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"I can see that I have underestimated you. Accept my apology. It won't happen again."
— Nergal, before confronting Dracula

Nergal Meslamstea is the second of Satan's acolytes, who is encountered by Dracula in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.


Nergal is a tall and thin individual, as well as pale skinned and bald. Looking closely at his face, wrinkles are visible which alludes that he is very old. He is clad in a long black robe with a black leather tunic along with black gloves that reaches his forearms. His most noticeable features that reveals his malicious identity are his unnatural, sinister black eyes.



Nergal is the corporate head of the world's largest weapons manufacturer; as a result he has huge political and economic influence on the world, since he is apparently responsible for the constitutional right to bear arms which makes it possible for everyone in the city to carry a gun from family, to businesses, to the police.

Worst yet he is also a son of Satan and seeks nothing less than for the world to be thrown into total chaos to enable his father's return to Earth where Nergal believes he shall be rewarded for his hard work.

Lords of Shadow 2

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Nergal is lured out of hiding by the sacrifice of Victor Belmont whom Nergal uses a possessed statue to kill. Having completed the deed, Nergal retreats to his corporate headquarters and is followed there by Dracula by the spectral trail.

There Dracula attempts to confront him and is crippled by several blasts of lightning by Nergal, with the magic around the corporation making Dracula weaker while Nergal is much stronger, but he is able to lure him into the castle where Dracula can access his full power, leaving Nergal unable to compete with him.

Deciding that he needs some extra muscle, Nergal possesses a trio of giant statues and uses them to battle Dracula, however the vampire lord destroys the statues and kills the acolyte by crushing his head beneath his boot.

Powers and abilities

In addition to his powers over lightning, Nergal's favorite ability is to possess inanimate objects to do his bidding. Nergal controlled the Justice Statue in Victory Plaza to kill Victor, and then brought the Riders of the Storm to life to confront Dracula.


  • I like these new henchmen. Their power will serve me well.
  • My father eagerly awaits you in his kingdom. Don't make him wait.
  • I won't make you suffer. Every drop of your pain belongs to my father.
  • Perhaps my Lord will allow me to... look after you once he's tired of your soul.
  • I'll gather my power. Then you won't have a chance.
  • My Lord will extinguish a thousand souls in my honor when I give him the Dragon.
  • The pain you will enjoy in Hell will be exquisite.
  • My father is eager to receive you in Hell. His thirst for you knows no limits.
  • My power... I must keep it... together!
  • Your suffering will make Hell itself cry!
  • Your soul will go mad in eternal agony!
  • Your existence will know only pain!
  • My power is running out in this damned place, but I will not be defeated by you. I will not fail!


  • Nergal's office, with its multiple turning gears and huge clock face, is a reference to the classic clock tower levels appearing in most Castlevania games.
  • Nergal's ability to control lightning is similar to the Plasma Blast from Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.
  • Satan displays Nergal's ability of possession when he possesses Alucard's body to fight against Dracula.
  • Nergal is the only Acolyte to be killed in Castlevania, dying in the Overlook Tower.
  • Nergal is the only Acolyte who got a promotional render.
  • He bears a notable resemblance to Zead, a character introduced in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness.
  • Nergal's appearance is also similar to Pinhead, the main antagonist of the Hellraiser series of horror films.
    • Some of Nergal's quotes in battle are also similar to those of Pinhead.
  • He shares his name with Nergal, a deity from Mesopotamian mythology, said to be the god of the solstice, war, pestilence, and who governs over the dead. Furthermore, Nergal was also known as Meslamtaea, which is both grammatically and phonetically similar to Meslamstea, with the later probably being either a mistransliteration or derived by the former.
Supporting cast
ZobekZobek's LieutenantYoung TrevorMarieGorgon SistersToy MakerVictor BelmontAlucard
Raisa VolkovaNergal MeslamsteaGuido SzandorSatan
AbaddonAgreusCarmillaRoland de Ronceval
Dracula's Castle
Bernhard's WingCity of the DamnedCarmilla's LairOverlook TowerForbidden Wing
Castlevania City
DowntownScience DistrictVictory PlazaArts District
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Original Game Soundtrack
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