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Leveling Guide by Kuro-chan_101

Version: 1.00 | Updated: 04/24/16

----------------  CASTLEVANIA: ARIA OF SORROW - LEVELING GUIDE  ---------------
                        Guide Written by: Kuro-chan_101

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        - Copyright 2003 Konami & Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo -

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            --- WARNING: This Guide may contain mild spoilers. ---

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******************************** VERSION INFO *********************************
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Version 1.00
  - The guide has been completed.


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******************************** INTRODUCTION *********************************
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This really isn't a guide so much as it is collecting research and posting the
results while noting whatever I can along the way. Since I did not find any
documentation relating to this, I decided to make some.


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************************************ NOTES ************************************
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This covers the observations made about Soma and how he levels up during the
game, from levels 1-99.

General Info:
- The stat boosts given during a level up are fixed. There are no random
  numbers involved in the process (Unlike other Castlevania games, such as
  Symphony of the Night).
- The leveling up and experience required for all levels is the same on both
  difficulties (Normal & Hard).
- The biggest stat gains appear to happen between levels 30-70. Anything after
  that is mostly for HP and MP.

HP (Health Points)
- Always goes up by 12 points with each level up.

MP (Magic Points)
- This replaces the traditional Heart system used in most other Castlevania
  games. Collecting hearts from torches, enemies, etc. will restore MP.
- There does not appear to be any real pattern to when the Max MP quantity
  increases. Every increment adds 1-2 points to Max MP value when leveling up.
  (+5, +6, +8, etc.)
- Increment Levels: 11, 16, 21, 26, 31, 41, 56, 61, 66, 81, 86, 91 and 96

STR (Strength)
- Goes up 1-3 points, depending on the level you reach.
    - Levels 1-10  -> +1 STR
    - Levels 11-30 -> +2 STR
    - Levels 31-60 -> +3 STR
    - Levels 61-70 -> +2 STR
    - Levels 71-99 -> +1 STR

CON (Constitution)
- Goes up 1-2 points, depending on the level you reach.
    - Levels 1-15  -> +1 CON
    - Levels 16-35 -> +2 CON
    - Levels 36-45 -> +3 CON
    - Levels 46-65 -> +2 CON
    - Levels 66-99 -> +1 CON

INT (Intelligence)
- There does not appear to be a consistent pattern, since (sometimes) INT only
  goes up 1 point at some levels, even amidst going up 2 or 3 points the
  previous and next levels.

LUCK
- Always goes up 1pt. per level.

EXP (Experience)
- Experience uses a fixed incremental system. The increment itself increases by
  18 with each level up, which is added to the NEXT value.

So for the amount of experience for NEXT, it goes:
  Current NEXT + 40 + (18 * Current Level)

  If you are at:

  Level 1
  Level 2 NEXT = Current NEXT + 40 + (18 * Current Level)
               = 62 + 40 + (18 * 1)
               = 120

  Level 2
  Level 3 NEXT = Current NEXT + 40 + (18 * Current Level)
               = 120 + 40 + (18 * 2)
               = 196

  Level 3
  Level 4 NEXT = Current NEXT + 40 + (18 * Current Level)
               = 196 + 40 + (18 * 3)
               = 290

NEXT (Next Level)
- How much experience must be accumulated before leveling up.


