Werejaguar and Were-Leopard redirect here.
See also: Were-Panther Skeleton

The Were-Panther is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a werebeast resembling an anthropomorphic panther.


The were-jaguar was both an Olmec motif and a supernatural entity, perhaps even a deity. As the major predator of Mesoamerica, the jaguar was revered by pre-Columbian societies, and adoption of jaguar motifs by the ruling elite was used to reinforce or validate leadership.

The basic were-jaguar motif combines a cleft head, slanting almond-shaped eyes with round irises, and a down-turned open mouth with a flared upper lip and toothless gums. It appears widely in the Olmec archaeological record.

The were-jaguar supernatural incorporates the were-jaguar motif, as well as other features. It was once considered to be the primary deity of the Olmec culture, but is now thought to be only one of many.


Were-Panthers are werebeast enemies, hybrids of a panther and a human. While originally conceived as such in the Japanese versions of Castlevania (N64) and Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness, in their western localization they were renamed as "Werejaguar" and "Were-Leopard" in both games, respectively.

The Werejaguar would later become its own enemy staple in future titles, making a reappearance in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, and later in Aria of Sorrow.

Interestingly enough, Were-Panthers were actually first introduced much earlier in the series, albeit in skeletal form, and aptly named Were-Panther Skeletons. There were two variants: one that crouched like a beast and behaved pretty much like the standard Black Panther from previous titles, and an upright-walking version which attacked by stretching its neck bones to strike with its head, and could also launch a myriad of bones from its rib cage.


Castlevania (N64) / Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness

The Werejaguar (renamed "Were-Leopard" in Legacy of Darkness) is encountered as a boss during the Duel Tower portion of Reinhardt's quest. Even though it's the weakest of the game's werebeast opponents, it's high speed and agility can make it a frustrating opponent to face.

Werejaguar Were Panther 130
Duel Tower

Were-Leopard Were Panther 130 (195 on Hard)
Duel Tower

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

The Were-Panther is first encountered in the Chapel Tower's belfry area. It keeps its distance away from Nathan's weapon's reach and then rushes forward at great speed, culminating with a powerful blow which will knock him back if it connects. Every time it detects the player attacking, it will quickly leap backward to evade any harm.

To defeat this enemy, the player is advised to wait for it to attack first and then jump as it lunges forward, taking care not to land where it is unleashing the punch; strike with the whip as one lands to score a hit or two and repeat the process until the creature dies.

One of the Were-Panther's drops is the Thunderbird DSS card, which grants Electricity-based spells and infusions to Nathan's offensive repertoire, generally allowing him to deal a considerable amount of increased damage to enemies.

Were-Panther ワーパンサー Wāpansā 200 270
ATK DEF Location
300 130 Chapel Tower
Common Drop Rare Drop
Wrist Band (5.5%) Thunderbird (1.1%)
Resistance Darkness

A stronger variant, the Were-Jaguar, is encountered much later in the game, in the Outer Wall and the Battle Arena, albeit besides of being just a palette-swap, it retains exactly the same attack patterns.

Were-Jaguar ワージャガー Wājagā 270/320 760/1,200
ATK DEF Location
416/518 170/260 Chapel Tower, Outer Wall, Battle Arena
Common Drop Rare Drop
Gold Armor (2.5%) Ninja Garb (0.4%)
Resistance Darkness
Note: Second stat listed is when encountered in the Battle Arena.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

The Werejaguar appears in areas located deep beneath the castle, like the Underground Reservoir and the Underground Cemetery. They are usually encountered at enough distance from other enemies to allow for one-on-one brawls, making them manageable most of the times. They hop back and forth, and then quickly rush in to attempt to punch the player when they detect an opening. Gaining dominance on its soul, grants the Mach Punch ability, which allows Soma to perform powerful straight punches to his enemies.

Interestingly enough, its enemy list entry description mentions the Werejaguar having some sort of rivalry against a fellow werecat: the Weretiger.

76 Werejaguar 380 300 260
Attack Defense Tolerance Weakness Time Stop
42 30 - Sword, Poison, Curse -
Location Common Drop Rare Drop Soul
Underground Reservoir, Underground Cemetery Mach Punch - Guts Straight
Description "Works on his straight punch so he can defeat Weretiger."

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

Order of Ecclesia takes a few interesting approaches regarding the Were-Panther, this time calling it "Black Panther", like the animal-like predators from previous titles, albeit evidently being a werebeast in all regards. Furthermore, this time around the enemy is female and sports a jet black leotard, long boots and sleeves to match with her feline condition, although in reality being nothing more than a simple palette-swap of a previous enemy: the Ladycat.

In case this wasn't enough, she drops the useful Arma Felix glyph, which bestows Shanoa the ability of transforming into a werecat herself and communicate with any cats she stumbles upon, which will gladly share their secrets with her once they recognize one of their own kin. In addition to this, with this glyph equipped, both Ladycats and Black Panthers will fight for her, being able to deal considerable damage to other enemies. This can become quite handy in heavily-populated areas, like those found in Dracula's Castle.

77 Black Panther 168 63
Tolerance Weakness
Strike, Light Slash, Flame, Poison, Curse, Stone
Location Drop Glyph EXP AP
Castle Entrance, Library - Arma Felix (3%) 152 3
Description "A black, female panther."

Item Data

Item Data: Were-Panther
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Wrist Band Icon.png Wrist Band (jpn) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Cotton armband. Arm (Bracelet)
STR +5
Drop: Will O' Wisp, Ectoplasm, Gremlin, Spirit, Devil Tower, Bat, Medusa Head, Were-Panther
Thunderbird card.gif Thunderbird - Circle of the Moon [edit]
The legendary Thunderbird is said to have been able to release lightning. Has the power of Electricity. Attribute Card
Attrib: Electricity
Drop: Were-Panther (1.1%), Dullahan (1.4%)
Gold Armor Icon.png Gold Armor (Gold Plate) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Armor made of gold Body (Body Armor)
DEF +80
Drop: Earth Armor, Thunder Armor, Were-Jaguar
Ninja Garb Icon.png Ninja Garb (Ninja Costume) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
A black ninja suit Body (Clothes)
DEF +80, STR +30
Drop: Franken, Were-Jaguar
Mach Punch AoS Icon.png Mach Punch (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Throws punches faster than eye can see. Weapon
ATK +5
Sell: $2,000 
Common Drop: Werejaguar
Effect: Multi hits per attack
Red Soul.png Werejaguar - Guts Straight - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Packs out an extremely powerful straight punch. Bullet Soul
Consume: 40 MP  260 ATK
Rarity: 20
Drop: Werejaguar
Arma Felix Icon.png Arma Felix - Order of Ecclesia [edit]
Grants cat-like abilities. Back Glyph
Consume: 80 MP  Drop: Black Panther
Effect: Transforms Shanoa into a werecat. She can attack with claw-swipes and rapid tail-whips, both at the cost of MP.
Special: Shanoa is able to talk to the cats in Wygol Village. Black Panthers and Ladycats become allies.


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