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"What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets."
— Dracula to Richter Belmont in Symphony of the Night

Count Dracula Vlad Țepeș (ドラキュラ・ヴラド・ツェペシュ Dorakyura Vurado Tsepeshu?), formerly known as Mathias Cronqvist (マティアス・クロンクビスト Matiasu Kuronkubisuto?), is the primary antagonist of the Castlevania series, as well as the final boss of most of the games. He is loosely based on the eponymous character from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, Dracula, as well as the historical figure, Vlad Drăculea.

Originally a human called Mathias Cronqvist, Dracula fell into madness after the death of his first wife and became an immortal vampire thanks to the powers of the Crimson Stone. With his dark powers, he built an army of creatures and his fortress, Castlevania. Since the 11th Century, the Belmont Clan stood in opposition to Dracula and legendary warriors confronted him each time he came back from the dead. He was eventually definitively destroyed in 1999 by the last descendant of the Belmonts.

Dracula serves as the final boss in almost all of the games, except the first and the last two games in the timeline's chronology (Lament of Innocence, Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow) and a game where the final boss wears his likeness (Harmony of Dissonance).

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Count Dracula, also known as Alucard or Drac, is a centuries-old vampire, sorcerer and Transylvanian nobleman who is the titular main antagonist of Bram Stoker's 1897 legendary novel. He is also the main protagonist of Hotel Transylvania movie series and the villain in many other stories from books, movies and such. In 2014, the Universal Monsters series was rebooted with the film Dracula Untold, and in 2020 a reimagining of the novel was produced into a British-American horror drama television series. His monstrous followers have hidden his remains in heavily guarded locations, and he was prevented from taking over the land by Trevor and Sypha in the Netflix series Castlevania, when they decapitated him. Now, he resides in his namesake fortress known as Castle Dracula.
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Count Dracula is a centuries-old vampire, sorcerer and Transylvanian nobleman, originally a human called Mathias Cronqvist. He possesses many of the usual features of vampirism: fangs, claws, pale skin. He has the ability to turn into a large demon bat-like creature, as well as other vampire powers like gaining immortality by making a deal with Satan. He is renown as the most powerful vampire ever conceived in history and is even lorded as the King of all Vampires. So yes, Dracula is definitely a vampire!
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Dracula, also known as Vlad III or Vlad the Impaler, was a 15th century Romanian prince. During his time, he was a resourceful and cruel leader who resisted the Turkish conquerors and asserted Romanian national sovereignty. He also made a deal with Satan which gave him immortality and supernatural powers. After his death, he became an immortal vampire thanks to the powers of a mysterious figure called Mathias Cronqvist. Later, he posed as the devil himself to rescue Domini from being sacrificed. Since then, it is said that he preys upon children who call him the "Bloody Maiden". Nowadays, people remember him as a national hero, although some still believe that he is hunting them.
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Yes, Dracula was the first vampire. Originally a human called Mathias Cronqvist, he fell into madness after the death of his first wife and gained his immortality thanks to the powers of Caligula, the first vampire to be recorded in history. According to Bram Stoker's 1897 horror novel, he made a deal with Satan to gain his powers and immortality. He is the oldest and most powerful vampire in the world, possessing superhuman strength, speed, agility, and sorcery and necromancy abilities.
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The first original Dracula was Count Dracula, who was based on the character from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel of the same name and its 1924 stage play adaptation by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. He was famously portrayed by Bela Lugosi in the 1931 Universal Studios horror film. Furthermore, Count Dracula is believed to be based on the real life Romanian prince Vlad Tepes III.
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1094: Events of Lament of Innocence

For more information, see Mathias Cronqvist and Castlevania: Lament of Innocence.
"By becoming a vampire, I obtained eternal life. That was my goal. It was my revenge against God!"
Mathias to his friend Leon
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Mathias in Elisabetha's funeral.

The man later known as Dracula was originally born Mathias Cronqvist. Sometime during the mid to late 11th century, he served in a company of knights alongside then Baron Leon Belmont. With Mathias's brilliant military strategies and Leon's skill with a sword, their company was unstoppable. Little is known of Mathias's early life or his family, save that they seem to have been longtime practitioners of Alchemy and had advanced further into the study than most alchemists could have ever dreamed. Mathias was very well educated and quite skilled in the art, though he never told Leon or any of his other compatriots of his knowledge, with the notable exception of Rinaldo Gandolfi, whom he had met at an unspecified time. Mathias married a woman named Elisabetha who he was deeply in love with. While away on a campaign against heathens in the east, Elisabetha died due to illness. Upon returning and learning of her death, Mathias was overtaken with despair so profound that he became bedridden, presumably worrying Leon considerably, as Mathias was the strategist and tactician of the company.

During that time, Mathias grew angry at God for allowing Elisabetha to die such an early death while he was away risking his life and fighting in God's name. He thought it was unjust and unfair for God to take away what mattered most to him, when he had given God so much and when Elisabetha was such a pure and blameless woman who has not deserved to die. Mathias began searching for ways to become immortal and show God that he didn't have a final say in everything and that he could defy God's decrees by existing outside them and scorning God in his eternal life. He learned about the Crimson Stone, considered to be a treasure among vampires. Through some means, the stone came into Mathias's possession and he planned to use it to ascend to immortality.

Through his acquiring the arcane relic, an evil deity known as Death bound himself in servitude to Mathias, as Death would only follow he who controlled the Crimson Stone. With the stone, Mathias could not only control the powerful spirit creature, but also absorb the souls of slain vampires and add their powers to his own. As an effect of this, humanity would be lost and he would become a vampire himself. The young knight then had all the resources he needed to plan his scheme to become an immortal. Mathias eventually came in contact with a powerful Vampire Lord named Walter Bernhard, who had somehow obtained the Ebony Stone, another vampiric treasure that locked his forested realm and castle in eternal night, thereby making him the most powerful vampire. The only thing of value that Walter desired was the Crimson Stone, which was believed to be lost for ages, but was secretly held by Mathias.

The vampire was bored due to his own immortality and in order to distract himself from that, he enjoyed playing life and death games with brave humans. To raise the stakes of the game - to make the human more interested - he would steal that which is most precious from his target. Mathias suggested targeting Sara Trantoul to Walter, the fiancée of Leon Belmont. The knight would make an interesting player in Walter's game, because according to Mathias's stories, his combat prowess was second to none. Walter, who didn't realize he was being tricked, ordered his forces to invade Leon's domain in order to capture Sara.

All went according to Mathias's ingenious plan; Leon went to Walter's castle to save Sara and due to a series of planned events, was able to defeat Walter. When Walter was dying, Death appeared and took his soul and granted the vampire's power to Mathias, who had materialized in the castle. It was only in his final moments that Walter realized what was happening and what Mathias's true intentions were. Due to absorbing Walter's soul, Mathias became the most powerful vampire, though the Ebony Stone eluded him, as it was destroyed in Leon and Walter's battle.

Mathias then declared that he had never spent a better night and gave Leon his gratitude. A confused Leon demanded an explanation, to which Mathias replied that he needed a powerful vampire's soul and he knew that Leon had it in him to destroy Walter so that he could take the soul. Leon sensed a rage from the Vampire Killer, which he used to kill Walter and asked in disbelief if his best friend had abandoned humanity. Mathias confirmed this and revealed his motive. He admitted that everyone involved in the ordeal were just pawns in his plan to become the most powerful vampire and curse God forevermore because of God's cruelty. Mathias then offered Leon eternal life as he too suffered over the death of his beloved. Leon refused, because eternity without the one he loved would be empty and Mathias's twisted plan had cost Sara her life. Mathias believed that Leon out of all people would be the one to understand him, but when that wasn't the case, he became a bat and flew away and the two would never meet again, also ordering Death to dispose of Leon.

