The Catoblepas is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is an ox-like beast which breath turns living things to stone. It is similar to the Gorgon (in fact, in Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin, it is actually a direct re-use of the Gorgon sprite from Symphony of the Night), and breaths out a petrifying gas cloud.


The catoblepas (from the Greek καταβλέπω, (katablépō) "to look downward") is a legendary creature from Ethiopia, described first by Pliny the Elder and later by Claudius Aelianus.

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Catoblepas from Historia Naturalis de Quadrupedibus (Jan Jonston, 1614).

It is said to have the body of a buffalo and the head of a wild boar. Its back has scales that protect the beast and its head is always pointing downward due to it being very heavy. Its stare or breath could either turn people into stone or kill them. The catoblepas is often thought to be based on real-life encounters with wildebeest, such that some dictionaries say that the word is synonymous with "gnu".

Pliny described the catoblepas as a mid-sized creature, sluggish, with a heavy head and a face always turned to the ground. He thought its gaze, like that of the basilisk, was lethal, making the heaviness of its head quite fortunate.

Claudius Aelianus provided a fuller description: "The creature was a mid-sized herbivore, about the size of a domestic bull with a heavy mane, narrow, bloodshot eyes, a scaly back and shaggy eyebrows. The head was so heavy that the beast could only look down." In his description, the animal's gaze was not lethal but its breath was poisonous, since it ate only poisonous vegetation.


Castlevania: Circle of the MoonEdit

Catoblepae appear in the Observation Tower and the Battle Arena. In this game, the Catoblepas looks like a gray ox which stops when a hero is near to release a cloud of petrifying gas to the ground, which will travel a few steps away from the beast.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

Catoblepae appear in the Study. They attack by breathing petrifying gas cloud and their appearance is closer to that of an armored bull than to an ox. Soma can safely stand on the back of the beast, even allowing him to use them as stepping platforms to reach higher areas.

The Catoblepas' soul grants Soma the Stone Breath ability, which allows him to release a continuous cloud of petrifying gas from his hand.

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

Catoblepae appear a few times in the Garden of Madness. They are very slow, so killing them is not very difficult.

Same as in Aria of Sorrow, its soul grants Soma the Stone Breath ability, which allows him to create clouds of petrifying gas, which can turn to stone many enemies and allows Soma to deal +50% damage to them while petrified.

Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

Similar to those appearing in Dawn of Sorrow. There is one two rooms past Keremet's room in the Great Stairway.

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Catoblepas
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Catoblepascotm Catoblepas (jpn) [ edit ]
Circle of the Moon
''Abil: Stone
Strong: Stone
HP: 550/560 (*)
Exp: 1,800/2,000
Atk: 500/510
Def: 430/435
Common Drop: Heart High (2%)
Rare Drop: Soldier Fatigues (0.5%)
Observation Tower, Battle Arena(*)
Catoblepas 29. Catoblepas  [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
This ox-like beast's breath turns living things to stone.Abil: Attack petrifies.
Weak: Sword, Poison, Curse
HP: 200
MP: 10
Exp: 40
Atk: 27
Def: 20
Rare Drop: Milk
Soul: Stone Breath
Castle Corridor, Study, Dance Hall
DOS-Catoblepas 26. Catoblepas (jpn) [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
This ox-like beast's breath turns living things to stone. Strong: Stone
Weak: Piercing, Slashing
HP: 70
MP: 30
Exp: 85
Atk: 26
Timestop: Affected
Common Drop: Milk (8%)
Rare Drop: Meat Strip (4%)
Soul: Stone Breath (16%)
Garden of Madness, The Dark Chapel, Cursed Clock Tower
DOS-Catoblepas 35. Catoblepas  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
This ox-like beast's breath turns living things to stone. Strong: Stone
Weak: Whip, Slash, Fire
HP: 120
Exp: 60
Skill Pt: 2
Drop: Milk, Tasty Meat
Great Stairway

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Catoblepas
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Heart High Icon Heart High (Heart High Up) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 25 Hearts. Recovery Item (Heart Potion)
Heart +25
Drop: Arachne, Gargoyle, Catoblepas, Ghoul, Dryad, Bone Tower
Soldier Fatigues Icon Soldier Fatigues (Military Uniform) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Fatigues normally worn by soldiers Body (Clothes)
DEF +120, STR +50, LCK +10
Drop: Catoblepas, Franken
Milk AoS Icon Milk (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Low-fat milk. Food
HP +150
Sell: $40 
Rare Drop: Catoblepas, Werewolf, Gorgon
Blue Soul Catoblepas - Stone Breath - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Breathes a petrifying cloud into the air. Guardian Soul
Attrib: Stone
Consume: 15 MP/sec 
10 AP
Drop: Catoblepas
Milk DoS Icon Milk (jpn) - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Low-fat milk--for your bones. Food
HP +60
Sell: $74 
Common Drop: Catoblepas, Gorgon
Meat Strip DoS Icon Meat Strip (Meat) - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Restores 29 HP. Food
HP +29
Sell: $145 
Rare Drop: Catoblepas
Common Drop: Needles
Guardian-Soul-DoS-Icon Catoblepas - Stone Breath - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Breath clouds of petrifying gas. Guardian Soul
Attrib: Stone
Consume: 15 MP/sec 
Rarity: **
Drop: Catoblepas
Milk PoR Icon Milk (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Helps build strong bones! Item (Food/Beverage)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
MP +50
Drop: Catoblepas
Tasty Meat PoR Icon Tasty Meat (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Restores 290 HP. Item, (Food/Meat)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
HP +290
Sell: $250 
Find: Tower of Death
Drop: Catoblepas




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