Castlevania: Symphony of the Night FAQ
Sony PlayStation
Version 1.0
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        Exdeathís Castlevania: Symphony of the Night FAQ

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Version 1.0 - I just started out, made Richter's moves, Spell List, 
                       Frequently asked questions, 

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You start out in the prologue as Richter Belmont, son of Trevor Belmont, 
who fought along side Alucard in defeating of his father, Vlad Tepes 
Dracula. 

Richter's Moves:

Slide:                              Down + X.
Super Uppercut Jump:                Down, Up + X.
Fire Whip:                          If you have no secondary weapon, push 
                                    Triangle.
Black Flip:                         X, then X again (in the air).
Slide Kick:                         Down, X, then X again during the slide.
Blade Attack:                       Up, Down to Forward, Up + Square.
Dash:                               Tap forward twice.

In the beginning, there is a small switch above the first overhang. This 
leads up to a small room with various treasures. Although this room is 
useless right now, it's good to remember when you come back here as 
Alucard. 

Note:  When you play as Richter, you can't press the Start button to 
       bring up the menu. Thus, Richter cannot equip things or use 
       items.

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Spells for Alucard:
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Hellfire:  (MP: 15)   Up, Down, Down-Right, Right + Square.

Summon Spirit:  (MP: 5)  Left, Right, Up, Down + Square.

Soul Steal:  (MP: 50)  Left, Right, Down-Right, Down, Down-Left, 
                     Left, Right + Square.

Dark Metamorphosis  (MP: 10)  Left, Up-Left, Up, Up-Right, 
                     Right + Square.

Tetra Spirits:  (MP: 20)  Hold up for 2 seconds, then Up-Right, Right, 
                     Down-Right, Down + Square.

Wolf Charge:  (MP: 10  -You must have "Skill of Wolf" and be in Wolf form.)  
                     Down, Down-Right, Right + Square.

Sword Brothers:  (MP: 30, must have Sword Familiar)  Down, Down-Right, Right, 
                     Up-Right, Hold Up for 2 seconds, then Down + Square.

Wing Smash:  (MP: 8, must be in Bat form)  Hold X, Up, Up-Left, Left, Down-Left, 
                      Down, Down-Right, Right and release X.


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Things You Can Do Once You Can Double Jump:
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-Visit the clock face in the Marble Gallery to check two of the three 
passages above the clock. The left one leads you to the Colosseum, 
where you can get the Bat form item.

-Smash the urn inside the door between the Marble Gallery and the 
Outer wall.

-Visit the Save Point and the second half of the library. (With Soul 
of the Bat)

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This You Can Do Once You Can Fly:
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-Explore the enterance courtyand outside the castle.

-Fly under the door between the Entry Hall and the Marble Gallery.

-Fly up to the pool room of the Entry Hall and go through the passage 
to the Save Point.

-Go to the Alchemy Lab and up through a hole to a barrage of secondary 
weapons.

-Go to the upper-right passage after beating the boss in the Alchemy 
Lab.

-Get the urns across the Chapel staircase.

-Fly up the drop to the Groundwater Vein and into Nightmare.

-Get the candles along the boatman's ride in the Groundwater Vein.

-Check the room across the waterfall in the Groundwater Vein.

-Fly around in the area above the broken bridge and go in between each 
column on the top.

-Go through the area above the Chapel's staircase.

-Follow the passage from Orlox's quarters to the courtyand, and to Orlox.

-An open space in Castle Keep.

-The secret rooms in Orlox's Room and the Colosseum.

-The upper platform in the library.

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Things You Can Do Once You Get Mist Form:
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-Go through the door above the Observation Deck at the bottom of the 
Outer Wall.

-Go into the room left of the Colosseum boss room.

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Things You Can Do With The High Jump Boots:
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-Go to the small room directly beneath the Librarian and do the High 
Jump maneuver. (Down, Up + X) to get the Life Max Up bonus under 
his chair.

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Frequently Asked Questions:
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Question: Is the USA version different than the import?
Answer: No, as far as I can tell, it's all the same, except for two minor 
                things. The Fairy 2 Card and the Demon 2 Card were not 
                included in the USA version for one reason or the other. As 
                far as I have seen, those familiars don't do much anything 
                different than their original familiar counterparts, Fairy and 
                Demon.

