Guardians are powerful, giant monsters found within the ruins of La-Mulana and Eg-Lana, and the Bosses of the La-Mulana Series. Beware of unmarked spoilers. Click here to return to the main index.
Guardians of La-MulanaAll Guardians of the ruins La-Mulana in La-Mulana.
AmphisbaenaA gigantic snake with a head at both ends, and the Guardian of the Guidance Gate.
- Dual Boss: While only one creature, the fight against him functions like one.
- Kill It with Fire: Spits streams of flames as its primary attack.
- Leitmotif: "King Konda"note
- Public-Domain Character: Since it's from Greek myths, it's naturally this.
- Warm-Up Boss: Especially in the original, where a good shuriken spam was his downfall. He's only marginally tougher in the remake. Considering he's usually the first boss a player fights, it's almost like NIGORO wants to lull the player into a false sense of security...
SakitA Giant who wished for The Mother not to return to the sky. He is the Guardian of the Mausoleum of the Giants.
- Actually a Doombot: It's not the real Sakit, but rather a stone statue of him come to life. You can meet the real Sakit in La Mulana 2
- Collapsing Ceiling Boss: Everytime he takes a step or fires his fist into the ground, rubble falls from the ceiling.
- Colossus Climb: Lemeza has to climb up Sakit's arm when he uses his Rocket Punch attack so Lemeza can strike Sakit in the face.
- Golem: All the Giants are preserved as huge stone statues. Most of them can move depending on what the time of day is (it's a puzzle, you hit three stone lanterns to change the insignias so they're all either star, sun or moon). Sakit can only be fought when the Moon is showing, unless you sequence break so much that you get the double jump before fighting him.
- Knight Templar/Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants Mother to remain on Earth and will fight anyone to the death over it. Or so it seemed. In reality, Sakit never wanted his siblings to fight one another.
- Leitmotif: "Giant's Rage"note
- No-Sell: In the original version, his giant stone body is flat out immune to all subweapons, forcing you to close to dangerously close range in order to attack him. In the remake, he's immune to most subweapons until his mask breaks halfway through the battle.
- One Last Drink: When you meet the real Sakit in the Underworld in 2, he wants one last drink of liquor before expiring.
- Regime Change: "Sakit took power into his hand," both figuratively and literally. Though new information found in La Mulana 2 reveals that this wasn't actually the case.
- Rocket Punch: A variant in the original, literally in the WiiWare/PC Remake version.
- The Scapegoat: La Mulana 2 reveals that he was an Unwitting Pawn of Abuto, who orchestrated the entire War of the Giants. He alone was blamed for the conflict, and was sent to the Underworld to have his intestines eaten for all eternity.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Oh boy, is he ever. Many players chose to take him on much later, as he is very powerful, much more difficult than Amphisbaena, and isn't required to defeat for a while.
EllmacA gigantic frilled lizard and the Guardian of the Temple of the Sun.
- Collapsing Ceiling Boss: One of his attacks in the original is a roar that causes stalactites and stones to fall from the ceiling.
- High-Speed Battle: Fought while riding in a quick-moving mine cart.
- Leitmotif: "High-Speed Beast"note
- Made of Explodium: Original version only.
- Minecart Madness: The entire battle takes place during this.
- One-Hit Kill: In the remake, don't let Ellmac land on Lemeza when it jumps out of the background, or the fight's over real quick.
- Public-Domain Character: One of two subversions among the guardians, the other being Original Character Sakit. The bestiary in the Vita version states that he's said to be an avatar of the Egyptian sun god Aten. Which is funny because you fight the actual Aten in La Mulana 2.
- Punny Name: His name comes from 襟巻き蜥蜴 (erumaki tokage), which means "frilled-neck lizard."
BahamutA giant blue fish with a head like a hippo. It is the Guardian of the Spring in the Sky.
- Fireballs: In the remake.
- Kill It with Fire: One of Bahamut's attacks in the original game.
- Leitmotif: "Dangerous Raid"note
- Shown Their Work: The Giant fish is actually from Arabic mythology.
