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The Red Skeleton, also known as Blood Skeleton, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. Literally undead, these bloody bones always return to life. Red with the blood of countless victims.


The Red Skeleton is a human skeleton stained in the blood of countless victims. It commonly walks forward steadily, and instead of dying, just collapses into a pile of bones. It will soon reassemble itself and can only be completely killed by using a special weapon or spell.


Castlevania Chronicles

Red Skeletons first appear while climbing up a series of stairs in the Red-Brick Cathedral (Stage 11). A gigantic statue of Athena decorates the background of this area. When the player finally makes it to the top, it is revealed that these skeletons are spawned from tears of blood dropping from the eyes of the statue. These Red Skeletons in particular don't collapse into a pile of bones when hit; instead, they liquefy into a puddle of blood only to regenerate a moment later.

They are encountered later in the Torture Chamber (Stage 19, 20 and 21). This time around, they collapse into a pile of bones when hit and reassemble themselves after a few seconds.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

There are four varieties of this enemy in Symphony of the Night: red, yellow, green and white. They act in the same way as their predecessors, except their speed and regeneration rate is different depending on their color: red skeletons being the slowest while white skeletons being the fastest.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

Red Skeletons in Harmony of Dissonance are not much different than those appearing in other games; this time around, however, they are very slow and easy to be disabled temporarily. When struck, they also liquefy into a puddle of blood, like those appearing in Chronicles, and recreating the scene with the statue of Athena crying tears of blood which emerged as Red Skeletons in that game, there's also a giant statue of a crying maiden in a room of the Skeleton Cave (Castle A).

A stronger version, called Bone Liquid, appears in some areas of the game. It remains in hiding as a blob, emerging only to poison Juste as he passes by. Touching it while in liquid form does not inflict any damage whatsoever and it will only materialize after a short delay once the player walks over it.

They are common enemies throughout the Aqueduct of Dragons and later reappear at the Entrance, both in Castle B.

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Called Blood Skeletons in this game, these enemies can only be defeated by special means that may not be evident the first time they're encountered.

The only known method to kill a Blood Skeleton is by breeding a Nautilus Rod Mage-Type Innocent Devil, which innately comes with the Purify ability, a spell that can permanently destroy undead creatures. The Mage-Type will cast this spell on foes, summoning a column of light that will vanish any undead enemy from existence should it get caught inside it. However, the casting is random and it can take some time before the I.D. decides to cast it, so the player will often be forced to evade and defend against enemy attacks until the spell is finally conjured.

In Trevor Mode, the only known method to kill a Blood Skeleton is by the use of the Holy Whip (found in the Infinite Corridor), which has a high chance of instantly killing enemies weak to the Holy element.

Two Blood Skeletons can be found in the Baljhet Mountains and defeating them will give the player access to a room with an HP Max Up. This can only be accomplished later in the game, however, as the first Mage-Type is obtained in Cordova Town and the Nautilus Rod is a third level evolution.

Blood Skeletons also appear in Garibaldi Temple, on the road that leads to Legion. Gaining access to this path requires the use of a Devil-Type I.D., however, so they can only be found in the late game.

They make a more prominently appearance in the Tower of Evermore, encountered on several floors on the way down. It's not necessary to defeat them in this location, though, and only defeating the regular enemies that spawn on each floor is required in order to gain access to the next floor, although getting rid of them first does help in clearing the room from the rest of the enemies.

How to steal

The Blood Skeleton will open its stealing window whenever it stands and throws its arms back before attacking. It will usually only do this at mid-range. Successfully stealing from it will award the player $50.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Red Skeletons appear in the Forgotten City and in the Sandy Grave. These enemies yield a good amount of EXP, but one needs to use the Undead Killer whip in order to kill them.

A special magic spell known as Sanctuary can also be used to defeat these enemies. It is found in the Sandy Grave and can only be obtained after the player has acquired either the Toad Morph (found in the Forest of Doom) or the Owl Morph skill (found in the Dark Academy).

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

Tera will present the player with her necklace if she is rescued in Stage 3'. This necklace will allow to permanently destroy Red Skeletons.

Along the way, the player will come across some walls constructed with Red Skeletons' bones. If struck, they will crumble to the ground but reform themselves immediately, making further progress impossible. However, with the aid of Tera's necklace they can be destroyed for good, thus allowing the player to claim any rewards they were protecting.

