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MedusaA CVL

Concept art for "Castlevania Legends".

Medusa (メデューサ) 
is a long-recurring secondary villainess in the game series "Castlevania", aka. "Akumajou Dracula" (悪魔城ドラキュラ), beginning with the very first entry on the Nintendo Famicom in 1986.

Medusa, particularly in her first several game appearances, is often accompanied by four other enemies: a giant vampire bat called Phantom Bat, one or two mummies named "Akmodan", Frankenstein's Monster, and Death. These five monsters made up the only five bosses that served under Dracula in the first game.

She is a creature whose upper body resembles a human, while the lower resembles that of a serpent. Often in the video game series, she will be depicted as only a severed head, referencing her decapitation at the hands of Perseus in Greek mythology. In almost every incarnation, she has the ability to turn the protagonist to stone.

Castlevania (1986)Edit

Japanese Title Akumajou Dracula (悪魔城ドラキュラ)
System Famicom Disk System
Ports NES, Famicom (cassette), Commodore 64, IBM PC, Amiga, Gameboy Advance, Wii Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console, Mobile
Medusa CV

Medusa appears as the boss of the torture lab, the second stage of the game.

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Vampire Killer (1986)Edit

Japanese Title Akumajou Dracula (悪魔城ドラキュラ)
System MSX2
Ports Wii U Virtual Console
Medusa VK
Appears in the same location as in Castlevania, which features a different color palette and gameplay style to this title.


Haunted Castle (1988)Edit

Japanese Title Akumajou Dracula (悪魔城ドラキュラ)
System Arcade
Ports Playstation 2
Medusa HC
Medusa appears as a boss at the end of the first stage, the graveyard.





Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (1989)Edit

Japanese Title Akumajou Densetsu (悪魔城伝説)
System Famicom/NES
Ports Wii Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console, Mobile
Medusa CV3
Medusa is encountered as a mid-boss of the fourth stage, The Haunted Ship of Fools.



Super Castlevania IV (1991)Edit

Japanese Title Akumajou Dracula (悪魔城ドラキュラ)
System Super Famicom/SNES
Ports Wii Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console 
MedusaA SCV4

Concept art.

Encountered as a mid-boss of the second stage, the Graveyard.
MedusaB SCV4





Castlevania Chronicles (1993)Edit

Japanese Title Akumajou Dracula (悪魔城ドラキュラ)
System Sharp X68000
Ports Playstation
Encountered as the boss of the fourth stage, the Chapel
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Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (1993)Edit

Japanese Title 悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻
System PC Engine CD
Ports Wii Virtual Console, Playstation Portable
Medusa CnR

Concept art from manual.

One of many bosses in stage 5, the Hidden Docks and stage 6, the Marble Gallery, she is summoned alongside Phantom Bat, Akmodan and Frankenstein's Monster, directly before the battle with Shaft.
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Castlevania Bloodlines (1994)Edit

Japanese Title Vampire Killer
System Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Medusa CVBL
One of many bosses in the sixth and final stage in England, she is summoned directly prior to the battle with Elizabeth Bathory.


Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)Edit

Japanese Title Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku (悪魔城ドラキュラX 月下の夜想曲)
System Playstation
Ports Sega Saturn, Xbox 360, Playstation Portable
MedusaA CSOTN
Encountered as the boss of the Chapel stage inside of the inverted castle. For the first time, she fights using a sword and shield. She is the guardian of the Heart of Vlad, one of five relics that are required for Dracula's resurrection.



Castlevania Legends (1997)Edit

Japanese Title Akumajou Dracula: Shikkoku Taru Zensokyoku (悪魔城ドラキュラ 漆黒たる前奏曲)
System Game Boy Color
Medusa CVL
Encountered as a mid-boss in the fourth and final stage, the Castle Keep.



Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness (1999)Edit

Japanese Title Akumajou Dracula Mokushiroku: Gaiden ~Legend of Cornell~(悪魔城ドラキュラ黙示録 外伝 レジェンド オブ コーネル)
System Nintendo 64
Medusa CVLOD

Official concept art.

Encountered as a boss at the end of the Underground Waterway stage in both Carrie Fernandez and Henry Oldrey's quests.







Castlevania: Resurrection (Cancelled)Edit

Medusa CVR
Medusa was planned as a boss character for this cancelled title which was being developed for the Sega Dreamcast.







Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (2003)Edit

Japanese Title Castlevania
System Playstation 2
Ports Playstation Network
Medusa CVLOI
Encountered as a boss in the Garden Forgotten by Time stage. This marks the first time that Medusa has a speaking role. She plans to petrify the game's hero, Leon Belmont, and add him to her collection of "statues".





Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (2006)Edit

Japanese Title Akumajou Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth (悪魔城ドラキュラ ギャラリー オブ ラビリンス)
System Nintendo DS
Medusa-A CVPOR

Encountered as the boss of the Burnt Paradise stage. One of her largest incarnations, she is also able to fully transform into a serpent for a brief period.

Medusa-B CVPOR





Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (2007)Edit

Japanese Title Akumajou Dracula X Chronicle (悪魔城ドラキュラ Xクロニクル)
System Playstation Portable
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