Alucard and Soma Cruz can take the form of a bat in many games. Alucard naturally possesses this ability, being a vampire, while Soma eventually develops it thanks to his power of dominance over souls.
Game Specific InformationEdit
Castlevania III: Dracula's CurseEdit
Alucard was able to transform into a bat in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse at any time by pressing down and jump at the same time. Flying around as a bat allowed him to avoid obstacles, but consumed hearts at a steady rate. Being hit by an enemy while in bat form would cause him to revert to human form.
Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit
In Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Alucard was able to turn into a bat once he had found the Soul of Bat relic. While in bat form, he would normally fly at a slow speed while consuming Mind Points. The powerful Wing Smash, which caused his bat form to dash across the screen at high velocity while dealing out damage, could be pulled off if you knew the button combination (hold [Jump], ↑↖←↙↓↘→ + release [Jump]). The Wing Smash ability varies depending on the version of the game. In the PlayStation version and ports, it had a fixed duration and Alucard would automatically leave bat form after a short dash. The dash could be extended by re-inputting the command for the spell during the previous dash, allowing a Wing Smash to continue until Alucard either, hit something or ran out of MP. In the Saturn version, the Wing Smash would not automatically end and would continue for as long as Alucard didn't hit something or ran out of MP.
Alucard could gain additional abilities for his bat form by gaining additional relics, including:
- Fire of Bat: This relic allowed him to shoot fireballs while in bat form.
- Echo of Bat: This relic gave him a sonar which would allow him to see what was ahead in dark areas.
- Force of Echo: This relic caused his sonar to deal damage.
If the Bat Familiar was out while in bat form, several additional bats would join Alucard, each of which could shoot fireballs whenever Alucard did. The color settings of Joseph's Cloak affected the color scheme that Alucard's bat form would take when equipped.
Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit
Soma Cruz could also take the form of a bat in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, where he could activate the Giant Bat's soul to do this. Equipping Flame Demon's soul, Hellfire, and Succubus' soul, Death Touch, allowed him to shoot fireballs while in bat form. Equipping Bat's soul, Echo of Bat, allowed him to use it while in bat form. Equipping Blue Crow's soul and Red Crow's soul allowed him to summon Blue Crows while in bat form. Bat form allows Soma to use those soul in rapid succession (although the limit of the soul is still considered).
Throughout the game, Soma could find three ancient books, each of which gave a hint about a particular soul combination that should be used at the Top Floor. Ancient Book 2 said: "The second spirit is the King of Bats". If all three correct souls were equipped at the Top Floor, Soma would realize he was truly the reincarnation of Dracula and then the good ending would become available.
Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit
In Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Soma could transform into a bat by activating the Bat Company's soul. Equipping the Flame Demon's soul, Flame Ball, allowed him to shoot fireballs while in bat form. Soma was also able to summon a fleaman while in bat form by activating the fleaman's soul, Hopping Man.
Alucard could take the form of a bat in Dawn of Sorrow by selecting it as a sub-weapon.
Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit
In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, instead of a bat, Charlotte Aulin could change (or make Jonathan change) into an owl by casting the Form of Owl spell to fly around, which was essentially the same as changing into bat form in previous titles.
In Castlevania: Judgment, Alucard is not seen actually taking the form of a bat. However, bat wings sprout on him while he performs the Wing Smash dashing-slash move and during his Infernal Blade finishing move.
|Item Data: Bat Form|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Transform into a bat and fly freely through the air. Gradually consumes MP.|| Action|
Alucard (requires Soul of Bat)
| Sequence: |
Transform into a bat and back: [ ]
Fly freely: directional pad
|Transform into Bat|| Relic (Form)|
| Find: Long Library|
|Shoot fireballs as Bat|| Relic (Form)|
| Find: Clock Tower|
|Use radar as Bat|| Relic (Form)|
| Find: Olrox's Quarters|
|Attack with radar waves|| Relic (Form)|
| Find: Reverse Caverns|
| Attrib: Hit|
Consume: 8 MP
| ATK +50|| Sequence: While in Bat Form, Hold [Jump], ↑↖←↙↓↘→ + release [Jump]|
|Transforming into a bat gives you the ability to fly.|| Blue Soul|
|Consume: 30 MP/sec|| Find: The Arena|
|Burns enemies to a crisp with its ultra-hot flames.|| Red Soul|
| Attrib: Fire|
Consume: 44 MP
| 124 AP|| Rarity: 3|
Steal: Flame Demon
| Effect: can also use while in Bat Form|
|Transform into a bat|| Relic (Form)|
| Find: Long Library|| Special: Allows access to new areas.|