- Super Drowning Skills: In the original, Lemeza takes damage from the water during the Bahamut fight whether he has the Scalesphere or not.
ViyA demon so massive that it needs smaller demons to open its eyelid. It is the Guardian of the Inferno Cavern.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The manual has a picture of what Viy actually looks like. All that is seen in-game is the area around its eye. Said part fills almost the entire horizontal area of the screen.
- Bad Boss: In the remake, after the pair of imps have his eye held completely open, Viy will either thrust his eyeball upward, knocking the imps away in the process (often right into you), or disintegrate them with his Wave Motion Eye Laser.
- Eye Scream: You hurt it by attacking its giant eye. And it can attack by everting its eye, trying to stab you with it.
- Flunky Boss: Summons demons to open its eye.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: It can fire one. From its eye.
- Go for the Eye: What would you expect to do if it has an eye that big?
- Leitmotif: "In the Bottom"note
- Mercy Invincibility: Subverted in the remake. Touching Viy's body causes Lemeza's health to constantly drain, whether or not he enjoys Mercy Invincibility.
- Public-Domain Character: It is based on a tale by Nikolai Gogol about a demon with servants that hold its eye open.
- Wave Motion Gun: It fires a ginormous laser beam from its eye.
PalenqueAn alien who pilots a giant mechanical gunship. It is the Guardian of the Chamber of Extinction.
- Ancient Astronauts: It is based on one of the carvings that inspired this whole theory.
- Bullet Hell: Actually fires a lot of bullets even in the original game. It gets even worse in the remake.
- Difficulty by Region: Sort of. In the Wiiware remake, it was possible to fly right up in his face and kill him with only a few hits of the flail whip, as collision damage with Palenque did surprisingly little damage. In the PC version of the remake, however, Palenque has a fast life draining ability similar to Viy if you touch him. While this was mostly done to discourage cheap victories, it also makes his battering ram attack do a seriously large amount of damage.
- High-Speed Battle: Fought while flying around at high speed while on a plane thing.
- Kaizo Trap: In the remake, after being defeated, he leaps out of his ship and explodes, killing you instantly unless you hit him again to smack him back into his ship.
- Leitmotif: "Ancient Machine"note
- Made of Explodium
- Rule of Cool: You're fighting a Alien who's piloting a giant Gradius-inspired ship on a tiny little toy plane. With shurikens. While he has lasers and bombs and all sorts of things.
- Taking You with Me: In the remake, once his ship is trashed, he jumps out of his ship and blows up, killing you both if you don't retaliate in time.
- Unexpected Shmup Boss
- Wave Motion Gun: One of its weapons.
BaphometA pagan deity mostly associated with witches. It is the Guardian of the Twin Labyrinth.
- Actually a Doombot: She shows up alive again in La Mulana 2. The Baphomet in the first game is a copy of that one.
- Ambiguous Gender: In actual texts Baphomet is usually referred to as a male but it has a distinctly female body. Most people tend to settle on "it." Less ambiguous in 2, where Baphomet is not only explicitly female, but it's also revealed that the goat's head is a mask.
- Baphomet: But of course. Her first form looks like the demon's classic image. The second form is a purple alien.
- Bishōnen Line: In the remake, Baphomet's One-Winged Angel form is smoother, more streamlined, doesn't wear a robe, and has slick metallic skin and wings.
- Flunky Boss: Has up to four witches for Lemeza to deal with during the fight.
- Kill It with Fire: Summons lots of flame pillars to fight.
- Last Ditch Move: In the remake, she'll summon a crap-ton of flame pillars while she burns to death when you beat her, but unlike Palenque, these will only kill you if you already have critically low health.
- Leitmotif: "Sabbat"note
- One-Winged Angel: In the remake, Baphomet decides to stop sitting around and takes to the skies after being sufficiently damaged.
- Our Demons Are Different: It turns out she's actually an angel. She just wears the goat head when praying.
- Public-Domain Character: Based on a pagan deity (note: NOT Satan) that The Spanish Inquisition accused some of the crusading parties of worshipping.
- Shock and Awe: One of her attacks is to summon lightning.
