Gaibon (ギャイボン Gyaibon?) is an enemy in the Castlevania series. He is a fire-breathing flying demon and a direct subordinate of Death.


Gaibon is a gargoyle-like enemy who was first introduced as the second of the four final bosses in Super Castlevania IV. Since then, he has been a regular enemy in the series, usually fighting alongside Slogra or appearing in a room near him.

He attacks by flying through the air, intermittently spewing fireballs down at the player. In Super Castlevania IV, he can also land and knock stalactites down from the ceiling. Upon taking damage, he turns red and begins firing bigger and more powerful blasts of fire, as well as moving in different patterns. His soul in Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow allows a Gaibon familiar to follow Soma and attack with him, and is also used by Soma in his Dark Lord persona at the end of Julius Mode.

His skeleton can be seen in a background of the Skeleton Cave in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance.


Super Castlevania IV

In Super Castlevania IV, Gaibon is the second of the three final bosses before fighting Dracula. He starts out with a purple hue, shooting single fireballs that are easily extinguished by Simon's whip. However, after he loses half of his health, he will turn red and begin shooting volleys of fireballs which are much harder to avoid.

(First form / Second form)
B. Castle Keep

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Gaibon is the first boss battle of the game. After that, he is a randomly encountered enemy. During the boss battle, he teams up with Slogra. He spews fireballs at the enemy while Slogra impales them with his spear. If he gets low on health, Gaibon will turn red and start to spew larger fireballs. He will also step on the ground to shoot even more projectiles at the player. However, if the player breaks Slogra's spear first, Gaibon will fly and carry Slogra through the air, and throw him at the player for massive damage.

It is advised to defeat Gaibon after Slogra in this battle. However, when he begins dropping him at the player, note that although Slogra is stretched out, the hit-box remains the same. Therefore, the player can be under Slogra's beak, neck or head when he lands, and don't take any damage unless they are actually under him, the same as if he had been holding his spear.

(First form / Second form)
No. Name JPN Level HP
18 Gaibon 6 200
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
- - - - 200
Location Drop Guard
- - Life Vessel
Description "Fire-breathing flying demon."

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (LCD handheld)

Gaibon appears once again in this LCD handheld rendition of Symphony of the Night, although this time she is known as the "Hipogryph". This was probably a misnaming error by the production team and should not be confused with the proper Hippogryph enemy appearing in Symphony of the Night and Circle of the Moon.

It guard the Silver Ring.

SLCD Hipogryph
Name Alt. Name HP
Hipogryph Gaibon -
Royal Chapel

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow / Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin / Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

In three games, Gaibon returns as a normal enemy. Both him and Slogra can be encountered in the Mine of Judgment in Dawn of Sorrow, Tower of Death in Portrait of Ruin and Chapter 9 in Harmony of Despair.

Gaining dominance over Gaibon's soul in Dawn of Sorrow grants Soma the Gaibon Familiar ability, which allows him to summon a Gaibon ally as a familiar. It can also be used for synthesizing a Kunitsuna into an Yasutsuna at Yoko's shop.

(First form / Second form)
95 Gaibon ギャイボン Gyaibon 322 999 70
Tolerance Weakness
Dark, Time Stop (unaffected) Piercing, Slashing, Holy, Stone
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
Mine of Judgment - - Gaibon Familiar (20%) 422
Description "A fiend that serves the Grim Reaper. It can spit fire while flying."

(First form / Second form)
No. Name JPN HP
59 Gaibon 216
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Slash, Holy, Stone
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Tower of Death - - 188 4
Description "A demonic knight who serves Death. It can spit fire while flying."

(First form / Second form)
No. Name JPN HP MP
60 Gaibon ??? ???
Tolerance Weakness
Fire, Ice, Darkness Strike, Slash, Pierce, Lightning, Holy
Chapter Drop Bind Soul
Chapter 9 - Lord of Flies - - Gaibon Familiar
(Blue - 3.50%)
Description "A fiend that serves the Grim Reaper. It can spit fire while flying."

