For the Lords of Shadow boss, see Puppet Master (Lords of Shadow).

"You too shall be my puppets!"
— Puppet Master, Harmony of Despair

The Puppet Master is a boss in the Castlevania series. He is the cursed king of dolls and master of manipulating dimensions.


The Puppet Master appears as a traditional marionette with four appendages, namely arms, as well as a demonic head, all hanging down from strings on the ceiling. He only has two attacks, one of which is not considered to be an attack by itself, although that doesn't mean it isn't any less dangerous.


Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

The Puppet Master is the first boss of the Demon Guest House, likely being the fourth boss the player will fight in the game.

His first attack consists of him opening his mouth to summon a few floating French Dolls that must be destroyed. Even though they yield no experience whatsoever, as well as not dropping any items, they may overwhelm Soma if too many of them are allowed to populate the room.

His second attack must be dealt with as quick as possible. A puppet is summoned in one of his hands, and there are four iron maiden torture chambers lying around the room. If the puppet is placed in one of these iron maidens, he automatically switches Soma's place with the puppet inside the device and this slams shut, dealing almost death damage. However, the puppet can be destroyed. On "Normal" mode, it takes two hits to destroy it, and on "Hard" mode, it takes four. The hand moves very slowly, however, so the player should be able to destroy the puppet easily. One useful tactic when replaying the game is using Death's soul, Death Scythe, which will make short work of the dolls and the demonic play toy as well.

The soul he gives up upon defeat is a Bullet Soul which grants Soma the Substitute Puppet ability. While it isn't an attack itself, it allows Soma to throw out a puppet and switch places with it. This is helpful in unlocking the Subterranean Hell and Condemned Tower areas. However, the Bat Company soul proves to be much more effective later on in the game, as it allows him to fit through the same holes he can throw puppets into. This puppet-throwing ability was later used by the Old Axe Armor, an unlockable character in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin.

107 Puppet Master パペットマスター Papettomasutā 3,000 3,000 38
Tolerance Weakness
Time Stop (unaffected) Fire
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
Demon Guest House - - Substitute Puppet 3,000
Description "The cursed king of dolls. It controls dolls and the dimensions."

Akumajō Dracula: Kabuchi no Tsuisoukyoku

The Puppet Master was brought back along with Legion by the remnants of Graham's cult during a partial eclipse. He populated an imitation of the castle from Graham Jones' time with puppet copies of monsters such as Gaibon, Slogra, harpies and others. He was ultimately defeated by Julius Belmont.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

The Puppet Master reappears in Harmony of Despair as the boss of the second chapter. He appears in the trailer, taunting: "You, too, shall be my puppet!". He later appears in a castle resembling the Demon Guest House. He has no new attacks, but the pink marionettes he summons will curse players if they make contact. He will also pull himself throughout the area after taking enough damage, not being restricted to his own room. If he's within reach of an iron maiden, he will create a puppet in his hand. The player must strike the doll three times in "Normal" mode, and five in "Hard" mode. Failure to do so before he throws the puppet into the iron maiden results in teleporting a player to that location, and they suffer heavy damage in the process that also ignores the character's Defense. This attack is upgraded in Hard Mode to instantly kill players, unless they equip a suit of Ancient Armor beforehand. His theme is "Into the Dark Night".


Due to the Puppet Master's constant swarm of cursing dolls, magic based characters like Charlotte or Shanoa are of unwise use, since a single touch of the dolls will deplete their MP to 0, rendering them weak until they can regain a substantial amount to strike back. Characters like Soma and Alucard will have an easier time, but some reliance of skills on the former and good weapons on the latter, can provide only a decent foot ground to fight.

Instead, whip-reliant characters, like Jonathan or Richter, are more recommended for a much safer and reliable time. This is largely because their spinning whip technique (by holding down the attack button and pressing in any direction) will provide a much needed and effective shield against the swarming dolls that come from multiple heights. Furthermore, this technique can be put to great effect to cancel the Puppet Master's voodoo attack, as it can quickly destroy the doll on his hands (provided a reasonable distance is between both), which is especially true in higher difficulties, where more hits are needed to stop him. Due to these advantages, they also have the best time of any kind of character in spamming their skills, since they have little fear of being cursed.

The only downside is that the whip's strength is dependent on the level of sub-weaponry they are carrying, and thus can require some grinding to put a good fight; but by the time he is faced, the player should have enough power to face the still basic opponent, or have a more developed skill/level set for the harder difficulties.