- Stationary Boss: Played straight in the original. In the remake, she takes on a second, more mobile form after taking enough damage.
- Summoning Ritual: The witches you've been harassing throughout the Twin Labyrinth invoke one to summon the boss to kill you.
- Taking You with Me: In the remake, Baphomet summons a bunch of fire columns when she dies.
TiamatA Lamia that can control the dimensions, and tried to obtain the secret of life. She is the Guardian of the Dimensional Corridor. La-Mulana 2 reveals a bit more information about her. She's actually an attempt to replicate the Mother by the Olympians of the 3rd children.
- Always Second Best: Attempted to outdo the Mother in creating life and failed.
- Background Boss: In the remake.
- Cloning Blues: La-Mulana 2 reveals that she, as well as Nuwa and Echidna, is an attempt to clone the Mother using the chimera technology of the 1st children.
- Chest Blaster: She fires Frickin' Laser Beams from her cleavage in the remake.
- Cute Monster Girl: A trait she shares with her daughter Girtablilu (the scorpion woman).
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: In the remake she has eyes on her palms as well as a third eye on her forehead.
- Fan Disservice: Her face becomes angry and distorted once she loses a certain amount of life.
- Flunky Boss: Has up to four bats flying around at any time and up to four energy orbs that can't be destroyed in the original game. Nothing of the sort in the remake, however.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: More like a Frickin' Laser Cannon in the remake.
- Godiva Hair: Especially in the remake.
- Kill It with Water: In the remake, she can summon a huge tidal wave that smashes on the arena, dealing massive damage to Lemeza unless he takes cover under a platform. If she retreats to the background, take cover.
- Leitmotif: "Interstice of the Dimention"note
- Marathon Boss: Unless you use the knife combo trick.
- Mythology Gag: The mantra to chant in Tiamat's area is "MARDUK," the mythological character that killed Tiamat in Babylonian legend. La Mulana 2 reveals that Marduk is one of the Sky People, and he makes a mention of "cutting the false Mother (Tiamat) in two".
- Public-Domain Character: Tiamat was a creator goddess in Babylonian mythology.
- Prehensile Hair: One of her many attacks in the original is to lash out with her hair while in the remake they are holding rings used for some of her attacks (Specially the dreaded Laser Cannon)
- Reality Warper:
- She changed the sides of her part of the Ruins round. That's right: The Endless Corridor is actually the BACKSIDE AREA of the Dimensional Corridor.
- She also disables the Holy Grail's power while Lemeza is in the Dimensional Corridor, though he can still teleport into the area.
- Rule of Symbolism: She's apparently meant to represent infinity and/or unchanging, with all the lemniscates (∞) in the Endless and Dimensional Corridors and during the fight with her. Of course, it could just be Naramura making us think they're symbolic.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She took her eleven children and exiled herself to another dimension, ruining the Olympians' plans to use her to conquer Eg-Lana.
- Slasher Smile: Does this in both versions of the game. As you do damage to her, her facial expression twists into a horrific grin.
- Snake People: Much more prominent in the original version, but she clearly has a serpentine lower half.
- Stationary Boss: She stands still for most of the boss fight, only occasionally moving into the background to attack.
- Teleport Interdiction: As long as she's alive, she prevents you from simply exiting the Dimensional Corridor by using the Grail.
Guardians of Eg-LanaAll Guardians of the ruins Eg-Lana in La-Mulana 2.
FafnirA tentacled, salamander-like dragon who guards the Roots of Yggdrasil.
- Kill It with Fire: Breathes a stream of flames while hanging from the ceiling and spits up fiery boulders while on the ground.
- Leitmotif: "Dragon of Embraces"
- Our Dragons Are Different: He looks more like a centipede than a dragon.
- Public-Domain Character: Based on the dragon from Norse mythology.
- Turns Red: When low on health, Fafnir moves faster and starts launching homing spines with his other attacks.
- Was Once a Man: Was originally a dwarf tasked with guarding a treasure.
VritraA mechanical dragon who was imbued with the evil intentions of the Vanir. He serves as the Guardian of Valhalla.