Question: What is the highest possible percent to get with Alucard?
Answer:  The highest Iíve gotten and seen is 200.6%. For this 200.6%, 
               I have 1890 rooms uncovered and Iíve seen every enemy in the 
               entire game. Iíve never seen evidence of someone getting over 
               200.6% with more than 1890 rooms visited. 

*Note:  Using a glitch, I have managed to get 210.1%! To do this glitch, 
              you must first go to the normal castle's confessional, at the 
              bottom of the bell tower. Here, turn your Sword Familiar card on 
              and get ready to do the Bat transformation. Stand over to the 
              left enterance, and do the "Sword Brothers" spell with the Sword
              Familiar. When the sword is spinning around, use the Bat form 
              and go outside of the enterance. The screen will not change as 
              normal, and you can fly around outside of the castle! You can 
              also do this in the Inverted Castle as well.

Question: How can I play as Richter Belmont?
Answer:  To play as Richter Belmont, you need to beat Dracula in the 
               Inverted Castle with Alucard with at least 170%. After youíve 
               beat Dracula with at least 170%, your game save on your slot 
               should say "Clear". Now, start a new game, and enter your name 
               as "Richter".

Question: Is it ever possible to get outside of the Castle?
Answer:  Yes, but only with RichterÖ at the VERY start of the game, where
               Richter starts out beside the gate that closes to the castle, dash or 
               do his slide move immediately to the left, and you can sometimes 
               get out before the gate closes. Once youíre outside, there are a few 
               very weird places, and a save point. Once youíre outside though, 
               you canít get back in, but this is fun to try.

Question: How do I get the Spikebuster Armor?
Answer:  To get the Spikebuster Armor, you must first go into the Catacombs. 
               To get here, you must go to the groundwater vein right above a 
               wooden platform with both a Life and Heart Max Up right below. 
               Move over to the left slowly, and you will find an ape with a barrel. 
               Lure the ape slowly over to the wooden plank by walking, and when 
               heís close, close the gap between him and the plank, and heíll throw 
               the barrel right over you, hopefully breaking the wood. Go down, and 
               youíll eventually right your way around and to the Spikebuster Armor, 
               which is on the right side of the Catacombs, around a twist. 

Question: How do I get to the Inverted Castle? When I beat Richter, I just get a 
                crappy ending.
Answer: To get to the Inverted Castle, you need to get the Green Goggles (Holy 
              Glasses) from Maria. To do this, you need the Gold and Silver Rings. 
              You can acquire the Gold Ring after you beat Succubus in the Nightmare 
              area, and you can get the Silver Ring after getting the Spikebuster Armor 
              (See above). Now, go into the Clock room where you first met Maria, 
              wearing both of these rings. The floor will open, and you will go down to 
              see Maria again, she will give you the Green Goggles. Now, go fight Richter 
              again, but this time, youíll see an orb floating above Richterís head. Keep 
              attacking only the orb, and you will release Shaft from Richterís mind. 
              Alucard will then venture into a whole new castle-The Inverted Castle.

Question: Where is the Mist form?
Answer:  To get the Mist form, you must first get into the Coliseum. When you're 
                 there, go up and around a red elevator shaft platform. Once on top of it, 
                 do a double jump over to the Mist form, without touching the switch. If 
                 you touch the switch, the bottom will open, making it harder to grab the 
                 Mist form.

Question:  What regular enemy gives you the most experience points?
Answer:  Guardians, the Yellow Knights to the left or the right of the Inverted Castle 
              clock room, give about 2000 experience points per fight. This is a great way 
               to gain levels, you can gain a few levels in a matter of minutes. I found it 
               especially easy to beat them with the Alucard sword, using itís special attack 
               (Down, Down-Right, Right + Square).

Question: Where is the best place to level my familiars up?
Answer: Iíve found the best place to raising familiar levels to be in the 
                Inverted Castle Library. Most of the enemies here give around 
                25 experience points each battle. This is a good way to get most 
                of your familiars up to level 50, where most of them gain special 
                attacks.

Question: What is the best equipment in the game?
Answer: Well, this is a very opinionated question, but Iíve found my favorite 
                 combo of equipment to be:  Alucard Sword, Alucard Shield, 
                 Dragon Helm, Alucard Mail, Twilight Cloak, Moonlight Stone, 
                 Many people like the Sword Familiar Sword, because it's more 
                 powerful than the Alucard Sword, but it hits much slower, so I 
                 prefer the Alucard Sword. Also, an Excellent Two-Handed Sword 
                 is the Yurasame, which can be gotten from the Werewolves in the 
                 Coliseum of the Inverted Castle. It makes many slices as fast as you 
                 can push the button. Also, a VERY important piece of equipment, the 
                 Duplicator, can be bought from the librarian in the normal castle later 
                 in the game. This Duplicates any item you use, making you have 
                 infinite of that item! 
            

