Skeleton Blades, also known as Skeleton Blaze or Blade Master, is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is an elite skeleton warrior armed with two swords.


Skeleton Blades are skeletons armed with a blade on each hand. In some games there are two levels of skills of skeleton blades, the weaker one is a Blade Soldier (Blades Novice in Japan) and the more experienced one, called a Blade Master. The first one is oftentimes stationary, sometimes lunging a sword forward (although it has an energy blast in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, where it is called the Skeleton Hero in the North American version). The more experienced one often jumps around, slides and performs large swipes with the blades. Curse of Darkness also has a third type, called the Blaze Phantom.


Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

First appearance of Skeleton Blades in the series. It is the first real threat encountered in the game, as he surprises the player by breaking out of one of the windows located on the second floor of Aljiba (Stage 1). His attacking patterns are much more advanced than those of the Skeleton Apes the player has encountered so far, and he reacts according to their movements, either by jumping away or slide-kicking when the player attacks.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

While Skeleton Blazes may be defeated relatively easy, one must be wary of his advanced version: the Blaze Master. This enemy has the ability to block frequently when attacked, sometimes inhabiting very confined spaces. Attacking it continuously may not be advisable, as he will keep blocking most attacks and oftentimes find an opening to counterattack, connecting many hits in quick succession and dealing considerable damage. If the room's layout allows it, it is recommendable to just jump over them and continue onward.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Even when the Skeleton Blaze does not appear in Aria of Sorrow, his soul does. It can be obtained by destroying a soul-keeper located in a room of the Dance Hall, only accessible after defeating the Big Golem. This soul will grant Soma the ability to slide, allowing him to move through narrow spaces and reach new areas.

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

There are three types of "blaze" enemies in Curse of Darkness. Even when they are still mentioned to be skeletons, their bodies are portrayed to be very muscular and athletic. What makes them so important are the rare materials they can drop or be stolen from them. However, they are some of the most difficult enemies to steal from, usually needing to perfect guard a specific attack so they can open their stealing window for a split second, and then quickly trying to mug them. What makes things harder is the fact that most of the times they will be knocked away from Hector after he has successfully blocked the attack, sending them out of reach for stealing. To steal from them, it is recommended to take care of the whole group first and leave only one or two alive; keep blocking while trying to corner one against a wall, perfect guard his attack, and quickly attempt to steal.

The Blaze Master and the Blaze Phantom have the added ability to cover the floor with exploding knives,[1] effectively compromising the area where they are fought.

Stealing guide

  • Skeleton Blaze - Opens his stealing window while sidestepping.
  • Blaze Master - Make sure he is against a wall, perfect guard his flip attack, and quickly steal from him as he is being knocked back.
  • Blaze Phantom - Same as with the Blade Master, make sure he is against a wall, perfect guard his flip attack, and quickly steal from him as he is being knocked back.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Skeleton Blades
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Bladeskele-1-Skeleton Blaze DXC
Skeleton Blaze  (Skeleton Blades) [alt] [ edit ]
Rondo of Blood
' HP: 2
Exp: 350
1. Village
Bsold-sotn-1- 25. Blade Soldier  (Blades Novice) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Novice of twin-bladed combat. Level: 8
HP: 16
Exp: 20
Drop: $400, Namakura
Sotn-bmast-1- 69. Blade Master  (Skeleton Blades) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Master of twin-bladed combat. Level: 17
HP: 65
Exp: 80
Drop: Shotel, Cross Shuriken
Hod skeletonblaze 20. Skeleton Blaze  (Skeleton Blades) [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Level: 9
HP: 64
Exp: 22
Common Drop: $25
Rare Drop: Potion
Castle B: Castle Treasury, Castle Top Floor, Clock Tower
Hod blazemaster 77. Blaze Master  (Blades Master) [alt] [ edit ]
Harmony of Dissonance
' Level: 33
HP: 280
Exp: 314
Common Drop: Steel Helmet
Rare Drop: Bloody Glove
Castle A: Castle Treasury, Luminous Cavern
COD-006 6. Skeleton Blaze Lv.5  (Skeleton Blades Lv5) [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
A quick-moving, ninja-like skeleton. Uses razor claws and swift footwork to confuse and then kill. Strong: Dark
Weak: Fire, Light
Level: 5
HP: 150
Exp: 7
Common Drop: Wild Memory
Steal: Potion
Abandoned Castle, Baljhet Mountains, Tower of Eternity
COD-029 29. Blaze Master Lv.14  (Blades Master Lv14) [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
A superior skeleton. Along with super fast movement, it can throw exploding knives. Strong: Dark
Weak: Fire, Light
Level: 14
HP: 247
Exp: 38
Common Drop: Ancient Memory
Steal: Ceremonial Tool
Garibaldi Temple, Mortvia Aqueduct, Tower of Eternity
COD-104 104. Blaze Phantom Lv.39  (Blades Phantom Lv39) [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
An elite skeleton blaze. Uses its impressive speed to avoid damage when attacked. Strong: Dark
Weak: Fire, Light
Level: 39
HP: 682
Exp: 317
Rare Drop: Punch Rings
Steal: Dark Matter
Infinite Corridor
COD-126 126. Blaze Phantom Lv.44  (Blades Phantom Lv44) [ edit ]
Curse of Darkness
An elite skeleton blaze. Uses its impressive speed to avoid damage when attacked. Strong: Dark
Weak: Fire, Ice
Level: 44
HP: 795
Exp: 609
Rare Drop: Punch Rings
Steal: Dark Matter
Tower of Evermore
Skeletonblaze 73. Skeleton Blaze  (Skeleton Blades) [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
An elite skeleton warrior armed with two swords. Strong: Dark
Weak: Strike, Whip, Fire, Holy
HP: 180
Exp: 193
Skill Pt: 4
Drop: Katar, Slick Boots
13th Street, Nest of Evil
Skeletonhero 40. Skeleton Hero  (Skeleton Novice) [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
A skeletal savior, foretold since ancient days. Strong: Ice, Darkness
Weak: Strike, Flame, Light
HP: 80
Exp: 50
Skill Pt: 1
Atk: 32
Ecclesia (Hard Mode), Tymeo Mountains, Skeleton Cave
Sotn-bmast-1- 88. Blade Master  (Skeleton Blades) [ edit ]
Order of Ecclesia
Excels at duels with its dual-wielding technique. Strong: Ice, Darkness
Weak: Strike, Flame, Light
HP: 200
Exp: 190
Skill Pt: 3
Atk: 58
Barracks, Forsaken Cloister, Final Approach, Skeleton Cave (Hard Mode)
Blade Master  [ edit ]
Encore of the Night
' HP: 380
Exp: ~645
Drop: Hamburger; Meal Ticket
Steal: ~5 silver, 50 copper
Long Library

