Not to be confused with Skeleton Monkey or Barrel Skeleton.

The Skeleton Ape is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a skeletal corpse of an ape that is controlled by magic. It hurls wooden barrels.


The Skeleton Ape are the reanimated remains of a big primate, probably a gorilla. It walks around slowly, holding an exploding barrel over its head, and hurls it at the heroes when they are within range, then continues walking slowly barely attacking anymore.


Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

After the Skeleton Ape throws its barrel, it will wander forward slowly and use physical attacks if Alucard strays too close.

The aid of a Skeleton Ape must be enlisted in order to gain entrance to the Abandoned Pit to the Catacomb. After hitting the switch inside the room in front of the topmost part of the big waterfall located in the Underground Caverns, a Skeleton Ape will appear, hurl a barrel and destroy the wooden bridge in there, followed by the message: "Something has appeared near to the wooden bridge". Backtracking will lead to the discovery of another Skeleton Ape who has appeared in a prior room. It must be lured into throwing its barrel onto the nearby bridge in order to destroy it. It's advisable to unequip any offensive familiars, which may otherwise kill the Skeleton Ape before he destroys the bridge.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

Gaining dominance over the Skeleton Ape's soul grants Soma the Power Throw ability. While this soul alone doesn't appear to do anything, if the player uses it in conjunction with certain other souls, it will enhance Soma's throwing ability of that soul in one form or another, either by adding more damage, allowing to throw it faster, or throwing it at a larger distance.

If the player also equips the Puppet Master's soul, Substitute Puppet, the puppet will be thrown at a larger distance. Using this method is one of the alternative ways of reaching the other side of the flooded, spiked cavern in the Subterranean Hell.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Skeleton Ape
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Rob-apeskele2-1-Skeleton Ape DXC
Skeleton Ape  [ edit ]
Rondo of Blood (Strategy)
' HP: 2
Exp: 100
1. Village
Skeleape-1- Skeleton Ape  (Giant Skeleton) [ edit ]
Dracula X (Strategy)
' HP: 1
1. Town, 2. Entrance
Dracula X - Barrel Skeleton Barrel Skeleton  [alt] [ edit ]
Dracula X (Strategy)
' HP: 1
2. Entrance
Sotn-apeskel-1- 38. Skeleton Ape  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Animated ape skeleton. Hurls wooden barrels. Weak: Holy
Level: 10
HP: 10
Exp: 30
Drop: Banana, TNT
Outer Wall, Underground Caverns
Hod skeletonape 29. Skeleton Ape  [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Level: 12
HP: 51
Exp: 39
Common Drop: $25
Rare Drop: Rock Leather
Castle A: Skeleton Cave, Castle Treasury
Castle B: Skeleton Cave, Luminous Cavern
Sotn-apeskel-1- 18. Skeleton Ape (jpn) [ edit ]
Dawn of Sorrow
A skeletal corpse of an ape that is controlled by magic. Strong: Piercing, Dark
Weak: Bashing, Fire, Holy
HP: 30
MP: 1
Exp: 48
Atk: 26
Timestop: Affected
Soul: Power Throw (4%)
The Lost Village, Garden of Madness, Condemned Tower

Item Data

Item Data: Skeleton Ape
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
TNT Icon TNT (Depth Charge) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Creates pillar of flame [use] Projectile
Attrib: Fire
ATT +60
Find: Throughout castle (all)
Drop: Bomb Knight, Skeleton Ape
Banana Icon Banana (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Best when nearly rotten [use] Food (Fruit)
HP +7
Drop: Skeleton Ape, Venus Man Trap (Saturn-only)
Money Bag 2 HoD Icon $25 - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
' Item
Juste Belmont 
Gold + 25
Rare Drop: Skeleton, White Dragon, Bomber Armor, Balloon, Large Ghost
Common Drop: Skeleton Blaze, Big Skeleton, Skeleton Flail, Skeleton Spear, Skeleton Ape, Big Balloon, Arabaki, Fleaman Armor
Rock Leather Icon Rock Leather (Hard Leather Armor) - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
Layered leather armor, hardened with wax. Body
Juste Belmont 
DEF +20
Rare Drop: Skeleton Ape
Ability Soul DoS Icon Skeleton Ape - Power Throw - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Throw a foe with incredible power. Enchanted Soul
Rarity: ***
Drop: Skeleton Ape



  • The Skeleton Ape is an homage to the video game character Donkey Kong, an anthropomorphic gorilla and main antagonist of the eponymous arcade game, Donkey Kong (Nintendo, 1981), and later a main protagonist in his own right via his own franchise. In the first stage of such game, Donkey Kong tries to prevent Jumpman from scaling a construction site by hurling barrels from the topmost floor.
    • Coincidentally, a Skeleton Ape also appears in Mario & Luigi: SuperStar Saga in a minigame, although there it bore a closer resemblance to Donkey Kong himself.
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