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------------------------------ Console ------------------------------
Top view and front view
Power button Open button
Memory card slot 1
Memory card slot 2
Controller port 1
Controller port 2
Controlling the Horror
Connect the controller to port 1 of your PlayStation unit. The default
button settings are shown in the following pages.
--------------------------- Controller -------------------------------
L2 button R2 button
L1 button R1 button
Directional SELECT button
The user is able to reset to the title screen by holding down the Select
button and then pressing and holding down the Start button.
Controls for the "Final Stage" only. These button settings cannot be
changed from the menu screen.
You can change the button functions of your controller from the "System"
[s] button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Use the weapon or item in
Alucard's right hand
[c] button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Use the weapon or item in
Alucard's left hand
Directional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Move Alucard / Highlight
item on menu screens
buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [l][r] button | Move left
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [d] button | Crouch / move
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [u] button | Sit in chair
/ Save (only on SAVE screens)
[x] button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jump / Select items on menu
[u] + [c] or [s] button . . . . . . . . . . . Use special weapon
[t] button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back dash
START button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pause game and bring up the
character status menu screen
SELECT button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pause game and bring up the
R1 button: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shapeshift into bat (requires
R2 button: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shapeshift into wolf (requires
L1 button: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shapeshift into mist (requires
[x] button during jump . . . . . . . . . . . Double jump (requires special
It was Richter Belmont, the
legendary vampire hunter,
who succeeded in finally
ending the menace of
Count Dracula, Lord of
the Vampires who had
been brought back from
the grave by the dark
However, one night 4 years
later, under the glare of a full
moon, Richter mysteriously
With no idea where to begin her search,
Maria Renard set out to look for him. It was
then that fate intervened.
Castlevania, the castle of Dracula, which is
rumored to appear once every century, sud-
denly materialized from out of the mist as if to
show her the way.
Meanwhile, powerful forces were struggling for the
soul of a man named Alucard. The very same
Alucard who had teamed up with Trevor Belmont to
battle his immortal father, Count Vlad Tepes Dracula.
Alucard, in order to purge the world of his
own cursed blood line, had submerged his
vampiric powers and entered into what
was supposed to be an eternal slumber.
But now, he is awake and aware
of the evil once again at work in
The time has once again come
for the forces of Good and Evil
to engage in their ancient battle.
Dracula's castle beckons you...
And no man can say who
shall emerge victorious.
(Real name: Adrian Farenheights Tepes)
Age: Estimated to be 400 years old
The offspring of an unnatural union between
Count Dracula and a human woman, Alucard
possesses inhuman strength and dark magical
powers. His weapon of choice is a sword, and
he uses a variety of them to serve his needs.
He is an adept shapeshifter, commonly using
the forms of wolf, bat, and mist to confuse and
terrify his opponents. Alucard also relies heav-
ily on ancient relics and magical items to per-
form elaborate magical attacks.
Every generation of
the Belmont clan has pro-
duced together, more dedicated
vampire hunters-yet Richter
stands above all others. Brandishing
the legendary sacred whip which so
many of his predecessors wielded, this
hot-blooded youth pushed Dracula to the
brink. Then, with an almost indestructible will
to survive and emerge victorious, Richter
defeated Dracula in a massive battle five years
ago. However, he has been missing for a year -
vanishing mysteriously under the light of a full
As Richter's sister-in-law, Maria is not a
Belmont by blood, but she has the fiery
determination of a vampire hunter coursing
through her veins. She aided Richter five years
ago in the defeat of Dracula, and has vowed to
find him now that he has vanished. Shortly after
beginning her search, however, the ancient
Castlevania returned to the earthly plane.
Fearlessly, she entered the castle alone.
This evil spirit is an ally of Dracula's, which
should come as a suprise to no one famil-
iar with the Count's nocturnal activities.
He is the keeper of the library in
Dracula's castle. He has accumu-
lated a wealth of knowledge over
the centuries, and some special
items, as well, which he will part
with-for a price.
(Real name: Dracula Vlad Tepes)
Age: Estimated to be 800 years old
He has been known by many names
through the ages, but no matter what
you choose to call him, one truth
remains: he is the embodiment of all
that is dark and evil. He is father of
Alucard and master of Castlevania the
dark castle steeped in terror and black
magic. It is said to appear on the
human plane of existence once every
100 years. Though Richter destroyed
Castlevania and its evil landlord five years
ago, it has reappeared without warning.
Alucard's mother and Dracula's
wife. She is the only woman
Dracula has ever loved, yet for
some reason he had chosen
not to take away her human
form and bring her over to
the dark ranks of the vampire.
She was a good, kind-hearted
soul who was mistakenly
executed as a witch for
preparing medicine to
help the sick.
