The Harpy is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a vicious bird-like creature with the head and torso of a woman.

Origins

Harpy from Monstrorum Historia (Ulisse Aldrovandi, 1642).

In Greek mythology, harpies would steal food from their victims while they were eating, and also carry evildoers (especially those who have killed their families) to the Erinyes. They seem originally to have been wind spirits. Their name means "snatchers".

Zeus punished King Phineus from Thrace for revealing the god's secret plan by using the gift of prophecy, given to him by Zeus himself. Phineus was blinded and put on an island with a buffet of food which he could never eat because harpies always arrived to steal it out of his hands. This continued until the arrival of Jason and the Argonauts. The Boreads succeeded in driving off the harpies but without killing any of them, following a request from Iris. The harpies returned to their cave in Minoan Crete.

In this form, they were agents of punishment who abducted people and tortured them on their way to Tartarus. They were vicious, cruel and violent, and lived on the islands of the Strophades.

Description

A vicious bird-like creature that has the torso of a woman. Harpies are the most common type of bird people in the Castlevania series. First appearing in Haunted Castle, the Harpy has made herself known for being a quick and tough enemy to beat (and harder in numbers). She replaced the Eagle in her console debut in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, where she would drop Gremlins/Ghoul Rabbits. In later games, she holds a dagger in her talons and starts attacking by throwing it at the player. In Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness, she can grasp onto the heroes with her claws and drop them from great heights.

Appearances

Haunted Castle

First appearance of Harpies in the series. Near the beginning of the Banquet Room, a dimensional portal unexpectedly opens before Simon and transports him to what seems to be the ruins of a Greek city, where three Harpies ambush him. Once defeated, another portal opens and returns him back to the castle.

One last Harpy appears at the end of the Vampire's Room after successfully crossing the crumbling bridge and just before the battle with Dracula.

Castlevania: Bloodlines

Harpies are the first enemies encountered at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Unlike previous incarnations, they resemble birds more than women this time around. Their plumage is dark green and their heads appear to be covered in feathers in a hood-like fashion. Some of them hold a polearm in their talons and attack by swooping at the player. After being damaged a couple of times, their heads may be cut off and blood will start sprouting out from their necks; this won't stop them, however, and they'll keep on attacking with the same ferocity until defeated.

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

The Harpy's design from this game would become a staple for future releases, as the same in-game sprite (or some variations of it) were used in following titles. Their hair is green-colored this time around and their plumage is yellow, which would change to orange in some later installments.

Harpies appear in the Clocktower and now they start the fight by throwing the dagger they hold in their talons, followed by either swooping at the player or hurling a barrage of razor-sharp feathers from their wings. They may also grab and carry the player while inflicting damage.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Gaining dominance over a Harpy's soul grants Soma the Wing Cutter ability, which allows him to shoot two razor-like feathers at once, one to the left and one to the right.

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Harpies are usually paired with Iron Gladiators or other large monsters, like a Cyclops or a Red Ogre.

They attack in a number of ways:

  • Swooping down and slashing with their feet.
  • Firing a blue energy ball.
  • Picking Hector up and carrying him around for a moment while constantly ripping at him with their talons.

To steal from them, the player must allow to be carried by a Harpy and attempt to steal as soon as she lets them go. The window of opportunity for stealing is very small, however, and many attempts may be required. Since attacks from other enemies may hinder the process, it's recommended to dispatch of all surrounding opposition first and leave behind only the Harpy intended to steal from.

Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade

The Harpy is the boss of the Lookout Tower.

Enemy Data

Main article: Harpy/Enemy Data

Item Data

Item Data: Harpy
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Apple Icon.png Apple (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Crunchy delicious apple [use] Food (Fruit)
Alucard 
HP +9
Drop: Harpy, Human Face Tree (Saturn-only)
Life Apple Icon.png Life Apple (Wonder Drug of Life) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Heals [familiar use only] Medicine
Alucard 
Find: Throughout castle (all)
Drop: Harpy
Stylish Suit Icon.png Stylish Suit (Fancy Clothes) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
You'll be popular while wearing this Body (Clothes)
Nathan 
DEF +40, STR +10
Drop: Skeleton Boomerang, Harpy, Heat Shade
Star Bracelet Icon.png Star Bracelet (jpn) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Its power depends on which arm it is on. Arm (Bracelet)
Nathan 
(Right arm: STR +25, INT +25) (Left arm: DEF +25, LCK +25)
Drop: Harpy, Frozen Shade
High Potion HoD Icon.png High Potion - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
Restores a large amount of HP. Medicine
Juste Belmont 
HP +150
Buy: $200
 Find: Throughout castle (all)
Rare Drop: Disc Armor lv2
Common Drop: Hammer-Hammer, Harpy, White Dragon Lv3, Arthro Skeleton, Simon Wraith
Bascinet Icon.png Bascinet - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
A helmet made of chain netting. Head
Juste Belmont 
DEF +16
Rare Drop: Harpy
Red Soul.png Harpy - Wing Cutter - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Shoots out razor-like feathers. Bullet Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Sword
Consume: 25 MP 
100 ATK
Rarity: 12
Drop: Harpy
Guardian Soul.png Harpy - Harpy Familiar - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Summon Harpy as a familiar. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 5 MP/sec 
Rarity: **
Drop: Harpy
Red Steel.png Red Steel - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Red steel, made from solidified magma. Hard, good for armor and non-edged weapons. Material
Hector 
Sell: $45  Common Drop: Armored Sprinter Lv.33/44, Necromancer Lv.31/35, Undead Lord Lv.33/38/43, Harpy Lv.32/46
Orichalcum.png Orichalcum - Curse of Darkness [edit]
The ultimate metal, created on a phantom continent. Shines with a red light. Material
Hector 
Sell: $200  Find: Aiolon Ruins
Steal: Harpy Lv.32/46
Penne Arrabiata PoR Icon.png Penne Arrabiata (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A short pasta with a spicy tomato sauce. Item (Food)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
HP +196
Sell: $245 
Drop: Harpy
Spell HD Icon.png Featherblades - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Shoot razor-sharp feathers. Bound Spell
Charlotte 
Consume: 10 MP  ATK +9
Rarity: *
Bind: Harpy
First Obtained: Chapter 5
Bullet Soul HD Icon.png Harpy - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Shoot razer-sharp feathers. Bullet Soul
Soma 
Consume: 10 MP  ATK +9
Rarity: **
Steal: Harpy (2.8%)

Notes

  • The dagger the Harpy throws cannot be deflected like most of of her other attacks.
  • If the Harpy is attacked in the middle of her throwing-dagger animation, the attack will be canceled and she will lose the dagger.

Gallery

Trivia

  • In Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness, if the player stops attacking a Harpy when her health is about to hit zero (just after she starts spilling out blood), she will do one last attempt to make the player fall to their death by flapping her wings and then will die, without the player having to finish her off.
  • The Harpy is the only female monster encountered in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness.

External videos

See also

Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
Characters
Protagonist

CornellHenry Oldrey

Supporting cast

AdaMary OldreyEdwardDianaBessFlorenceAnthonyClark

Antagonists

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