For the equipment, see Heavy Armor (equipment).

The Heavy Armor is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a heavily armored knight that swings a giant steel ball.


Castlevania Chronicles

First appearance of the Heavy Armor in the series. Present only in Dracula's Tower, it remains motionless and twirling his flail, waiting for the player to be within reach to extend his weapon towards him.

The range of his weapon is long enough to reach the player, making it an enemy difficult to approach.

Flail Armor 20 600
8. Dracula's Tower

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Present only on the ghost ship, he can approach the player to wear it and use his flail as such to try to crush him, unlike his previous appearance.

But strangely, in the PCE version, his weapon is mostly satisfied to reach the player even when he is high.

Maceknight-1-Heavy Armor DXC
Name Alt. Name HP EXP
Heavy Armor Mace Knight 10 450
5. Ghost Ship

Castlevania: Bloodlines

The Heavy Armor appears as part of a two-stage miniboss fight in the Atlantis Shrine, along with the Great Axe Armor. The Heavy Armor will first enter the screen from the right side. As in his previous appearance, he uses his weapon to crush the player. But besides, and despite his great size, he could also jump to either crush the player or pass behind him.

Despite this, he is easy enough to beat: just stay right next to him and hit because the hitbox of his weapon is only at the end of his weapon. Indeed, the handle will not cause any damage.

Name Alt. Name
Heavy Armor Hammer Ō-Yoroi
2. Atlantis Shrine

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Called Plate Lord in the English localization, it can be encountered quite early in the game, after the first bosses. As the player get closer, it will try swinging its chained ball while building its power, from 18 ATT to 35 ATT. He will throw the ball once the power reaches its maximum.

No. Name JPN Level HP
28 Plate Lord Heavy Armor 820 90
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
- - - - 90
Location Drop Guard
Colosseum, Marble Gallery Iron Ball, Neutron Bomb
Description "Heavily armored knight with iron ball."

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

A large, animated suit of armor that wields a heavy ball and chain. It swings it around several times before slinging it at Leon. There is one optional place in the Dark Palace of Waterfalls where Leon must manipulate this enemy into throwing the ball at a doorway, shattering it and permitting him entry.

No. Name JPN HP
45 Heavy Armor 200
Tolerance Weakness
Knife Thunder, Axe
Drop Location
Sapphire, Qigong Belt House of Sacred Remains, Ghostly Theatre (Crazy Mode only)

Dark Palace of Waterfalls

Description "A cavalry soldier that wields a giant steel mace."

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

In Portrait of Ruin, he often appears in the company of allied demons, such as ghouls or rulers sword, perhaps to distract the player in order to attack him easily.

Getting back his sprite of Rondo of Blood , he continues to use his weapon as before, however he can bring it back to him to hurt the player in case he has avoided the attack.

When he dies, he can drop Jonathan's Wrecking Ball ability, allowing to use his flail.

No. Name JPN HP
81 Heavy Armor 299
Tolerance Weakness
Ice Strike, Whip, Electric
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Dark Academy, 13th Street, Nest of Evil Wrecking Ball Heavy Armor 310 8
Description "An armored zombie warrior with great strength; he swings a steel ball."

Item Data

Item Data: Heavy Armor
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Iron Ball Icon Iron Ball (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Plate Lord's iron ball [use] Projectile
Attrib: Hit
ATT +60
Find: Olrox's Quarters, Reverse Keep, Black Marble Gallery
Drop: Plate Lord, Ball (Yorick), Spiked Ball (Bone Pillar)
Neutron Bomb Icon Neutron Bomb (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Damages all enemies [use] Bomb
Attrib: Hit
ATT +30
Find: (May start with), Forbidden Library
Drop: Cave Troll, Plate Lord
Sapphire Sapphire - Lament of Innocence [edit]
A sparkling, blue-colored jewel. Leon Belmont  Sell: $1,000  Buy: $2,000 Find: Rinaldo's Shop
Drop: Heavy Armor
Effect: With the Jewel Crush, steals enemies' HP.
Qigong Belt Qigong Belt (jpn) - Lament of Innocence [edit]
By controlling the flow of chi, it increases your constitution. Accessory
Leon Belmont 
CON +10
Sell: $3,000 
Drop: Heavy Armor
Subweapon PoR Icon Wrecking Ball - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Swing a steel ball with devastating destructive power. Sub-Weapon
Attrib: Strike
Consume: 25 MP 
Base Attack: 13/35 (0 SP/Mastered)
Drop: Heavy Armor
Effect: Makes a steel ball with a chain swing around through a slightly diagonal path. It holds Jonathan in place for a while, and can indefinitely continue as long as the player isn't interrupted by attacks and holds down the keys for using it.
Special: Mastered - Changes into a spike ball and increases horizontal swing.
Evolve: 1,000 SP to master.
Heavy Armor PoR Icon Heavy Armor - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Cumbersome armor. High defense, but slows down the wearer. Body Gear (Armor)
DEF +55, STR +5, MND +40
Sell: $2,500 
Find: Heavy Armor
Effect: Slows down movement speed.



  • The Heavy Armor's design introduced in Rondo of Blood is likely a homage to the Mega Man series. He wields its ball and chain, and features a color-scheme very similar to Hammer Joe, one of the enemies in the series. In addition, both his face and body complexion are similar to those of Guts Man, a popular character from said series.

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