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Miniboss Monday: Granfaloon / Legion

11:12 AM on 04.21.2008 // Savant

Today's miniboss is yet another offering from the Castlevania series and is certain to creep a few people out who haven't already seen this gigantic gob of gore before. The "proper" name for the above boss is Legion, but it has also been billed as Granfaloon in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. As you can plainly see, there is certainly nothing "mini" about this... thing. In fact, it's the second largest enemy you'll encounter in all of Symphony. Lucky you!
So, what exactly IS Legion? That's a damn good question, if you ask me. I mean, it's a big, floating ball of faceless cadavers who just love their jobs; looking creepy as all get-out, and eating the brains of intruders. (I hear they recently joined the Union. Let's hope they don't go on strike for their lack of medical benefits.) Anyway, after carving away chunks of bodies, the inner-core (and true form) of Legion is exposed. The core is an enigmatic and lethal cross between a flying squid and a death ray. This may not sound too threatening at first, but ask anyone who has spent some quality time with our corpse-laden comrade just how frustrating things can get when you're trying to take him down.
Overall, the fight really isn't challenging until all the bodies have been removed from Legion. This tends to be a lengthy process if you walk into this battle improperly equipped. Hope you've got at least an Axe as a sub-weapon and plenty of hearts. You'll need 'em.
What really makes Legion such a notable boss isn't just its larger-than-life size, it is its overall creepiness that heightened the whole fight and made it memorable. You are literally walking on piles of skulls and bodies as you do battle with this unholy abomination. Let's be serious here for a moment, if you walked into a room with a giant, levitating sphere of the deceased, woudn't you just be a bit disturbed? Yeah, that's what I thought.
For those of you curious, Legion actually makes its appearance in other Castlevanias, as well. He's one of the hidden bosses in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, for example. Unfortunatey, the impact just isn't the same in three-dimensions.
A mystery still remains unsolved, however. One can only venture a guess as to the origin of such a foul being. I mean, where did all these dead bodies even come from? I believe I might have the answer to this little riddle.
The answer is, of course, Chuck Norris.

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