Game Trivia

  • According to the item description, the Secret Boots "discreetly increase height." If you equip them and look closely, Alucard's sprite will be stretched by a pixel or two.

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  • When a Medusa Head connects with Alucard, he will turn to stone. In extremely rare instances, however, Alucard's sprite will morph into a gigantic stone gargoyle.

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  • The Paranthropus enemies' namesake comes from a genus of an extinct human species that was discovered in South Africa in 1938. Much like the game versions, the real ones had massive skulls and jawbones.

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  • According to the instruction manual, Dracula's full name is Dracula Vlad Tepes. Alucard's real name is actually Adrian Fahrenheit Tepes. The name "Vlad Tepes" is based on Vlad III Tepes, a 15th century ruler of the Wallachia region of Romania. He was posthumously named "Vlad The Impaler." Vlad III's nickname was Dracula, which meant "Son of Dracul" in reference to his father, Vlad II Dracul. The name "Dracul" can be translated as either "dragon" or "devil."

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  • After defeating the Hippogryph boss, Maria will ask Alucard if he knows Richter Belmont. When Alucard asks if he's from the Belmont clan, an 8-bit sprite will appear in a thought bubble. The sprite is of Trevor Belmont from "Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse", which would be the Belmont he would most likely remember.

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  • If Alucard remains seated for a long period of time, he will fall asleep with visible "Z"s. If you have the Fairy familiar, she will also take a rest on Alucards shoulder, only to stumble when he gets up again afterwards. She will also do this if Alucard remains stationary for a prolonged period of time.

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  • Every so often, when Alucard is turned to stone, there is a chance that he will become a giant stone gargoyle. This will make him invincible, but of course unable to do anything.

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  • Dracula's castle in the boxart of the USA release is Mont Saint Michel, in France.

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  • When using the Rune Sword, the word "Verboten" will appear in its arc. This means "Forbidden" in German.

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  • The game pays homage to the original Castlevania game for the NES by referencing the old bosses from the said game by means of re-using them or their concepts in the Inverted Castle. In the first Castlevania game, the bosses are: a Phantom Bat (a giant bat), Medusa's head, two mummy men, The Creature (which is known as Frankenstein or Franken), Death, and Dracula. In this game's Inverted Castle, there's Darkwing Bat (also a giant bat) as a boss, Medusa, Akmodan II (a mummy), The Creature, and of course, Death and Dracula.

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  • When Konami approached Sony Computer Entertainment America about localizing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, SCEA refused to allow it since the game was not done in 3D. In response, Konami threatened to cancel all localization plans of Metal Gear Solid, at which point SCEA changed their stance and allowed Konami to localize the game.

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  • The Chonchon enemies in the Japanese version are named after mythical birds from the Mapuche religion of Chile and southern Argentina. Chonchons were associated with bad luck.

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  • There are two familiars that didn't make the cut during the transition to the Western market. These are the Half-Fairy and the Nose Demon. They are almost exact copies of the normal Fairy and Demon, but with different graphics. They are still programmed into the Western version, but their familiar cards are no longer available, and thus have to be activated using GameShark codes.

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  • The game's art design by Ayami Kojima was strongly influenced by bishonen-style art. These illustrations today are now very popular with Castlevania fans.

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  • While Castlevania Bloodlines on the Sega Genesis was the first in the series Michiru Yamane composed, she garnered wider acclaim and attention for her work on Symphony of the Night.

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  • This game was directed by Toru Hagihara, while assistant director Koji Igarashi was involved with the story-writing and programming.

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  • When using a Power of Sire item, the image generated is a picture of Vlad Dracul III, the actual historical figure Dracula is based on.

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  • Symphony of the Night was released during the time 3D games were securing a huge foothold in the market. The industry was rapidly moving towards 3D and abandoning 2D style games out of concern that 2D games would no longer sell. Symphony of the Night is frequently argued as a landmark and a necessary example for the importance of 2D games.

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  • The inspiration for the role-playing mechanics was that Koji Igarashi felt that traditional Castlevania games were too difficult for average players. He implemented the role-playing mechanics to make the game more balanced so that otherwise unskilled players could make progress once the player gained enough experience.

