Persephone is an enemy in the Castlevania series. She is a demonic maid that served a noble master.

Origins

The Return of Persephone
(Frederic Leighton, 1891)

Persephone is named after a Greek goddess of seasons and queen of the Underworld, being the wife of Hades. Due to being kidnapped and later tricked into being permanently bound to the Underworld, Persephone must spend half a year with her husband as queen of the dead (Fall and Winter), but can spend the rest of the year with her mother, the goddess Demeter (spring and summer). Her Latin name was Proserpina.

Nonetheless, why the Castlevania Persephone is portrayed as a demonic maid is anyone's guess.

Description

Persephone is a demonic maid who serves Dracula within the castle. She is very polite and will usually bow to enemies before attacking. Persephone uses hand-to-hand combat to battle intruders. Sometimes she will use her vacuum to suck-in her victim's clothes. She is also vulnerable to vacuum-type attacks such as Soma's Devil Tornado and Magic Vacuum (which is Persephone's own soul), or Charlotte's Dark Gate and Tempest spells, as those attacks attempt to suck her skirt, stunning her as she tries to hold it in place.

Appearances

Castlevania Chronicles

These maids are rare inhabitants of Count Dracula's Tower. They initially wait patiently for the player to draw near before evading their attacks by back-flipping, time during which they are invincible. While in this flipping motion, they will sometimes throw a barrage of daggers in five different directions. If damaged without being killed, they will turn more vicious-looking and take to hovering, gaining the ability to generate blue flames from their hands which they will toss at the ground, each breaking into four smaller fireballs with homing capabilities.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Persephone appears in the Inner Quarters area of the castle, where they will do a polite curtsy and greet Soma in Japanese before attacking him. They attack by unleashing various kicks. When defeated, they collapse to their knees and fade away.

Gaining dominance over Persephone's soul grants Soma the Magic Vacuum ability, which allows him to steal and absorb HP from enemies through the use of a demonic vacuum.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

Persephones now appear in Celia's headquarters, where they take care of the Demon Guest House with extreme dedication. They wear a classic purple maid dress, with simple shoes and simple maid headband. They also have blue hair tied in a ponytail fashion. When one is met, she normally greets the enemy before going into a battle stance and then starts attacking with swing kicks. She's easy to tease by using a sucking effect soul on her, or if she's near a defeated demon who is being sucked back to their realm, which causes her skirt to be pulled, embarrassing her as she holds her skirt tightly. Defeating her will envelop her in flower petals as she vanishes.

Like in the previous game, gaining dominance over her soul grants Soma the Magic Vacuum ability, which allows him to steal and absorb HP from enemies, although this time it can be leveled up three times (up to Level 9) by catching 9 Persephone's souls.

Interestingly, when Soma uses Persephone's soul on her, she will let out a shriek, be unable to move, and her dress will look like it's being sucked in front of her. Oddly enough, when Soma is behind Persephone while using her soul, her dress will still look like it's being sucked from the front.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Persephone appears in the Great Stairway area of Dracula's Castle and also in the Sandy Grave. Her vacuum has interesting effects dependent on whoever is being controlled by the player; while Jonathan merely gets his coat stuck on her vacuum, should Charlotte Aulin be near the vacuum, her skirt will be pulled and she will hold it down.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Persephone
Image Name - Game
Description
Statistics Items Location
X68-maid.gif Maid  [ edit ]
Chronicles
' HP: 1/5/5
Exp: 400
8. Dracula's Tower
Persephone.gif 37. Persephone  (Prosperina) [ edit ]
Aria of Sorrow
A demon maid that served a noble master. Weak: Sword, Poison
HP: 150
MP: 96
Exp: 55
Atk: 23
Def: 25
Common Drop: Scarf
Rare Drop: Strawberry
Soul: Magic Vacuum
Inner Quarters
DOS-Persephone.gif 41. Persephone (Proserpina) [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
A demonic maid in the employ of an unearthly baron. Strong: Dark
Weak: Piercing, Slashing, Holy, Poison
HP: 140
MP: 2
Exp: 82
Atk: 38
Timestop: Affected
Common Drop: Silk Robe (8%)
Rare Drop: Strawberry (4%)
Soul: Magic Vacuum (24%)
Demon Guest House
Persephone2.gif 23. Persephone  (Prosperina) [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin (Strategy)
The count's demonic maid. She seems to have bought a new vacuum cleaner. Strong: Dark
Weak: Whip, Slash, Holy, Poison, Stone
HP: 60
Exp: 35
Skill Pt: 2
Drop: Frilly Camisole, Pudding Bucket
Great Stairway, Sandy Grave
Persephone2.gif 17. Persephone  (Prosperina) [ edit ]
Harmony of Despair
The count's demonic maid. She seems to have bought a new vacuum cleaner. Weak: Slash, Pierce, Petrify, Curse, Poison
Drop: Forget-Me-Not (5.30%)
Heart Brooch (2.30%)
Soul: Blue (2.80%)
Chapter 2, Chapter 4

Item Data

Item Data: Persephone
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Scarf AoS Icon.png Scarf (Muffler) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Warm and cozy. Goods
Soma 
DEF +2
Sell: $185 
Find: Castle Corridor
Common Drop: Persephone
Strawberry AoS Icon.png Strawberry (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
A plump, sweet strawberry. Food
Soma 
HP +265
Sell: $200 
Rare Drop: Persephone
Blue Soul.png Persephone - Magic Vacuum - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Absorb enemies' HP with a magical item. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Consume: 15 MP/sec  10 ATK
Drop: Persephone
Silk Robe DoS Icon.png Silk Robe - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
A robe made of woven silk. Armor
Soma 
DEF +4, INT +2
Sell: $400 
Buy: $800 Find: Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Persephone
Strawberry DoS Icon.png Strawberry (jpn) - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
A plump, sweet strawberry. Food
Soma 
HP +150
Sell: $265 
Rare Drop: Persephone
Guardian Soul.png Persephone - Magic Vacuum (Magic Vacum in the guide) - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Enable "Magic Vacuum". Vacuums up enemy HP. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Consume: 5 MP/sec  Rarity: **
Drop: Persephone
Frilly Camisole PoR Icon.png Frilly Camisole - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A camisole with cute frills. Body Gear (Dress)
Charlotte 
DEF +9, MND +5
Sell: $2,450 
Drop: Persephone
Pudding Bucket PoR Icon.png Pudding Bucket (Bucket Pudding) - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A bucket full of pudding. Don't worry, the bucket is new. Item (Food/Sweet)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
HP +200
Sell: $245 
Drop: Persephone
Forget Me Not PoR Icon.png Forget-Me-Not (Forget-Me-Not Necklace) - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Necklace patterned after a beautiful flower. Accessory (Necklace)
Shanoa, Charlotte 
HP +2, MP +2, DEF +1, INT +2
Sell: $700 
Rarity: **
Drop: Persephone (5.30%)
Heart Brooch Icon.png Heart Brooch (jpn) - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Increases your chance of finding hearts. Accessory (Brooch)
any 
Sell: $1,250  Rarity: ***
Drop: Persephone (5.30%)
Guardian Soul HD Icon.png Persephone - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Enable "Magic Vacuum" to consume enemy HP. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Consume: 3 MP  ATK +3
Rarity: **
Steal: Persephone (2.8%)

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