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The Bone Pillar is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a construction made with the skulls of two dinosaurs stacked one on top of the other. They have the ability to shoot fireballs (usually in rows of three), but as the series progressed they also developed new ways of attacking, such as breathing flames, activating only when a character gets near them, shooting fireballs in an arcing pattern, or being constructed with several skulls to form very tall pillars.

Description

Bone Pillars are another one of the classic staples in the Castlevania series. They are a construction made with two fierce dinosaur heads stacked on top of each other, which shoot fireballs at oncoming adventurers. In later games, Bone Pillars are often constructed with more than two heads and sometimes form very large pillars.

Attacks

  • Bone Pillars usually attack with the head facing the player either flashing or emanating a fiery glow from inside before spewing out three fireballs (which can be destroyed).
  • In later games (starting with Rondo of Blood), Bone Pillars also began breathing flames in a close range attack, as well as allowing the player to stand on top of them.
  • Bone Pillars eventually became able to turn their heads in order to target the player. This makes them even deadlier, as they can have both heads (or more) attacking at the same time.

Types

While Bone Pillars have been pretty common in the series for the longest time, there have been a few variations to make things a bit trickier for wandering heroes, such as:

  • Bone Head: The name for single heads of a Bone Pillar when appearing alone.
  • Bone Tower: A somewhat stronger version of the Bone Pillar appearing in a few games.
  • Fish Head: An underwater version of a Bone Pillar whose heads are shaped more like fish carcasses.
  • Bone Ark: A Bone Head carried by skeletons.
  • Jp Bonepillar: A jumping Bone Head impaled on a lance.

Appearances

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

For some reason, the enemy "Spiked Ball" is part of the Bone Pillar enemy and does not have its own enemy data entry despite having its own drops, level and HP. The Spiked Ball is level 40, has 500 HP with a DEF rating of 28, gives a base EXP of 100, deals 59 base physical damage, and drops the Iron Ball and Axe Lord Armor. Destroying the Bone Pillar under it will send it crashing down the Royal Chapel's staircase, instantly killing any enemy it comes in contact with.

The Spiked Ball is normally practically impossible to destroy at the point in the game it is encountered, but if the player acquires the Jewel Knuckles early, it can be used for a minor leveling exploit by entering from the top of the staircase in the Royal Chapel, defeating the first Corner Guard on the stairs and then crouching close to the Spiked Ball and holding the attack button to attack it constantly. Since the Spiked Ball will be twenty or more levels above Alucard, the experience gained from destroying it will allow very fast leveling up.

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

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Bone Pillars shooting energy beams at Leon.

Bone Pillars can be found in the Ghostly Theatre; however, this time they cannot be damaged by any means. They travel along a rail-like structure and shoot a beam of energy at Leon to knock him to the bottom of the room. Leon must then hide behind some conveniently placed walls nearby in order to avoid exposure to the Bone Pillars and thus be able to make it across a series of bridges.

The Bone Pillars in this game are not considered to be regular enemies, as they don't have a proper enemy data entry. They are only environmental hazards that can't be destroyed and which are positioned strategically throughout a room to prevent further progress. 

Regularly, they fire blue lasers. In order to progress, Leon must face the statue firing the laser to temporarily deactivate it. On Crazy Mode, they fire purple lasers, which will briefly cease after four second intervals.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

Bone Pillars show up in the underground area of The Dark Chapel, as well as inside a room to the left of the Demon Guest House. In this particular room, Soma needs to destroy only the necessary skulls in order to create an impromptu stair-like formation with which he can enter the room above (or just use the Bat Company's soul).

Large columns of Bone Pillars are usually not threatening, although getting too close to more than one will result in a big barrage of fireballs and flames being launched all over the place.

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

Bone Pillars, like most skeletal monsters, appear in the Skeleton Cave. In Normal Mode, they're easy to defeat, but require great care in Hard Mode. Indeed, adding to their improved firepower, they can shoot a fire blast at great speed (about one attack per second). That makes them very dangerous in the "Bone Pillar room" (the third room before the boss). Using Vol Macir or Luminatio is a good choice.

