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The Laevatain, also known as Marsil, is a sword in the Castlevania series. It is an intensely hot sword that scorches everything it touches. It has appeared as a fire sword in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow.


In Norse mythology, the elf Volund (Weyland) forged a sword so lethal that it imperiled the very gods themselves. The sword was taken from Volund and was brought to Asgard. They passed the sword into the hands of the god Freyr, who traded the sword for an unknown treasure. At Ragnarok, Surtr (lord of the realm of fire) wielded Freyr's sword and severed the roots of the world tree, Yggdrasil, instigating the destruction of the universe. Freyr would ultimately fall to his own blade. With it, he could have defeated Surtr and saved existence. The sword was called Laevatain, made its wielder invincible in battle, could fight without being held, but was, of course, forged for the hand of a god. The sword was also known as the "Wounding Wand" or the "Staff of Destruction".

The English translation of Symphony of the Night is "Marsil". This is likely a misspelled reference to the sword "Narsil" used by Isildur in Tolkien lore to cut off Sauron's hand.

Game specific information

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

This sword is a serious upgrade to the Firebrand. In addition to a higher attack power and even a negligible defense boost, its normal attack is like the Firebrand's special attack, during which the foe can take up to 3-4 hits per use of the sword and leaves a small flame in the area as it swings. It has its own special attack that costs the same as the Firebrand's. A huge explosion from its tip radiates several respectable sized fireballs over a large area. The only way to get this sword is to be lucky or persistent enough for a Fire Demon in the Necromancy Laboratory to drop one, unless you're playing the Saturn version, in which case an Efreet could also drop one.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

The Laevatain returns in Aria of Sorrow (and translated properly into English this time) as a fire based weapon. As in Symphony of the Night, each swing is accompanied by powerful flames. It lost its special fire burst attack, though. It can be found in the Arena. It can also be found as a drop item from the Flame Demon.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

In Dawn of Sorrow, the Laevatain is the only fire based equipped weapon and deals both, Slashing and Fire damage. It swings with thick flames as it did in Symphony of the Night and Aria of Sorrow. Its critical art ability from Symphony of the Night makes a return in this game. Instead of the standard "dash attack" of most swords, fire explodes from its tip during its special attack. Eight circular flames arranged in a circle move out from the end of the sword and in a radial pattern, dealing massive damage to anything they touch and covering a diameter about twice as large as Soma. It costs slightly less to use this special move than to use the standard dash attack of most swords, which use 50 MP. The Icebrand is the only other sword class weapon that has a non-standard special attack.

It is evolutionary similar to the other elemental swords, the Ice Brand and Milican's Sword. Each of these swords can be created by adding a different soul to the ornate Joyeuse. Since it takes a lot of souls to create a Joyeuse from a Short Sword from scratch (Armor Knight, Corpseweed, Great Armor, Mollusca or Treant and Killer Clown), you will probably need to decide which sword to evolve to. Using an Ukoback soul creates a Laevatain, a Catoblepas creates a Milican's Sword, and a Frozen Shade creates an Ice Brand. The drop rate of the souls needed to evolve these swords are identical. The Laevatain is about half as strong as an Ice Brand, but its powerful special move makes up for this, though. The sword is much more straight-forward than the Milican's Sword, which has only 1 ATK, but will sometimes petrify an enemy. Each of these swords is evolved to a Burtgang by adding a Iron Golem soul.

Item Data

Item Data: Laevatain
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Marsil Icon Marsil (Laevateinn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Powerful sword of flame Sword
Attrib: Cut, Fire
ATT +33, DEF +1
Drop: Fire Demon, Efreet
Effect: ↓↘→ + [Attack] Inferno blast (ATK 60 for 5 MP)
Laevatain AoS Icon Laevatain (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Enchanted sword of fire. Weapon
Attrib: Sword, Flame
ATK +65
Sell: $7,000 
Find: The Arena
Rare Drop: Flame Demon
Laevatain DoS Icon Laevatain - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
An intensly hot sword that scorches everything it touches Sword
Attrib: Slashing, Fire
ATK +25 INT +5
Sell: $16,000 
Find: Yoko's shop
Create: Joyeuse + Ukoback Soul
Effect: Explosion
Evolve: + Iron Golem Soul >> Burtgang
Marsil - Encore of the Night [edit]
Powerful sword of flames Main Hand (Sword)
Attrib: Fire Affinity +5
#hands: 1
ATK +34
Find: Alchemy Laboratory
Marsil Icon Laevatain - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Intensely hot sword that scorches everything it touches. Sword
Attrib: Fire
#hands: 1
ATK +15
Sell: $6,250 
Rarity: ***
Buy: $25,000 
Effect: Summons large stream of fire, deals approx. two hits per "swing"


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