The Dead Crusader is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is an undead warrior bearing a sturdy shield.


Dead Crusaders are particularly tough enemies that come armed with a sword and shield. They can either be skeletons or zombies depending on the game they appear in. They tend to raise their shields against most oncoming attacks, and even some that are not directly aimed at them. They are only vulnerable if caught unaware or whilst attacking.

Crusaders generally raise their shields when the player is at the same level as them and performs an attack, even if they are too far away. Attacks from above or below usually don't trigger them to start blocking. Likewise, attacks which are not directly aimed at them (e.g.: the player is not facing at them) generally won't make them to start blocking either.

All variants drop the Blocking Mail, a chest armor piece which randomly nullifies any damage taken.


Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

First appearance of the Dead Crusader in the series. It is a palette swap of the Skeleton Knight, although this time actually using the shield it holds to block attacks. They can be encountered in several areas of the castle, being particularly bothersome to deal with in areas where there are other enemies around, as they can provide them some protection. They can be prevented from blocking any attacks by using Nemesis's soul, Invisibility.

They generally start blocking as the player performs an attack, although not always. Since most of their encounters happen in relatively close quarters, perhaps the best method to deal with them is simply to attack continuously and hope one of these hits connects. Another relatively easier tactic would be to wait for him to attack - when he raises his sword he will become vulnerable to damage - the player can hit him once and then back dash away from the blow.

Gaining dominance over the Dead Crusader's soul grants Soma the Body of Gold ability, which increases CON by 16, making it the most powerful variant of CON boosting souls in the game.

83 Dead Crusader 180 113 380
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
52 40 Darkness Holy
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
Underground Reservoir, The Arena, Top Floor, Chaotic Realm Estoc Blocking Mail Body of Gold
Description "Skeleton swordsman with strong defense."

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

The Dead Crusader returns in Dawn of Sorrow as a zombie instead of a skeleton. He wields a sword, heavy armor and a massive shield that blocks all attacks and will not flinch unless he stops blocking. The only way to kill him is to either hit him from very far away or wait until he lifts his sword to strike. Using the Nunchakus or the Valmanway is really handy against this undead knight, since he cannot block their attacks.

Another method to defeat him easily consists in equipping a weapon that traces a wide arc around the player, like a great sword, axe or hammer. Approach the crusader, quickly face the opposite direction and attack. The weapon will hit him as it arcs behind the player and the crusader won't block since the attack is not directly aimed at him.

Gaining dominance over his soul grants Soma the Damage Cut ability, which allows him to reduce damage taken from all attacks.

83 Dead Crusader 99 1 54
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Piercing, Slashing, Fire, Holy, Stone, Clockwork (affected)
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
Silenced Ruins, The Pinnacle - Blocking Mail (4%) Damage Cut (8%) 195
Description "A zombie warrior bearing a sturdy shield."

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

The Dead Crusader in Portrait of Ruin is just a recolored version of the Dawn of Sorrow sprite, and as such, behaves exactly the same, so the same tactics to deal with him apply. Furthermore, due to the versatility Jonathan's sub-weaponry and Charlotte's magic spells provide, there are many more options to defeat them from a safe distance this time around, like throwing vials of Holy Water at him from an elevated platform or simply performing a wide area-of-effect attack, like the Holy Lightning Dual Crush.

No. Name JPN HP
80 Dead Crusader 99
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Slash, Fire, Holy, Stone
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Master's Keep Impervious Mail - 150 6
Description "A zombie warrior bearing a sturdy shield."

Item Data

Item Data: Dead Crusader
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Estoc AoS Icon Estoc (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Sword with a thin, needle-like blade. Weapon
Attrib: Sword
ATK +31
Sell: $1,000 
Buy: $2,000 Find: Castle Corridor (Hammer's shop)
Common Drop: Dead Crusader
Blocking Mail Icon Blocking Mail (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Parries attacks on occasion. Armor
DEF +35
Sell: $4,900 
Rare Drop: Dead Crusader
Effect: There is chance that all damage from an attack will be negated.
Yellow Soul Dead Crusader - Body of Gold - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
CON is increased by 16. Enchanted Soul
CON +16
Drop: Dead Crusader
Blocking Mail DoS Icon Blocking Mail - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
A mail suit that occasionally blocks attacks. Armor
DEF +25
Sell: $13,045 
Rare Drop: Dead Crusader
Ability Soul DoS Icon Dead Crusader - Damage Cut - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Reduce the amount of damage from attacks. Enchanted Soul
Rarity: ***
Drop: Dead Crusader
Impervious Mail Icon Impervious Mail - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Armor that completely blocks some attacks. Body Gear (Armor)
DEF +8
Sell: $12,500 
Drop: Dead Crusader
Effect: Has a chance of completely blocking enemy attacks.



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