The Dragon Zombie is a recurrent boss or powerful enemy in the Castlevania series. It lost its magic, but has become mindlessly violent.


The magically reanimated remains of a dragon. Dragon Zombies have appeared in varying amounts of decay thorough the games that conform the Castlevania series, still being full of flesh (although in an advanced rotten state) in games such as Castlevania Legends and Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, and more skeleton-like in Castlevania Chronicles and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin.

According to its description in Castlevania Legends, the Death Dragon, as it is referred to in that game, was slain by Count Dracula himself and then brought back as a living corpse to guard his castle.


Castlevania Chronicles

The boss of the second level. Simon passes the dragon's remains while trekking through the Underground Aqueduct. It returns at the end to attack while Simon is stuck on a small raft. The dragon remains hovering on the right side of the screen, attacking in two ways: either it will tip the boat with its tail, or breathe fire at Simon. It can be avoided by remaining on the left side of the raft and constantly attacking its head.

Skull Dragon 31 10,000
2. Underground Aqueduct

Castlevania Legends

This dragon was actually killed by Dracula himself in his early years to send a message that he, as the "King of the Dragons", had arrived. Dracula granted it new life to be a part of his own army. The dragon is huge and only its front half is shown onscreen. Its fire-breathing ability is ever-present, but it chooses to spew individual flame blasts sporadically as it moves its head up and down between three possible positions to keep the player guessing while moving. Like other bosses its size, it likes to crash into things using its head to make debris fall from the ceiling to further disrupt Sonia's movements.

Death Dragon デス·ドラゴン - -
2. Inside the Castle
This legendary monster was slain by Count Dracula
himself and then was brought back as a living corpse.
The dragon attacks by breathing flames.

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Dragon Zombies appear as a pair of boss monsters. Both dragons lie on the floor, with their bodies in an advanced level of decay, and are so bulky they must resort to attack using only their heads. The left dragon attacks by spewing a series of loosely aimed fireballs, while the right dragon attacks with aimed balls of electricity. Both dragons have the ability to slam into the wall and cause debris to fall from the ceiling. When one dragon dies, the other will devour its companion's remains, regaining 300 HP in the process; however, doing so leaves it open for attack while feeding, allowing the player to probably deal even more damage than the health it regains. Once both are defeated, the Heavy Ring can be obtained from the next room.

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Dragon Zombie - 1,400 15,000
ATK DEF Location
390 440 Underground Gallery
Common Drop Rare Drop
- -
Resistance Poison

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

In this game, the Dragon Zombie is not a boss but a large, uncommon enemy. It can bite, jump forward, wail its tail at the player, and more importantly, breath a large poisonous fume that covers a large area of the room. It usually appears in areas where an almost endless horde of Mummies spawn from the ground.

One can be encountered in the Buried Chamber, another in the Sandy Grave, and yet another one also makes an appearance in Boss Rush Mode (Course 1).

No. Name JPN HP
38 Dragon Zombie 350
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Slash, Fire, Holy
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Buried Chamber, Sandy Grave Gladius Zweihander 150 5
Description "A zombie dragon. It lost its magic, but has become mindlessly violent."

Item Data

Item Data: Dragon Zombie
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Legends-soul-ice.png Ice (Water) - Legends [edit]
Restores the player's entire life gauge. Soul Weapon
Consume: 20 Hearts  Find: Stage 2
Create: Death Dragon soul
Heavy Ring Icon.png Heavy Ring - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Certain boxes can be pushed. Magic Item
Find: Underground Gallery
Guard: Dragon Zombie
Effect: Grants Nathan the ability to push certain wooden boxes.
Gladius PoR Icon.png Gladius - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A sword used in ancient Rome. Weapon (Sword)
Attrib: Slash
ATK +35, DEF +2
Sell: $1,450 
Drop: Dragon Zombie, Hill Guard
Zweihander Icon.png Zweihander - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A German two-handed sword. Weapon (Great Sword)
Attrib: Slash
ATK +69
Sell: $2,200 
Rare Drop: Dragon Zombie
Effect: A more powerful attack (50 MP).



  • In Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, the right Dragon Zombie can be defeated even before the boss room's door has closed. As a result, by exploiting the Dual Set-Up System, Nathan can transform into a skeleton (Pluto + Black Dog) and start spamming bones. Since one hit with a big bone will likely kill the dragon and the fact that the right dragon will always be there every time Nathan enters the room, as long as the left dragon has not been killed, Nathan can gain big amounts of EXP quickly by repeating this process.
  • In Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, in the first room of the Pagoda of the Misty Moon, the skeletal remains of a winged dragon appear on the floor.
  • The Dragon Zombie that appears in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin has a greatsword that resembles a Zweihander pierced through its mouth (among other weapons bored along the rest of its body). Interestingly enough, its rare drop is precisely the Zweihander.
  • In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Gabriel Belmont fights a Titan boss near the end of the game called the Dracolich, which are the reanimated remains of a dead dragon. Interestingly enough, the original series' Dragon Zombie was said to have been slain by Dracula in his early years, while Gabriel defeated the Dracolich not long before he became Dracula himself.
  • A Yu-Gi-Oh! card (also by Konami) is based off the concept of this creature, although it's unknown if there's any direct connection between both.[1]

See also


Castlevania Legends
Sonia BelmontDraculaAlucard
Creatures BatDeath DragonFlying WolfGrim ReaperMedusaJumping DemonExecutioner
Outside the CastleInside the CastleThe Clock TowerThe Top Floor of the CastleThe Cathedral
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