Mathias went in hiding in foreign lands and he continued to curse God. Eventually, he named himself Dracula Vlad Țepeș, Lord of the Vampires and King of the Night.

1094-1476: Interlude

At some point during Dracula's unholy life, he built a magic castle in the province of Valachia where he would recruit humans and other beings who had turned their back on God, or were shunned by the light. Dracula granted some of them the forbidden knowledge of Devil Forgery and allowed them to practice their rites in his castle.

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Dracula mourning over Lisa's body.

One day, he met a kind woman named Lisa, with whom he would eventually become romantically involved. She reminded Dracula very much of Elisabetha, which was mostly the reason why he had fallen in love with her. Lisa loved Dracula very dearly despite his views on life and they would eventually have a son together named Adrian Fahrenheit Țepeș, who would be later known as Alucard.

Eventually, rumors started to spread that Lisa's medicinal practices were a form of witchcraft. This caused her to be arrested and sentenced to death by the authorities. Lisa was captured and crucified, an event Adrian witnessed but was prevented from intervening in. As the execution would have traditionally occurred during the daylight hours, Dracula would not even become aware of it until hours later and when he learned of this, it drove him over the edge. Eventually, he plotted his revenge against mankind as he did to God for ruthlessly taking away what mattered most to him.

1476: Events of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

For more information, see Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.
"Adrian... Not just Hector, but now you, too... Foolish betrayers... You shall be cursed! Humans who betray well as this world! And God, as well! You shall learn, at great cost to sorrow and wrath!!"
— Dracula, after hearing his son's treachery

Dracula, angered at humanity for the loss of Lisa, attempted to use the power granted to him by the Evil God and sent his resulting legions against the people of Europe. The church sent many armies in opposition, but none returned.

After several months, Dracula's forces had almost completely wiped out the armies sent by the Eastern Orthodox Church and had conquered whole countries. One night, Isaac, a General in Dracula's army, reported the Belmont Clan had started an offense in the west. A vampire hunting descendant of Dracula's old friend, Leon, who went by the name Trevor C. Belmont, was planning to assault Dracula's Castle. Because Dracula was responsible for the death of Leon's betrothed, Sara, Leon committed his kinsmen to hunting down and destroying Dracula. Isaac requested the opportunity to face Trevor himself. Instead, he was sent to find Hector, another General who was previously ordered to assassinate Belmont, but had deserted. Dracula planned to meet his old friend's descendant himself and waited for the hunter in his throne room.

Dracula eventually faced the vampire hunter along with the rebel, Grant Danasty (who had earlier been turned into a demon by Dracula's forces in a failed attempt at overthrowing him before Belmont freed him from the curse), the sorceress Sypha Belnades and his own son, Alucard, who had chosen to oppose his father. With much effort, the Vampire Lord was finally slain, with the Evil God following soon thereafter. For the first time in hundreds of years, the immortal Dracula was at last dead, though his scheme to decimate humanity had not ended. With his final breath, he uttered a curse that left the land to rot while poisoning the minds of its inhabitants, who pillaged and scourged it without remorse.

1479: Events of Curse of Darkness

Main article: Dracula/Curse of Darkness
"The powerful always judge the weak. The humans made their judgment of me, as well. Thus I sentenced them to extinction. Sympathy is merely a form of weakness. You betrayed me, Hector... And for that, the punishment is death."
— Dracula to his former general Hector
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A few years later in 1479, Death sought to resurrect Dracula by using the Count's traitorous Devil Forgemaster General Hector as a vessel for Dracula. Because Devil Forgemasters were suffused within Dracula's magic, only they could make suitable hosts for the Count to inhabit. However, they would have to be fully enveloped within the curse that Dracula left behind that was plaguing the land and its people.

Though Hector was Death's (who disguised himself as Zead) ideal choice for a body for Dracula's reawakening, he rejected the Curse, causing Death to compromise and use Isaac for the vessel. Isaac was killed in cold blood by Hector and Death used the corpse to resurrect the Count, causing the first reawakening of Dracula from the dead. Dracula intended to execute Hector for deserting him earlier, especially after learning that Hector did so due in disgust toward Dracula's genocidal aims against humanity. However, because the resurrection was only partially successful, Hector was able to thwart both Death and Dracula and send the Count back to the grave, as well as nullify his curse, finally freeing the land from its venomous grip.

1576-1591: The Legend of Dracula

For more information, see Castlevania: The Adventure and Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge.

A century later, Dracula rose again. It was at this time that Dracula's one hundred year regeneration cycle became manifest. Due to the power of Christ weakening every one hundred years, men's hearts grew black with chaos. They sought to resurrect Dracula so that he may cleanse the world. He was brought back in 1576 and because his powers were linked to his castle, his stronghold returned with him.

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Strengthened from his slumber, the Count resumed his quest for revenge against humanity and began attacking Transylvania with his hordes. Once again, the only ones that could hope to stand against him and his throngs of followers were the Belmont Clan with their holy whip, Vampire Killer. Castlevania was invaded by Christopher Belmont and the vampire hunter and Dracula engaged in a death duel. Christopher thought he had sent the Count to his grave, but Dracula turned into mist and feigned death. Though his castle was destroyed and he was too weakened from the battle to assume his regular form, Dracula would bide his time, waiting for the right moment to strike back against the Belmont Clan that had caused him so much trouble.

Dracula resurfaced fifteen years later in 1591, magically influencing Christopher's son, Soleil Belmont, while still trapped in mist form. He planned on using the Belmont to become whole and he cast a curse on the young vampire hunter that would cause Soleiyu to do his bidding. Christopher Belmont came to the aid of his son and was forced to battle him. Christopher defeated Soleiyu and expelled Dracula's presence from his mind. By that time, using the spirits of four elemental castles, Dracula regained his corporeal form and he battled Christopher Belmont for the last time. Christopher was victorious and destroyed Dracula, sending the vampire to sleep for one hundred years more.

1691-1698: Seal of the Curse

For more information, see Castlevania and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.
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Dracula rose again in 1691 on an Easter night when his followers convened in a monastery to perform the unholy ritual to return him and his castle to the world and plunge mankind into darkness and despair. Dracula was defeated by Simon Belmont, but not without dealing a critical blow to Simon's back and casting a curse on him. Similar to when he was defeated by Trevor Belmont in 1476, Dracula left a curse on the land before his passing.

Though Dracula was dead, he left both Transylvania and Simon Belmont in dire condition. The only way to expel his curse was to collect his remains and destroy them within the ruins of Castlevania. Dracula's monstrous followers had free reign over many territories in the land while Transylvania was cursed and they hid the Count's remains in heavily guarded mansions. The weakened Simon Belmont retrieved all of the remains in 1698 and took them back to Dracula's Castle, where he burned the remains he had recovered. To Simon's surprise, however, Dracula's ghost manifested through the Fang of Vlad, a remain unknown to Simon and tried to destroy him, but Simon defeated Dracula again, lifting the curse from the land and from his own body.

1748: Events of Harmony of Dissonance

For more information, see Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance.

Dracula's remains would wreak havoc in the world again when a young vampire hunter named Maxim Kischine sought out Dracula's remains as a means of proving himself as a hunter. He was envious of the Belmont Clan's status and wanted to confirm that he was stronger than them by finding the remains of Lord Dracula. Like Simon Belmont fifty years earlier, Maxim retrieved all pieces of the remains in 1748, but possession of Dracula's body parts caused Maxim's mind to split in two, birthing an evil spirit within Maxim.


