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NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

  • Platform: NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Abbreviation: CV3
  • Display name: Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
  • Goodtools name: Castlevania III - Dracula's Curse
  • Game resources: GameResources/NES/Castlevania3
  • In group: Castlevania

Total movies: 5


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (USA) "Grant path, warp glitch" in 14:29.42 by scrimpeh.
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- Genre: Action
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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

Unlike the other branches of Castlevania III, this run uses a stairs glitch in Block 4 to climb directly to Dracula and skip most of the game. Only the USA version allows this glitch to work, so it was used instead of the Japanese version, which has superior sound quality.

In this run, scrimpeh beats the predecessor movie by 52.59 seconds through new tricks and better strategies.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (USA) "Trevor, Sunken City path" in 30:19.64 by Fortranm.
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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord). TASVideos has runs playing through the game with each of these characters.

Unlike those other runs, which are played on the Japanese Famicom version of the game, this run uses the USA version. This is because the USA version has a hard-difficulty mode you can access by naming your character "AKAMA" at the start. In this difficulty, you cannot recruit any allies, and there are more enemies that generally do more damage. To make this even harder, Fortranm takes a route that visits the Sunken City as Stage 6, showing off a difficult stage that no other run of this game shows.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Sypha path" in 26:31.88 by zggzdydp.
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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

This game has a technically high-quality soundtrack because it uses a VRC6 sound chip that works in the Japanese Famicom but not in the NES. Thus, the movie was made with the Japanese version of the game instead of the USA version.

This movie takes the path that recruits Sypha. There's also a Grant path movie and an Alucard path movie.

This is an improvement of 1:18.69 over the previous movie, thanks to improved usage of Sypha's ice spell and overall better optimisation.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Grant path" in 28:35.19 by scrimpeh.
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- Uses a suboptimal character
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- Genre: Platform
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

This game has a technically high-quality soundtrack because it uses a VRC6 sound chip that works in the Japanese Famicom but not in the NES. Thus, the movie was made with the Japanese version of the game instead of the USA version.

This movie takes the path that recruits Grant. It is about 22 seconds faster than the previous version. Improvements come from more optimization, better heart management, and new tricks like manipulating moving platforms and entering walls. There is also a Sypha path movie and an Alucard path movie.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Alucard path" in 24:47.73 by zggzdydp.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2017-03-30)
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- Takes damage to save time
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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

This game has a technically high-quality soundtrack because it uses a VRC6 sound chip that works in the Japanese Famicom but not in the NES. Thus, the movie was made with the Japanese version of the game instead of the USA version.

This movie takes the path that recruits Alucard. It improves the predecessor movie by 27.50 seconds. There's also a Grant path movie and a Sypha path movie.

Total movies: 8


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Alucard path" in 25:17.73 by Samhain-Grim.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2007-01-04)
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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

This game has a technically high-quality soundtrack because it uses a VRC6 sound chip that works in the Japanese Famicom but not in the NES. Thus, the movie was made with the Japanese version of the game instead of the USA version.

This movie takes the path that recruits Alucard. It is about 39 seconds faster than the previous movie, played by Genisto. There's also a Grant path movie and a Sypha path movie.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Grant path" in 28:57.55 by Samhain-Grim.
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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

This game has a technically high-quality soundtrack because it uses a VRC6 sound chip that works in the Japanese Famicom but not in the NES. Thus, the movie was made with the Japanese version of the game instead of the USA version.

This movie takes the path that recruits Grant. It is about two minutes faster than the previous version. There is also a Sypha path movie and an Alucard path movie.


[Tier: Moons][Fastest Completion]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (USA) "Grant path, warp glitch" in 15:22.01 by arandomgameTASer, Samsara & Mothrayas.
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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

Unlike the other branches of Castlevania III, this run uses a stairs glitch in Block 4 to climb directly to Dracula and skip most of the game. Only the USA version allows this glitch to work, so it was used instead of the Japanese version, which has superior sound quality.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Sypha path" in 28:32.15 by Phil.
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This is the story of Dracula's curse from the times before the first Castlevania game.
The original name of the game is 悪魔城伝説 (Akumajou Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle").

This movie is interesting, because the game is complex and difficult and the soundtrack is good.

