"Monster with superhuman strength and the head of a bull."
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The Minotaur is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a common werebeast (a werebull) found in later Castlevania games. He is usually armed with a battle axe (first seen in Rondo of Blood) or with a giant pillar (Bloodlines). He is occasionally paired up with another fellow werebeast: the Werewolf.


In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a creature with the head of a bull on the body of a man. He dwelt at the center of the Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction designed by the architect Daedalus and his son Icarus, on the command of King Minos of Crete. The Minotaur was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.

The term Minotaur derives from the Ancient Greek Μῑνώταυρος, a compound of the name Μίνως (Minos) and the noun ταύρος "bull", translated as "(the) Bull of Minos".

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Minotaur bust at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

After he ascended the throne of the island of Crete, Minos prayed to Poseidon to send him a snow-white bull as a sign of support. He was to kill the bull to show honor to the deity, but decided to keep it instead because of its beauty. He thought Poseidon would not care if he kept the white bull and sacrificed one of his own. To punish Minos, Poseidon made Pasiphaë, Minos' wife, fall deeply in love with the bull. Pasiphaë had craftsman Daedalus make a hollow wooden cow, and climbed inside it in order to mate with the white bull. The offspring was the monstrous Minotaur. Pasiphaë nursed him, but he grew and became ferocious, being the unnatural offspring of a woman and a beast. He had no natural source of nourishment and thus devoured men for sustenance. Minos had Daedalus construct a gigantic labyrinth to hold the Minotaur.

Athens was compelled by the cruel plague to pay penalties for the killing of Androgeos, Minos' son. Aegeus, king of Athens, had to avert the plague caused by his crime by sending young men at the same time as the best of unwed girls as a feast for the Minotaur. Minos required that seven Athenian youths and seven maidens, drawn by lots, be sent every seventh or ninth year to be devoured by the Minotaur.

When the third sacrifice approached, Theseus volunteered to slay the monster. In Crete, Minos' daughter, Ariadne, fell madly in love with him and helped him navigate the labyrinth. In most accounts she gave him a ball of thread, allowing him to retrace his path. Theseus killed the Minotaur with the sword of Aegeus and led the other Athenians back out of the labyrinth.


Castlevania: Rondo of BloodEdit

First appearance of the Minotaur in the series. He is the standard boss of Stage 3 and Stage 3'.

His attacks include:

  • Performs a quick stab with his battle axe.
  • Jumps high in the air while swinging his axe in an overhead motion. This attack covers more than half of the room's size.
  • Spews a substance that will momentarily petrify the player on contact.
  • Rips off several slabs from the floor and tosses them at the player.
  • Performs a bull charge that can be difficult to dodge due to his massive size.

The player can move under him when he uses his jumping attack and perform a backflip over him when he uses his charging attack. The beast will encrust his head into the wall when he finishes the charge and momentarily get stuck there, giving the player an opportunity to score some free hits.

Once the Minotaur has been defeated, he will make one final strike by charging at the player in a last ditch uppercut attack, bursting into flames as he does so, with his flesh consumed by them while his now exposed skeleton drops slowly to the ground.

Defeating the Minotaur in any of these two locations will move the player to Stage 4.

Castlevania: BloodlinesEdit

In this game, Minotaurs appear frequently throughout the Atlantis Shrine. In this stage the player will find Minotaurs wielding swords, naginatas, or charging about. A few Minotaurs appear in the Leaning Tower of Pisa as well, where some of them can break and grab a hold of marble columns and swing them around. Strangely, whenever the player kills them, the sound they make is the same as when killing a Skele-Dragon.

Castlevania: Dracula XEdit

The Minotaur appears as a boss on Stage 4. Although it's not shown in game, it is implied the Minotaur was held prisoner in the stage due to the broken bars in the background.

Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit

The Minotaur is a large beast summoned by a possessed Richter Belmont in the Colosseum, and he comes teamed with the Werewolf, impaling and slashing with his battle axe at the player, dealing heavy damage if not careful. Eventually, the Minotaur will ram from one corner of the room to the other, while the Werewolf dashes in the opposite direction.

In the Reverse Colosseum, Minotaurs appear again as regular enemies, using the same battle tactics and accompanied by more Werewolves. They are leveled-up versions of the ones faced before, but they are not as difficult to defeat because the player will also have a leveled-up character and acquired better weaponry. If the player attacks them repeatedly, they'll be locked on the attack until they are destroyed. Also, they are considered as werebeasts, so the Were Bane is extra effective against them.

