Boss FAQ by Megaman1981

Version: 1.3 | Updated: 04/19/05 | Printable Version

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Boss FAQ. for Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness by Megaman1981
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Version History
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Version 1.0, March 4, 2005,  Submitted first version.

Version 1.1, March 10, 2005, Fixed some general errors.

Version 1.2, April 8, 2005,  Added Lord Oldrey boss strategy. 

Version 1.3, April 19, 2005, Added Were-Tiger and Werewolf boss fights 
                             in The Forest of Silence. Added Were-Boar,
                             Were-Leopard, Giant Werewolf, Werewolf, 
                             and Werebeast boss fights in the Duel 
                             Tower.
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Table of Contents
1.	Introduction
2.	Characters
3.	Enemies in the game.
4.	Bosses
5.	Copyright

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1. Introduction
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This is my very first FAQ. I decided to give a description of every 
enemy that is in Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness, and general tips on 
how to defeat them. I also gave detailed tips on how to beat each boss 
in the game. Some of these enemies are simply out for your blood, but 
some are also physical traps. I believe that Castlevania: Legacy of 
Darkness is one of the most underrated games ever created.

However, I believe that this game is a fine addition to the N64 
library. Unfortunately, there are many gamers out there that feel that 
the Castlevania series only belongs in 2D. I feel that they are wrong, 
and hopefully this guide will give you a better understanding of the 
diverse amount of enemies in this game.

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2. Characters
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Cornell
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The main character in the game. He descends from the man-beasts that 
chose to live among humans so long ago. After a year of ascetic 
training, Cornell returns to his village only to find it engulfed in 
flames. His only living blood relative, his sister Ada, was kidnapped 
and taken to Dracula's castle. 

Reinhardt Schneider
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He is a direct descendent from the Belmont clan of vampire hunters. He 
also carries the legendary holy whip. He is a bit slower than Cornell 
and Carrie, but he's a true fighting machine.

Carrie Fernandez
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Carrie is a young girl with gifted powers. She senses Dracula's return 
and sets off alone to Dracula's castle. She's the fastest character in 
the game, but is also the weakest fighter since she uses a long range 
attack method.

Henry
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Henry is a valiant soldier who is sent to Dracula's castle during the 
same time as Reinhardt and Carrie. His job is to rescue six children 
from Dracula's castle. He is almost as fast as Cornell and uses a gun 
as his main weapon, which packs quite a punch.

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3. Enemies
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Lizard Men
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These creatures are located in several locations in the game. Early in 
the game they carry simple shields and weapons, or they spit acid. They 
be defeated quite easily. Later in the game you'll encounter orange and 
dark green Lizard Men. The orange ones spit fire and the dark green 
ones spit poison. Simply use your main weapon and keep attacking them. 
If they are being hit by you, they won't attack you.

Vampires
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The cool thing about the N64 Castlevania games is that for the first 
time we have vampires in a Castlevania game. They come in several 
forms; maid, butler, servant, and lady. All are dangerous, and caution 
must be used. The main concern is that if a vampire gets too close, 
they will drink your blood, and curse you with vampire status. The 
basic strategy is to battle them quickly and get right up in their 
faces.

Minor Vampires
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These are weaker forms of vampires. They pop out from under the ground, 
but can withstand only one hit. While they are weak, they can still 
infect you with vampire status.

Skeletons
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They are the most basic enemy in the game and in the series. They come 
in numerous forms. First is your basic form that uses a bone as a 
weapon. They come in normal size, and a giant one as a boss. When you 
attack a skeleton, it is possible to only knock off a head or a leg. 
Even though the skeleton is weakened, it will still pursue you. One 
more hit should take care of him. Skeletons also ride motorcycles, and 
blue ones will try and explode next to your character. The best 
strategy is to simply run away from these two types.

Demon Heads
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These are created from the skulls of giant beasts. They usually come 
alone, or in a group of three. They will spit fire balls at you unless 
you get too close, which then it will then simply blanket the entire 
area with fire. The basic idea is to attack them from afar.

