Dark Academy is a location in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. It is the first painting available to the player after defeating Stella and Loretta in the Master's Keep (the other paintings are protected by an energy barrier). This stage reuses most sprites from the Forest of Doom.
- Note: It must be noted that both this stage and the Forgotten City will be available to the player the first time they enter the gallery at the Master's Keep, but this stage will be considered first, as it is the one immediately presented to the player when entering the room, the Owl Morph magic spell skill can be obtained here, and also taking into account the numerical order of bosses in the game's Enemies' Guide.
One of the second group of portraits in Portrait of Ruin and a variant of the Forest of Doom. The Dark Academy stays true to its name, looking like a large building. It is eternally raining in this level. Enemies include Dragonflies, Ruler's Sword, Lightkeepers and Mandragoras. The level's boss is the Creature, which bears a strong resemblance to Frankenstein's monster, but with additions such as machine gun elbows and hidden rocket launchers. A notable feature of this stage is the fact that several rooms exhibit ghostly phenomena, such as bloody hand prints on the wall following the characters and an anatomy figure that randomly appears with muscle or as a simple skeleton.
|Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin|
|Jonathan Morris - Charlotte Aulin - Wind - Vincent Dorin|
|Brauner - Stella - Loretta - Death - Dracula|
|Richter Belmont - Maria Renard - Old Axe Armor|
|Main Game Bosses|
|Dullahan - Behemoth - Keremet - Astarte - Legion - Dagon |
The Creature - Mummy Man - Werewolf - Medusa
|Nest of Evil Bosses|
|Balore - Gergoth - Zephyr - Aguni - Abaddon - Doppelganger|
Fake Trevor, Fake Sypha and Fake Grant
|Entrance - Great Stairway - Buried Chamber - Tower of Death - Master's Keep - The Throne Room|
|City of Haze - Nation of Fools - Sandy Grave - Forest of Doom|
13th Street - Burnt Paradise - Forgotten City - Dark Academy - Nest of Evil
|Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Original Soundtrack|
|BradyGames Portrait of Ruin Official Strategy Guide - Konami Akumajō Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth Official Guide|
|Bestiary - Inventory - Sisters Mode - Richter Mode - Old Axe Armor Mode|