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Buer and Bael are enemies in the Castlevania series. They are beasts with many legs.

Origins

Buer

Dictionnaire Infernal - 21 - Buer - 01

Illustration of Buer by Louis Le Breton, from the Dictionnaire Infernal.

Buer is described as a Great President of Hell, having fifty legions of demons under his command. He appears when the sun is in Sagittarius. He teaches natural and moral philosophy, logic, and the virtues of all herbs and plants. He's also capable of healing all infirmities and to bestow good familiars.

He has been described as being in the shape of Sagittarius, which is as a centaur with a bow and arrows. Additionally, Louis Le Breton created an illustration of Buer, depicting the demon as having the head of a lion and five goat legs surrounding his body to walk in every direction.

Baal

Dictionnaire Infernal - 13 - Baal - 01

Illustration of Baal by Louis Le Breton, from the Dictionnaire Infernal.

In 17th century goetic occult writings, Baal is one of the seven princes of Hell. The name is drawn from the Canaanite deity, Baal, mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the primary god of the Phoenicians. He is a principal spirit and demon ruling in the east. He speaks hoarsely and grants wisdom and invisibility.

While his Semitic predecessor was depicted as a man or a bull, the demon Baal was, in grimoire tradition, said to appear in the forms of either a man, a cat, a toad, or combinations thereof. An illustration in Collin de Plancy's 1818 book, Dictionnaire Infernal, rather curiously placed the heads of all three creatures onto a set of spider legs.

Appearances

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Buer appears as a lion's head with five legs ending in sickle-like blades who attacks by rolling into the player. When closely observing his outline shortly after he is killed, or by viewing the sprite in the game's data, it is revealed that this rolling object is actually a spider.

Buer's soul grants Soma the Circle Fire ability, which causes small fires to rotate around him.

BuerAoS
No. Name JPN HP MP EXP
11 Buer 20 1 6
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
13 0 - Poison
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
Castle Corridor, Study - - Circle Fire
Description "A lion with five legs."

A recolor and more powerful version of Buer, called Bael, appears in the castle's Top Floor and will also roll into Soma's direction. His soul grants Soma the Devil's Wisdom ability, which increases INT by 12.

He has 666 MP, referencing the Number of the Beast.

Aos bael
No. Name JPN HP MP EXP
95 Bael 300 666 380
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
52 42 - Poison
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
The Arena, Top Floor - - Devil's Wisdom
Description "A demon that grants cunningness."

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow / Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

In both games, Buer is actually a spider engulfed in flames perched on a circular web that attacks the same way as its previous incarnation. This rolling fire appears in the Demon Guest House and in the Condemned Tower. It rolls slowly, but once it sees the player it will speed up with a strange sound and attack.

Its soul produces a ring of flames around Soma, which is very useful when traversing areas populated by Medusa Heads. When maxed out, this Guardian Soul is one of the best to use while fighting Abaddon, as the ring of flames will burn all of his locusts away if the player stands still.

Buer
No. Name JPN HP MP ATK
43 Buer ブエル Bueru 84 120 38
Tolerance Weakness
Fire, Water Piercing, Slashing, Timestop (affected)
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
Demon Guest House, Condemned Tower - - Circle Fire (32%) 85
Description "A beast with many legs."

Buer
No. Name JPN HP MP
30 Buer ??? ???
Tolerance Weakness
- Strike, Ice, Petrify, Curse, Poison
Chapter Drop Bind Soul
Chapter 5 - Song of the Unslakable Blade

Chapter 6 - Come, Sweet Hour of Death

- - Blue
(Guardian Soul - 2.80%)
Description "A beast with many legs."

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Unlike its previous appearance, the enemy is called Devil Wheel and its appearance is that of a skeletal corpse. However, its behavior remains the same as that of its previous appearances.

It can drop Coffee when it dies.

Devilwheel2
No. Name JPN HP
48 Devil Wheel 55
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Strike, Whip, Fire, Holy
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Sandy Grave, Nation of Fools, Forgotten City Coffee - 56 2
Description "A demonically-possessed wheel that is obsessed with speed."

Castlevania (animated series)

Buer appears in the animated series in the episode "Abandon All Hope", where he is accompanied by many other demons from Hell. His appearance in the series seems to be a mixture between his two representations in the Dictionnaire Infernal, namely a Sagittarius (centaur armed with a bow) with a lion head and goat legs.[1]

It essentially only fights Sypha, turning out to be a formidable opponent, although she manages to neutralize him by using her lightning powers combined with melted ice.

Item Data

Item Data: Buer
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Blue Soul Buer - Circle Fire - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Creates a revolving wall of flame. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Flame
Consume: 5 MP/sec 
12 AP
Drop: Buer
Yellow Soul Bael - Devil's Wisdom - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
INT is increased by 12. Enchanted Soul
Soma 
INT +12
Drop: Bael
Guardian-Soul-DoS-Icon Buer - Circle Fire - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Wear a cloak of tumbling fire. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Fire
Consume: 10 MP/sec 
Rarity: *
Drop: Buer
Coffee PoR Icon Coffee (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Extra strong. For the vampire hunter with a busy night ahead. Item (Food/Beverage)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
MP +60
Sell: $57 
Drop: Devil Wheel
Guardian Soul HD Icon Buer - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Wear a cloak of tumbling fire. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Consume: 2 MP  ATK +4
Rarity: ***
Steal: Buer (2.8%)

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Devil Wheel's appearance in Portrait of Ruin is reminiscent of the breaking wheel, an ancient torture method that involved tying a convicted person on a wheel and beating its limbs until they broke.

References

  1. Castlevania Beast Roundup by Sam and Adam Deats. @NXOnNetflix, May 22, 2020.
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