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

Called Blood Skeletons in this game, these enemies appear in Dracula's Castle. Interestingly enough, they can be vaporized by performing the Dominus Glyph Union, although Shanoa will also die.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Red Skeleton
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Redskeleton cv1.gifC64cv1-rskele.gifAmigacv-bloodskele.gifPccv-redskeleton.gif
Red Skeleton (jpn) [ edit ]
This is a Skeleton which sneaks up on you. When you strike him down with your Whip, he dies, but after a certain period of time, he revives.(*) HP: 4
Exp: 400
5. Dungeon
Vkill-redskel.gif Red Skeleton  [ edit ]
Vampire Killer
' 5. Torture Laboratory
Cv3-redskele.gif 11. Red Skeleton (jpn) [ edit ]
Dracula's Curse
' 3. Forest, 4A. Haunted Ship, 5. Caves, 8. Entrance
Cv4-bloodskel.gif 4. Red Skeleton  [ edit ]
Super Castlevania IV
' HP: 48
Exp: 100
Atk: 3
6. The Halls, 7. Unliving Quarters, A. Clocktower
X68-redskel.gif Red Skeleton  [ edit ]
' HP: 0
Exp: 400
4. Cathedral, 7. Torture Chamber/Lab
Rob-bldskeleton-1-.gifRed Skeleton DXC.png
Red Skeleton  [alt] [ edit ]
Rondo of Blood (Strategy)
' HP: 1
Exp: 0
4. Torture Chamber
Bl-bloodskel-1-.gif Red Skeleton  [alt] [ edit ]
' 5. Versailles Palace
Cvdx-bloodskel-1-.gif Red Skeleton  [alt] [ edit ]
Dracula X (Strategy)
' 4. Dungeon, 5'. Sunken City, 6. Clock Tower
Sotn-bloodskel-1-.gifBloodskeleton2-1-.gifBloodskeleton3-1-.gifBloodskeleton4-1-.gif 2. Blood Skeleton  (Red Skeleton) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Revives due to blood soaked bones. Level: 0
HP: 9
Exp: 0
Alchemy Laboratory, Catacombs, Floating Catacombs
64-RST.png Red Skeleton  [alt] [ edit ]
Castlevania 64
''Abil: Stationary, bones reassemble when destroyed.
HP: 20 (regenerates)
Tower of Execution, Clock Tower (Hard)
64-RST.png Red Skeleton  [alt] [ edit ]
Legacy of Darkness
' HP: 10 (day), 12 (night)
Hod redskeleton.gif 26. Red Skeleton  [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Strong: Fire
Level: 11
HP: 6
Exp: 0
Castle A: Skeleton Cave
Castle B: Skeleton Cave
Hod boneliquid.gif 71. Bone Liquid  (Skeleton Liquid) [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Weak: Thunder
Level: 25
HP: 38
Exp: 179
Common Drop: Anti-Venom
Rare Drop: Velvet Cloak
Castle B: Aqueduct of Dragons, Entrance
017.png 17. Red Skeleton  [ edit ]
Lament of Innocence
A blood red skeleton. Always returns to life. Strong: Knife
Weak: Fire, Holy Water, Cross
HP: 50
Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab, Garden Forgotten by Time, House of Sacred Remains, Dark Palace of Waterfalls
COD-008.jpg 8. Blood Skeleton Lv.5  (Red Skeleton Lv5) [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
Literally undead, these bloody bones always return to life. Red with the blood of countless victims. Strong: Dark
Weak: Fire
Level: 5
HP: 0
Exp: 1
Steal: $50
Baljhet Mountains
COD-155.jpg 155. Blood Skeleton Lv.75  (Red Skeleton Lv75) [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
Literally undead, these bloody bones always return to life. Red with the blood of countless victims. Strong: Dark
Weak: Fire
Level: 75
HP: 0
Exp: 167
Steal: $50
Garibaldi Temple, Tower of Evermore
Redskeleton.gif 29. Red Skeleton (jpn) [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
A skeleton warrior that has absorbed blood. It can regenerate. Strong: Dark
Weak: Strike, Whip, Fire, Holy
HP: 1
Exp: 127
Skill Pt: 5
Sandy Grave, Forgotten City
Redskeleton.gif 76. Blood Skeleton  (Red Skeleton) [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
The blood they absorb regenerates all wounds. Strong: Ice, Darkness
Weak: Strike, Flame, Light
HP: 99
Exp: n/a
Skill Pt: n/a
Atk: 60
Castle Entrance, Library
TAR RST.png Blood Skeleton  [ edit ]
Adventure ReBirth
A human skeleton, stained in blood. It regenerates upon death, endlessly.(*) 3. Dungeon, 4. Chapel, 5. Clock Tower
Redskeleton cv1.gif 70. R. Red Skeleton  (L. Red Skeleton) [alt] [ edit ]
Harmony of Despair
A skeleton warrior that has absorbed blood. It can regenerate. Exp: 0
Soul: (none)
Chapter 10

Item Data

Item Data: Red Skeleton
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Anti-Venom Icon.png Anti-Venom - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
Counteracts the effects of poison. Medicine
Juste Belmont 
Buy: 20G Find: Marble Corridor, Sky Walkway, Chapel of Dissonance (Castle A)
Common Drop: Slime, Bone Thrower, Bone Liquid, Witch
Velvet Cloak Icon.png Velvet Cloak (Velvet Mantle) - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
A cloak made of velvet. Goods
Juste Belmont 
DEF +3
Buy: 1,350G Find: Merchant's shop (Clock Tower A and B, Castle Treasury (Castle A), Castle Top Floor (Castle A), Luminous Cavern (Castle A))
Rare Drop: Bone Liquid
$50 - Curse of Darkness [edit]
' Pick-Up
Gold + 50
Find: Candelabras
Steal: Executioner Lv.2/26/47, Ghost Lv.3/11, Merman Lv.4/15/35, Blood Skeleton Lv.5/75, Lizardman Lv.6/23, White Dragon Lv.10/38, Bone Soldier Lv.13/18/38, Ectoplasm Lv.16/22/37, Dark Warlock Lv.17/42, Gaibon Lv.17/34/45, Wolf Skeleton Lv.17/33, Frost Dragon Lv.19/39, Thunder Dragon Lv.20/40, Sniper Orc Lv.24/30



  • A special variant of Red Axe Armor was introduced in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin which behaves pretty much like Red Skeletons. If struck, they will disassemble and crumble to the ground only to reform again and continue the battle. Again, much like the Red Skeletons in that game, they can only be destroyed by allowing Charlotte cast the Sanctuary spell or by attacking them with the Undead Killer whip.
  • This is the only enemy in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair that doesn't drop its soul.
  • The Castlevania: Lords of Shadow equivalent of Red Skeletons are the Bloody Skeletons and Bloody Lancers.
  • Interestingly, an enemy from the Mario franchise called Dry Bones shares the exact same mechanic and nature of the Red Skeleton, being that it's also a skeleton (of a Koopa turtle) that crumbles when attacked and which reassembles itself after a short time, making it almost invincible. While it's likely that there isn't an intentional reference between both enemies, it's remarkable the similarity of their main behavioral mechanics.