- See also: Golem
The Iron Golem is the third boss in the game and guards the main machinery room at the top of the Machine Tower. It advances at a slow pace and periodically stops in order to pound the ground, releasing with this several gears to fall from the ceiling. Getting too close will make it perform a powerful punch. Occasionally, its body will glow for a moment and power up all of its attacks. During this period, more gears are released after it pounds the ground and its punch will fire an exploding spark that causes massive damage; it will start healing itself afterward.
The Crucifix sub-weapon and a DSS combination that raises STR (such as Venus + Salamander) are recommended for this fight. Start by activating DSS and then proceed to hurl crucifixes in a way they slow down and stay over the golem the most time possible while making their way back. Spin the whip in order to destroy any falling gears if necessary.
Once defeated, the Iron Golem will increase in size before exploding, the player will have access to a room holding the Kick Boots, and will also re-encounter Hugh Baldwin, who will make a cryptic comment about wanting to surpass Nathan and telling him off for "stealing [his] glory".
In Aria of Sorrow, the Iron Golem has 9,999 HP and its defense is so high that all attacks will only do 1-2 HP of damage. Since even the Valmanway would take an impractically long time to kill it, it is fairly clear it all but requires unconventional tactics to defeat. Luckily, its hidden weakness is having just 1 MP; therefore, using the Killer Mantle's soul, Astral Veil, will swap its 9,999 HP with its 1 MP while simultaneously delivering 1 HP of damage, killing it in one hit.
As with the Iron Golem in Aria of Sorrow, this version also takes 1 HP of damage per hit (though Buster Shot and Skull Ball can do more). However, this time around, its health has been reduced to 50 HP and there's no ability in the game that can destroy it in one hit.
Its attacks are a punch, a kick, and the ability to breathe fire. To defeat it easily, use the Puppet Master's, Bone Ark's, or Bat Company's soul to get behind it, as it is not able to turn around, and it also won't be able to damage Soma if he stands right up the wall.
Because the strength of the weapon is irrelevant, it's recommended to use a weapon that attacks rapidly, such as the Cutall, the Kaiser Knuckle, or the Nunchakus. It's also recommended to equip the Dead Pirate's soul, Backstab, which allows Soma to deliver twice the damage if attacking from behind, dealing 2 damage per hit instead of 1.
Another strategy is to use the Imp's bullet soul, which converts all damage dealt to MP damage during its timer. The Iron Golem dies when it reaches 0 MP, so the player can activate the soul twice and use the Handgun to stay at a safe distance while picking the monster off.
In Portrait of Ruin, only two Iron Golems appear in the game, both in the Nest of Evil. Its defenses have been reduced notoriously compared to its previous incarnations, although it still retains its fire breath, kick, and arm thrust attacks.
It has fairly low health and defense compared to its previous incarnations, but after being defeated, rather than disappearing, it slumps forward and can still damage Christopher if he lands on it or he walks into the monster. The Iron Golem's lifeless body can be destroyed to clear a path, however.
|Item Data: Iron Golem|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Jump against walls for extra height. Push forward + Special Move button to execute.|| Magic Item|
| Find: Machine Tower|
Guard: Iron Golem
| Effect: Allows Nathan to jump against walls, gaining an extra jump in the opposite direction.|
|Withstand a lot of damage without flinching.|| Enchanted Soul|
| Drop: Iron Golem|
|Transform into an invincible Iron Golem.|| Guardian Soul|
| Attrib: Bashing|
Consume: 30 MP/sec
| Rarity: ***|
Drop: Iron Golem
|Leggings made of platinum.|| Leg Gear (Greaves)|
| DEF +9|
| Drop: Iron Golem|
|A breastplate made of platinum.|| Body Gear (Armor)|
| DEF +45|
| Drop: Iron Golem|
- Due to a transcription error, the soul drop rate of the Iron Golem in the Western release of Dawn of Sorrow appears as 0%, while it is actually 8%.
|Castlevania: Circle of the Moon|
Sealed Room - Catacomb - Abyss Stairway - Audience Room - Triumph Hallway - Outer Wall - Machine Tower - Eternal Corridor - Chapel Tower - Underground Gallery - Underground Warehouse - Underground Waterway - Observation Tower - Ceremonial Room - Battle Arena