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The Necromancer is an enemy in the Castlevania series. He is an evil magic user who made a deal with the Devil, allowing him to summon monsters one after another.

Origins

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.

The word "necromancer" is a portmanteau of nekrós (dead) and -mancy + -er (a practitioner of divination), giving the definition "Death Sorcerer". 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 is 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.

Description

Necromancers are wizards with the power to raise the dead. They usually have a frail complexion and are indeed physically weak, so instead of engaging the player directly, they generally try to keep distance from them and employ magical arts to revive and summon infinite hordes of undead, which are mainly conformed by Zombies and/or Skeletons. These reanimated corpses will either rise up from the ground or be magically teleported in place, appearing in random spots across the screen, and will slowly shamble toward the player, although they can usually be put down with just a few strikes, with the main threat they pose being in potentially crowding the room if allowed to.

A trait seen on all necromancers that have appeared in the series is that they all wear hooded robes. Some of these garments feature elaborated designs, implying that the person belongs to a sect; and in some cases they do, mainly pertaining to a group of occultists known as the Followers of Darkness, which seek the resurrection of Count Dracula.

Of all the necromancers that have appeared in the series, the dark priest Shaft is without a doubt the most famous of all, who in 1792 successfully resurrected Dracula and pledged as his loyal servant in the vampire's plan to conquer the land, which also included hindering the threat that the Belmont Clan posed against them by abducting a maiden called Annette, the fiancée of Richter Belmont, the current heir to the legendary Vampire Killer whip. Other maidens were abducted as well, with one of them, called Maria Renard, having strong –although still latent– magical powers, which Shaft immediately discovered and attempted to awake in order to make them his own. However, Richter arrived just in time to save her from this fate and thus the dark priest inadvertently added another powerful enemy against his and his master's cause.

During all this struggle, Shaft was eventually defeated by Richter, although this would not be the last that would be seen of him, as, being a necromancer, he successfully managed to come back from the dead twice in the form of a ghost.

Appearances

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

See: Shaft

Castlevania: Dracula X

See: Ghost

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

See: Necromancer (Circle of the Moon)

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

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Necromancers are first encountered at the Eneomaos Machine Tower. They wear a plague doctor mask in this incarnation. They summons Skeleton-type enemies and are capable of teleporting. If you beat enough of these, you might get a rare material from one.

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

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.

Due to the Necromancer's ability to infinitely cast this spell, Fidelis Caries is notoriously easy to level up to its maximum level. This glyph is especially useful against Brachyura, the boss of the Lighthouse, as it allows Shanoa to summon up to three Zombies at the same time which will be walking over and damaging the boss throughout the whole encounter.

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

See: Necromancer (Lords of Shadow)

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Necromancer
Image Name - Game
Description
Statistics Items Location
ShaftShaft DXC
(PCE/PSP)
Shaft  [ edit ]
Rondo of Blood
' HP: 92
Exp: 4000
6. Ceremonial Room
ShaftghoShaft Ghost DXC
(PCE/PSP)
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

Known necromancers

Item Data

Item Data: Necromancer
Image Name - Game
Description
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
Hector 
Sell: $45  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
Hector 
Sell: $75  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
Hector 
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
Shanoa 
Attrib: Strike
Consume: 80 MP 
ATK +2
Steal: Necromancer
Effect: Summons Zombies.

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See also

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