The Puppet Master also moves across the stage after a certain amount of time, in which the player must pursue to avoid getting harmed by his voodoo attack on the iron maidens distributed around the map. As the player progresses through the stage, they will encounter several iron maidens with nearby wooden boxes which can be pushed in front of them to limit the mobility of the Puppet Master. They are near the center-right, center-left, and near the top of the map respectively. Of special care is a tower of Bone Pillars at the middle of the stage which can provide a much needed shortcut back to the center of the map, and thus is recommended to keep alive as one can stand on them without sustaining damage. Destroying them will make pursuit much more difficult and almost guarantee death.

Overall, the Puppet Master is tricky and irritating, rather than powerful, and thus should be handled with patience rather than brutality.

No. Name JPN HP MP
47 Puppet Master パペットマスター Papettomasutā ??? ???
Tolerance Weakness
- Strike, Fire, Holy
Chapter Drop Bind Soul
Chapter 2 - Lord of Unseen Strings Holbein Dagger (Normal - Alucard only), Muramasa (Hard - Alucard and Soma only), Thief Ring (Hard), Healing Mail (Hard - Jonathan, Shanoa, Julius, Richter and Getsu Fuma only) - Puppet
(Bullet Soul - 0.30%)
Description "The cursed king of dolls and master of manipulating dimensions."

Battle quotes

  • "I need only to put this puppet, right inside here."
  • "Take this!"

Item Data

Item Data: Puppet Master
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Bullet Soul.png Puppet Master - Substitute Puppet - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Throw a puppet and switch places with it. Bullet Soul
Consume: 5 MP  Rarity: Always get the soul.
Drop: Puppet Master
Knife DoS Icon.png Holbein Dagger - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Enables a swift slashing attack. Dagger
#hands: 1
ATK +8
Sell: $2,500 
Rarity: ***
Drop: Puppet Master (Normal)
Effect: Rising swipe
Muramasa Icon.png Muramasa - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Sword with a macabre reputation. Katana
#hands: 1
ATK +52
Sell: (cannot be sold) 
Rarity: *****
Drop: Puppet Master (Hard), Ryukotsuki (Normal)
Effect: Curse
Thief Ring Icon.png Thief Ring (Rare Ring) - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Ring that increases your chance of finding rare items. Accessory (Ring)
LCK +10
Sell: (cannot be sold) 
Rarity: ****
Drop: Puppet Master (Hard) and Ryukotsuki (Normal)
Healing Mail PoR Icon.png Healing Mail (jpn) - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Armor that heals HP as the wearer walks. Chest (Body Armor)
Jonathan, Julius, Richter, Shanoa 
DEF +12
Sell: $9,750 
Rarity: *****
Drop: Puppet Master (Hard), Ryukotsuki (Normal)
Bullet Soul HD Icon.png Puppet Master - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Throw a puppet and switch places with it. Bullet Soul
Consume: 10 MP  Rarity: **
Steal: Puppet Master (0.3%)


Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Soma CruzMina HakubaJulius BelmontYoko BelnadesGenya Arikado (Alucard) • Hammer
Celia FortnerDario BossiDmitrii BlinovSoma Cruz (Julius Mode)
Flying ArmorBaloreMalphasPuppet MasterRahabGergothZephyrBat Company
The Lost VillageWizardry LabGarden of MadnessThe Dark ChapelDemon Guest HouseCondemned Tower
Cursed Clock TowerSubterranean HellSilenced RuinsThe PinnacleMine of JudgmentThe Abyss
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow & Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Original Soundtrack
DoubleJump Books Dawn of Sorrow Official Strategy Guide
Konami Akumajō Dracula: Sōgetsu no Jūjika Official Guide
BestiaryInventoryJulius ModeVoice Translations
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
Playable characters
Soma CruzAlucardJonathan MorrisShanoaCharlotte Aulin
Julius BelmontYoko BelnadesRichter BelmontMaria RenardSimon BelmontGetsu Fuma
Starting bosses
GergothPuppet MasterMenaceBraunerDeathDracula
Downloadable bosses
AstarteLegionBeelzebubR. Phantom BatR. Queen MedusaR. Mummy ManR. The CreatureR. Grim ReaperR. The CountDecapiclopsOxocutionerChimyriadRyukotsuki
Starting Chapters
Ch1. Caught in the Cradle of Decay • Ch2. Lord of Unseen Strings • Ch3. The End of Chaos
Ch4. Esquisse of Violence • Ch5. Song of the Unslakable Blade • Ch6. Come, Sweet Hour of Death
Downloadable Chapters
Ch7. Beauty, Desire, Situation Dire • Ch8. The One Who Is Many • Ch9. Lord of Flies
Ch10. Origins • Ch11. The Legend of Fuma
DroneHymnusCorpse's GatePurple EyesPhantom of FearTanz mit einem ClownCrimson BloodEin WeltherrscherTractusCastlevania: Harmony of Despair Original Soundtrack
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