The Bowgun Armor, or Crossbow Armor, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. He is an armored warrior equipped with a crossbow and exploding bolts.


Armored enemies equipped with a bow-like weapon, such as bow and arrows, a bowgun or a crossbow. In Castlevania Chronicles, the weapon is aimed straight ahead. In Portrait of Ruin, they shoot homing rocket-like bolts which explode on contact, dealing massive damage.


Castlevania Chronicles

Present only in Dracula's Tower. He only fires at the player in a straight line and without moving. He can be defeated with just one whip strike.

Bowgun Armor 4 400
8. Dracula's Tower

Castlevania: Bloodlines

As in his previous appearance, the knight does not move from his position and attacks by rapidly shooting arrows in an arc from his longbow at the player's position. Only two are encountered in the entire game, although both in the same area, which can make the task of killing them a bit difficult due to the fact of having to dodge both sets of arrows while attempting to get near them.

Name Alt. Name
Bow-and-arrow Knight -
5. Versailles Palace

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

In Portrait of Ruin, Crossbow Armors usually appear behind a first line of enemy defenses, providing supporting fire. The player should be very careful when approaching one of these enemies, as they usually have enough time to fire before they arrive to their position. The Crossbow Armor can shoot either directly or slightly above the player, allowing the bolt's own tracking system to home toward them. Each time they are about to fire, they telegraph this move by emitting a red blinking light from their eyes.

They are easily defeated, though. If they are at the same level of the player, even if they stand behind other enemies, the player can just cast 1,000 Blades and take them all out in one swift attack. If they are positioned in hard to reach platforms, a single cast of Holy Lightning will be enough to dispatch them. Alternatively, the player can just hit the homing bolt in midair and send it back toward the Crossbow Armor, heavily damaging and usually killing him this way.

No. Name JPN HP
49 Crossbow Armor Bowgun Armor 111
Tolerance Weakness
Ice Strike, Whip, Electric
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Sandy Grave, Great Stairway, Tower of Death Silver Plate Crossbow 95 3
Description "An armored warrior equipped with a crossbow and exploding bolts."

A stronger version of this enemy, the Buster Armor, appears in later stages of the game. Armed with a rocket launcher, this heavily armored enemy shoot an enormous missile that deals extremely high damage, although the player can hit it in midair to launch it back to the Buster Armor and kill it instantly in a great flare. It is vulnerable to Charlotte's lightning spells, and also weak to Jonathan's whip attacks. It is also weak to any spell and/or sub-weapon that deals Strike damage, such Charlotte's Rock Riot or Jonathan's Wrecking Ball.

No. Name JPN HP
89 Buster Armor 288
Tolerance Weakness
Ice Strike, Whip, Electric
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
13th Street, Burnt Paradise, Nest of Evil - Gold Plate 330 9
Description "An armored warrior who specializes in long-range attacks."

Item Data

Item Data: Bowgun Armor
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Silver Plate PoR Icon.png Silver Plate - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A breastplate made of silver. Body Gear (Armor)
DEF +18
Sell: $2,000 
Find: Forest of Doom
Drop: Crossbow Armor
Subweapon PoR Icon.png Crossbow - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A ranged weapon that fires bolts. Sub-Weapon
Attrib: Fire
Consume: 24 MP 
Base Attack: 9/25 (0 SP/Mastered)
Drop: Crossbow Armor
Effect: Pulls out a crossbow and shoots an explosive bolt that travels fast. Only works when on the ground.
Special: Mastered - The explosion is larger and deals more damage.
Evolve: 500 SP to master.
Gold Plate PoR Icon.png Gold Plate - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A breastplate made of gold. Body Gear (Armor)
DEF +25
Sell: $4,000 
Find: Dark Academy
Drop: Buster Armor

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