For other uses, see Nightmare (disambiguation).

The Nightmare is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a demon that takes up residence in one's dreams. Those who witness its coming soon know death.


John Henry Fuseli - The Nightmare

The Nightmare, by Henry Fuseli (1781).

A mare is an evil spirit or goblin in Germanic and Slavic folklore that rides on people's chests while they sleep, bringing on bad dreams, or "nightmares". They are often similar to the mythical creatures succubus and incubus.

Many stories relate mares with horses, either by them sitting on their victims chest during sleep, "riding" them, or believed to "ride" horses, which left them exhausted and covered in sweat by the morning.

One tale from the Vatnsdæla saga, tells that Thorkel Silver once had a dream about riding a red horse that barely touched ground, which he interpreted as a positive omen, but his wife disagreed, explaining that a mare signified a man's fetch and that the red color boded bloodiness.


Nightmares are demons that take up residence in one's dreams. In Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, they take the form of female demons, similar to other lady bats such as a the Succubus, which is also known to invade men's dreams. In Aria of Sorrow and later games, it takes the form of a undead horse, with an armored rider on occasion. The Nightmare's soul, Evil Gallop, fires a flaming horse forward.

This enemy seemed to be planned for appearance in Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, as evidenced by concept artwork for that game. Although it never made it in-game, it appeared in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, deeply resembling the concept artwork.


Castlevania: Circle of the MoonEdit

First appearance of Nightmare in the series. She is one of the five lady bats encountered in the game, among the likes of Lilith and the Fallen Angel. She is found inside a hidden room near the beginning of the Outer Wall, although she will only appear after defeating Death.

Similar to other lady bats of her kind, Nightmare soars through the sky with great agility and bears a circle of five energy rings around to protect her. After making a few swoops, she will send forth these rings toward Nathan, which will track him down for a while and then return to her.

Nightmare ナイトメア 250 2,000
ATK DEF Location
550 550 Outer Wall
Common Drop Rare Drop
Mind Restore (2.5%) Needle Armor (0.5%)
Resistance Darkness

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

Nightmares are encountered in some of the underground waterways and long caverns that comprise the Underground Reservoir. Unlike their Circle of the Moon counterparts, they are now portrayed as horse spirits engulfed in a blood-red aura. They only attack by galloping back and forth along a determined trail's length. Some of them come mounted by an armored knight wielding a jousting lance, although there's no difference between these and the other variant.

Gaining dominance over their soul grants Soma the Evil Gallop ability, which allows him to summon Nightmares and send them forth as weapons, damaging anything on their path.

AOS-Nightmare Nightmare2
67 Nightmare 260 300 280
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
43 30 Darkness Holy
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
Underground Reservoir Lance - Evil Gallop
Description "A demon that takes up residence in one's dreams."

Castlevania: Order of EcclesiaEdit

Nightmares retain their equestrian form seen in Aria of Sorrow, although they are much larger this time around, their heads and chests come clad in armor, and the rest of their body is rotten and devoid of flesh, much like the Behemoth, having an exposed thoracic cage revealing their entrails, and with their hind quarters being just a mere skeleton.

They inhabit a few caves in the Tymeo Mountains. Similar to the previous game, they just gallop back and forth along a determined distance, although now they will vanish as they approach the end of their trail and reappear a moment later already galloping toward the opposite direction. This makes them not very threatening enemies, as they become unable to harm the player while they're shifting planes.

Nightmares drop Horse Hair, which is required in order to complete George's quest: "The Silent Violin". Since they're weak to Strike, equipping a Macir glyph will be usually enough to defeat them in just a few hits.

Their physical appearance in Order of Ecclesia concords with the concept art released for Dawn of Sorrow, where this enemy seems to have been planned but ultimately didn't appear in the final game.

Ooe nightmare
29 Nightmare 44 28
Tolerance Weakness
- Strike, Flame, Light
Location Drop Glyph EXP AP
Tymeo Mountains Horse Hair (8%) - 27 1
Description "Those who witness its coming soon know death."

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Nightmare
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Mind Restore Icon Mind Restore (Mind Up) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Recover 30% MP. Recovery Item (Mind Potion)
MP +30%
Drop: Witch, Will O' Wisp, Ectoplasm, Gremlin, Spirit, Specter, Nightmare, Brain Float, Mudman
Needle Armor Icon Needle Armor (Needle Plate) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Plate armor covered in spikes Body (Body Armor)
DEF +400, STR +10
Drop: Nightmare
Lance AoS Icon Lance (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Long spear used by cavalry soldiers. Weapon
Attrib: Sword
ATK +32
Sell: $1,500 
Buy: $3,000 Find: Castle Corridor (Hammer's shop)
Common Drop: Nightmare
Red Soul Nightmare - Evil Gallop - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Summons nightmares to use as weapons. Bullet Soul
Attrib: Flame
Consume: 5 MP 
228 AP
Rarity: 20
Drop: Nightmare
Horse Hair Icon Horse Hair - Order of Ecclesia [edit]
Horsehair is used in bows for stringed instruments. Item
Drop: Nightmare


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