The Castle Corridor is the opening stage of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.
The Castle Corridor is the first area to be explored in Aria of Sorrow. The castle's entrance can be found here, where the introduction to Genya Arikado and Mina Hakuba takes place. The area connects many of the castle's places. It is built with long hallways, with the occasional stairwell or side route. It is comparable to a Castle Entrance, except the first half is badly neglected. The second half is more elegantly designed, slightly resembling the Dance Hall. The area acts as a connector to most of the levels, namely, the Chapel, Dance Hall, Floating Gardens, Clock Tower, Underground Waterway, Inner Quarters, and the Top Floor. However, the Clock Tower entrance and the last 2 entrances are all optional entrances, and cannot be accessed until late in the game.
This location, being the beginning of the game, is littered with many weak enemies. Here you will find zombies of three varieties; the regular zombie, possibly the weakest opponent in the game, the zombie soldier, a knife wielding zombie that can lob grenades, and zombie officer, who only wield a large sword but can take many hits. Bats are commonly found here, hanging from ceilings and waiting to strike at unsuspecting victims. Peeping eyes appear, and will float around without actively pursuing you. The greater threats are the axe armors, who are durable and hit hard against newcomers. Skeleton archers shoot lethal arrows and will stay as far back as possible from Soma. When paired with the tough axe armor, the archers have a clear and deadly view of Soma without Soma being able to easily get to them. There are a few white dragons that can pose problems for those who are slower on their feet. Finally, skeleton knights appear here, jabbing with their sword, though these hits can be dodged simply by ducking.
The Creaking Skull is the boss of the area, and first boss of the game.
|Soma Cruz - Mina Hakuba - J./Julius Belmont - Yoko Belnades - Genya Arikado (Alucard) - Hammer|
|Creaking Skull - Manticore - Great Armor - Big Golem - Headhunter - Death - Legion - Balore - Chaos|
|Castle Corridor - Chapel - Study - Dance Hall - Inner Quarters - Floating Garden - Clock Tower|
Underground Reservoir - Underground Cemetery - The Arena - Top Floor - Forbidden Area - Chaotic Realm
|Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow & Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Original Soundtrack|
|Futabasha Official Guide - NTT Pub Official Guide|
|Bestiary - Inventory - Julius Mode - Voice Translations|