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The Killer Doll, also known as Marionette, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a demonic puppet from Hell possessed by the spirit of a mass murderer which wanders in search of living flesh.


The Killer Doll may initially seem like a common and harmless female figurine lying on the floor. Once approached, however, it will become evident it has been possessed by an evil spirit, as she levitates toward the hero while disturbingly rotating her head and with her limbs hanging flaccidly, giving her a most eerie aspect.

Making contact with them generally inflicts Curse status, although they also usually drop items that can cure this ailment.


Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Initially called Marionettes, these enemies made their first appearance in Symphony of the Night. They can sometimes be found lying immobile on the floor; when they detect an enemy, however, they will stand up and float slowly through the air. If they happen to position themselves above the player, they may cease all activity and drop on them. Marionettes are weak to Fire, although most weapons will usually put them down in just a few hits.

They can be found guarding the Spirit Orb relic in one of the areas located below and to the left from the clock room in the Marble Gallery.

Marionettes don't inflict any kind of status ailments upon contact, a trait that would change in future games.

No. Name JPN Level HP
20 Marionette 6 20
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
- - Fire - 30
Location Drop Guard
Marble Gallery Smart Potion, Circlet -
Description "Demonic puppet from Hell."

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Marionettes are first encountered in the Chapel Tower. They hover slowly around the room and perform a straightforward dash when in close proximity to the player. Unlike their Symphony of the Night counterparts, making contact with them contracts the Curse status ailment, which renders Nathan unable to attack with his whip or throw sub-weapons for a determined period of time. Fortunately, they often drop Cure Curses, which instantly heal this ailment.

They are later encountered in great numbers inside a special room of the Battle Arena, accompanied by several Legions. Needless to say, this room was specifically designed with the intention of cursing the player. Both types of enemies in conjunction may overwhelm the player with continuous physical attacks, so trying to keep distance and using ranged attacks is advised.

Cotm marionette.gif
Marionette マリオネット 80 127
ATK DEF Location
160 150 Chapel Tower, Battle Arena
Common Drop Rare Drop
Cure Curse (4.5%) Mind High (0.75%)
Resistance -

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Killer Dolls take a more childlike appearance in Aria of Sorrow. As usual, they attack by floating slowly toward the player and attempting to collide with them, although they don't inflict any status ailments this time around. Even though they are a bit resilient, they are easy to kill.

Gaining dominance over its soul grants Soma the Doll Decoy ability, which allows him to toss forward a doll resembling him (or in rare occasions resembling Mina) that will draw the enemies' attention toward it.

Its in-game description seems to be inspired by the character Chucky, the recurring antagonist from the Child's Play movie franchise, a doll possessed by the evil soul of a serial killer.

The Killer Doll is similar to the Lightning Doll, which is similarly possessed.

32 Killer Doll 110 10 40
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
23 16 - Flame, Stone
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
Castle Corridor, Dance Hall - - Doll Decoy
Description "A figurine possessed by the spirit of a mass murderer."

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

Killer Dolls look and behave much like they did in Symphony of the Night. They are encountered in the appropriately-themed Demon Guest House. They are a bit more resilient than most enemies encountered in that area, and can be found guarding the Magic Seal 3 in one of the rooms located below the boss. As usual, they inflict Curse upon contact, which in this game depletes the player's MP reserves at a very fast rate.

Gaining dominance over their soul grants Soma the Resist-Curse ability, which makes him completely immune against this status ailment.

39 Killer Doll 90 444 34
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Fire, Holy, Stone
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
Demon Guest House - - Resist-Curse (4%) 70
Description "A murderous doll that wanders about in search of living bodies."

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Once again, Killer Dolls behave just like they did in previous installments and inflict Curse upon contact. This time around, however, they don't drop any items that could help negate this ailment. If contracted, a workaround consists simply on switching to the other partner, either Charlotte or Jonathan, and wait until the effect subdues on the afflicted character.

Killer Dolls are one of the enemies that can be used to complete Wind's quest: "Overcome the Curse", and the aforementioned strategy can be followed in order to reach him safely on the journey back. However, since they are generally located in areas which are a long distance from any Warp Points that can provide a quick way back to Wind, it may be better to find other methods of getting oneself cursed.

No. Name JPN HP
64 Killer Doll 90
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Fire, Holy, Stone
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Tower of Death, Forest of Doom - - 87 2
Description "A cursed doll that wanders in search of living flesh."

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night

Name Title HP EXP
Marionnette 85 ~125
Drop Steal Location
Banana, Cheese, Four of Crosses ~30 copper Marble Gallery
List of Spells
Skill Cost Effect

Item Data

Item Data: Killer Doll
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Smart Potion Icon.png Smart Potion (Medicine of Wisdom) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Temporarily raises INT [use] Medicine (Stat Potion)
INT +20
Find: Reverse Clock Tower
Drop: Marionette
Circlet Icon.png Circlet (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Circlet Head (Crown/Circlet)
INT +5
Buy: $4,000 Drop: Marionette
Cure Curse Icon.png Cure Curse (jpn) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Remove curse status. Recovery Item (Cure)
Drop: Marionette, Legion
Mind High Icon.png Mind High (Mind High Up) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 50% MP. Recovery Item (Mind Potion)
MP +50%
Drop: Wind Demon, Specter, Siren, Poltergeist, Myconid, Marionette, Lilim, Wight
Red Soul.png Killer Doll - Doll Decoy (Imitation Doll) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Mesmerizes the enemy. Bullet Soul
Consume: 20 MP  Rarity: 50
Drop: Killer Doll
Enchanted Soul.png Killer Doll - Resist-Curse - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Nullify Curses. Enchanted Soul
Rarity: ***
Drop: Killer Doll
Four of Crosses - Encore of the Night [edit]
' Card
Drop: Marionette


See also