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For the Lords of Shadow enemy class, see Skeleton Warrior (Lords of Shadow).
Not to be confused with Skull Knight.

The Skeleton Soldier (also known as Skeleton Knight, Skeleton Swordsman or Bone Soldier, as well as many other names and variations) is an enemy (and in some instances an enemy class) in the Castlevania series. It is the magically animated skeleton of a dead swordsman.


Skeleton Soldiers are skeletons wielding with a single, western sword and are often depicted wearing armor. Some variants may also come equipped with a shield.

The Skull Knight is a boss version of this enemy who appears in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse and later returns in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance.

The Dead Crusader from Aria of Sorrow is a type of Skeleton Soldier who is able to block attacks with its shield.


Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

Skeleton Soldiers in Simon's Quest are not much different from all other regular Skeletons found throughout the game, and while they can be seen carrying a sword and a shield, that is only for aesthetic purposes as they won't use their weapons or display any kind of enhanced defenses. They can only be encountered in mansions.

Simon's Quest (LCD watch)

A Skeleton which has a shield and takes two hits to be destroyed. It's worth 10 points.

Simon's Quest (LCD handheld)

A Skeleton equipped with a shield. The shield takes four hits to destroy before the Skeleton can be defeated.

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

See also: Skull Knight

As usual, Skull Swordsmen can be encountered regularly throughout the game. However, two boss versions also appear in the game as well, one being the Skull Knight and the other the Skull Knight King. They come equipped with a sword and a shield and are the remains of what appears to be an anthropomorphic dragon-like creature. It must be noted, though, that this portrayal is only true for Dracula's Curse, according to diverse original artworks and media from the era. This enemy returned in Harmony of Dissonance, but in that game he is the skeleton of a huge warrior who wears a helmet fashioned from a bull's skull instead. While they move slowly, they have a considerable amount of HP, although a few flasks of Holy Water should be enough to defeat them in just a matter of seconds.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

The first two Bone Scimitars encountered in the game are set to automatically drop a Short Sword and a Red Rust, in that order.

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

The Undead Lord is a high-ranked Skeleton that wields a mace and a shield. They can first be encountered in the Eneomaos Machine Tower and drop the valuable Red Steel material, which will allow Hector to upgrade most of his current weaponry at that part of the game.

Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade

Bone Scimitars which had attacked the village. They first appear in Stage 1 and then can be found throughout much of the rest of the game.

Enemy Data

Main article: Skeleton Soldier/Enemy Data

Item Data

Item Data: Skeleton Soldier
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Short Sword Icon.png Short Sword (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Common short sword Short Sword
Attrib: Cut
ATT +2
Drop: Bone Scimitar (first one destroyed always drops)
Effect: Horizontal Slash
Muramasa Icon.png Red Rust (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Rusty Red Sword 2 Handed Weapon (Katana)
Attrib: Curse
ATT -2
Find: Automatically dropped by second Bone Scimitar encountered
Drop: Bone Scimitar
Effect: Very slow swing (no diagonal attack); occasionally "jams" (Alucard fails to attack, as if Cursed)
Leather Armor CotM Icon.png Leather Armor (Leather Plate) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Armor made from leather Body (Body Armor)
DEF +30
Drop: Axe Armor, Skeleton, Electric Skeleton, Skeleton Spear, Skeleton Soldier, Skeleton Knight, Brain Float
Bronze Armor CotM Icon.png Bronze Armor (Bronze Plate) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Armor made from bronze Body (Body Armor)
DEF +50
Drop: Skeleton Soldier, Skeleton Knight, Flame Armor
Potion HoD Icon.png Potion - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
Restores some HP. Medicine
Juste Belmont 
HP +70
Buy: 80G 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
Rubber Armor Icon.png Rubber Armor (Rubber Plate) - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
Armor made from a rubber-like, soft material. Body
Juste Belmont 
DEF +6
Buy: 250G Find: Merchant's shop (Castle Treasury B, Castle Top Floor B, Luminous Cavern B)
Rare Drop: Bone Soldier
Rapier AoS Icon.png Rapier (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Sword made for stabbing. Weapon
Attrib: Sword
ATK +14
Sell: $500 
Buy: $1,000 Find: Chapel, Hammer's shop
Common Drop: Skeleton Knight
Yellow Soul.png Skeleton Knight - Knight's Power - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
STR is increased by 4. (STR is increased by 1.) Enchanted Soul
STR +4
Drop: Skeleton Knight
LoI Potion.png Potion - Lament of Innocence [edit]
Medicine that recovers 50 HP. Recovery Item
Leon Belmont 
HP +50
Sell: $100 
Buy: $200 Find: Throughout castle (all)
Drop: Skeleton, Skeleton Archer, Skeleton Hunter, Skeleton Knight, Astral Knight, Astral Warrior, Astral Fighter, Skeleton Soldier, Skeleton Swordsman, Skeleton Warrior
Magnetic Necklace.png Magnetic Necklace (jpn) - Lament of Innocence [edit]
Scattered money will be gathered automatically. Also improves blood circulation. Accessory
Leon Belmont 
Sell: $2,500  Drop: Skeleton Warrior
Effect: Automatically picks up gold coins if they are nearby.
HiPotion(LoI).png High Potion - Lament of Innocence [edit]
Medicine that recovers 100 HP. A bit hard to swallow. Recovery Item
Leon Belmont 
HP +100
Sell: $400 
Buy: $800 Find: Throughout castle (all)
Drop: Spartacus, Phantom
Member Plate.png Member Plate (jpn) - Lament of Innocence [edit]
Receive 10% off store prices with this item. Accessory
Leon Belmont 
Sell: $10,000  Drop: Spartacus
Steel.png Steel - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Regular steel. Easy to find but brittle and hard to shape. Used more for weapons than armor. Material
Sell: $30  Common Drop: Bone Soldier Lv.13/18, Dark Warlock Lv.17/42, Great Armor Lv.25/35/46
Knight's Vein.png Knight's Vein - Curse of Darkness [edit]
The blood of a great knight solidified by magic. It's burning-hot red, too hot to hold for long. Material
Sell: $60  Rare Drop: Bone Soldier Lv.13/18/38, Phantom Sword Lv.15, Spectral Sword Lv.15/47
Common Drop: Dead Fencer Lv.12/30, Dead Baron Lv.12/31,
$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
Red Steel.png Red Steel - Curse of Darkness [edit]
Red steel, made from solidified magma. Hard, good for armor and non-edged weapons. Material
Sell: $45  Common Drop: Armored Sprinter Lv.33/44, Necromancer Lv.31/35, Undead Lord Lv.33/38/43, Harpy Lv.32/46
Secare Icon.png Secare - Order of Ecclesia [edit]
A sword glyph. Glyph (Sword)
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 8 MP 
ATK +8
Drop: Bone Scimitar


Main article: Skeleton Soldier/Gallery

See also