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[[File:Castlevania dracx-5.jpg|thumb|right|300px|<p style="text-align: center;">Dracula's Castle in 1792.</p>]]
 
[[File:Castlevania dracx-5.jpg|thumb|right|300px|<p style="text-align: center;">Dracula's Castle in 1792.</p>]]
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{{Q|This castle is a creature of Chaos. It may take many incarnations.|[[Alucard]] in ''[[Castlevania: Symphony of the Night|Symphony of the Night]]''}}
 
{{For|other uses|Dracula's Castle (disambiguation)|Castlevania (disambiguation)}}
 
{{For|other uses|Dracula's Castle (disambiguation)|Castlevania (disambiguation)}}
 
{{Nihongo|'''Dracula's Castle'''|ドラキュラ城|Dorakyura Jō}}, also known as {{Nihongo|'''Demon Castle'''|悪魔城|Akumajō}} or '''Castlevania''', is [[Dracula|Count Dracula]]'s lair and symbol of his magic.<ref>[[:File:LO06zwW.png|Dawn of Sorrow's Library]]</ref> It houses an army of his supernatural minions, and tends to collapse when Dracula is defeated. Yet, it is able to restore itself and reappears intact in later games, even the ones where Dracula has not yet revived himself.
 
{{Nihongo|'''Dracula's Castle'''|ドラキュラ城|Dorakyura Jō}}, also known as {{Nihongo|'''Demon Castle'''|悪魔城|Akumajō}} or '''Castlevania''', is [[Dracula|Count Dracula]]'s lair and symbol of his magic.<ref>[[:File:LO06zwW.png|Dawn of Sorrow's Library]]</ref> It houses an army of his supernatural minions, and tends to collapse when Dracula is defeated. Yet, it is able to restore itself and reappears intact in later games, even the ones where Dracula has not yet revived himself.
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Following Dracula's defeat in [[Demon Castle War|1999]], the castle was sealed into an [[Solar Eclipse|eclipse]], and was visited by [[Soma Cruz]] in [[Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow|2035]]. In [[Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow|2036]], [[Celia Fortner]] and her [[With Light|cult]] built a castle immensely similar to Dracula's to foster the growth of a new [[Dark Lord]]. As her plan was left in ruins, the castle completely collapses. The castle ultimately returned due to [[Olrox]] effectively taking over as the Dark Lord, until [[Death]] put an end to him.
 
