"Cornell's childhood friend, Ortega is a fellow beast-man soldier and master of the martial arts. He is Cornell's best friend, but also rival. Ortega is often frustrated because it seems that whatever he does, Cornell does better."
— Official background

Ortega (オルテガOrutega?) is a character in Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness. He is Cornell's best friend but also his sworn rival, a fellow man-beast who comes from the same village. He appears only in Cornell's storyline, during most of which he serves as a prominent antagonist.

Character's history

Ortega grew up in the same village as Cornell, a fellow man-beast, being a friend of his but also a rival. The rivalry caused Ortega an increasing amount of frustration, as he was constantly being outdone on every occasion, so he started searching for a way to gain the kind of powers that would make him stronger.

This search led him on the path of darkness, as the only one able to grant him the request proved to be Dracula. As a condition for gaining the new powers, Dracula demanded of Ortega to aid his demons on their mission to kidnap Cornell's sister Ada and destroy the village. He was also to stop Cornell from rescuing Ada. Ortega accepted these conditions, and thus sealed his pact with the devil, gaining amazing power but losing his humanity.

Ortega in Legacy of Darkness

Ortega first meets his old friend again after Cornell has made his through the Forest of Silence and reached the Castle Wall. Ortega confronts him there, tells him about what he has done and his part in Ada's kidnapping. Cornell has difficulties accepting this turn of events, and Ortega leaves without explaining his motives further, knowing it is not yet the time to battle him.

Later in the game Ortega makes another appearance, as he manages to catch Cornell in a cage and then forces him to fight another werewolf, a huge brute now under Dracula's control. Cornell beats the werewolf, but finds that Ortega has once again taken off. The final showdown is however imminent.

Ortega decides to finally to take on Cornell at the top of the room of clocks, which presents a sizable battle-ground. After a heated exchange of words, Ortega displays the true extent of his new powers by transforming into a mighty, three-headed Chimera, and attacks Cornell with full strength.

However, after a titanic battle, Cornell proves to still be the most powerful of the two warriors and defeats Ortega, gravely injuring him in the process. Ortega, now returned to his human form and recognizing that his life is quickly coming to an end, realizes the error of his ways and uses his last breath to tell Cornell where he can find Ada, with Ortega also admitting that while he doesn't regret his joining Dracula for greater power in order to see the full power of Cornell's Man Beast abilities, he does regret attacking the village, but believes it's far too late for him to make amends. Due to him self-destructing due to no longer being able to control his powers, Ortega then throws himself off the tower, down to his death, also exploding, although not before warning Cornell to stay away from him. It is also implied that he avoided giving Dracula Ada and had hidden her away in the Clock Tower.

Enemy Data

Ortega Ortega Chimaera 70 for Dragon (87.5 on Hard)
30 for Bird (37.5 on Hard)
100 for Lion (125 on Hard)
Room of Clocks (Cornell-only)


  • Its chimeric form resembles that of Vapula.
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