The Ghoul is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a foul being that rose from the grave to feed on the flesh of the dead.


"Amine Discovered with the Goule" from One Thousand and One Nights.

A ghoul is a monster or evil spirit in Arabic mythology, associated with graveyards and consuming human flesh. The term was first used in English literature in 1786, in William Beckford's novel Vathek, which describes the ghūl of Arabic folklore. In modern fiction, the term has often been used for a certain kind of undead monster. By extension, the word "ghoul" is also used in a derogatory sense to refer to a person who delights in the macabre, or whose profession is linked directly to death, such as a gravedigger or graverobber.

Originating around the eighth century AD, a ghoul is a mythical creature often described as hideous human-like monster that dwelt in the desert or other secluded locations in order to lure travelers astray. It was not until Antoine Galland translated Arabian Nights into French that the western idea of ghoul was introduced. Galland depicted the ghoul as a monstrous creature that dwelled in cemeteries, feasting upon corpses.


Ghouls are human-like creatures who feed off of corpses. In some games, these are undead beings risen from the grave. In others, such as those in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, they are living beings, descended from humans who have turned into monsters after generations of living off of rotten flesh. In others, they are even referred to as being spirits.

They are similar to Zombies and often appear as more powerful versions of these.


Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

In this game, Ghouls act and behave just like Zombies. However, they are stronger and have more health, so when first encountered, Soma will usually have to land several hits to kill them. As their weaker counterparts, they keep rising in endless hordes from the ground to march against him. They have no offensive attacks.

On the "Hard" difficulty setting, ghouls move faster and will poison Soma upon contact.

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Ghouls, like their Zombie counterparts, come in groups. There is an opportunity to steal from them when they raise their arms. They can grab the player in place and bite them several times, although they can easily break free from them.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

There's a stronger variant of the normal Ghoul, called the Ghoul King, that glows with a dark aura and that advances at great speed, and thus it's much more difficult to kill. It only appears in certain ghoul-infested rooms in 13th Street, and spawns after a certain period of time has elapsed, sharing this particularity with the Wight and Zombies.

Finding and defeating the Ghoul King is required in order to complete Wind's quest: "Defeat the Ghoul King". Travel to the 13th Street and look for a certain room infested by ghouls. Fend them off, preferably by staying on one side of the room in order to make the king appear on the other end and have more time to kill it once he finally appears. One method to defeat him easily is by casting 1,000 Blades at him; otherwise, Slash, Fire or Holy weapons, such as the fully-powered Vampire Killer or the Holy Claymore, should also make short work of him. Once he's dead, return to Wind to complete the quest and be awarded the Immunity Ring, which neutralizes poison attacks.

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

In Order of Ecclesia, Ghouls appear in Dracula's Castle and can poison Shanoa; the same ability they had in Dawn of Sorrow.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Ghoul
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
LOD-FLM.png Ghoul  (Flea Man) [ edit ]
Legacy of Darkness
' HP: 5
Forest, Castle Center, Tower of Ruins, Tower of Science, Clock Tower
Ghoul.gif Ghoul (jpn) [ edit ]
Circle of the Moon
' Strong: Darkness
HP: 100
Exp: 3
Atk: 190
Def: 79
Common Drop: Prison Garb (2.5%)
Rare Drop: Heart High (0.3%)
Eternal Corridor, Chapel Tower
DOS-Ghoul.gif 27. Ghoul (jpn) [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
A foul being that rose from the grave to feed on corpses. Strong: Dark
Weak: Piercing, Slashing, Fire, Holy, Stone
HP: 20
MP: 1
Exp: 10
Atk: 20
Timestop: Affected
Common Drop: Rotten Meat (8%)
Rare Drop: Pendant (4%)
Soul: Demon Stomach (2%)
Garden of Madness, The Dark Chapel, Silenced Ruins
COD-062.jpg 62. Ghoul Lv.27  [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
Tries to eat any human it sees. Hard to shake off once its rotten teeth have found warm flesh. Strong: Ice
Weak: Fire
Level: 27
HP: 160
Exp: 96
Common Drop: White Steel
Rare Drop: Ramen
Steal: $100
Cordova Town
COD-118.jpg 118. Ghoul Lv.42  [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
Tries to eat any human it sees. Hard to shake off once its rotten teeth have found warm flesh. Strong: Ice
Weak: Fire
Level: 42
HP: 250
Exp: 306
Common Drop: White Steel
Rare Drop: Ramen
Steal: $100
Dracula's Castle
COD-156.jpg 156. Ghoul Lv.75  [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
Tries to eat any human it sees. Hard to shake off once its rotten teeth have founf warm flesh. Strong: Ice
Weak: Fire
Level: 75
HP: 575
Exp: 702
Common Drop: White Steel
Rare Drop: Ramen
Steal: $100
Tower of Evermore
POR-Ghoul.gif 85. Ghoul  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
A foul creature that feeds on the flesh of the dead. Strong: Dark
Weak: Slash, Fire, Holy, Stone
HP: 99
Exp: 13
Skill Pt: 1
Drop: Combat Fatigues
Dark Academy, 13th Street
Ghoulking.gif 119. Ghoul King  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
The rarely-seen king of the ghouls. Strong: Dark
Weak: Slash, Fire, Holy
HP: 444
Exp: 291
Skill Pt: 15
Drop: Surcoat, Royal Crown
13th Street (defeat a number of Ghouls in order to make it appear)
Ooe ghoul.gif 73. Ghoul  [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
A spirit with a steady diet of dead, rotting flesh. Strong: Darkness
Weak: Slash, Flame, Light, Stone
HP: 66
Exp: 6
Skill Pt: 1
Atk: 56
Drop: Spoiled Milk (5%)
Castle Entrance, Library
Ghoul.png Ghoul  - see also here [ edit ]
Lords of Shadow
Despite most people believing otherwise, Ghouls are not undead creatures. (...) Weak: Dagger, Fairy, Holy Water ×2, Crystal ×3
Size: Medium
Difficulty: Low
Exp: 50, 100 if defeated with Holy Cross power
Chapters 5, 6, 13

