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The Black Panther (also known as Black Leopard) is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a jet-black predator that has lived in the castle for ages. It runs at great speed and, in some instances, it is referred to as a liquid creature that takes the shape of a panther.

DescriptionEdit

The Black Panther is a large shadowy feline that resides in Dracula's castle. This jet-black cat likes to sit and wait for a hapless adventurer to wander by and then dashes at full speed at them. If it lands behind its prey after a jump, it will turn around and dash back for one more attack. Sometimes, it will even stop in the middle of a dash and turn around to charge back at the player.

Some Black Panthers can assume human-form and are thus called Were-Panthers.

When Soma Cruz gets a hold of the Black Panther's soul, he gains the Sonic Dash ability, which allows him to move at an absurdly high speed and create a sonic barrier around him that will instantly kill weaker enemies and damage larger ones.

Black Panthers were replaced by other types of similar carnivores in some sequels, although they have reappeared in recent installments.

AppearancesEdit

CastlevaniaEdit

First appearance of the Black Leopard in the series. The first one is encountered near the beginning of the game, lying on a platform of the main hall. When approached, it will quickly pounce forward over Simon and change direction once it lands. It can be easily dispatched with a single strike of the whip (there's no need to crouch). The second leopard is encountered shortly after, on a higher platform. The railing on the background makes it a bit hard to see and thus may take the player by surprise. Another one lies just a bit further.

Black Panthers can also be dispatched with ranged attacks. A well placed Axe will take care of them before they even attack. Alternatively, the player may approach the leopard to a certain distance, jump in place and throw a bottle of Holy Water; if it didn't hit the leopard directly, the bursting flame afterward will provide a brief moment of protection, making the leopard to run right into it.

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(NES/C64/AMI)
Name JPN HP EXP ATK Location
Black Leopard 黒ヒョウ Kuro hyō 1 200 2 Block 1. Main Hall
Description
When you come within a certain distance of this enemy, he charges you.
He's very fast, so make sure you strike your Whip before he strikes you.

Vampire KillerEdit

Black Leopards behave pretty much the same as in Castlevania; however, since in Vampire Killer the player advances through stationary screens instead of a scrolling background, they may get caught unprepared by a leopard ready to attack on the next screen. Fortunately, this factor sometimes makes them a bit easier to be dealt with, as the leopard will frequently reach the edge of the screen and exit without even having to fight it.

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Name JPN HP EXP
Black Leopard 19
Location
Block 1. Entrance Halls

Castlevania ChroniclesEdit

His behavior remains the same as in previous opus. However his sprite is darker and doesn't have a colored outline, so that it can be not only difficult to discern, but in addition his load can take the player by surprise.

Due to the technical capabilities of the console, this is the first time we can hear it roar.

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Name JPN HP EXP
Black Panther 2 200
Location
1. Monastery, 8. Dracula's Tower

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood / Castlevania: Dracula XEdit

Main article: Were-Panther Skeleton

Skeletal panthers appear in both Rondo of Blood and Dracula X, this time called Were-Panther Skeletons. There are two variants, one that stands on its hind legs and has a wider repertoire of attacks, and another which is more beast-like and charges on all fours the same way as a regular black panther.

Similar "Wolf Skeletons" have appeared in later games.

Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit

In Symphony of the Night, the Black Panther can dissolve into a puddle of black liquid that cannot be attacked and cannot attack. It then moves to another location, reforms and charges again. However, it can easily be dispatched with a well-timed hit when it reforms or with ranged attacks.

Panther
No. Name JPN Level HP
109 Black Panther 35 35
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
- - Fire - 600
Location Drop Guard
Anti-Chapel Meal Ticket, Masamune
Description "Liquid creature. Takes black panther shape."

Castlevania: Harmony of DissonanceEdit

Main article: Shadow

One form of the shapeshifting Shadow boss in Harmony of Dissonance is a black panther. Shadow usually starts the battle in this form, which is arguably the easiest. The panther only makes runs from one side of the room to the other, occasionally performing leaps in an attempt to catch the player in midair if they jump too soon.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

Although the Black Panther doesn't make an appearance in Aria of Sorrow, its soul does. If Soma delivers the last blow to Graham Jones with the Flame Demon, Giant Bat and Succubus souls equipped, he will get to continue to the next room and find a soul-keeper containing the Black Panther guardian soul. This soul grants Soma the Sonic Dash ability, which enables him to run at high speeds and create a shockwave around him as he runs.