This movie features the Sypha path, which is 2:37 slower than the Alucard path played by Genisto.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Grant path" in 30:56.7 by Samhain-Grim.
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This is the story of Dracula's curse from the times before the first Castlevania game. The original name of the game is 悪魔城伝説 (Akumajou Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle").

This movie features the Grant path, and is about half a minute faster than the previous version and 5 minutes slower than the Alucard path played by Genisto. There is also a Sypha path movie.

This game has a different sound than most other NES games, because of a special VRC6 chip used in the game cartridge. The chip was only shipped in the Japanese versions, which is why the USA version soundtrack sounds poorer, even though it features the same melodies.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Alucard path" in 25:56.92 by Genisto.
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This is the story of Dracula's curse from the times before the first Castlevania game.
The original name of the game is 悪魔城伝説 (Akumajou Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle").

Technically, this game has a really high quality soundtrack - mostly because it uses a VRC6 chip that the Nintendo of America considered too expensive to include in the game cart.
That's why the movie was made for the Japanese version instead of the USA version.
(No, it still isn't SNES quality yet - don't be disappointed.)

This movie is interesting, because the game is complex and difficult and the soundtrack is good.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Sypha path" in 27:50.57 by Samhain-Grim.
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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

This game has a technically high-quality soundtrack because it uses a VRC6 sound chip that works in the Japanese Famicom but not in the NES. Thus, the movie was made with the Japanese version of the game instead of the USA version.

This movie takes the path that recruits Sypha. There's also a Grant path movie and an Alucard path movie.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Grant path" in 31:25.45 by Samhain-Grim.
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This is the story of Dracula's curse from the times before the first Castlevania game. The original name of the game is 悪魔城伝説 (Akumajou Densetsu).

This movie features the Grant path, which hasn't been featured previously at this site.
There is also a Sypha path movie and an Alucard path movie, of which the Alucard path movie is the fastest.

This game has a different sound than most other NES games, because of a special VRC6 chip used in the game cartridge. The chip was only shipped in the Japanese versions, which is why the USA version soundtrack sounds poorer, even though it features the same melodies.

#63437189785474691 - cv3 warped improvement wip blk3
cv3-newwarp.bk2 (11.1kB bk2 movie [NES])
Uploaded 2020-05-18 21:28:34 by scrimpeh (16 files)
For NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (13 files)
In 09:34.49 [34526 frames], 22100 rerecords)
343 views, 30 downloads
up to warp - 579 frames saved
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#63345863124688921 - cv3 warped improvement wip blk2 down
cv3-newwarp.bk2 (9.64kB bk2 movie [NES])
Uploaded 2020-05-14 18:45:57 by scrimpeh (16 files)
For NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (13 files)
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513 frames ahead of old run, ~330 of those are due to the new warps
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#63118038897612687 - cv3 warped improvement wip blk2
cv3-grant-warped.bk2 (8.01kB bk2 movie [NES])
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picking up grant, 95 frames ahead
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#63054088229856056 - cv3 warped improvement wip blk1
cv3-newwarp.bk2 (4.14kB bk2 movie [NES])
Uploaded 2020-05-01 15:24:06 by scrimpeh (16 files)
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#37125403203991102 - Castlevania III - Dracula's Curse ''Alucard Path'' Improvement
Akumajou Densetsu blk 4-03 boss improvement.fm2 (16.3kB fm2 movie [NES])
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FM2 file begins from a savestate

I saved 42 frames on blk 4-03 Boss using whip instead of boomerang subweapon, as well a small lag reduction.
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#33740961685111679 - Third trypha's the charm
CV3-Sypha2-1.bk2 (3.69kB bk2 movie [NES])
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For NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (13 files)
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Another 9 frames saved. Why haven't I just taken the Block 1 from the Grant submission and tried to improve that?
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#33707289833548179 - Another trypha
CV3-Sypha2.bk2 (3.68kB bk2 movie [NES])
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For NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (13 files)
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Not much better though. 5 frames saved.
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#33670740015423056 - Sypha Filter
CV3-Sypha.bk2 (3.82kB bk2 movie [NES])
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For NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (13 files)
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42 frames faster than Random's cancelled submission at the end of Block 1.
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Castlevania III Dracula's Curse.bk2 (12.4kB bk2 movie [NES])
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Death is dead!
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Castlevania III Dracula's Curse.bk2 (7.20kB bk2 movie [NES])
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Giant Bat is dead, again.
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#19413181823487539 - Castlevania 3 "AKAMA" WIP3
Castlevania III Dracula's Curse.bk2 (4.58kB bk2 movie [NES])
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Stage 5 - Alucard's Cave
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#19258915758895093 - Castlevania 3 "AKAMA"
Castlevania III Dracula's Curse.bk2 (3.32kB bk2 movie [NES])
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Stages 3&4
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#19089557368838353 - Castlevania 3 "AKAMA"
Castlevania III Dracula's Curse.bk2 (2.10kB bk2 movie [NES])
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Automatically Trevor-only. Will take the Sunken City path.

