For the giant skull, see Man Eater.

The Maneating Plant, also known as Man Eater or Stone Rose, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. They are carnivorous mutated plants that grew and developed a taste for human flesh.


The Maneating Plant is a huge plant that uses projectiles of some kind; these range from seeds, fireballs, petrifying skulls, or poisonous gas. They have appeared in several Castlevania games and their general appearance is conformed by a bulky mass of roots, branches and leaves at the bottom which makes them either stationary or almost immobile; a long and highly mobile stem; and a big corolla of curling petals, all in conjunction giving them the appearance of a dinosaur-like creature moving its long neck and attacking by spewing projectiles from its mouth. This effect is accentuated by the red color of their petals, which makes the flower look like a mouth with red lips.


Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

First appearance of Man-Eating Plants in the series. In this game, they're stationary and won't attack unless Simon gets near them and stands at their same height. They attack by spewing fireballs consecutively in a straight line; however, these can be easily deflected by using the shield granted by equipping Dracula's Rib.

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Only one Maneating Plant appears in the entire game and it's located in Stage 1. It can be found by breaking a wall and going through the secret route out of Aljiba, and then breaking yet another wall after dropping down a large shaft.

What makes this creature's appearance more mysterious is that it doesn't drop anything upon defeat and the room where it's found is a dead end, what makes one wonder what's the purpose of placing one of the largest and best animated enemies in the game in such a hidden location.

Castlevania: Bloodlines

The Maneating Plant in Bloodlines is composed of several entities, including a flower that drops poisonous seeds, a thorny vine that swings near the flower, and a long vine that can encircle and ensnare its victims. They're found along the garden section at the beginning of Versailles Palace.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Encountered early in the game, in the longest corridor of the Marble Gallery. Stone Roses, as their name implies, will give Alucard his first taste of the Stone status ailment. Novice players may have a hard time surviving these creatures, not expecting being suddenly transformed into a stone statue, unable to move and with lowered defenses while still learning the basics of the game.

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

In Circle of the Moon, this enemy is referred to as the Man Eater, which could bring some confusion with the actual Man Eater creature, a flying giant skull. This plant monster will occasionally spew a stream of seeds, which can be deflected just by spinning the whip around. It may drop a Heart (item) or the rare Diana DSS card when killed.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

The Man-eater is one of only two enemies in Harmony of Dissonance which is weak to two elements (Fire and Ice), the other being the Melty Zombie (Ice and Wind).

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

While there are several Skeleton Flowers in the Garden Forgotten by Time, only two Man-Eating Plants appear in the entire game. They are gigantic, bulky and move very slow. They have their petals closed in a bud-like fashion, looking similar to a rose, and will occasionally sprout human skulls to damage the enemy. Every time they're attacked, they'll be pushed slightly backward, and when they've sustained enough damage, the petals will open revealing their pistil, which is their weak spot.

Their main purpose, however, may be not so obvious at first; when they open, their petals can be stepped on without sustaining damage. In both rooms where they appear, there are high ledges with doors that lead to other areas of the garden. The player must lure and/or push them near these ledges and make them open to use them as stepping platforms.

Enemy Data

See: Maneating Plant/Enemy Data

Item Data

Item Data: Man Eating Plant
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Leather Shield Icon Leather Shield (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Leather Shield - Low DEF Shield
DEF +1
Buy: $400 Find: Alchemy Laboratory
Drop: Slinger, Stone Rose
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (10 MP) - Defense Up (DEF +20)
Library Card Icon Meal Ticket (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Mystery food ticket [use] Food
Buy: $2,000 Find: Black Marble Gallery, Reverse Caverns, Underground Caverns
Drop: Black Panther, Stone Rose
Heart Icon Heart (Heart Up) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 10 Hearts. Recovery Item (Heart Potion)
Heart +10
Drop: Gorgon, Spearfish, Bat, Bone Tower, Bone Head, Man Eater, Mummy, Mimic Candle
Diana Diana - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Diana, goddess of the moon and hunting. Has the potential of creation. Action Card
Drop: Man Eater (1.5%)
Effect: Creates various projectiles thrown when Nathan swings his whip.
Potion HoD Icon Potion - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
Restores some HP. Medicine
Juste Belmont 
HP +70
Buy: $80
 Find: Throughout castle (all)
Rare Drop: Skeleton Blaze
Common Drop: Peeping Eye, Fishman, Merman, Armor Knight, Bone archer, Bone Soldier, Lizard Man, Man-eater, Mimic, Rock Armor, Skeleton Spider, White Dragon Lv2
Mirror Pendant Icon Mirror Pendant (Mirror Pendant) - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
This pendant increases its user's resistance to poison. Goods
Juste Belmont 
Rare Drop: Man-Eater (original)
Turquoise HoD Icon Turquoise - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
A blue-green jewel. Jewel
Juste Belmont 
Sell: $200  Find: Luminous Cavern (Castle B)
Rare Drop: Tiny Devil, Man-eater (doublepack)
LoI Hamburger Hamburger - Lament of Innocence [edit]
A food made of fried, minced meat, sandwiched in pieces of bread. Recovery Item
Leon Belmont 
HP +50
Sell: $100 
Drop: Man-Eating Plant
Serum Serum - Lament of Innocence [edit]
Medicine that cures poison. Recovery Item
Leon Belmont 
Sell: $50  Buy: $100 Find: Castle Entrance, House of Sacred Remains, Rinaldo's Shop
Drop: Poison Lizard, Poison Zombie, Skeleton Flower
Rose Stem Whip PoR Icon Rose Stem Whip - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A thorned whip that requires great skill to use. Weapon (Whip)
ATK +60
Sell: $2,000 
Find: Tower of Death
Drop: Maneating Plant
Spell HD Icon Demonseed - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Summon forth malignant pollen. Bound Spell
Consume: 15 MP  ATK +5
Rarity: ****
Bind: Maneating Plant
First Obtained: Chapter 2
Bullet Soul HD Icon Man-eating Plant - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Send pollen flying. Bullet Soul
Consume: 15 MP  ATK +5
Rarity: *
Steal: Maneating Plant (3.3%)



  • The Maneating Plant is most likely inspired by Audrey II, the main antagonist of the 1986 rock musical comedy horror film Little Shop of Horrors (a film adaptation of the musical based on 1960 film of the same name), a malevolent plant that came from outer space who feeds on human flesh and blood.
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