Following Dracula's defeat in [[Demon Castle War|1999]], the castle was sealed into an [[Solar Eclipse|eclipse]], and was visited by [[Soma Cruz]] in [[Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow|2035]]. In [[Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow|2036]], [[Celia Fortner]] and her [[With Light|cult]] built a castle immensely similar to Dracula's to foster the growth of a new [[Dark Lord]]. As her plan was left in ruins, the castle completely collapses. The castle ultimately returned due to [[Olrox]] effectively taking over as the Dark Lord, until [[Death]] put an end to him.
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==Game appearances==
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While the castle, or a replacement, has appeared in every game that conform the ''[[Castlevania (series)|Castlevania]]'' series to date, this section focuses in those instances when the castle has appeared as its own named stage or area.
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===''[[Castlevania II: Simon's Quest]]''===
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{{Main|Dracula's Castle (Simon's Quest)}}
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The final act of the game actually takes place inside of Castlevania, which now lies in ruins after years of abandonment following the outcome of the [[Castlevania (video game)|first game]]. A few sights are still recognizable, such as the long entrance corridor adorned with tall curtains. The castle can only be accessed through the collection of all five of [[Dracula]]'s [[Dracula's Relics|body parts]], which [[Simon Belmont|Simon]] must bring to the basement to burn them, resulting in a final confrontation with the [[Dark Lord]] himself, who must be defeated once again to lift the curse that befell the land after their first encounter seven years ago.
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===''[[Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse]]''===
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About two thirds of the game take place outside the castle, as renowned vampire hunter, [[Trevor Belmont]], travels the [[Transylvania]]n countryside in his quest to defeat the [[vampire]] lord, [[Dracula|Count Dracula]]. Throughout his journey and depending of the paths he chooses, he may meet and recruit new companions who will surely help him in this task.
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Once inside the castle, the world map is replaced with one of its interior (which is very similar to the one from the [[Castlevania (video game)|first game]], although this time scrolling vertically instead of horizontally). From here on, the game only consists of completing level after level (that is, no more options are given to follow different paths) until reaching the [[Castle Keeps|castle keep]] and facing the fiend himself.
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===''[[Super Castlevania IV]]''===
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This retelling of the [[Castlevania (video game)|first game]] retakes the concept of beginning the first act by traveling across the [[Transylvania]]n countryside, passing through wilds, caves and rivers, until reaching the Demon Castle, at which point the world map is once again changed into a map of the castle's interior, this time viewed from an isometric perspective. From here on, the last levels of the game are accessed, leading to the final confrontation with the [[Dracula|Count]].
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===''[[Castlevania: Bloodlines]]''===
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{{Main|Bloodlines Stage 1|Ruins of the Castle Dracula}}
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===''[[Castlevania: Curse of Darkness]]''===
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{{Main|Dracula's Castle (Curse of Darkness)}}
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===''[[Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin]]''===
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In ''Portrait of Ruin'', the main bulk of the game takes place inside of Dracula's Castle, which serves as a hub of sorts to access the game's many [[:category:Portraits|portraits]], which are entrances to the different areas that conform the game. Furthermore, the castle itself is divided into six individual areas that are connected to each other:
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#[[Entrance (Portrait of Ruin)|Entrance]]
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#[[Buried Chamber]]
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#[[Great Stairway]]
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#[[Tower of Death]]
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#[[Master's Keep]]
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#[[The Throne Room (Portrait of Ruin)|The Throne Room]]
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===''[[Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia]]''===
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Once [[Barlowe]] has been defeated in [[Ecclesia]], Dracula's Castle suddenly emerges during the night and beckons [[Shanoa]] to enter it. The castle serves as the setting for the final act of the game, and it's also divided in many individual and different sections, which all in conjunction conform about the second half of the game.
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==Similar castles==
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*''[[Castlevania: Bloodlines]]'' features an English castle called [[Bloodlines Stage 6|The Castle Proserpina]], which serves as the final level of the game, in which [[Elizabeth Bartley]], and later [[Dracula]], reside.
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*''[[Castlevania: Circle of the Moon]]'' is set in an Austrian [[Camilla's Castle|castle]] owned by [[Camilla]] and used as the site for a [[Black Mass|resurrection ritual]] for [[Dracula (Circle of the Moon)|Dracula]].
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*''[[Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance]]'' features a false castle spawned from [[Maxim Kischine]] by collecting [[Dracula's Relics|Dracula's relics]], which created a new soul inside of him and a castle with two layers, each one representing an individual half of him — the good half represented by a more realistic and structurally complete castle, and the evil half represented by a decaying castle accompanied by a red sky. These were both evidenced to be portions of the actual castle of Dracula, as merging them (in actuality the merging of Maxim's two personalities by eliminating the "good" one) would create the complete castle.
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*''[[Castlevania: Lament of Innocence]]'' is set in a [[Walter's Castle|castle]] belonging to [[Walter Bernhard]]. Whether [[Dracula]] now owns this castle or if it is another castle altogether is unconfirmed.
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*''[[Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow]]'' is set in a castle which serves as the base of operations of [[With Light]], a sect commanded by [[Celia Fortner]]. This castle was destroyed after [[Menace]] was defeated by [[Soma Cruz]].
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*''[[Castlevania: Curse of Darkness]]'' begins in an old [[Abandoned Castle]] resembling Dracula's Castle (specifically the one in the original ''[[Castlevania (video game)|Castlevania]]''), in which [[Hector]] chases [[Isaac]]. Whether it is an old castle once used by Dracula or another entirely is debatable.
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* ''[[Akumajō Dracula: Kabuchi no Tsuisoukyoku]]'' has a facsimile of Dracula's Castle (and by extension, its inhabitants) being formed from [[Legion]] by [[Olrox]] as well as [[Graham's Cult]].
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*''[[Castlevania: Harmony of Despair]]'' features several incarnations of the castle which have been manifested through the [[Grimoire]].
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*''[[Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls]]'' features an incarnation of the castle included in the titular Grimoire.
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<gallery perrow="2" widths="250" position="center" captionalign="center">
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Camilla's Castle - 01.png|[[Camilla's Castle|Camilla's castle]] from ''[[Castlevania: Circle of the Moon|Circle of the Moon]]''
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Dracula's Castle - 12.png|[[Maxim Kischine|Maxim]]'s castle from ''[[Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance|Harmony of Dissonance]]''
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Walter's Castle - 05.png|[[Walter's Castle|Walter's castle]] from ''[[Castlevania: Lament of Innocence|Lament of Innocence]]''
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With Lights Base.png|[[With Light]]'s headquarters from ''[[Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow|Dawn of Sorrow]]''
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</gallery>
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==Other appearances==
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===''[[Castlevania (animated series)|Castlevania]]'' (animated series)===
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;History
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[[File:$.jpg|thumb|<p style="text-align: center;">Castlevania</p>]]
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Castlevania was constructed sometime before 1455. [[Lisa (animated series)|Lisa of Lupu]] visited the castle in 1455 and became the student and wife of [[Dracula (animated series)|Dracula]] shortly after their first meeting. After Lisa was killed by the Church within [[Targoviste]] in 1475, Dracula returned to Castlevania to summon an army. He dueled with his son [[Alucard (animated series)|Alucard]] within the castle and then gathered an army of demons. In 1476, Dracula teleported Castlevania directly into the center of Targoviste. He unleashed his army of demons and destroyed the city in short order. Dracula's army was then deployed across the whole of [[Wallachia]] with the goal of exterminating all humanity.
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;Overview
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Castlevania is the home of [[Dracula (animated series)|Vlad Dracula Tepes]]. It is strongly implied that the castle was built by Dracula himself. The castle is both a technological and supernatural marvel. From its exterior, the castle can be seen to incorporate electricity and advanced mechanics in its workings. The [[Belmont Clan|Belmont]] family has noted that it also uses steam power and electric powered lights. Not including technology that is centuries beyond what the outside world possesses, Castlevania is also operated with supernatural elements. Dracula's study is shown to have glass that reacts to his magical abilities. Also, the whole castle is capable of teleportation; a "traveling machine" as Dracula puts it. Dracula can make Castlevania teleport to any location. This teleportation can be done softly or in an explosion of fire, as was the case when he teleported the castle into Targoviste.
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During peacetime, Castlevania is Dracula's home and laboratory. In wartime, it is a weapon of such danger and potency as to be legend. When Dracula attacked Targoviste, his castle's teleportation was like dropping a bomb on the city, destroying the city church instantly. Immediately afterward, Dracula released his army —which was housed inside the castle— directly into the city; completely ignoring any defenses Targoviste had.
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;Rooms
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*[[File:Castlevania-entrance-hall.jpg|right|200px]]'''Entrance Hall''': An opulent hallway connected to one of Dracula's laboratories.
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*[[File:Lisa-is-awed-by-draculas-lab.jpg|right|200px]]'''Laboratory''': The lab that Dracula showed Lisa contains a library, astronomy equipment, a chemical lab, and electrical experiments.
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*[[File:Study.jpg|right|200px]]'''Study''': The room in which Dracula dueled with Alucard contained another library as well as a magical machine composed of moving glass and electricity.
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{{clr}}
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===''[[Super Smash Bros. Ultimate]]''===
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Dracula's Castle is featured in ''Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'' as a playable stage. Renowned enemy characters from the ''[[Castlevania (series)|Castlevania]]'' franchise such as [[Medusa]], the [[Mummy]], [[The Creature]] and [[Flea Man]] ([[Igor]]), [[Carmilla]], the [[Werewolf]], [[Death]] and even [[Dracula]] himself appear in the stage from time to time as background elements. The castle also acted as the main setting for the announcement trailer for [[Simon Belmont]]'s inclusion to the game as a playable character, where he arrived at the castle to deal with Dracula, while [[w:c:mario:Luigi|Luigi]], who had arrived at the castle before Simon for unknown reasons, was overwhelmed by the castle's unearthly inhabitants before being killed by Death. The full castle was seen after Luigi screamed at the sight of [[Carmilla]]'s mask as he attempted to revive himself.
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In the World of Light adventure mode, Dracula's Castle appears as an area in the World of Dark taking a form very similar to the original Castlevania. Within, the player must make use of cannons to dispel evil spirits and battle their way across the castle, ascending to the top, and defeat Dracula as part of the process to make Dharkon appear in the World of Dark's main hub. The characters [[w:c:Metroid:Ridley|Ridley]], [[w:c:Mario:Princess Daisy|Daisy]], Wario , Dark Pit, Robin, Ken and Richter can be recruited here.
   