Because Dracula was partially brought back in the world through Maxim, Castlevania reappeared. Because the evil spirit did not have full control of Maxim, the Castle wasn't whole. One half of the Castle was in the earthly realm, while the other half resided in a spiritual realm. The evil Maxim and the original Maxim wrestled for control of the body. Death aided the evil Maxim, because if the evil one took over completely, it would cause the Castles to unite.

Death saw Lydie Erlanger, a young maiden whom Maxim cared for, as a means to this. If the evil Maxim partook of the maiden's blood, her sacrifice would provide him the strength he needed to overcome the regular Maxim. Death's scheme was foiled by Juste Belmont, the grandson of Simon Belmont, who exorcised the evil spirit from Maxim by gathering and presenting Dracula's remains. The spirit was drawn to the remains and relinquished its hold of Maxim's body, materializing as Dracula's phantom. Juste defeated the wraith, which mocked the Belmont Clan's quest as being futile, because Dracula would always return and they were doomed to hunt him for all eternity.

1792-1797: The Dracula X Chronicles

For more information, see Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
"It is not by my own power that I am resurrected. It is a greed of humanity which calls me back. And thus, by might, I rule. Might becomes the one and only justice in this world!"
— Dracula to Richter Belmont
Dracula from Dracula X Chronicles

Dracula revived in 1792, one hundred years after his defeat by Simon Belmont. He was brought back by the zealous dark priest Shaft and his congregation, who sacrificed a maiden to resurrect the Count and his castle. When Dracula returned, he dispatched his forces to pillage the land. They kidnapped young women from a village, one being Annette, girlfriend of Richter Belmont. The Count sensed the connection she had with his mortal foes and, moreover, was taken with her beauty. He offered her immortality so she could rule the world by his side, but she refused him, saying she would rather die. Richter eventually rescued all the maidens from Dracula's clutches, slew Shaft and defeated the Count. At this time, Dracula had become amused by the never ending cycle he shared with the Belmonts. He knew he would return, so he wasn't dismayed by his defeat. Richter told him he had no place in the world, but Dracula said that it was not his choice that he continued to return. He comes back through the will of humans that call upon him. Because of that, Dracula asked Richter if he could truly be called evil. Richter then told Dracula that while it was true that humans have had evil desires such as power, they also had other, good desires as well and declared that evil will eventually fall permanently. As he was disintegrating, Dracula, while conceding Richter's claim that evil would eventually be vanquished, nonetheless laughed at him in full confidence that he would return and that the Belmont's hunt was in vain.

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Although defeated, Dracula returned five years later in 1797, due to the efforts of Shaft's ghost. This time, it was his son, Alucard, who confronted him. Dracula was somewhat shocked to see his son again and awkwardly tried to convince him to see things from his point of view. He was upset about him constantly siding with the humans, despite everything they had done. He asked him if he had forgotten what the humans did to his mother, Lisa. Alucard replied that he would never forget such an atrocity, but unlike him, he did not seek revenge against them, because that is not what his mother would have wanted.

Alucard told his father that he could not allow him to plague mankind yet again and the two family members came to blows. Because Dracula's resurrection was not complete, he was defeated by his son. At the end of the battle, Dracula set everything aside and only wanted Alucard to tell him Lisa's final words. Alucard told his father that she said to not hate humans; that if he could not live with them, then at least do them no harm. She also told Alucard to tell his father that she would love him for all of eternity. For the first time in hundreds of years, Dracula was regretful for what he had done. He called out to Lisa to forgive him for his transgressions and said his goodbyes to his son as he faded away in death.

19th century: Events of Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

Main article: Dracula/Order of Ecclesia

Dracula rose sometime in the 1800s. After 1797, the Belmont Clan faded away and other organizations emerged with the hope of holding back Dracula and his forces in the Belmonts' stead. The most successful group was Ecclesia, due to Barlowe, the leader of Ecclesia, making a breakthrough discovery with the creation of Glyphs, symbols that utilized the power within all things, which the Ecclesia members were able to use in combat.

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Because of Ecclesia's success, those in positions of power entrusted the organization with Dracula's bodily remains so that they may destroy the remains and hopefully end the scourge of Count Dracula for good. Barlowe developed the ultimate glyph, Dominus, from the remains of Count Dracula. Barlowe used the cover story that Dominus would be used to destroy the Dark Lord, but in truth, Ecclesia's true purpose was to fulfill the wish of mankind, which in Barlowe's mind was the resurrection of Count Dracula. Barlowe's plan was to use Dominus to destroy the seal on the remains that prevented Dracula's reemergence in the world. Barlowe needed someone to host the Dominus Glyphs and he chose his disciple, Shanoa, who was unaware of the true intent of Ecclesia and that using Dominus would end her life. Shanoa discovered the truth and defeated Barlowe. The remains of Dracula then surged large amounts of dark energy into Barlowe, which he was able to use to resurrect Dracula at the cost of his own life. After Barlowe sacrificed his life force to the bodily remains, the Dark Lord and his castle returned yet again.

Shanoa infiltrated Castlevania and made her way to the Throne Room where Dracula ruled over his castle and subjects. Initially, Dracula thought that Shanoa was the one that brought him back and asked her if she wished for eternal life or a place at his side in return for her service. Shanoa told the Count that she had in fact gone there to destroy him. Dracula was amused by her response and welcomed her challenge, telling her that he had not danced in a while. Shanoa's own power was not enough to destroy Dracula, but when she used the Dominus Glyphs that she was hosting, to the Count's surprise; she was able to defeat Dracula with his own power, sending him to his death.

1917-1944: World War

For more information, see Castlevania: Bloodlines and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin.

Dracula would be resurrected some time later by unknown means, only to be killed by a distant relative of the Belmont Clan, Quincy Morris in 1897. Before being killed, however, he nonetheless managed to mortally wound Morris in the process.

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Quincy's son, John Morris, confronted Dracula during World War I, alongside Eric Lecarde, when Dracula was resurrected through the efforts of his niece, Elizabeth Bartley and her accomplice, Drolta Tzuentes. Elizabeth had the Crown Prince of Austria assassinated, which resulted in war breaking out across the world. She planned to use the souls of the millions that died as a result of the Great War to revive her uncle. The resurrection rite took the two women all across Europe and they were chased every step of the way by two vampire hunters - John Morris, the son of Quincy Morris who carried the Belmont Clan's Vampire Killer and Eric Lecarde, a revenge-seeking Spaniard whose girlfriend was vampirized by Elizabeth. The hunt came to ahead at Elizabeth's castle in England, where she and Drolta succeeded in resurrecting Dracula. The reawakening of the Dark Lord was short lived, however, as John and Eric scaled the castle and killed Elizabeth, Drolta and Dracula himself. Even though Dracula was slain, John paid the ultimate price as well and died from his dependency on the Vampire Killer. Since he was not of the Belmont Clan, using the whip too much came at the cost of his life.


In 1944, Dracula was revived again by the vampire Brauner and as a result of the unprecedented state of despair the world was in during World War II. Brauner, having lost his daughters in the first World War, sought revenge on humanity and planned on using Dracula's power as a means to that. Brauner immediately sealed Dracula away, as he only desired Castlevania's power and legions of monsters for himself and had no intention of serving the Count.

