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Submission #6363: mtbRc's DS Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin "Old Axe Armor mode" in 19:16.43

Console: Nintendo DS
Game name: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Castlevania - Portrait of Ruin (USA).nds
Branch: Old Axe Armor mode
Emulator: DeSmuME 0.9.9
Movie length: 19:16.43
FrameCount: 69185
Re-record count: 21069
Author's real name: H.T
Author's nickname: mtbRc
Submitter: mtbRc
Submitted at: 2019-04-13 09:09:43
Text last edited at: 2019-05-01 07:23:01
Text last edited by: fsvgm777
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Status: published
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Game objectives

  • Emulator used: desmume-0.9.9 and Advanced Bus-Level Timing OFF
  • Aim For Fastest Time
  • Manipulates luck
  • Takes Damage To Save Time
  • Starts from SRAM

About This Run

  • This run is TAS of Old axe armor Version which is in special mode of Castlevania - Portrait of Ruin.
Appears when you kill and clear 1000 enemy old axe armor in Jonathan mode. So you need a DSM for SRAM generation.


Created based on the latest version of All Bosses TAS. DSM is here. -> http://dehacked.2y.net/microstorage.php/get/511747355/mtbRc-CVPoR-OldAxeArmerMode%20Velifiler%20V3.dsm This dsm was created using DeSmuME-0.9.9


Most the tricks and glitches used in this run can be found here: http://tasvideos.org/2255S.html and http://tasvideos.org/3657S Roughly different from Richter Mode in the following points.
  • Character change can't be used
  • Multiple hits can't be used
  • There are fewer means of enemy avoidance
  • There are few means of HP recovery

Method to avoid the enemy

  • Invulnerability use by Takes Damage
  • Kill the enemy
  • Invulnerability use of smash
If you hit smash, it will go backwards, but if you use it again at the moment you hit it, you can avoid going backwards. Puppet Master is very slow and not used.

HP recovery

In the following two places in consideration of efficiency
  • HP MAX UP at the entrance of Master's Keep
  • Central savepoint of Burnt Paradice
HP MAX UP is acquired using motion cancellation.

Motion cancellation

The level up and MAX UP treasure chest motion can be canceled by activating Puppet Master at the same time.

Puppet Master Zipping

Release the Puppet Master while hitting the wall with a thin ceiling. Then this Puppet Master comes through the wall. This TAS uses only one part of Entrance.

Moving method

Back dash cancellation loop seems to be the fastest

forward -> backdash,forward+crouch,... 8192-> (15832+13432)/2=14632


Basically it is the same as Richter. But I replace Nation of Fools and Sandy Grave with Richter Mode. This is because I thought that this was earlier as a result of considering the balance with MP.

Special Thanks

  • バル: I referred to the created tesurun
  • ヾ(>ヮ<*)れもにいいいいいい: I referred to the created WIP

Author's Encode

(Link to video)

Memory: Judging

Memory: The submission syncs with the verification movie and the optimization looks solid.

The audience reception for this movie was very good. Now while there are some similarities to other Portrait of Ruin submissions, there's enough differences to make this stand out from the others. In particular the bosses are very different from the other submissions as they feel much more tense.

Accepting to Moons as a new branch.

fsvgm777: Processing.

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