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General Information
Date Released: 1999
Heroes: Cornell, Reinhardt Schneider, Carrie Fernandez and Henry Oldrey
Stage Number: 16
Size: 16MB
Original System(s)
Nintendo 64
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(1) Akumajou Dracula Mokushiroku Gaiden: The Legend of Cornell --translation: Demon Castle Dracula Apocalypse Gaiden: The Legend of Cornell (Japan)
Castlevania: Special Edition

Manual Story Description

Through the magic of the Ancients, this man-beast warrior has obtained a physical body of near immortality, and power that surpasses that of a wild beast.

The man-beasts, choosing to live in harmony with the humans, sealed away their enormous magical powers to prevent them from being used. However, through severe ascetic training, Cornell acquired the art of releasing the sealed man-wolf power.

Returning to his village after a year of ascetic training, Cornell finds the village engulfed in flame, and his only living blood relative, his sister Ada, kidnapped by evil spirits. Using his man-wolf's acute sense of smell to track the scent of his sister's blood, Cornell begins his long journey to rescue Ada.

We go back in time eight years, before the time in which these two young warriors risked their lives battling against Dracula. Now, the truth that has been shrouded in the veil of darkness will be revealed.


When Castlevania 64 finally arrived for play on the Nintendo 64, many of its promised features were inexplicably missing. Due to those always-troubling deadlines, KCEK was forced to cut down on the number of playable characters, the number of stages, and a number of smaller details that worked to make Castlevania 64 feel like an unfinished product. Konami was prepared to remedy its miscalculation by commissioning a special edition, an upgraded version that more fit the developers' original vision. Its final form is Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness, and while upgraded in different ways, its gameplay mechanics are identical to Castlevania 64's.

The setup is a bit different in that you can only play Cornell's mission initially and have to unlock the three other playable heroes by meeting certain conditions. Using his man-beast powers, Cornell must endure thirteen stages, which come in two types: Those that offer straightforward room-to-room action, and others that feature free-roaming areas whose puzzles must be solved through exploration. Therein, he must deal with with the instigator Ortega, sporadic and erratic boss appearances, and finally the game's major villain. The day-to-night system has no real effect, as Cornell has available only one ending.

Henry's mission is different in that he has to save six children in a seven-day period, and he has free-roaming access to the six stages where they're being held. The more children he saves, the better the ending he receives. Reinhardt and Carrie's missions, objectives and story arcs, otherwise, remain as you remember them from Castlevania 64. Readily available is an "easy" mode, and a "hard" mode can be unlocked by meeting certain conditions during Cornell's mission.

Japanese/European Differences

The Japanese version has no changes in mechanics, but it does have different variations on some of the character names, like "Belnades" rather than "Fernandez." While the change to Fernandez is a product of western localization, it seems to be one part mistranslation. That is, it was translated through the Japanese dialect of katakana, which is used to write words in a more simple fashion. For instance: Fer-nan-dez can easily be construed as Bel-na-des. In effect, the enemy known in the U.S. version as "Carrie's Cousin," described as a recent castle invader, is actually meant to be Sypha herself, resurrected by Actrise in a further attempt at mind games.

Otherwise: It's in the Japanese version where the mostly underdeveloped character Gilles De Rais is in fact more defined; that is, it's he who is actually posing as "Dracula's servant" in the case of Reinhardt and Carrie's respective quests. It's in this version, also, where you can play as Henry Oldrey from game's start without having to earn the honor through playing Cornell's mission. (Thanks to Belmont Yang and Vcthug4life for some of this information.)

The European version's logo is a bit different in design, more elegant in look--but this is for no particular reason. Otherwise, there are no mechanical changes.

Soundtrack and Credits

Opening and Ending Themes: 1 - Introduction | 2 - Setting | 3 - Necronomicon | 4 - Prologue | 5 - Carrie's Good Ending | 6 - Bad Ending | 7 - Schneider's Good Ending | 8 - Credits
Stage Themes: 1 - The Watchtower | 2 - Annex - Silent Madness | 3 - Maze Garden | 4 - Unseen Entry | 5 - Sinking Old Sanctuary | 6 - Thorny Grave | 7 - Invisible Sorrow | 8 - Sinking Feeling | 9 - Dungeon | 10 - Encounters | 11 - Specimen | 12 - Deadly Ambition | 13 - Mystic Tower | 14 - Toothed Wheel | 15 - Stairway to the Clouds | 16 - Castle Escape
Battle Themes: 1 - Shudder | 2 - First Struggle | 3 - Second Struggle | 4 - Dance of Illusions | 5 - Concert of Another Dimension
Miscellaneous Themes: 1 - Intrusion | 2 - Hamlet People | 3 - Rose | 4 - Mysterious Coffin | 5 - Lamented Rose | 6 - Malus Reappears | 7 - Sypha | 8 - Actrise | 9 - Planetarium | 10 - Unexpected Encounter | 11 - Moment of Silence | 12 - Melodies of Castlevania | 13 - A Night of Peace and Quiet | 14 - Vampire Killer (Slow Version) | 15 - Theme of Simon (Slow Version)