Ghouls
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They are much like minor vampires. They are very weak and only one hit 
is needed to defeat each one. Still they are best known from their 
erratic jumping. The idea is to attack them while you are jumping.

Floating Enemies
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Ghosts, Medusa Heads, and Floating Skulls all fall into the same 
category. They are very weak, but they usually show up when you are 
climbing platforms, and will try and knock you off. Defeat each one 
quickly from a distance.

Bats
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Bats are basically like Floating Enemies. One hit is all that is 
needed to defeat each one, but they usually show up when you are 
climbing platforms. Later in the game you will also encounter bats that 
can breathe fire.

Cerberus
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These dogs guard the Villa and show up in the Castle Center. There are 
two forms. The regular ones simply will try and bite you. The second 
form will use fire as well as bite. It's also worth noting that they 
usually attack in pairs, so the basic idea is to dispose of one dog at 
a time. Speed is the key.

Stained Glass Knights
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They appear in the Villa and the Castle Center. They will try and stab 
you, but they go down after two or three hits. They also leave behind 
red jewels, so it's easy to stock up.

Snakes
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They only show up in the Villa. All they will try and do is bite you. 
To get them off, simply use a short range attack. They will also attack 
Carrie when she is battling Medusa. 

Knights
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These suits of armor guard several areas of Dracula's castle. They move 
slow but pack a punch. They can also endure several hits, and become 
invincible. Run up to one of them, attack a few times, and back up and 
repeat.

Spider Women
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They guard the Tunnel level. They are fast, use spears, and spit acid. 
You must battle the first two that you come across, but you're best bet 
is to avoid the rest of them during the level.

Dirt Men/Ice Monster/Blood Monster
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These are three creatures that live under ground and spit poison at 
you. Three hits usually will take them down. Dirt Men are encountered 
in the Villa and should just be avoided. Ice Monsters are located in 
the Tower of Sorcery and its icy surface. You must battle them, but 
speed is the key since a single hit from them can knock you off the icy 
platforms. The Blood Monster can be simply avoided all together by not 
looking at the goddess statue in the Castle Center near the elevator. 
If you do trigger them, you might have a hard time transporting the 
nitro later in the level.

Spiked Cubes 
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Only located in the Tower of Science. The only damage they cause is 
when you touch them. One hit will blow them up.

Laser Turret/Laser Crystal
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The Turret is located in the Tower of Science, and the Crystal is in 
the Tower of Sorcery. They fire short bursts of energy at your 
character. Both go down in a few hits.

Stone Dogs
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These two dogs will chase you in the hedge maze, and their poison 
saliva will paralyze your character. They are also invincible. They 
cause minimal damage, and only a short range attack will get rid of 
them. Their true purpose is for...

Frankenstein
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He's not a boss, but he carries a chainsaw and is invincible like the 
Stone Dogs. The dogs' job is to slowly paralyze you so Frankenstein can 
carve you up. The best strategy is to run! Only attack him when he gets 
to close.

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4. Bosses
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Sea Serpent			Difficulty 5/10
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Located in Foggy Lake, I would say that this creature isn't too 
difficult, but it does present a problem. Its attacks include spitting 
acid at you (which freezes you), grabbing you and throwing you to the 
ground, and causing an explosion that blasts you into the air. The best 
way to defeat him is to keep moving at all times.  Cornell, Carrie, and 
Henry just should use their main weapon. However, Reinhardt should use 
the axe since his whip usually misses its target. Again, always stay on 
the move. Carrie probably has the easiest time because she can keep 
moving releasing her powered up orbs.

Giant Skeleton			Difficulty 2/10
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Located in the Forest of Silence, he's a piece of cake. You do fight 
him twice, but both times are the same. His basic attacks include 
trying to crush you with his bone, calling up smaller skeletons to help 
him, a dangerous shock wave attack, and a bad breath attack. All of 
these attacks are simple to avoid. Just keep attacking him. It is worth 
noting that sometimes Reinhardt and Cornell have a hard time hitting 
the target, so it's best to use a sub weapon. Carrie and Henry should 
just use their main weapons.

