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The makara is a form of pishacha (in this case, produced by an etheral body inhabiting the body of a whale).[1][2] A number of them were endowed by the Emperor Ganishka[3] and controlled by Kushan sorcerers.[1] The makara were mainly used during the attack on the harbor of Vritannis.[4] Daiba deems them as "the chiefs of pishacha", adding that a single makara is capable of sinking ten warships.[5]


A form of pishacha, makaras are whales with manifest elephantine attributes like long trunks and tusks. Their enormous size and strength make them very difficult to kill.[1]


Befitting their size, the makaras had massive strength, capable of smashing their way through brick houses with ease. In the same vein, they were incredibly dense and tough, and making lasting headway against them required quick thinking.[6] Makara were also capable of blasting water from their snouts in a high-pressure wave.[1]


A makara was first seen assaulting Guts' party at the seaside near Vritannis during the deployment of pishacha in the bay shore. It was controlled by casters stationed at sea.[1]

Later, a makara appeared as the same party left the Vandimion mansion,[7] where it would be slain by Guts, who drove his sword through its brain and blasted it apart.[6] Shortly afterward, no less than five of them appear following the elimination of the daka that were being deployed in the harbor.[4]

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk[]

Makara appear as a late-game boss in the 2016 game Berserk and the Band of the Hawk.

Makara appear only in the very last two chapters. Only four makaras will appear in the game, and two of these can be skipped without a skilled player even realizing they were there. One will appear as the boss for the beaches outside Vritannis in the chapter "Familiars". One will appear in Vritannis to block access to the harbor; once it is defeated, should a player fall too far behind the party in making it to the harbor, two more Makara will appear to further block access. However, these will not appear if the player leads the party.



  • The word "Makara" literally means "giant fish".


  1. ^ a b c d e Berserk :: Volume 28, "Makara"
  2. ^ Berserk :: Volume 32, "Great Invasion (1)"
  3. ^ Berserk :: Volume 28, "Jñānin"
  4. ^ a b Berserk :: Volume 31, "Sword Beast"
  5. ^ Berserk :: Volume 31, "Wizard General"
  6. ^ a b Berserk :: Volume 30, "City of the Demon Beasts (2)"
  7. ^ Berserk :: Volume 30, "City of the Demon Beasts (1)"