Block 1 (ブロック1 Block 1?) is the first level of Castlevania. It consists of the entrance hall, the crypt, and another corridor. It's a very iconic area of the Castlevania series, and has inspired many similar areas that appeared later on.
The stage starts outside the castle; torches can be whipped in order to power up Simon's Vampire Killer. The next screen is a long main hall, where Simon will be attacked by zombies, bats and leopards. After reaching an non-passable wall, it's required to descend down into the water-filled area inhabited by fishmen. This subterranean cavern leads to the other side of the wall. Finally, another long hall not unlike the first part of the stage is entered, with the same enemies.
- Destroy Zombies by striking them with the whip. However, when they come in groups be prepared by cracking the whip, without stopping. It's important to practice the timing of this technique.
- Holy Water is effective against the Black Panther. Find it inside the candle at the top of the stairway. If not in possession of Holy Water, remember to whip just before the Panther jumps.
- A Cross is hidden at the top of the last stairway. This has the power to clear all enemies from the screen at once.
- The lower level at the end of this stage is a good place to collect points if you have a Holy Water equipped. Killing two zombies with the same holy water attack nets 1000 points. Killing more nets even more points. This can be done repeatedly since the zombies continue to spawn from the right edge of the screen and can easily earn enough points to gain an extra life.
- Bats flutter toward you in a wave like motion. Because bats fly at different heights, pay close attention to when to whip them. If necessary, strike from the crouching position.
- As soon as a fishman comes out of the water, quickly hit it before they are able to attack
- It is possible to fill up your heart meter completely (99) by looping around this stage repeatedly, collecting the 3 Big Hearts along the way. Hearts cannot be carried over to the next stage, but can translate to points after the boss has been defeated.
- The Invisibility Potion is hidden in the middle of the stairway. Collect it to move fearlessly through the enemies until its effects wear off.
- The Axe appears when you destroy the candle in the middle of the last stairway.
The Phantom Bat flies across the screen and occasionally swoops down to attack Simon. An easy strategy is to use the Axe and the Double Shot which can be found nearby. Make sure not to get cornered by staying in the middle of the room. Dodge its swoop attack by simply moving left or right. An alternative method is to use the Stop Watch when it's near. Make sure to move away when it unfreezes, because it will continue its attack as soon as it can move again.
It comes flying in a wave pattern.
Suddenly appears out of the water, spitting fire on the player.
Appears in the Hall. (...)
Appears in the first stage. It starts to run if you go up to a certain distance.
Strike it with the whip, it comes from above. It's an easy victory if you use the Stopwatch.
|Stage 1.||Jump over the castle entrance to make a money bag worth 1000 points appear. Jump over it again in order to pick it up.|
|Stage 1.||After getting past the Black Panthers, jump and whip the block on the far right of the platform to receive a money bag worth 400 points.|
|Stage 2.||Near the beginning of stage 2, walk down the stairs and whip the right brick wall to find a Pot Roast.|
|Stage 2.||A money bag can be found in section of stage 2 where the Mermen are encountered. At the far right of the screen, jump down and break the block to the left. Jump down and stand on the right brick of the platform. A money bag worth 700 points will appear on the platform above.|
|Stage 3.||In the section where the Phantom Bat is fought, jump up the little platform at the far right of the screen, drop down, and whip the brick to your left in order to obtain a Double Shot or Triple Shot.|
|Stage 19.||This money bag can only be obtained after playing through the game at least once. At the first screen, duck by the second statue to make a money bag worth 700 points appear to the left.|
|Stage 20.||After climbing up two set of stairs, defeat the Black Leopard, and stand on the middle brick to make a money bag worth 1000 points appear.|
|Stage 21.||Near the beginning of stage 21, drop down the platform and stand on the left brick while also facing left. A 1UP will appear on the above platform.|
The background music that plays during the first stage is "Vampire Killer".
The first stage of Castlevania makes a reappearance in Castlevania Chronicles, which acts as both an expansion and a rearrangement of the original game. Because of this, many new additions made possible due to the capabilities of the Sharp X68000 are added. New features include a huge portrait, a drawbridge and several background effects such as lightning and windows opening and closing due to the wind. Additionally, in order to confuse veterans of the original game, the breakable block in the left of the first room in stage 2 contains an infinite spawn of Hunchbacks when broke instead of the Pot Roast. Instead, the Pot Roast is in the opposite side of the wall where it was in the original game.
|Simon Belmont - Dracula|
|Phantom Bat - Queen Medusa - Mummy Man - Frankenstein & Igor - Grim Reaper - Count Dracula - Spirit of Dracula|
|The Castle Entrance - The Chapel - The Castle Ruins|
The Catacombs - The Dungeons - The Clock Tower and the Castle Keep
|Underground - Vampire Killer - Stalker - Wicked Child - Walking on the Edge - Heart of Fire - Out of Time|
Nothing to Lose - Poison Mind - Black Night - Voyager - Akumajo Dracula Best Vol. 1
|Akumajo Dracula Perfect - The Official Nintendo Player's Guide - Nintendo Game Atlas|
|Bestiary - Inventory|