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The Succubus is a recurring enemy character in the Castlevania series. Succubi are characterized by their ability to seduce their victims, followed by them consuming their life force. A succubus is a lower class demoness, the exact opposite of the high class vampire.[1]

The first succubus in the series appeared in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Origins

A succubus or incubus is a demon from European folklore during the medieval ages, which takes the form of an attractive woman or man to seduce the opposite sex. They draw energy from men or women to sustain themselves, often until the point of exhaustion or death of the victim.

John Henry Fuseli - The Nightmare

The Nightmare, by Henry Fuseli (1781). A famous depiction of an incubus.

The word succubus is derived from the Latin succubare, meaning "to lie beneath". The male-form succubus, or incubus, draws its name from the Latin incubare, meaning "to lie upon".

Although the terms succubus and incubus have their roots in Latin, entities with the same characteristics have appeared in the Sumerian King list from 2400 B.C., where the father of the hero Gilgamesh is identified as Lilu, said to be a demon who disturbs and seduces women in their sleep; one of four types of demons to which "the dark maid Lilith" gave birth to.

Succubi and incubi are often said to appear to men or women in their dreams, although other versions state that they actually sit on the chests of their victims while they sleep. The feeling of pressure on the chest, as well as other sensations, such as hearing voices or having hallucinations, has caused the Succubus and Incubus myth to be linked to sleep paralysis.

Powers and abilities

Succubi or Incubi take on the appearance of very attractive men or women. They possess the ability to create illusions — ranging from taking the appearance of loved ones to creating illusory dream worlds or sensations — to soothe their victims, lulling them into a false sense of security.[2][3][4] The powers of a Succubus or Incubus reside in its claws.[4] When these claws are damaged or destroyed, it is rendered powerless.[4]

Appearances

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

The Succubus disguises herself as Alucard's mother, Lisa, in order to deceive him. Throughout the castle, Alucard is able to rest in coffins in order to restore his health and save the game. One of these save points, located in the Underground Caverns, is different from the rest (colored in purple). If Alucard rests in that particular coffin, the Succubus appears in a nightmare and recreates the moment of Lisa's execution, taking her appearance. The scene ends with Alucard seeing through the illusion and resulting in an encounter between him and her. Due to the death of the Succubus in the dream world, her soul is sent wandering for eternity.

She has three main attacks:

  1. She spreads a swarm of petals, similar to Karasuman (17 ATT, Curse).
  2. She lengthens the bones of her wings (30 ATT, Cut).
  3. She copies herself into many image and makes each of them to shoot two homing projectiles (25 ATT, Hit). The attack won't stop until either her or all of her copies are hit.

Rica Fukami is the voice actress for the Succubus in the Japanese version. Barbara Whitlow voices her in the original English dub, while Jessica Straus does the voice in Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles version of the game.

If she defeats Alucard in The Dracula X Chronicles, she will say: "Come wander the darkness with me, love."

She has 666 HP, referencing the Number of the Beast.

The Succubus is a boss exclusive to Alucard. If Richter visits the room that normally houses the false save point, it will be empty, save for a single Heart that appears upon entrance to the room and floats to the floor.

Sucubussotn
No. Name JPN Level HP
93 Succubus Succubus 25 666
Strong Immune Weak Absorb EXP
Dark - - - 2,000
Location Drop Guard
Nightmare (Alucard-only) - Gold Ring
Description "Female demon. Invades men's dreams."

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Unlike her Symphony of the Night counterpart, in Circle of the Moon the Succubus doesn't take a prominent character role and instead appears only as a lesser enemy. She is one of the many lady bats that appear in the game, and her sprite is actually the basis for the rest of these types of enemies. Not for this should she be underestimated, though, as she boasts great mobility and flies all about the screen, running circles around Nathan and occasionally stopping in midair to shoot three simultaneous rays at different angles.

She drops the valuable Intelligence Ring, which greatly boosts INT (+50) while giving minor penalties to other stats. If the player manages to obtain two of these rings, rest assured they'll become able to perform some of the most devastating DSS attacks (such as summoning monsters) often without having to worry much about running out of MP.

Three stronger Succubi are encountered later in a room of the Battle Arena, attacking alongside three equally stronger Arachnes.

Succubus cotm
Name JPN HP EXP
Succubus サキュバス Sakyubasu 150/300 710/3,100
ATK DEF Location
400/670 350/630 Audience Room, Chapel Tower, Underground Warehouse, Battle Arena
Common Drop Rare Drop
Intelligence Ring (2.4%) Manticore Card (1.5%)
Resistance Darkness
Note: Second stat listed is when encountered in the Battle Arena.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

The Succubus is a palette swap of Lilith. Succubi encountered on either the Top Floor or Chaotic Realm take the form of Mina Hakuba in order to deceive Soma. They lie on the floor as if injured and call out to him pleading for help, only to shed their disguise if approached or attacked.