Were-Tiger			Difficulty 2/10
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Located in the Forest of Silence, he is simple to defeat. In fact, I 
gave him a 2/10 only because Carrie and Reinhardt have a little tougher 
time thanks to the confined space. Either way, two or three well timed 
hits is all it takes.

Werewolf			Difficulty 5/10
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Not much different from the battle against the Were-Tiger, but he is a 
bit tougher. The biggest problem is that he is much faster. The best 
way to win is to simply use a long range weapon, and keep your 
character moving at all times.

Two Headed Snake		Difficulty 7/10
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Located in the Castle Wall, this is a pretty tough fight. There are two 
forms to each snake. The first one is pretty easy. All the snake does 
is spit fireballs at you. These can be avoided by jumping onto the 
platform above the door and attacking from there. The second form is a 
bit tougher. Once the snake loses its skin, it will shoot out a long 
stream of fire. This can be very difficult to avoid. The best strategy 
is to simply attack quickly once the snake loses its skin and always 
stay on the move. Any weapon works, but only attack one snake at a 
time. Believe me; you don't want two skinless snakes attacking you at 
the same time.

Vampires in the Villa		Difficulty 1/10
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Every character will have to fight vampire bosses in the Villa at 
different times. They attack just like regular vampires. All they do is 
try and suck your blood, and swipe at you.

Lord Oldrey  			Difficulty 3/10
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This is the owner of the Villa. He acts like the vampire that you 
defeated downstairs. The only challenge is the confined space in the 
room and the furniture. The best tactic is to jump on top of his bed 
and blast him from there. Only Cornell fights him.

Gillis de Rais/Vampire Duo	Difficulty 2/10
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These are the bosses of the Villa stage. Gillis acts much like all the 
other vampires except he shoots several balls of fire at you at once. 
Only Cornell faces him. Carrie and Reinhardt face the Vampire Duo. The 
first vampire is the same one from earlier in the level. The second is 
simply a vampire girl that disappears and reappears in different spots. 
Her only attack is using bats. All of these vampires are easy, and 
should be treated like any other vampire. Henry doesn't face a boss in 
this level.

Harpy				Difficulty 6/10
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The boss of the Outer Wall. Only Cornell fights him/her. It's only 
attack is to shoot at you, and swoop in and attack you. Also be careful 
not to fall off the ledge. The best strategy is to use the lock on 
button. In fact, you stand very little chance of actually hitting the 
Harpy without it. When it swoops in, dodge it and then lock on and fire 
your weapon. This is a pretty easy boss, as you just simply need to 
lock on and use Cornell's main weapon.

Medusa				Difficulty 4/10
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Medusa is the boss of the Underground Waterway. A pretty easy boss, but 
you still must use caution. Her basic attacks are to whip you with her 
tail, release small snakes at you, shoot arrows at you, or use a laser 
from her eyes which will freeze you. Also when you get her health to 
about half, she will disappear and reappear in an effort to get at 
Carrie. Luckily, just run around dodging her attacks, and use your 
powered up orb weapon.

Queen Algenie			Difficulty 8/10
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The boss of the Tunnel. Only Reinhardt faces him, and you should be 
glad of that. One word of caution..DO NOT ENTER THIS FIGHT WITHOUT THE 
CROSS!!! Without it you stand no chance of beating the Queen. The 
Queen's first attack is to use her web to grab Reinhardt and kill him 
instantly. With the cross, this deadly attack can be avoided buy simply 
standing near the door, and keep attacking Queenie. The Queen's second 
part is much easier. She'll still try and grab you with her web, but it 
only causes minimal damage. Her only other attack is to spray you with 
poison. The basic strategy is to attack her quickly and defeat her. 
Just remember to heal yourself if your health gets too low; you don't 
want to face her first form again.