Castlevania LegendsEdit

The Minotaur is known in this version as the Jumping Demon. He has a human abdomen with bull head and lower body, and his legs, butt and mane are covered in blue fur.

Castlevania: Circle of the MoonEdit

In Circle of the Moon, Minotaurs use a battle axe to create shockwaves that travel forward, hitting the player with great force. There is a room with seven of them in the Battle Arena, which is notorious for it's extreme difficulty.

Castlevania: Harmony of DissonanceEdit

In Harmony of Dissonance there are two Minotaur bosses:

  1. The Minotaur wields a traditional battle axe. Upon defeat, Juste will have access to a room where he can find the Wind Book to infuse his sub-weapons with the power of Wind magic.
  2. The Minotaur Lv2 is a bit different, as he uses a ball and chain. This form is harder to defeat, as the movements of his weapon are harder to predict. The Axe sub-weapon, infused with the magic from the Fire Book (which summons a Hydra), can be very helpful in this battle, as the player can keep their distance while the Minotaur receives heavy and constant damage, and the spell has a chance of knocking him back to the other side of the room. Upon defeat, Juste will have access to a room where he will find the Steel Tip whip enhancement.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

There are two versions of Minotaurs in Aria of Sorrow:

  1. Minotaur: They are large creatures with brown fur and long horns. They can be found in the Study and in the Dance Hall. His soul is valuable, as it can be obtained relatively early in the game and grants Soma the Fighter's Power ability, which provides a Strength boost of +8.
  2. Red Minotaur: They are similar to the Minotaur, but their fur is red. These can be found in The Arena, Top Floor and Chaotic Realm (summoned by Stolas). His soul is one of the best bullet souls in the game, as it grants the Mega Twister ability, where Soma swings an oversized battle axe which covers most of the screen, dealing massive damage. If aimed properly, enemies can be hit twice by this attack.

The room with the two Red Minotaurs in the Arena will allow the player to level up very quickly, as each will provide 1,000 EXP points per kill. They can be killed with a single swipe of the Killer Mantle's soul, Astral Veil, and each one is positioned near one of the room's entrances, so one can keep entering to kill as many as needed. If the player has also acquired the Black Panther's soul, the Sherman Ring and the Erinys' soul, they will be able to level up much faster (around level 55~60).

Castlevania: Lament of InnocenceEdit

The Minotaur makes a cameo appearance in Lament of Innocence, this time only in statue form. In a couple of rooms of the Ghostly Theatre, Leon will find himself trapped while a series of boulders are launched at him from the ceiling. These rooms have many statues of minotaurs scattered about. Leon must then lure the boulders to be launched at these statues in order to destroy them. When all statues have been destroyed, the magical seals blocking the doors will vanish.

The second room has two sets of minotaur statues: red and white. Managing to destroy all statues of a same color will open a specific door in the room (the white ones being considerably more difficult to destroy).

Castlevania: Curse of DarknessEdit

The Minotaurus in Curse of Darkness is a gigantic werebeast carrying a large pillar which he uses as a massive weapon. Unlike his predecessors, he has a wound on his back that reveals his dorsal spine, and he also appears to be undead. His attacks are hard to avoid and he will eventually throw the pillar at the player, turning around looking for another one to tear out and continue the battle.

The Devil Iron material can be stolen from him while he's performing his special attack: a series of jumps which generate shockwaves. It is one of the hardest materials to obtain in the game and he will only start performing this move once he has less than half of his health remaining.

Castlevania JudgmentEdit

His portrayal in Judgment is similar to his appearance in Curse of Darkness. He appears in a "Boss Battle" in both Story and Castle Modes. He's much harder to defeat than the Iron Gladiator, the other powerhouse of the game. He only does one of two attacks:

  • Swinging his giant pillar in a wide, horizontal way. Run to his left to easily avoid this.
  • Pounding the floor. This attack has a long, straight line range. Move to the side or dodge to avoid.

A difference from his Curse of Darkness incarnation is that he never throws the pillar he holds, as there are no others to grab.

Other appearancesEdit

Castlevania (animated series)Edit

The Minotaur makes an appearance in the sixth episode of the second season of the animated series, "The River". In this version, the creature has the ability to grow in size (its horns and eyes turn blue in the process). In comparison, a human ends up being just about half the size of its arms. Trevor kills it by slitting its neck and slicing one of its legs, which causes a notoriously large gush of blood to come out from its injuries.

