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                       CASTLE OF DRAGON FAQ version 1.05
                            by Wilson Lau <darktoshi@yahoo.com>


Copyright (c) 1999-2000 Wilson Lau

This faq is best viewed in Courier, 10 point font.  This faq may be 
distributed FREELY so long as it remains unaltered.  It is intended for 
PRIVATE USE may NOT be reproduced for commercial purposes by mechanical, 
electronic, or any other means.  Do not try to sell it even if no profit is 
made off this work.  Email any changes, typos, etc. to me at 
darktoshi@yahoo.com

Castle of Dragon is (c) 1989 Seta USA, Inc.


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World of Nintendo   <http://www.world-of-nintendo.com/>
   Game Genie codes and manual information.

Gamesages  <http://sages.ign.com/>
   Game Genie codes.


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   CONTENTS
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I.         Faq History
II.        Story
III.       Controls
IV.        Life, Experience, and Continues
V.         Equipment and the Four Relics
VI.        Enemies
VII.       Locations
VIII.      Walkthrough
IX.        The Ending
X.         Tips and Codes
XI.        Credits
XII.       Disclaimer


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 I.  FAQ HISTORY
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Version 1.05 (2/09/00)
     Added official story
     Added names of monsters
     Revised faq

Version 1.00 (10/18/99)
     Initial release


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 II.  STORY
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The Dragon Master, DARKLARZA, has been laying siege to Offeria for two 
decades.  King Boros has been forced to live in exile in the mountainous 
region of Menlary.  Geraden, Duke of Menlary, has successfully defended his 
castle from the hideous Legions of the Undead, but Darklarza's forces are 
growing in numbers and confidence.

King Boros has offered the hand of his lovely daughter Princess Amoreena to 
Geraden but the duke has vowed never to marry while Offeria is under the 
Dragon Master's control.

Under the cover of darkness, Darklarza's horde has assaulted Castle Menlary, 
a bold but futile attempt to seize the last stronghold of the living.  As 
Geraden is fighting his way to the Death Stalker leading the attack, he 
learns that the entire battle was only a diversion.

Dragon Cub, the wicked offspring of Darklarza, has dispatched the royal 
guards and kidnapped the Princess, mortally wounding King Boros.  Geraden's 
fate is now clear.  He must fight his way to Darklarza Castle to do battle 
with the Dragon Master himself.

But Darklarza's power makes him virtually invincible.  The duke will need 
many items to help him defeat the scourge on Offeria.  The only things that 
cannot be destroyed by the dragon's fiery breath are the scales that cover 
its body.

The Dragon Master's dark magic is unbelievable.  Part of his magical strength 
comes from a crystal ball that once belonged to Geraden's mother, Offeria's 
greatest sorceress.

Darklarza also holds King Boro's golden suit of armor.  The duke will need 
this to protect himself from the crushing blows of the dragon's massive tail.

Only one weapon in all of Offeria is strong enough to pierce the flesh of the 
Dragon Master.  Even so, the DRAGON SLAYER is not long enough to do any
damage except where the skin is the thinnest.

Even after twenty years of fighting, Geraden is still not ready to take on 
his arch enemy.  Darklarza knows this and that is why he has stolen the 
princess.  The duke must now hope that the experience he gains in fighting 
his way to the castle will be enough to protect him from the Dragon Master's 
spells.

There will be one experience that Geraden cannot prepare himself for.  Before 
he can face the Dark Lord he must first face his most dangerous 
foe....himself!

Most important, Geraden needs your help to fight through the never ending 
onslaught of the Legion of the Undead.  It will be your skill and wisdom that 
will guide him through the perils that await.

For Amoreena, for the honor of the house of Menlary!  FOR ALL OF OFFERIA!


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 III.  CONTROLS
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Up        :  Move up on the map
Down      :  Crouch and raise shield/Move down on the map
Left/Right:  Move left or right on the screen or the map
A button  :  Jump
B button  :  Attack
Select    :  Pause/Resume game
Start     :  Start game/Switch weapons


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 IV.  LIFE, EXPERIENCE, AND CONTINUES
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The orange bar in the upper left corner of the screen is your life meter.  
You start off with 16 bars of Health.  You only get one life but the meter 
may be increased to a maximum of 32 bars.  Armor also adds another full bar 
of health so you can get up to 64 bars of health.

The blue bar in the upper left corner of the screen is the experience meter.  
It will increase whenever you kill an enemy.  When it fills completely, your 
life meter will increase (up to 32 bars max).