 
==Rooms and features==
 
==Rooms and features==
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*[[Underground Waterway]]
 
*[[Underground Waterway]]
   
==Game appearances==
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==Similar structures==
While the castle, or a replacement, has appeared in every game that conform the ''[[Castlevania (series)|Castlevania]]'' series to date, this section focuses in those instances when the castle has appeared as its own named stage or area.
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Although the general structure of the castle is never the same from one game to another, some places keep a similar structure in some opus.
   
===''[[Castlevania II: Simon's Quest]]''===
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===Entrance===
{{Main|Dracula's Castle (Simon's Quest)}}
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<gallery position="center" captionalign="center" orientation="square">
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Entrada expandida 01.png
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Entrada expandida 02.png|In Camilla's castle
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Entrada expandida 03.png
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</gallery>
   
===''[[Castlevania: Bloodlines]]''===
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===Entrance's little attic===
{{Main|Bloodlines Stage 1}}
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<gallery position="center" captionalign="center" orientation="square">
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Entrada expandida superior 01.png
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Entrada expandida superior 02.PNG|In Camilla's castle
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Entrada expandida superior 03.PNG
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</gallery>
   
===''[[Castlevania: Curse of Darkness]]''===
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===Cells===
{{Main|Dracula's Castle (Curse of Darkness)}}
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<gallery position="center" captionalign="center" orientation="square">
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Calabouço 01.png
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Calabouço 01.5.jpg
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Calabouço 02.png
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Calabouço 03.jpg
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</gallery>
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===Outer walls===
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<gallery position="center" captionalign="center" orientation="square">
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Muralha Exterior 01.png
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Muralha Exterior 01.5 (1).jpg
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Muralha Exterior 04 (2).png
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</gallery>
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===Waterfall===
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<gallery perrow="2" position="center" captionalign="center" orientation="square">
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Cachoeira - parte inferior 01.jpg
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Cachoeira - parte inferior 02.png
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Cachoeira - parte superior direita 01.jpg
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Cachoeira - parte superior direita 02.png
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Cachoeira - parte superior esquerda 01.jpg
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Cachoeira - parte superior esquerda 02.png
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Cachoeira - queda 01.jpg
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Cachoeira - Queda 02.png
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</gallery>
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===Tomb===
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<gallery position="center" captionalign="center" orientation="square">
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Caixão de Alucard 01.png
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Caixão de Alucard 02.png
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</gallery>
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===Fountain===
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<gallery position="center" captionalign="center" orientation="square">
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Muralha Exterior 01.5 (2).png
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Muralha Exterior 02.jpg
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Muralha Exterior 03.jpg
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Muralha Exterior 04 (1).png
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</gallery>
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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Dracula's Castle - 05.png|''[[Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 05.png|''[[Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 07.png|'''[[Dracula's Castle Part 3|Dracula's Castle]]''' from ''[[Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 07.png|'''[[Dracula's Castle Part 3|Dracula's Castle]]''' from ''[[Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge]]''
Dracula's Castle - 21.png|'''[[w:c:captainn:Castlevania|Castlevania]]''' from the ''[[Captain N: The Game Master|Captain N]]'' episode "[[:File:Captain N - The Game Master - Return to Castlevania|Return to Castlevania]]"
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Dracula's Castle - 21.png|'''[[Castlevania (Captain N)|Castlevania]]''' from the ''[[Captain N: The Game Master|Captain N]]'' episode "[[:File:Captain N - The Game Master - Return to Castlevania|Return to Castlevania]]"
 