In The Arena, a Succubus can be found in the room containing a bathing pool, along with Lilith.

The Succubus' soul is named Death Touch. It's an Enchanted Soul that gives the ability to absorb HP with every hit. This is similar to Alucard's Soul Steal ability from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. It's also one of the three souls required to reach the true ending. It effectively turns the equipped weapon into a slightly weaker Mourneblade, healing 5 HP instead of 8, and has the same ability to heal when striking breakable objects, invincible enemies, and enemies which guard the actual hit, such as the Dead Crusader or the Great Armor.

Succubusaos
No. Name JPN HP MP EXP
96 Succubus 550 3,000 360
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
54 40 Dark Sword Unaffected
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
The Arena

Top Floor
Chaotic Realm

Heart Pendant Pudding Death Touch
Description "This enticing beauty is really a nightmare in disguise."

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

The Succubus is one of the five guardian monsters who maintain the seal placed on the entrance to the Pagoda of the Misty Moon. Her assigned area is the Ghostly Theatre. After Leon rings the Curtain Time Bell three times, the Succubus appears on the stage disguised as his lover, Sara Trantoul. Leon quickly sees through the illusion, however, and the Succubus reveals her true form.

After she's defeated, the Succubus reveals that Rinaldo had a daughter and implies that she had earlier adopted her guise in order to make him lower his guard.

076
No. Name JPN HP
76 Succubus 1,000
Tolerance Weakness
- Fire, Dagger
Drop Location
Yellow Orb Ghostly Theatre
Description "A monster that sucks up a person's essence by taking advantage of their feelings."

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

The Succubus returns in Aria's sequel, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow. She can be found in The Pinnacle, the Cursed Clock Tower, the Demon Guest House and The Abyss. This time around, she disguises as Yoko Belnades to delude Soma and kicks him whenever he approaches her. Only by attacking Yoko's form will the Succubus reveal her true form. Her soul, Blood Sucker, is now a Bullet Soul that grants Soma the ability to drink an enemy's blood to replenish health.

Succubusdos
No. Name JPN HP MP ATK
86 Succubus Succubus 182 999 59
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Slashing, Piercing, Holy
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul EXP
The Pinnacle

Cursed Clock Tower
Demon Guest House
The Abyss

Flame Necklace Pitch Black Suit Blood Sucker 242
Description "A demon that assumes the form of a beautiful woman to drain vitality."

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

The Succubus from Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin looks and behaves exactly like her counterpart from Dawn of Sorrow. She can be encountered in the Master's Keep and the Burnt Paradise. Due to the two playable characters, Jonathan and Charlotte, being able to switch around at will, the Succubus will say different things when encountered. In the case of Jonathan, she'll say: "You impudent!", and when playing as Charlotte, she'll exclaim: "Filthy cow!".

Succubus
No. Name JPN HP
78 Succubus Succubus 182
Tolerance Weakness
Dark Whip, Piercing, Holy, Petrify
Location Common Drop Rare Drop EXP SP
Master's Keep

Burnt Paradise

Succubus Boots Europa's Dress 191 5
Description "A demon that assumes the form of a beautiful maiden to drain vitality."

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night

The Succubus makes her playable debut in the Arcade Mode of Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night.

Queen of Skulls - Succubus
Name Title HP EXP
Succubus Queen of Skulls 1900 +1 level
Drop Steal Location
Gold Ring ~70 silver Underground Caverns
List of Spells
Skill Cost Effect
Kiss of the Demon 20 MP For the next 20 seconds, the opponent's block spawns are all inactive blocks.
Delusional Visions 40 MP For the next 30 seconds, the opponent cannot break any blocks by matching. At the end of this 30 seconds, all blocks that are matched and would otherwise break are instead turned into inactive blocks.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

The Succubus appears in Chapter 2: Lord of Unseen Strings, and in Chapter 6: Come, Sweet Hour of Death. Her behavior and appearance is the same as from her previous two incarnations in Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin. She once again disguises herself as Yoko Belnades.

Succubusdos
No. Name JPN HP MP
28 Succubus Succubus ??? ???
Tolerance Weakness
Fire, Ice, Thunder Slash, Pierce, Petrify, Holy, Curse, Poison
Chapter Drop Bind Soul
Chapter 2 - Lord of Unseen Strings

Chapter 6 - Come, Sweet Hour of Death

Tiramisu (5.30%)
Succubus Boots (1.80%)
- Death Touch
(Enchanted Soul - 0.80%)
Description "A demon that assumes the form of a beautiful maiden to drain vitality."

