Description and usage
Magic Seals are used by Soma Cruz to open doors throughout With Light's headquarters, and are also needed to permanently defeat most bosses by sending them back to their realm. Each time a boss's HP has been depleted, the game will pause for a moment and the required symbol will briefly appear on the screen, followed by an area depicting the seal's acute points along its circular border where the player can draw it by using the Nintendo DS touchscreen.
Magic seals are automatically used on doors, but if Soma fails to properly draw one while fighting a boss, then it will regain some HP and continue fighting. The player will then have to deplete its health once again to get another opportunity to draw the seal. Since human bosses (Dmitrii Blinov and Dario Bossi) belong to this world, it is not required (nor logically possible) to draw a seal in order to defeat them.
When entering a room where a boss encounter will take place, the seal that will be required to draw in order to defeat it will appear on the screen as the player opens the door, acting as a sort of tutorial where the seal will be slowly drawn to remind the player the proper way to do it.
In addition, the PAUSE menu counts with an option called "Magic Seal", where the player can learn and practice the proper way of drawing each symbol they have collected so far.
Magic Seal 1
The first magic seal the player obtains in the game. It has two parts, forming the shape of a "V", and is used to seal the Flying Armor and Balore. Yoko gives it to Soma near the beginning of the game and trains him in its performance and usage.
It is obtained in the Lost Village as a present from Yoko for escorting her to safety through the level.
Magic Seal 2
The second seal the player obtains in the game. It has one more line compared to Magic Seal 1, making a total of three parts. It is used to open the door to Dmitrii and Dario, and is also used to seal Malphas.
Magic Seal 3
Magic Seal 4
The fourth seal the player obtains in the game. It has seven parts in total, taking the shape of an hourglass of sorts. It is used to seal Zephyr, Bat Company, Paranoia, Dario (although in Dario's case, it is automatically drawn) and Aguni.
It can be found in the Cursed Clock Tower.
Magic Seal 5
The final seal the player obtains in the game. It has ten parts, forming an hexagon with two lines tracing a cross inside (although a circle can be drawn instead of the hexagon if the player follows the right sequence). It is used to seal Death and Abaddon, as well as opening a door in the Garden of Madness where an important cutscene takes place (and potentially the bad ending too).
Each Magic Seal has a special symbol which appears once completed.
- Julius Belmont claims that he doesn't need to draw magic seals because he can destroy boss enemies before they can regenerate, a feat that Soma finds "impossible".
- Drawing magic seals was not well received by many players. The general opinion was that it made the game more complicated than it should be (especially with the latter seals, which some players found very difficult to draw). This mechanic was not used again in the next two installments for the Nintendo DS (Portrait of Ruin and Order of Ecclesia), nor in Mirror of Fate for the Nintendo 3DS, which also features a touchscreen.
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