not more than twelve fingers in length, that was so venomous, it left a wide trail of deadly venom in its wake, and its gaze was likewise lethal. Its weakness was the odor of a weasel. It is possible that the legend of the basilisk and its association with the weasel in Europe was inspired by accounts of certain species of Asiatic snakes (such as the king cobra) and their natural predator, the mongoose.

The main difference between a basilisk and a cockatrice is that the basilisk is considered to be a snake, while the cockatrice is considered to be  a dragon. Through the course of both creatures' history, the cockatrice is generally represented as having a pair of wings, while the basilisk doesn't, giving it a more lizard-like appearance.


The Basilisk is a legendary reptile reputed to be the "king of serpents" and said to have the power to cause death with a single glance. In the Castlevania series, it appears as a cross between a cockerel and a snake, and looks and behaves almost exactly as a more resistant version of the Cockatrice.


Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Only five Basilisks are encountered in the game, three in the Top Floor and two more in the Chaotic Realm. They are just a stronger color-swap of the Cockatrice and attack in exactly the same way, by unleashing a petrifying beam after every two steps.

It drops the Defender enchanted soul, which increases CON but decreases STR, both by 20%.

Aos basilisk
101 Basilisk 700 700 600
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
65 38 Sword, Curse Affected
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
Top Floor, Chaotic Realm - Milican's Sword Defender
Description "The offspring of a lizard and a bird. Its gaze can turn you to stone."

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Basilisks in Curse of Darkness attack in a similar fashion as their Cockatrice counterparts, just adopting a few new variations in their tactics.

They can be stolen from at any time during their rushing or sliding attacks, yielding $200. They can take quite a long time before they perform these moves, though, so the player must be patient and preferably dispose of all other enemies in the area first.

No. Name JPN HP
49 Basilisk Lv.23 591
Tolerance Weakness
Fire -
Location Drop Steal EXP
Forest of Jigramunt
Tower of Eternity
Rare Drop: Ramen $200 101
Description "A bird-like monster that cannot fly, but its swift beak and tail can quickly overpower its prey."

No. Name JPN HP
139 Basilisk Lv.46 1203
Tolerance Weakness
Fire -
Location Drop Steal EXP
Tower of Evermore Rare Drop: Ramen $200 615
Description "A bird-like monster that cannot fly, but its swift beak and tail can quickly overpower its prey."

Item Data

Item Data: Basilisk
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Milican's Sword Icon Milican's Sword (Milican's Stone Sword) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Can turn enemies to stone Weapon
Attrib: Sword, Stone
ATK +34
Sell: $3,400 
Find: Underground Reservoir (Flying Armor + Malphas combination, Giant Bat or Hippogryph required)
Rare Drop: Big Golem, Basilisk
Effect: May cause enemy turn to stone
Yellow Soul Basilisk - Defender - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Defensive strength increases and offensive strength decreases. Enchanted Soul
Drop: Basilisk
Effect: Decreases attack by half, and increases defense by quarter.
Ramen CoD Ramen - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Long noodles from the East in a tasty soup. Slurp them down in one gulp. Food
HP +100
Sell: $1 
Rare Drop: Basilisk Lv.23, Ghoul Lv.27/42/75, Phantom Sword Lv.15
$200 - Curse of Darkness [edit]
' Pick-Up
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


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