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The Dryad is an enemy in the Castlevania series. They are evil tree spirits.

OriginsEdit

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The Dryad by Evelyn De Morgan.

A dryad is a tree nymph, or tree spirit, in Greek mythology. In Greek drys signifies "oak"; thus, dryads are specifically the nymphs of oak trees, though the term has come to be used for all tree nymphs in general.

They were normally considered to be very shy creatures, except around the goddess Artemis, who was known to be a friend to most nymphs.

DescriptionEdit

Dryads are evil tree nymphs, or female tree spirits. The first dryads in the Castlevania series protruded suddenly from the trunk of a tree like a human-shaped branch. The Dryad tree in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon emitted seeds that slowly moved toward the player. The dryad formed the shape of a woman from the upper trunk of the tree in Aria of Sorrow.

AppearancesEdit

Haunted CastleEdit

First appearance of Dryads in the series. Only two are found in the entire game, both in the Graveyard after exiting the burning section. Due to their unconventional way of making their presence and attack, they may take the player by surprise. Even then, however, they are easily avoidable and will be put down in just a few whip strikes.

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Name JPN HP EXP ATK
Dryad - 6 200 1
Location
Stage 1: The Graveyard

Super Castlevania IVEdit

After a long absence, Dryads return once more in Super Castlevania IV. Once again, only two appear in the entire game, at the beginning of the Sorcery Tower, and they protrude from solid walls instead of trees. Their shapes are more akin to that of a feminine body this time around.

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Name JPN HP EXP ATK
Dryad - 0 100 2
Location
Stage 4: Outer Keep

Castlevania ChroniclesEdit

Dryads are the very first enemies encountered in the Courtyard and appear all throughout the first section of the level. They retain their usual means of attack by protruding from dead trees in an attempt to surprise the player.

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Name JPN HP EXP
Dryad 12 300
Location
Block 3: Courtyard

Castlevania: Circle of the MoonEdit

Dryads in Circle of the Moon deviate from their usual portrayal and instead appear as monstrous tree trunks which, along with their branches, give them a humanoid appearance that boasts a face contorting in pain.

They are only encountered in a long tunnel of the Underground Warehouse which leads back to the Catacomb. They are mobile this time around, although they move very slowly and resort in spewing giant spores that travel across the ground to inflict Plant damage. While not particularly difficult to avoid, they can become a nuisance should the player let them populate the screen.

Dryad
Name JPN HP EXP
Dryad ドライアド Doraiado 120 300
ATK DEF Location
300 360 Underground Warehouse
Common Drop Rare Drop
Heart High Heart Mega
Resistance Plants

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

A most faithful depiction of the mythological nymph, the Dryad in Aria of Sorrow appears as a female torso protruding from a dead tree trunk, with its long branches making the role of hands. They are found in the Underground Reservoir guarding the secret path to the Forbidden Area.

Unlike their Circle of the Moon counterparts, they remain stationary this time around and only resort on hurling three persimmons which they grow themselves at Soma. If one of these manages to connect, it will stick to him for a short time and deal small but constant damage until it disappears. This attack is the only one in the entire game which does not cancel Soma's bat transformation.

Gaining dominance over their soul grants Soma the Drain Seed ability, which allows him to hurl the same kind of fruits at enemies to deal damage and transfer their HP to himself.

AOS-Dryad
No. Name JPN HP MP EXP
71 Dryad 350 212 200
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
45 38 - Flame
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
Underground Reservoir, Forbidden Area Mystletain Persimmon Drain Seed
Description "An evil tree spirit."

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Dryad
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Heart High Icon Heart High (Heart High Up) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 25 Hearts. Recovery Item (Heart Potion)
Nathan 
Heart +25
Drop: Arachne, Gargoyle, Catoblepas, Ghoul, Dryad, Bone Tower
Heart Mega Icon Heart Mega (Heart Mega Up) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 100 Hearts. Recovery Item (Heart Potion)
Nathan 
Heart +100
Drop: Arachne, Dryad, Trick Candle
Mystletain AoS Icon Mystletain (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Sword carved from a sacred tree Weapon
Soma 
Attrib: Sword, Holy
ATK +36
Sell: $4,000 
Find: Clock Tower (hidden)
Common Drop: Dryad
Persimmon AoS Icon Persimmon (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
A bitter fruit. Food
Soma 
HP +80
Sell: $500 
Rare Drop: Dryad
Red Soul Dryad - Drain Seed - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Grows stronger by stealing HP from its enemies. Bullet Soul
Soma 
Consume: 33 MP  59 AP
Rarity: 50
Drop: Dryad

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • In the French version of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, another plant-based enemy known as the Treant was renamed "Dryade" instead, probably because of an error by the localization team due to the similarity between both monsters.
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