"Worm, you dare oppose the power of darkness? Is it death you seek?"
— Gilles de Rais

Gilles de Rais is a character in the Castlevania series. He is a direct subordinate to Count Dracula. A high-ranked vampire who plays a prominent role in a meticulous plan to bring the Dark Lord back to life.

Character's history

Gilles de Rais is first seen in the opening scene of Legacy of Darkness as he walks through the castle. Lantern held aloft, he makes his way to the Castle Keep, where Actrise and Death are performing Dracula's 1844 resurrection ritual.

Later, he is mentioned by name in the Villa when Mary Oldrey explains that her husband, J. A. Oldrey, has been turned into a vampire by Gilles. At the end of the level, in the crypt underneath the Villa's garden maze, Gilles de Rais fights Cornell. He is surprised by the werewolf's power and escapes with Actrise after she interrupts the battle, although not before both hint that Cornell will make a worthy adversary for their master. Gilles de Rais is present in the final cutscene of Cornell's quest, in which the essence of the werewolf is used in a ritual to reincarnate Dracula in the body of Malus.

Gilles de Rais reappears in Reinhardt's and Carrie's quests in 1852, albeit disguised as Dracula (although the English versions of these games do not make this clear, the official strategy guide states that "Dracula's servant" is in "Vampire Gildre"[1]). Gilles attempts to dissuade the adventurers in the Castle Wall level, and is finally defeated in the Castle Keep.

Boss battles

First battle: Villa's crypt

The first Gilles de Rais boss battle is exclusive to Cornell's quest. In place of him, the player will fight vampire villagers in Carrie's and Reinhardt's quests. Henry does not fight a boss in this room.

The battle begins abruptly after Cornell descends the stairs into the Villa's crypt. Sans introduction, Gilles will rush toward Cornell and use any of the following attacks:

  1. Slashing the hero with his claws. This attack is stronger at night and weaker during the day.
  2. Biting Cornell to suck his blood. This not only drains Cornell's health meter, but replenishes Rais's as well. If the player does not break free in time, Cornell's status will change to "vampire".
  3. Emitting multiple bursts of flame for long range attacks.

Gilles tends to attack at close range, usually using his flame attack only when it's difficult to reach Cornell (such as when he's on the entrance steps or atop the casket). Gilles is also adept at evading attacks. He may leap into the air or do a quick sidestep to avoid damage, often attempting to bite Cornell afterward if they're in close proximity. It should be noted that because Gilles is a vampire, his maximum hit points decrease by 20% during the day.

Second battle: Castle Keep

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The second Gilles de Rais boss battle (in which he is disguised as Dracula) is exclusive to Carrie's and Reinhardt's quests. Cornell has almost exactly the same battle in the Castle Keep, save for the fact that the true Dracula has a few different attacks.

After a cutscene, Gilles will turn into mist and vanish. He may teleport multiple times, eventually reappearing behind the hero before attacking. Also, if the player is too close or turns to face him abruptly, he may vanish again. His attacks include:

  1. Conjuring four homing fireballs (in Legacy) or four flaming bats (in Castlevania).
  2. Drawing the hero to him and sucking his or her blood. This not only drains the player's health meter, but replenishes his own. If the player does not break free in time, his/her status will change to "vampire".
  3. Emitting two shockwaves: one low to the ground, the other at waist height.
  4. Releasing a sustained blast of fire for a few moments (this attack resembles a weaker version of Dracula's Demonic Megiddo).

In homage to Dracula boss battles of past games, Gilles only takes damage when struck in the head. In higher difficulty levels, the player must actually jump up to hit him at all; otherwise, all attacks miss. Unlike the first fight with him, the time of day does not affect the power of his attacks or max hit points.


About Gilles de Rais

  • Yes, the vampire Oldrey is my husband. There was a man named Gilles de Rais and a woman, Actrise. They made him what he is today. (Mary Oldrey)
  • You have killed my servant, the guardian of my sleeping spirit. (Malus/Dracula)

By Gilles de Rais

  • So this is the man-beast magic extracted from the man-wolf. What enormous power...
  • Miserable worm, upstart weakling. All who oppose the dark lord must die. Come, meet your doom!
  • Worm, you dare oppose the power of darkness? Is it death you seek?
  • As you wish. Come, I will tear you limb from limb.
  • So you thought you had won? To save the world is not so simple.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Gilles de Rais
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
64-VPG Vampire Gildre  (Gilles de Rais) [ edit ]
Castlevania 64
' HP: 160
Castle Keep
LOD-GDR Gilles de Rais  [ edit ]
Legacy of Darkness
' HP: 144 during day (128 on Easy, 160 on Hard), 180 at night (160 on Easy, 200 on Hard)
Villa (Cornell only)
64-VPG Dracula [Imposter]  (Gilles de Rais) [ edit ]
Legacy of Darkness
' HP: 160
Castle Keep (Reinhardt and Carrie-only)


For additional artwork, please visit Gilles de Rais Artwork.


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Gilles de Rais by Éloi Firmin Féron.

  • Gilles de Rais is based on the real Gilles de Rais. Although he was not associated with vampire legends, he was convicted for murdering hundreds of children, a crime ascribed to his in-game accomplice, Actrise.
    • He was also accused of being a sorcerer (he apparently did attempt to summon a demon with the help of a coerced priest) by the Catholic church; and a werewolf in other stories.
    • The real Gilles de Rais is associated with the legend of Bluebeard, and as such his in-game rendering sports a blue beard.
  • The PAL version of Castlevania (N64) features voice acting for Gilles de Rais in the Castle Wall and Castle Keep levels. In the American version, he only has voice acting in the Castle Wall level.
  • The 2003 horror film Dracula II: Ascension, part of a trilogy which identified Dracula as the disciple Judas Iscariot, had Dracula stating a list of the names he has gone by through the centuries, one of which being Gilles de Rais.
  • In Castlevania (N64) and Legacy of Darkness it turns out that De Rais himself decided to become a host for Dracula so he could release his master's soul after he died and reincarnate it into Malus' body.
  • Gilles de Rais was planned to appear in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, but was scrapped during development.[1]


  1. The World of Castlevania, KCE Kobe homepage. Developer Interview.

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