Item Data

Item Data: Skeleton Blades
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Money Bag Icon 5 Money Bag [Blue] [alt] - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Add funds to your current total. Different types contain different sums.(...) Item (standard)
Gold + 400
Find: Lanterns (requires Cube of Zoe for Alucard)
Drop: Ghost, Blade Soldier, Bone Archer, Gargoyle [Lv. 25] (Saturn-only)
Effect: Can use funds to purchase items from the Master Librarian (Alucard-only)
Namakura Icon Namakura (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Poorly-Made Sword 2 Handed Weapon (Katana)
Attrib: Curse
ATT -5
Drop: Blade Soldier
Effect: Fast swing (but low swing rate)
Shotel Icon Shotel (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Abyssinian curved sword Short Sword
Attrib: Cut
ATT +20
Find: Reverse Outer Wall
Drop: Blade Master
Special: ↓↘→ + [Attack] for Throw
Cross Shuriken Icon Cross Shuriken (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Powerful throwing star [use] Projectile
Attrib: Cut
ATT +70
Buy: $5,000 (later) Find: Catacombs
Drop: Blade Master
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
Potion HoD Icon Potion - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
Restores some HP. Medicine
Juste Belmont 
HP +70
Buy: $80
 Find: Throughout castle (all)
Rare Drop: Skeleton Blaze
Common Drop: Peeping Eye, Fishman, Merman, Armor Knight, Bone archer, Bone Soldier, Lizard Man, Man-eater, Mimic, Rock Armor, Skeleton Spider, White Dragon Lv2
Steel Helmet Icon Steel Helmet - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
A helmet made of steel. Head
Juste Belmont 
DEF +26
Common Drop: Blaze Master
Bloody Glove Icon Bloody Glove - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
A glove soaked with much blood. Hands
Juste Belmont 
DEF +25
Buy: $2,100 Find: Merchant's shop (Castle Treasury A, Luminous Cavern A, Castle Top Floor A)
Rare Drop: Blaze Master
Silver Souls Skeleton Blaze - Sliding - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Slide by pressing DOWN + A. Ability Soul
Find: Dance Hall
Wild Memory Wild Memory - Curse of Darkness [edit]
A strange stone fragment with ancient memories carved on it. Used for simple weapons. Material
Sell: $25  Common Drop: Skeleton Blaze Lv.5, Fenrir Lv.5/10, Zombie Lv.5/26/42
Potion Potion - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Medicine that recovers 50 HP. Special
HP +50
Sell: $100 
Buy: $200 Find: Abandoned Castle, Baljhet Mountains, Garibaldi Temple, Mortvia Aqueduct, Tower of Eternity
Rare Drop: Spirit Lv.4/19/32, Wolf Skeleton Lv.17/23
Steal: Skeleton Blaze Lv.5
Ancient Memory Ancient Memory - Curse of Darkness [edit]
A stone fragment with ancient memories engraved on it. Used for primitive weapons. Material
Sell: $30  Common Drop: Blaze Master Lv.14, Merman Lv.4/15/35, Fishman Lv.16/35/45, Sniper Orc Lv.24/30
Ceremonial Tool Ceremonial Tool - Curse of Darkness [edit]
An amber artifact used in ancient rituals. An ancient weapon is said to be made from this. Material
Sell: $100  Find: Garibaldi Temple 1F, Infinite Corridor 3F
Steal: Blaze Master Lv.14, Vassago Lv.25/34/41
Punch Rings Punch Rings - Curse of Darkness [edit]
A metal weapon that strengthens punches. Easy to use but simply made, and thus not too strong. Knuckle
ATK +7
Sell: $50 
Buy: $100 Find: Julia's Shop
Rare Drop: Blaze Phantom Lv.39/44
Create: Aluminum + Bronze
Dark Matter Dark Matter - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Evil, dark matter that lingers in space. Must be handled extremely carefully. Material
Sell: $150  Find: Mortvia Aqueduct 1F
Steal: Blaze Phantom Lv.39/44
Katar PoR Icon Katar - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A dagger from India. Weapon (Dagger)
Attrib: Slash
ATK +48
Sell: $1,350 
Buy: $5,400 Find: Entrance (Vincent's shop)
Drop: Skeleton Blaze
Conditions: Defeat Stella in the Tower of Death
Slick Boots PoR Icon Slick Boots - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Boots that enhance sliding ability. Leg Gear (Boots)
Jonathan, Charlotte 
Sell: $2,500  Find: Tower of Death
Drop: Skeleton Blaze
Effect: Increases slide distance.




  1. From the Blaze Master's in-game description, although they appear to be more like little spherical bombs with protruding spikes which allow them to attach to surfaces.
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