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Submission #2513: arukAdo, gocha's DS Castlevania - Portrait Of Ruin in 12:27.58

Console: Nintendo DS
Game name: Castlevania - Portrait Of Ruin
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Portrait Of Ruin (U).nds
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 12:27.58
FrameCount: 44855
Re-record count: 21372
Author's real name: GAD, S.S.
Author's nickname: arukAdo, gocha
Submitter: arukAdo
Submitted at: 2009-12-25 19:18:01
Text last edited at: 2010-01-10 23:08:16
Text last edited by: arukAdo
Download: Download (14990 bytes)
Status: decision: cancelled
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Author's comments and explanations:

Merry Christmas TASVideosGrue, I havent forgot you for this holyday, here some tasty meal for you.
This movie is an attempt with a different route than the published movie to reach Dracula sooner and defeat him as fast as possible with the Final Sword droped from Final Guard.


  • Aims for fastest time, and fails at this goal
  • Takes damage to save time
  • Use Game Restart Sequence
  • Abuse Programming Errors
  • Manipulate Luck
  • Feature Epic Battle with Dracula (~2/3 of the movie duration!)
  • Emulator used: DeSmuME 9.4+ (FixCycleCount: Actived, FastFetchExecute: DeActived)
  • Unofficial Encode [1]
  • Frames:44725 Lag:1438 Re-records:21372


We used the "anti-lag" feature from 9.4+, yet, its still some 133 seconds slower than the published movie, and 48 seconds slower than the old publication(DeSmuME 9.2, with lags), both using the "original" route.
Theres not much comments to add to this movie, it was speculated for long it would be faster than getting Holy Claymore, the route is pretty simple.
Reach as fast as possible Castle Keep trought warping glitch, drop the Final Sword, then (epic!) fight with Dracula.
Note that it is necessary to trigger the dialog at Castle Keep in order to remove the barrier in the previous room, or else access is blocked on the way back from Final Sword (if say, you warp directly in Final Guard room), the partner extra jump glitch is also needed to reach high plateforms.
It might be possible to get a higher level within a short time span, but, the bosses and ennemy in this game are not rewarding much experience, thus anyway you'll loose time on gathering more levels, overall its seem pretty unlikely to beat the "original" route, Dracula is having too high buff against Non-Holy weapons (see the damage difference between Death/True Dracula).
This movie was made possible thx to gocha, using Lua to manipulate the (unique) drop.
It is recommanded to visit the published movie in case you havent already, this movie is also a part of the package provided for current publication.

Unofficial Encode[1]

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arukAdo: Canceling directly for the obvious reason this doesnt beat the route currently in use on published movie(s), this shall serve referencial purposes only.

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