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See also: Magic Book (disambiguation)

The Bible,[1] also known as the Holy Book[2] or the Grimoire[3] (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.

Origins

The Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed with movable metal type.

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.

Overview

The Bible, used as a sub-weapon, generally attacks in one of two forms:

  1. Spiraling from its caster outward, while its pages deal Holy damage.
  2. Spinning around the character, dealing a small amount of Holy damage to nearby enemies.

As the Bible is a sub-weapon, an Item Crash can also be performed with it. Richter Belmont has two types of Item Crashes, while Juste has five:

Game specific information

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

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.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

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

Item Data: Bible
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
VK-White Bible.gif White Bible (jpn) - Vampire Killer [edit]
Increases Simon’s Intelligence Secret Weapon (Item)
Simon Belmont 
Find: Candles, Treasure Chests
Effect: Prices reduced
VK-Black Bible.gif Black Bible (jpn) - Vampire Killer [edit]
Decreases Simon’s Intelligence Secret Weapon (Item)
Simon Belmont 
Find: Candles, Treasure Chests
Effect: Prices increased
RoB Holy Book.pngBible SOTN DXC Icon.png
(RoB/DXC)
Grimoire (jpn) - Rondo of Blood [edit]
Flies out from the user in a spiral, defeating enemies. Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 3 Hearts (10 by using his Item Crash
Bible Icon.png Bible [alt] - Symphony of the Night [edit]
Assails foes with holy scripture. (...) Sub-Weapon
Alucard, Richter, Maria (Saturn only) 
Attrib: Holy
Consume: 5 Hearts (Alucard/Richter/Maria) 
ATT +8
Find: Containers
Effect: Spins about waist (can have 2 out simultaneously).
Special: Item Crash (Richter only, 15 Hearts).
Holy Book Icon.png Holy Book - Harmony of Dissonance [edit]
Sub-Weapon
Juste Belmont 
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.
Subweapon PoR Icon.png Bible - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A book containing words that exorcise evil. Sub-Weapon
Jonathan 
Attrib: Holy
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.
Holy Book PoR Icon.png Holy Book - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 17 MP  Find: Starts with
Effect: Spreads pages around Richter, damaging enemies near him.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
Bible HD Icon.png Bible - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Book containing words that exorcise evil. Sub-Weapon
Jonathan, Julius, Richter, Simon 
Consume: 15 MP  ATK +8
Rarity: ***
Find: Purple Chest
(Chapter 2) Chapter 7 Astarte (boss drop)
Drop: Puppet Master

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Enemies with Bible
Image Name - Game
Description
Statistics Items Location Notes
Sotn-richter.gifSotn Saturn-richter.png
(PS/Saturn)
140. Richter Belmont  - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Master Vampire hunter. Strong: Holy, Stone (both immune)
Weak: Dark
Level: 48
HP: 400
Exp: n/a
Castle Keep (Alucard only)
Weapons: Vampire Killer (Flame Whip), Cross (Cross Boomerang, Grand Cross), Holy Water (Normal attack, Hydro Storm), Axe (Arc Throw), Agunea (Lightning Bolt), Holy Book (Item Crash)

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