Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
|Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow|
Also known as: Akumajou Dracula: Sougetsu no Juujika (JP)
This game has a prototype article
The direct sequel to Aria of Sorrow doesn’t even try to conceal the fact you are essentially playing as (a potential) Dracula. It improves upon its predecessor, even making the support cast playable in an alternate bad ending.
- 1 Julius Mode Unused Coding
- 2 Unused Soul Levels
- 3 Alucard's Fist Animation
- 4 Unused Text
- 5 Unseen Enemy List Entry
- 6 Unused Castle Maps
- 7 Unused Graphics
- 8 Symphony of the Night Leftovers
- 9 Unused/Symphony of the Night Palette
- 10 Regional Differences
Julius Mode Unused Coding
Since the menu is disabled in Julius Mode, a lot of content that would show in menus would not show in normal gameplay. Using Action Replay codes to equip Julius Mode-exclusive items and abilities on Soma, or using the infamous Succubus Glitch to get as Soma to areas normally exclusive to Julius Mode characters, you can uncover some otherwise unused descriptions.
Abilities Coded as Souls
All of Julius, Yoko, and Alucard's special moves from Julius Mode are actually coded as bullet type souls. They can be equipped on Soma via messing with Action Replay codes or using the Succubus glitch, and they work exactly as intended, apart from the cross Soul playing one of Julius' voices. They have unused data as bullet type souls (as the menu is disabled normally in Julius Mode), though their names are blanked out, and their description reads “NULL” in the English version (blanked out in other languages). Pictured below is Yoko's fire spell.
These souls cannot be used in Enemy Set mode as they don't show up in the menu.
Can they be forced? For that matter, what happens if you force other enemy-less souls (i.e. Doppelganger) in Enemy Set?
Unused Item Coding
It's possible for Soma to equip the Alucard Sword via hacking or a glitch, and it works exactly as intended complete with an A button special attack. It has an otherwise unused description saying: "Alucard's favourite sword." It is equipped by default to Alucard during Julius mode.
There is also an unused "Bare knuckles" weapon with a description simply reading "Bare fists." This weapon is...well, Soma without any weapons, punching things. Pretty redundant as you can unequip him of his stuff with the -- option.
You can also glitch Julius' whip into Soma's game. It works correctly but its menu icon is a knife and it has no description.
There is an unused item called "CASTLE MAP 0". It is probably a leftover debug item since:
- The 1st unexplored map appears when a player starts a new game.
- CASTLE MAP 1 and CASTLE MAP 2 are used for the 2nd and 3rd explorable areas, respectively.
In the Japanese version of the game, the Julius mode weapons have actual descriptions, of sorts:
Julius' subweapons simply have "J" in their text box.
十字架 = Cross
聖水 = Holy water
グランドクルス = Grand Cruz (Grand Cross)
Yoko's spells are labelled "ヨーコの魔法", meaning "Yoko's magic".
ホーリーフレイム = Holy Flame
ブルースプラッシュ = Blue Splash
ホーリーライトニング = Holy Lightning
These names were made official as of Castlevania: Harmony of Despair,
and Alucard's bat transformation gets "アルカードの技", translating as: "Alucard's ability".
コウモリ = Bat
"Bare Knuckles" gets "素手", meaning..."Bare fists". How succinct.
"アルカード愛用の剣", meaning "Alucard's favourite sword".
Julius's famous Vampire Killer gets "聖なる鞭", or "Holy Whip".
It seems that the development team had all of the Julius mode weapons and powers complete with "official" names primed and ready for the Japanese version, only to get scrapped for the final release. (The names for Julius mode weapons and abilities, with their original descriptions, are actually listed in the official Japanese guide for the game.)
And yes, there's more to the Vampire Killer than just the above. When the Vampire Killer is equipped onto the glitched Alucard in the main game or if it's hacked into his possession in Julius mode, the player can perform an odd diagonal swing similar to the Alucard Sword's diagonal slash (It's not known exactly why, but it's likely it was an unused whip move. In most cases, as it is separate from the regular whip sprites it was probably either part of a whip retract move after Julius' normal attack animation or an undeveloped Super Castlevania IV-style diagonal attack.)
- In Aria of Sorrow Julius has the whip retract animation after a whip swing.
- In Harmony of Despair Julius gains the ability to swing the whip to 8 directions.
Unused Soul Levels
Screenshots, movies, anything! Also, test more souls/levels! Please and thank you!
By using Action Replay or the Succubus Glitch, one can gain more than the maximum of 9 souls for each Monster Soul. As it turns out, doing so reveals that some souls also have unused level-ups. Numbers of souls collected are stored in 4 bits of RAM, which limits their value to 15, even in a glitched state.
Note: Only Souls that do something apparently different are listed here.
Formation of four bats out of three. All four bats can attack.
|Max Level||Beyond Max|
|Skeleton||3/3: Throw a giant bone||4/3: Throw a small skull (not the same as Yorick!)|
|Ripper||3/3: Throw a giant, enemy-piercing knife
||4/3: Same, but knife does not pierce|
5/3: Game crash
|Disc Armor||2/2: Throw a big, bladed disc-on-a-string||3/2: Same, but disc becomes invisible|
|Bat||3/3: Summon 3 bats to strike enemies||4/3: Summon a fourth bat|
|Spin Devil||5/5: Create a wide tornado||6/5+: Create a slightly wider tornado per-level|
|Buer||5/5: Be circled by 6 flames||6/5+: Be circled by an additional flame per-level|
Alucard's Fist Animation
Alucard has his punching animation from Symphony of the Night available should the player hack a fist-based weapon onto him. (The game loads Alucard's sword animation for most fist-based weapon attacks.)
A text dump has unused text for a part where Hammer would be playable during Julius Mode. The poor guy doesn't join the fun in the final version.
|Julius Belmont: You. Why are you here?
