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"I shall grant you a world of peace, my beloved daughters..."
— Brauner

Brauner (ブローネル Burōneru?) is the main antagonist in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. In 1944, he resurrected Dracula's Castle and attempted to usurp Count Dracula's place as its owner, and with it carry out his own campaign against Humanity.

In his past life, he was an artist prior to his vampirism. He is the one who created the many portraits which the player must travel through to get to different areas.


An elder vampire with a resemblance to Count Orlok, Brauner recreated Dracula's Castle using the souls of the dead from World War II in order to destroy Humanity, because his two real daughters were killed 30 years ago during World War I. Unlike most other vampires in the series, Brauner has no loyalty to Dracula due to his repeated failures in the past, and separates him from the castle using his portraits, where a portion of the monsters he took control of reside. However, Death was resurrected alongside the castle and retains full loyalty to Dracula. Upon hearing about him from Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Aulin, he starts planning for the usurper's removal.

When Eric Lecarde investigates the castle alone, he was defeated and gravely injured by Brauner. His daughters, Loretta and Stella, enter the castle to find their father back and successfully locate him within the vampire's atelier. Eric was found lying on the ground and Brauner appears behind the sisters, believing that they were the reincarnation of his deceased daughters. He vampirized them and put them under a spell to make them love him as their father right in front of a helpless Eric. Eric was presumably killed afterward, but not before he bound his ghost in the castle, looking for someone to get rid of Brauner.

Brauner was first met alongside Loretta and Stella in the Sandy Grave. Stella attacks the young hunters to defend him until Brauner tells her to calm down. Jonathan asks him if he is planning to revive Dracula, but he explains that he has no loyalty to Dracula because of his many failures, and he will wipe out mankind by himself with his castle. He also tells Charlotte that he sealed Dracula using his paintings. Jonathan and the vampire sisters antagonize each other before Brauner calms them down by telling them that taking out Death should be priority, then teleports his daughters away and flees via another painting.

If the duo defeats the Lecarde sisters without casting Sanctuary, Brauner will arrive to interfere with Jonathan's attempt at finishing them off and spirit them away alongside himself while begging him to have mercy on them. When Charlotte points out that he and his "daughters" aren't actually blood related, he infers that their familial ties actually lie in their souls, not merely their blood. The castle crumbles with all three vampires escaping, resulting in a bad ending followed by the game over screen.

However, if the duo successfully casts Sanctuary on the Lecarde sisters and clears the remaining four of Brauner's portraits, they will be able to confront him within his room. He believes that Stella and Loretta have returned, but finds out that Jonathan and Charlotte have successfully intruded into his room and are about to stop him. Upon being informed by Charlotte that the Lecardes had already regained their senses, Brauner still clings onto his delusions while Johnathan calls him out of his delusional mindset as "sad", heavily angering him and a fight commences.

Once the duo defeat him, he curses Humanity for starting the World Wars and tells them that he just wanted to protect his family, before Death arrives in time and kills him, successfully unsealing Dracula and reinstating him as the castle's proper ruler. This forces Jonathan and Charlotte to one final mission: tie up loose ends by defeating Dracula and Death.

Boss battle

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Brauner is the second-to-last boss encountered in the game (save for optional bosses). He usually starts the battle by painting two giant blood trails on the screen that will damage the player upon contact, but which can be destroyed by an attack or a spell. He can perform three different types of trails, each of which that apparently represents a Roman numeral, either II, V or X, all drawn sideways.

He then attacks by producing many blobs of paint-like blood from his hand that are harmful to the touch and spreads them all around him, followed by him summoning monsters from a painting; these can either be avoided or attacked.

Depending on the color of the painting, the monsters and their effects will be different:

  • Green: Summons two giant monsters, each with five large appendages. Each of these entities will start spinning from the center of the room toward one of its edges, one to the left and the other to the right. They inflict Poison status upon contact.
  • Gray: Summons two giant ghosts, one on the ground and the other on the ceiling. These will travel to the edge of the screen, one right after the other. They inflict Curse status upon contact.
  • Blue: A myriad of cycloptic heads will start flying in the heroes' direction. Making contact with any of these will inflict Petrification status to the character, lowering their defenses and leaving them open for any subsequent attacks.

Brauner can also teleport inside his portrait and fly around, damaging the player if they touch it (in an attack that is quite similar to the Captain miniboss from Rondo of Blood).

No. Name JPN HP
148 Brauner ブローネル Burōneru 6,000
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Holy
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Lost Gallery (Master's Keep secret room) - - 0 0
Description "An artist who became a vampire and renounced humanity."

