The Doppelganger is a boss in the Castlevania series. The Doppelganger is a demon that takes the form of another being, usually its victims. The idea of humans having doppelgängers comes from Egyptian mythology. It is said that if someone ever meets their doppelgänger, its intent is to murder him or her so it can take over their role in life.
A doppelgänger is a look-alike or double of a living person who is sometimes portrayed as a harbinger of bad luck. In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person's relative or friend portends illness or danger, while seeing one's own doppelgänger is said to be an omen of death.
The word "doppelgänger" is a loanword from German "Doppelgänger", consisting of the two substantives Doppel (double) and Gänger (walker or goer).
In Ancient Egyptian mythology, a ka was a tangible "spirit double" having the same memories and feelings as the person to whom the counterpart belonged.
The Doppelganger was first introduced into the series at the end of the villa stage in Dracula's Curse. It is initially found in an amorphous blob-like state that soon takes the form of whoever character the player is playing with at the moment (either Trevor, Sypha, Grant or Alucard), and attacks constantly while moving relentlessly toward the player. If the player selects another character while in battle, the Doppelganger will also take that form. This allows for some strategy, allowing the player move to a better position to fight back while the Doppelganger is in its morphing animation, or by letting them choose which form to fight against.
The Doppelganger will form from Simon's reflection on a mirror and break out of it to attack. Again, it will attack relentlessly while moving toward the player. Upon defeat, the Doppelganger will vomit a barrage of mirror shards while struggling for its life.
The Doppleganger boss has the form of Alucard and appears twice in the game:
- Doppleganger10 is the second boss of the game (third if counting Dracula from the prologue). It uses a Short Sword (9 ATT, Cut) and the Dagger sub-weapon (6 ATT, Holy), and can turn into either mist or bat (15 ATT, Hit) forms before Alucard can.
- Doppleganger40 is a stronger doppelganger with new moves. He can use the Rebound Stone sub-weapon (12 ATT, Holy), is equipped with the Gravity Boots and the Leap Stone, as well as having all of Doppleganger10's abilities (Wing Smash, 55 ATT, Hit). In addition, Doppleganger40 will use the Terminus Est (35 ATT, Cut + Poison) and Stone Sword (5 ATT, Stone), although the latter is used rarely. His Poison damage can be absorbed by equipping the Topaz Circlet, and his Stone attack can be neutralized by using a Fairy Familiar with a Hammer, Resist Stone, the Medusa Shield, the Axe Lord Armor or the Mirror Cuirass. Furthermore, Doppleganger40 is vulnerable to those status, so using the Terminus Est, Medusa Shield or Stone Sword isn't a bad idea.
Additionally, both Dopplegangers have a very limited artificial intelligence which can be exploited. Just running in their direction, jumping and attacking in mid-air will make the Dopplegangers take damage and get knocked back, allowing to repeat the process over and over until they die. The Stopwatch can also make either of the fights completely trivial, as using it completely freezes the Doppleganger. It is then at the mercy of Alucard's attacks, as it will not have invulnerability upon taking damage. On the other hand, the player should avoid using the stopwatch right after hitting the Doppleganger; if they do, it will be stuck in its invulnerability state for the duration of the effect.
Doppleganger is also vulnerable to the curse status effect: in the first fight hitting him with the Red Rust (which Alucard is automatically given) will prevent him attacking with anything but his knife sub-weapon.
The Doppelganger is first encountered in the Dark Palace of Waterfalls. Here, he utilizes a copy of Leon's Whip of Alchemy and a variety of other attacks. The Doppelganger can quick-step, execute a three-attack or seven-attack combo using the whip, execute a flaming leap charge that propels the Doppelganger forward, throw unholy water either at its feet or toward Leon, or use a duplicate of Leon's Cross Blazer (Holy Water + Purple Orb) attack, causing a cross-shaped flame to erupt around it. In Crazy Mode, Leon must simultaneously battle two Doppelgangers, both of whom utilize this move-set. After defeat, the Doppelganger will flee into the sewers.
The Doppelganger reappears as the mid-boss of the Pagoda of the Misty Moon. Palette-swapped with a red tint, the Doppelganger boasts more health than in the previous encounter, and has abandoned its copy of the Whip of Alchemy in favor of flaming fist attacks. While still retaining its quick-step ability and its three unholy water-based attacks, the Doppelganger has replaced its whip attacks and leap charge with four melee attacks: a downward kick, a fast two-hit punch combo, a single punch, or a three-attack punch combo.
While the player does not physically fight the Doppelganger in this game, Soma can obtain the Doppelganger's soul in the Garden of Madness. This soul allows him to switch quickly between two sets of equipment, gear and souls. A Doppelganger also appears during a cutscene that takes place in the center of the castle, where it takes the form of Mina Hakuba. In a gambit to turn Soma into the next Dark Lord, Celia Fortner kills this doppelganger, enraging Soma and almost letting himself turn, though Arikado arrives in time to inform him of the truth. Shortly after, the soul of Dmitrii Blinov escapes Soma's body and inhabits the body of the slain doppelganger, using it to revive himself.