- Advancing Boss of Doom: Is constantly walking towards the left, forcing the player to keep moving.
- Anachronism Stew: He's from Hindu mythology, yet he's a creation of the Vanir, a race from Norse Mythology, and is activated by the Trickster of Yggdrasil who is heavily implied to be Loki.
- Kill It with Fire: Spits fireballs that can destroy the platforms keeping Lumisa out of the water.
- Leitmotif: "Obstacle"
- Making a Splash: His boss room is flooded, and one of his attacks is to leap into the air, creating a tidal wave when he lands.
- Public-Domain Character: Based on a dragon from Hindu mythology that blocked up rivers. Appropriately, his room is filled with water and he's guarding the Scalesphere.
KujataA gargantuan bull with a volcano on his back. He serves as the Guardian of Annwfn.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He's easily the largest boss seen in both games up to this point, towering over even Viy.
- Death from Above: The volcano on his back erupts constantly, sending a hail storm of magma raining down on you.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: He has eyes both on the side of his body and on the volcano he carries on his back.
- Flunky Boss: After you take out his main eye, he retreats and returns with several large rocks with eyes that fire lasers at you.
- Leitmotif: "Shouldered World"
- Public-Domain Character: Based on a bull in Islam that carries the angel who shoulders the earth on its back, and who in turns stands on the fish Bahamut.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: While Fafnir is quite easy, and Vritra is only marginally harder, Kujata represents a steep climb in difficulty from the previous two. There's a lot going on at once with his fight, between the rain of fire, the rock eyes firing lasers at you, and Kujata's own eyes firing shots at you.
JormungandA Lokapalan soldier riding a serpent-like motorcycle. He is one of the children of the Trickster of Yggdrasil and serves as the Guardian of the Immortal Battlefield.
- Ancient Astronauts: Like Palenque, he's based on a carving that inspired the theory.
- High-Speed Battle: You fight him while riding a smaller motorcycle of your own.
- Leitmotif: "Twined Malice"
- Public-Domain Character: While he's named after the world serpent from Norse mythology, he actually bears more resemblance to an Olmec carving of a man riding a feathered serpent, seen here◊.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He's very similar to Palenque, both in terms of appearance and how his battle goes - you even use the Pochette Key to start your engine in both fights. The difference is you fight him on land rather than in the air.
AnuOne of the Sky People worshipped as a god by the Kotoamatsu of the 1st Children. He serves as the Guardian of the Ancient Chaos.
- A God Am I: He brainwashed some of the Kotomatsu into worshipping him as a god.
- Ancient Astronauts: He and the other Sky People are aliens.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: All of the Kotoamatsu in the Ancient Chaos have been brainwashed into worshipping Anu. After he's defeated, they become more lucid.
- Glass Cannon: He actually has a fairly low amount of health for such a late game boss. The problem is he spends most of his time in the air. You have to either use the flare gun to do any damage to him or wait for him to dive bomb you to attack him in melee.
- Leitmotif: "From Nibiru"
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: His ship acts as a shield, making hitting him with flare guns a bit tricky.
- Public-Domain Character: He's based on the supreme deity of Mesopotamian religion. Fittingly, his is the last message you get from the crystal skulls, implying he is their leader.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: You can find a message left by him from the final skull you collect, and he's as much a potty mouth as the rest of the Sky People.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: While it is technically possible to hit him in the air with well-timed flares, realistically he would be much much much harder to beat if he didn't do his dive attack. It isn't even that damaging or effective of an attack in the first place, too.
Aten-RaRa is the leader of the Amarna found in the Dark Lord's Mausoleum. He fuses with the powerful Amarna weapon Aten and serves as the Guardian of that area.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: After fusing with Aten he becomes large enough to nearly fill the whole screen.
- Body Horror: After he fuses with Amen and Horus, you can see their faces in his abdomen.
- Evil Laugh: He lets out an impressive one at the start of the battle.
- Flunky Boss: Constantly summons minions to aid him in battle.
- Fusion Dance: He forces Amen and Horus of the Ennead into one with him, and later fuses to Aten.