Dracula's Castle - 04.png|''[[Super Castlevania IV]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 04.png|''[[Super Castlevania IV]]''
Dracula's Castle - 22.png|''[[Kid Dracula]]''
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Dracula's Castle - 22.png|''[[Kid Dracula (Game Boy)|Kid Dracula]]'' ([[Game Boy|GB]])
Ganbare Goemon - Jigen Jō no Akumu - 02.png|'''Dracula's Castle''' from ''[[Ganbare Goemon: Jigen Jō no Akumu]]''
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Ganbare Goemon - Jigen Jō no Akumu - 02.png|''[[Ganbare Goemon: Jigen Jō no Akumu]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 08.png|''[[Castlevania Chronicles]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 08.png|''[[Castlevania Chronicles]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 09.png|''[[Castlevania: Rondo of Blood]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 09.png|''[[Castlevania: Rondo of Blood]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 10.png|'''[[Bloodlines Stage 1|Ruins of the Castle Dracula]]''' from ''[[Castlevania: Bloodlines]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 10.png|'''[[Bloodlines Stage 1|Ruins of the Castle Dracula]]''' from ''[[Castlevania: Bloodlines]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 03.png|''[[Castlevania: Dracula X]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 03.png|''[[Castlevania: Dracula X]]''
Dracula's Castle - 02.jpg|'''Dracula's Castle''' from the ''[[Castlevania: Dracula X|Akumajō Dracula XX]]'' instruction booklet
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Dracula's Castle - 02.jpg|''[[Castlevania: Dracula X|Akumajō Dracula XX]]''<br />(instruction booklet)
 
Dracula's Castle - 20.png|''[[Castlevania: Symphony of the Night]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 20.png|''[[Castlevania: Symphony of the Night]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 11.png|''[[Castlevania Legends]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 11.png|''[[Castlevania Legends]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 17.png|''[[Castlevania (Nintendo 64)|Castlevania]]'' ([[Nintendo 64|N64]])
 
Dracula's Castle - 17.png|''[[Castlevania (Nintendo 64)|Castlevania]]'' ([[Nintendo 64|N64]])
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Dream castleres screenshot57.jpg|''[[Castlevania: Resurrection]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 18.png|''[[Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 18.png|''[[Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 19.png|'''[[Dracula's Castle (Curse of Darkness)|Dracula's Castle]]''' from ''[[Castlevania: Curse of Darkness]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 19.png|'''[[Dracula's Castle (Curse of Darkness)|Dracula's Castle]]''' from ''[[Castlevania: Curse of Darkness]]''
 
POR-Draculs Castle.png|''[[Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin]]''
 
POR-Draculs Castle.png|''[[Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin]]''
 
Castlevania dracx-5.jpg|''[[Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles]]''
 
Castlevania dracx-5.jpg|''[[Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles]]''
Ooe dracula 10 1280.jpg|'''Dracula's Castle''' from an official ''[[Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia]]'' wallpaper
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Ooe dracula 10 1280.jpg|''[[Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia]]''<br />(official wallpaper)
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Castlevania-lordsofsh-reverie-castle.png|[[Castlevania (Lords of Shadow)|Castlevania]] from ''[[Lords of Shadow Timeline|Lords of Shadow]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 13.png|''[[Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 13.png|''[[Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth]]''
 
Jose-vega-45480413-2149637638380574-8107576491547557888-o.jpg|''[[Castlevania (animated series)|Castlevania]]'' animated series
 
Jose-vega-45480413-2149637638380574-8107576491547557888-o.jpg|''[[Castlevania (animated series)|Castlevania]]'' animated series
 
Dracula's Castle - 23.png|''[[Super Smash Bros. Ultimate]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 23.png|''[[Super Smash Bros. Ultimate]]''
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Grimoire of Souls Castle Detail.jpg|''[[Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls]]''
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
 
==Similar castles==
 
*''[[Castlevania: Bloodlines]]'' features an English castle called [[Bloodlines Stage 6|The Castle Proserpina]], which serves as the final level of the game, in which [[Elizabeth Bartley]], and later [[Dracula]], reside.
 
*''[[Castlevania: Circle of the Moon]]'' is set in an Austrian [[Camilla's Castle|castle]] owned by [[Camilla]] and used as the site for a resurrection ritual for [[Dracula (Circle of the Moon)|Dracula]].
 