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******************************** LEVEL CHART **********************************
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Level     HP      MP      STR     CON     INT    LUCK         EXP       NEXT
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  1      320      80       10      12      11       9          22         62
  2      332      85       11      13      12      10          84        120
  3      344      90       12      14      13      11         204        196
  4      356      95       13      15      14      12         400        290
  5      368     100       14      16      15      13         690        402
  6      380     105       15      17      16      14        1092        532
  7      392     110       16      18      17      15        1624        680
  8      404     115       17      19      18      16        2304        846
  9      416     120       18      20      19      17        3150       1030
 10      428     125       19      21      20      18        4180       1232
 11      440     131       21      22      22      19        5412       1452
 12      452     137       23      23      24      20        6864       1690
 13      464     143       25      24      25      21        8554       1946
 14      476     149       27      25      27      22       10500       2220
 15      488     155       29      26      29      23       12720       2512
 16      500     163       31      28      31      24       15232       2822
 17      512     171       33      30      32      25       18054       3150
 18      524     179       35      32      34      26       21204       3496
 19      536     187       37      34      36      27       24700       3860
 20      548     195       39      36      38      28       28560       4242
 21      560     205       41      38      39      29       32802       4642
 22      572     215       43      40      41      30       37444       5060
 23      584     225       45      42      43      31       42504       5496
 24      596     235       47      44      45      32       48000       5950
 25      608     245       49      46      46      33       53950       6422
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Level     HP      MP      STR     CON     INT    LUCK         EXP       NEXT
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 26      620     256       51      48      48      34       60372       6912
 27      632     267       53      50      50      35       67284       7420
 28      644     278       55      52      52      36       74704       7946
 29      656     289       57      54      53      37       82650       8490
 30      668     300       59      56      55      38       91140       9052
 31      680     312       62      58      57      39      100192       9632
 32      692     324       65      60      59      40      109824      10230
 33      704     336       68      62      60      41      120054      10846
 34      716     348       71      64      62      42      130900      11480
 35      728     360       74      66      64      43      142380      12132
 36      740     372       77      69      66      44      154512      12802
 37      752     384       80      72      67      45      167314      13490
 38      764     396       83      75      69      46      180804      14196
 39      776     408       86      78      71      47      195000      14920
 40      788     420       89      81      73      48      209920      15662
 41      800     433       92      84      74      49      225582      16422
 42      812     446       95      87      77      50      242004      17200
 43      824     459       98      90      80      51      259204      17996
 44      836     472      101      93      83      52      277200      18810
 45      848     485      104      96      84      53      296010      19642
 46      860     498      107      98      87      54      315652      20492
 47      872     511      110     100      90      55      336144      21360
 48      884     524      113     102      93      56      357504      22246
 49      896     537      116     104      94      57      379750      23150
 50      908     550      119     106      97      58      402900      24072
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Level     HP      MP      STR     CON     INT    LUCK         EXP       NEXT
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 51      920     563      122     108     100      59      426972      25012
 52      932     576      125     110     103      60      451984      25970
 53      944     589      128     112     104      61      477954      26946
 54      956     602      131     114     107      62      504900      27940
 55      968     615      134     116     110      63      532840      28952
 56      980     629      137     118     112      64      561792      29982
 57      992     643      140     120     113      65      591774      31030
 58     1004     657      143     122     115      66      622804      32096
 59     1016     671      146     124     117      67      654900      33180
 60     1028     685      149     126     119      68      688080      34282
 61     1040     700      151     128     120      69      722362      35402
 62     1052     715      153     130     122      70      757764      36540
 63     1064     730      155     132     124      71      794304      37696
 64     1076     745      157     134     126      72      832000      38870
 65     1088     760      159     136     127      73      870870      40062
 66     1100     776      161     137     129      74      910932      41272
 67     1112     792      163     138     131      75      952204      42500
 68     1124     808      165     139     133      76      994704      43746
 69     1136     824      167     140     134      77     1038450      45010
 70     1148     840      169     141     136      78     1083460      46292
 71     1160     856      170     142     137      79     1129752      47592
 72     1172     872      171     143     138      80     1177344      48910
 73     1184     888      172     144     139      81     1226254      50246
 74     1196     904      173     145     140      82     1276500      51600
 75     1208     920      174     146     141      83     1328100      52972
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Level     HP      MP      STR     CON     INT    LUCK         EXP       NEXT
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 76     1220     936      175     147     142      84     1381072      54362
 77     1232     952      176     148     143      85     1435434      55770
 78     1244     968      177     149     144      86     1491204      57196
 79     1256     984      178     150     145      87     1548400      58640
 80     1268    1000      179     151     146      88     1607040      60102
 81     1280    1017      180     152     147      89     1667142      61582
 82     1292    1034      181     153     148      90     1728724      63080
 83     1304    1051      182     154     149      91     1791804      64596
 84     1316    1068      183     155     150      92     1856400      66130
 85     1328    1085      184     156     151      93     1922530      67682
 86     1340    1103      185     157     152      94     1990212      69252
 87     1352    1121      186     158     153      95     2059464      70840
 88     1364    1139      187     159     154      96     2130304      72446
 89     1376    1157      188     160     155      97     2202750      74070
 90     1388    1175      189     161     156      98     2276820      75712
 91     1400    1194      190     162     157      99     2352532      77372
 92     1412    1213      191     163     158     100     2429904      79050
 93     1424    1232      192     164     159     101     2508954      80746
 94     1436    1251      193     165     160     102     2589700      82460
 95     1448    1270      194     166     161     103     2672160      84192
 96     1460    1290      195     167     162     104     2756352      85942
 97     1472    1310      196     168     163     105     2842294      87710
 98     1484    1330      197     169     164     106     2930004      89496
 99     1496    1350      198     170     165     107     3019500          0


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***************************** PLACES TO LEVEL UP ******************************
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Best place to level up:

Arena: the room across from the boss, Balore

It is the room at the bottom of the Arena where you have to ride the platform
and press directional buttons at certain points to continue (Same length where
you can collect the Rare Ring). It also has a dozen Beam Skeletons, which offer
3,840EXP after clearing them out.

