The Great Armor, or Armor Lord, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a heavily armored knight built out of the corpses of great warriors.


The Great Armor is a giant Sword Knight that wields a Great Sword and sometimes a shield. While it boasts high defense and attack power, it is generally the most basic variant of giant armors, being less powerful than a Final Guard and less maneuverable than a Victory Armor.


Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

The Great Armor appears for the first time at the end of the aqueducts, just before the Bone Golem. He wears a shield that must be destroyed in order to finish him off. He has three forms of attack: crashes down his sword, a quick thrust and an invocation of one to three shockwaves. He drops a life upon his death.

He reappears at piers, this time in duet with another armor. This fight is very difficult because both enemies can attack at the same time, and depending of attacks, it can be difficult for the player to avoid them.

Masterkni-1-.gifGreat Armor DXC.png
Name Alt. Name HP EXP
Great Armor Armor Lord 24 1000
2'. Aqueducts, 5'. Piers

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

The Armor Lord is one of the tougher enemies encountered in the earlier areas of the game; an enormous armored knight, garbed in royal purple gear with gold trim. Although this incarnation doesn't carry a physical shield, he is capable of projecting an energy shield which is impregnable to any attacks made by the player (all variants share this capability). In addition, the Armor Lord can perform a rapid thrusting attack (quite similar to the Rapier's special attack) and a sweeping sword attack that sends out a wave of fire along the ground.

No. Name JPN Level HP
45 Armor Lord Great Armor 12 81
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
Cut - - - 100
Location Drop Guard
Colosseum, Outer Wall Rapier, Saber -
Description "Heavily armored undead warrior."

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

The Great Armor is found in this game as the game's third boss in the Study, and later as a common enemy in the Clock Tower. These enemies, much like the Golems, are really slow but pack a punch. They only have two attacks, which can easily be avoided. The first one is a thrust to the area below the sword, which Soma can crouch under to avoid damage, while still allowing him to attack the Great Armor. The second attack is trying to smash the sword down, which again requires Soma to remain close. While not considered an attack, the Great Armor can also raise up its shield to block all attacks for a few seconds.

The later versions of this enemy, Final Guard and Shadow Knight, add one more attack to the repertoire of Great Armor attacks. They charge their swords up and stab the ground, sending a shock wave of energy toward Soma. However, it can be easily jumped over.

Soma can acquire two souls from defeating a Great Armor. After the official boss battle, he gets the Malphas Ability Soul, allowing him to do a double jump, which helps to access the Dance Hall area. The soul that the Great Armors drop later in the game is the Great Armor guardian soul, which grants the Strength Booster ability. This soul's in-game description is incorrect; it increases Soma's STR to 120% while active, not by 120%.

Aos greatarmor.gif
61 Great Armor 650 999 300
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
40 25 - Thunder Affected
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
Study (as a boss), Clock Tower Iron Plate Great Sword Strength Booster
Description "A heavily-armed soldier built out of the corpses of great warriors."

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

In this game, the Great Armor has been given an increase in size and a changed color design, but the tactics are the same. These enemies can be found in the Dark Chapel area of the castle. While not a particularly strong enemy, they have somewhat bulky defense, allowing for resisted attacks.

Because they are normal enemies, however, they can be fought as many times as desired Their soul is also one of the most useful souls in the entire game. They drop the Great Armor Guardian Soul, which grants the Great Armor Familiar ability, which instead of increasing Soma's strength like in the last game, has the soul of a Great Armor fights alongside him as a familiar.

38 Great Armor グレートアーマー Gurētoāmā 115 1 45
Tolerance Weakness
Fire, Water Bashing, Electric
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
The Dark Chapel Ring Mail (8%) - Great Armor Familiar (15%) 180
Description "A heavily armored knight built out of the corpses of powerful warriors."

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Unlike its previous appearance, the enemy is no longer as big, is brick red in color and his sword is also reduced in size. However, he now appears in groups.

In addition to his sword, he can also use his shield as an offensive weapon by carrying out a charge that can push the player away. During this time, his steal window activates, allowing the player to steal Carbon Steel from him.