Brauner used paintings he made that were inundated with magic to secure his control of the castle. Jonathan Morris, the son of John Morris and the keeper of the Vampire Killer and his partner, a magician named Charlotte Aulin, were dispatched by the Church to investigate the castle and the possible resurrection of Count Dracula. Through Charlotte's understanding of the paintings' magical composition, the duo was able to enter the paintings and destroy the evil within them, thus weakening Brauner's hold of the castle. Jonathan and Charlotte defeated Brauner, but the vampire was ultimately slain by Death. The death of Brauner relinquished the seal he had used to keep Dracula from returning and with him gone, the Count was resurrected again to assume lordship of his castle. Dracula, in an unprecedented manner, suggested to Death that they use their combined power and then fought Jonathan and Charlotte in a two-on-two duel, eventually resorting to using Soul Steal on Death via the latter's request in order to transform into his true form and gain an advantage. Nonetheless, Jonathan now had the power to destroy Dracula outright and just as he had brought him to his knees, the first rays of the sun entered through the window, vanquishing the Vampire Lord, although not before the Count mused that he'll someday regain his full power and that he'll see which of them will have the last laugh in response to Jonathan stating that Dracula will never win.

1999: Demon Castle War

The final resurrection of Dracula took place in 1999, when he rose one last time and began a vicious campaign to destroy all of mankind. He conducted a war similar to that from 1476, with a massive army of monsters and demons. He was defeated by Julius Belmont with the aid of Alucard, a Belnades, military forces and other allies, and his bodily remains were destroyed. Furthermore, a ceremony was conducted by the Hakuba family in which his powers and castle were sealed away inside a solar eclipse in a Shinto ceremony before his demise, thus finally ending Dracula's regeneration cycle and his tie with Chaos, the primal source of his Dark Lord powers and castle. In addition, the Elgos member Lucy Westenra later claimed that, while Dracula technically lived on as a figment within grimoires, it was impossible to revive him via the grimoires due to it requiring an unimaginable amount of power to do so (even ignoring the morally reprehensible nature of doing such an act). Even though the cycle of Mathias Cronqvist may have at last ended, the legacy of Dracula continued, as he was reincarnated 18 years later as Soma Cruz.

Events of Grimoire of Souls

For more information, see Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls.

After Dracula's permanent annihilation, his surviving right-hand minion, Death, sought to resurrect him by disguising himself as Seward to create Elgos, in hopes of using the grimoire's chaos to bring him back to life. One of this organization's high ranking members, Hermina, learning of Death's ties to Elgos, went rogue in an attempt to prevent Dracula's resurrection by reviving and then slaying him, using a Grimoire copy of his reincarnation, Soma Cruz. However, due to Death's machinations, including the corruption of said copy into Dark King Soma, Dracula ultimately ended up revived after manipulating the current alias of Alucard, Genya Arikado, the researcher, Lucy Westenra, as well as various grimoire copies of old heroes, into providing him with the means of fully reviving Dracula, the Crimson Moon Stones. Dracula then decided to toy with the heroes of old upon revival, dismissing Death in order to do so. However, because he was just freshly revived and not at full power yet, he ultimately ended up defeated.

Dracula then, at Death's suggestion, absorbed the latter's soul once again, with Dracula adding that he'll remember Death's loyalty to him before transforming into his true form. After a grueling battle, he ultimately ended up defeated, with Hermina attempting to use the Aurora spell. However, Dracula proved resistant to her casting of the spell, while only Lucy's intervention bolstering the spell enough to have a noticeable effect. Dracula expressed shock that human emotions could easily destroy him, since they were responsible for reviving him in the first place. Alucard then acknowledged that negative human emotions were indeed responsible for his various resurrections, before indicating that Dracula himself may not have wanted this at all, citing how Lisa helped Dracula regain his humanity when she was alive, before begging his father to die once and for all, and rest in peace with her.

Although Dracula listened intently and seemed to consider Alucard's words, he told his son that ultimately, he'll be revived regardless of what he wants, since it's humanity and their negative emotions that revive him in the first place, and even he was powerless to stop it. Before fading away, he bade his son farewell.


Physical appearance

Dracula has been depicted many different ways over the course of the series. His appearance changes in nearly every game he is in. In the earliest titles, Dracula has a rather ethereal appearance, presenting himself as a very decayed and aged man with a long red cloak in the original Castlevania on the Nintendo Entertainment System. This look was taken even further in Vampire Killer, where he has no flesh on his body and his bones are exposed. In Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, he greatly resembles Death. He is shrouded in a black mantle and his face is that of a skull.

Dracula's in-game depictions are very different from his appearance in the official art for those games, which display him as a more atrocious version of the Béla Lugosi vampire stereotype with a widow's peak hairstyle. He reflects this image in such games as Haunted Castle and Akumajō Dracula (X68000), in which he wears a tuxedo with a cape. In some cases, such as Symphony of the Night, he is also depicted with shoulder-length and unkempt white hair as well as a goatee, which bore some resemblance to how Bram Stoker's Dracula described him in the narration.

Sometimes Dracula sports a dark sorcerer like appearance with long flowing robes as seen in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse and Castlevania: The Adventure. In Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Dracula appears as a young man with purple hair. Aside from displaying certain Japanese anime clichés, he still wears attire like he did in earlier games, like a tuxedo and a long dark cloak.

When Ayami Kojima became the regular illustrator of the series, Dracula took on an especially regal air with lavish clothing, as seen in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance and Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. Dracula's appearances have been very inconsistent over the years. Sometimes he is an old man, other times he is young (Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin); sometimes he's ghostly, other times he appears fairly regular, but he always retains vampiric archetypal traits. As a human, Dracula was Mathias Cronqvist, a young man with long dark hair and light blue eyes.

Regardless of how he appears in various games, Mathias and Soma Cruz notwithstanding, he is generally shown to have a very tall disposition, appearing at least twice as tall as his opponents in his more "human" form, usually requiring that his opponents jump to hit him.


Dracula has shown a certain level of inconsistency regarding his personality, although common elements have been an outstanding malice regarding the human race and God, and a well defined superiority complex (he thinks every creature is inferior to him) when confronting his enemies. When facing his son, Alucard, Dracula shows a softer side and a clear love for his son and also expresses his eternal love for Alucard's mother as well. After his death in 1797, Dracula becomes much more consistent and seems devoid of many emotions, though the hostility and superiority complex still remain.

Some of his most consistent traits however are his deep cruelty and indifference to all the destruction he brings with him, while somewhat taking pleasure on the suffering he inflicts on others. He also justifies his actions by claiming that it is not by his power that he comes back, but through the malice of humans that makes his return possible, going as far as questioning whether he is truly "evil" because of this.

Despite being challenged and defeated numerous times by the Belmont Clan, he always seems to play with them at first before using his full power, possibly underestimating them while at the same time enjoying his battles with the family, something he does mention from time to time as he even looks forward to his next encounter against the Belmonts after being defeated.

However during his defeat in 1797, he actually felt regretful of his actions for the first time after knowing of Lisa's wish for him, although during his subsequent revivals he seems to feel nothing of that. A possible reason for this could be that the evil of humanity ensures that Dracula remains constantly evil and as such an embodiment of malice, which was somewhat confirmed with his final words to Alucard in Grimoire of Souls, where he admits he ultimately is revived as a reflection of the evil part of humanity's nature, regardless of whether he himself wanted it or not. Whenever Dracula's background is explained, he often becomes what he is as a result of the loss of his loved ones and thus he can be seen as a rather tragic villain. In addition, upon being defeated by Alucard the second time, he implies that, despite being at war with God, he still retained some knowledge of the Bible, as he quoted the Book of Matthew's warning about losing one's soul in their pursuit of gaining the world. In addition, he also seemed genuinely impressed that innocence remains even in a world filled with evil when being beaten by Maria Renard.

Unlike many recurring video game villains, Dracula is never really seen abusing his minions in any way. In fact he addresses to any of his subordinates respectfully and politely whenever he engages in any conversation and even extends this trait to his enemies. He is also shown to be fairly grateful, as he often blesses and rewards those that serve him or otherwise helped in his resurrection, be it directly (as in the case of Shaft) or indirectly (like Shanoa) by usually offering power, a high rank within his army or even immortality. However, he is shown to be merciless toward any minions of his that defect from him, which is especially evident in how he intended to execute Hector for treason immediately upon being revived, although he nonetheless implored the latter regarding his reasons for doing so.

