Not to be confused with Ctulhu.

Malachi (known simply as Evil (エビル Ebiru?) in Japanese versions) is an enemy in the Castlevania series. He is a pagan being from ancient times who strikes fear into anyone near his presence.


A sketch of Cthulhu drawn by H. P. Lovecraft.
(May 11th, 1934)

Malachi is based on the Lovecraftian entity Cthulhu, a towering, dragon-like creature with a tentacled visage, known to cause madness at a glance and capable of acts of massive destruction. Cthulhu is a member of 'The Great Old Ones', a race of mighty cosmic entities trapped for unknown reasons.

The name "Malachi" comes from the Bible, the writer of the Book of Malachi, but seemingly has no relation to the monster aside from its bio in The Dracula X Chronicles version of Symphony of the Night identifying it as a demon from Hell.


In the Castlevania series, Malachi draws from its origin quite extensively, with an appearance similar to his literary counterpart; being more anthropomorphic but with a characteristic tentacled head, complete with a squid-like beak. His distinguishing attack, Nightmare, also seems to be adapted from the source material. He should not be confused with the enemy called Ctulhu in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which was the English localized name given to the Devil enemy in that game.

Malachi appears to be wearing a belt buckle, albeit without pants or a belt. It can be seen when he leans back to perform a slash attack.


Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Encountered in the Reverse Castle, Malachi will attempt to call forth a rolling orb of darkness to engulf his foes, or swing his claws at them. In Alucard's case, the latter will inflict poison if he's not equipped with the Topaz Circlet. However, as Malachi is slow, multiple attacks may be possible against him while avoiding the dangers posed by both attacks.

He yields 666 EXP, referencing the Number of the Beast.

No. Name JPN Level HP
126 Malachi Evil 39 450
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
- - Holy Dark 666
Location Drop Guard
Death Wing's Lair Dark Shield, Dark Armor
Description "Gruesome Demon from Hell."

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow / Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

In both games, Malachi can still summon his orb of darkness, but he can no longer poison the player by striking them. In compensation, his strike now inflicts great damage on the player and propels them away. In addition, he utters bizarre cries when he's attacking or dying.

In Dawn of Sorrow, Malachi is visible for the first time during the opening cinematic, where it attempts to attack Soma Cruz shortly after the latter took out an Axe Armor, although he dodges the attack and promptly impales it with his sword, absorbing its soul in the process. Malachi reappears later in the main game within The Dark Chapel, during a cutscene where Dmitrii tests his power by copying its orb of darkness before using it to kill him.

His soul in Dawn of Sorrow grants the Evil Sphere ability, which summons a dark sphere similar to his own. It can also be used for synthesizing an Osafune into a Kunitsuna at Yoko's shop. He also drops this same ability in Portrait of Ruin, but as a spell for Charlotte.

59 Malachi エビル Ebiru 333 999 40
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Holy, Timestop (affected)
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
Cursed Clock Tower, The Pinnacle, Demon Guest House, The Abyss High Mind Up (8%) - Evil Sphere (8%) 356
Description "A pagan being from ancient times that strikes fear into all in its presence."

No. Name JPN HP
76 Malachi Evil 444
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Holy
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Forest of Doom, Master's Keep Skull Mask, Nightmare - 333 6
Description "A pagan being from ancient times who strikes fear in anyone near him."

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night

Name Title HP EXP
Malachi 900 ~1575
Drop Steal Location
Potion, Manna Prism, Mourneblade, Opal Circlet ~15 Silver, 90 Copper Underground Caverns
List of Spells
Skill Cost Effect
Curse of the Old God Deals X amount of damage to the player per block on their board.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Unlike his previous appearances, Malachi seems to no longer be able to attack in close combat. However, he may back off slightly.

No. Name JPN HP MP
44 Malachi Evil ??? ???
Tolerance Weakness
Darkness Slash, Pierce, Holy, Poison
Chapter Drop Bind Soul
Chapter 5 - Song of the Unslakable Blade

Chapter 6 - Come, Sweet Hour of Death
Chapter 7 - Beauty, Desire, Situation Dire
Chapter 8 - The One Who Is Many
Chapter 9 - Lord of Flies

- Nightmare Nightmare
(Bullet Soul - 2.30%)
Description "A pagan being from ancient times who strikes fear in anyone he meets."

Other appearances

Castlevania (animated series)


Malachi makes an appearance in the final episode of Season 3 of the Castlevania animated series, as part of the legion of monsters the Visitor summons. It attacks as it does in the games, with a dark fireball, but it was defeated by Sypha Belnades and her fire magic.

Item Data

Item Data: Malachi
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Dark Shield Icon.png Dark Shield (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Unholy Dark Shield Shield
DEF +3, ATK +10
Find: Final Stage: Bloodlines
Drop: Malachi
Effect: Projectile Block and shield attack
Special: Shield Rod Spell or Mablung Sword Spells (30 MP): Meteor Attack
Dark Armor Icon.png Dark Armor (Evil Breastplate) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Impervious to evil attacks Body (Body Armor)
Attrib: Dark
DEF +8
Drop: Malachi
High Mind Up DoS Icon.png High Mind Up (Mind High Up) - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Restores 200 MP. Magical Item
MP +200
Sell: $600 
Buy: $1,200 Find: Hammer's shop, Dark Chapel, Demon Guest House, Subterranean Hell
Rare Drop: Malachi
Bullet Soul.png Malachi - Evil Sphere - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Summon a dark sphere that spews dark energy. Bullet Soul
Attrib: Dark
Consume: 44 MP 
Rarity: **
Drop: Malachi
Skull Mask Icon.png Skull Mask - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A frightening mask patterned after a skull. Head Gear (Mask)
DEF +13, INT -3, MND -3, LCK -3
Sell: $2,475 
Drop: Malachi
Spell PoR Icon.png Nightmare - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A concentrated mass of fear and agony born from the darkness. Magic Spell
Attrib: Dark
Consume: 30 MP 
Base Attack: 8/16 (Half/full charge)
Drop: Malachi
Effect: Fires a large meteor forward. Can hit multiple times.
Special: Fully charged: The meteor greatly increases in size and travels further.
Spell HD Icon.png Nightmare - Harmony of Despair [edit]
A concentrated mass of fear and agony born from the darkness. Bound Spell
Consume: 20 MP  ATK +12
Rarity: ***
Bind: Malachi
First Obtained: Chapter 4
Bullet Soul HD Icon.png Malachi - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Summon a dark sphere that spews magical energy Bullet Soul
Consume: 20 MP  ATK +12
Rarity: **
Steal: Malachi (2.3%)



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