*''[[Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance]]'' features a false castle spawned from [[Maxim Kischine]] by collecting [[Dracula's Relics|Dracula's relics]], which created a new soul inside of him and a castle with two layers, each one representing an individual half of him — the good half represented by a more realistic and structurally complete castle, and the evil half represented by a decaying castle accompanied by a red sky. These were both evidenced to be portions of the actual castle of Dracula, as merging them (in actuality the merging of Maxim's two personalities by eliminating the "good" one) would create the complete castle.
 
*''[[Castlevania: Lament of Innocence]]'' is set in a [[Walter's Castle|castle]] belonging to [[Walter Bernhard]]. Whether [[Dracula]] now owns this castle or if it is another castle altogether is unconfirmed.
 
*''[[Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow]]'' is set in a castle which serves as the base of operations of [[With Light]], a sect commanded by [[Celia Fortner]]. This castle was destroyed after [[Menace]] was defeated by [[Soma Cruz]].
 
*''[[Castlevania: Curse of Darkness]]'' begins in an old [[Abandoned Castle]] resembling Dracula's Castle (specifically the one in the original ''[[Castlevania (video game)|Castlevania]]''), in which [[Hector]] chases [[Isaac]]. Whether it is an old castle once used by Dracula or another entirely is debatable.
 
*''[[Castlevania: Harmony of Despair]]'' features several incarnations of the castle which have been manifested through the [[Grimoire]].
 
 
<gallery perrow="2" widths="250" position="center" captionalign="center">
 
Camilla's Castle - 01.png|[[Camilla's Castle|Camilla's castle]] from ''[[Castlevania: Circle of the Moon|Circle of the Moon]]''
 
Dracula's Castle - 12.png|[[Maxim Kischine|Maxim]]'s castle from ''[[Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance|Harmony of Dissonance]]''
 
Walter's Castle - 05.png|[[Walter's Castle|Walter's castle]] from ''[[Castlevania: Lament of Innocence|Lament of Innocence]]''
 
With Lights Base.png|[[With Light]]'s headquarters from ''[[Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow|Dawn of Sorrow]]''
 
</gallery>
 
 
==Other appearances==
 
===[[Castlevania (animated series)|Animated series]]===
 
;History
 
[[File:$.jpg|thumb|<p style="text-align: center;">Castlevania</p>]]
 
Castlevania was constructed sometime before 1455. [[Lisa (animated series)|Lisa of Lupu]] visited the castle in 1455 and became the student and wife of [[Dracula (animated series)|Dracula]] shortly after their first meeting. After Lisa was killed by the Church within [[Targoviste]] in 1475, Dracula returned to Castlevania to summon an army. He dueled with his son [[Alucard (animated series)|Alucard]] within the castle and then gathered an army of demons. In 1476, Dracula teleported Castlevania directly into the center of Targoviste. He unleashed his army of demons and destroyed the city in short order. Dracula's army was then deployed across the whole of [[Wallachia]] with the goal of exterminating all humanity.
 
 
;Overview
 
Castlevania is the home of [[Dracula (animated series)|Vlad Dracula Tepes]]. It is strongly implied that the castle was built by Dracula himself. The castle is both a technological and supernatural marvel. From its exterior, the castle can be seen to incorporate electricity and advanced mechanics in its workings. The [[Belmont Clan|Belmont]] family has noted that it also uses steam power and electric powered lights. Not including technology that is centuries beyond what the outside world possesses, Castlevania is also operated with supernatural elements. Dracula's study is shown to have glass that reacts to his magical abilities. Also, the whole castle is capable of teleportation; a "traveling machine" as Dracula puts it. Dracula can make Castlevania teleport to any location. This teleportation can be done softly or in an explosion of fire, as was the case when he teleported the castle into Targoviste.
 
 
During peacetime, Castlevania is Dracula's home and laboratory. In wartime, it is a weapon of such danger and potency as to be legend. When Dracula attacked Targoviste, his castle's teleportation was like dropping a bomb on the city, destroying the city church instantly. Immediately afterward, Dracula released his army —which was housed inside the castle— directly into the city; completely ignoring any defenses Targoviste had.
 
 
;Rooms
 
*[[File:Castlevania-entrance-hall.jpg|thumb]]'''Entrance Hall''': An opulent hallway connected to one of Dracula's laboratories.
 
{{clr}}
 
*[[File:Lisa-is-awed-by-draculas-lab.jpg|thumb]]'''Laboratory''': The lab that Dracula showed Lisa contains a library, astronomy equipment, a chemical lab, and electrical experiments.
 
{{clr}}
 
*[[File:Study.jpg|thumb]]'''Study''': The room in which Dracula dueled with Alucard contained another library as well as a magical machine composed of moving glass and electricity.
 