Question: Is there anything to do with the Telescope on the bottom 
                 of the Outer Wall?
Answer: Well, after you get the Snorkel (Holy Symbol), the fish is goneÖ
                 maybe itís trying to tell you that you need the mermaid to summon 
                 the boatman. There is a strange thing that happens in this room, 
                 though... if you use the Wolf form, and crash into the wall on the 
                 right, it makes a weird noise, unlike crashing into other walls. I have 
                 no idea of what this has to do with anything, but it's interesting.

Question: Help! Iím in the Inverted Castle, and the Gold and Silver 
                 Rings wonít open the way to Dracula! What do I need to do?
Answer:  You can pretty much forget about the Gold and Silver Rings 
                 after the normal castle, because they arenít used to get to Dracula 
                 in the Inverted Castle. What you need to collect in this castle are 
                 Draculaís body parts. Theyíre scattered around the castle after you 
                 beat various bosses.

Question: Where are these Fairy and Demon 2 Cards Iíve been hearing about?!
Answer: The Fairy 2 Card and Demon 2 Card were taken out of the North 
                American version, for reasons I cannot say. Ask Konami. It doesn't 
                really matter, though, because as far as I could tell, the Fairy 2 Card 
                and Demon 2 card were exactly like the first, except for the fact that 
                the Demon 2 couldn't open switches that the Demon 1 could.

Question: Is there ANY way I can see these other familiars in the North American 
                  version of the game?
Answer: With the use of some special GameShark codes, look in the GameShark 
                section of this FAQ. 

Question: Where is the Sword Familiar?
Answer:  You have to break through a section of Orlox's Quarters, using either 
                 the Bible, or something that hits the whole room. You can also jump 
                 up and hit it. This is located in a room with a white arch at the top, 
                 and nothing else.

Question: How do I get Maria?
Answer:  Maria was going to be put in the game, but was cut back, due to time 
                 restraints. Konami says that they plan to put Maria in the Saturn 
                 version of this game, but I doubt that the Saturn version will come to 
                 North America. However, I have found out that Maria's voice tracks 
                 are permenantly stored in the game's RAM, confirming that she was 
                 going to be playable.

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GameShark Codes:
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These codes work on both the import and USA version of Castlevania: 
Symphony of the Night.

Alteration Codes
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Max Attack:                  800F4BF6  1400

Max Guard:                   800F504E  1400

Max Hit Points:              80097BA0  270F
                             80097BA4  2704

Max Magic Points:            80097BB0  270F 
                             80097BB4  270F

Max Hearts:                  80097BA8  270F
                             80097BAC  270F

Max Strength:                80097BB8  03E7

Max Constitution:            80097BBC  03E7
 
Max Intelligence:            80097BC0  03E7

Max Luck:                    80097BC4  03E7

Max Experience:              80097BEC  423F
                             80097BEE  000F

Max Gold:                    80097BF2  0FFF


Special Weapon Select Codes
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Special Weapon Select:  80097BFC  000x

Replace x with:

1: Dagger
2: Axe
3: Holy Water
4: Cross
5: Bible
6: Watch
7: Diamond
8: Bibuti
9: Agunea  (This is the Lightning weapon)

Familiar Select Codes
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Familiar Select Code:   8006CBC4  000x

Replace x with:

1: Bat
2: Ghost
3: Fairy
4: Demon
5: Sword
6: Fairy 2  (Not available regularly in USA version without GameShark)
7: Demon 2 (Not available regularly in USA version without GameShark)

Simple Codes for Alucard and Richter
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Infinite Hearts:     80097BA8  00FF
Infinite Magic:      80097BB0  00E0
Infinite Life:       80097BA0  0050

Special Items Codes
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All Special Items:

80097982  8180
80097984  8382
80097986  8584
80097988  8786
80097964  0303
80097966  0303
80097968  0303
8009796A  0303
8009796C  0303
8009796E  0303
80097970  0303
80097972  0303
80097974  0303
80097976  0303
80097978  0303
8009797A  0303
8009797C  0303
8009797E  0303
80097980  0303