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  • This game was responsible for sparking the terms "Metroidvania" and "Castleroid" due to the similarities between Symphony of the Night and Super Metroid.

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  • There was seemingly going to be an alternate ending, based on the unused dialogue ripped from the game, where Maria would get possessed by demons (much like how Richter was possessed by Shaft) and attempt bring the castle down with Richter and Alucard still inside it.

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  • When inserting the game disk into a CD player or PC and attempting to listen to it, a message from Alucard can be heard which says:

    "As you can see, this is a PlayStation black disk. Cut #1 contains computer data, so please, don't play it. But you probably won't listen to me anyway, will you?"

    You'll then be treated to a bit of remixed music from the series.

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  • In the Japanese version of the game, dying as Alucard against certain bosses such as Succubus, Death or Richter triggers a special quote from said bosses instead of the usual Game Over music, with Richter notably having two. Another quote can be triggered if the player dies after meeting Maria in the Royal Chapel but before meeting Richter at the Colosseum

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  • Koji Igarashi thought regular action games were too short, so he wanted to create a game that "could be enjoyed for a long time". Consequently, the development team abandoned the stage-by-stage progression of the previous Castlevania games in favor of an open castle that the player could freely explore. To make this concept plausible for the game, Igarashi looked to The Legend of Zelda franchise for inspiration.

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  • The game was originally being developed for the Sega 32X under the working title Castlevania: The Bloodletting.

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  • Koji Igarashi explained about the cancelled 32X version: "We made an early playable version, but the game did not progress because our company's policy toward the hardware changed. Management decided to make the PlayStation our focus, so we made some drastic changes to our initial ideas and ended up with Symphony of the Night."

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  • Koji Igarashi's main inspiration for the design of Symphony of the Night was the distress he experienced from seeing many copies of Castlevania games in bargain bins at most Japanese retail stores.

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Famous Quote

  • Dracula: What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets. But enough talk... Have at you!

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  • Richter Belmont: Die monster! You don't belong in this world!
    Dracula: It was not by my hand that I am once again given flesh. I was called here by humans who wish to pay me tribute.
    Richter Belmont: Tribute!?! You steal men's souls and make them your slaves!
    Dracula: Perhaps the same could be said of all religions...
    Richter Belmont: Your words are as empty as your soul! Mankind ill needs a savior such as you!
    Dracula: What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk... Have at you!

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  • Alucard: WHAT?!

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  • Alucard: .........I've come to destroy this castle.

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  • Alucard: Soul Steal!

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  • Librarian: Heh heh, thank you!

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  • Alucard: "This castle is a creature of chaos. It may take many incarnations."

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  • Maria: You seem human and yet...what do you here?

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  • Alucard: .........Alucard.

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  • Alucard: It's been a long time, old one...

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  • Alucard: I'm interested in this.

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  • Alucard: Dark Metamorphosis!

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  • Maria: Not the talkative type I can see. Well, perhaps we'll meet again if you live that long. Farewell.

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  • Librarian: Farewell for now.

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  • Alucard: Go back whence you came! Trouble the soul of my Mother no more!
    Dracula: How? How is it that I have been so defeated?
    Alucard: You have been doomed ever since you lost the ability to love.
    Dracula: Ah...sarcasm. "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the world, and loses his own soul?" Matthew 16:26, I believe.
    Alucard: .......
    Dracula: Tell me...What...What were Lisa's last words?
    Alucard: She said "Do not hate humans. If you cannot live with them, then at least do them no harm. For theirs is already a hard lot". She also said to tell you that she would love you for all of eternity...
    Dracula: Lisa, forgive me. Farewell my son...

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  • Death: Ah, Alucard. What is your business here?

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  • Richter: Hydro storm!

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  • Dracula: No, this cannot be! AUGGGHHHHHH!

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  • Alucard: I've come to put an end to this.

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  • Death: Still befriending mortals...I'll not ask you to return to our side. But I demand you cease your attack!

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  • Alucard: I will not!