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===''[[Super Smash Bros. Ultimate]]''===
 
Dracula's Castle is featured in ''Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'' as a playable stage. Renowned enemy characters from the ''[[Castlevania (series)|Castlevania]]'' franchise such as [[Medusa]], the [[Mummy]], [[The Creature]] and [[Flea Man]] ([[Igor]]), [[Carmilla]], the [[Werewolf]], [[Death]] and even [[Dracula]] himself appear in the stage from time to time, either as bosses or environmental hazards. The castle also acted as the main setting for the announcement trailer for [[Simon Belmont]]'s inclusion to the game as a playable character, where he arrived at the castle to deal with Dracula, while [[w:c:mario:Luigi|Luigi]], who had arrived at the castle before Simon for unknown reasons, was overwhelmed by the castle's unearthly inhabitants before being killed by Death. The full castle was seen after Luigi screamed at the sight of [[Carmilla]]'s mask as he attempted to revive himself.
 
 
In the World of Light adventure mode, Dracula's Castle appears as an area in the World of Dark taking a form very similar to the original Castlevania. Within, the player must make use of cannons to dispel evil spirits and battle their way across the castle, ascending to the top, and defeat Dracula as part of the process to make Dharkon appear in the World of Dark's main hub. The characters [[w:c:Metroid:Ridley|Ridley]], [[w:c:Mario:Princess Daisy|Daisy]], and Richter can be recruited here.
 
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
*Several real life castles have served as inspiration in Dracula's design over the games:<ref>[http://www.castlevaniadungeon.net/features/castles.html Real life castles article at the Castlevania Dungeon]</ref>
 
*Several real life castles have served as inspiration in Dracula's design over the games:<ref>[http://www.castlevaniadungeon.net/features/castles.html Real life castles article at the Castlevania Dungeon]</ref>
**[[wikipedia:Neuschwanstein Castle|Neuschwanstein Castle]]: On the cover of [[Perfect Selection Dracula]] album and for ''[[Castlevania: Symphony of the Night|Symphony of the Night]]'''s intro cutscene.
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**[[wikipedia:Neuschwanstein Castle|Neuschwanstein Castle]]: On the cover of ''[[Perfect Selection Dracula]]'' album and for ''[[Castlevania: Symphony of the Night|Symphony of the Night]]'''s intro cutscene. It also appears on an early Pack-In poster for the first ''[[Castlevania (video game)|Castlevania]]''.
**[[wikipedia:Mont Saint-Michel|Mont Saint-Michel]]: On the American ''Symphony of the Night'' cover and for the design of ''Castlevania'' (N64).
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**[[wikipedia:Mont Saint-Michel|Mont Saint-Michel]]: On the American ''Symphony of the Night'' cover and for the design of ''[[Castlevania (Nintendo 64)|Castlevania]]'' ([[Nintendo 64|N64]]).
 
**[[wikipedia:Alcázar of Segovia|Alcázar of Segovia]]: On pages 2-3<ref>[http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/NewCV/manual-x68.htm ''Akumajō Dracula'' (X68000) instruction booklet]</ref> of the ''[[Castlevania Chronicles|Akumajō Dracula]]'' (X68000) instruction booklet, and on page 8<ref>[http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/NewCV/manual-sotn.htm ''Castlevania: Symphony of the Night'' instruction booklet]</ref> of the ''Symphony of the Night'' instruction booklet.
 
**[[wikipedia:Alcázar of Segovia|Alcázar of Segovia]]: On pages 2-3<ref>[http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/NewCV/manual-x68.htm ''Akumajō Dracula'' (X68000) instruction booklet]</ref> of the ''[[Castlevania Chronicles|Akumajō Dracula]]'' (X68000) instruction booklet, and on page 8<ref>[http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/NewCV/manual-sotn.htm ''Castlevania: Symphony of the Night'' instruction booklet]</ref> of the ''Symphony of the Night'' instruction booklet.
 
**[[wikipedia:Bran Castle|Bran Castle]]: In the background of the ''[[Castlevania: Rondo of Blood|Rondo of Blood]]'' cover and the American ''[[Castlevania: Dracula X|Dracula X]]'' cover.
 
**[[wikipedia:Bran Castle|Bran Castle]]: In the background of the ''[[Castlevania: Rondo of Blood|Rondo of Blood]]'' cover and the American ''[[Castlevania: Dracula X|Dracula X]]'' cover.
*Aside from the Demon Castle that frequently acted as the setting of the series, Soma in ''Aria of Sorrow'' twice alluded to a castle that Count Dracula owned in Europe,<ref>''Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow''<br />'''Genya Arikado:''' We're in Dracula's Castle. // '''Soma Cruz:''' Huh? Dracula's Castle? Are you telling me we are in Europe?</ref><ref>''Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow''<br />'''Soma Cruz:''' Is it true that this is Dracula's castle? //
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*The castle is referred as "'''Dracula's Tower'''" in an [[:File:Super Castlevania 4 Retailers Preview-2|American commercial]] for ''[[Super Castlevania IV]]''.
'''Graham Jones:''' It most certainly is. // '''Soma Cruz:''' But, isn't Dracula's castle in Europe somewhere?</ref> which was presumably referring to either Bran Castle, Poenari Castle, Hunyad Castle, or Mount Izvorul Câlimanului from the novel.
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*[[File:Dark Castle - Boktai - 01.png|thumb|<p style="text-align: center;">Dark Castle from ''Boktai''.</p>]]The [[w:c:boktai:Dark Castle|Dark Castle]] from the ''[[w:c:boktai:Boktai (series)|Boktai]]'' series (also by [[Konami]]) is probably a reference to Dracula's Castle. It is a castle that can travel in space by the combined powers of the [[w:c:boktai:The Count of Groundsoaking Blood|Count]] and [[w:c:boktai:Carmilla|Carmilla]] (themselves also being ''[[Castlevania (series)|Castlevania]]'' references), along with other enemies.
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**The castle itself bears some resemblance to the [[Reverse Castle]] from ''[[Castlevania: Symphony of the Night]]'', mainly from the cutscene where it is introduced.
   
