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FAQ's and Strategy Guides
For playing tips, move lists and other information, please read the Castlevania: Symphony of the Night FAQ from
210.1% Score
To get 210.1%, go to the Royal Chapel in the first castle. Go to the long vertical place where the confession room (the room with the chairs and you hear the bells) is at your right and the left leads to the large sword. Stand in the left side, but don't go in, equip the sword familiar and do half-circle forward and up-left and hold up for two seconds then press down and square (Sword Brothers.) When the sword is spinning transform into a bat and go to the left doorway. If your timing is right you should go *through* the wall and be able to fly around the castle.

IMPORTANT: To obtain 210% you must have your sword familiar maxed out to level 99 with 99 experience points. If this is not acheived, the cheat doesnt work.

Alucard's Special Moves
Hellfire (15MP): up, down, down-right, right and square

Summon Spirit (5MP): left, right, up, down and square

Soul Steal (50MP): left, right, down-right, down, down-left, left, right and square

Dark Metamorphosis (10MP): left, up-left, up, up-right, right and square

Tetra Spirits (20MP): hold up for 2 seconds, then press up-right, right, down-right, down and square

Wolf Charge (10MP, must have "skill of wolf", and must also be in Wolf form): down, down-right, right and square

Sword Brothers (30MP, must be using the "Sword" familiar for this to work): down, down-right, right, up-right, hold up for 2 seconds, then press down and square

Wing Smash (8MP, must be in bat form when performing this): hold X, up, up-left, left, down-left, down, down-right, right and then release X

Axe Lord Armor
After beating the game once, start a new game and enter your name as AXEARMOR. You'll find a cool new suit of armor in your inventory.
Belmont's Special Moves
Whip Uppercut: down, up and X

Run: right right, or left left (hold after second press)

Whip Twirl: hold Square, then tap any direction repeatedly

Slide: down and X

Slide Jump: down and X, X again immediatly after the first one

Back Flip: X twice, quickly

Whip Dash: up, down, downright, right and square (Richter is invulnerable when performing this)

Whip Lunge: left, then right and square(or vice versa)

Bonus Soundtrack
Put the Castlevania CD into any regular CD player. Play Track 2, and you'll hear a special song.
Easy Familiar Experience
Ok, easy way, but a bit time consuming, to get experience for all your familiars. I believe you have to have it beaten once first. but I may be wrong.

As you start the game, go through like you normally would. But this time, don't but alot from the librarian. Only get the Jewel of Open, and 1 or 2 Library Cards.  The proceed with the game.

Once you get in the inverted castle, keep going and get AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE. Once you get 500,000 go back to the librarian, and purchase the Duplicator. Then go BACK to the inverted castle, and equip it. By this time, you should have at least ONE of the Power of Sire items. Equip that as well. Voila, you have an infinite supply now as long as you have the duplicator equipped.

Now go to the room in the inverted church thing (forgot the name off hand), and enter the room with the big sword that is surrounded by spears and shields. Use the Power of Sire, then leave the room, and go back in, use it again, and so on and so forth. Within an hour I had ALL my familiars powered up to 99/99. 

Effortless Experience Gain
To get effortless experience follow these simple steps:

The best part about this trick is that the familar will kill the zombies and both he and you will get the experience making this absolutely simple in gaining levels. In three hours my bat went from level 2 to level 60!

Enhanced Luck
After beating the game once, start a new game and enter your name as X-X!V"Q. You'll start with 99 luck and the Lapis Lazuli item, but your strength and hitpoints will be reduced.
Extra Options
At the name select screen, enter your name as AXELORD then go to the Settings screen.
Fiddle with the Logo
When the words NOW LOADING are on screen, you can manipulate them with the d-pad.
Get the Holy Glasses and all Four Endings
To get the Holy Glasses you need the gold ring (after beating the Succubus in Nightmare, located in a side path in the long tunnel to the underground) and the silver ring (in the hall of spikes in the tower, you need the Spike Buster armor from the underground.) Take these to the clock tower and equip them. You'll get a L-O-N-G sequence before it lets you go down. Follow the path to find Maria, she'll give you the Holy Glasses.


1. Simply go to the castle tower and defeat Richter without meeting Maria. Alucard will escape the destroyed castle and say a few things before going back to his eternal sleep.

2. Get the Holy Glasses and defeat Richter. Maria will have also escaped and tell you she's continuing her search for what happened to Richter.

For the 3rd and 4th endings, do this first: Get the Holy Glasses and equip them, but DON'T kill Richter. Instead, attack the green orb above him until it shatters. From here you'll go to the inverted castle.

3. Defeat Dracula with anything below 200% and you'll see Maria and Richter waiting for you outside the castle. Maria will decide not to follow Alucard and will return with Richter.

4. Get AT LEAST 199.1% and defeat Dracula. The others will be waiting, but Maria will decide to follow Alucard and try to help him cope with what he is.

Heaven Sword Special Attack
You can get Heaven Swords as a rare item by killing the Cloaked knights (flying knights that toss their swords at you). If you have two of these, equip one in each hand and press both square and circle to activate the special attack.
Music Select
To gain access to the excellent soundtracks, complete the game (fully, with over 190%) with Alucard and restart a brand new game with Alucard (do not cover over the old one). When you get to the Librarian, simply walk up to him and a music select option will appear with the 'buy/sell' box.
Play as Richter - Japanese and American
After beating the game once, start a new game and enter your name as RICHTER. You can play now as Richter Belmont.
Secret Rooms
Here are the locations of some of the secret rooms in the game.

Room 1: Outer Wall
When you enter the stage from the Marble Garden, go down to meet an Armor Lord. Beat him and go to the left. Hack the wall on the left wall to get a Pot Roast. Stand in the Space for 20 seconds and you will go into a room with items

Room 2: Alchemy Lab And Necromancy Lab
In the Alchemy Lab, hack the wall in the first room going up. Inside is a Heart Max-up. The one in the Necromancy lab of the inverted castle is in the same spot.

Room 3: Colossem and Reverse Colossem
In the room with Blade Soldiers and Blade Masters, go to the first pillar, face left and use a few axes to reveil a passage.

Rooms 4 and 5: Orlox's Quarters and Akmodan's Chamber
The first room is in the room with the Sprit Sword. Go to the right to find a dead end, hack the wall to get some good items.

The second one is later in the stage. When you are in courtyard with the Vahalla Knights, go down to the ground and proceed left. Proceed left until you are in a room with the bridge. Hack Every part of the wall until you reveal the room. Do the same in Akmodan's Chamber's (Orlox's Room in the Inverted Castle)

Room 6: Clock Tower and Reverse Clock Tower
In the room before the Birdman boss, Hack the right wall at the top of the room.

Room 7: Pit to the Catacombs
Use the Demon Familiar to flip the switch after the Cerberas Boss to reveil a room. Do the same in the inverted castle.