While you have no continues you'll restart the game with the same life meter 
and weapons as when you died.


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 V.  EQUIPMENT AND THE FOUR RELICS
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 Equipment
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Sword              :  Duke's basic weapon.  Medium damage.
Throwing Knife     :  Doesn't inflict much damage but is very quick.  Can be 
                      used to hit distant enemies.
Mace               :  Powerful and hits multiple times but is heavy.  Takes a 
                      lot of energy to swing.  It can also hurt you too.
Sonic Sword        :  (orange sword icon)  Emits deadly sound wave damaging 
                      anything in its path.  Lasts for a short time only.
Lightning Sword    :  (blue sword icon)  Temporarily focuses electrical 
                      energy through Geraden's sword.
Armor              :  (blue icon)  Provides some protection.  Adds another 
                      bar of health equal to your current maximum life.

 Four Relics
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Golden Armor       :  (orange icon)  Deflects Dragon Master's spells and 
                      lessens physical damage.
Crystal Ball       :  Source of great mystical power.  Essential to victory.  
                      Prevents Darklarza's resurrection.
Dragon Scale Shield:  Only material that will stop Darklarza's flames.
Dragon Slayer      :  Replaces duke's sword.  Awesome weapon, if used  
                      correctly.


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 VI.  ENEMIES
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Amphorg             Creature of the deep forced to live on land by Darklarza.
Bloodbats           Razor-sharp saberlike fangs can penetrate the duke's 
                    armor.
Chess Knights       Created from King's chessboard.  They play a deadly game.
Cyclops             One eyed giant slings burning spheres.
Darklarza           Geraden's arch enemy.
Death Stalker       Cloaked specter that throws out balls of ghostly energy.
Dragon Cub          Darklarza's offspring.  Lacks only his father's magic and 
                    size.               
Dragon Wisp         They will try to find a hole in dukes armor to sting him.
Fairies             The fairies are the souls of Darklarza's victims that 
                    have escaped his enslavement. They are the only friends 
                    Geraden will bring him the precious gift of life!
Falcoren            Once Geraden's hunting falcon, transformed by dark spell.
Fireballs           Tortured souls of Darklarza's soldiers who have 
                    displeased him.
Ghost Knight        Possessed suit of armor.
Guardian Dragon     Guards exit from game room.  Will try to crush the duke.
Iguanados           Reptilian warrior from the Isle of Zaraos
Malogs              Forced to roam dry land when Darklarza burned the swamp.
Man-O-War           Salamander's Henchman.  Lives in damp, dark places.
Medusa              Serpent-haired witch.  Her gaze can turn a man to stone.
Minotauros          Axe wielding giant half man and half bull.  All mean!
Quetzalcoatl        Mythological creature brought to life by evil 
                    incantations.
Salamander          Spits acid strong enough to eat through Geraden's armor.
Skeletal Knights    Erected from skeletons in the Crypt of Darklarza.
Sphinx              Animated statues from ramparts of Darklarza Castle.
The Undead          Hideous zombies that rise from their graves
Zombie Knights      Mindless victims of the Dragon Master's horrible spell.


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 VII.  LOCATIONS
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The Wenlary Castle  :  Your castle
The Heresy Forest   :  Home of many foul dark creatures
The Darklarza Castle:  The enemy's fortress


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 VIII.  WALKTHROUGH
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  The Wenlary Castle (level 1)
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You'll start the level fighting a skeletal knight.  Defeat it by crouching 
and slashing.  Continue forward past the groups of 2 and 3 bloodbats.  You'll 
face a zombie.  Slash it once or twice and jump away.   Then slash again.  
Repeat until its dead.  You'll get a sonic sword for defeating it.  Now 
charge ahead past the groups of 2 and 3 fireballs.  You'll see another 
skeletal knight.  Use the sonic sword to kill it.  Now continue forward past 
the groups 2 and 3 bloodbats. You'll now fight 10 white ghost knights who 
attack you from both sides.  Quickly use your sonic sword to kill them.  If 
it ran out already, then just slash the ghost knights.  They only take 1 
slash to kill anyway.  After defeating them, continue ahead past the 3 
fireballs.  Then you'll see a fairy come down from the sky.  DON'T KILL IT!  
Touch it and your energy will be replenished.  Now continue forward and 
you'll meet the boss of the level.