Music Files: MP3 and MIDI
Soundtrack Release: Castlevania Best Music Collections Box
Game Credits: Available

Other Characters

Lesser Enemies: Fishman, Skeleton, Exploding Skeleton, Motorcycle Skeleton, Lizard Man, Wolfman, Snake, Ghost, Hound, Zombie, Crawling Zombie, Goblin, Skull Head, Blood Skeleton, Medusa Head, Frankenstein Gardener, Spider Woman, Bloodborn, Machine Gun Guard, Knight, Hell Knight, Cerebros, Flame Cerebros, Hell Cerebros, Mudman, Pillar of Bones, Bone Head, Minor Vampires, Vampire Bat, Stain-Glass Knight, Crystal Shard and Ice Monster
Bosses: Water Dragon, Giant Ape Skeleton, Guardian Skeledragon, Gilles De Rais, Vampires, Harpy, Security Crystal, Were-Leopard, Werewolf, Were-Bull, Were-Tiger, Warewolf, Chimera, Death, Actrise, Spider Woman Queen, Medusa, Demon Bull, Carrie's Cousin, Renon, Vampire Charlie Vincent and Dracula's Servant
Hard Mode Bosses: Frankenstein Gardener
Dracula Forms: For Cornell: Dracula's Servant and Ultimate Dracula; For Reinhardt and Carrie: Dracula and Drago
Supporting Cast: The Ferryman, Ada, Ortega, Gilles De Rais, Master Oldrey, Mary Oldrey, Henry Oldrey, Charlie Vincent, Renon, Malus, Rosa, Actrise and Mutated Lizard Man

Character Lists

Lesser Enemies | Bosses | Dracula Forms | Supporting Cast

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Main Arsenal

Hero Image
Full Name: Cornell
Main Weapon: Energy Scythe
Weapon Power-Up: Level two- & three Energy Scythe
Alternate Weapons: Claw Swipe
Sub-Weapon Power-Up: Triple-shot magical effect for each sub-weapon; click here for more information
Special Abilities: Can turn into a werewolf temporarily (fueled by gems), wherein his speed, jumping ability and power increases; can slide and crouch walk
Armor: None
Limitations: All of the characters in Legacy of Darkness are similarly attributed in terms of speed and jumping ability, but the difference lay in the available weaponry, the use of said weaponry, and overall attack power. Cornell is slightly faster and more agile than the rest, but he's not as strong while in basic form. His energy scythe is good for long-range assaults, but it's not as refined or as accurate as Carrie's homing ball; it does utilize the lock-on feature, so it's still a considerable weapon. The claw swipe is quick, and it's good way to handle in-close combat, but it's not powerful enough to where you'll want to rely upon it. His real power lay in the ability to transform into a werewolf, wherein all of his attributes and attacks become stronger and he becomes more durable; since the gem-total is drained during this time, a large stock will be in order if you want the ability to last. Sub-weapons have a limited homing ability and a special effect with three of one type collected, but there's no real advantage here. Cornell, overall, is a decent character due to his scythe and werewolf attacks.

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Full Name: Henry Oldrey
Main Weapon: Six-shot Pistol
Weapon Power-Up: Level two- & three pistol shells
Alternate Weapons: Short Sword
Sub-Weapon Power-Up: Triple-shot magical effect for each sub-weapon; click here for more information
Special Abilities: Can slide and crouch walk
Armor: None

Limitations: Henry is the strongest of the bunch, and his defense is increased due to his church knight armor. Of course, he pays for this in the speed and agility categories. But since these attribute differences are negligible at best, it's not really that big a deal. However, both he and the main weapon he commands are a bit uncontrollable, however quick. The lock-on feature will help, but this is of no use against enemies who are either far away or always on the move; enemies too close will be difficult to target, too, so the short sword will have to be utilized in this instance; this lack of potent in-close fighting will make it tough to deal with enemies like goblins, Medusa heads, ghosts and others that wave and flutter. Since Henry is only afforded his own shorter mission, this may all be moot.

