Demon's Crest
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Japanese Name Demon's Blazon: Makaimura Monshō hen
Release date 1994
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Designer Tokuro Fujiwara
Platforms SNES
Wii U Virtual Console

Demon's Crest, known as Demon's Blazon: Makaimura Monshō hen (デモンズブレイゾン 魔界村 紋章編, which translates to "Demon's Blazon: Demon World Village - Crest Arc") in Japan, is a side-scrolling platform game developed and published by Capcom in 1994 for the SNES video game console. The game is part of the Gargoyle's Quest sub-series of the Ghosts 'n Goblins franchise.


Firebrand (Red Arremer in the Japanese version) is on a quest to collect all of the elemental Crests, magical stones which preside over their respective elements (Fire, Earth, Water, Air, Time, and Heaven). It is said that when all crests are combined, the Crest of Infinity will appear, allowing its holder infinite power, and the ability to conquer any and all realms with it. However, during his quest, he is gravely wounded in a battle with the demon Somulo in his efforts to claim the Crest of Heaven, and the demon Phalanx uses Firebrand's moment of weakness to attack him, sealing him and stealing all of his crests for himself. Using their power, Phalanx sets the Demon Realm on fire and blames Firebrand for the incident, saving the victims and becoming the new ruler of the demon world.

Several years later, as part of an unknown plan, Phalanx gives a piece of the Crest of Fire to Firebrand and releases him in the coliseum as part of the night's main event. Firebrand must face a revived Somulo, but manages to destroy him and escapes so that he can go after Phalanx and reclaim the Crests, obtaining one at a time in his battles against Phalanx's general Arma and other locations.

Whether Firebrand wants them for power, glory, or some sort of revenge is never stated. However, during the True Ending, which is attained by defeating the "Dark Demon", it is stated that "Realizing that his true power is not derived from the crests, Firebrand disposed of all the crests." With that information, it can be inferred that Firebrand was perhaps collecting the crests in an attempt to discover said "True Power".


The gameplay is a mix of standard platforming, with mild RPG elements and occasional side-scrolling shooter sequences. Each level can be played multiple times, and often the player has to revisit a level with new Crests to access areas, items and bosses that he or she could not before.

The player collects different 'crests' which, when equipped during the game, allow to change into different-ability Firebrands. Some of the possible powers are Earth, Wind and Water. The player also collects talismans, magic potions and other equipment during the journey.


  • Firebrand is the story's anti-hero. He has the ability to tap into the power of the crests to increase his powers, or even take on entirely new forms.

Support CastEdit

  • Arma is a general in service of Phalanx, this tengu-like creature has been given orders to hunt down and retrieve the Crest of Fire from Firebrand. The player encounters Arma on several occasions throughout the game, each time receiving one of the Crests he was given for safekeeping as spoils of victory (first the Crest of Earth, then the Crest of Wind, and finally the Crest of Time). Upon losing the Time Crest to Firebrand, Arma seals himself within it to help Firebrand in his quest to defeat Phalanx.
  • Trio the Pago is a "head-butting" game shop run by a trio of pudgy, piggish-looking businessmen. There are three different locations for this game shop, at three different difficulty levels, and a differently colored Pago corresponding to each. Their colors are Pink, Blue, and Purple, to easy, medium, and hard, respectively.
  • The Black Lotus is a potion shop run by the decrepit demon Phorapa. Firebrand is able to purchase potions from him of varying enhancement effects.
  • The Wise Man is a spell shop found in the demon realm run by Morack, a magic-wielding demon. He sells magic spells for Firebrand to carry in an empty veil.
  • Malwous is a knowledgeable old demon that can inform Firebrand what each Talisman can do.
  • Also, an unnamed vagrant demon resides by the town's fountain and will say different things depending on which crest Firebrand currently have equipped, typically remarking on how best to use any given form.

Enemy BossesEdit

  • Phalanx, the arch-nemesis of Firebrand. He desires the crests for himself, so that he may summon the Crest of Infinity and obtain ultimate power to conquer both the demon realm and the human worlds.
  • Arma, general from Phalanx's army.
  • Somulo, the first boss, a dragon demon.
  • Hippogriff
  • Belth
  • Ovnunu
  • Flame Lord
  • Flier
  • Scula
  • Holothurion
  • Crawler
  • Grewon
  • Dark Demon, a secret boss that can be unlocked by finding 100% of the items in the game and defeating Phalanx. It has two different forms; a three-headed, four-armed skeletal charioteer who floats about and rains lava/lobs various projectiles, and a hovering, plasma-tailed winged form who, in addition to firing an almost undodgeable string of projectiles, causes earthquakes and gradually turns the walls of the room into spikes. It's quite a bit more difficult than the final fight against Phalanx (which is also a very hard battle), and thus a fine example of a video game superboss.



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