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Not to be confused with Griffin.

The Hippogryph (also written Hipogriff) is a boss in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and later reappears as a regular enemy in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. It is a legendary creature that resembles a winged horse with the head and upper body of an eagle. It is closely related to the Griffin.


Roger délivrant Angélique
(Louis-Édouard Rioult, 1824)

The hippogriff is a mythological creature that is born from the crossing between a griffin and a mare. Their head, wings, chest and front legs are like those of an eagle, inherited characteristics of the father, and the rest of the body is like that of a horse, like the mother. Since the griffin is usually depicted as a creature which detested horses, hunting and killing them, it can be difficult to imagine how a hippogryph could be conceived.

The first recorded mention of the hippogriff was made by the Latin poet Virgil in his Eclogues (Rome, Italy).

The Hippogriff and the Griffin are frequently mistaken for each other. The main difference between both creatures is that the Hippogriff has the body of a horse and the Griffin has the body of a lion.


Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

The Hippogryph appears as the boss of the Royal Chapel. It has three methods of attack:

  • Flies around the room, occasionally stopping to swoop onto the player.
  • It lands and takes a moment to draw in energy which then spews back out in the form of a jet of flame.
  • Lays a bunch of eggs which after a moment hatch into little baby Hippogryphs.

The fight serves as a prelude to Alucard's first encounter with Maria Renard, where she witnesses how the dhampir defeats the beast, convincing herself of his strength.

No. Name JPN Level HP
66 Hippogryph 16 800
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
Thunder - - - 800
Location Drop Guard
Royal Chapel Life Vessel
Description "Part horse, lion and eagle."

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

The Hipogriff appears as a regular enemy in Circle of the Moon. It is usually found either alone or in reduced numbers. It flies about, almost in an erratic manner, and once it targets the player it makes a short stop and then proceeds to flap its wings, producing with this a series of small tornadoes that curve in their general direction.

They are encountered in the Chapel Tower, the Underground Warehouse, and two are found in the second room of the Battle Arena, along with a couple of Catoblepae.

Hipogriff ヒポグリフ 300/500 740/1,900
ATK DEF Location
500/620 210/280 Chapel Tower, Underground Warehouse, Battle Arena
Common Drop Rare Drop
Meat (1.25%) Heart Ex (0.6%)
Resistance Wind
Note: Second stat listed is when encountered in the Battle Arena.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

While not physically appearing in the game, the Hippogryph appears as an Ability Soul. It is found in a hidden room inside the Top Floor and allows Soma Cruz to perform a high jump by pressing ↑ and the L button while on the ground, or by pressing the L button while in midair.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

The Hippogryph soul also appears in Dawn of Sorrow, granting the same ability to high jump like it did in the previous game. It is found in the first sandy room of The Abyss. If Soma hits the ceiling, he'll stick to it for a second before falling again.

Item Data

Item Data: Hippogryph
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Life Vessel Icon.png Life Vessel [alt] - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Increases the player's maximum HP (life) capacity. Item (standard)
Maximum HP + 5
Find: Found throughout the Castle, often in containers.
Drop: Most bosses.
Effect: Restore all life and increases Max HP
Meat CotM Icon.png Meat (jpn) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 50 HP. Recovery Item (Food)
HP +50
Drop: Gorgon, Fox Hunter, Hipogriff, Merman, Werewolf, Were-Horse
Heart Ex Icon.png Heart Ex (Heart X Up) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 50 Hearts. Recovery Item (Heart Potion)
Heart +50
Drop: King Moth, Scary Candle, Spearfish, Hipogriff, Fallen Angel, Flame Armor
Silver Souls.png Hippogryph - Highjump - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Perform a high jump by pressing L in lid-jump.[sic] (Pressing ACTIVATE ABILITY in mid-jump allows you to perform a high jump.) Ability Soul
Find: Top Floor (hidden)
Ability Soul.png Hippogryph - Highjump - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Press Up + L button to jump higher. Ability Soul
Find: The Abyss



  • Both "Hippogryph" and "Hipogriff" are misspellings of "Hippogriff".

See also

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (SoN/DXC)
AlucardMaria Renard (Saturn · DXC)Richter Belmont
Supporting cast
Master LibrarianFerrymanLisa
Dracula's Castle bosses
Slogra and GaibonDoppleganger Lv. 10HippogryphKarasumanMinotaur and Werewolf
Lesser DemonOlroxSuccubusScyllaCerberusGranfaloon
Reverse Castle bosses
Darkwing BatThe CreatureAkmodan IIMedusaFake Trevor, Fake Sypha and Fake Grant
BeelzebubDoppleganger Lv. 40GalamothShaftTrue Dracula
Dracula's Castle
Final Stage: BloodlinesEntranceAlchemy LaboratoryMarble GalleryOuter WallLong Library
Clock TowerUnderground CavernsRoyal ChapelOlrox's QuartersCastle KeepColosseum
Abandoned Pit to the CatacombCatacombsCastle Center
Reverse Castle
Reverse EntranceNecromancy LaboratoryBlack Marble GalleryReverse Outer WallForbidden Library
Reverse Clock TowerReverse CavernsAnti-ChapelDeath Wing's LairReverse KeepReverse Colosseum
CaveFloating CatacombsReverse Castle Center
Dracula's CastleCastlevania: Symphony of the Night Original Soundtrack
MIDI Power Pro6Dracula X: RemixiesDracula Music Collection
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles Original Soundtrack
Futabasha Gekka no Yasōkyoku Official GuideNTT Pub Gekka no Yasōkyoku Official Guide
Shinkigensha Gekka no Yasōkyoku Official GuideBradyGames Symphony of the Night Official Strategy Guide
Prima's Unauthorized Symphony of the Night Strategy GuideKonami Akumajō Dracula X Chronicle Official Guide
BestiaryInventoryCreditsAchievements & TrophiesRichter ModeMaria ModeThief Mode