For the Lords of Shadow 2 Titan, see Leviathan.

The Lesser Demon is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a flying demon that patrols its territory and wields powerful magic. Some can summon demonic allies, including other Lesser Demons.


Baphomet from Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie.
(Éliphas Lévi, 1856)

The original depiction of the Lesser Demon, introduced in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse under the name of Leviathan (or simply Demon in Japan), and which was later used for the boss Pazuzu in Harmony of Dissonance, bears a remarkable resemblance with Baphomet, a deity that the Knights Templar were accused of worshiping, and that subsequently was incorporated into occult and mystical traditions.

In 1856, Éliphas Lévi published Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie ("Dogma and Rituals of High Magic"), in which he included an image he had drawn himself which he described as Baphomet and "The Sabbatic Goat", showing a winged humanoid goat with female breasts and a torch between its horns.

Lévi believed that the alleged Devil worship of the medieval Witches' Sabbath was a perpetuation of ancient pagan rites. A goat with a candle between its horns appears in medieval witchcraft records, and other pieces of lore are cited in Dogme et Rituel.

The original goat pentagram first appeared in the book La Clef de la Magie Noire by French occultist Stanislas de Guaita, in 1897.

Lévi's depiction of Baphomet is similar to that of "The Devil" in the early Tarot, and became the source of the later tarot image of the Devil in the Rider-Waite design.

The Baphomet of Lévi was to become an important figure within the cosmology of Thelema, the mystical system established by Aleister Crowley in the early 20th century.

The concept of a downward-pointing pentagram on its forehead was enlarged upon by Lévi in his discussion of the Goat of Mendes, with the actual image of a goat's head in a downward-pointing pentagram. It was this image that was later adopted as the official symbol called the "Sigil of Baphomet" of the Church of Satan, and continues to be used among Satanists.

Baphomet, as Lévi's illustration suggests, has occasionally been portrayed as a synonym of Satan or a demon, a member of the hierarchy of Hell.


Lesser Demons are low level classic demons, more powerful than a Tiny Devil and less than a Devil. The first Lesser Demon that appeared in a Castlevania game was called Leviathan in the North American localization of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.


Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

See also: Pazuzu

The last of the trio of monsters resurrected by the Death Fire King (the other being the two Mummies and the Cyclops). Leviathan is a menacing-looking demon featuring staple satanic features such as a goat's head and hind legs, and bat-like wings.

The creature ominously emerges from his casket and from the first sight it will be obvious he's not someone to be taken lightly, bearing a tall and muscular figure. Leviathan mainly attacks by performing high hovering leaps in an attempt to stomp on the player. On the third leap, it will make a short pause and spew three large fireballs in a spreading manner. He's quite resilient, but as expected, he becomes more vulnerable while on the ground; a few tosses of Holy Water vials and continuous whipping will soon put him out of commission.

In the original Japanese version, this enemy –known simply as Demon (デーモン Dēmon?)– bears some physical changes while retaining an overall similar design, portraying an outright more diabolical look, being even more muscular, with larger horns, different set of wings, and having a tail. The change in the western releases could be due to avoid making the creature look too devilish.

A reimagined version of this particular design of the Lesser Demon, called Pazuzu, appeared later as a boss in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance.

Leviathon.gif Leviathan-jpn.gif
Name JPN Alt. Name
Leviathan デーモン Dēmon (Demon) -
Block 7: The Mountains
Block 7A: Lookout

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

The Lesser Demon from Symphony of the Night utilizes multiple magic attacks, as well as a physical attack. It's also able to fly and can summon allies at will, becoming temporarily invincible during this process. The first such demon encountered is as the boss of the Long Library, which can summon Slingers, Ectoplasms and Mudmen. In fact, this boss fight is the only method available to the player to fight a Mudman and make it register in the Master Librarian's Enemy List.

Lesser Demons encountered later on will only summon other Lesser Demons.

No. Name JPN Level HP
80 Lesser Demon レッサーデーモン Ressādēmon 20 400
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
- Dark Holy - 100
Location Drop Guard
Long Library
Necromancy Laboratory
Obsidian Sword
Holbein Dagger
Life Vessel, Soul of Bat
Takemitsu, Onyx, Frankfurter
Description "Short magic-wielding demon. Summons demonic allies."

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

Main article: Pazuzu

A reimagined version of this demon, named Pazuzu, appears as a boss of the Castle Top Floor (Castle A) in Harmony of Dissonance.

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

The appearance of the enemy changes greatly in comparison to his previous appearance: he has a head of a billy goat and his wings are more like those of an eagle than those of a bat. Actually, its 3D model is a recycled version of the Thunder Demon from the same game.

Unlike his Symphony of the Night counterpart, it can not summon other monsters. Instead, it only attack is to attack the player directly down to the ground.

No. Name JPN HP
57 Lesser Demon レッサーデーモン Ressādēmon 200
Tolerance Weakness
- Holy Water, Cross
Drop Location
Heart Repair, Aroma Earring Pagoda of the Misty Moon
Description "A demon under Walter's control."

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Their attacks consist in swooping and swatting the player, as well as spiraling toward the them (the Spirit of Fuji can be stolen from them whenever they perform this attack). For some reason, they also drop Lollipops.

Its appearance is large and muscular, with long bat-like wings and horns. Its fur is red with a fluffy white mane.