Hammer: Why? I'm here for Soma! My man's in trouble, I tell ya!
Julius Belmont: But it's of no concern to you.
Hammer: Heck yeah, it is! Soma's my pal, after all. Laying his life on the line for a pal... That's what a man does.
Julius Belmont: Wrong. An ordinary human is no match for a foe like this. Being a man has nothing to do with it.
Hammer: Hey, bud, I served in the military! I know weapons a whole lot better than you! And I'd like to think I've got enough sense to retreat if it gets too crazy.
Julius Belmont: Fine, then. But if you ever fear for your life, get out immediately, understood?Hammer: Loud and clear. You have my word.
ハマー: 何故って…。 蒼真が大変な事に なってんだろ？
ユリウス・ベルモンド: だが、お前には関係の ない事だ。
ハマー: 蒼真は俺のダチだ。 ダチのために命を張るってのが 男ってもんだろ？
ユリウス・ベルモンド: 相手は普通の人間が 立ち向かえる相手ではない。 それを男気とは言わん。
ハマー: 俺は元軍人だ。 銃火器の扱いはあんたより上だ。
ハマー: それに、自分の引き際も わきまえているつもりだ。
ユリウス・ベルモンド: そうか…。 いいだろう。
ユリウス・ベルモンド: だが、命の危険を感じたら、 必ず逃げてくれ。
A conversation in between an unknown person (presumably Hammer) and Soma. It would be possible that at one point of development, Hammer also had his own dialogue with (Evil) Soma, but it was eventually scrapped.
Note one of the related character pointer of this dialogue is #04, Hammer, and it's placed among the conversation between Julius/Yoko/Alucard and Evil Soma. The portrait pointer of Soma in this short dialogue also points to portrait #0x00, which is normal Soma's portrait instead of Evil Soma's. The most possible situation is that the Hammer VS. Evil Soma event was half-finished like the "Hammer join the team" event mentioned above but since the playable Hammer was scrapped from Julius mode it was never finished/touched during normal circumstance. Poor Hammer. Portrait #0x05 is the correct slot for Evil Soma's evil grin portrait.
|Unknown person (Hammer): Soma!!
What's the matter, huh? Snap out of it!
Soma: ...Unknown person (Hammer): Damn it!
ソウマ: …。ハマー: ちくしょーっ！
Conversation that Yoko talks to Soma about Julius's messages of a piano puzzle. The piano is only a mere scenery in the final game but there exists a possibility that it once hold secrets in the developing progress.
- The piano puzzle idea is reused and realized in-game in Harmony of Despair.
|Yoko: He says that keyboards let
you find hidden objects by playing notes in sequence. He didn't say what thepatterns were, though.
鳴らす事で、隠された物を 見つけられるそうよ。 何を鳴らすのかまでは聞いてないけどね。
Unseen Enemy List Entry
The enemy list entries for the Julius-exclusive Evil Soma (No.117: Soma "The Dark Lord") and his second form ("Dracula") were blanked out in the final version's enemy list, but can be triggered by hacking or glitching Soma into the Julius mode final fight.
They have descriptions in the Japanese version:
|English Name||Japanese Name||English Description||Japanese Description|
Unused Castle Maps
The final version of the game only uses unexplored (castle) maps for three areas of the game: The Lost Village, Wizardry Lab and Garden of Madness. You automatically start with the first one, and you can purchase the other two.
There is data in the game for all areas having unexplored maps. Most of them tend to be far more complete than the three you have access to; mostly the hidden rooms are not shown.
- Mine of Judgment and Condemned Tower share the same unexplored map block, despite being two separate areas.
- There is a hex value gap between The Pinnacle and The Abyss, going from 02 to 08. It's possible 04 was intended for Mine of Judgment.
The stopwatch sub weapon is stored along with Julius mode HUD, but was not used in the final version. The reason why it got scrapped is unknown; Probably because Soma's time stop bullet soul ability has a more "devil-ish" theme which is not suitable for re-using it as sub weapons.
Symphony of the Night Leftovers
|Alucard's old air kick motion||Alucard's new air kick motion|
Alucard got a "new" air dive kick motion that was, originally, his air diagonal attack with bare hand from Symphony of the Night, which left the old air dive kick motion unused.
Alucard's stone animation #1 from Symphony of the Night. In Julius Mode Alucard can't be turned into stone nor affected by bad status. The original graphics are intact but the palette can't be loaded properly.
Slogra's vertical stab from the air, leftover from Super Castlevania IV and Symphony of the Night. He did team up with Gaibon in the DS games but they never perform combination attacks, nor had an appearance as a boss.
- Hitbox intact.
- Hitbox intact.
- Hitbox intact.
Unused/Symphony of the Night Palette
|Used Palette||Symphony of the Night Palette||Unused Palette|
- Old Symphony of the Night prologue palette of Dracula remains in the graphic file.
- Old palette for defeated familiar-like Orobourous in Symphony of the Night is still accessible in Quetzalcoatl's graphic data.
- The Warg retains its original palette from Symphony of the Night. Dawn of Sorrow uses the palette associated with the Fire Wargs, which is supported by its file name "fenra". "fenra" is short hand for Fenrir, which is the Japanese name for the Fire Wargs, compared to the standard Wargs called "Anfauglir" in Japanese.
- The Japanese version has more numerous voice samples. For example: When you enter Hammer's shop, he says "welcome" ("Irasshai") along with a few other comments after you buy and sell items ("Is that all?", e.g.). The same goes for bosses. In the international versions, the voice samples that have no suitable English substitutions were taken out.
- In the Japanese version you can't skip past cut-scenes during the first playthrough. In the international versions you can by hitting "Start." This became the tradition of all three DS titles.