Starting the game
Once the Title logo has appeared, press the
START button to go to the File Select
1 File Select: Select a file
2 Name Change: Change the name you
use in the game
3 File Copy: Copy a file
4 File Delete: Delete a file
Playing a new game
Select an empty file from "File Select", input your name at the Name Entry
screen, then press the START button to begin. After the introductory movie
is finished you will take control of Richter Belmont in a brief recap of a
classic moment in Castlevania history. See page 5 for details on Richter's
Playing a saved game
If you saved your progress onto a memory card last time you played, you can
resume play from the last save location (see page 24, "Save rooms"). Insert
the memory card into the memory card slot 1 or slot 2, then select the game
you wish to continue playing from "File Select". Use the directional button
to highlight the save game you wish to use. Press the [x] button to load
Note: Absolutely do not pull out or insert memory cards when the game is
Castlevania Symphony of the Night
You are Alucard. Raging through you is the hunger and bloodlust of your
vampire father, and the gentle, empathetic compassion of your human
mother. As you have tried to come to terms with that constant internal
struggle, you have recognized an outer struggle as well-the need to
destroy Castlevania and bury the demons both within the castle and within
On your mission, you will discover ancient relics that will open new paths
to you. Hidden weapons and magical items from a time long forgotten will
be uncovered. Some weapons and items have restricted use-you must earn
"hearts" to enable them. As your quest continues, you will encounter
myriad monsters and dark forces who will challenge your progress. Every
victory gives you experience, which yields power and strength. Gradually,
you will be able to face and defeat stronger and stronger foes. When you
receive damage, you lose some of your life force. Because you are half
human, you can be defeated more easily than your father. If your life
drains to zero, the Start screen will reappear, and (if you saved a game
in the progress) you can resume play from the last saved position.
On Screen Display
1 Number of hearts:
Decreases when you use special weapons,
and increases when you get hearts.
2 Special weapon:
Shows the special weapon you possess.
3 Player life meter:
The game ends when this meter reaches 0.
4 Magic meter:
Goes down when you use magical attacks
or shapeshift. This meter will replenish
5 Name of enemy character:
Appears when you hit an enemy
(requires a special item)
Shows the rooms you have visited in the castle and your current location.
The auto map feature will display the rooms as you explore them.
Blue . . . . . . . . . . . Shows rooms you have already visted.
Gray . . . . . . . . . . . Shows rooms you haven't visited yet.
(only visible when you acquire a special item)
Red . . . . . . . . . . . Save locations
Yellow . . . . . . . . . . Teleport rooms
Circle of light . . . . . Your current location.
Character Status Menu
You can check Alucard's current status from this
HP . . . . . . . . . . . Life level (current / Max)
MP . . . . . . . . . . . Magic level (current / Max)
HEART . . . . . . . . . Number of hearts (current / Max)
ROOMS . . . . . . . . . Number of rooms you have visited
KILLS . . . . . . . . . Number of enemies you have defeated
LEVEL . . . . . . . . . Current level
STATUS . . . . . . . . . Shows whether you are poisoned or turned to stone, etc.
ATT ([s]+[c] buttons) . Shows the attack power for each button
DEF . . . . . . . . . . Shows your current defensive power
STR . . . . . . . . . . Strength level. This affects your basic attack power.
CON . . . . . . . . . . Constitution (how strong your body is) This affects your
basic defense power.
INT . . . . . . . . . . Intelligence level. This affects your magic attack
LCK . . . . . . . . . . Luck. This affects critical hits and other actions.
EXP . . . . . . . . . . Experience points.
NEXT . . . . . . . . . . The number of points you need to advance to the next
GOLD . . . . . . . . . . The amount of money you have.
EQUIP . . . . . . . . . Lets you equip weapons, etc. (See page 17)
SPELLS . . . . . . . . . Chart showing the spells you've learned (See page 21)
RELICS . . . . . . . . . Shows the relics you possess and whether or not
they are equipped. (See page 19)
SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . Equipment, button, and sound settings. (See page 22)
FAMILIARS . . . . . . . Shows the status of familiars you can currently
control (when you want to use a familiar, you select
one from amongst your relics).
There are four kinds of items Alucard uses: normal items, equipment items,
relics, and special weapons.
Items may appear when you defeat enemies and destroy candles. These items
will increase your power.
Small / large heart Dollar bags
The number of You can increase the amount
times you can use of money you have by get-
special weapons thing dollar bags.
Equipment items such as weapons, armor and accessories will increase your
attack or defense power. Other equipment items will include medicine, food,
and potions. The equipment screen is vital to your success in the game. Here
you can switch and equip the various items found throughout the castle. Use
the Directional buttons to scroll up and down through the "Equip areas"
(Right hand, left hand, head, etc.). Press the "X" button to select an
"Equip Area", then use the Directional buttons to scroll through your
Note: Be sure to read the ATTACK and DEFENSIVE abilities of each item (if
available). This will help you choose the right weapon / item at the
right time. When you have made your selection, press the "X" button
to equip it.
These represent the Left and Right hands of Alucard. Each hand can be
equipped separately. For example: a sword can be equipped in one hand
and a shield in the other. Some items require both hands so you will not
be hold anything else when using these items. Certain items like the
shuriken are expendable and can only be used once. Items such as food and
medicine must be equipped and used by pressing the appropriate button.
Types of weapons
1 Fist weapons
Only effective with close range.
2 Short swords
Effective within close to medium range.
Basic single handed swords.
