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This creature is referred to as "Salamander" in Dracula X. For its main page, see Salamander.
For the Bloodlines item, see Water Dragon (ultimate item).

The Water Dragon, also known as Serpent or Hydra, among other names, is a recurrent boss in the Castlevania series.

Origins

Gustave Moreau's 19th century depiction of the Hydra.

The Hydra of Lerna, more often known simply as the Hydra, was a serpentine water monster in Greek and Roman mythology. Its lair was the lake of Lerna in the Argolid. In the canonical Hydra myth, the monster is killed by Heracles (Hercules), using sword and fire, as the second of his Twelve Labors.

According to Hesiod, the Hydra was the offspring of Typhon and Echidna. It possessed many heads, the exact number of which varies according to the source. Later versions of the Hydra story add a regeneration feature to the monster: for every head chopped off, the Hydra would regrow two heads.

The Hydra had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its scent was deadly.

Description

Water Dragons are giant sea-dwelling dragon-like beasts. These aquatic monsters made their first appearance in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse as the bosses of Block 6A, Causeway of Chaos. As with some other enemies in this game, both their design and attack patterns differ between the original Japanese version and the Western localization.

They reappeared later in Super Castlevania IV, where they were called the Orphic Vipers. This variant waves both of its heads continuously and each has a distinctive attack of its own: one breathes a short-ranged flame and the other spews three-directional fireballs. Although referred to as two different monsters in the Western localization of Super Castlevania IV (probably referencing the dragons from Dracula's Curse), in the Japanese version it is called Twin Head Dragon, confirming that it is in fact a single creature with two heads.

A single-headed aquatic Serpent appears as the harder alternative to the boss of the first stage in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. In the remake, The Dracula X Chronicles, it largely reprises its role from the original, although another variant called the Hydra is present as the boss of Stage 5'.

The Serpent that originally appeared in Rondo of Blood returned in the game's reimagined Super NES version, Castlevania: Dracula X, where it went through a slight redesign, now looking more dragon-like and portraying a more accentuated reddish skin rather than flesh-like, as in the original game. It basically follows the same attack patterns as its predecessor, although with some slight variations. However, its most prominent distinction is that it was renamed Salamander, thus changing its origin to the legendary fire-dwelling reptile rather than a sea creature.

A version of this creature with arms appears as the first boss of Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness, actually being the responsible for sinking the ship Cornell was traveling on. This Water Dragon also makes an appearance in Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade.

An icy water dragon called Rahab first appeared in Kid Dracula. It was later mentioned in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, where the Icebrand sword was referred to as "Rahab's Sword" in Japan. The sword was also called by this name in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. This great aquatic beast made its second boss appearance as a more fish-like creature in Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow. Some of its attacks would cause a brittle ice bridge over the surface from which one could step on and fight back at the creature.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Sea Dragons
Image Name - Game
Description
Statistics Items Location Notes
Wdragcv3.gifWdrag-jp.gif
(NA/JPN)
39. Water Dragons  - Dracula's Curse [ edit ]
' 6A. Causeway
Rahab BDK.gif 25. Rahab (Mr. Dragon) - Kid Dracula [ edit ]
' 4. Ice
Orphicvip.gif 54. Orphic Vipers  (Twin Head Dragon) - Super Castlevania IV [ edit ]
' 3. Cavern/Waterfall/Moat
Wtrdragrob.gifSerpent DXC.png
(RoB/DXC)
Serpent  - Rondo of Blood [ edit ]
' HP: 92
Exp: 2000
1. Village
Rob-wdrag.gif Salamander  - Dracula X [ edit ]
' 5'. Sunken City
LOD-SSP.png The Sea Monster  (Serpent) - Legacy of Darkness [ edit ]
' HP: 200 (320 Hard)
Foggy Lake
Rahab.gif 108. Rahab (jpn) - Dawn of Sorrow [ edit ]
A monster that dominates the seas. Strong: Water
Weak: Piercing, Electric, Holy
HP: 1,200
MP: 2,200
Exp: 4,000
Atk: 57
Timestop: Unaffected
Soul: Deep Seeker
Subterranean Hell
Hydra DXC.png Hydra  - Dracula X Chronicles [ edit ]
' HP: 92
Exp: 1,000 × 5
5'. Piers
Arcade Water Dragon.JPG Water Dragon  - Arcade [ edit ]
The dragon was always top of food-chain (sic) before the dawn of humanity. All the other beings are only fodder for them. Of course, humans are no exception. 3. Underground Waterway