Other appearances

Pachislot Akumajō Dracula series

Main article: Succubus/Pachislot
Succubus-01

The Succubus is a recurring boss in the Pachislot Akumajō Dracula trilogy.

In the second game, she summons duplicates of herself to hold Trevor down while she steals a kiss and drains his energy. She then unleashes an electrical attack.

She is not shown being destroyed at the end in either game, and instead just pouts in submission. Her design is largely based on the one from Lament of Innocence.

Merchandise

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"The supernatural seductress of the classic video game comes to life!"
— Official description.

NECA produced a seven inch tall action figure of the Succubus in their series of Castlevania figures. The figure was released on October 10th, 2007.

The appearance of the Succubus appears to be modeled after her Symphony of the Night appearance. The figure also came bundled with an Axe accessory and a figure of the Flea Man enemy.

Item Data

Item Data: Succubus
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Gold Ring Icon Gold Ring (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Inscription "Wear...Clock..." Other (Ring)
Alucard 
Find: Underground Caverns
Guard: Succubus
Effect: Opens door in clock room with Silver Ring.
Intelligence Ring Icon Intelligence Ring (jpn) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Intelligence increases while equipped. Arm (Ring)
Nathan 
INT +50, STR -10, LCK -10
Drop: Evil Hand, Succubus
Manticore card Manticore - Circle of the Moon [edit]
The Manticore is said to have the body of a lion and the venomous tail of a scorpion. Power of Poison. Attribute Card
Nathan 
Attrib: Poison
Drop: Thunder Demon (3%), Succubus (1.5%)
Heart Pendant AoS Icon Heart Pendant (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Heart-shaped pendant. Goods
Soma 
DEF +1, LCK +1
Sell: $125 
Find: Study
Common Drop: Succubus
Effect: Increased Heart drop rate
Pudding AoS Icon Pudding (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
It wiggles and jiggles. Food
Soma 
HP +200
Sell: $75 
Find: Underground Cemetery (hidden)
Rare Drop: Succubus
Common Drop: Chronomage
Yellow Soul Succubus - Death Touch - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Absorbs enemies' HP when an ordinary attack is delivered. Enchanted Soul
Soma 
Drop: Succubus
Effect: Absorbs HP with normal attack.
Yellow Orb Yellow Orb (jpn) - Lament of Innocence [edit]
Magical Orb: Glows Yellow. Orb
Leon Belmont 
Drop: Succubus
Special: Astral Knife (Knife), Spirit Ripper (Axe), Holy Symbol (Holy Water), Grand Cross (Cross), Satellite (Crystal), Grand Pumpkin (Pumpkin)
Flame Necklace DoS Icon Flame Necklace (Brisingamen) - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
A necklace that symbolizes fire. Goods
Soma 
DEF +2, INT +5
Sell: $250 
Common Drop: Succubus
Pitch Black Suit DoS Icon Pitch Black Suit - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
A suit that is the color of inky darkness. Armor
Soma 
DEF +29, INT +2
Sell: $9,800 
Rare Drop: Succubus
Bullet Soul DoS Icon Succubus - Blood Sucker - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Regain HP by drinking blood. Bullet Soul
Soma 
Consume: 25 MP  Rarity: **
Drop: Succubus
Succubus Boots PoR Icon Succubus Boots - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A pair of boots worn by succubi. Leg Gear (Boots)
Charlotte 
DEF +4, INT +4
Sell: $1,665 
Drop: Succubus
Europa's Dress PoR Icon Europa's Dress - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A beautiful one-piece dress blessed by a goddess. Body Gear (Dress)
Charlotte 
DEF +23, STR +3, CON +3, INT +3, MND +3, LCK +3
Sell: $5,750 
Drop: Succubus
Tiramisu Icon Tiramisu - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Italian cheesecake one might describe as "stupidly delicious." Item (Food - Sweet)
any 
HP +50, MP +50, INT +4, LCK +4
Sell: $120 
Rarity: **
Drop: Succubus (5.30%)
Succubus Boots PoR Icon Succubus Boots - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Boots once worn by a vile temptress. Leg (Boots)
Shanoa, Charlotte 
Attrib: Dark +20
MP +3, DEF +4, CON +2, INT +4, MND +2
Sell: $1,975 
Rarity: ****
Enchanted Soul HD Icon Succubus - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Absorb HP when attacking. Enchanted Soul
Soma 
Rarity: ****
Steal: Succubus (0.8%)

See also

References

  1. Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (comic). Tokyopop. 2008.
  2. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Konami. 1997.
  3. Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. Konami 2003.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Akumajō Dracula X: Tsuioku no Yasōkyoku. 2008.

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