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

Unlike in Aria of Sorrow, the Black Panther does make an appearance in this installment, although very late in the game. Only two appear in the entire game, both in the second section of The Abyss. Its appearance is a throwback to its original incarnation in the first game, just lying there in wait for prey to come by. Likewise, the pitch black of its fur and absence of movement makes it hard to see, with its red eyes being the only easily discernible feature to locate it. When approached, it will launch in a fast dash forward; this time, however, if it hits a wall, it will bounce back in a somersault and continue the race in the opposite direction.

As in Aria of Sorrow, gaining dominance of its soul grants the Sonic Dash ability, although this time the soul must be stolen from the beast itself.

Panther
No. Name JPN HP MP ATK
88 Black Panther ブラックパンサー Burakkupansā 40 60 50
Tolerance Weakness
Bashing Piercing, Slashing, Time Stop (affected)
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
The Abyss - - Sonic Dash (64%) 200
Description "A jet-black beast that runs with great speed."

Castlevania: Order of EcclesiaEdit

In Order of Ecclesia, the Black Panther is an anthropomorphic female panther. Shanoa can obtain the Arma Felix glyph from it, which allows her to transform into a black panther herself. In this state, she can communicate with several cats found along her journey, which will then share their secrets. Furthermore, all feline enemies will now be oblivious to her and not harm her in any way.

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No. Name JPN HP ATK
77 Black Panther 168 63
Tolerance Weakness
Strike, Light Slash, Flame, Poison, Curse, Stone
Location Drop Glyph EXP AP
Castle Entrance, Library - Arma Felix (3%) 152 3
Description "A black, female panther."

Castlevania: Harmony of DespairEdit

It reappears in Origins, in his original Castlevania form. He functions as he did in the original game, as a simple ennemy. However, his soul doesn't allow Soma to multiply his speed or create a shockwave while moving. Instead, it allows to sumon an 8-bit black panther.

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No. Name JPN HP MP
65 R. Black Leopard (Retro Black Leopard) Legends Black Panther ??? ???
Tolerance Weakness
- -
Chapter Drop Soul
Chapter 10: Origins - Bullet Soul
Description "A dark predator that has lived in the castle for ages."

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Meal Ticket
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Library Card Icon Meal Ticket (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Mystery food ticket [use] Food
Alucard 
Buy: $2,000 Find: Black Marble Gallery, Reverse Caverns, Underground Caverns
Drop: Black Panther, Stone Rose
Katana Icon Masamune (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Legendary Masamune Katana 2 Handed Weapon (Katana)
Alucard 
Attrib: Cut
ATT +55 DEF -30
Drop: Black Panther
Effect: Slash Flurry
Special: ↓↘→ + [Attack] for attack then warp attack (ATT +110)
Blue Soul Black Panther - Sonic Dash - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Generate shock waves while you dash. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
Consume: 2 MP/sec 
8 AP
Find: Top Floor
Guardian-Soul-DoS-Icon Black Panther - Sonic Dash - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Move at high speed while creating a shockwave. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 3 MP/sec 
Rarity: *
Drop: Black Panther
Arma Felix Icon Arma Felix - Order of Ecclesia [edit]
Grants cat-like abilities. Back Glyph
Shanoa 
Consume: 80 MP  Drop: Black Panther
Effect: Transforms Shanoa into a werecat. She can attack with claw-swipes and rapid tail-whips, both at the cost of MP.
Special: Shanoa is able to talk to the cats in Wygol Village. Black Panthers and Ladycats become allies.
Bullet Soul HD Icon R. Black Leopard - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Summon an 8-bit black leopard. Bullet Soul
Soma 
Consume: 8 MP  ATK +12
Steal: R. Black Leopard (5.5 %)
First Obtained: Chapter 10

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TriviaEdit

  • Its behavior in Symphony of the Night might be a reference to Lodem from Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Babel II, a shapeshifting creature whose favorite form was that of a black panther.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Mr. P's Castlevania Realm

FootnotesEdit

  1. As part of the Shadow boss fight.
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