The Lion is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is an armored man-lion beast. It usually cringes in fear, but will occasionally swipe with his claws. It appears in the Forbidden Library in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which is filled with other creatures from Frank Baum's story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, including the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. Although it appears like a type of werebeast, it is not affected by the Were Bane. It also does not deal out "cat" damage, and is thus unaffected by the Cat-Eye Circlet.


The Cowardly Lion as illustrated by William Wallace Denslow (1900).

The Cowardly Lion is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum. He first appeared in his classic 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and reappeared in many other subsequent Oz books in the series.

He is the last of the companions Dorothy befriends on her way to the Emerald City, where he ambushes her, Toto, the Scarecrow, and Tin Woodman. When he tries to bite Toto, Dorothy slaps him for trying to attack him, where she discovers that the Lion is actually a coward, which he admits. The Cowardly Lion joins her so that he can ask The Wizard for courage, being ashamed that, in his cultural role as the "King of the Beasts", he is not indeed brave.


The Lion, as his name suggests, is a bipedal anthropomorphic lion. His armor is blue and it is coupled with a two-pronged claw weapon on his right paw. His fur is orange, and his height is accentuated by his fluffy gray mane. He wears blue boots and blue shoulder plates with his armor.

He is just a modified palette swap of the early-game Sword Lord and attacks in a similar way, although he has less reach due to his claws and doesn't generate a Vandal Sword after being killed. He's also less aggressive; initially, he'll back away to the edge of the screen if Alucard walks toward him and will only advance if his back is turned away. He'll also only attack if Alucard is within his attack range: if Alucard remains close to him, he will not attempt to back away and will instead attack constantly.

Enemy Data

No. Name JPN Level HP
96 Lion 27 150
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
- - - - 1,000
Location Drop Guard
Forbidden Library Gauntlet, Fist of Tulkas -
Description "The cowardly lion."

Item Data

Item Data: Lion
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Gauntlet Icon.png Gauntlet (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
ATT+5 Other (Gauntlet)
ATT +5
Buy: $8,000 (later) Drop: Paranthropus, Lion
Fist of Tulkas Icon.png Fist of Tulkas (Orichalcum) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Blessed By Tulkas the Valar Fist
ATT +38, DEF +5
Drop: Lion
Effect: Punch
Special: ←→ + [Attack] for Flurry of Fists; ↓↘→ + [Attack] for Homing Fireball


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