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.
A Malachi also makes an appearance in Dawn of Sorrow's opening cinematic. His attacks include slashing and creating a skull seal in-front of him which appears to shoot a slowly rolling ball of fungus and mold (called Nightmare in some games). Dmitrii lets himself get attacked by one, but copies his attack and destroys him.
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.
Malachi's attacks include slashing and creating a skull seal in front of him which generates a Nightmare that slowly rolls forward.
|Enemy Data: Malachi|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Gruesome Demon from Hell.|| Strong: Dark (absorb)|
| Drop: Dark Shield, Dark Armor|| Death Wing's Lair|
|A pagan being from ancient times that strikes fear into all in its presence.|| Strong: Dark|
| Common Drop: High Mind Up (8%)|
Soul: Evil Sphere (8%)
| Cursed Clock Tower, The Pinnacle, Demon Guest House, The Abyss|
|A pagan being from ancient times who strikes fear in anyone near him.|| Strong: Dark|
Skill Pt: 6
| Drop: Skull Mask, Nightmare|| Forest of Doom, Master's Keep|
| ''Abil: Curse of the Old God - Deals X amount of damage to the player per block on their board.|| HP: 900|
| Drop: Potion, Manna Prism; Mourneblade, Opal Circlet|
Steal: ~15 silver, 90 copper
| Underground Caverns|
|A pagan being from ancient times who strikes fear in anyone he meets.|| Strong: Darkness|
Weak: Slash, Pierce, Holy, Poison
| Bind: Nightmare|
Soul: Red (2.30%)
| Chapter 5, 6, 7|
|Item Data: Malachi|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Unholy Dark Shield|| Shield|
| DEF +3, ATK +10|| Find: Final Stage: Bloodlines|
| Effect: Projectile Block and shield attack|
Special: Shield Rod Spell (30 MP) - Meteor Attack
|Impervious to evil attacks|| Body (Body Armor)|
| Attrib: Dark|| DEF +8|| Drop: Malachi|
|Restores 200 MP.|| Magical Item|
| MP +200|
| Buy: $1,200 Find: Hammer's shop, Dark Chapel, Demon Guest House, Subterranean Hell|
Rare Drop: Malachi
|Summon a dark sphere that spews dark energy.|| Bullet Soul|
| Attrib: Dark|
Consume: 44 MP
| Rarity: **|
|A frightening mask patterned after a skull.|| Head Gear (Mask)|
| DEF +13, INT -3, MND -3, LCK -3|
| Drop: Malachi|
|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.
|A concentrated mass of fear and agony born from the darkness.|| Bound Spell|
|Consume: 20 MP|| ATK +12|| Rarity: ***|
First Obtained: Chapter 4
|Summon a dark sphere that spews magical energy|| Bullet Soul|
|Consume: 20 MP|| ATK +12|| Rarity: **|
Steal: Malachi (2.3%)
- Mr. P's Castlevania Realm
- The Castlevania Dungeon
- Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Bestiary by Darth Nemesis at GameFAQs.com
- Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Walkthrough and FAQ by Zach "Darko" Long at GameFAQs.com