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Full Name: Reinhardt Schneider
Main Weapon: Vampire Killer Whip
Weapon Power-Up: Chain Whip & Flame Whip
Alternate Weapons: Short Sword
Sub-Weapon Power-Up: Triple-shot magical effect for each sub-weapon; click here for more information
Special Abilities: Can slide and crouch walk
Armor: None

Limitations: Reinhardt is average when compared to the other three characters. He's above average in the categories of strength in defense, but his range due to limited whip length will hinder his campaign. The whip can be truly powered up this time, twice, to take a morning star form and then a magically enhanced flame whip. The short sword isn't all that useful, either, because enemies aren't going to just stand there while you hack away; it works well against bats and snakes, yes, but their appearances are limited. Since sub-weapon use is parallel for all characters, he gets no points here. The sliding attack, while quick in execution, is hardly worth the trouble because of its lack of accuracy. If you're going to choose Reinhardt, it should be strictly for traditional purposes.

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Full Name: Carrie Fernandez
Main Weapon: Homing Ball
Weapon Power-Up: Level-two & three Homing Balls
Alternate Weapons: Ring Smash
Sub-Weapon Power-Up: Triple-shot magical effect for each sub-weapon; click here for more information
Special Abilities: Can do a flailing front-slide and can crouch walk
Armor: None

Limitations: Carrie is the weakest of the four, in attack power and endurance, and she takes the most damage for enemy contact, but her weaponry is clearly superior to all of the others'. At her command is the homing ball, which can be powered up two levels, and using it she can battle enemies while stationary or while on the move without much worthy because the attack will find its mark; additionally, she can charge up the attack before release for a larger, more impactful blast. Her in-close attack, the ring smash, is a good move to use in fending off enemy clusters and coming out unscathed. Using the steel-bladed rings, also, Carrie can execute a diving slide that speedily slices through all enemies in its path. Her sub-weapon use is parallel to that of Reinhardt's, so there's no advantage here. Though you can see the effort to tone down her effectiveness, hers still amounts to the more enjoyable play-experience.

Weapon Name
Weapon Image
Energy Scythe
Energy-based scythe that can be thrown forward
Claw Swipe
Cornell's claws can be used to slash forward
A rifle that can fire three power levels of shells
Vampire Killer
Ancient leather whip of the Belmont clan passed unto the Schneiders
Chain Whip
Steel-enhanced short-length whip
Flame Whip
Whip becomes pure energy, enflamed in the process
Short Sword
Medium-ranged blade for slicing in-close foes
Homing Ball
Magical heat-seeking fireball that comes in three power levels
Ring Smash
Fist-worn steel rings for regular, sliding and spinning slice attacks

Magical Items
Item Name
Found In
Morning Star
Candle, Enemy, Setting
Whip Power-Up
Red Jewel
Candle, Enemy, Setting
Powers Mystic Weapons
White Jewel
Found Multiple Times A Stage
Saves Game In File
Green Jewel
Hidden On Certain Stages
Accesses Hard Mode
Money Bag
Candle, Enemy, Setting
Acts As Currency
Purifying Crystal
Enemy, Candle, Setting, Contract
Cures Vampire Curse
Cure Ampoule
Enemy, Candle, Setting, Contract
Cures Poison Condition
Roast Beef
Enemy, Candle, Setting, Contract
Large Energy Restore
Roast Chicken
Enemy, Candle, Setting, Contract
Small Energy Restore
Found Multiple Times A Stage
Summons Salesman, Renon
Medical Kit
Restores All Energy
Moon Card
Enemy, Candle, Setting, Contract
Turns Day To Night
Sun Card
Enemy, Candle, Setting, Contract
Turns Night To Day
Candle, Environment
Opens Locked Doors
Found In Castle Center
Unstable Explosive Compound
Found In Castle Center
Magical Root Formula
Click here for complete item list, including key types

Weapon Name
Gem Consumption
Holy Water

Screenshots & Media

Local Title Screens

U.S. Title Screen
Japanese Title Screen
European Title Screen

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A focus on Cornell's mission plus info on other character paths
A comparison between Legacy and the first N64 title plus more
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