 
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Dracula's Castle in 1792.

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"This castle is a creature of Chaos. It may take many incarnations."
Alucard in Symphony of the Night
For other uses, see Dracula's Castle (disambiguation) and Castlevania (disambiguation).

Dracula's Castle (ドラキュラ城 Dorakyura Jō?), also known as Demon Castle (悪魔城 Akumajō?) or Castlevania, is Count Dracula's lair and symbol of his magic.[1] It houses an army of his supernatural minions, and tends to collapse when Dracula is defeated. Yet, it is able to restore itself and reappears intact in later games, even the ones where Dracula has not yet revived himself.

Overview

The exact location of the castle is impossible to determine. Being an entity of chaos, it has the ability to reemerge in different places whenever it revives. Still, the vast majority of times it has reappeared was in Europe, in Transylvania.

If one takes into account the events from the original 1897 novel that inspired the series, as well as real historical landmarks where Vlad III Drăculea was known to inhabit, that may be indication that the castle from the series was at some point located somewhere in Transylvania or in northern Wallachia, where one of the voivode's real castles, Cetatea Poenari, is located.

Nevertheless, due to its supernatural nature as symbol of Dracula's magic and its ability to revive in different regions, the castle in the series cannot be considered the same as the historical landmarks. It does not exist in the earthly plane but is, in fact, a spiritual world atop another dimension.[2][3][4]

The appearance of the castle also varies; in artwork for the original Castlevania it appears to be on top of a mountain, while in Symphony of the Night it is located off the shore of a lake, and in Curse of Darkness it resides by the ocean (maybe the Black Sea).[citation needed] In Symphony of the Night, Maria Renard remarks the castle is different from how she remembers it (she had fought in it five years earlier during the events of Rondo of Blood). Alucard, who had probably once lived there, notes the castle is "a creature of chaos", hinting at the castle's origins and explaining its constantly changing nature.

It is possible the castle originally belonged to Walter Bernhard. His castle had the familiar strange keep structure present in Dracula's Castle. If this was the case, the castle dates back to at least the 11th Century. In 1094, the castle appeared more like a traditional medieval castle than the more elaborate Gothic architecture seen elsewhere. One factor in favor for Walter's castle being Castlevania is that, in Curse of Darkness, the abandoned castle is the place where only a Belmont's blood can gain access to the infinite corridor. Seeing as Leon Belmont was the first Belmont proclaimed at Walter's castle, the abandoned castle could be Walter's original castle.

A factor against the theory of Walter's castle becoming Castlevania is that at the end of Lament of Innocence, Mathias Cronqvist (Dracula) leaves the castle in the form of a bat and it is not known where he went, or if he ever returned. The Japanese instruction booklet for Castlevania: The Adventure outright states Dracula to have built his castle himself at the outskirts of Transylvania.[5] Koji Igarashi has also expressed that one of the reasons for the change of the franchise's Japanese title from "Akumajō Dracula" to "Castlevania" was due to there being no Dracula, nor his castle, on a given game, indicating that the castle seen in Lament of Innocence might indeed not be the same castle that Dracula uses later down the chronology.[6]

Following Dracula's defeat in 1999, the castle was sealed into an eclipse, and was visited by Soma Cruz in 2035. In 2036, Celia Fortner and her cult built a castle immensely similar to Dracula's to foster the growth of a new Dark Lord. As her plan was left in ruins, the castle completely collapses. The castle ultimately returned due to Olrox effectively taking over as the Dark Lord, until Death put an end to him.

Game appearances

While the castle, or a replacement, has appeared in every game that conform the Castlevania series to date, this section focuses in those instances when the castle has appeared as its own named stage or area.

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

Main article: Dracula's Castle (Simon's Quest)

The final act of the game actually takes place inside of Castlevania, which now lies in ruins after years of abandonment following the outcome of the first game. A few sights are still recognizable, such as the long entrance corridor adorned with tall curtains. The castle can only be accessed through the collection of all five of Dracula's body parts, which Simon must bring to the basement to burn them, resulting in a final confrontation with the Dark Lord himself, who must be defeated once again to lift the curse that befell the land after their first encounter seven years ago.

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

About two thirds of the game take place outside the castle, as renowned vampire hunter, Trevor Belmont, travels the Transylvanian countryside in his quest to defeat the vampire lord, Count Dracula. Throughout his journey and depending of the paths he chooses, he may meet and recruit new companions who will surely help him in this task.

Once inside the castle, the world map is replaced with one of its interior (which is very similar to the one from the first game, although this time scrolling vertically instead of horizontally). From here on, the game only consists of completing level after level (that is, no more options are given to follow different paths) until reaching the castle keep and facing the fiend himself.

