Guide Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Strategy Guide/Walkthrough

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Strategy Guide/Walkthrough


If you're a fan of classic video game side-scrollers, then it's likely that you've heard of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. It's an action-adventure game that was released in 1997, and it takes place in the fictional world of Transylvania. In this game, you take on the role of Alucard, the son of Count Dracula, as he navigates through Castlevania and unlocks new powers to defeat his enemies.

As you can imagine, there's a lot to this game that can be overwhelming for seasoned players and intimidating for beginners. That's why we've put together this comprehensive strategy guide and walkthrough for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. We've combed through each level—from start to finish—to bring you the most helpful tips and tricks to make sure your journey is successful. No more spending hours stuck in one level trying to figure out what to do; let our guide show you how best to progress through Castlevania: Symphony of the Night with ease!

Getting Started: Equipping Alucard

So you've decided to jump into the world of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Ready to explore Dracula's castle? Congratulations—you're in for a good time!

Before you start swinging your sword around, it's important to equip Alucard with the right gear for his adventure. A well-equipped hero is a successful one, and we want you to stand a chance of making it out alive!

The starting equipment is plenty enough for beginners. It includes Alucard's default weapon (the Sword Familiar) and three types of defensive gear—the Paradox Hat, the Crissaegrim and the Leather Shield. As you progress through the game, however, you'll need further arms and armor to protect Alucard from the castle's more powerful inhabitants. The Weapon Colliseum, a secret chamber in Dracula's castle, offers rare weapons such as thunderbolts and swords that can increase your attack power substantially—definitely worth getting when possible!

What's more, be sure to choose rings and amulets wisely—they can provide additional protection from damage or certain elements by giving Alucard elemental resistances or immunities. Knowing when and how to use them will help get Alucard out alive!

Exploring the Castle: Unlocking Hidden Rooms and Items

Exploring the castle in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is half of the fun, and uncovering its hidden secrets can make all the difference when it comes to completing the game. There are many items and upgrades scattered around, and discovering these can be a great help.

Here are some tips to help you find those elusive hidden rooms and items:

  • Look closely at walls and floors—secret passageways may not be obvious until after you've explored a bit.
  • Use weapons that can break down walls—the Crissaegrim can break through certain walls, giving you access to special rooms.
  • Avoid staircases that don't lead anywhere—try going around them instead. Sometimes this will reveal hidden pathways or items.
  • Keep an eye out for odd-looking symbols on walls or floors—these are often clues pointing to secret passageways or entrances.

Boss Fight Strategy: How to Defeat the Major Bosses

Defeating the major bosses is no small feat! That's why we've put together this strategy guide to make sure you know how to defeat them and come out victorious.

The Mummy Man

The Mummy Man is one of the first bosses you encounter. He has moves like a body slam, a sweep attack, and energy blasts. To defeat him, you need to stay close enough so he uses his body slam or sweep attack, as these are easily avoidable and will give you an opportunity to hit him while he is vulnerable. Avoid the energy blasts at all costs and just keep attacking him when he's open.


Death is a formidable opponent and can use teleportation and levitation to get around quickly. He can also unleash several projectiles, so it's important that you dodge or block them with your shield. When Death has stopped his attacks, take the opportunity to get close and attack him with your weapons; sword slashes are especially effective against him. Keep up this pattern of dodging his attacks and hitting him when you can until he's defeated.


Dracula is the final boss in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and his range of abilities makes him both difficult and fun to fight against. His primary attacks are fireballs, beams of light that ricochet off walls, summons forth monsters, and an energy beam that sweeps across the floor at random intervals. To beat Dracula, be sure to dodge his attacks as best as you can—especially those beams of light—and use special weapons such as Holy Water or Crosses when they become available during the battle for added damage. Keep up your offensive barrages while dodging Dracula's

Maximizing Alucard: Leveling Up and Finding the Best Spells

So you want to get the most out of Alucard's abilities? Well, you've come to the right place. Keeping Alucard leveled up and properly equipped is key to success in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Here are some tips on getting the most out of him:

Leveling Up

Raising Alucard's level is a simple matter of killing as many enemies as you can in order to gain experience. Hanging around a single area and killing all the foes within will not only get Alucard enough experience to reach his next level, but can also lead to finding hidden items in hard-to-reach places.

Finding the Best Spells

Using the right spell for every situation is essential to maximizing Alucard's abilities. To use spells effectively, look for them while exploring the castle. Some spells can be found in chests, while others require that you talk to specific characters or use a Time Stop spell on Familiars, Ghosts and other creatures. Rearrange your inventory so that your spells are all grouped together – it'll make them easier to locate when you need them quickly!

The Inverted Castle: Activating and Navigating the Upside Down Levels

Ready to take on the Inverted Castle, huh? Activating and navigating the upside down levels of the castle can be tricky, so we've put together some tips and tricks to help you out.

Activating the Inverted Castle

If you want to unlock all of the secrets of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, you have to activate the Inverted Castle. The first thing you'll need to do is collect three relics: The Crissaegrim (found in Marble Garden), One of a Kind (in Royal Chapel) and Dragon Heart (in Olrox's Quarters). Then, make sure you're equipped with a strong weapon, like the Crissaegrim, and head towards Castlevania. You'll know you're in the right spot when a blue butterfly appears inside. Attacking or touching it will turn it into a purple butterfly—get ready for this because it means that Richter is about to appear! When he does, it means that you have activated the Inverted Castle.

Navigating Through the Upside Down Levels

Once you're inside the Inverted Castle, there are some things to keep in mind as you navigate through it. Since Richter will appear sporadically throughout your journey and attempting to take him on without certain items can leave you dead in a matter of seconds, use Blink or Bat Form while Richter is nearby—these two forms make Alucard temporarily invincible so that Richter won't be able to hurt him. Finally, keep an eye out for part 1 of Dracula's Rib (Level 6) and turn back time if needed—this will enable Alucard to go back and pick up any items that he may have missed along his journey!

Endings and Secrets: Achieving the Best Ending and Finding Hidden Areas

When it comes to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, there's no shortage of secrets to uncover. To get the best ending — and earn the most bragging rights — make sure you have all the pieces in order before making your way to the final battle. Here are some tips for achieving this.

Collect all five relics

Before you can reach the best ending, you must first collect all five relics from their respective bosses. These include: The Eye of Vlad, Holy Glasses, Heart of Dracula, Magic Seal and Divine Word.

Open hidden areas

Exploring all secret areas not only gives you a better sense of completion but also opens up helpful rewards. This includes exclusive items that enhance your character's stats or increase his mobility by granting him access to special weapons or abilities.

Defeat bosses with special attacks

The ultimate goal is to defeat every boss with a special attack such as a magic spell or sub-weapon. This will grant your character experience points and other rewards like hearts, money, and information about plot lines before you get to reach the game's conclusion.

With these tips in mind, you're well on your way to getting the best possible ending for Castlevania: Symphony of The Night. Good luck!


So, to sum up, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a challenging but rewarding game. With the help of this walkthrough and strategy guide, you'll have no problem conquering the castle and gaining independence from Dracula's oppressive rule. From exploring mysterious dungeons to fighting powerful bosses, you'll experience a unique and thrilling adventure unlike any other. Good luck and have fun!

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