Boss:  Death Stalker
This enemy uses a spread fireball on you so your best tactic would be to 
slash the death stalker until it's dead without worrying about your health.  
If you grabbed the fairy, it will die before you die.  Just make sure you 
don't take extra damage by touching the death stalker.  You'll receive armor 
for winning.


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  The Heresy Forest (level 2-3)
---------------------------------

 The Heresy Forest 1
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You'll start the level fighting a blue zombie similar to the one you fought 
in the last level.  Use the same hit and run tactic from before.  Now 
continue forward past the groups of 2 and 3 fireballs and you'll face a 
skeletal knight.  Just slash it and continue forward past the 2 yellow malogs 
and you'll see a fairy.  Heal up and face the boss of the level.

Boss:  Cyclops
This boss also uses a spread fireball attack like the death stalker so just 
get up close and slash until it's dead.  If you healed, you should win.  
You'll receive the knives for winning.


 The Heresy Forest 2
----------------------
You'll start the level fighting Falcoren, your former hunting falcon.  It'll 
try to touch you so use a hit and run tactic to defeat it.  Make sure you 
crouch and slash because a standing slash will miss it.  You'll get the 
lightning sword for winning.  Now continue forward past the groups of 2 and 3 
bloodbats and you will fight a skeletal knight.  One lightning sword slash 
will kill it.  Now quickly move forward past the groups of 3 and 2 green 
malogs and you'll fight an iguanados.  2 or 3 lightning sword slashes will 
kill it.  You'll get armor for winning.  Up ahead is another fairy.  Heal up 
and you'll fight a death stalker.  Use the same tactic you used on the 
previous death stalker.  You'll get the sonic sword for winning.  Now you'll 
see a pit with 2 platforms that go up and down.  Be careful not to fall in 
the pit and jump when the first platform is at the lowest position.  Now do 
the same for the second platform, but make sure the platform you are standing 
on is high enough so you don't miss the second platform.  Once you pass the 
pit, you'll fight an orange zombie.  A few sonic sword slashes and it'll die.  
Now continue forward past the green malog and the 3 yellow malogs and you'll 
face the boss of the level.

Boss:  Minotauros
This guy will charge back and forth across the screen so you'll want to slash 
it a few times and then jump out of its way and slash it again.  Repeat until 
it's dead.  You'll get the mace for winning.


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  The Darklarza Castle
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             +------------------------+
             | Roof                   |
             +------------------------+
             | Main hall              |
             +------------------------+
             |             Final Area |
             +------------------------+
             | Fire pits              |
             +------------------------+
             | Caverns                |
             +------------------------+

The castle is divided into 5 areas.  You can freely select any level you 
want.  While you can enter the final battle now, you will die immediately 
because you do not have the 4 relics needed to win.  The top 2 floors have 2 
additional bosses to fight while the lower 2 do not so you might want to 
enter the lower levels first.


 Roof 
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You'll start the level fighting a zombie knight.  Just attack with the mace.  
You'll get a sonic sword for winning.  Continue forward past the groups of 3 
bloodbats and you'll fight a sphinx next to a pit.  Move to the right side of 
the screen and use the sonic sword to hit the sphinx from afar.  If it runs 
out, then wait for the sphinx to get close and use your mace.  Continue 
forward past the groups of 3 dragon wisps and you'll fight another zombie 
knight.  Use the same tactic as before and you'll get armor for winning.  Now 
continue forward past the groups of 3 fireballs and you'll see another pit 
and another sphinx.  Like before, just stay on the right side and attack it 
when it gets close.  Continue forward past the bloodbats and you will see 
some more pits.  After jumping onto the second pillar, you'll fight another 
sphinx.  Be careful not to get pushed off the pillar and attack the sphinx 
when it gets near.  Now continue forward and you'll see another rising 
platform like the ones in the Heresy Forest.  Jump across and you'll see a 
fairy.  Heal up and fight the boss.

Boss:  Dragon Cub
This monster will fly in the air, raining a fireball spread down on you.  It 
will also land and shoot fireballs too.  You can avoid the air fireballs by 
staying under it.  Your best strategy would be to concentrate mostly on 
attacking while dodging the fireballs whenever possible.  You'll get the 
first relic for winning.  However it's not over yet.  You have to fight 
another boss.

Boss:  Quetzalcoatl
This monster will shoot 3 fireballs and then jump forward in a triangular 
pattern.  Just stand in between two fireballs and jump and slash its head 
with the mace.  Be careful not to touch Quetzalcoatl.  After 7-9 slashes, 
it'll die.  Use can also use the throwing knives to attack from a distance.


