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The Mad Diver, also known as Evil Stabber or Assassin Zombie, is an enemy in Castlevania: Lament of Innocence and Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. It is a zombie with long claws that travels freely underground.

Description

A bloody corpse boasting very large and sharp claws for fingers and with parts of his body wrapped in bandages. The Mad Diver hunts his victims by burrowing himself whole into the earth and then moving freely underground, eventually launching himself back to the surface for a surprise attack.

He appears in both PlayStation 2 games, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence and Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, with his attack methods remaining almost unchanged between both titles and his aspect only featuring some slight differences.

Appearances

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

In Lament of Innocence, the Mad Diver's body is slim and fragile-looking, although he's actually quite agile. His main attack consists in burrowing himself underground, sticking his claws out of the surface and moving at fast speed in an irregular manner, making repeated passes at the player.

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No. Name JPN HP
9 Mad Diver - 120
Tolerance Weakness
- Fire, Holy Water, Cross
Drop Location
Heart Repair Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab
Description "A zombie with long claws that travels freely underground."

The Evil Stabber is a stronger variant of this enemy and his skin is rotten green instead.

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No. Name JPN HP
58 Evil Stabber - 200
Tolerance Weakness
- Holy Water, Cross
Drop Location
Assassin Necklace Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab (Crazy Mode only), Garden Forgotten by Time
Description "The elite zombies among the Mad Divers that have inherited their evil nature."

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

In Curse of Darkness, this enemy is known as the "Assassin Zombie". In this game, he's much more muscular, but overall retains almost the same physical traits.

He enters the screen already burrowed underground and jumps out to the surface in an attempt to knock down the player; however, he often misses this attack and it instead puts him in a disadvantageous position, where the player can usually deal the first strike. He also retains the moving-claw-sticking-out-of-the-ground attack from Lament of Innocence, although he doesn't use it that often. Sometimes, when knocked down, he'll quickly stand back up with a jumping clawing overhead swing. One of his new attacks consists in a double-handed clawing stab which inflicts Poison status if it connects.

The Assassin Zombie drops the rare Jade material, which is essential for crafting the Stone Mask (and eventually the Masakado's Helm, the best headgear in the game). However, the drop rate is extremely low and it can take a very long time before one is dropped, even if equipping advanced LCK-boosting gear and Innocent Devils.

He opens his stealing window just after he falls back on the ground after bursting out from it. Successfully stealing from him yields 200G.

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No. Name JPN HP
54 Assassin Zombie Lv.24 232
Tolerance Weakness
Earth Light
Location Drop Steal EXP
Forest of Jigramunt, Cordova Town, Tower of Eternity Common Drop: Indigo Steel
Rare Drop: Jade
$200 108
Description "Moves faster underground than on the surface, so waits for a chance to attack foes from below."

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No. Name JPN HP
85 Assassin Zombie Lv.34 312
Tolerance Weakness
Earth Light
Location Drop Steal EXP
Aiolon Ruins Common Drop: Indigo Steel
Rare Drop: Jade
$200 219
Description "Moves faster underground than on the surface, so waits for a chance to attack foes from below."

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No. Name JPN HP
125 Assassin Zombie Lv.44 424
Tolerance Weakness
Earth Light
Location Drop Steal EXP
Dracula's Castle, Tower of Evermore Common Drop: Indigo Steel
Rare Drop: Jade
$200 553
Description "Moves faster underground than on the surface, so waits for a chance to attack foes from below."

Item Data

Item Data: Mad Divers
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Heart Repair Heart Repair - Lament of Innocence [edit]
Medicine that recovers hearts. Recovery Item
Leon Belmont 
Hearts +50
Find: Dark Palace of Waterfalls B1F, Ghostly Theatre 1F
Drop: Flea Man, Gargoyle, Death Reaper, Mad Diver, Lesser Demon
Assassin Necklace LoI Assassin Necklace (jpn) - Lament of Innocence [edit]
Critical hit for more damage than normal attacks. Accessory
Leon Belmont 
Drop: Evil Stabber
Effect: Enables Leon to use critical attacks.
Indigo Steel Indigo Steel - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Fairly easy to find, bright indigo in color and pretty heavy. Melts at high temperatures. Material
Hector 
Common Drop: Assassin Zombie Lv.24/34/44, Lizard Shaman Lv.28/43, Red Ogre Lv.25/48/75, Wolf Skeleton Lv.23
Jade Jade - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Rarely used to make weapons, but... maybe...? Material
Hector 
Rare Drop: Assassin Zombie Lv.24/34/44
$200 - Curse of Darkness [edit]
' Pick-Up
Hector 
Gold + 200
Find: Candelabras
Steal: Spectral Sword Lv.15/47, Basilisk Lv.23/46, Assassin Zombie Lv.24/34/44, Skeleton Trooper Lv.35, Unicorn Lv.39/44, Amduscias Lv.39/44

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Trivia

  • The way his claws are attached to his hands and the more prominent bandaging on them suggest that this creature was artificially created.
  • Zephyr's clawed hands are reminiscent of this enemy's.
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