Date Released
Developed By
Published By
September 16th, 2002
KCET
Konami
Playable Heroes
Stage Number
Game Size
Juste Belmont | Maxim Kischine
25 Castle Sections
8MB
Original Platform
Game Boy Advance 
Platforms Ported To

Wii U (Virtual Console)



    Alternate Incarnations
  Japan
Release Date: June 6th, 2002
- The Japanese version is titled
Castlevania: Byakuya no Concerto, which translates to Castlevania: White Night Concerto or Castlevania: Concerto of the Midnight Sun. This is the first time a Japanese version has used the English title Castlevania rather than Akumajou Dracula--in, perhaps, a rebranding effort.

Europe
Release Date: October 11th, 2002
- The European version arrives in proximity to the North American version.
 

    Re-Release Information
 

2005:
   GBA
   Developed By: KCET | Published By: Konami
   Release Date:
Japan - November 3rd
It's re-released in Japan as part of Konami's GBA "The Best" series.

2006:

   GBA
   Developed By:
KCET | Published By: Konami
   Release Date:
North America - January 11th | Europe - February 17th
It's re-released along with Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow as part of the GBA Castlevania Double Pack.

2014:
   Wii U (Virtual Console)
   Developed By: KCET | Published By: Konami
   Release Date:
North America - October 16th
Harmony's Virtual Console re-release is set roughly two months after Circle of the Moon's.

2015:
   Wii U (Virtual Console)
   Developed By: KCET | Published By: Konami
   Release Date:
Japan - January 21st | PAL Territories - February 19th
After an additional three-month wait, Harmony of Dissonance finally becomes available in Japan. Europe and Australia get it a month later.

 

    The Manual's Synopsis
 

Fifty years have passed since Simon Belmont vanquished the curse of Dracula.

Fate has dictated that Juste Belmont, blood descendant of the Belmont Family, hunt for the relics of Dracula.

One day, Juste's best friend, Maxim, who had set out on a training expedition two years earlier, returned unexpectedly... his body covered with wounds.

He informs Juste that Lydie, a childhood friend whom they both deeply care about, has been kidnapped.

Maxim has completely lost his memory in his training away from home, and only has vague images of the kidnapping.

Ignoring his bodily injuries, Maxim leads Juste to the place where he believes Lydie is being held captive.

Passing through thick fog, the two men happened upon a castle undocumented on any map. Could this be the fabled Dracula's castle?

Standing solemnly in the night, this forbidding castle welcomes its unexpected guests as the moonlight shines upon it...

 

   Objective / Overview
 

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is Konami's follow-up to Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. However, this simple statement doesn't tell the whole story: As far as the trademark, the division KCEK (which created Circle of the Moon and the two N64 titles) was out of the loop, victim to consolidation, and the series' fate was now controlled by KCET and specifically by the familiar Koji Igarashi and team.

So the creators of Symphony of the Night bring you Harmony of Dissonance, another free-roaming adventure-RPG that is directly in line with Circle of the Moon's play-style but different in terms of philosophy. Your mission is to take control of Juste Belmont, the grandfather of Simon, and scour thirteen castle sections--each filled with waves of minor enemies, devilish traps, and boss creatures--to locate and save the mysteriously abducted Lydie Erlanger. If certain conditions are met before the rescue, your mission will continue thereafter and unfold into something more grand. Juste, in basic form, takes to the action with his Vampire Killer whip and six sub-weapons. Though, his power will grow considerably as he gain levels and his statistics increase therein; as he collects whip extensions and dozens of armor types; as he puts to use relics that supply him the usual accessibility moves; and as he utilizes the "Spell Fusion" system, which affords him thirty powerful sub-weapon-based attacks.

After clearing the game for the best of three endings, some new options will open: (1) You can play through again in a "difficult" mode. (2) You can play as Maxim, in a unique mission. (3) You will unlock the "Boss Rush" mode, a three-level gauntlet challenge which pits you against all of the game's bosses; as a bonus to this feature, you can actually play through the mode with Simon Belmont. And (4) you can access a sound test.

 

   Re-Release Differences
 

Japanese Version
Castlevania: Double Pack's version of Harmony of Dissonance has to it some strange omissions and changes:
- In the GBA version, the enemy Pike Master is known to drop both the Gold Headband and the Floating Boots; in the Double Pack version, Pike Master doesn't drop the Gold Headband and in its place relinquishes only 400 gold.
- Changed, also, is the hint card that mentions the Summoning Tome, which is instead called the "Black Scroll."
- Rather than dropping the Medusa Pendant, Gold Medusa drops 100 gold.
- The Man Eater, which once dropped the Mirror Pendant, now instead drops Turquoise. (Thanks to Insanitist for this information.)

