First appearance of a Fire Demon in the series. This incarnation of the enemy is very different from its later appearances; it does not fly, has a peculiar elongated neck, its skin is green rather than red, and appears to emanate heat from its insides.
In the Saturn version, when the player destroys it, its sprite mysteriously turns into a crimson demon before disappearing.
Unlike its previous appearance, the demon can now fly. It calls upon six spheres to surround it and then sends them out in a spiral direction. Alternatively, it can summon several fireballs which move randomly. Unlike the spheres, the fireballs can be destroyed.
A large flying humanoid that controls fire. It mainly attacks by flying about and punching with its massive fists. Gaining dominance over its soul grants Soma the ability to cast Dracula's iconic spell: Hellfire.
Obtaining this soul actually holds one third of the secret to gain access to the true ending of the game, the other two being Bat Form (Giant Bat) and Death Touch (Succubus). By equipping these three souls while dealing the final blow to Graham Jones' first form, the dark energy barrier in the Floating Garden will eventually disappear and the final area of the game will open, leading to the true final boss, Chaos.
The appearance of the enemy changes greatly in comparison to his two previous appearances: he has a head resembling that of a lion, has hooves instead of claws on his feet and his wings are more like those of an eagle than those of a bat.
He has three attacks:
Get off the ground and attack the player with claws. The player can take advantage of this moment to parry this attack in order to regain MPs.
His appearance changes again with Lament of Innocence: if he keeps his mane, his body is now more muscular and has mysterious tattoos. His head has big horns, his paws become clawed and his wings resemble those of a bat.
However, he doesn't have as many attacks: he can only hit the player with his claws and invoke an explosive fireball, resembling the Dark Inferno.
It is odd to find that we can encounter Flame Demons on level 38 before meeting those on level 31.