When he is manifested through Soma Cruz, however, Soma's personality is much more aggressive and sadistic than Dracula usually is. He murders Celia partly out of anguish for Mina's supposed death, but mostly because he finds her infuriatingly annoying, despite the fact that it was Celia who brought Dracula back into the world. When Julius, Alucard and Yoko confront Dark Lord Soma at the end of Julius Mode, he taunts them throughout their battle, more so than Dracula's usual manner of taunting. Similarly, his manifestation through Soma, or rather, a facsimile created by a grimoire catalogue, was shown to recognize Alucard, and shown to have a grudging sense of obedience to Hermina due to wishing to continue fighting despite being close to defeat.

Whenever encountering his opponents, he generally holds a wine glass that presumably contained blood, only to toss it aside at their feet before promptly fighting them.

Powers and influence

Main article: Dracula/Abilities


Count Dracula is an immortal vampire holding the position of Dark Lord, who draws upon the power of Chaos and is looked upon as the King of the Night and the embodiment of evil. Many lesser creatures of darkness and obsessive humans are fanatically devoted to him and subscribe to the belief that he will cleanse the world from its sullied state and bring about a new order. Their belief in this is so strong that until his regeneration cycle ended in 1999, Dracula was certain to return after death due to his servants yearning for him. Because of this, Richter Belmont accused Dracula of stealing the souls of men and their freedom. Dracula rebutted that freedom is always sacrificed to faith and asked Richter if he was truly before him by choice. Earlier in the same conversation Dracula said that the world invited him to return, with humanity calling him with praise and tribute.

In some of his earlier conceptions, as mentioned in the Japanese manual to Akumajō Densetsu (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse), Dracula was a passionate demon worshipper who sold his soul and that of his son, Alucard, to an evil god in exchange for his power. Later developments retconned Alucard as having been born as a vampire-human hybrid, but Dracula's pact with the evil god remained as the means through which he became the Dark Lord, obtaining control over the legions of darkness.

The Crimson Stone

Dracula's power ultimately came from his possession of the Crimson Stone, which he never lost. With it, he absorbed the soul of a dominant vampire lord, Walter Bernhard, thus gaining his powers. Dracula came to resemble Walter by having his own magical castle, legions of monsters, as Walter did before him and even using some of Walter's attacks. Furthermore, Dracula's ability to repeatedly return from the dead may have been inherited from Walter Bernhard, as after being defeated by Leon Belmont, Walter said that with his powers, he would surely come back to life.


As a Dark Lord, Dracula has many supernatural powers that are not part of a mere vampire, as he clearly surpasses every one of them becoming more like a demon king, as he is mentioned as such in some manual descriptions or enemy data. His dominion over demons and monsters from the Demon Realm was given by Chaos, an ancient powerful entity that feeds on evil and darkness from the hearts of mankind. His resurrection cycles are also fueled by this force and act as a via to resurrect him in a Black Mass, performed by his loyal followers who know the ideal moment and years to hold it; as humanity forgets about god and lost their faith by time.

The Demon Castle

The origin of Dracula's Castle, which is said to be the symbol of his demonic power in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, is not known and it is also unknown if it has any link with Walter Bernhard's castle. Ideally, it seems more likely that Dracula gained ownership of the Bernhard estate when he claimed his soul in the Crimson stone, thus forming Walter's powers with Mathias's souls, along with a spiritual contract claiming the castle. Early in games the castle was said to be haunted or cursed. The castle, as it was stated by Alucard, is a "creature of chaos". The castle is linked to Chaos, the force that Dracula controls and gives his powers as a Dark Lord, this is the reason why Dracula can change its appearance every time at will in each resurrection. It is not a inanimate fortress, but an entity.

Historically though, it is also logical to believe that Dracula constructed his castle somewhere in between the events of Lament of Innocence (1094) and Dracula's Curse (1476), which is around the time when Vlad the Impaler (the real life Dracula) ruled. It is not stated entirely, but how Dracula is able to gain control over monsters is shown in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. Soma Cruz, the reincarnation of Dracula, inherits his power of dominance over the creatures of the night. However, his influence over mankind is never fully stated, but can be logically debated and assumed. If one follows the original Bram Stoker novel and film, Dracula may have gained his legions of followers through hypnotic abilities; on the other hand it may be that he is merely a charismatic and highly persuasive individual. During his time as the Dark Lord, he may have tricked humans into believing that he would be its true savior, or perhaps is merely held in high esteem by satanic cults.

In battle

Main article: Dracula/Abilities
Main article: Dracula/Enemy Data

Dracula has displayed great powers in battle. These include, but are not limited to the ability to spawn fire in various forms, such as simple balls of flame or burning meteor-like spheres; control over bats and other creatures of the night; the ability to transform into a wolf, mist, a bat, or other, more hideous forms to heighten his powers; a vast array of acidic Blood Magic; among other powers, such as teleportation.

He also has the Power of Dominance, which allows him to absorb the souls of monsters and use their abilities as his own, Devil Forging, which creates loyal minions from wisps of conjured matter and he is highly adept at the secret art of Alchemy and is a genius tactician. Dracula's Demonic Megiddo proves how much destructive force Dracula can throw out.


Main article: Dracula/Dialogue

Rondo of Blood

  • Such a fine girl. Surely the blood of a beautiful woman will quench the thirst of my body!
  • What are you afraid of? In exchange for your blood, you can gain eternal life and beauty from me, can you not? Please, it's a simple matter. I get what I need and you benefit as well. And then together, you and I shall reign over this world.
  • As you wish. However, what exactly makes me a savage? If my existence itself makes me savage, is that not the result of this world? Are not all the people of this age savages as well? If so, I should be a shining beacon for what this world wants me to be: the one to lead them. Do you not agree?
  • What is it?
  • I see. Destiny can be quite fun at times. They've likely come to interfere. I hope you'll be in a better mood later.
  • Once again, the blood of Belmont has defeated me... Perhaps this, too, is part of my fate.
  • It is not by my own power that I am resurrected. It is a greed of humanity which calls me back. And thus, by might, I rule. Might becomes the one and only justice in this world!
  • And yet, here I am. Do you not have any desires?
  • It is by your desires that you humans prosper. And it is your faith which has ruled you. Considering that, can you really call me evil?
  • I see... Perhaps you're right. We shall meet again, blood of Belmont!
  • So long as greedy humans exist, I shall be reborn. That's all you need to remember. You proved amusing to me. We shall meet again, blood of Belmont!

Symphony of the Night

  • I was called here by humans, who wished to pay me tribute.
  • What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk... have at you!
  • Playtime's over! Grant me power!
  • No! This cannot be! Aaaahh!
  • Behold my true form... and despair!

Curse of Darkness

  • You side against me... for the sake of humans? Humans are not worth the air they breathe!! I was simply cleansing the world.
  • The powerful always judge the weak. The humans made their judgment of me, as well. Thus I sentenced them to extinction. Sympathy is merely a form of weakness. You betrayed me, Hector... And for that, the punishment is death.
  • The curse. My soul may return to the abyss, but the curse will not be lifted. It will fester in the hearts of humans until they obliterate themselves...

Battle 1

  • Go!
  • I'll reduce you to ashes!
  • Scatter to the wind!
  • Burn!
  • Useless!
  • (Teleportation) Hahahahaha!
  • (If attacked) Impossible!

Battle 2

  • Power of darkness!
  • Behold my power!
  • I'll crush you!
  • You're cornered!
  • Die!