No. Name JPN HP
58 Great Armor Lv.25 465
Tolerance Weakness
Wind Thunder
Location Drop Steal EXP
Forest of Jigramunt
Cordova Town, Tower of Eternity
Common Drop: Steel
Rare Drop: Short Sword
Carbon Steel 117
Description "An armor knight with red-brown armor. Beware the fearsome thrust of its shield bash attack."

No. Name JPN HP
88 Great Armor Lv.35 620
Tolerance Weakness
Wind Thunder
Location Drop Steal EXP
Eneomaos Machine Tower
Aiolon Ruins
Common Drop: Steel
Rare Drop: Short Sword
Carbon Steel 231
Description "An armor knight with red-brown armor. Beware the fearsome thrust of its shield bash attack."

No. Name JPN HP
136 Great Armor Lv.46 883
Tolerance Weakness
Wind Thunder
Location Drop Steal EXP
Tower of Evermore Common Drop: Steel
Rare Drop: Short Sword
Carbon Steel 603
Description "An armor knight with red-brown armor. Beware the fearsome thrust of its shield bash attack."

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

While they retain their size and design from Dawn of Sorrow, their color scheme is changed to red for Portrait of Ruin. They use the same tactics they used in Dawn of Sorrow, but are considerably weaker this time around.

No. Name JPN HP
34 Great Armor 240
Tolerance Weakness
Ice Strike, Whip, Electric
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Great Stairway, Entrance Iron Plate Great Sword 120 4
Description "A heavily-armored knight who commands other armored warriors."

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

Found in the Library and in the Arms Depot, Great Knights are one of Castlevania's many elite armored guardians. They pace at a very slow rate and mainly attack by slamming the massive axes they wield on the ground, so ranged combat or hit-and-run tactics are recommended.

They have been slightly redesigned from previous installments and have a chance of dropping the Melio Ascia glyph, which allows Shanoa the ability to wield the most powerful variant of axe-type weaponry in the game.

100 Great Knight 600 85
Tolerance Weakness
- Strike, Thunder
Location Drop Glyph EXP AP
Library, Arms Depot Knight Helm (3%) Melio Ascia (1%) 450 6
Description "One of Castlevania's many elite armored guardians."

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night

Name Title HP EXP
Armor Lord - 2000 ~5150
Drop Steal Location
Sirloin, Attack Potion; Holy Essence, Buffet Ticket ~38 silver Royal Chapel
List of Spells
Skill Cost Effect
Ultimate Shield - The next attack made is reduced to 0 damage. - -
- - -

