"A human who was made into a vampire by Walter. He harbors the ambition to defeat Walter and become the master of the castle. He freely wields five swords through great psychic power."
— Description from the official Japanese Konami website

Joachim Armster (ヨアヒム・アルムスター Yoahimu Arumusutā?) is a character in Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. He was a former lieutenant of Walter Bernhard, who imprisoned him after his usurpation attempt.

Character's history

Walter lured Joachim by promising him eternal life with the gift of vampirism. Later, after becoming a vampire, Joachim attempted to usurp the position of his superior, but Walter's mastery of the Ebony Stone proved to make him unbeatable to Joachim and he defeated him with relative ease.

Amused by the fact that Joachim tried to defeat him, Walter decided to indulge him, and at the same time establish his own personal way of supremacy. Rather than destroying Joachim, he imprisoned him in the Dark Palace of Waterfalls, sealing one of the keys to Walter's inner sanctum with him. As Joachim's current location was blocked off by streams of water (the touch of which is like acid to a vampire and to many of Walter's own legions of monsters), Joachim could never leave. Maddened by hunger, Joachim was constantly reminded of the indignity forced upon him by Walter. He used Joachim for his own amusement, luring any adventurer who had entered his domains to confront him.

Suffice to say, when encountered by Leon Belmont as the boss of the Dark Palace of Waterfalls, Joachim had ample frustration to vent, hoping to slay Leon, drain his blood and (hopefully) gain the strength necessary to break free from his prison and exact revenge on Walter. He however is defeated by Leon.

Battle quotes

  • Die! (死ね!)
  • Dead!
  • Cover me! (守れ!)
  • Useless!
  • It can't be! (when attacked)

Enemy Data

No. Name JPN HP
78 Joachim
- 1,500
Tolerance Weakness
Knife, Axe, Crystal Ice, Holy Water, Cross
Drop Location
Green Orb Dark Palace of Waterfalls
Description "He was turned into a vampire by Walter, and imprisoned because he rebelled."

Item Data

Item Data: Joachim Armster
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Green Orb Green Orb (jpn) - Lament of Innocence [edit]
Magical Orb: Glows Green. Orb
Leon Belmont 
Drop: Joachim
Special: Force Cannon (Knife), High Speed Edge (Axe), Flame Sparks (Holy Water), Holy Light (Cross), Drain Stone (Crystal), Rampage Pumpkin (Pumpkin)

Joachim Mode

Main article: Joachim Mode

After finishing the game as Leon, Joachim can be used as a playable character by entering "@JOACHIM" on the name entry screen. There are several major changes to the gameplay, as Joachim cannot carry healing items and is physically weaker than Leon, which increases the difficulty. These disadvantages are balanced by increased speed and powerful magic attacks. There are no cutscenes to drive the plot, save for a very brief scene after defeating the final boss (in which Joachim becomes the lord of the castle and sits on Walter's throne), although the images shown during the credits differ from Leon's ending.


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