The Castlevania series has been a favorite on
a variety of console systems, and now it has
burst into the next generation of videogame
systems with a utterly playable new title.
Symphony of the Night starts during the final
scene of the previous Castlevania adventure
Dracula X. Players must fight and defeat the
evil Dracula before even starting the game.
Once it does start, however, players are
immediately plunged in a deep story-line with
so many sharp twists and turns that we might
ruin the surprises if we even talk about them.
Konami did just about everything right in its
first PlayStation offering of the Castlevania
series. Symphony of the Night is deeper, and
more intense than any of its predecessors,
and the classic gameplay and control are
refined nearly perfectly as well. Players can
expect to spend around thirty hours just to get all the way through this title.
The depth of this title is absolutely staggering at times. Even after playing
through the entire game, the desire to return and find all of the castle's
secrets remains strong. Hidden inside these walls are an almost countless
number of items, weapons and power-ups that can easily be missed the first
and even second time through.
This wide selection of articles allows players to experiment with a nearly
endless number of item combinations to get the best results. For instance,
certain shields work in conjunction with specific swords, and players are
given the freedom to find the combination that suits them best. This feature
adds excitement to every new pick-up because the new item may work better
with the objects a player may already have. If finding weapons is too difficult,
players can collect money throughout the game and buy items and weapons
in libraries inside the castle.
Players can also call upon `familiars' (characters who fight along side
hero) to help in battles. These special characters include bats, pixies and life
draining ghosts. These familiars gain experience like the main character and
become more powerful as the game goes on.
A host of spells are included that can cause immense damage to enemies.
Special shield rod spells depend on what shield a player is using and are
considerably powerful. At the beginning, theses shield rod spells increase
basic attributes such as defense and intelligence, later they enable powerful
attacks from meteors, fire and giant lasers.
While the detail is superb, the gameplay is almost perfect. Control is
about dead-on with a tight and intuitive setup that lets players concentrate
on exploring the immense castle landscape rather than worrying about
making jumps and careful moves. Also, the control features split-second
responsiveness, an control element recent platform titles (namely Lost World
and MK Mythologies) overlooked.
Even with all this depth, detail, and control, a title could frustrate
simply not being fun. However, this adventure hits the nail right on the head
in this area, making Castlevania: Symphony of the Night one of the most
enjoyable titles yet for the PlayStation.
To get 210.1%, go to the Royal Chapel in the
first castle. Go to the long vertical place where the
confession room (the room with the chairs and you hear the bells) is at your right and the left leads
to the large sword. Stand in the left side, but don't go in, equip the sword familiar and do
half-circle forward and up-left and hold up for two seconds then press down and square (Sword
Brothers.) When the sword is spinning transform into a bat and go to the left doorway. If your
timing is right you should go *through* the wall and be able to fly around the castle.
IMPORTANT: To obtain 210% you must have your
sword familiar maxed out to level 99 with
99 experience points. If this is not acheived, the cheat doesnt work.
Alucard's Special Moves
Hellfire (15MP): up, down, down-right, right and square
Summon Spirit (5MP): left, right, up, down and square
Soul Steal (50MP): left, right, down-right, down, down-left, left, right and square
Dark Metamorphosis (10MP): left, up-left, up, up-right, right and square
Tetra Spirits (20MP): hold up for 2 seconds,
then press up-right, right, down-right, down and
Wolf Charge (10MP, must have "skill of wolf",
and must also be in Wolf form): down,
down-right, right and square
Sword Brothers (30MP, must be using the "Sword"
familiar for this to work): down, down-right,
right, up-right, hold up for 2 seconds, then press down and square
Wing Smash (8MP, must be in bat form when performing
this): hold X, up, up-left, left, down-left,
down, down-right, right and then release X
Axe Lord Armor
After beating the game once, start a new game
and enter your name as AXEARMOR. You'll find
a cool new suit of armor in your inventory.
Belmont's Special Moves
Whip Uppercut: down, up and X
Run: right right, or left left (hold after second press)
Whip Twirl: hold Square, then tap any direction repeatedly
Slide: down and X
Slide Jump: down and X, X again immediatly after the first one
Back Flip: X twice, quickly
Whip Dash: up, down, downright, right and square (Richter is invulnerable when performing this)
Whip Lunge: left, then right and square(or vice versa)
Put the Castlevania CD into any regular CD player. Play Track 2, and you'll hear a special song.
Easy Familiar Experience
Ok, easy way, but a bit time consuming, to
get experience for all your familiars. I believe you have
to have it beaten once first. but I may be wrong.
As you start the game, go through like you
normally would. But this time, don't but alot from the
librarian. Only get the Jewel of Open, and 1 or 2 Library Cards. The proceed with the game.
Once you get in the inverted castle, keep going
and get AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE.