 

   Version Differences
 

Japanese Version
- As usual, the differences between the Japanese and U.S. versions all revolve around the deviations of certain names. For instance: Our Maxim Kischine is known in Japan as Maxim Kishin. Also, the name of the bullet-tip extension for Juste's whip, which allows it to spew fireballs, is instead named for Christopher Belmont--"Christopher's Soul," to be exact, since that was more or less the character's trademark. And, of course, Juste's last name is "Belmondo," as it always is in the case of the Belmont family in Japan.
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Eleven areas in the Japanese version feature different names. The Wailing Way is called "The Approach to Deplore." The Castle Top Floor is called "Castle Tower." The Chapel of Dissonance is called "Chapel of a Heretic." The Sky Walkway is called "Corridor in the Air." The Shrine of the Apostates is called "Heretic's Grave." The Luminous Cavern is called "Moss-Grown Cave." And the Aqueduct of Dragons is called "Waterway of Aquatic." The four others are merely reciprocal: The Marble Corridor is "Corridor of Marble." The Castle Treasury is "Castle's Treasury." The Skeleton Cave is "Cave of Skeletons." And the Clock Tower is "Clockwork Tower." (Thanks to ReyVGM for this information.)
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There are no mechanical or graphical differences between the games except for maybe slight palette alterations.

Castlevania Double Pack
The following information is credited to The Cutting Room Floor:
- Hint Card 5 refers to the Summoning Tome as a "Black Scroll" rather than a book.
- Gold Medusa heads drop 100 gold rather than the Medusa Pendant item.
- Man Eaters drop Turquoise jewels rather than the Mirror Pendant item.
- Pike Masters drop 400 gold rather than the Gold Headband item (though, they still drop Floating Boots).
- The bestiary refers to Death's second form as "Death Lv2," where in the original its name is simply "Death."

 

   Soundtrack and Credits
 

Soundtrack

1. Title Screen 10. Clock Tower Casualty 19. Arch Enemy
2. Underground 11. Skeleton Den 20. Epilogue II
3. Prologue 12. To the Center of the Castle 21. Successor of Fate II
4. Successor of Fate 13. Beloved Person 22.Theme of Merchant
5. Offense and Defense 14. Dark Covenant 23. Dark Door
6. Approach to Despair 15. Last Battle 24. Knight Head
7. Luminous Caverns 16. Epilogue 25. VK2K2
8. Aqueduct of Dragons 17. Game Over
9. Chapel of Dissonance 18. Incantation of Darkness

Links
Music Files: MP3 and MIDI
Soundtrack Release: The GBA Collection
and
Castlevania Best Music Collections Box
Game Credits: Available

 

   Character List
 

Lesser Enemies

Bat Tiny Slime Slime
Medusa Head Zombie Skeleton
Fleaman Bone Soldier Armor Knight
Ghost Bone Pillar Large Ghost
White Dragon Rock Armor White Dragon Lv2
Lizard Man Ectoplasm Skeleton Blaze
Big Skeleton Flying Bone Peeping Eye
Skeleton Flail Skeleton Spear Red Skeleton
Skeleton Rib Bone Thrower Skeleton Ape
Gate Guarder Tiny Devil Scarecrow
Skeleton Spider Man-Eater Axe Armor
Witch Siren Bomber Armor
Balloon Big Balloon Bone Archer
Ruler Sword Disc Armor Merman
Fishman Arabaki Ruler Sword Lv2
Feather Demon Guardian Armor Boomerang Armor
Fleaman Armor Gold Medusa Mimic
White Dragon Lv3 Skeleton Mirror 0
Harpy Axe Armor Lv2 Specter
Bronze Guarder Melty Zombie Bone Liquid
Rule Sword Lv3 Poison Lizard Spriggan
Gorgon Blaze Master Anthro Skeleton
Rare Ghost Skeleton Glass Victory Armor
Hammer-Hammer Disc Armor Lv2 Pixie
Sylph Master Lizard Owl
Clear Bone Jp Bonepillar Simon Wraith
Pike Master

Bosses

Giant Bat Living Armor Golem
Skull Knight Minotaur Devil
Giant Merman Max Slimer Peeping Big
Legion (Saint) Shadow Pazuzu
Minotaur Lv2 Legion (Corpse) Talos
Death Death II Cyclops
Maxim    

Dracula Forms

Dracula Wraith Dracula Wraith II

Supporting Cast

Maxim Kischine Lydie Erlanger Death
The Merchant