- See also: Magic Book (disambiguation)
The Bible, also known as the Holy Book or the Grimoire (魔法の書 Mahō no Sho?), is a recurrent item in the Castlevania series. It first appeared in Vampire Killer, where a White Bible would cause the Old Crone to reduce her prices, while a Black Bible would cause her to increase them instead. In later games, it appeared as a sub-weapon which releases an animated Bible moving around the screen, using words to exorcise evil.
In early design materials for the original Castlevania, it was intended to cause the player to become invincible. This power was transferred to the Invisibility Potion in the final version of the game.
The Bible is a collection of sacred texts or scriptures. Varying parts of the Bible are considered to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans by Christians, Jews, Samaritans and Rastafarians.
What is regarded as canonical text differs depending on traditions and groups; a number of Bible canons have evolved, with overlapping and diverging contents. The Hebrew Bible overlaps with the Greek Septuagint and the Christian Old Testament. The Christian New Testament is a collection of writings by early Christians, believed to be mostly Jewish disciples of Christ.
The Bible has been a massive influence on literature and history, especially in the Western World, where the Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed using movable type.
The Bible, used as a sub-weapon, generally attacks in one of two forms:
- Spiraling from its caster outward, while its pages deal Holy damage.
- Spinning around the character, dealing a small amount of Holy damage to nearby enemies.
- Richter Belmont
- Juste Belmont
Game specific information
The Bible (Magic Book) made its sub-weapon debut in Rondo of Blood as Richter Belmont's counterpart to Maria Renard's Songbook, and is the only new Belmont sub-weapon featured in the game. The attack is performed in an outward spiraling pattern. It did not appear in Richter's arsenal in the later Super NES take on the game, Castlevania: Dracula X.
The Bible came back as a sub-weapon in Symphony of the Night, although its attack pattern changed drastically. This time, it orbits rapidly and tightly around Alucard, Richter Belmont, or Maria Renard (Saturn version only), striking anything that gets too close.
- Main article: Bible/Harmony of Dissonance
The Bible in Harmony of Dissonance is normally thrown in a spiraling pattern like in Rondo of Blood. When used while an Earth Ring is equipped, however, its attack pattern is like that in Symphony of the Night (rapidly orbits). Like other sub-weapons in this game, it can be combined with Spell Books using Spell Fusion to perform powerful magical spells.
|Item Data: Bible|
|Image||Name - Game
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Increases Simon’s Intelligence||Secret Weapon (Item)
|Find: Candles, Treasure Chests
||Effect: Prices reduced|
|Decreases Simon’s Intelligence||Secret Weapon (Item)
|Find: Candles, Treasure Chests
||Effect: Prices increased|
|Flies out from the user in a spiral, defeating enemies.||Sub-Weapon
|Consume: 3 Hearts (10 by using his Item Crash)|
|Assails foes with holy scripture. ()||Sub-Weapon
Alucard, Richter, Maria (Saturn only)
Consume: 5 Hearts (Alucard/Richter/Maria)
||Effect: Spins about waist (can have 2 out simultaneously).|
Special: Item Crash (Richter only, 15 Hearts).
|Consume: 3 Hearts (5 when Earth Ring is equipped).||Effect: Spirals around Juste|
Special: Two holy books orbit Juste with Earth Ring; Can be combined with various Spell Books for more powerful attacks.
|A book containing words that exorcise evil.||Sub-Weapon
Consume: 22 MP
|Base Attack: 7/21 (0 SP/Mastered)
||Find: Entrance (reward from Wind)
Conditions: Complete "Ghosts of the Desert" quest.
|Effect: The holy book spreads its pages around Jonathan, damaging enemies nearby.|
Special: Mastered - Increases in size and moves faster.
Evolve: 2,000 SP to master.
|Consume: 17 MP||Find: Starts with
||Effect: Spreads pages around Richter, damaging enemies near him.|
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
|Book containing words that exorcise evil.||Sub-Weapon
Jonathan, Julius, Richter, Simon
|Consume: MP||ATK +8
Find: Purple Chest
(Chapter 2) Chapter 7 Astarte (boss drop)
Drop: Puppet Master
- At the end of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSX), Dracula quotes the Bible (Matthew 16:26): "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the world, and loses his own soul?"
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