Enemy DataEdit

See: Minotaur/Enemy Data

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Minotaur
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Sirloin Icon Sirloin (Beef) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Sirloin steak [use] Food (Meat)
HP +100
Find: Castle Keep
Drop: Lossoth, Minotaur
Fury Plate Icon Fury Plate (Rage Breastplate) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
DEF goes up when damage taken Body (Body Armor)
DEF +13
Find: Reverse Colosseum
Drop: Minotaur
Effect: Additional temporary DEF +20 after damage taken
Golem card Golem - Circle of the Moon [edit]
The Golem is a mockery of man made from clay. Has the power of Earth. Attribute Card
Attrib: Earth
Drop: Electric Skeleton (1%), Minotaur (1.5%)
Spiced Meat Icon Spiced Meat (Tasty Meat) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 100 HP. Recovery Item (Food)
HP +100
Drop: Abiondarg, Imp, Grizzly, Minotaur
Life Vial Icon Life max up - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
' Item
Max HP +5
Find: Throughout castle (all)
Effect: Fully restores HP and increases Juste's Max HP.
Wind Book Icon Wind Book - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
When combined with a subweapon, user can cast many wind spells. Magic
Juste Belmont 
Attrib: Wind
Consume: MP 
Find: Castle Top Floor (Castle B)
Effect: Gives the ability to cast various Wind spells via subweapon/magic combo.
Steel Tip Icon Steel Tip - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
Adds a steel ball to the tip of a whip. Whip
Juste Belmont 
STR +10
Find: Castle Top Floor (Castle A)
Battle Axe Icon Battle Axe (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Axe designed for hand-to-hand combat. Weapon
Attrib: Sword
ATK +50
Common Drop: Minotaur, Red Minotaur
Meat Strip AoS Icon Meat Strip (Meat) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Restores 29 HP. Food
HP +29
Sell: $145 
Rare Drop: Minotaur
Common Drop: Gorgon
Tasty Meat AoS Icon Tasty Meat (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Restores 290 HP. Food
HP +290
Sell: $200 
Find: Underground Reservoir
Rare Drop: Killer Fish, Needles, Red Minotaur
Yellow Soul Minotaur - Fighter's Power - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
STR is increased by 8. Enchanted Soul
STR +8
Drop: Minotaur
Red Soul Red Minotaur - Mega Twister - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Swings an oversized axe. Bullet Soul
Attrib: Sword
Consume: 150 MP 
760 AP
Rarity: 80
Drop: Red Minotaur
Devil Iron Devil Iron - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Ore that glows blue. Has very strong magical powers. Material
Steal: Minotaurus Lv.30
Crest Crest - Curse of Darkness [edit]
All stats increased. Pick-Up
Trevor Belmont 
ATK +5, DEF +5, HP +50, Hearts +5
Find: Aiolon Ruins, Dracula's Castle
Drop: All bosses, excepted Isaac's second fight, Death and Dracula.
Conditions: Item disappears if the player does not pick it up before leaving the Boss Room. 
Bullova PoR Icon Bullova - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
An axe with a crescent-shaped blade. Weapon (Axe)
Attrib: Slash
ATK +115
Sell: $10,000 
Drop: Minotaur
Hercules Ring PoR Icon Hercules Ring (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A ring that lets you ignore blows like a mighty god. Accessory (Ring)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
Sell: $7,500  Drop: Minotaur
Effect: Resistance vs. knock-back attacks.
Meat Strip DoS Icon Meat Strip - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Restores 29 HP. Item (Food - Meat)
HP +29, STR +3
Sell: $75 
Rarity: *
Find: Chapter 3
Drop: Minotaur (5.30%)
Battle Axe DoS Icon Battle Axe - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Double-edged axe designed for combat. Axe
#hands: 2
ATK +16
Sell: $1,050 
Rarity: **
Buy: $4,200 Drop: Minotaur
Effect: Special - Warp Smash (15 MP)
Spell HD Icon Raging Fire - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Fire a burst of flames. Bound Spell
Consume: 10 MP  ATK +6
Rarity: ***
Bind: Spittle Bone, Minotaur, White Dragon
First Obtained: Chapter 1
Enchanted Soul HD Icon Minotaur - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Increase STR Enchanted Soul
STR +1
Rarity: **
Steal: Minotaur (2.3%)


See: Minotaur/Gallery


  • In the trailer for Castlevania Judgment, unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show of 2008, a Minotaur was seen fighting Simon Belmont. There was some speculation about the Minotaur being a playable character. However, Konami said that the Minotaur had been confirmed to be a boss character for Story Mode.
  • His name is occasionally spelled "Minotaurus", meaning "Bull of Minos" (sometimes mistranslated).

See alsoEdit


  1. CR Pachinko Akumajō Dracula official website

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