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The Flying Skeleton is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a skeleton warrior that has been given wings of bone to soar through the night sky.


Unlike regular skeletons, Flying Skeletons appear to be the remains of some kind of winged demon. Flying Skeletons that fly slowly up and down from one edge of the screen to the other in endless waves. They have bat-like wings, a shield, and in later games they are armed with spears.

Depending on the game, they can traverse the screen in different manners, but the most common is to appear from one side of the screen flying in a wave-like pattern, not unlike a Medusa Head, although the arc they trace can grow bigger if the player manages to get away from their main line of flight, not to mention that their size is considerably bigger.

Because the player usually has to fight these enemies in narrow towers, maneuverability to fight them can be severely compromised. However, receiving a hit while climbing a set of stairs will usually prevent the hero from being knocked down and possibly falling to their death.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Flying Skeleton
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Cv3-guard.gif 19. Flying Gargoyle (Flying Skeleton) [ edit ]
Dracula's Curse
' 5A. Tower, 7. Mountains, 9. Villa
Gargoyle cv4.gif 5. Gargoyle Skeleton  (Flying Skeleton) [ edit ]
Super Castlevania IV
' HP: 48
Exp: 150
Atk: 3
7. Unliving Quarters
X68-wingg-1-.gif Flying Skeleton  [ edit ]
' HP: 3
Exp: 300
6. Floating Corridor
Cvbl-skelebat.gif Flying Skeleton  [alt] [ edit ]
' 3. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, 5. Versailles Palace
Wingedguard-1-.gif 41. Winged Guard  (Flying Skeleton) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Slow-flying skeleton warrior. Level: 10
HP: 15
Exp: 30
Drop: Iron Shield, Javelin
Royal Chapel
Flyingbone.gif 22. Flying Bone  (Flying Skeleton) [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Strong: Wind
Level: 7
HP: 12
Exp: 13
Common Drop: $5
Rare Drop: Crimson Cloak
Castle A: Sky Walkway, Chapel of Dissonance
Castle B: Skeleton Cave, Sky Walkway
Wingedskeleton.gif 21. Winged Skeleton  (Wing Skeleton) [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
A skeleton that has been given wings of bone. Weak: Holy
HP: 20
MP: 10
Exp: 3
Atk: 14
Def: 1
Common Drop: Spear
Soul: Spear Throw
Chapel, Study, Dance Hall
Wingedguard-1-.gif 28. Winged Guard  (Flying Skeleton) [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
A skeleton given wings and made to fly. Strong: Ice, Darkness
Weak: Strike, Flame, Light
HP: 10
Exp: 1
Skill Pt: n/a
Atk: 26
Minera Prison Island, Tymeo Mountains, Forsaken Cloister, Ruvas Forest (Hard Mode), Skeleton Cave (Hard Mode)
Wingedskeletonooe.gif 102. Winged Skeleton  (Wing Skeleton) [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
An image of death given wings to soar through the night sky. Strong: Ice, Darkness
Weak: Strike, Flame, Light
HP: 30
Exp: 1
Skill Pt: n/a
Atk: 87
Drop: Fidelis Alate (1%)
Final Approach
Winged Guard  [ edit ]
Encore of the Night
' HP: 465
Exp: ~825
Drop: Turkey, Potion; Holy Sword
Steal: ~8 silver, 20 copper
Royal Chapel

Item Data

Item Data: Flying Skeleton
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Iron Shield Icon.png Iron Shield (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Hard Iron Shield Shield
DEF +2
Buy: $3,980 Drop: Winged Guard
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell or Mablung Sword Spells (20 MP): Giant Sword Attack
Javelin Icon.png Javelin (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Throwing spear [use] Projectile
Attrib: Cut
ATT +50
Buy: $800 (later) Find: Anti-Chapel
Drop: Bone Halberd, Scarecrow, Spectral Sword, Spear Guard, Winged Guard
Money Bag HoD Icon.png $5 - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
' Item
Juste Belmont 
Gold + 5
Rare Drop: Fleaman, Bone Pillar
Common Drop: Skeleton, Large Ghost, White Dragon, Flying Bone, Scarecrow, Bomber Armor, Balloon
Crimson Cloak Icon.png Crimson Cloak (Crimson Mantle) - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
A cloak that is red as blood. Goods
Juste Belmont 
DEF +12, LCK +3
Rare Drop: Flying Bone
Effect: Creates a red aura around the user.
Spear AoS Icon.png Spear (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Standard spear. Weapon
Attrib: Sword
ATK +17
Sell: $750 
Buy: $1,500 Find: Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Winged Skeleton
Red Soul.png Winged Skeleton - Spear Throw - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Throws spears. Bullet Soul
Attrib: Sword
Consume: 12 MP 
45 ATK
Rarity: 12
Drop: Winged Skeleton (starting soul)
Fidelis Alate Icon.png Fidelis Alate - Order of Ecclesia [edit]
Summon guardians to glide down from above. Back Glyph
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 80 MP 
ATK +3
Drop: Winged Skeleton
Effect: Summons Winged Skeletons.



  • In some games they are referred as "gargoyles", so they are probably the skeletal remains from the main Gargoyle enemies who have also appeared in the series. However, the flying skeletons have always been portrayed having a pair of horns on their foreheads, hinting that they may actually be the remains of a different creature.

See also