Once you get 500,000 go back to the librarian, and purchase the Duplicator. Then go BACK to
the inverted castle, and equip it. By this time, you should have at least ONE of the Power of Sire
items. Equip that as well. Voila, you have an infinite supply now as long as you have the duplicator
Now go to the room in the inverted church thing
(forgot the name off hand), and enter the room
with the big sword that is surrounded by spears and shields. Use the Power of Sire, then leave the
room, and go back in, use it again, and so on and so forth. Within an hour I had ALL my familiars
powered up to 99/99.
Effortless Experience Gain
To get effortless experience follow these simple
play through the game like normal until you get your bat familar.
at this point go back to near the start of the game where the zombies keep coming out of
then all you do is stand on the step on the stairs where the zombies can't reach you and turn
your bat familiar on. Just make sure that you are far enough away that the zombies won't
hurt you if your familar misses one of them.
The bat familar will kill most of the zombies that appear, also make sure you are looking in
the direction of the zombies or the bat will not hit them.
The best part about this trick is that the
familar will kill the zombies and both he and you will get
the experience making this absolutely simple in gaining levels. In three hours my bat went from
level 2 to level 60!
After beating the game once, start a new game
and enter your name as X-X!V"Q. You'll start
with 99 luck and the Lapis Lazuli item, but your strength and hitpoints will be reduced.
At the name select screen, enter your name as AXELORD then go to the Settings screen.
Fiddle with the Logo
When the words NOW LOADING are on screen, you can manipulate them with the d-pad.
Get the Holy Glasses and all Four Endings
To get the Holy Glasses you need the gold ring
(after beating the Succubus in Nightmare, located
in a side path in the long tunnel to the underground) and the silver ring (in the hall of spikes in the
tower, you need the Spike Buster armor from the underground.) Take these to the clock tower
and equip them. You'll get a L-O-N-G sequence before it lets you go down. Follow the path to
find Maria, she'll give you the Holy Glasses.
1. Simply go to the castle tower and defeat
Richter without meeting Maria. Alucard will escape
the destroyed castle and say a few things before going back to his eternal sleep.
2. Get the Holy Glasses and defeat Richter.
Maria will have also escaped and tell you she's
continuing her search for what happened to Richter.
For the 3rd and 4th endings, do this first:
Get the Holy Glasses and equip them, but DON'T kill
Richter. Instead, attack the green orb above him until it shatters. From here you'll go to the
3. Defeat Dracula with anything below 200%
and you'll see Maria and Richter waiting for you
outside the castle. Maria will decide not to follow Alucard and will return with Richter.
4. Get AT LEAST 199.1% and defeat Dracula.
The others will be waiting, but Maria will decide
to follow Alucard and try to help him cope with what he is.
Heaven Sword Special Attack
You can get Heaven Swords as a rare item by
killing the Cloaked knights (flying knights that toss
their swords at you). If you have two of these, equip one in each hand and press both square and
circle to activate the special attack.
To gain access to the excellent soundtracks,
complete the game (fully, with over 190%) with
Alucard and restart a brand new game with Alucard (do not cover over the old one). When you
get to the Librarian, simply walk up to him and a music select option will appear with the 'buy/sell'
Play as Richter - Japanese and American
After beating the game once, start a new game
and enter your name as RICHTER. You can play
now as Richter Belmont.
Here are the locations of some of the secret rooms in the game.
Room 1: Outer Wall
When you enter the stage from the Marble Garden, go down to meet an Armor Lord. Beat him
and go to the left. Hack the wall on the left wall to get a Pot Roast. Stand in the Space for 20
seconds and you will go into a room with items
Room 2: Alchemy Lab And Necromancy Lab
In the Alchemy Lab, hack the wall in the first room going up. Inside is a Heart Max-up. The one in
the Necromancy lab of the inverted castle is in the same spot.
Room 3: Colossem and Reverse Colossem
In the room with Blade Soldiers and Blade Masters, go to the first pillar, face left and use a few
axes to reveil a passage.
Rooms 4 and 5: Orlox's Quarters and Akmodan's
The first room is in the room with the Sprit Sword. Go to the right to find a dead end, hack the
wall to get some good items.
The second one is later in the stage. When
you are in courtyard with the Vahalla Knights, go
down to the ground and proceed left. Proceed left until you are in a room with the bridge. Hack
Every part of the wall until you reveal the room. Do the same in Akmodan's Chamber's (Orlox's
Room in the Inverted Castle)
Room 6: Clock Tower and Reverse Clock Tower
In the room before the Birdman boss, Hack the right wall at the top of the room.
Room 7: Pit to the Catacombs
Use the Demon Familiar to flip the switch after the Cerberas Boss to reveil a room. Do the same
in the inverted castle.
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