Dragon, also known as Seiryuu or Qing Long, is a summoning magic spell ability first introduced in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and used as a sub-weapon by Maria Renard. This ability is one of her most powerful attacks and summons a roughly human-sized dragon which swoops across the screen in a low arc. The dragon is a miniature version of Qing Long, a guardian dragon from Chinese mythology. Its item crash unleashes the great Seiryuu himself, which has different incarnations depending on the game. It usually has the Ice element.
Game specific information
Seiryuu is arguably Maria's best sub-weapon in the game, due to both its attack power and the pattern it traces. When cast, a dragon of considerable size spawns slightly up and behind Maria and then flies in a straight line, dealing heavy damage to everything that crosses its path. It is useful for attacking flying or distant enemies from a safe distance, or to attack those which are positioned on higher platforms. It is quite costly, though, consuming 5 Hearts per use.
Its item crash is the most powerful in the game. Maria summons the dragon itself, then the beast's head and neck emerge from one side of the screen while the rest of its body rapidly and continuously lashes at everything in sight, dealing massive damage. Maria is also invulnerable (although unable to move) while this attack is in effect and most bosses die in a single cast. It is extremely costly, though, consuming 50 Hearts per use, usually allowing only one cast per boss fight, unless more sources of Hearts can be found in the same room.
Oddly enough, Seiryuu's sub-weapon icon is so big that it partially blocks the current Hearts counter on the screen's heads-up-display. This may have been done on purpose, though, as a little price the player has to pay in exchange for such destructive power.
The Dragon's portrayal in Dracula X Chronicles is a bit different from its original incarnation. It's still a devastatingly powerful item crash, but this time Maria calls the beast by its name, yelling: "Seiryuu!"; the dragon then appears and flies around for a few moments before leaving by heading directly toward the screen. Maria is invulnerable (although unable to move) while the summon is in effect.
|Item Data: Dragon|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Consume: 5 Hearts (50 by using his Item Crash)|
|'|| Spell (Summon / (Holy Beast)|
|Consume: 35 MP|| Find: Starts with.|| Sequence: ←→↘↓↙←→ + [FIRE] (can control Dragon while in play)|
| Attrib: Ice|
Consume: 14 MP
| Find: Starts with|| Effect: Sends Holy Dragon forward at a fast speed, quickly damaging enemies in front of Maria.|
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
|'|| Sub-Weapon (Holy Beast)|
| Attrib: Ice|
Consume: 3 Hearts
| Effect: Dragon sent forward.|
Special: Item Crash (50 Hearts).
| Find: Starts with|
|Summon the Azure Dragon and launch it toward foes.|| Sub-Weapon (Sacred Beast)|
| Attrib: Ice|
| ATK +|| Find: (starts with)|
- Maria's "dragon" sent when used as a sub-weapon in both Rondo of Blood and Dracula X Chronicles is actually a wyvern, as it lacks frontal legs and can't breath fire.
- Same as with the Salamander, Seiryuu sometimes is portrayed as the blue colored Intruder enemy from Life Force (a Western port of Salamander).
- Seiryuu was originally a Chinese constellation known as Qing Long the Azure Dragon. It was one of the "Four Symbols" and represented the East and the Spring season.
- Although not a summon in the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow franchise, one of the first trailers for Lords of Shadow 2 featured Dracula resembling a dragon, referring to how his name was derived from "Dracul", which is old Romanian for "Son of the Dragon", referring to his father Vlad II and his ties to the Order of the Dragon.