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  • Death: You shall regret those words..we will meet again!

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  • Maria: As friendly as ever I see. It's strange. This castle is different than I remember it.

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  • Alucard:.........This castle is a creature of chaos. It may take many incarnations.

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  • Maria: Impressive. You're very strong.

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  • Maria: So we meet again, Alucard.

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  • Maria: Thank you. So you do know how to be a gentleman.

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  • Maria: So I can't trust my memories, huh? Oh well, I'll do my best. Good luck.

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  • Alucard:.........What is it you want? You didn't come here to tell me that.

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  • Maria: Then we have the same purpose. I'll trust you for now. I'm Maria. Who are you?

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  • Alucard: Indeed. But you must always remember that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

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  • Librarian: Oh it's you, Master Alucard. What do you need?

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  • Alucard: You won't go unrewarded...

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  • Librarian: Really? In that case, just tell me what you need.

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  • Librarian: Young master, I cannot aid one who opposes the master.

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Connection to Other Media

  • The Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man enemies reference three of the main charcaters from The Wizard of Oz.

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  • The boss Olrox is based on Count Orlok, the villain from the classic vampire film Nosferatu.

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  • The quote "What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets." is from the preface of Antimémoires by André Malraux. The novel was published in 1967, nearly 200 years after the game's setting.

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  • The design of the Moon Rod is based on one of Sailor Moon's iconic weapons.

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  • The castle seen on the game's American cover is based on Mont Saint-Michel, an island commune and famous historical landmark in Normandy, France.

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  • The Yorick enemy is named after a dead court jester in Shakespeare's Hamlet. In the play, Yorick's skull is exhumed by a gravedigger and mused over by Hamlet. In the game, Yorick's skull accidentally becomes detached from the rest of his skeleton, causing him to awkwardly chase after it.

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  • The Clock Tower area is the same as the clock tower from Rondo of Blood, the game's predecessor.

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  • In the Reverse Colosseum part of the Upside-Down Castle, there is a boss fight with three ghosts that are named Fake Trevor, Fake Grant and Fake Sypha. These are the doppelgangers of the characters from Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, with whom Alucard teamed up with to defeat Dracula.

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  • The optional boss battle at the top of the Inverted Castle, Galamoth, is a villain from the Kid Dracula series. Although his design is far more gothic and gritty to coincide with Symphony of the Night's style, he retains basic design similarities and even similar lightning based attacks.

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  • In the Inverted Castle, the player must unite 5 relics of Dracula in order to unlock the path to Dracula (Those being a Ring, Heart, Rib, Tooth and Eye of Vlad), a concept first utilized in Castlevania 2. All five are guarded by bosses based on the original Castlevania bosses.

    In addition, every boss in the Inverted Castle save one are previous bosses and even playable characters in the series. Aside from the aforementioned five, the player meets Galamoth (Kid Dracula), Shaft (Rondo of Blood), the Doppleganger (Castlevania 3), three falsified heroes from Castlevania 3, with whom Alucard himself was a companion, and of course Dracula. The one exception is Beelzebub, whose first appearance was Symphony of the Night.

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  • When the Power of Sire spell is used, an image of Vlad the Impaler's portrait briefly flashes across the screen. He was the real-life ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century, and his infamously brutal exploits were connected with vampire lore via Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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  • The Stone Mask is based on Dio Brando's Aztec stone mask from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Both items are even found in similar libraries.

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  • Several weapons are references to places and characters in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, particularly the Ring of Varda, Crissaegrim, and the Mormegil.

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  • The namesake of the boss "Granfalloon" comes from Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. In the novel, it refers to a group of people who affect a shared identity or purpose, but whose mutual association is actually meaningless.

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  • Late in the game, you'll be able to fight fake versions of Trevor, Sypha, and Grant. These are direct references to three of the playable characters in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.

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  • Galamoth is a re-imagined version of the main antagonist from Kid Dracula.

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  • The Mourneblade is based on a sword from the Elric series by Michael Moorcock.

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  • One of the the Shield Rod's abilities allows it to create power-ups from Gradius, another famous Konami franchise.

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