 Main hall
------------
You'll start the level fighting a death stalker.  Use the same tactic as on 
other death stalkers.  Continue past the groups of 3 fireballs and you'll 
encounter 10 white ghost knights like the ones in the Wenlary Castle.  Just 
slash them all and continue forward past the groups of 3 chess knights.  
You'll then fight an armored white ghost knight.  He fights like the zombie 
knights so just duck and mace him to death.  You'll get the sonic sword for 
winning.  Continue past the groups of 3 fireballs and you'll fight another 10 
white ghost knights.  After the white ghost knights are two more groups of 3 
chess knights and then a purple death stalker.  The death stalker is just 
like the death stalkers you've been fighting so far so just get up close and 
mace away.  You'll get armor for winning.  Now continue ahead past the two 
groups of 3 fireballs and you'll fight another zombie knight.  Defeat him and 
after the next group of 3 chess knights, you'll face the boss of the level.

Boss:  Medusa
It will charge at you and shoot a paralyze ball when it gets close enough.  
So don't let it get too close by crouching and macing.  You should be able to 
mace the medusa fast enough so it can't get close enough to use the paralyze 
ball.  After 8-10 hits it'll die and you'll receive the second relic for 
winning.  Like the roof level, you'll now face another boss.

Boss:  Guardian Dragon
This monster uses a jump attack similar to Quetzalcoatl's only it will jump 2 
short hops instead of one big jump that Quetzalcoatl does.  It might not jump 
sometimes too.  You can easily get 2 or 3 good hits when this happens.  
Unlike Quetzalcoatl, the Guardian Dragon does not shoot fireballs so its only 
damage to you is through contact.  Knowing this, just stand a step in front 
of the dragon.  Then, as it jumps forward at you, move towards it, being 
careful not to touch it.  Then when it jumps back, move back.  Then jump and 
slash it in the head.  Repeat until it's dead.


 Fire pits
------------
You'll start the level fighting a zombie knight.  Defeat it like the other 
ghost knights and continue forward past the 3 dragon wisps.  You'll now see 2 
platforms moving up and down above a fire pit.  Try jumping on the platform 
only when it is rising out of the fire so you don't get hurt.  While you 
won't die if you touch the fire, it's better to avoid taking damage whenever 
possible.  After crossing the platforms, you'll face an orange skeletal 
knight.  Defeat it like you did the other skeletons.  You'll get a lightning 
sword.  Now proceed ahead quickly past the 3 dragon wisps and the 3 fireballs 
and you'll face a purple death stalker.  2 lightning sword slashes should do 
the trick.  Now keep moving quickly ahead past the 3 dragon wisps and the 3 
fireballs and you'll fight a green cyclops.  2 lightning sword slashes will 
kill it if you still have it.  Otherwise, just get close and attack with the 
mace.  You'll get armor.  Now you'll see another fire pit and another moving 
platform.  Like the platforms before this, just wait for it to rise out of 
the fire before jumping.  After crossing, there will be a fairy.  Heal up and 
face the boss of the level.

Boss:  Orange Salamander
This guy fights like the death stalker only it will release the fireballs 
when it is close enough.  Therefore, use the same rapid attack strategy that 
you used against the medusa.  Several hits should finish it off.  You'll 
receive the third relic.


 Caverns
----------
You'll start the level fighting a blue salamander.  Use the same strategy you 
used on the red salamander.  You'll get a sonic sword.  Now walk forward past 
the groups of 2 and 3 man-o-wars.  Now you'll face amphorg, the creature of 
the deep.  Let it move halfway across the screen and then let it have a few 
sonic sword slashes.  3 should kill it.  Now keep moving ahead past the 
groups of 3 bloodbats and you'll reach a pit.  Carefully jump across, 
avoiding the groups of 2 and 3 man-o-wars.  After crossing the last pit, 
you'll fight another blue salamander.  Defeat it and you'll get armor.  Move 
ahead past the groups of 3 bloodbats and you'll fight a zombie.  Like the 
zombies from before, just mace it to death.  Now charge ahead past 3 man-o-
war and you'll fight another amphorg.  After that, you'll pass a bloodbat and 
another group of 3 bloodbats before fighting the boss of the level.

