The Forbidden Area is a stage in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. It's the only area thought to be difficult to access in the game, hence its name. It's bordered by the Underground Reservoir and the Study.


Behind the big waterfall located at the Underground Reservoir, lies the entrance to this area. The trick to access it, is to equip Undine's soul (to be able to walk on the water's surface), and then equip and activate either the Curly's, Manticore's or Devil's soul to dash through the waterfall. Soma will receive the Eversing armor along the way and find the door leading to the Forbidden Area on the other side. Once inside, Soma may open the alternate path to the Study by going to the uppermost room, where he'll find a switch. Stepping on it will lower the gate that blocks the passage between the two places.

This area also has many treasure chests that give off considerable amounts of gold. Two items, the valuable Joyeuse and the Claimh Solais (the most useful weapon in the game) can also be found here. There's no boss in this area.


Forbidden Area
  • The sunken ship area

Item Data

Item Data: Forbidden Area
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Claimh Solais Icon Claimh Solais (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Sword with a sparkling blade. Weapon
Attrib: Sword, Holy
ATK +99, STR +7, CON +7, INT +7 (...)
Sell: $50,000 
Find: Forbidden Area (hidden)
Joyeuse AoS Icon Joyeuse (jpn) - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Beautiful sword made out of gold Weapon
Attrib: Sword
ATK +64
Sell: $90,000 
Find: Forbidden Area


  • In one of the rooms, a trap chest filled with Rippers can be found. A player can level up to level 30~40 if he enters the room, kills all the rippers, exits and repeats the process. The reach and overhead-swinging animation of the Claimh Solais allows all rippers to be killed in just one or two swings.
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