No. Name JPN HP
27 Lesser Demon Lv.13 レッサーデーモン Ressādēmon 149
Tolerance Weakness
- Wind
Location Drop Steal EXP
Garibaldi Temple Common Drop: Aluminum
Rare Drop: Lollipop
Spirit of Fuji 27
Description "A flying monster. Patrols its territory and attacks any trespassers with a vicious screw attack."

No. Name JPN HP
52 Lesser Demon Lv.23 レッサーデーモン Ressādēmon 232
Tolerance Weakness
- Wind
Location Drop Steal EXP
Tower of Eternity Common Drop: Aluminum
Rare Drop: Lollipop
Spirit of Fuji 89
Description "A flying monster. Patrols its territory and attacks any trespassers with a vicious screw attack."

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

The Lesser Demon retakes its appearance from Symphony of the Night and its ability to summon other demons. In addition, it can also attack the player with its claws, which can poison them.

It can drop the Skull Ring, the most powerful ring of the game (although it curses the player in return).

No. Name JPN HP
118 Lesser Demon レッサーデーモン Ressādēmon 166
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Holy
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Dark Academy, Forgotten City, Nest of Evil - Skull Ring 199 7
Description "A demon who wields powerful magic."

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night

Name Title HP EXP
Lesser Demon - 1,300 +1 Level
Drop Steal Location
- 45 Silver Long Library
List of Spells
Skill Cost Effect
- - -
- - -

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Main article: Leviathan (Lords of Shadow)

An Old God called Leviathan also appears in Lords of Shadow 2. He serves as a Titan battle before the final confrontation of the game.

Item Data

Item Data: Lesser Demon
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Obsidian Sword Icon.png Obsidian Sword (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Two-handed Obsidian Sword 2 Handed Weapon (Great Sword)
Attrib: Cut
ATT +42
Drop: Lesser Demon
Effect: Slow swing
Special: ←→ + [Attack] for Dash Thrust (4 MP)
Basilard Icon.png Holbein Dagger (Swift Tantou) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Swift Upper Diagonal Attack Short Sword (Dagger)
Attrib: Cut
ATT + 6
Drop: Lesser Demon
Effect: Very fast swing that can be done while walking
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
Heart Repair.png Heart Repair - Lament of Innocence [edit]
Medicine that recovers hearts. Recovery Item
Leon Belmont 
Hearts +50
Sell: $250 
Find: Dark Palace of Waterfalls B1F, Ghostly Theatre 1F
Drop: Flea Man, Gargoyle, Death Reaper, Mad Diver, Lesser Demon
Aroma Earring LoI.png Aroma Earring (jpn) - Lament of Innocence [edit]
The wonderful scent calms the mind and increases intelligence. Accessory
Leon Belmont 
INT +10
Sell: $5,000 
Find: Ghostly Theatre 1F
Drop: Lesser Demon
Aluminum.png Aluminum - Curse of Darkness [edit]
A very light metal used by some alchemists, but mostly unknown. Makes very light armor. Material
Sell: $30  Find: Abandoned Castle B1
Common Drop: Orc Lv.7/14, Armor Knight Lv.7/15, Lesser Demon Lv.13/23
Lollipop.png Lollipop - Curse of Darkness [edit]
A large circle of candy on a stick for licking. Can you withhold the desire to just crunch it? Food
HP +1
Sell: $1 
Rare Drop: Lesser Demon Lv.13/23
Spirit of Fuji.png Spirit of Fuji - Curse of Darkness [edit]
A godly material from a distance mountain in the East. Prized for its use in many different weapons. Material
Sell: $75  Find: Mortvia Aqueduct F1, Aiolon Ruins, Infinite Corridor 3F
Rare Drop: Dark Warlock Lv.17/42, Necromancer Lv.31/35, Wizard Lv.6/8
Steal: Lesser Demon Lv.13/23
Skull Ring Icon.png Skull Ring (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A ring that curses the wearer. Accessory (Ring)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
STR +6, CON +6, INT +6, MND +6, LCK -13
Sell: $5,000 
Drop: Lesser Demon
Effect: Inflicts Curse status upon the wearer. Blessed Ring will not negate this effect.



  • "Leviathan", the name given to the Lesser Demon in the Western localization of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, was probably chosen without proper knowledge of its origins, as Leviathan actually is a giant sea monster from Hebrew lore.

See also

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Trevor C. BelmontSypha BelnadesGrant DanastyAlucardDracula
Skull KnightNasty GrantCyclopsMummiesGiant BatSnake Man SentinelFrankensteinWater Dragons
Skull Knight KingBone Dragon KingLeviathanDoppelgangerThe Grim Reaper
Town of WarakiyaClock Tower of Untimely DeathForest of DarknessMurky Marsh of Morbid Morons
Nightmare CavesSunken City of PoltergeistsMorbid MountainsThe Haunted Ship of Fools
Tower of TerrorCauseway of ChaosRampart and Lookout Tower
Castle EntranceThe Villa and the WaterfallsThe Clock Tower and the Castle Keep
PreludeEpitaphPrayerBeginningDestinyClockworkMad ForestAnxietyRisingStreamDead Beat
NightmareEncounterDemon SeedDéjà-VuRiddleOvertureBig BattleEvergreenFlashback
Akumajō Dracula Famicom BestAkumajō Densetsu SOUND TRACKS
Tokuma Shoten Akumajō Densetsu Guide BookNintendo Power - Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse guideNES Game Atlas
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
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