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Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight
Japanese Name
悪魔城ドラキュラX月下の夜想曲 Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku (Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight)
Release Date(s)
Flag of Japan June 25, 1998

Hiroshi Miyata
Yoshichika Suzuki, Naoya Tanabe, Yasuko Muraoka, Hiroshi Miyata, Yuki Miyagi
Michiru Yamane
Action-adventure, Role-playing
Single player
Game controller

The Sega Saturn version of the game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. It was only released in Japan and, like the Japanese name of the PSX version, was called Akumajo Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight. This edition was more of an update, rather than a port of the game. In addition to the entire original Symphony of the Night, it included new stages, music, enemies, items, and a playable version of Maria. It is also possible to play as Richter or Maria as well at the beginning of the game without having to do extra efforts to unlock them. The story, with the exception of a boss battle with Maria in order for Alucard to gain the Holy Glasses, is the same as the original game's.

While it sounds like the superior game on paper (especially considering the Saturn's general history with 2D games), this port is bogged with performance issues. The load times are more frequent and much longer. Just the same, there is now slowdown in areas where none had existed and some of the rooms were split into two or missing entirely. There is also inconsistent resolution that makes certain things look blurry, and in at least one instance a background layer was removed. Some of the sound and graphical effects were also downsampled. For example, some enemies have different death animations. Transparencies are also non-existent, making certain things like the waterfall and the mist effect look less than spectacular. Because of this, the Invisible (also known as the Crystal Cloak) was removed and replaced with the Glaring Cloth (although it shares the same menu icon), which is functionally the same but is bright white rather than see-through. A new mantle was also added that increased defense by seven, called the Rainbow Mantle. Instead of the invisibility effect, it changed colors periodically. Additionally, Richter had an alternate outfit closer to the official artwork that could also be seen while fighting against him, but it still didn't quite match its previous depiction in the two instances it appeared in the original game. Lastly, the Librarian no longer sells boss tactics, and map completion data is still made with the PSX version in mind. Unfortunately, critics have often deemed the Saturn content as clashing with the original design of the game.

While the Saturn version was ultimately denounced by Assistant Director IGA, it does maintain a legacy. The Underground Garden area is thought to be an unused idea from the PSX edition, as the door to its equivalent area (leading to a normally-inaccessible save point) can be opened originally via glitching. Unused audio for a lost ending in the PSX version also indicated some variant of the Maria battle. The Alucard Spear also appeared in the Saturn version, a novelty weapon but one that would one day end up in the hands of Eric Lecarde. In latter editions of the Japanese PSX version, the Fairy Familiar could sing to Alucard much like she could with the Lyrics Card in the Saturn version. When the PSP version was announced, there was fan outcry to merge the best of the Saturn version (such as Maria and the Godspeed Shoes, an ability found in the start of the second castle that allowed Alucard to run like Richter) with the PSX version to make the best quality version possible. IGA did listen somewhat and included a new version of Maria in the PSP version. This new Maria played more like her Rondo self. She is also fought for the Holy Glasses much like the Saturn version.

Her battle music, often considered one of the best in the series, was, however, replaced with Richter's battle theme. Her sprite when playing and battling against her is also slightly different from her normal set of sprites. Despite these improvements, the PSP version would also see some panning due to its imperfect porting and many game-crashing glitches.

Character GalleryEdit

See also Nocturne in the Moonlight Artwork.

Playable CharactersEdit

New EnemiesEdit

Several enemies appear in this edition that do not appear in any other edition. For a list of all enemies, see Symphony of the Night Bestiary.