Giant Bull			Difficulty 10/10
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Located in the Castle Center, you will be hard pressed to find a 
tougher enemy in the game. That's right the bull is tougher than 
Dracula himself. The problem is that it can take a LOT of damage, and 
dish out a ton. A common practice is to come into this fight with lots 
of roasted chickens and roast beef. Always remember to heal yourself if 
you take more than say 50% damage. Anyways, only Carrie and Reinhardt 
face it. It has two attacks, a head butt, and a laser attack. The head 
butt is very difficult to avoid. The best trick is when the bull starts 
running towards you, run towards its stomach. You'll avoid the head 
butt most of the time, and get some nice hits in the meantime. The 
laser attack comes in two forms, a blue and a yellow one. The yellow 
one sets off a huge explosion, while the blue one is an electrical 
attack. Both do tons of damage either way. The best way to beat this 
bull is to actually attack its legs. Clearly if it can't move, it can't 
really attack you. One word of caution, as you attack sections of the 
beast, its skin will come off. If you attack that same area, poison 
will hit you. If the bull loses its skin, then attack from a distance 
with a sub weapon. Above all, you will lose most of your jewels and 
healing items, but don't worry. Most of the bosses coming up are weak, 
and some stages have no bosses at all.

Carrie's Cousin			Difficulty 4/10
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After that huge battle with the bull, this battle is a piece of cake. 
Only Carrie fights her cousin. Her attacks are to shoot spells at you 
and cast a mist in order to trap you in a crystal. The best strategy is 
to stay a safe distance away, and use Carrie's orbs to attack while 
dodging her cousin's attacks.

Rosa				Difficulty 4/10
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This battle is just like Carrie's Cousin and happens right after you 
fight the bull, except with Reinhardt. Rosa will either shoot spells at 
you from a distance or up close. Neither causes much damage. She'll 
also attack with her sword. The best strategy? Get right up in her 
face, and show her what kind of a man Reinhardt is. The battle will be 
over quickly.

Laser Crystal			Difficulty 6/10
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Located in the Tower of Science. The laser is protected by six turrets. 
Some shoot a laser at you, others shoot fire at you. The best strategy 
is to defeat the two turrets closest to the walkway. Once that is done, 
unload into the crystal. The turrets may reassemble, but simply repeat 
the process like the first time.

Were-Leopard			Difficulty 5/10
Werewolf			Difficulty 5/10
Were-Boar			Difficulty 7/10
Giant Werewolf (Cornell only)	Difficulty 9/10
Werebeast (Reinhardt only)	Difficulty 3/10
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All of these creatures are located in the Duel Tower. Luckily Reinhardt 
and Cornell are your two best fighters'. All of these creatures use the 
same attacks. They will try and swipe at you, stomp you, or ram you. 
The only difference is that some of them are fast, and some are very 
slow. The best way to win is to get right up in their faces and attack 
very quickly, but from a safe distance. In other words, get as close as 
you can, but keep moving, if you know what I mean. If you do want to 
attack from a distance you can, but a sub weapon is the only way. 
However these attacks can miss a lot, so use your main weapon instead. 
Cornell's fight against the Giant Werewolf is tough because the arena 
is very small, and the Giant Werewolf is very BIG! However, Reinhardt's 
fight against the Werebeast is very similar to the fight against the 
Were-Tiger from the Forest of Silence. The Werewolf was encountered in 
the Forest of Silence as well, and he fights the same way. With that 
said, the Were-Leopard and the Were-Boar fight just like the Werewolf.

Death				Difficulty 7/10
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I must say that Death is really cool looking in this game. He's also a 
cinch to beat, but there are some dangerous attacks that he uses. First 
he uses his common scythes which almost always cover the roof top. The 
best way as Reinhardt to succeed is to keep jumping around and 
attacking him constantly. Death will also try to ram you, but this 
attack of his leaves him wide open for your assault. Just be careful 
not to jump off the roof. Death has one more attack. Once he has about 
1/3 health left, he'll summon demon fish to help him. These are 
annoying, and one will probably hit you, but it causes minimal damage. 
Just keep attacking Death like before. Don't use any jewels because you 
will need them against Dracula coming up. After the fight he says that 
he'll save you a spot in hell. Don't you believe him! 

Actrise				Difficulty 1/10
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What a joke! Her only attack is to try and trap Carrie in a crystal and 
whack her with another crystal. Use this strategy, and she won't be 
able to hit you once. Simply run around her, don't stop, and just keep 
shooting orbs at her. Simple. Don't use any jewels because you will 
need them against Dracula coming up.

