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General Information
Date Released: 1986
Heroes: Simon Belmont
Stage Number: 6 (18)
Size: 128KB
Original System(s)
MSX2 (Japan and Europe)
Alternate Names/Systems
Akumajou Dracula -- translation: Demon Castle Dracula (Japan)

Manual Story Description

N/A (click "manual scan" at page's bottom)


Vampire Killer is essentially the first series' title as far as its lineage in the western world. Your objective is to clear six screen-by-screen stages, each of which is made up of three separate areas. Hidden in the individual areas are white keys, which you must find if you hope to move on; after locating a key, and solving the puzzle usually entailed, you can enter into the next area and so on until you reach the final area of a stage, a boss room, where you'll face the stage's guardian.

While its style of play is wholly original, you will recognize elements anachronistically ripped directly out of the future Simon's Quest for the NES. For easiest reference, it's best to think of Vampire Killer as a hybrid of two future series' styles, an amalgamation of themes seen in Castlevania and Simon's Quest.

Once completed, the credits will roll, and you'll restart the game on the first stage for perhaps another go-around; though, this time, the challenge-level will now increase due to a larger selection of minor enemies, which is a trend that future games would follow. For more information, click on "review" at the bottom of the page.

Japanese/European Differences

Since the MSX2 and its predecessor were predominantly Japanese computer systems, Vampire Killer never showed up in the western world in any meaningful form. However, in contrast to limited U.S. release, MSX computers found their way to many parts of Europe as did our title in question, which was released under the localized name "Vampire Killer." This is the version that we recognize as most common due to its in-game use of the English language.

Soundtrack and Credits

Opening and Ending Themes: 1 - Prologue | 2 - Ending
Stage Themes: 1 -Vampire Killer | 2 - Stalker | 3 - Wicked Child | 4 - Walking on the Edge | 5 - Heart of Fire | 6 - Out of time | 7 - Nothing to Lose
Battle Themes: 1 - Poison Mind | 2 - Black Night
Miscellaneous Themes: 1 - Death | 2 - Game Over

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

Other Characters

Lesser Enemies: Skeleton, Zombie, Vampire Bat, Fishman, Slime, Knight, Medusa Head, Hunchback, Skull Head, Skeledragon, Red Skeleton, Eagle, Raven, Leopard, Pillar of Bones and Axe Knight
Bosses: Phantom Bat, Medusa, The Mummies, Frankenstein and Igor, and The Grim Reaper
Dracula Forms: Dracula and Possessed Picture
Supporting Cast: Merchants

Character Lists

Lesser Enemies | Bosses | Dracula Forms | Supporting Cast

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Main Arsenal

Hero Image
Full Name: Simon Belmont
Main Weapon: Vampire Killer Whip
Weapon Power-Up: Morning Star Whip
Alternate Weapons: Dagger, Axe & Boomerang
Sub-Weapon Power-Up: None
Special Abilities: None
Armor: Projectile-blocking and defense-increasing shields
Limitations: Simon is equal to his Castlevania counterpart in both speed and jumping ability. The only time he can deviate from these attributes is when he's in possession of wings or boots. Simon's main problem is mobility while climbing on stairs--a recurring obstacle--because his weapons don't accommodate. His regular whip is too short-ranged, and it's difficult to make contact with enemies; the morning star is stronger, but it still doesn't cure his range deficiency. His three other equippable weapons, the dagger especially, offer a cure, affording him more range and power; though, two of these weapons can be lost quickly. His sub-weapons will be helpful, too, and both can reside in his inventory at the same time. Depending on the shield equipped, Simon's defense will increase, either by more pain tolerance or by the ability to block enemy projectiles.

Weapon Name
Weapon Image
Vampire Killer
Standard family-created leather whip
Morning Star
Longer chain whip
Small but weak knife that can be thrown repeatedly
A powerful axe that flies horizontally and returns to Simon
A boomerang-like cross that returns to Simon after thrown

Magical Items
Item Name
Found In
Morning Star
Candle, Chest, Merchant
Whip Power-Up
Candle, Enemy
Powers Mystic Items/Currency
Big Heart
Candle, Enemy, Wall
Powers Mystic Items/Currency
Laying All Around
Opens One Treasure Chest
White Key
Laying Around
Opens An Area Door
Master Key
Opens Many Treasure Chests
Treasure Chest
Laying All Around
Contains Any Range of Items
Money Bag
Candle, Enemy, Wall
Adds To Point Total
Candle, Chest
Renders Player Invincible
Yellow Shield
Chest, Merchant
Blocks Projectiles
Purple Shield
Chest, Merchant
Increases Defense
Red Crystal
Candle, Chest
Partial Energy Restore
Chest, Merchant
Full Energy Restore
Blue Crystal
Candle, Chest
Renders Invisible
Candle, Chest, Merchant
Wearer Moves Faster
Candle, Chest, Merchant
Wearer Jumps Higher
White Bible
Candle, Chest
Increases Heart Value
Purple Bible
Candle, Chest
Decreases Heart Value
White Cross
Candle, Chest
Yellow Cross
Clears Screen of All Enemies
Secret Candle
Chest, Merchant
Shows Breakable Bricks
Candle, Chest, Merchant
Acts As Stage Map
Boss Creature
Clears Stage of All Evil

Weapon Name
Heart Consumption
Holy Water
Similar to the Stopwatch

Screenshots & Media

Local Title Screens

European Title Screen
Japanese Title Screen

Action Shots











Quick-Reference Links
What's Inside
Complete stage overview plus complete stage maps
A look at how this MSX2 offering helped spawn our fine series
Freezing the lesser enemies | The routines of merchants

Magazine Coverage
Item Name
This guide provides coverage for games including Vampire Killer

Text Documents and Help Files
Other Files
None Available
None Available

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