The Bugbear, or Buckbaird, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a single-eyed fiend cloaked in lightning.


The bugbear is a legendary creature or type of hobgoblin comparable to the bogeyman and other creatures of folklore, all of which were historically used in some cultures to frighten disobedient children.

Its name is derived from the Middle English word bugge ("a frightening thing"), or perhaps the old Welsh word bwg ("evil spirit" or "goblin"), or old Scots bogill ("goblin").

In medieval England, the bugbear was depicted as a creepy bear that lurked in the woods to scare children. In a modern context, the term bugbear serves as a metaphor for something which is annoying or irritating, often with a connotation that the fear or loathing it inspires is disproportionate to its small threat.

The Buckbaird is a creature of disputed origin, but is generally agreed to be the creation of artist Shigeru Mizuki. It first appeared in the GeGeGe no Kitarō comics and represents the West and smog. Buckbaird is classically depicted as a black mass of tendrils with a single, giant eyeball in the middle.


The Bugbear is a more powerful version of the Peeping Eye, although it has mythological roots and varies in look and appearance from time to time.


Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

Bugbears appear in the last part of Celia's castle: the Pinnacle. They are almost immune to Electric and have no other attacks aside from wandering about and trying to touch Soma. The player should be aware of the electric ball at the end of their tails, though.

Its soul grants Soma the Resist-Thunder ability, which provides him with great resistance against Electric-based attacks.

Castlevania: Order of EcclesiaEdit

In Order of Ecclesia, Bugbears are about the same as in Dawn of Sorrow. What changes is the sound they produce after waking up, which is now an electrical crackling. Their attack pattern has also been improved a bit and now they primarily try to hit Shanoa with their electrified tails by trying to fly above her.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Bugbear
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
033 33. Buckbaird  [ edit ]
Lament of Innocence
An evil eye that gazes from the darkness. Strong: Thunder
HP: 66
Garden Forgotten by Time, House of Sacred Remains, Ghostly Theatre
Bugbear 75. Bugbear (Backbeard) [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
A single-eyed fiend cloaked in thunderbolts. Strong: Electric
Weak: Bashing, Piercing, Stone
HP: 122
MP: 999
Exp: 180
Atk: 48
Timestop: Affected
Soul: Resist-Thunder (4%)
Cursed Clock Tower, The Pinnacle, Mine of Judgment
Bugbear 94. Bugbear  (Buckbaird) [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
A single-eyed fiend cloaked in lightning. Strong: Thunder
Weak: Light
HP: 156
Exp: 134
Skill Pt: 3
Atk: 65
Forsaken Cloister, Barracks, Arms Depot, Mechanical Tower, Final Approach


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