Enemy Data

See: Bone Pillar/Enemy Data

Item Data

Item Data: Bone Pillar
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Antivenom Icon Antivenom (Serum) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Cures poisoning [use] Medicine (Cure)
Alucard 
Attrib: Poison
Buy: $200 Find: Throughout castle (all)
Drop: Bone Pillar, Corpseweed, Ghost, Human Face Tree (Saturn-only), Specter (Saturn-only)
Effect: Removes Poison status
Ballroom Mask Icon Ballroom Mask (Dance Mask) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Mask used at a ball Head (Mask)
Alucard 
DEF +2
Find: Catacombs
Drop: Bone Pillar
Iron Ball Icon Iron Ball (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Plate Lord's iron ball [use] Projectile
Alucard 
Attrib: Hit
ATT +60
Find: Olrox's Quarters, Reverse Keep, Black Marble Gallery
Drop: Plate Lord, Ball (Yorick), Spiked Ball (Bone Pillar)
Axe Lord Armor Icon Axe Lord Armor (Axe Armor's Armor) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Wearer becomes an Axe Knight Body (Body Armor)
Alucard 
DEF +15
Find: (May start with), Long Library (under Master Librarian)
Drop: Spiked Ball on top of Bone Pillar
Effect: Turns Alucard into an Axe Knight
Mercury Mercury - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Mercury, the messenger of the gods. Has the potential of strength. Action Card
Nathan 
Drop: Bone Head (20%)
Effect: Alters Nathan's whip strength and element.
Heart Icon Heart (Heart Up) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 10 Hearts. Recovery Item (Heart Potion)
Nathan 
Heart +10
Drop: Gorgon, Spearfish, Bat, Bone Tower, Bone Head, Man Eater, Mummy, Mimic Candle
Heart High Icon Heart High (Heart High Up) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 25 Hearts. Recovery Item (Heart Potion)
Nathan 
Heart +25
Drop: Arachne, Gargoyle, Catoblepas, Ghoul, Dryad, Bone Tower
Coin Icon $1 - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
' Item
Juste Belmont 
Gold + 1
Common Drop: Bat, Tiny Slime, Fleaman, Bone Pillar
Money Bag HoD Icon $5 - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
' Item
Juste Belmont 
Gold + 5
Rare Drop: Fleaman, Bone Pillar
Common Drop: Skeleton, Large Ghost, White Dragon, Flying Bone, Scarecrow, Bomber Armor, Balloon
Mind Up AoS Icon Mind Up (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Restores 20% of your MP. Magical Item
Soma 
MP +20%
Sell: $75 
Buy: $150 Find: Hammer's Shop
Rare Drop: Bone Pillar, Tiny Devil
Common Drop: Student Witch, Imp
Blue Soul Bone Pillar - Flame Breath - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Radiates flame. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Flame
Consume: 30 MP/sec 
20 AP
Drop: Bone Pillar
Ability Soul DoS Icon Bone Pillar - CON Boost - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Increase CON. Enchanted Soul
Soma 
CON +18 (maximum level)
Rarity: ***
Drop: Bone Pillar
Spell HD Icon Fireball - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Launch fireballs. Bound Spell
Charlotte 
Consume: 10 MP  ATK +7
Rarity: **
Bind: Bone Pillar
First Obtained: Chapter 1
Spell HD Icon R. Fireball - Harmony of Despair (DLC) [edit]
Flames once spat by an ancient creature. Bound Spell
Charlotte 
Consume: 12 MP  ATK +6
Rarity: *
Bind: R. Fish Man, R. Dragon Cannon, R. Skele-Dragon, R. Phantom Bat
First Obtained: Chapter 10
Enchanted Soul HD Icon Bone Pillar - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Increase CON Enchanted Soul
Soma 
CON +1
Rarity: **
Steal: Bone Pillar (1.3%)
Enchanted Soul HD Icon R. Dragon Cannon - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Increase CON Enchanted Soul
Soma 
CON +2
Steal: R. Dragon Cannon (5.5%)
First Obtained: Chapter 10

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