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The Great Goat is an otherwise nameless man who presides over a heretical cult near Albion. He is a tall, thin and slender human wearing the head of a large goat.[2] He becomes a pseudo-apostle by the Egg of the Perfect World[3] and is later killed by Guts.[3]


The Great Goat appears as a tall, thin and slender looking man, taller than the other members within the cult. Though he has five fingers as a human[5][1], he has six fingers on each hand during Joachim's cult induction. He wears no clothing, save for the head of a larger-than-average goat with dark brown fur that he uses as a mask.[2] In his pseudo-apostle form, which was offered by the Egg of the Perfect World in order to grant him the power he desired,[6] the Great Goat becomes a monstrous goat-headed satyr with a serpent for a penis and six fingers on each hand.[5] After returning to his human form, he is shown to have balding light hair.[1]


Not much is known about the Great Goat's personality, but he is a quiet man who enjoyed having sex with the other members of his cult, or at least the new members who were introduced to it. For the new members to join into his cult, he has them kiss his heart and phallus (which appears to be the living head of a snake via drug-induced hallucination).[2]

After becoming a pseudo-apostle, he becomes single-mindedly focused on having sex with Casca and making her "family".[5]


Conviction Arc[]

The Great Goat is first seen when Nina brings Joachim to be inducted into the cult during one of its orgies. Joachim at first is willing to convert until he realizes that the soup he is about to eat to complete his induction is made with human flesh and runs off.[2]

When Casca is assumed by the pagans to be a witch and brought before them by Nina, the Great Goat is to have sex with Casca in order to make her a true part of the cult family. However, things go awry through both the Holy Iron Chain Knights being informed of the pagans' location by Joachim - who survived the attempt on his life - and Casca's Brand of Sacrifice invoking spirits which possess them.[4] During the chaos that ensues, the Great Goat tries to escape, but, as the mask horns catch when he tries to go through a crack on the cave wall, is sired as a pseudo-apostle by the Egg of the Perfect World's stinger. He then returns to the fighting and personally butchers several of his followers and slaughters many of the knights before setting his sights upon Casca once more. He holds her up and caresses her with his tongue, declaring his intent to consumate his union with her.[5] Guts shows up just in time to shear off his arm as well as his now serpentine penis, with one strike of the Dragon Slayer in order to save Casca.[3]

The Great Goat tracks Guts down as the group makes its getaway, still intent on getting Casca. He proves to be an incredibly fast and dangerous opponent, using his hooves and his horns, and at one point delivering a stomp that would have killed Guts if not for Godot's armor.[3] Guts defeats the Goat Head by using one of Rickert's explosives, which does horrific damage to the pseudo-apostle's face and to one of his eyes, and then by using the Dragon Slayer to shear off his head with one blow. His corpse reverts to his human form.[1]



  • The Great Goat's appearance is similar to that of the pagan statue seen in The Count's past when he witnessed his wife in a heretic orgy. The statue itself bears resemblance to Éliphas Lévi's design of Baphomet, an entity that was believed to be worshiped by the Knights Templar prior to their downfall. Over time, Baphomet became associated with witches, satanic cults and occultism in general.


  1. ^ a b c d e Berserk :: Volume 19, "Ambush"
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Berserk :: Volume 18, "Bowels of the Holy Ground"
  3. ^ a b c d e Berserk :: Volume 19, "Reunion"
  4. ^ a b Berserk :: Volume 19, "Ambitious Boy"
  5. ^ a b c d Berserk :: Volume 19, "Monsters' Cave"
  6. ^ Berserk :: Volume 20, "Omen"