  • You die at my hands.
  • You should be honored.
  • Hahahahaha!
  • Hehehehehahahaha!

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (manga)

  • Adrian... Not just Hector, but now you, too... Foolish betrayers... You shall be cursed! Humans who betray well as this world! And God, as well! You shall learn, at great cost to sorrow and wrath!!

The Dracula X Chronicles

  • We must prepare a proper welcome. Belmont...
  • Oh, but this world invited me. Your own kind called me forth with praise and tribute.
  • Ha! Mankind. A cesspit of hatred and lies. Fight for them, then and die for their sins!
  • Enough of this! Give me power!
  • Impossible! Not this time... GyeaaaAAARGH!!!

Grimoire of Souls

Magic Embodiment

  • Well met, my son, it's been a long time. You have ever been the ally of humans...
  • Have you forgotten what they did to your mother?
  • No matter, now is the time to put aside your weak human side and join me in remaking this world!
  • This is the end!

Count Dracula

  • It's been a long time since I've felt like my old self. And this blood I smell... is the blood of those who have destroyed me.
  • Step aside, Death. I could use some amusement, so I think I'll play with them a little.
  • I can feel it. This world is full of negative thoughts. Does human nature never change no matter how many years and month go by?
  • Good... It just means I'll be resurrected again and again! And that I'll bring your miserable lot the endless night you so clearly desire!
  • That won't work!
  • More formidable than I thought...
  • Death... All right, then, Your loyalty will not be forgotten!
  • Soul Steal! Give me power!
  • A technique devised by a desperate human runt... Don't think for a second that you can just do what you please with my magical powers!
  • You trash humans are finished! You should all just die!
  • Why... why am I revived by humans only to be destroyed by them?
  • You mean me? The same me that walked the path of destruction? The same me that hates both humans and God alike?
  • Lisa...
  • I cannot revive myself on my own. It's the greed of humankind that revives me.
  • When the time demands my presence again... I'll be there to satisfy the world's desire for a never-ending night.
  • But until then... I'll enjoy a little peace. Farewell, Alucard... My son...


Alucard and Lisa

For more information, see Alucard and Lisa.

Through his union with the human Lisa, Dracula had a son. His son would be born Adrian, aka Alucard. Despite emulating his father early in his life, Alucard decided that he did not want to follow in his father's evil footsteps and battled with him many times. It is said he chose the anagram "Alucard" ("Dracula" spelled backward) for his new name as a symbolic gesture, meaning he would go against his father's doings from that point on, like a kind of "anti-Dracula".

When exactly Dracula fathered Alucard and when he knew Lisa, for that matter, is unclear, although it is known to be before the events of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.

Although, even if Alucard would fight his father, Dracula still loves his son and he is quite fond of him.

Soma Cruz, reincarnation

For more information, see Soma Cruz.
Soma Cruz - Aria of Sorrow - 01

In Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, it is revealed that the main character, Soma Cruz, is in fact a reincarnation of Dracula. In the year 1999, Julius Belmont, the modern day member of the Belmont Clan was finally able to defeat Dracula for good and seal away his Castle.

As well as having many of his tremendous powers (which Soma unlocks through the course of the game), Soma bears a striking resemblance to Mathias Cronqvist, the original human form of Dracula which started it all. However, as evidenced by his polar opposite color motif (Mathias was predominantly dressed in black with red trim and aura, while Soma is dressed in a white coat with blue trim and aura), Soma may be considered as a second chance for Mathias in a new life: by choosing to go down a different path when the truth is revealed. His journey continues in Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow.

While Soma is his own entity, he is also technically a continuation of Dracula, albeit in reincarnated form and as a protagonist. However, it is argued by fans whether he is truly the same character in a new life or a different character altogether who just happens to have inherited Dracula's power.

Dark Lord candidates

For more information, see Dark Lord Candidate.

Apart of Soma Cruz, three other people were considered as potential Dark Lord Candidates: Graham Jones, Dario Bossi and Dmitrii Blinov. Unlike Soma, the candidates found place in sharing their birthdays with the day of Dracula's death in 1999.

Other appearances

Evolution Skateboarding

Dracula (just called "Vampire") is a boss in the game that the player has to defeat in a Dracula's Castle-like level. When he appears, Dracula's main music theme, "Dance of Illusions", is also played.

Boktai series

Dracula is referenced in Boktai, another series by Konami.

Castlevania Judgment

Main article: Dracula/Judgment

Dracula makes an appearance in the game Castlevania Judgment. This is the first time that Dracula appears as a playable character (not counting his possible "reincarnation" Soma Cruz or the parody "Kid Dracula", who might be Alucard instead). His battle theme is "Dance of Illusions".

In Judgment, Dracula is summoned into a time rift by Aeon, along with a number of his enemies and his allies Carmilla and Death. In his story, Dracula takes advantage of the time rift to get revenge on many of the people who defeated him, including Simon and Trevor Belmont. After fighting and defeating most of the others in the rift, including Aeon, Dracula encounters the Time Reaper, a being sent by his rival Galamoth to wipe him from history. In the ensuing battle, Dracula is victorious, therefore securing his existence.

Casino games

Main article: Dracula/Pachislot
Main article: Dracula/Pachinko
Main article: Dracula/Castlevania Slots

Dracula appears as the main antagonist in several Castlevania-related casino game series, none of which are considered canon.

Dracula appears in the Japanese slot game Akumajō Dracula: The Medal and is based on his appearance in Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles.

Dracula appears in three pachislot games as the final enemy Trevor Belmont encounters. He retains his appearance from The Dracula X Chronicles.

He also appears in CR Pachinko Akumajō Dracula as the main antagonist for the game and the final enemy Richter Belmont encounters. His appearance is largely taken from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, although he utilizes the third phase form from The Dracula X Chronicles.

He also appears as the main antagonist of a series of six Castlevania branded slot machines released by Konami for overseas markets. His appearance is based on his appearance in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness in these games.

Castlevania (animated series)

Main article: Dracula (animated series)
Dracula (animated series) - 03

Dracula is the main antagonist of this Netflix adaptation of the Castlevania series. He is an old and extremely powerful vampire who lives secluded in his castle, away from human society. His castle counts with very advanced technology –both mechanical and magical– and Dracula himself is a scholar of many sciences. Seeking to learn some of this vast knowledge to be able to further help her people, one day a woman named Lisa, who worked as a healer in her village, ventured inside the castle. Far from being attacked by Dracula, realizing her courage and determination, he allowed her to stay and to freely roam his property during her studies. Soon, a romantic relationship started between them and some time later they even had a child, who they named Adrian. Following advice from Lisa, Dracula traveled the world alone to learn about it, as well as about human society. However, when he returned, he discovered Lisa had been executed at the stake under false beliefs of witchcraft. Filled with anger and thirsting for revenge, he warned the perpetrators, as well as all people in general, they had one year to escape, as he was going to wage war on all Humanity. The people soon forgot about this threat, but as he promised, one year later Dracula returned and went on a genocidal campaign, conquering town after town and city after city, leaving almost no survivors behind. Nevertheless, seeing no real goal in this suicidal campaign, some of his generals eventually turned against him, as well as some powerful human warriors, including Adrian himself, who eventually defeated him.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


Dracula appears as a boss in Classic Mode and Adventure Mode: World of Light in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where he uses many of the same attacks he does in his various appearances. He also briefly appears as a shadow in Dracula's Castle stage background via a flash of lightning. Dracula's appearance was taken largely from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, with his battle intro having him toss his glass at the ground before standing up in a similar manner to the aforementioned game. When fought, he utilizes Hellfire, Dark Inferno, Demonic Megiddo and transforming into a swarm of bats similar to in Portrait of Ruin. After his HP is drained, he transforms into his giant bat-like demonic form from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood/Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (with the coloration from Symphony of the Night) and attacks via uppercuts, firing an orange fireball as well as three miniature homing fireballs, pounces, slams and releasing a blast of energy.

