The Sand Worm is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is an enormous worm that resides in the sand. It builds a sand trap around it and waits in its center to feed on any unsuspecting preys who happen to fall inside it.


Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun

The sand worm from the Egyptian desert of Boku Dracula-kun acts much like its icy counterpart, Rahab, and like other flying dragons from previous games. It can enter and exit a variety of holes in the ground, and comes out floating in looping patterns.

BDK Sand Dragon
Name JPN
Sand Worm すなむしくん Sunamushi-Kun (Sand Worm-kun)
6. Egypt

Castlevania Chronicles

Called Pakkun, it is known for its insatiable appetite. Only one is encountered in the entire game, in the crystal cave below the Courtyard. This creature lies inside a trap-pit with slippery slopes and will quickly spring out and attempt to swallow Simon whole if he tries to jump over it. It's best avoided by using the nearby Stopwatch sub-weapon.

Pakkun 12 1,000
3. The Courtyard

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

After crossing a Mummy-infested desert near the beginning of the Sandy Grave, Jonathan and Charlotte arrive to a big mound of sand. While stepping on it, the ground suddenly splits apart and a giant Sand Worm emerges from the center of what now is clearly revealed to be a sand trap dragging the heroes toward the monster. Once defeated, the worm contorts violently in a shower of blood. If the heroes let themselves get swallowed by the now vacant sand trap, they'll be able to wander its interior, where an HP Max Up can be found (this is actually a tutorial for when the player later reaches the Forgotten City, where the main area has to be entered the same way, by letting oneself get swallowed by the quicksand after fighting a Poison Worm, which is an alternate version of the Sand Worm).

Another Sand Worm awaits at the rightmost wing of Sandy Grave, although this time its lair cannot be entered.

No. Name JPN HP
43 Sand Worm サンドワーム Sandowāmu 250
Tolerance Weakness
Strike Whip, Slash, Fire
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Sandy Grave - - 100 5
Description "An enormous worm that lurks in the ground to snare its prey."



  • The name "Pakkun" for the enemy in Castlevania Chronicles is a Japanese onomatopoeia for "eating in one bite" or "swallowing whole".
    • In addition, it looks like the Shai-Hulud of Dune, also called "sandworm".
  • While other giant worms have previously appeared in the series, the Sand Worm's portrayal in Portrait of Ruin appears to have been inspired by the Sarlacc pit monster from the Star Wars franchise.
  • The layout inside the Sand Worm's sand trap appears be a homage to the vases from Super Mario Bros. 2, which most prominently also appear in the desert level of that game.

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