Item Data

Item Data: Ghoul
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Prison Garb Icon.png Prison Garb (Clothes of Prisoners) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Clothes that were worn by a prisoner Body (Clothes)
DEF +20, STR +5
Drop: Evil Hand, Gargoyle, Ghoul, Clinking Man, Zombie Thief
Heart High Icon.png Heart High (Heart High Up) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 25 Hearts. Recovery Item (Heart Potion)
Heart +25
Drop: Arachne, Gargoyle, Catoblepas, Ghoul, Dryad, Bone Tower
Rotten Meat DoS Icon.png Rotten Meat (jpn) - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
A slab of rotting beef. Food
HP -200
Sell: $0 
Common Drop: Ghoul
Effect: HP +200 if Ghoul soul is equipped
Pendant DoS Icon.png Pendant (jpn) - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
A plain pendant. Goods
LCK +1
Sell: $40 
Buy: $80 Find: Hammer's shop
Rare Drop: Ghoul
Enchanted Soul.png Ghoul - Demon Stomach - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Eat food that is normally unpalatable. Enchanted Soul
Rarity: ***
Drop: Ghoul
White Steel.png White Steel - Curse of Darkness [edit]
White steel, easy to come by and cheap to buy. Quite weak when used alone, but easy to work with. Material
Sell: $40  Common Drop: Ghoul Lv.27/42/75, White Gravial Lv.27/43
Ramen CoD.png Ramen - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Long noodles from the East in a tasty soup. Slurp them down in one gulp. Food
HP +100
Sell: $1 
Rare Drop: Basilisk Lv.23, Ghoul Lv.27/42/75, Phantom Sword Lv.15
$100 - Curse of Darkness [edit]
' Pick-Up
Gold + 100
Find: Candelabras
Steal: Cockatrice Lv.6/46, Slogra Lv.14/37/45, Phantom Sword Lv.15, Ghoul Lv.27/42/75, White Gravial Lv.27/43, Frost Demon Lv.28/38/43, Death Ripper Lv.29/40/75, Rapid Sniper Lv.31/40, Necromancer Lv.31/35, Armored Sprinter Lv.33/44, Wight Lv.35/36
Combat Fatigues PoR Icon.png Combat Fatigues - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A standard-issue military uniform. Body Gear (Armor)
DEF +10
Sell: $2,450 
Buy: $9,800 Find: Vincent's shop
Drop: Ghoul
Conditions: Defeat Dullahan
Surcoat PoR Icon.png Surcoat - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A garment bearing a noble family crest. Body Gear (Armor)
DEF +18, INT +5, MND +5
Sell: $7,000 
Drop: Ghoul King
Royal Crown Icon.png Royal Crown - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A crown encrusted with precious jewels from all over the world. Head Gear (Crown)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
DEF +2, INT +2, MND +2, LCK +2
Sell: $20,000 
Drop: Ghoul King
Spoiled Milk OoE Icon.png Spoiled Milk - Order of Ecclesia [edit]
It's milk you can chew! Item
HP -400
Drop: Ghoul

See also

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