In the World of Light adventure mode, he acts as one of Dharkon's lieutenants during the second act and a revived version of him appears alongside the other bosses to be fought if the player decides to fight both Dharkhon and Galeem simultaneously. Dracula is first found inside Dracula's Castle in the Dark Realm, where the player must traverse the castle and blast away ghosts along the way using cannons. If all of the ghosts are felled, the player will recruit Richter Belmont immediately prior to the first battle with Dracula. Upon defeating Dracula, the player is awarded with his spirit, which is an upgradable primary Ace-tier spirit; Dracula may then be enhanced into Soma Cruz, easily one of the most powerful spirits in the entire game.

Aside from Simon and Richter's Classic Modes, Dracula also acts as the final boss for both Pac-Man and Luigi, and as a normal boss for Sephiroth. In Simon's, Luigi's, and Sephiroth's Classic Modes as well as World of Light, similar to in the original Castlevania, the first form uses "Nothing to Lose" while the second form uses "Black Night" as their background music (with the specific versions being the Castlevania: Harmony of Despair mix and the Castlevania: The Arcade mix, respectively). Richter's fight with Dracula may instead randomly play "Dance of Illusions" from Castlevania Judgment throughout the whole battle rather than the tracks used elsewhere, similar to in Rondo of Blood, Dracula X, The Dracula X Chronicles and Symphony of the Night, and Pac-Man's fight with Dracula always uses "Dwelling of Doom", which is taken directly from the Famicom version of Simon's Quest.

He also appears in the trailer announcing Simon and Richter Belmont's playable status, Vampire Killer, where Simon briefly confronts Dracula, only to be knocked back and threatened to be incinerated by the vampire lord's flames and his descendant Richter suddenly appears to knock away the flames, with Dracula then being defeated via a combined effort by the two Belmonts. Alucard is also briefly seen giving Richter some assistance in the fight.

Dead Cells

Dracula is the main antagonist found in the Return to Castlevania DLC expansion to the Dead Cells game. It is possible to make the playable Beheaded appear like Dracula by equipping one of several Simon Outfit.

Item Data

Item Data: Dracula
Image Name - Game
  Type - Users
Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Small Pork Chop SC4 Icon Small Pork Chop - Super Castlevania IV
  Item - Simon Belmont
Partially revives lost power
Tomato Juice CoD Tomato Juice - Curse of Darkness
  Food - Hector
A simple juice with no additives at all. HP +50
Sell: $1
Steal: Dracula
Vampire Blood Vampire Blood - Curse of Darkness
  Material - Hector
A pure red jewel, created from drops of blood from those killed by Dracula. Mark of a demonic king. Sell: $350
Find: Tower of Evermore 2F
Steal: Dracula
Medal OoE Icon Dracula Medal (jpn) - Order of Ecclesia
  Item (Boss Medal) - Shanoa
Medal awarded for defeating the Demon King, Dracula. Sell: (cannot be sold)
Drop: Dracula
Conditions: Defeat Dracula without taking damage.
Satan's Ring DoS Icon Satan's Ring (Demon King's Ring) - Harmony of Despair
  Accessory (Ring) - Soma
Ring once worn by the dark lord. Attrib: Petrify +6, Holy -6, Darkness +6, Curse +6, Poison +6
DEF +4, STR +3, CON +3, INT +3, MND +3
Sell: (cannot be sold)
Rarity: ***
Crissaegrim Icon Vorpal Blade (Sonic Blade) - Harmony of Despair
  Sword - Alucard
Slices cleanly through enemies. Attrib: Slash
#hands: 1
ATK +10
Sell: $3,250
Rarity: ***
Find: Chapter 6, 10
Drop: Dracula, R. The Count
Crissaegrim Icon Valmanway (jpn) - Harmony of Despair
  Sword - Alucard/Soma
Sword whose name means "Blessed Wind." Attrib: Slash
#hands: 1
ATK +10
Sell: (cannot be sold)
Rarity: *****
Find: Chapter 6, 7, 8 (Hard)
Drop: Dracula (Hard), Astarte (Hard), Legion (Hard)
Mercury Boots PoR Icon Mercury Boots (Dash Boots) - Harmony of Despair
  Leg (Boots) - any
Boots that allow their wearer to move faster. DEF +3
Sell: (cannot be sold)
Rarity: ***
Find: Chapter 6, 7, 8, 10 (all Normal)
Drop: Dracula, Astarte, Legion, R. The Count
Effect: +20% movement speed
Mercury Boots Icon Winged Boots (jpn) - Harmony of Despair
  Leg (Boots) - any
Boots that increase running speed. Sell: (cannot be sold)
Rarity: *****
Find: Chapter 6, 7, 8 (all Hard)
Drop: Dracula, Astarte, Legion
Effect: +50% movement speed
Claimh Solais DoS Icon Claimh Solais (jpn) - Harmony of Despair
  Greatsword - Soma
An indefatigable sword. Its blade glitters with light. Attrib: Slash, Holy
#hands: 2
ATK +70, INT +3
Sell: (cannot be sold)
Rarity: *****
Drop: Dracula
First Obtained: Chapter 6 (Hard)
Special: ↓↘→ + [Attack] for Giant Sword Swing (20 MP)
Claimh Solais DoS Icon Claimh Solais +1 (jpn) - Harmony of Despair
  Greatsword - Soma
An indefatigable sword. Its blade glitters with light. Attrib: Slash, Holy
#hands: 2
ATK +82, STR +6, INT +6
Sell: (cannot be sold)
Rarity: *****
Drop: R. The Count
First Obtained: Chapter 10 (Hard)
Special: ↓↘→ + [Attack] for Giant Sword Swing (20 MP)
Impervious Mail Icon Impervious Mail (Blocking Mail) - Harmony of Despair
  Chest (Body Armor) - Soma, Alucard, Jonathan, Julius, Richter
Armor that can completely block some attacks. DEF +15
Sell: $16,650
Rarity: *****
Drop: Dracula (Hard)
Effect: +10% chance to negate damage
Axe Lord Armor Icon Ancient Armor (Old Type Armor) - Harmony of Despair
  Chest (Body Armor) - Soma, Alucard, Jonathan, Julius, Richter, Shanoa
Any damage taken reduces HP by 20% of the Maximum HP. Sell: Cannot be sold
Rarity: *****
Drop: Death (Hard)
Minerva Mail Icon Minerva Mail (jpn) - Harmony of Despair
  Chest (Body Armor) - Shanoa
Armor blessed by a war goddess. Prevents the effects of Curse. Attrib: Curse +30
HP +15, MP +15, DEF +26, STR +4, MND +12
Sell: $12,500
Rarity: *****
Drop: Dracula (Hard)
Dracula's Tunic DoS Icon Dracula's Tunic (jpn) - Harmony of Despair
  Chest (Clothes) - Soma, Alucard
Garment imbued with Dracula's dark power. Attrib: Fire +13, Ice +13, Lightning +13, Holy -13, Darkness +13
DEF +26, STR +6, CON +6, INT +6, MND +6
Sell: Cannot be sold
Rarity: *****
Find: Chapter 6 (Hard)
Drop: Dracula
Simon's Plate Icon Simon's Plate (jpn) - Harmony of Despair
  Chest (Body Armor) - Jonathan, Julius, Richter, Simon
Breastplate passed down through generations of Belmonts. Attrib: Strike +10, Slash +10, Pierce +10, Petrify +10, Curse +10, Poison +10
HP +30, DEF +28, STR +5, MND +5
Sell: $12,500
Rarity: *****
Drop: Dracula (Hard), Hellmont
Dark Magic HD Icon Hellfire [Alucard] (jpn) - Harmony of Despair
  Dark Magic - Alucard
Perform fire attacks. Attrib: Fire
Consume: 10 MP
ATK +8
Rarity: **
Find: Found on Ch.6 and Ch.3
Drop: Dracula (Hard) Menace Purple chests Ch. 3
Special: Hold [Hunter Skill] for Dark Inferno variation (ATK +12, Attrib: Fire, Darkness)
Spell HD Icon Ghost Chaser (Curse Chaser) - Harmony of Despair
  Bound Spell - Charlotte
Unleash a vengeful spirit. Attrib: Darkness, Curse
Consume: 15 MP
ATK +12
Rarity: ***
Bind: Dullahan, Dracula (2nd form)
First Obtained: Chapter 4
Effect: Curses enemies
Spell HD Icon Hellfire [Charlotte] (jpn) - Harmony of Despair
  Bound Spell - Charlotte
Shoot three flames at once. Attrib: Fire
Consume: 12 MP
ATK +8
Rarity: ****
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  • Although Dracula in the original Castlevania series is based on Count Dracula from Bram Stoker's Dracula, it is clearly established he is actually Vlad III Drăculea (the real-life inspiration of Count Dracula) as mentioned in the instruction booklet of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. However, this was later retconned and made so Dracula was Mathias Cronqvist in the first place, according to the official material of Castlevania: Lament of Innocence and Castlevania: Curse of Darkness.
    • It is interesting to note that Mathias Cronqvist's name is based on Matthias Corvinus, the Hungarian king who was the second degree cousin to Vlad III. He was originally an ally of Vlad, but later imprisoned him for a while before Vlad married Mathias's cousin.
      • Similarly, the name "Mathias Cronqvist" may have also be a corruption of Vlad Țepeș's real name "Wladislaus Dragwlya", as both signatures look similar in appearance.
    • On a similar note, in the original Dracula novel and to a certain extent various film adaptations, Dracula was depicted as someone who preyed upon women with only hints at wanting to ultimately conquer the world. In Castlevania, Dracula is depicted in a similar light to various dark lord archetypes such as Sauron from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
    • Dracula notably is shown speaking in perfect English in most of his appearances similar to in the original novel, the only exception being in Portrait of Ruin, where he instead speaks with a slight accent similar to the one purportedly given by Bela Lugosi's take on the character.
  • The word "Dracula" literally means "Son of the Dragon", a diminutive of the epithet Dracul carried by his father, Vlad II, who in 1431 was inducted as a member of the Order of the Dragon. Due to Biblical references, in Modern Romanian the word drac has adopted the meaning of "devil" (the term for "dragon" now being balaur or dragon). This has led to misinterpretations of Vlad's epithet as characterizing him as "devilish".
    • This epithet is most likely why certain versions of him often had him transforming into a dragon.