Super Castlevania IV

This retelling of the first game retakes the concept of beginning the first act by traveling across the Transylvanian countryside, passing through wilds, caves and rivers, until reaching the Demon Castle, at which point the world map is once again changed into a map of the castle's interior, this time viewed from an isometric perspective. From here on, the last levels of the game are accessed, leading to the final confrontation with the Count.

Castlevania: Bloodlines

Main article: Ruins of the Castle Dracula

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Main article: Dracula's Castle (Curse of Darkness)

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

In Portrait of Ruin, the main bulk of the game takes place inside of Dracula's Castle, which serves as a hub of sorts to access the game's many portraits, which are entrances to the different areas that conform the game. Furthermore, the castle itself is divided into six individual areas that are connected to each other:

  1. Entrance
  2. Buried Chamber
  3. Great Stairway
  4. Tower of Death
  5. Master's Keep
  6. The Throne Room

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

Once Barlowe has been defeated in Ecclesia, Dracula's Castle suddenly emerges during the night and beckons Shanoa to enter it. The castle serves as the setting for the final act of the game, and it's also divided in many individual and different sections, which all in conjunction conform about the second half of the game.

Similar castles

Other appearances

Castlevania (animated series)

History
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Castlevania was constructed sometime before 1455. Lisa of Lupu visited the castle in 1455 and became the student and wife of Dracula shortly after their first meeting. After Lisa was killed by the Church within Targoviste in 1475, Dracula returned to Castlevania to summon an army. He dueled with his son Alucard within the castle and then gathered an army of demons. In 1476, Dracula teleported Castlevania directly into the center of Targoviste. He unleashed his army of demons and destroyed the city in short order. Dracula's army was then deployed across the whole of Wallachia with the goal of exterminating all humanity.

Overview

Castlevania is the home of Vlad Dracula Tepes. It is strongly implied that the castle was built by Dracula himself. The castle is both a technological and supernatural marvel. From its exterior, the castle can be seen to incorporate electricity and advanced mechanics in its workings. The Belmont family has noted that it also uses steam power and electric powered lights. Not including technology that is centuries beyond what the outside world possesses, Castlevania is also operated with supernatural elements. Dracula's study is shown to have glass that reacts to his magical abilities. Also, the whole castle is capable of teleportation; a "traveling machine" as Dracula puts it. Dracula can make Castlevania teleport to any location. This teleportation can be done softly or in an explosion of fire, as was the case when he teleported the castle into Targoviste.

During peacetime, Castlevania is Dracula's home and laboratory. In wartime, it is a weapon of such danger and potency as to be legend. When Dracula attacked Targoviste, his castle's teleportation was like dropping a bomb on the city, destroying the city church instantly. Immediately afterward, Dracula released his army —which was housed inside the castle— directly into the city; completely ignoring any defenses Targoviste had.

Rooms
  • Castlevania-entrance-hall
    Entrance Hall: An opulent hallway connected to one of Dracula's laboratories.
  • Lisa-is-awed-by-draculas-lab
    Laboratory: The lab that Dracula showed Lisa contains a library, astronomy equipment, a chemical lab, and electrical experiments.
  • Study
    Study: The room in which Dracula dueled with Alucard contained another library as well as a magical machine composed of moving glass and electricity.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Dracula's Castle is featured in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable stage. Renowned enemy characters from the Castlevania franchise such as Medusa, the Mummy, The Creature and Flea Man (Igor), Carmilla, the Werewolf, Death and even Dracula himself appear in the stage from time to time as background elements. The castle also acted as the main setting for the announcement trailer for Simon Belmont's inclusion to the game as a playable character, where he arrived at the castle to deal with Dracula, while Luigi, who had arrived at the castle before Simon for unknown reasons, was overwhelmed by the castle's unearthly inhabitants before being killed by Death. The full castle was seen after Luigi screamed at the sight of Carmilla's mask as he attempted to revive himself.

In the World of Light adventure mode, Dracula's Castle appears as an area in the World of Dark taking a form very similar to the original Castlevania. Within, the player must make use of cannons to dispel evil spirits and battle their way across the castle, ascending to the top, and defeat Dracula as part of the process to make Dharkon appear in the World of Dark's main hub. The characters Ridley, Daisy, Wario , Dark Pit, Robin, Ken and Richter can be recruited here.

Rooms and features

See also: Environments

Castlevania's interior constantly shifts between games, below are a few of the rooms that have appeared.

Recreation

Research

Underground

Similar structures

Although the general structure of the castle is never the same from one game to another, some places keep a similar structure in some opus.

Entrance

Entrance's little attic

Cells

Outer walls

Waterfall

Tomb

Fountain

Gallery

Trivia

See also

References

  1. Dawn of Sorrow's Library
  2. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow: Dialogue with Graham Jones
  3. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow: Dialogue with Genya Arikado
  4. Akumajō Dracula: Kabuchi no Tsuisoukyoku
  5. Castlevania: The Adventure instruction booklet story translation
  6. Gamers.com Koji Igarashi interview backup
  7. Real life castles article at the Castlevania Dungeon
  8. Akumajō Dracula (X68000) instruction booklet
  9. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night instruction booklet
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