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Brauner appears in the game as the boss of the fourth chapter. His attacks are same as those in Portrait of Ruin.

No. Name JPN HP MP
49 Brauner ブローネル Burōneru ??? ???
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Slashing, Piercing, Holy
Chapter Drop Bind Soul
Chapter 4 - Esquisse of Violence Gold Ring (Normal), Olrox's Suit (Alucard and Soma only), Daybreak (Normal - Alucard only), Lapiste (Normal - Shanoa only), Pneuma (Normal - Shanoa only), Alucard Sword (Hard - Alucard only), Gungner (Hard - Soma only) - Blood Art Technique
(Guardian Soul - 0.30%)
Description "An artist who became a vampire and renounced humanity."

Item Data

Item Data: Brauner
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Gold Ring PoR Icon.png Gold Ring (jpn) - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Ring that increases your luck with money. Accessory
Sell: (cannot be sold)  Rarity: ***
Olrox's Suit DoS Icon.png Olrox's Suit - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Suit favored by Count Olrox. Chest (Clothes)
Soma, Alucard 
Attrib: Dark +6
DEF +11, CON +4, MND +4
Sell: Cannot be sold 
Rarity: ***
Find: Chapter 4
Drop: Brauner
Sword of Dawn Icon.png Daybreak - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Enchanted sword with the power to summon an undead army. Greatsword
#hands: 2
ATK +44
Sell: $4,500 
Rarity: ***
Find: Chapter 4 (Normal)
Special: ↓↘→ + [Attack] To Summon Undead. Occasionally summons Undead Army.
Glyphspell HD Icon.png Lapiste - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Pulverize enemies with giant fists of stone. Weapon Glyph
ATK +6
Sell: (cannot be sold) 
Rarity: **
Find: Chapter 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 boss (Normal). Chapter 3, 5 boss (Hard).
Glyphspell HD Icon.png Pneuma - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Create squalls to sweep enemies away. Weapon Glyph
ATK +3
Sell: (cannot be sold) 
Rarity: **
Find: Chapter 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 boss (Normal). Chapter 3, 5 boss (Hard).
Alucard Sword Icon.png Alucard Sword - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Alucard's favorite sword. Sword
#hands: 1
ATK +40
Sell: (cannot be sold) 
Rarity: *****
Find: Chapter 4 (Hard)
Drop: Brauner
Special: Attack From Behind Strike
Gungner DoS Icon.png Gungner - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Divine thunderbolt that pierces everything it touches. Lance
#hands: 1
ATK +22
Sell: (cannot be sold) 
Rarity: *****
Drop: Brauner (Hard)
Effect: Special - Shoots a beam of lightning
Guardian Soul HD Icon.png Brauner - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Draw swaths in the air with cursed paint. Guardian Soul
Consume: 2 MP  ATK +5
Rarity: ***
Steal: Brauner (0.3%)


  • Victor Brauner (c. 1960).

    Official Brauner wallpaper.

    Brauner is based on real life painter Victor Brauner, a surrealist artist that often painted portraits that included signs and symbols based from a diverse range of sources, such as religion and mysticism. Eyes had been a reoccurring theme in much of his early works; in doing so, he gained a reputation of seer among the Surrealists community, also believing himself to be one. After an incident where he lost the sight of his left eye, his work became more introspective and symbols such as a prophetic cyclops eye became common. Likewise, one of the vampire Brauner's attacks in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin involves summoning Cyclops' heads, and the big painting on the canvas in his studio has many eyes, among other macabre imagery.
  • Even though Brauner is a vampire who seeks Humanity's destruction and uses the souls of those who died in World War II to revive Dracula's Castle, he does not seek to revive (nor does he intend to serve) Dracula, who he keeps under a seal, instead taking the castle's power and army for himself. The reason Brauner does not revive Dracula is because of his constant failures to destroy Humanity. Brauner is one of a handful of monsters/vampires who do not serve Dracula (such as the Frozen Half and the Time Reaper) and is opposed to Dracula's status as Dark Lord (similar to Galamoth).
    • Ironically, Dracula is partially responsible for the deaths of Brauner's two daughters (which fueled Brauner's hatred for Humanity), as Dracula's niece, Elizabeth Bartley, had the Crown Prince of Austria assassinated, leading Europe into the chaos of World War I (which took the lives of Brauner's two daughters) in order to revive her uncle, only for both to be defeated by John Morris and Eric Lecarde (the same man Brauner would later murder). Brauner, however, apparently held Humanity responsible for the war (it is unknown if he was aware of Bartley's role in starting the war or not) that led to the deaths of his beloved daughters.
      • In a further level of irony, Brauner's English voice actor, Jamieson Price, voiced Walter Bernhard, who ended up being manipulated by Mathias Cronqvist into allowing him to become Dracula, with Death even playing a major role in his final defeat.
      • In addition, both Brauner and Dracula became vampires for the exact same reason: Both did so due to sadness over the loss of loved ones (as Mathias became Dracula due to the death of Elisabetha, while Brauner became a vampire because of his daughters' deaths during World War I), and both even developed genocidal views against Humanity for similar reasons (although in Brauner's case, it was the same reason he became a vampire, while with Dracula, it was the death of his second wife Lisa at the hands of humans that resulted in his genocidal actions against Humanity).
    • Despite being enemies, both Brauner and Eric Lecarde have lost loved ones due to the actions of Elizabeth Bartley. She turned Eric's lover, Lucy Seward, into a vampire who Eric was forced to destroy, and started the war which took the lives of Brauner's daughters (whose souls Brauner believed had been reincarnated into Eric's two daughters, Stella and Loretta).
  • Count Orlok, from the 1922 Gothic horror film, Nosferatu.

