Critical Art (also known as Super Attack or Special Attack) is an ability used in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin, which works in a similar way to the classic Item Crash from other Castlevania games, except that it is used for normal weapons instead of sub-weapons. The user can do such things as improving the attack's speed, strength or range, or invoke a hidden power of the weapon. For example, the Gungner spear can launch a long range lightning blast, while the Vampire Killer has the ability to set itself on fire and hit the enemy with a powerful flaming attack.

Game specific information

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Only the rarer weapons have special attacks, but they are generally unique or have special effects. Weapons which have special attacks are activated with two possible inputs:

  • ↓ ↘ → + [ATTACK] (also abbreviated "QCF + [ATTACK]", for quarter circle forward)
  • ← → + [ATTACK]

The Shotel, for example, can be thrown using the QCF input, and the Sword of Dawn can summon minions to attack for Alucard. Other weapons, generally the most powerful or rare, possess two different critical attacks. The Fist of Tulkas has a fireball attack and a flurry of punches attack which can be performed with the two different commands.

Some weapons also have special attacks which are invoked with weapons equipped in the other hand. For example, Alucard can equip a Heaven's Sword in both hands and invoke a special attack by pressing both attack buttons at the same time. The Shield Rod is also well-known for activating special abilities based on the shield equipped in Alucard's other hand when both attack buttons are pressed.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

In this game, the system is known as Super Attack (in-game), Special Attack (manual) or Magical Strikes (DoubleJump Books guide). Pressing the Special Weapon Attack button makes Soma deliver a powerful secondary attack based on his equipped weapon. Many weapons simply perform a more powerful strike, but certain weapons' special attacks have other properties: the Claimh Solais, for example, gains increased range and speed in addition to a damage boost.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Critical Art is a relic which allows Jonathan to use his weapon's critical move with the input → → + [ATTACK]. It functions the same as the special attack system from Dawn of Sorrow.

Item Data

Item Data: Critical Art
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Relic PoR Icon Critical Art (jpn) - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Use your weapon's critical move with [→, → + Y]. Relic
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