Castlevania III - Dracula's Curse (U) !

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The intent of this page is to list and explain all known Tricks for Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse.

TODO: Add images explaining various tricks.

Game version

When making a run, TASers have the choice between the U version and the J version of the game. There are a few notable differences between the versions:

  • The J Rom uses the VRC6, a mapper by Konami that includes a special sound chip, giving the game richer music.
  • In the U version, Grant uses a dagger with tiny range. The J version gives him a throwing dagger that reaches across the entire screen and does not use hearts.
  • Damage is calculated differently. In the U version, most enemies do the same amount of damage, which goes up with the later stages. The J version has enemies do different amounts of damage that remain consistent throughout stages. This led to the J version of the game being regarded as slightly easier.
  • Different placement for various candles, items and enemies.
  • More bat spawns in the U version.
  • The stair glitch produces different results in the U version. This makes the route used in glitched warp movie only possible on the U version.

Cancelling Attack Animations

All thrown weapons and Sypha's spells can be used without triggering the attack animation. This allows you to keep moving and throw weapons considerably faster. You can skip the animation by pressing B or Up+B...

  • ...immediately after crouching (Grant's Throwing Dagger and Alucard's fireballs only)
  • ...on the frame you land from a fall or jump (sometimes, it is also possible to do it while dismounting from the top of a staircase)
  • ...on the frame you walk off a ledge
  • ...on the correct frame you jump into a ceiling (Grant only)

It is also possible for Grant to get out of his attack animation by touching a wall or a ceiling.

Character-specific Tricks

Grant

  • By letting go of the direction you're walking in on the frame you're walking off an edge, Grant immediately hits maximum falling speed. Doing this on one-block high drops is faster than walking off normally or jumping. On drops that are two blocks or higher, Grant is forced into his crouching state when he lands.

  • Grant can enter walls if they are placed in a certain way. There needs to be a ceiling above the wall, from which Grant can jump into from below. Hitting a ceiling adds 32 Subpixels to Grant's position, even if he's already right next to a wall. Doing this often enough will add a full pixel, allowing Grant to enter the wall at the corner between the ceiling and the wall. Depending on the position of him and the blocks around him, jumping immediately zips Grant upwards a block. Alternatively, Grant will be able to crawl around in the walls. Subpixels have to be aligned carefully when approaching the wall, as to minimize the amount of jumps this trick will need.

  • If two blocks are arranged in a way there's an inner corner on both sides, approaching the corner from below the right way allows Grant to pull himself through. TODO: Add an image demonstrating this

  • Pulling himself up or down the corners of blocks adds to Grant's X Position without adjusting the camera scroll. If a horizontal room is long enough and has enough blocks for Grant to climb up or down, it is possible to reach the very edge of the screen. It's possible to make Grant's X position roll over, allowing him to reach the other side of the screen.

  • U version only: By using the dagger and letting go of Right on the exact frame where Grant touches a wall, he is warped vertically and launched upwards with a high amount of speed. If you are low on the screen, Grant will warp up, when high on the screen, Grant will move to the bottom of the screen. This allows for a number of shortcuts and drastically cutting down some vertical levels. This only works with right walls.

Sypha

  • The freeze spell can be used to freeze enemies and projectiles and stand on them. You can use this to jump up any ledge up to four tiles high. Even higher ledges can be cleared by freezing multiple enemies in the right positions or using a damage boost. Frozen enemy hitboxes may be wonky, however. Additionally, freezing an enemy so that it blocks the entrance to a set of stairs can be used to disalign yourself from them (See below.)