Boss:  Green Minotauros
Like its predecessor, this guy moves quickly back and forth across the 
screen.  With the mace, you can hit it multiple times which slows its 
approach at you so 13-15 hits should kill it.


 Final Area
-------------
If you didn't win the four relics from the four levels, then you'll 
immediately face and eventually lose to Darklarza.

If you won the four relics, then you'll enter a hall with mirrors on the 
wall.  When you come to the third mirror, your reflection will emerge and 
block your path.  It mirrors all your moves so whatever you do, it does too.  
It will disappear when you have only half your life left without armor.  You 
can slowly attack it or just walk into it and let it damage you by contact.  
After it disappears, you'll get armor.  Then just ahead, you will see 3 
fairies.  Heal up and switch your weapon to the sword by pressing START until 
you're holding the sword.  Now prepare to enter the final battle.

Boss:  Darklarza, the Red Dragon
This dragon is tough.  That is if you don't know what to do.  First, make 
sure you have the sword equipped because the other weapons will not hurt him.  
Second, the dragon uses 2 attacks.  The first is a triple fireball breath 
similar to Quetzalcoatl's attack only its more powerful.  The second attack 
is the dragon's tail which will hit you if you get too close.  Third, while 
you take less damage by having the 4 relics, you do have a limited life.  If 
you lose your armor, the fight is over, so you have to win with 1 meter of 
life.

Begin the fight by getting close to the dragon but at the same time avoiding 
the tail.  While you can't avoid the fireballs entirely, try your best to 
avoid taking too much damage from them and concentrate on attacking the 
dragon's head.  If you jump too close to its head, the dragon will retract 
its head.  If you're quick, you can get 2 quick hits for every jump.  It will 
take about 13-15 hits to kill it.


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 IX.  THE ENDING
=============================================================================
After killing Darklarza, you're walking in a brightly lit hall of mirrors and 
then Princess Amoreena comes out.  The screen switches to a view of the 
castle much like the one in the introduction with the exception that the 
skies are now clear.  Then the credits play.

Staff

Producer          Sakae Nakamura
Director          Zensuc
Planner/Designer  Undead Tamai
Composer          Sho
Sound Editor      K. Red
Thanks            Sayuri M.
                  Kudochan
Special Thanks    Tomboy

Thank you for playing

The End


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 X.  TIPS AND CODES
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 Tips
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01.  Certain creatures move slower when Geraden is jumping.
02.  Darklarza is not the only scale covered dragon.
03.  The shield is effective against swords.
04.  Throwing knives are very effective on Quetzalcoatl and Guardian Dragon.
05.  Try not to push characters off screen.  From there they can attack you, 
     but you cannot inflict damage on them.
06.  Four relics, each guarded by the bosses of the four levels of the 
     Darklarza Castle, are required to defeat Darklarza.  You'll receive 
     them in the following order, regardless of the order of the level 
     picked.

     Golden Armor       :  You can fight Darklarza but can't hurt him.
     Dragon Scale Shield:  You can hurt Darklarza now.
     Dragon Slayer      :  You'll take 1/6 the damage from before so you can 
                           kill Darklarza but he will "resurrect" afterwards 
                           infinitely many times.
     Crystal Ball       :  Prevents Darklarza's "resurrection" so you can
                           finally win.


 Game Genie Codes
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PEVPULAP        Stop skeletons from fighting
GEOGYZPA        Enemies and you each fight faster
ZPSLONLP        Super strong monsters
SZVUSNVK        No harm from most monster attacks
YNOLSYAE        Infinite energy
NYXKLAGE        Super energy
ZAXGLAAA        Start with knives
LAXGLAAA        Start with knives and mace
EAXGLAAA        Start with armor
UAXGLAAA        Start with armor, knives, and mace


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 XI.  CREDITS
=============================================================================
World of Nintendo   <http://www.world-of-nintendo.com/>
   Game Genie codes and manual information.

Gamesages  <http://sages.ign.com/>
   Game Genie codes.


=============================================================================
 XII.  DISCLAIMER
=============================================================================
This faq is neither affiliated nor endorsed by Seta USA, Inc.  It may be 
distributed FREELY so long as it remains unaltered.  It is intended for 
PRIVATE USE and may NOT be reproduced for commercial purposes by mechanical, 
electronic, or any other means.  Do not try to sell it even if no profit is 
made off this work.  Email any changes, typos, etc. to me at 
darktoshi@yahoo.com

Copyright (c) 1999-2000  Wilson Lau.