- Leitmotif: "Insane Sun"
- Light Is Not Good: He represents the sun and is the most actively villainous guardian in either game.
- One-Hit Kill: When he drops downwards, don't stand under him. Just don't.
- Public-Domain Character: Ra is the ancient Egyptian god of the sun, while the Aten is the disk of the sun and an aspect of Ra.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: There would be no way to hit him if he didn't lean down to fire lasers at you after attempting to crush you. Especially since he doesn't need to do that to fire lasers.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He gets more and more unhinged with each fusion.
SurtrA massive fire giant. He serves as the Guardian of the Icefire Treetop.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Only the upper half of his body is visible on screen.
- Background Boss: He spends much of his time in the background, smashing the arena you're in with his hands.
- Boss Arena Urgency: When Surtr slams his hands down, he destroys the blocks Lumisa stands on, making it more likely to fall into lava (in earlier versions it was an instant-death Bottomless Pit). The blocks do replace themselves but also double as falling hazards in the process.
- Early-Bird Cameo: You first see him walking in the background of the long vertical shaft in the Icefire Treetop, though you won't actually fight him until much later.
- Giant Mecha: His redesign in the most recent version emphasize a more mechanical appearance, making him look like one.
- Kill It with Fire: He'll lean in to spit fire at you from time to time.
- Leitmotif: "Flaming Fist"
- Public-Domain Character: He's based on the fire giant that brings about the end of the world in Norse mythology.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: He can't be hit while he's in the background. If all he did was slam his hands into the ground, you could never hit him. What's worse about this is that he always uses the magma spit attack if you're directly in line with his face, meaning you can bait him into making himself vulnerable.
EchidnaA clone of the Mother created by the Olympians. She serves as the Guardian of the Hall of Malice.
- Cute Monster Girl: Until you wound her, at least.
- Fan Disservice: After you deal a lot of damage to her, her hands get lopped off and one of her eyes is gouged out.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: She throws a lot of these at you, including some very powerful ones similar to Tiamat's.
- Godiva Hair: Again, similar to Tiamat, she's kept modest by her locks of brown hair.
- Leitmotif: "Reproduction of Power"
- Marathon Boss: She has a white health bar, which is the largest you can find. In contrast, Anu and Aten-Ra don't even have full health bars, and Jormungand's health bar is red, which is slightly above a full health bar. It doesn't help that you don't get too many opportunities to hit her.
- Public-Domain Character: She's based on a monster that mothered most of the monsters found in Classical Mythology.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Not only does she look and fight much like Tiamat, she also has eleven children who you must destroy before you can face her. Justified, in that both she and Tiamat were clones of the Mother created by the Olympians to conquer Eg-Lana.
- Snake People: Just like Tiamat.
- Teleport Interdiction: Like Tiamat before her; once you've activated the Hall of Malice, she prevents you from simply exiting by using the Grail as long as she's alive.
HelThe ruler of the Underworld and the daughter of the Trickster of Yggdrasil. She serves as the Guardian of the Eternal Prison.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Not quite to the level of Kujata or Surtr, but she's pretty tall compared to Lumisa.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: She loses the top half of her dress during the fight and doesn't have visible nipples.
- Body Horror: To start with, her right arm from the elbow down is skeletal, but that's not the worst part. She loses more of her body as you fight her, losing the lower half of her body after taking a certain amount of damage, having her arms severed when you think you've killed her, and then having tentacles come from her eyes and mouth as she goes in for her last ditch attack.
- Cute Monster Girl: Even with some decayed parts of her body she doesn't look too bad. At first.
- Eyes Always Shut: Until she goes in for that last ditch attack, at least.
- Fan Disservice: While she fights you topless for the second half of the fight, it's made less alluring due to the fact that she's missing the lower half of her body.
- Gainaxing: Yes, really. It's subtle, but her breasts have a bit of bounce to them as she attacks you.
- Leitmotif: "Last Guardian"
- Not Quite Dead: After you empty your health, you get the usual red flash signifying that you won. And then she goes in for one last attack.
- Public-Domain Character: She's based on one of Loki's children in Norse mythology.