The following is a comprehensive list of all creatures in Sega's 1996 game The House of the Dead. Serving as the main enemies, creatures were produced by the mentally unstable Dr. Curien. After Curien went insane, he released the creatures into his mansion to slaughter his own research staff. This string of events has often been referred to as the Curien Mansion incident.


Most creatures in The House of the Dead are identified by both name and type number. All creatures of a certain type share similar characteristics, though differ in appearance. All canon creature names and type numbers have been obtained from the Sega Saturn manual and official game guides.[1]

Known name and type


This group consists of average-sized humanoids. Every creature except Cyril can be killed with a single headshot.

Image Name/Type Chapters Description
Sam Sam (サム Samu?)(A-1) 1-4 Weak and commonly found creature. Attacks by biting.
Nail Nail (ネイル Neiru?)(A-2) 1-3 Stronger variant of Sam. Attacks by swiping.
Cyril Cyril (シリル Shiriru?)(A-3) 1-3 Swings axes at close range or throws them from afar.


This group consists of creatures that inhabit humid and wet environments: the Kageo and Ebitan families, respectively.

Image Name/Type Chapters Description
Kageo Kageo (カゲオ Kageo?)(B-1) 1 and 3 Weak, slow-moving adversary. Attacks by swiping.
Bourbon Bourbon (ブルボン Burubon?)(B-2) 1 and 3 Kageo's successor who has larger health and resilience.
Ebitan a Ebitan a (エビタンa Ebitan a?)(B-3) 1-3 Found in wet habitats, often lurching from bodies of water to attack.
Ebitan b Ebitan b (エビタンb Ebitan b?)(B-4) 1 and 2 Hangs upside-down or drops from above. Attacks with a jagged sword or by vomiting.


This group consists of obese humanoids. They can sustain large amounts of damage, surviving even with their bellies blasted open; two headshots, however, will kill them faster. C-type creatures also tend to charge their opponents for a shoulder tackle.

Image Name/Type Chapters Description
Samson Samson (サムソン Samuson?)(C-1) 1 and 2 Wields a chainsaw that deflects gunfire.
Bentley Bentley (ベントレー Bentorē?)(C-2) 2-4 Often throws barrels.
Burner Burner (バーナー Bānā?)(C-3) 3 only Behaves like Samson, but uses a blowtorch instead.


This group consists of muscular humanoids. Stronger than the average-sized creature, D-types are often slow-moving but make up for it with their various weapons and means of protection.

Image Name/Type Chapters Description
Simon Simon (サイモン Saimon?)(D-1) 1 and 2 Attacks by shoulder tackling. Can throw barrels or civilians.
Scan-20-5 Gilmore (ギルモア Girumoa?)(D-2) 2 and 4 Attacks with a large sledgehammer.
Scan-20-6 Harris (ハリス Harisu?)(D-3) 3 and 4 Swings a ball and chain either while standing or moving.
Robert Robert (ロバート Robāto?)(D-4) 3 and 4 Attacks with a metallic arm that is invulnerable to gunfire.


This group consists of small, agile humanoids.

Image Name/Type Chapters Description
Rubin Rubin (ルービン Rūbin?)(E-1) 2 only Rolls at his prey for a claw attack. Often paired with Drake.
Drake Drake (ドレイク Doreiku?)(E-2) 2 only

Throws daggers or attempts biting the player if defenseless. Often paired with Rubin.

Moody Moody (ムーディー Mūdī?)(E-3) 3 and 4 Launches iron claw from his arm or attempts biting the player.
Parlor Parlor (パーラー Pārā?)(E-4) 3 and 4 Like Drake, but with larger health and an unlimited supply of laser daggers.


This group consists of animal-based creatures. Every F-type enemy, with the exception of Saruzou and (on some occasions) dies when shot anywhere once.

Image Name/Type Chapters Description
Hellhound Kenfis (ケンフィス Kenfisu?)(F-1) 1 only Charges at players while leaping left and right to bite them.
Saruzou Saruzou (サルゾウ Saruzou?)(F-2) 1 only Often attacks in pairs, leaping at prey for a bite.
Bueel Buele (ブエール Buēru?)(F-3) 1 only Often lurches from bodies of water to attack.
Devilon Devilon (デビロン Debiron?)(F-4) 1 and 2 Home in on a player's position, dying instantly upon damaging them. A swarm of Devilons appear during Hangedman's boss battles.


This group consists of insectoid creatures who die when shot anywhere once.

Image Name/Type Chapters Description
Murrer Murrer (モゥラー Myurā?)(G-1) 1 and 2 Squirms in groups, attacking with a lunging bite.
Name Name (ナーメ Nāme?)(G-2) 1 only Crawls on walls, shooting projectiles or biting at close range.
Thalang Thalang (タラン Taran?)(G-3) 3 only Crawls on the ground or drops down from ceilings for a bite.

Other creatures

There are six other creatures whose names or type numbers were never revealed in official House of the Dead print materials. These creatures, along with their respective filenames, include:

Image Filename Chapters Description
Kage "kage" 2 only Moves and attacks like Saruzou, but with larger health.
HODPdolobCreature "pdolob" 1 only What appears to be a third variant of Ebitan. Only encountered in the Curien Mansion's underground waterway. Dies in one shot.
IvanHOTD "neopetit" 1-3 The first of three weak and lowly-detailed creatures who mostly roam backgrounds, infrequently encountered as a hostile enemy. Dies in one shot.
ShawnHOTD "neopetit2" 1-3 The second "background" creature.
VincentHOTD "neopetit3" 1-3 The third and final "background" creature.
"taalu" 3 only Behaves similar to Bourbon.


Guidebook scans

Official Art


Concept Art


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