NOTE: Before you use this room, make sure you have already solved the puzzle
      and opened the entrance along the other side. This will speed up the
      process of using this area to level up.

This guide suggests the following Equipment and souls to deal with this room as
quickly as possible:

Optimum Equipment:
   - Claimh Solais (+7 INT)
   - Death Robe (+13 INT) or Elf Robe (+10 INT)
   - Chaos Ring (For the MP required to do this)
Optimum Souls:
   - Red: N/A (Since it won't be used)
   - Blue: Manticore (Requires the lowest INT)
   - Yellow: Lubicant (If a boost in INT is needed) or Erinys for bonus EXP

The key to making this work fast is to have enough INT so you can take out the
entire row of Beam Skeletons in one pass. You will not be walking along this
chamber, dodging spikes and lasers along the way. No. Instead, you will charge
into them by transforming into a large, rushing, MP-guzzling beast.

The best transformation soul to use is Manticore, since it requires the lowest
amount of INT needed to do 400 damage.

INT requirements for transformation souls:
Manticore - 104 (Normal), 134 (Hard)
Devil     - 122 (Normal), 163 (Hard)
Curly     - 144 (Normal), 190 (Hard)

Devil and Curly are better are performing multiple hits while you are moving
slower, but since you will be plowing through most of the Beam Skeletons at
top speed, it is not that beneficial enough to use them. In addition, the
transformations are not affected by the damaging spikes along the floor; you
can pass right over them.

If you are still sitting at a low level (Under 44 on Normal and under 58 on
Hard), you will need a soul to raise Intellgence. Stolas, Bael, Lilith and
Red Crow can do this. Headhunter (If you have collected enough souls)
can push you up to +33. Lubicant can push you much further than that if you
need a considerable boost at the expense of HP. If you are careful in
executing your rushes, a low HP amount should not be a problem. It is possible
to tackle this as low as level 20 on Normal and level 27 on Hard.

It is not possible to have enough MP to do enough runs before gaining a level.
That, plus the near-absence of torches/hearts makes having a source of MP
critical to making this work. Worst-case, there is a save point not far away
which could replenish your MP, but if you are using the Lubicant 'hack' to
boost your INT, you would need to reduce your HP again to make things work.

Kuro's best times (Levels 27-50):

Normal "Best Place to level up" in Arena: 45:25:52 - 45:48:07 = 22:15
Suggested "New Place" to level up: 45:24:50 - 45:37:26 = 12:36

So, it took Kuro 10 less minutes to get from level 27 to level 50 using the
area suggested in this guide.

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Other good places (Depending on level)

Castle Corridor (Level 1+)
- The 2x2 room by the save room has a large pool with Mermen who keep popping
  out. While they are only worth 2 EXP each, they do pop out at a good pace,
  giving you a chance to build up a couple levels.

Clock Tower (Level 15+)
- The room leading up to Death's Chambers there are three Harpies fluttering
  about. Luckily, they are not very tough and should give you an easy 300 EXP.
  With a nearby save point to keep your replenished, it should be no problem
  to pick up a few levels, here.

Underground Reservoir (Level 20+)
- There is a 2x1 room leading to Ancient Book 3 that has two Nightmares and a
  Flesh Golem. This easily amounts to 1000 experience if you wish to defeat
  all three, or if you prefer to take out just the charging Nightmare, it is a
  quick 300 EXP, out and back in to repeat.

Underground Reservoir (Level 25+)
- The room with the Golem. Assuming you can beat it each time, it's 1000 EXP,
  plus you can stay very close to a save point, so feel free to waste all your
  MP on it.

The Arena (Level 30+)
- A popular room involves one in the upper level of Arena which has 2 Red
  Minotaurs, plus a Killer Mantle and Weretiger. There are plenty of torches
  along the hallway, so feel free to spam whatever souls you wish to raise your
  levels.


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********************************* LEGAL STUFF *********************************
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Copyright 2003 Konami & Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo

Version 1.00 Guide Written By:
Kuro-chan_101: kuro101@kuro-rpg.net

This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal use.
It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without
advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other website or as a part
of any public display is strictly prohibited.

Current sites with permission to host this Walk-through/Guide:
GameFAQs (www.gamefaqs.com)

The following sources were used for research and information for this guide.
Keep in mind, a lot of the data presented was also the result of research,
testing, trial and error, etc.:
- GBA game cartridge: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow


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******************************* FINAL COMMENTS ********************************
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Thank for you reading through this guide. In all honesty, I am not sure why I
actually made this guide. I figure, it was one piece of info I could not find
on the gameFAQs FAQ section, so I decided to take a crack at it and see what
I could find.

Special thanks to ShadowWarriorLuke for proof-reading this for me. :)

- Kuro-chan_101

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