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Alucard and Soma Cruz can take the form of a bat in many games. Alucard naturally possesses this ability, being a dhampir, 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 Dracula's Curse at any time by pressing ↓ 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 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 MP. 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 one, 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, it would mistake him for a possible mate and a heart would appear over its head. Smitten, it would follow him much more closely, making it more useful. Also, additional bats would be summoned depending on the familiar's level (one additional bat for every 20 or so levels). If the Fire of Bat relic had been found, whenever Alucard fired off a fireball in bat form, any bat familiars following him would launch a fireball as well. The bat familiar had no action to match the Wing Smash ability, however.

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 Aria of Sorrow, where he could activate the Giant Bat's soul to do this. While in bat form, equipping the Flame Demon's soul (Hellfire) and the Succubus' soul (Death Touch), allowed him to shoot fireballs; equipping the Bat's soul (Echo of Bat) allowed him to use this ability; equipping the Blue Crow's soul allowed him to summon crows in rapid succession (although the limit of the soul was still considered).

Throughout the game, Soma could find three ancient books, each of which gave a hint about a particular soul combination that had to 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 while dealing the last hit at Graham Jones's first form, Soma would then be able to confront his second form, eventually accepting his condition as the reincarnation of Dracula; then the good ending would become available.

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

In 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

Main article: Owl Morph.

In Portrait of Ruin, instead of a bat, Charlotte Aulin could change (or make Jonathan change) into an owl by casting the Owl Morph spell to fly around, which was essentially the same as changing into bat form in previous titles, although no extra abilities could be acquired for this form other than just flying to access hard to reach areas.

Castlevania: JudgmentEdit

In 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 DataEdit

Item Data: Bat Form
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Bat Form - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
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: [Bat]
Fly freely: directional pad
Soul of Bat Icon Soul of Bat (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Transform into Bat Relic (Form)
Alucard 
Find: Long Library
Fire of Bat Icon Fire of Bat (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Shoot fireballs as Bat Relic (Form)
Alucard 
Find: Clock Tower
Echo of Bat Icon Echo of Bat (jpn) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Use radar as Bat Relic (Form)
Alucard 
Find: Olrox's Quarters
Force of Echo Icon Force of Echo (Crazy Echo) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Attack with radar waves Relic (Form)
Alucard 
Find: Reverse Caverns
Wing Smash - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
' Spell
Alucard 
Attrib: Hit
Consume: 8 MP 
ATK +50
Sequence: While in Bat Form hold [JUMP] + ↑↖←↙↓↘→, release [JUMP]
Blue Soul Giant Bat - Bat Form - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Transforming into a bat gives you the ability to fly. Guardian Soul
Soma 
Consume: 30 MP/sec  Find: The Arena
Red Soul Bat - Echo of Bat - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Attacks using supersonic waves. Bullet Soul
Soma 
Consume: 5 MP  60 AP
Rarity: 7
Drop: Bat
Effect: Can also be used while in Bat Form.
Red Soul Blue Crow - Crow Attack - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Attacks by flying crows at enemies. Bullet Soul
Soma 
Consume: 10 MP  65 AP
Rarity: 30
Drop: Blue Crow
Effect: Can also be used while in Bat Form.
Red Soul Flame Demon - Hellfire - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
Burns enemies to a crisp with its ultra-hot flames. Bullet Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Fire
Consume: 44 MP 
124 AP
Rarity: 3
Drop: Flame Demon
Effect: Can also be used while in Bat Form.
Soul of Bat - Encore of the Night [ edit ]
Transform into a bat. Relic (Form)
Alucard 
Find: Long Library
Special: Allows access to new areas.


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TriviaEdit

  • In Symphony of the Night, the "tail-like" formation which the bat familiars take when following Alucard while in bat form, is reminiscent of how Options follow the player's ship in the Gradius series and its spinoffs.

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