Shaft, the most well-known necromancer in the series.

Necromancers are wizards with the power to raise the dead. The word "necromancer" is a portmanteau of nekrós (dead) and -mancy + -er (a practitioner of divination), giving the definition "Death Sorcerer". The dark priest Shaft is the most well known necromancer in Castlevania. Some necromancers are also ghosts.


Necromancer - 01

Engraving of occultists John Dee and Edward Kelley "in the act of invoking the spirit of a deceased person"; from Astrology (1806) by Ebenezer Sibly.

Early necromancy most likely evolved from shamanism, which calls upon spirits such as the ghosts of ancestors.

Necromancy was prevalent throughout Western antiquity with records of its practice in Babylon, Egypt, Greece and Rome. In his Geographica, Strabo refers to necyomanteis, or "diviners by the dead", as the foremost practitioners of divination among the people of Persia, and it's believed to have also been widespread among the people of Chaldea, Etruria and Babylonia.

The oldest literary account of necromancy is found in Homer's Odyssey. Under the direction of Circe, a powerful sorceress, Odysseus travels to the underworld in order to gain insight about his impending voyage home by raising the spirits of the dead through the use of spells which Circe has taught him. The Odyssey's passages contain many descriptive references to necromantic rituals: rites must be performed around a pit with fire during nocturnal hours, and Odysseus has to follow a specific recipe, which includes the blood of sacrificial animals, to concoct a libation for the ghosts to drink while he recites prayers to both the ghosts and gods of the underworld.


Castlevania: Rondo of Blood / Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit

See: Shaft

Castlevania: Dracula XEdit

See: Ghost

Castlevania: Circle of the MoonEdit

See: Necromancer (Circle of the Moon)

The Necromancer plays a similar role to a low-level Death. He taunts Nathan at the beginning of the match and seems to have knowledge of Dracula's plans.

Castlevania: Curse of DarknessEdit

The Necromancer is first encountered at Eneomaos Machine Tower. He summons skeleton-type enemies and is capable of teleporting. If you beat enough of these, you might get a rare material from one. He wears a plague doctor mask.

Castlevania: Order of EcclesiaEdit

Necromancers in this game can be encountered in Ruvas Forest. They have no attacks of their own, but are shown to cast the Fidelis Caries spell to summon zombies to fight for them. Stealing the Fidelis Caries glyph will allow Shanoa to summon zombies of her own.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow / Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of FateEdit

See: Necromancer (Lords of Shadow)

Enemy DataEdit

Enemy Data: Necromancer
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
ShaftShaft DXC
Shaft  [ edit ]
Rondo of Blood
' HP: 92
Exp: 4000
6. Ceremonial Room
ShaftghoShaft Ghost DXC
Shaft Ghost  [alt] [ edit ]
Rondo of Blood
' HP: 92
Exp: 3500
7. Clocktower
Dx-cloaked Ghost  [ edit ]
Dracula X
' 4'. Caves
Shaft-bub 145. Shaft  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Dark Priest of Dracula. Strong: Poison (immune)
Level: 88
HP: 1,300
Exp: n/a
Reverse Castle Center
Necromancer Necromancer (jpn) [ edit ]
Circle of the Moon
' Strong: Darkness
HP: 500
Exp: 2,500
Atk: 200
Def: 250
Audience Room
Necro2 Necromancer [Second Form] (jpn) [ edit ]
Circle of the Moon
' Guard: Tackle
Audience Room
COD-077 77. Necromancer Lv.31  [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
An evil magic user who made a deal with the devil, allowing him to summon monsters one after another. Strong: Fire
Weak: Earth
Level: 31
HP: 245
Exp: 114
Common Drop: Red Steel
Rare Drop: Spirit of Fuji
Steal: $100
Eneomaos Machine Tower
COD-087 87. Necromancer Lv.35  [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
An evil magic user who made a deal with the devil, allowing him to summon monsters one after another. Strong: Fire
Weak: Earth
Level: 35
HP: 272
Exp: 146
Common Drop: Red Steel
Rare Drop: Spirit of Fuji
Steal: $100
Aiolon Ruins
OOE-Necromancer 12. Necromancer  [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
Uses black magic to animate and control corpses. Weak: Stone
HP: 22
Exp: 7
Skill Pt: 1
Atk: 13
Steal: Fidelis Caries
Ruvas Forest
DarkMonster Necromancer  - see also here [ edit ]
Lords of Shadow
Necromancy is the most evil of all the schools of magic and can only be performed by the followers of the Dark Lord of the Dead. (...) Strong: Fairy ×3
Weak: Dagger, Light Fairy ×2, Holy Water, Crystal ×2
Size: Medium
Difficulty: High
Necromancer's Abyss ×2
MoFNecromancer Necromancer  [ edit ]
Mirror of Fate
The Necromancer's mission is to seize Trevor's powerful combat cross for its master, Zobek, Lord of the Dead. Having been promised the return of its soul for successful delivery of the weapon, the Necromancer is a dangerous foe intent on completing its task, no matter what. Difficulty: 4/5
HP: 900
Exp: 750
Courtyard; bestiary in Library

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Necromancer
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Red Steel Red Steel - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Red steel, made from solidified magma. Hard, good for armor and non-edged weapons. Material
Common Drop: Armored Sprinter Lv.33/44, Necromancer Lv.31/35, Undead Lord Lv.33/38/43, Harpy Lv.32/46
Spirit of Fuji Spirit of Fuji - Curse of Darkness [edit]
A godly material from a distance mountain in the East. Prized for its use in many different weapons. Material
Find: Mortvia Aqueduct F1, Aiolon Ruins, Infinite Corridor 3F
Rare Drop: Dark Warlock Lv.17/42, Necromancer Lv.31/35, Wizard Lv.6/8
Steal: Lesser Demon Lv.13/23
$100 - Curse of Darkness [edit]
' Pick-Up
Gold + 100
Find: Candelabras
Steal: Cockatrice Lv.6/46, Slogra Lv.14/37/45, Phantom Sword Lv.15, Ghoul Lv.27/42/75, White Gravial Lv.27/43, Frost Demon Lv.28/38/43, Death Ripper Lv.29/40/75, Rapid Sniper Lv.31/40, Necromancer Lv.31/35, Armored Sprinter Lv.33/44, Wight Lv.35/36
Fidelis Caries Icon Fidelis Caries - Order of Ecclesia [edit]
Summon zombies that fight to the death. Back Glyph
Attrib: Strike
Consume: 80 MP 
ATK +2
Steal: Necromancer
Effect: Summons Zombies.

See alsoEdit

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