While no Doppelganger makes a canonical appearance in this game, in Trevor Mode both Trevor boss fights are replaced by battles with the Trevor Doppelganger. The Trevor Doppelganger fights exactly as Trevor fought in the main game, though it is differentiated from Trevor by his pale blue hue and weakness to light. Additionally, during the first fight, its health must be depleted entirely, rather than one-fourth depleted as in the first Trevor fight. During the second encounter with the Doppelganger, it is also resistant to the Dark element.
To drastically decrease the difficulty of this battle, the player can remove all equipment from both characters before entering the room and re-equip the items after entering, as the Doppelganger will only copy the player's equipment as it was when they entered the room. To increase the difficulty, the opposite can be done and players can wear their best equipment upon entering the room (skills used by the Doppelganger will never be mastered).
A good tactic for starting the fight consists in casting 1,000 Blades immediately upon entering; doing so will inflict many hits, usually enough to send the Doppelganger into its recovery animation and maybe even slightly knock it back if the hits prove powerful enough. In contrast to other games, coming into contact with the Doppelganger will not deal any collision damage.
Trevor's Doppelganger also makes an appearance in this game.
|Enemy Data: Doppelganger|
|Image||Name - Game|
|'|| 9. Villa|
|'|| 9. Villa|
|'|| 9. Villa|
|'|| 9. Villa|
|'|| HP: 31|
| 6. Floating Corridor|
|Shape-shifting demon.|| Level: 10|
| Guard: Life Vessel, Gladius|| Outer Wall|
|Shape-shifting demon.|| Level: 40|
| Guard: Life Vessel|| Reverse Caverns|
|A monster that looks like Leon. The weapons are not perfect copies.|| HP: 1,000|| Dark Palace of Waterfalls|
|A Doppelganger that is only a copy of Leon's appearance and fights with its fists.|| HP: 1,500|| Drop: HP Max Up|| Pagoda of the Misty Moon|
|'|| Weak: Light|
| Drop: Crest|| Garibaldi Temple|
|'|| Strong: Dark|
| Drop: Crest|| Abandoned Castle|
|A demon who assumes the form of its intended victims before killing them.|| Weak: Slash|
Skill Pt: 99
| Guard: Greatest Five (Normal mode only)|| Nest of Evil|
| ''Abil: ???|| HP: 600|
Exp: +1 level
| Drop: ???|
| Outer Wall|
| ''Abil: Soul Steal - Instantly does (unknown formula) damage to opponent and heals caster for same amount.|| HP: 2700|
Exp: +1 level
| Drop: Gurthang|
Steal: ~1 gold, 25 silver
| Underground Caverns|
|Item Data: Doppelganger|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Increases the player's maximum HP (life) capacity.|| Item (standard)|
| Maximum HP + 5|| Find: Found throughout the Castle, often in containers.|
Drop: Most bosses.
| Effect: Restore all life and increases Max HP|
|Sword of ancient Rome.|| Sword|
| Attrib: Cut|| ATT +3|| Find: Outer Wall (after defeating Doppleganger10)|
|Increase HP Max.|| Item|
| Attrib: Max HP +10|| Find: Throughout castle ()|
|Switch souls and equipment using the X button.|| Ability Souls|
| Find: Garden of Madness|
|All stats increased.|| Pick-Up|
| ATK +5, DEF +5, HP +50, Hearts +5|| Find: Aiolon Ruins, Dracula's Castle|
Drop: All bosses, excepted Isaac's second fight, Death and Dracula.
Conditions: Item disappears if the player does not pick it up before leaving the Boss Room.
|Summon five legendary warriors to join the battle.|| Dual Crush|
| Attrib: Strike, Holy|
Consume: 250 MP
| Find: Nest of Evil ( )|| Effect: Suspends the enemies' actions for a while and the duo will summon the five greatest Belmonts to attack.|
- Besides the two Doppelganger boss fights that take place in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the player also faces yet another boss battle at the middle of the Reverse Colosseum where they must fight fake versions of Trevor, Sypha, and Grant. Unlike the Doppelganger, who is a monster that can take the form of other living beings, these are in fact a trio of zombies impersonating their eponymous characters.
- Shadow, a boss which appears in Harmony of Dissonance, is basically another type of doppelganger. However, instead of copying and adopting the form of the protagonist, it takes the form of a Black Panther, a Moth and an Evil Sword.
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|Undead Parasite - Golem - Succubus - Medusa - Joachim - Walter - Death|
|Flame Elemental - Frost Elemental - Thunder Elemental - Doppelganger - Forgotten One|
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