Enemy Data: Saturn Exclusive Enemies(edit)
Image Name - Game
Statistics Items Location
Saturn-blowfish 10. Water Leaper  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
The charm of the water texture is similar to a delicious chicken. Strong: Water
Weak: Fire, Thunder
Level: 3
HP: 10
Exp: 12
Underground Garden
Saturn-dog 11. Skeleton Beast  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Synthetic beast that collects various animal-bones and was made. Weak: Holy
Level: 3
HP: 6
Exp: 8
Underground Garden
Saturn-gskeleton 15. Skeleton Breeder  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Chase soldier skeleton who takes the Skeleton Beast. Weak: Holy
Level: 4
HP: 12
Exp: 10
Underground Garden
Saturn-rgargoyle 65. Gargoyle [Lv. 15]  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Statue to be alive. Made of terra-cotta. Automatic crime prevention system of Castlevania. Level: 15
HP: 50
Exp: 50
Drop: $100, Zircon
Underground Garden
Saturn-gardner 83. Gardener  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Crazy gardener in the Castlevania. He doesn't pardon for the rude person who wastes a garden. Weak: Fire
Level: 20
HP: 130
Exp: 120
Drop: Orange, Peanuts
Underground Garden
Saturn-clmpweed 84. Venus Man Trap (jpn) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Giant venus fly trap. It preys on not the fly but human. Weak: Fire
Level: 20
HP: 128
Exp: 100
Drop: Banana, Woodland Shield
Underground Garden
Saturn tree 90. Human Face Tree (jpn) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
He doesn't exterminate a human face fruit and the smile. Weak: Holy
Level: 21
HP: 250
Exp: 125
Drop: Apple, Antivenom
Underground Garden
Saturn-willowisp 97. Will O' Wisp  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Oppressed soul. The abhorrence doesn't disappear eternally. Level: 23
HP: 4
Exp: 90
Drop: Potion, Manna Prism
Cursed Prison
Saturn-gargoyle 101. Gargoyle [Lv. 25]  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Statue to be alive. Made of marble. Automatic crime prevention system of Castlevania. Level: 25
HP: 80
Exp: 150
Drop: $400, Resist Stone
Cursed Prison
Saturn-phantom 103. Specter  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Ghost without substance. Only arms of the holy attribute can be eliminated. Strong: Fire, Thunder, Ice, Poison (all tolerance), Dark, Curse, Cut, Hit (all absorb)
Weak: Holy
Level: 25
HP: 20
Exp: 120
Drop: Antivenom, Manna Prism
Cursed Prison
Saturn-yknight2 113. Copper Armor  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
The excellent items valuable by the antique-like meaning. Strong: Cut
Level: 30
HP: 230
Exp: 300
Hell Garden
Saturn-warlock 116. Wraith  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Fearful ghost. Attention is necessary for touch of the death. Weak: Holy
Level: 32
HP: 300
Exp: 220
Drop: Pentagram, Muramasa
Soul Prison
Sswight 121. Wight  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
The one to manipulate corpse. Light who covers a corpse is the main body. Weak: Holy
Level: 34
HP: 280
Exp: 210
Drop: Dark Shield, Skull Shield
Soul Prison
Saturn-gargoylelv2 122. Gargoyle [Lv. 35]  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Statue to be alive. Made of granite. Automatic crime prevention system of Castlevania. Level: 35
HP: 110
Exp: 250
Drop: Hammer, Double Blade Axe
Soul Prison
Saturn-gardboss2 131. Skeleton Leader  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Skeleton soldier's leader. Bone defeated at power duel in castle. Weak: Holy
Level: 36
HP: 444
Exp: 250
Underground Garden
Saturn-dknight2 135. Skeleton Guardian  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Skeleton equipped with shield and spear. The guard of the important point was appointed. Weak: Holy
Level: 37
HP: 320
Exp: 500
Hell Garden
Saturn-devil 156. Efreet  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Demon who is angry. Literally, a man who burns. Strong: Fire (absorb)
Weak: Ice
Level: 46
HP: 330
Exp: 700
Drop: Fire Mail, Marsil
Hell Garden
Maria SS 157. Maria Renard  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only)
Vampire hunter looking for Richter Belmont. Strong: Holy, Stone (immune)
Weak: Dark
Level: 48
HP: 400
Exp: n/a
Castle Center

New AreasEdit

New ItemsEdit

For a complete list of items Alucard has in this game, see Alucard/Symphony of the Night

Alucard has some new items available in his quest.

Item Data: New Items
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Satquip-dagger-1- Astral Dagger (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
Mysterious different dimension Dagger Short Sword (Dagger)
Attrib: Cut
ATT + 12
Find: Cursed Prison (Saturn Only)
Special: ↓↘→ + [Attack] for Homing attack
Satquip-aluspear Alucard Spear (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
Mysterious spear used habitually before 2 Handed Weapon
Attrib: Cut
ATT +28
Find: Hell Garden
Special: ↓↘→ + [Attack] for multiple strikes; ←→ + [Attack] for laser attack
Satquip-doubleaxe Double Blade Axe (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
Sharp by Two-blades 2 Handed Weapon
Attrib: Cut
ATT +42
Drop: Gargoyle [Lv. 35]
Satquip-ivy Woodland Shield - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
The shield at which a tree soul dwell (fragrance of the rose) Shield
DEF +3
Drop: Venus Man Trap (Saturn only)
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (30 MP) - Vine Attack
Umai Delicious Meal (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
Full course (five star) [use] Food (Meat)
HP +75
Find: Soul Prison
Smelly rice Smelly Rice (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
Outdated [use] Food (Bad Food)
Attrib: Poison
Find: Cursed Prison
Effect: +1 HPs with Topaz Circlet equipped
Sain Signed Pencil Board (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
Get it!! Medicine
Find: Underground Garden (Saturn only)
Effect: Collector's item only.
Glaringcloth Glaring Cloth (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
The silvery white shine which tears darkness Cloak
CON +6
Find: Underground Caverns
Effect: Immunity to Dark attacks
Rainbowmantle Rainbow Mantle (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
The mantle from which the color changes with time Cloak
CON +7 DEF + 4
Find: Clock Tower
Effect: Continuously changes color.
Songlyricscard Song Lyrics Card (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
Song Lyrics Card of "Nocturne" Other
Find: Catacombs
Satquip-bootsofgd-1- God Speed Shoes (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
Can dash by double tap left or right Relic (Shoes)
Find: Castle Keep
Effect: Double tap left or right for dash

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  • IGA hates the Saturn version

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    • So this is the answer why Why did they get rid of this maria and replace her with the that owl throwing weakling who can't take more tha...
    • owl throwing is maria's signature move, like belmont's whips. she was too weak, maybe they tried to make her a hard mode or something.

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