Main article: Dracula/Gallery


  • According to an employee who worked for Hitoshi Akamatsu, director and lead programmer of the three Famicom Castlevania games, defeating Dracula in the first Castlevania was supposed to yield 10,000 points. However, due to a bug produced for setting a wrong bit, the player only obtains one point for defeating him instead.[1]
  • On the same interview to this employee, when he asked Mr. Akamatsu why Dracula's body parts scattered flying in every direction when defeating his first form, he replied that this was a foreshadow of Dracula's resurrection;[1] possibly being the origin of the concept of gathering Dracula's body parts in the sequel, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.
  • According to Mr. Akamatsu, Dracula's demonic form that is fought during the second phase of his boss fight is intended to be an "incarnation of the curse of man" and not Dracula himself. That's why when Simon Belmont defeats him, he gets cursed.[1]
  • Mr. Akamatsu also explained how the rotating gears in Dracula's castle represent his heart. They turn so long as Dracula is alive. That's the reason why in the ending of Castlevania the clock tower collapses, but the rest of the castle remains.[1]
  • In the best ending of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, a hand emerges from Dracula's grave after the ending narration, implying that he returned regardless. However, this was retconned with the next chronological game in the franchise, Harmony of Dissonance, where it was made clear that Dracula was still dead fifty years later.
  • Originally, in the Japanese version of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, along with selling his own soul to increase his powers, Dracula also sold Alucard's, an act that turned his son into a vampire.[2] This was later retconned with the inclusion of Lisa to the storyline, making Alucard into a dhampir from birth.
  • In addition, the "third form of Dracula" in Dracula's Curse was suggested in the Japanese version to actually be Dracula reviving a powerful demon in order to gain more power instead of an actual transformation.[3]
  • Dracula - Bloodlines - 01

    Comparison of Dracula's final form in Bloodlines and Lucifer in the Livre de la Vigne Nostre Signeur.

    His final form in Castlevania: Bloodlines shows him with a second mouth on his stomach. This could be inspired by some Medieval depictions of the Devil, showing him eating damned souls and spitting them out through his second mouth.
    • His sprite in the game particularly resembles the piece "Lucifer Waiting for the Last Judgment" from Livre de la Vigne Nostre Signeur (c. 1450-1470). Apart from having a secondary face/mouth on the stomach area, he also has two additional smaller faces on his shoulders, and the characteristic pose of his legs is nearly identical to the artwork.
    • On this note, it's worth mentioning that Dracula's title, Maō (魔王, "Demon King") has sometimes been translated as "Satan" in some games, based on some Japanese Bible translations, implying both being the same entity or at least to play a similar role (for example, in Order of Ecclesia, he is referred to as Maō Dorakyura (魔王ドラキュラ, "Demon King Dracula")).
  • Although Dracula's portrait artwork for Symphony of the Night depicts him with yellow eyes, his in-game dialogue portrait depicts them as glowing red (via superimposed graphics over Ayami Kojima's original design).
  • One of the pieces of concept art for Dracula included in the Castlevania: Curse of Darkness OST had his pose reused for his character art in Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles.
  • His artwork as Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was slightly altered from its original appearance, removing all traces of blood. This was likely done to avoid raising the game's age rating, as Symphony of the Night has a higher age rating than Ultimate in all regions.
  • In Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Dracula appears as the final boss in Pac-Man's Classic Mode due to the fact that he is chronologically the first SSBU boss who appeared in a video game (in the very first Castlevania game). Similarly, he appears as the final boss in Luigi's Classic Mode as a subtle reference to the Luigi's Mansion subseries in the Mario franchise, which dealt with a similar premise to Castlevania regarding combating supernatural horrors in a haunted building (coincidentally, haunted mansions playing a key role in Simon's Quest). He also acts as a standard boss for Sephiroth's Classic Mode, as a subtle reference to how both characters acted as final bosses of their respective games (Dracula to various Castlevania games, and Sephiroth for Final Fantasy VII). Ironically enough, it also indirectly and unintentionally referenced Alucard's fights against Dracula in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Symphony of the Night and Julius Mode in Dawn of Sorrow, due to Sephiroth having a similar physical appearance to Alucard.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Castlevania – Developer Commentary at Shmuplations.
  2. Akumajō Densetsu instruction booklet: ドラキュラ公は自らの力を絶大なものにするため、その身を悪魔に売り渡すまでになっていたが、それだけでは満足せず、自分の息子にまで悪魔との契約を行うよう強要したのである。"Dracula sold his own soul to the Devil in order to increase his power, but he was not satisfied by that alone and forced his son into the contract."
  3. ReyVGM (@VGMuseum1) - July 26, 2021

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