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See also

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Characters
Trevor C. BelmontSypha BelnadesGrant DanastyAlucardDracula
Bosses
Skull KnightNasty GrantCyclopsMummiesGiant BatSnake Man SentinelFrankensteinWater Dragons
Skull Knight KingBone Dragon KingLeviathanDoppelgangerThe Grim Reaper
Stages
Town of WarakiyaClock Tower of Untimely DeathForest of DarknessMurky Marsh of Morbid Morons
Nightmare CavesSunken City of PoltergeistsMorbid MountainsThe Haunted Ship of Fools
Tower of TerrorCauseway of ChaosRampart and Lookout Tower
Castle EntranceThe Villa and the WaterfallsThe Clock Tower and the Castle Keep
Music
PreludeEpitaphPrayerBeginningDestinyClockworkMad ForestAnxietyRisingStreamDead Beat
NightmareEncounterDemon SeedDéjà-VuRiddleOvertureBig BattleEvergreenFlashback
Akumajō Dracula Famicom BestAkumajō Densetsu SOUND TRACKS
Guides
Tokuma Shoten Akumajō Densetsu Guide BookNintendo Power - Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse guideNES Game Atlas
Archives
BestiaryInventory
Super Castlevania IV
Characters
Simon BelmontDracula
Bosses
RowdainMedusaOrphic VipersPuweyxilKoranotThe Dancing SpectresSir GrakulThe Monster
Zapf BatAkmodan IISlograGaibonDeath
Areas
The Drawbridge, The Fortress, The StablesThe Forest, The Poison Lake, The River
The Caverns, The Waterfalls, The MoatThe Outer KeepThe Castle CourtThe HallsThe Unliving Quarters
The DungeonsThe TreasuryThe Clock TowerThe Castle Keep
Music
Theme of Simon BelmontAkumajō Dracula Best 2
Guides
All About Akumajō DraculaFamitsū Akumajō Dracula GuideNintendo Power Super Castlevania IV Guide
Archives
BestiaryInventory
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
Characters
Protagonists
Richter BelmontMaria Renard
Supporting cast
AnnetteTeraIrisFerryman
Antagonists
DraculaShaft
Lesser roles
Sacrificial maiden
Bosses
WyvernSerpentWerewolfBone GolemMinotaurDogetherDullahanCarmillaLauraHydra
DeathGiant BatMedusaMummy ManThe CreatureShaft GhostDead BehemothDead Wyvern
Areas
Common areas
PrologueDinner of FlamesA Nightmare RebornHear Now the Requiem of BloodBloodlines
Main path
God, Grant Me StrengthAn Evil Prayer Summons DarknessAtop Countless TerrorsThe Devil Flies By Night
Alternate path
Breaking Through the FrontRelease from the Thirst for BloodFortress of the Water DemonWandering
Music
Divine BloodlinesSlashAkumajō Dracula XCastlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles Original Soundtrack
Guides
Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo Strategy GuideAkumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo Official Guide
Konami Akumajō Dracula X Chronicle Official Guide
Archives
BestiaryInventoryMaria ModeAkumajyo Dracula PekeVoice Translations
Castlevania: Dracula X
Characters
Richter BelmontAnnetMariaDracula
Bosses
KeruberosuMyotiaDyurahanMinotaurusuGhostLypustonSalamanderCarmillaDeath
Areas
Common areas
Burning TownGate and Entrance to Evil CastleGreat HallClock TowerCount Dracula
Main path
DungeonCourtyard
Alternate path
CavesStage 5'
Music
Divine BloodlinesDracula Music Collection
Archives
BestiaryInventory
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
Characters
Protagonist

CornellHenry Oldrey

Supporting cast

AdaMary OldreyEdwardDianaBessFlorenceAnthonyClark

Antagonists

ActriseGilles de RaisDeathOrtegaRenonJ. A. OldreyDracula

Bosses

Sea MonsterGiant SkeletonDragonHarpyQueen AlgenieMedusaCrystal Laser of DoomGiant Werewolf

Areas
Foggy LakeForest of SilenceCastle WallVillaOuter WallArt TowerTower of RuinsDuel TowerTower of ExecutionTower of SorceryRoom of ClocksClock TowerCastle Keep
Guides

Famitsu64plus GuidePrima's Unauthorized Strategy Guide

Archives

BestiaryInventory

Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade
Characters
Protagonists
Vampire Hunter - Lady Gunner - Little Witch
Antagonists
Dracula
Bosses
Death - White Dragon - Dullahan - Minotaur - Water Dragon - Were Wolf - Harpy
Stages
Ruins - Palace - Underground Waterway - Ramparts - Clock Tower
Music
Akumajō Dracula Best Music Collections BOX
Archives
Bestiary
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