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""I am the dark priest called Shaft.""
— Shaft introducing himself to Alucard in Symphony of the Night

Template:Castlevania character Shaft (ja. シャフト) is a dark priest from Demon Castle Dracula X: Rondo of Blood and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Character history

In 1792, Shaft aided Dracula in his plans to kidnap several young women, including Maria and Annette Renard. He was defeated by Richter Belmont after conjuring several monsters in an attempt to defeat the youth. Later in the game, Shaft's ghost made a final attempt to stop the hero.

In 1797, Dracula's minions kidnapped Richter and brainwashed him, knowing no mortal could defeat him because he was the strongest of all vampire hunters. Shaft was instrumental in using his evil powers to control Richter, turning him against anyone who would seek to defy the Count (unbeknownst to Maria and Alucard Tepes). Maria guessed that he was under supernatural coercion and helped Alucard see past Shaft's deceptions. Alucard was able to save Richter instead of killing him and defeat the dark priest.


  • Magic Mastery: Shaft can use many types of magic attacks, most of which are fire, ice, or lightning-based. Shaft usually uses his magic through his orbs.
  • Summoning the Dead: Like the Necromancer, Shaft can resurrect the dead, although it is not known if Shaft's regular, non-ghost form can do so, as only Shaft's Ghost has used this ability.
  • Immortality: Shaft can be killed, like Death and Dracula, but he can return in ghost form.

Appearance Gallery

For more Shaft artwork, please see Shaft Artwork category


Castlevania: Symphony of the Night


  • The Cloaked Sorcerer (ja. ゴースト Ghost) on Stage 4' of Castlevania: Dracula X, is basically the game's Shaft equivalent
  • The Necromancer from Castlevania: Circle of the Moon bears a striking resemblance to Shaft's ghost.
  • There is no explanation as to how Shaft resurrected himself in time for Symphony of the Night.
  • In Dracula X Chronicles, a Rondo of Blood remake, on Shaft's skin tone was changed to match the Symphony of the Night artwork of his ghostly self.
  • There is fan speculation that Shaft & Barlowe from Order of Ecclesia are related. The both of them will reference the darkness in people's hearts that long for a Dark Lord such as Dracula, and they both sacrifice themselves near the end of both their respective games in order to oversee Dracula's resurrection.

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