Ortega				Difficulty 10/10
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Remember how Cornell never faced the Giant Bull. Well now Cornell gets 
his own special fight. Ortega becomes a three headed creature. Each 
head does a different attack. Either a fire attack, poison attack, or 
an attack that will make Cornell dizzy; these attacks are all deadly. 
What makes it worse is that Ortega will pounce on you quite often as 
well. Also like the bull fight, always heal when you're health dips 
below half. When Cornell is on the ground, attack him with everything 
that you've got. However, when he takes to the air, you must use the 
lock on technique in order to hit him. You will lose a lot of health 
items in this battle, but don't use any jewels because you will need 
them against Dracula coming up.

Renon				Difficulty 7/10
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You only face Renon if you spent more than 30,000 gold. He attacks much 
like Death, with bolts and the demon fish. Use the same strategy as 
Death. Don't use any jewels because you will need them against Dracula 
coming up.

Charlie Vincent			Difficulty 2/10
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Only Carrie and Reinhardt can battle him. His only attack is to hurtle 
poison at you. Also once his health dips to 25%, he'll throw the vials 
constantly. Simply attack him with your basic main weapon, and don't 
use any jewels because you will need them against Dracula coming up. If 
you get poisoned during the battle, wait until the end to heal 
yourself.

Dracula				Difficulty 9/10
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Finally, Dracula. The basic strategy is simple. Carrie should use her 
orbs to attack him from a distance, while Cornell and Reinhardt need to 
get close to inflict damage. He is only vulnerable in the head; no 
surprise! Unfortunately his attacks are plentiful. His most annoying 
one is a disappearing and reappearing act, which makes him hard to hit. 
His other attacks include: Firebats, a massive flame, rings of energy, 
and electricity. Do your best to avoid all of these attacks because 
there is one more attack to be on the look out for; Dracula's Vac and 
Suck. Basically he will try and suck you into his arms, suck you're 
blood, infect you, and heal himself. AVOID at all costs!

Dracula Ultimate		Difficulty 10/10
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Only Cornell faces this form. Much like the Giant Bull and Ortega 
battles, heal yourself after you fall to 50% damage. Dracula has three 
attacks. The first is a fire attack, then an ice attack, then a worm 
attack. After each attack Dracula will move closer to you and will try 
to shoot you into the air, and blast you three times. The biggest 
problem of all is the fact that you must hit Dracula's head in the 
middle of his body. The head however, stays covered up most of the 
time, and when it does open up, it's usually when you are enduring 
Dracula's most deadly attacks. The best way to beat him is to memorize 
his deadly attack pattern. One advantage for you to use is the wolf 
spirit attack when you get his attack pattern down. This increases your 
chances dramatically. When you win, you will complete Cornell's game.

Dracula Reborn			Difficulty 9/10
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Only Carrie and Reinhardt face this Dracula form. The biggest problem 
with this form of Dracula is that he can appear in five different 
spots. He uses simple attacks; mist, bats, and a shock wave, but the 
real trick is simply being able to inflict damage to him. The basic 
idea is to try and keep moving around in a small circle in such a way 
that you can see four of the five locations. If you don't see him, then 
run, he'll be right behind you. Once you see him, attack with a main 
weapon if he is close, or a sub weapon if he is far away.

Dracula Serpent			Difficulty 7/10
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Somewhat of a weak final boss. Dracula will either swipe at you, call 
fire creatures from the ground, or cause a massive explosion if you get 
too close. Much like the Giant Bull and Ortega battles, heal yourself 
after you fall to 50% damage. The best strategy is to attack from the 
distance, with Carrie's orbs, or Reinhardt can try to get behind 
Dracula's tail, and whip his backside. Reinhardt is liable to endure 
the massive explosion, but this method of attack will work on Dracula 
quickly. Overall, a pretty easy fight.

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5. Copyright
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Copyright 2005 Megaman1981
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This guide may not be recopied in any way. It may not be placed on a 
web site. Use of this guide for any public display is strictly 
prohibited, and a violation of the copyright.