4 Two-handed Swords
These are powerful weapons with a long reach. However, both hands are
required to wield these weapons properly.
5 Club weapons
Some enemies are easier to defeat with these types of weapons.
Some equipment can work together to create a tremendous special attack.
Experiment with different combos when acquiring new items.
*There are many other items; these are just a few of them.
Relics are items that let you use special pow-
ers and effects. They are hidden in various
rooms throughout the castle. There are some
rooms you cannot enter unless you obtain a
particular relic. When you obtain a relic, go to
"Relics" in the Sub screen and check whether
it is ON / OFF and what effect it has. If a relic
isset to OFF it will have no effect.
Cube of Zoe Leap Stone
The first relic you find. Press the X button while jumping to
When activated, this execute a second jump.
relic will allow items to
appear when you Soul of Bat
Enables you to change into a bat.
Consumes magic power.
Soul of Wolf
Enables you to change into a wolf.
Consumes magic power.
Form of Mist
Enables you to change into mist.
consumes magic power.
* There are many other relics; these
are just a few of them.
You can only possess one special weapon at a time. When you pic up a new
one of these "special weapons", the old one will be tossed aside. It will
remain on the screen for a moment before vanishing, so that you may
retrieve it if you change your mind about which item you'd like to possess.
You will need to use some of your "hearts" to use these weapons. The number
of hearts needed depends on the weapon.
Bottle of holy water Axe
When thrown, fire springs up in the An effective weapon to throw at
place it lands, causing damage. enemies if you want to cause
damage from a distance. Very
Holy book effective against flying enemies.
Unleashing the holy words in these Cross
books causes damage to your evil
opponents. The most powerful Special weapon,
attacks all enemies on screen.
Use to attack enemies in front ofyou.
The knife is fast but not very powerful. Stops time for enemies. However,
there are some enemies on which
Rebound stone it has little or no effect.
A special stone that rebounds from Agunea
the floor or walls when it hits them.
Strikes enemies with sacred
Bibuti lightning. When it hits, you can
continue the attack by holding
The embodiment of holy ashes down th attack button until all
created by a saint. Damages any your hearts are gone.
enemies that it touches.
Certain weapons have an additional effect when attacking enemies. Some
effects such as Fire, Ice, or Poison may do additional damage.
The ancient castle has been used for dark purposes for
eons. The magic contained inside it is powerful. You may
learn some of the spells during your quest. Casting the
spells is a trial and error process. Use the SPELLS sub-
menu (in the Character Status screen) to select spells.
Casting them consumes magic power, but not "hearts".
Spells are not necessary to accomplish your mission,
but they may make some tasks easier.
Alucard may suffer the following effects when hit by special enemy attacks.
Stone . . . . . Alucard turns into a statue and cannot move. Rapidly hit the
Directional Buttons left and right to free him. The "Hammer"
can be used to free him immediately, but Alucard
cannot use it on himself.
Poison . . . . Reduces Alucard's attack and defense power for a certain period.
Use the "Anti-venom" equipment item to immediately neutrailze
Curse . . . . . Alucard loses his power to attack and defend with a weapon for
a certain period. Use the "Uncurse" potion to immediately
break the curse.
You can reconfigure various settings by accessing the SYSTEM sub-menu (in the
Character Status screen). The new settings will be saved automatically the next
time you save your progress.
Button settings . . . Change the button functions of your controller. Press the
Directional Buttons left / right to change the settings.
Window color . . . . Change the color of the menu windows displayed
throughout the game.
Sound . . . . . . . . Set the game sound to stereo or mono.
Note: Other functions will become available after you acquire certain items.
Dracula's home is a labyrinth of great rooms, ghastly corridors and twisted
tunnels. When you obtain special relics, new routes and hidden rooms may
become accessible to you, even rooms you've already visited. If you notice an
unusual area during your mission, revisit it after discovering new relics-you may
find new adventures ahead!
Final Stage: Bloodlines Entering Castlevania
Relive the final showdown between Meet Death face-to-face, and live to
Richter and Dracula. tell about it.
Marble Gallery What mystery does the telescope help
unravel? Look inside and see!
This is the domain of the Master Librarian.
He's willing to help any adventurer who
passes through-for a price.
Buy item . . . . . . . Buy a variety of weapons
Sell gem . . . . . . . Sell gems you've obtained
to get money.
Tactics . . . . . . . Get information to help
you in battle.
Sound Test . . . . . . Listen to music of Castlevania.
Enemy List . . . . . . Look at data on enemies you've fought.
Exit . . . . . . . . . Exit.
These are rooms where you can recover
strength and save your progress. They are
located throughout Castlevania.
Save . . . . . . . Stand beneath the cube in the center of
the room and press the [u] directional button.
When the cube has transformed into a
coffin, the process is complete. If you want
to save your progress without overwriting
your current game, press the [u] directional
button, then the [t] button.
Note: Absolutely do not pull out or insert memory cards when saving.
If the user selects "Yes" from the "Yes" or "No" options, the game will
be saved, however, if the user selects "No" from the first "Yes" or "No"
options and selects "Yes" from the second "Yes" or "No" options, a new
save block will be started.
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