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Gaibon can be found in several places, such as Mortvia Aqueduct and Dracula's Castle, to name a few. He attacks either by swooping down and slashing with his feet, firing a ripple laser from his mouth which has the ability to stun the player, or using his grab attack, picking up and hitting them six times if they don't break free.

Gaibon does not turn red this time around to spew stronger fireballs like he did in other games. When the player encounters him, he can frequently be seen paired with Slogra, which is a dangerous combination; if they grab Hector (or Trevor in Trevor Mode), they will throw him into each other.

No. Name JPN HP
41 Gaibon Lv.17 220
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Wind, Light
Location Drop Steal EXP
Mortvia Aqueduct, Tower of Eternity Rare Drop: Piroshki $50 64
Description "A direct subordinate of Death, his powers of flight give him an advantage over foes on the ground."

No. Name JPN HP
86 Gaibon Lv.34 390
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Wind, Light
Location Drop Steal EXP
Aiolon Ruins Rare Drop: Piroshki $50 292
Description "A direct subordinate of Death, his powers of flight give him an advantage over foes on the ground."

No. Name JPN HP
134 Gaibon Lv.45 550
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Wind, Light
Location Drop Steal EXP
Dracula's Castle, Tower of Evermore Rare Drop: Piroshki $50 768
Description "A direct subordinate of Death, his powers of flight give him an advantage over foes on the ground."

Events of Akumajō Dracula: Kabuchi no Tsuisoukyoku

Gaibon alongside Slogra were found inside Dracula's Castle. When Death attempted to have them report on what was going on, the two attacked him, catching him off-guard temporarily, although he killed them all the same. However, when killed, they didn't seem to react at all to their demise, piquing Death's suspicions.

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night

Name Title HP EXP
Gaibon - 300 +1 level
Drop Steal Location
Medal ~4 silver, 20 copper Alchemy Laboratory
List of Spells
Skill Cost Effect
Fire Breath - -
- - -

Other appearances

Castlevania (animated series)

Gaibon appears alongside Slogra in the Castlevania animated series, fighting against Trevor, Alucard and Sypha. They team up as they do in Symphony of the Night when Gaibon grabs Slogra. Trevor slays Gaibon by piercing his head with his whip.

Item Data

Item Data: Warg
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Life Vessel Icon Life Vessel [alt] - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Increases the player's maximum HP (life) capacity. Item (standard)
Maximum HP + 5
Find: Found throughout the Castle, often in containers.
Drop: Most bosses.
Effect: Restore all life and increases Max HP
Silver Ring - Symphony of the Night (LCD) [edit]
If you can beat him [Hipogryph], Alucard will win the Silver Ring and proceed to the next level. Item (Ring)
Find: 2. Royal Chapel
Guard: Hipogryph
Effect: None
Guardian-Soul-DoS-Icon Gaibon - Gaibon Familiar - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Summon Gaibon as a familiar. Guardian Soul
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 5 MP/sec 
Rarity: **
Drop: Gaibon
Piroshki Piroshki - Curse of Darkness [edit]
A flat bread from Russia. Also tasty when backed. Food
HP +250
Sell: $1 
Rare Drop: Gaibon Lv.17/34/45
$50 - Curse of Darkness [edit]
' Pick-Up
Gold + 50
Find: Candelabras
Steal: Executioner Lv.2/26/47, Ghost Lv.3/11, Merman Lv.4/15/35, Blood Skeleton Lv.5/75, Lizardman Lv.6/23, White Dragon Lv.10/38, Bone Soldier Lv.13/18/38, Ectoplasm Lv.16/22/37, Dark Warlock Lv.17/42, Gaibon Lv.17/34/45, Wolf Skeleton Lv.17/33, Frost Dragon Lv.19/39, Thunder Dragon Lv.20/40, Sniper Orc Lv.24/30
Guardian Soul HD Icon Gaibon - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Summon Gaibon as a familiar. Guardian Soul (Familiar)
Consume: 2 MP  ATK +8
Steal: Gaibon (3.5%)
First Obtained: Chapter 9


  • In some games, if the player can manage to inflict enough damage, it is possible to kill Gaibon before he turns red.


Sound gallery

Gaibon Roar

<p style="text-align: center;">Gaibon's roar</p>




See also

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