TODO: Add more.

Alucard

  • Alucard can turn into a bat and fly around, at the cost of hearts. It is possible to dismount from stairs that way. If Alucard is close to a ceiling, takes damage, and turns into a bat at the peak of his jump, he may end up above the ceiling.

TODO: Add more.

The glitched Worlds

It is possible to disalign yourself from the stairs to enter rooms you were never supposed to. These rooms often have glitched tiles, and, if you get very far into the glitched worlds, can cause odd effects, such as random level data, the sound not working properly and the game freezing. Those glitched worlds can usually only be exited using death, but some effects can persist even afterwards.

Character Switching

Switching between characters causes a long, unskippable sequence. Yet it still can be utilized to perform a few tricks.

  • If Alucard turns into a bat, flies to the ground, and you switch characters, Trevor may end up in the floor.
  • If Grant jumps a certain height and you switch characters at the correct frame, Trevor will end up in the floor.
  • If you switch characters while Grant pulls himself up or down a block, Trevor will end up in the floor.
  • Switching from Trevor to Grant while on a stair allows Grant to disalign himself from the stairs. (See below)
  • If a character attacks while he's on a stair, and you switch characters, you'll dismount yourself from the stairs. This has been fixed in the U version. Also, taking damage and then switching characters lets you drop from the stairs.

Disaligning from Stairs

There are several ways to do this. This is only useful if a stair connects to the edge of a block, so you don't hit a floor and dismount from the stairs there. If you can reach the top or bottom of the screen, you'll simply walk through, potentially enabling shortcuts or entering the glitched worlds.

  • Being stuck in the Floor as Trevor, then switching to Grant when you're on the stairs lets you walk below the actual stairs.

  • Descending Stairs as Trevor and switching to Grant on the frame before a screen transition happens lets you walk above the actual stairs.

  • Abusing Grant's climbing mechanics to reach the edge of the screen will allow Grant to disalign from the stairs.

  • Using Sypha's freeze spell on an enemy so that it obstructs the entrance to a set stairs will let Sypha disalign from the stairs in either direction. This is the fastest way to do this, as it does not involve any character switching or reaching the edge of the screen.

In the Glitched Worlds

The glitched worlds vary a lot depending on where you enter them. The deeper you go, the less stable the game becomes, culminating in freezing or odd glitches that persist after character death. For example, it is possible to confuse the game as to what characters you are playing with. The full extent of these glitches is yet to be documented. If you find and defeat a boss in the glitched worlds, you get sent back to Stage 1.

Other tricks

Manipulating Moving Platforms

By keeping moving platforms off-screen, it is possible to change their timing to your advantage.

Skipping Forced Crouch

Higher jumps and falls force your character into a crouch mode when he or she lands. You can avoid this by attacking on the correct frame in midair.

Optimizing jumps

Jumping as Trevor (probably also applies to Sypha and Alucard) wastes 4 frames normally. It is possible to save a frame or two by jumping at the first frame it is possible to (for example after climbing stairs) or by walking to the very edge of a platform before jumping from it. The former usually saves more frames, though this is not always the case. This behaviour is not true for Grant. It is usually quicker by a frame to start moving forward before jumping.

Drowning Glitch

In Block 6-5, you have to kill a boss while water below you is rising. If you touch the boss orb on the very last frame before you would drown, you will proceed into the next level, but the game will assume you are dead. Because of this, no enemies will spawn, you can't use your weapons and screen scrolling is deactivated. It is impossible to die in this state, not even through bottomless pits or the timer running out. Unfortunately, this glitch has no use, as it can only be performed in one place. You will be stuck in the first screen of Block 7-2, due to the deactivated scrolling.

Ram Addresses

Address Set #4: Castlevania 3
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Download .wch file for: BizHawk
Domain Address Data Type Signed Endian Description
RAM 004B Byte Unsigned Big Boss Health
RAM 0053 Byte Unsigned Big Camera Position (X and Y)
RAM 0054 Byte Unsigned Big Camera Position, second byte
RAM 0055 Byte Unsigned Big X Subpixel
RAM 007D Byte Unsigned Big Character Hitstun
RAM 041C Byte Unsigned Big Character Y Position
RAM 0438 Byte Unsigned Big Character X Position


See also