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Cerberus (ケルベロス Keruberosu) is a boss from the Castlevania series. He is a large dog-like being with three heads that posesses extraordinary jumping ability. In Greek myths, Cerberus (Kerberos) was the three-headed guard dog of the gates of the Underworld.





Castlevania: Dracula X

Cerberus is the first boss.


Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Cerberus is the boss from the Abandoned Mine.




Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Cerberus is the first boss. The player can take the Double Jump ability after defeating him.


Etymology

In Greek mythology, Cerbers (in Greek Κέρβερος Kerberos, `demon of well'), also known as the Hound Cerberos, was the dog of Hades. He was a monster canine with three heads (although sometimes it said that he had 50 or 100), with a many-headed serpent in place of a tail. Cerbero guarded the door of Hades (the name of the Greek underworld, as well as the name of its ruler) and ensured that the dead did not leave and that the living could not enter. He was son of Equidna and Tifón (Echidna and Typhon), and the brother of Ortro/Orthrus, a two-headed hellhound. The myth of a supernatural guard-dog watching the gates of the underworld dates back to ancient Indo-European mythology. Other such watchdogs of the underworld include the blood-stained dog Garmr of Scandinavian mythology, who serves a role much akin to Cerberous, and their more benevolent cousins, the Welsh Cŵn Annwn, who were the spectral guard-dogs of the paradise otherworld Annwn.

Trivia

- Some names from the Japanese manual of Castlevania: Dracula X were poorly translated to English, that's why Cerberus is called Keruberosu in it.

- In Order of Ecclesia, Cerberus is not a monster in the game. Instead, there are three usuable gyphs that represent his three heads. These three gyphs are guarded by bosses in Castlevania. The player must obtain all three to go on to the final part of the castle to confront Dracula.

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