    Brauner's overall design seems to be based on both Count Orlok, the main antagonist of the 1922 Gothic horror film Nosferatu, and Count Olrox from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. While in fact Olrox was primarily inspired by the film's character, Brauner only wears a purple-colored Victorian apparel similar to Olrox's; the rest of his physical features (face, pointy ears and thin hands with long nails) along with the design of his suit (which now portrays a larger collar) are more reminiscent to those of Count Orlok.
    • These similarities are highlighted in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, as defeating Brauner while playing as either Soma Cruz or Alucard sometimes has the Olrox's Suit appear as an enemy drop.
    • The similarities were also given a nod in Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, where after Lucy alludes to Brauner sealing Dracula's Castle in a painting to take advantage of its magic, Genya Arikado mentions he was familiar with Olrox, yet not Brauner.
    • Coincidentally, both Brauner and Olrox were vampires who restored Dracula's Castle without actually serving Dracula, usurped his authority, and even ended up killed by Death with the unwitting aid of a vampire hunter.
  • His internal files give names to his three invocations. This is actually the Japanese phonetic pronunciation of the damage type they inflict:
    • Doku (毒, "poison") for the green star-shaped monster.
    • Noroi (呪い, "curse") for the gray ghosts.
    • Sekika (石化, "petrification") for the cyclops' heads.
  • Brauner's method of attack when he enters a painting and swoops down on the player is reminiscent of the Captain, a miniboss from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
  • Brauner is the first person to think of separating Dracula from his castle as a way of subduing him, with Genya Arikado and Julius Belmont doing something similar later on during the Demon Castle War, as Arikado commented on.

See also

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Jonathan MorrisCharlotte AulinWindVincent Dorin
Lesser roles
Richter BelmontMaria RenardOld Axe Armor
Main game bosses
The CreatureMummy ManWerewolfMedusa
Nest of Evil bosses
Fake Trevor, Fake Sypha and Fake Grant
Castle areas
EntranceGreat StairwayBuried ChamberTower of DeathMaster's KeepThe Throne Room
City of HazeNation of FoolsSandy GraveForest of Doom
13th StreetBurnt ParadiseForgotten CityDark AcademyNest of Evil
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Original Soundtrack
BradyGames Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Official Strategy GuideKonami Akumajō Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth Official Guide
BestiaryInventorySisters ModeRichter ModeOld Axe Armor Mode
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
Playable characters
Soma CruzAlucardJonathan MorrisShanoaCharlotte Aulin
Julius BelmontYoko BelnadesRichter BelmontMaria RenardSimon BelmontGetsu Fuma
Starting bosses
GergothPuppet MasterMenaceBraunerDeathDracula
Downloadable bosses
AstarteLegionBeelzebubR. Phantom BatR. Queen MedusaR. Mummy ManR. The CreatureR. Grim ReaperR. The CountDecapiclopsOxocutionerChimyriadRyukotsuki
Starting Chapters
Ch1. Caught in the Cradle of Decay • Ch2. Lord of Unseen Strings • Ch3. The End of Chaos
Ch4. Esquisse of Violence • Ch5. Song of the Unslakable Blade • Ch6. Come, Sweet Hour of Death
Downloadable Chapters
Ch7. Beauty, Desire, Situation Dire • Ch8. The One Who Is Many • Ch9. Lord of Flies
Ch10. Origins • Ch11. The Legend of Fuma
DroneHymnusCorpse's GatePurple EyesPhantom of FearTanz mit einem ClownCrimson BloodEin WeltherrscherTractusCastlevania: Harmony of Despair Original Soundtrack