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Gypsies are non-playable characters appearing in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. Their role in the game generally consists of being town merchants, while others will provide special services such as allowing the the player to reach hidden areas. A few others lurk in the various graveyards scattered throughout the Transylvanian countryside and will present the player with powerful items if one knows how to make them come out from their hiding places.

OriginsEdit

Many fictional depictions of Romani people (or gypsies) in literature and art present romanticized narratives of their supposed mystical powers of fortune-telling or their passionate temper, paired with an indomitable love of freedom and a habit of criminality. The Romani ethnicity is often portrayed in contemporary fantasy literature as possessing archaic occult knowledge passed down through the ages.

A group of gypsies appeared in the 1897 novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. In the book, they were faithful servants of Count Dracula, which probably served partly as inspiration for the characters appearing in Simon's Quest.

Types of gypsiesEdit

Town merchantsEdit

Gypsy merchants can be found in most towns, where they sell a variety of items. Hearts serve as currency to make any transactions with them.

JovaEdit

Item Data: Jova
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
The Thorn Whip Icon The Thorn Whip (jpn) - Simon's Quest [edit]
The Thorn Whip is stronger than the Leather Whip. Simon Belmont  Buy: 100 Hearts Find: Jova
Holy Water SQ Icon Holy Water (jpn) - Simon's Quest [edit]
Holy Water disintegrates walls and floors which conceal weapons and items. Sub-Weapon
Simon Belmont 
Consume: None  Attack equal to Leather Whip
Buy: 50 Hearts Find: Jova
White Crystal Icon White Crystal (Crystal ball (white)) - Simon's Quest [edit]
The White Crystal offers a weakened source of magic power. Simon Belmont  Buy: 50 Hearts Find: Jova

VerosEdit

Item Data: Veros
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
The Chain Whip Icon The Chain Whip (jpn) - Simon's Quest [edit]
The Chain Whip is stronger than the Thorn Whip. Simon Belmont  Buy: 150 Hearts Find: Veros
The Dagger Icon The Dagger (Knife) - Simon's Quest [edit]
The dagger can be thrown to kill distant enemy creatures. Simon Belmont  Consume: none  Buy: 50 Hearts Find: Veros

AljibaEdit

Item Data: Aljiba
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Garlic Icon Garlic (jpn) - Simon's Quest [edit]
Place the Garlic in front of enemies, and it will weaken them significantly. Simon Belmont  Buy: 50 Hearts (×2) Find: Aljiba
Effect: Paralyzes and inflicts continuous minor damage to enemies
Special: Summons hidden Gypsies at certain graveyards
The Laurel Icon The Laurel (Bay Leaves) - Simon's Quest [edit]
Laurel helps make you invincible against enemy attacks. You can purchase Laurel from town merchants. Simon Belmont  Buy: 50 Hearts (×2) Find: Aljiba, Fetra, Laruba Mansion (...)
Effect: Renders the player invincible for a certain period of time

OldonEdit

Item Data: Oldon
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
The Morning Star Icon The Morning Star (Weighted Whip) - Simon's Quest [edit]
The Morning Star is stronger than the Chain Whip. Permanent upgrade
Simon Belmont 
Attrib: 8 Attack
Consume: Current whip 
Buy: 200 Hearts Find: Oldon
Evolve: Flame Whip

FetraEdit

Item Data: Fetra
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
The Laurel Icon The Laurel (Bay Leaves) - Simon's Quest [edit]
Laurel helps make you invincible against enemy attacks. You can purchase Laurel from town merchants. Simon Belmont  Buy: 50 Hearts (×2) Find: Aljiba, Fetra, Laruba Mansion (...)
Effect: Renders the player invincible for a certain period of time

FerrymanEdit

Main article: Ferryman
Ferryman - 01

The Ferryman will generally offer Simon passage down the Dead River to the town of Aldra. However, if he is presented with Dracula's heart, he will take him via a secret path to Brahm's Mansion instead.

Oak Stake merchantEdit

Residing somewhere inside each mansion is a gypsy merchant who offers to sell an Oak Stake for 50 Hearts. This stake is mandatory for obtaining the relic housed inside.

Item Data: Oak Stake merchant
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
The Oak Stake Icon The Oak Stake (Mulberry Stake) - Simon's Quest [edit]
You'll need the Oak Stake to collect Dracula's corpse at the mansions. Simon Belmont  Buy: 50 Hearts Find: Berkeley, Bodley, Brahm's, Laruba and Rover Mansions (...)

Graveyard gypsiesEdit

The graveyard gypsies appear in two of the many graveyards found in the game. They love Garlic and will manifest to Simon if he places a clove in the correct location of the graveyard. Once found, they will present Simon with special and powerful items:

  • The one in Camilla Cemetery can be summoned at the westernmost point and will present Simon with a Silver Knife.
  • The one in Storigoi Graveyard can be summoned at the dead-end of the westernmost point of that cemetery. He will present Simon with a Silk Bag, which will increase his capacity for holding Laurels.
Item Data: Graveyard gypsies
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
The Silver Knife Icon The Silver Knife (jpn) - Simon's Quest [edit]
The Silver Knife can be thrown farther than the dagger. Simon Belmont  Consume: 1 Heart  Find: Camilla Cemetery
Drop: Gypsy
Silk Bag Icon Silk Bag (jpn) - Simon's Quest [edit]
If you have the Silk Bag you can carry a larger supply of medicinal herbs. Simon Belmont  Find: Storigoi Graveyard (...)

Traveling gypsiesEdit

There are certain gypsies that can be found in the Transylvanian wilds, outside of towns. They will present Simon with special items to help him destroy the curse, asking nothing in return. There is one who gives him a Diamond to fight off enemies, one in Laruba Mansion who provides him with a full supply of Laurels, and one who upgrades his Morning Star to a Flame Whip, the most powerful whip in the game.

Item Data: Graveyard gypsies
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
The Diamond Icon The Diamond (Bouncing Ore) - Simon's Quest [edit]
Toss it and see what happens. Sub-Weapon
Simon Belmont 
Find: Jam Wasteland (...)
Effect: Bounces on any surface it strikes, inflicting medium damage to enemies until it leaves the screen
The Laurel Icon The Laurel (Bay Leaves) - Simon's Quest [edit]
Laurel helps make you invincible against enemy attacks. You can purchase Laurel from town merchants. Simon Belmont  Buy: 50 Hearts (×2) Find: Aljiba, Fetra, Laruba Mansion (...)
Effect: Renders the player invincible for a certain period of time
The Flame Whip Icon The Flame Whip (jpn) - Simon's Quest [edit]
Magic changes the Morning Star into the Flame Whip and gives it mysterious powers. Permanent upgrade
Simon Belmont 
Attrib: 16 Attack
Consume: Morning Star 
Find: Uta Lower Road (...)

See alsoEdit

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