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General Information
Date Released: 1998
Heroes: Sonia Belmont
Stage Number: 6
Size: 256KB
Original System(s)
Game Boy
..................... ......Alternate Names/Systems
Akumajou Dracula: Shikkoku Taru Zensoukyoku -- translation: Demon Castle Dracula: Dark Night Prelude (Japan)

Manual Story Description

It was the Middle Ages in Transylvania. One man came into possession of an evil power, and the Prince of Darkness was born. Before long, this being used his new-found supernatural powers and the magic powers of his followers to spread his plague of darkness and despair through the European continent. He was Count Dracula. Even to mention the name of this Prince of Darkness was to cast fear into the hearts of he people in the land, who were powerless to do anything save voice their concern. However, at about the same time a baby girl possessing special powers was born to a family living in a remote area of the country.

"Your powers are meant for a higher purpose and not only for yourself," she was often reminded as she was growing up. The plot of this girl's fate began to develop one night in her seventeenth year when she met up with the young enigmatic Alucard, who was on a journey to search for the father that deserted him. The young girl's name was Sonia Belmont, and she was the first of the vampire hunters in the Belmont family to become legendary.


Castlevania Legends is the third and final series' title made for the classic Game Boy--the closing to the "Adventure Mini-series," as some people like to refer to the trinity. Though, while it shares the gameplay mechanics of Adventure and Belmont's Revenge, however lacking for substance, Legends doesn't continue their story, nor does it have any connection. Rather, Legends is delegated as the first in the pecking order storyline-wise, or, at least, it's the first known chronicle of "Dracula versus the Belmonts."

Your mission is to take control of Sonia Belmont, the family's first female warrior, and guide her through at least five of the six available stages, all of which employ the same play elements, enemies and traps you've seen countless times before. Sonia's goal is to reach the final stage to duel with the as-yet-undefeated vampire Count Dracula and end his dark reign by force. As a sub-quest, you can fully search the six stages, one hidden, to locate the story-device-only sub-weapons that earn Sonia better (longer) endings with each collected.

Available is the "Light Mode," the game's relative easy mode, where Sonia's whip is always powered up to its strongest form.

Japanese/European Differences

The Japanese version contains no changes in the gameplay or mechanics. However, this version does not contain a password feature; instead, you can save your progress into the game's memory after the completion of each stage and then load from the title screen.

Soundtrack and Credits

Opening and Ending Themes: 1 - Title | 2 - A Requiem | 3 - Prologue | 4 - Credits | 5 - A Lullabye
Stage Themes: 1 - Bloody Tears | 2 - Banquet of Spirits | 3 - Endless Motion | 4 - Encounters | 5 - Holed Up | 6 - Dark Nightmare
Battle Themes: 1 - The Zombie Dance | 2 - Final Destination | 3 - Proof of Strength | 4 - Lord of the Vampires | 5 - Vampire Killer
Miscellaneous Themes: 1 - The Son of Dracula | 2 - Meet Lord Dracula | 3 - Player Miss | 4 - Death

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

Other Characters

Lesser Enemies: Zombie, Vampire Bat, Spirit, Fishman, Raven, Ghost, Hunchback, Big Worm, Pillar of Bones, Spider, Skull Head, Rope Lizard, Spike Shooter, Mudworm, Spear Guard and Sword Lord
Bosses: Deathbat, Death Dragon, Flying Dragon, The Grim Reaper, Medusa, Alucard, Executioner and Ninjotaur
Dracula Forms: Dracula and Dracula's Ghost
Supporting Cast: Alucard

Character Lists

Lesser Enemies | Bosses | Dracula Forms | Supporting Cast

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Main Arsenal

Hero Image
Full Name: Sonia Belmont
Main Weapon: Vampire Killer Whip
Weapon Power-Up: Chain Whip & Fireball Whip
Alternate Weapons: None
Sub-Weapon Power-Up: None
Special Abilities: Can crouch-walk and become temporarily invincible
Armor: None
Limitations: Sonia takes directly after Christopher Belmont despite the difference in time-period. Sonia does tend to plod along, but she moves well enough and quickly while jumping. She jumps high but doesn't cover much horizontal ground, but those jumps can be controlled so that she can bob and weave through the air. Her whip can be powered-up three times to the point where it spews fireballs, and there's absolutely no regression as there was in the past Game Boy titles. Sonia can whip left and right while climbing ropes and can slide down at hyper speeds, but hit-detection is poor when dealing with enemies that come in from angles while she climbs; this will usually be her downfall. She can crouch walk as Simon could in Super Castlevania IV, but this is an almost useless addition, worth maybe one use in the zombie-filled trap room on stage one. Sonia's true strength lies in her soul powers: Five collectible sub-weapon-like essences; collected soul powers can be used at any time, affording Sonia up to five sub-powers available. Finally, once per life, Sonia can become temporarily invincible, wherein her speed, power and jumping ability increase.

Weapon Name
Weapon Image
Vampire Killer
Standard family-created leather whip
Chain Whip
Steel-enhanced short-length whip
Fireball Whip
A powered-up chain whip can spew fireballs from its tip

Magical Items
Item Name
Found In
Magic Crystal
Whip Power-Up
Powers Mystic Weapons
Chicken Leg
Restores Energy
Adds One Life to Your Stock
White Candle
Enemy Trap
Soul Container
Boss Creature
Contains Single Soul Power
Summons Some Bosses
Hidden Candle
Collectible Only
Holy Water
Hidden Candle
Collectible Only
Hidden Candle
Collectible Only
Hidden Candle
Collectible Only
Hidden Candle
Collectible Only

Weapon Name
Heart Consumption
Soul Wind
Soul Flame
Soul Bat
Soul Saint
Soul Ice

Screenshots & Media

Local Title Screens

U.S. Title Screen
Japanese Title Screen

Action Shots






Quick-Reference Links
What's Inside
Complete stage overview plus complete stage maps
A look at the game that started the series' downward trend
Passwords | Mystic Weapon Locations

Magazine Coverage
Item Name
Provided are page samples featuring official art and some maps

Text Documents and Help Files
Other Files

Scenes, Packaging Scans and More
American Version
Japanese Version
European Version