Item Data

Item Data: Great Armor
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
RoB 1Up.png1 Up SOTN DXC Icon.png
1UP - Rondo of Blood [edit]
An extra life. Item
Drop: Great Armor (Stage 2')
RoB Richter Doll.png1 Up 2 SOTN DXC Icon.png
Richter Doll - Rondo of Blood [edit]
The number of remaining lives increases by one. Item
Drop: Great Armor (Stage 2')
Rapier Icon.png Rapier (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Long bladed sword Short Sword (Rapier)
Attrib: Cut
ATT +5
Drop: Armor Lord, Dhuron
Special: ↓↘→ + [Attack] for repeated strike (ATT = 15)
Saber Icon.png Saber (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Light cavalry sword Sword
Attrib: Cut
ATT +9
Buy: $1,500 Drop: Armor Lord, Magic Tome
Iron Plate AoS Icon.png Iron Plate (Iron Breastplate) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Breastplate of iron. Armor
DEF +25
Sell: $1,400 
Buy: $2,800 Find: Hammer's shop
Rare Drop: Valkyrie
Common Drop: Great Armor
Great Sword AoS Icon.png Great Sword (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Heavy longsword. Weapon
Attrib: Sword
ATK +40
Sell: $2,400 
Rare Drop: Great Armor
Blue Soul.png Great Armor - Strength Booster - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
STR is increased 120%. Guardian Soul
Consume: 60 MP/sec  Drop: Great Armor
Effect: Actually increases to 120%, ie by 20%
Ring Mail DoS Icon.png Ring Mail - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
A mail suit with metal rings sewn on. Armor
DEF +16
Sell: $1,400 
Buy: $2,800 Find: Hammer's shop, Demon Guest House
Common Drop: Great Armor
Guardian Soul.png Great Armor - Great Armor Familiar - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Summon Great Armor as a familiar. Guardian Soul
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 5 MP/sec 
Rarity: **
Drop: Great Armor
Steel.png Steel - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Regular steel. Easy to find but brittle and hard to shape. Used more for weapons than armor. Material
Sell: $30  Common Drop: Bone Soldier Lv.13/18, Dark Warlock Lv.17/42, Great Armor Lv.25/35/46
Short Sword.png Short Sword - Curse of Darkness [edit]
A simple, functional sword. Sturdy, good for taking on groups, and easy to keep under control. Sword (One-Handed)
ATK +10
Sell: $50 
Buy: $100 Find: Julia's Shop
Rare Drop: Great Armor Lv.25/35/46
Create: 2 Bronzes
Evolve: Broad Sword, Ada, Sword Breaker, Bastard Sword, 7 Bladed Sword, Zweihander, Foil, Gano, Ring, Pata, Laser Blade
Carbon Steel.png Carbon Steel - Curse of Darkness [edit]
The base for amazingly tough steel. Very precious, it makes great weaponry or armor. Material
Sell: $60  Find: Forest of Jigramunt, Infinite Corridor 3F
Rare Drop: Sniper Orc Lv.24/30
Steal: Great Armor Lv.25/35/46
Create: Sword Breaker
Iron Plate PoR Icon.png Iron Plate - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A breastplate made of iron. Body Gear (Armor)
DEF +15
Sell: $1,000 
Find: Great Stairway
Drop: Great Armor
Great Sword PoR Icon.png Great Sword - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A massive sword designed to smash through its targets. Weapon (Great Sword)
Attrib: Slash
ATK +55
Sell: $1,700 
Drop: Great Armor
Knight Helm Icon.png Knight Helm - Order of Ecclesia [edit]
Knightly head gear. Head Gear (Helmet)
DEF +10, CON +5, MND +3
Drop: Great Knight
Melio Ascia Icon.png Melio Ascia - Order of Ecclesia [edit]
Superior axe glyph. Glyph
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 45 MP 
ATK +16
Drop: Great Knight
Sirloin - Encore of the Night [edit]
Well done Item (Food/Meat)
HP + 30%
Sell: 1S 80C 
Find: Royal Chapel, Castle Keep
Drop: Malachi, Dark Octopus, Frozen Shade, Armor Lord, Flame Demon
Attack Potion - Encore of the Night [edit]
May cause baldness. Item (Medicine/Stat Potion)
ATK * 200%
Drop: Malachi, Dark Octopus, Frozen Shade, Armor Lord, Flame Demon
Limitations: Lasts for one attack. Effect goes away after one attack, and it only affects attacks made on hourglass flip.
Holy Essence - Encore of the Night [edit]
Increases your affinity to Holy for one battle. Does not unlock spells Item (Medicine/Attribute Potion)
Attrib: Holy affinity +10
Buy: 7S 20C Drop: Armor Lord, Flame Demon
Buffet Ticket - Encore of the Night [edit]
All-you-can-eat buffet ticket Item (Food)
Sell: 90S  Effect: Each of the next 5 block coupling spawns will include one random food item along with one standard block.
Limitations: Only usable in combat.



See also

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Soma CruzMina HakubaJ./Julius BelmontYoko BelnadesGenya Arikado (Alucard) • Hammer
Graham Jones
Creaking SkullManticoreGreat ArmorBig GolemHeadhunterDeathLegionBaloreGrahamBelmontChaos
Castle CorridorChapelStudyDance HallInner QuartersFloating GardenClock Tower
Underground ReservoirUnderground CemeteryThe ArenaTop FloorForbidden AreaChaotic Realm
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow & Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Original Soundtrack
Futabasha Official GuideNTT Pub Official Guide
BestiaryInventoryIn-Game FormulaJulius ModeVoice Translations
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