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The Garden Forgotten by Time (刻忘れし庭園 Toki Wasureshi Teien, Forgotten Gardens) is a location in Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. It comprises a series of gardens and other outdoor areas connected by long corridors which eventually lead to the castle's greenhouse. As expected, plantlife thrives in this area. Additionally, many enemies have the ability to induce Poison status.
Medusa is the boss of this stage and she awaits for anyone who dares to step into her lair to turn them into a magnificent stone statue.
This stage is conformed mainly by long corridors that connect big gardens and other outdoor areas between each other. Marble statues and carved imagery decorate most of the walls present here. Near the center, four larger gardens can be found, where a new pesky enemy is introduced: the Gargoyle, which is quite agile and has the ability to turn enemies into stone.
In a couple of rooms, Man-Eating Plants will appear. The player should take note of not killing them right away, though, as they are key to reach a few secret locations in the level. Every time they're attacked, they'll be pushed slightly backward and when they have sustained enough damage, their petals will open revealing their pistil, which is their weak spot. Their main purpose may be not so obvious at first, though; when they open, their petals can be stepped upon without sustaining damage. The player must then lure and/or push them near one of the ledges "hidden" high above the rooms where they appear in and make them open to use them as stepping platforms.
Other enemies the player must be aware of are the Evil Stabbers, who have the ability to "dive" into the ground and move around freely and at great speed while pulling out their long claws, making them both, very dangerous and invincible at the same time.
A big outdoor area with a fallen bridge can be found soon after reaching the eastern part of the level. A Heart Max Up is partially hidden at the base of a minor tower near the back wall. At its top, there's a ledge with another door. However, it can't be reached by normal means. The player must first equip and activate the Wolf's Foot relic and double jump toward it from the still standing part of bridge nearby, then latch their whip to the pole in midair to pull themselves up.
The other door (the one at the end of the bridge) leads to a very tall tower. If the player continues deviating from their main path and instead decides to explore it, at the top they'll be able to confront the Thunder Elemental. With his defeat, Leon will gain possession of the Whip of Lightning.
Further on, Leon will reach the greenhouse of the castle; four rooms connected and arranged in a 2x2 layout. It's worth mentioning that one of the doors is blocked by a fallen palm tree. Fortunately, a gate can be found just to its right to access the next room. This gate is a bit hard to discern from the rest of the background at first, though, having made more than one adventurer wander aimlessly through other parts of the stage in search of a mean to remove the palm from the door.
Eventually, Leon arrives to an empty room where he is welcomed only by the silent statues of various sphinxes arranged around its walls, with what appears to be no other option than to leave and look for another way. However, these statues can be destroyed and a secret door can be uncovered behind one of them.
Soon, Leon arrives to a big arena where the statues of various warriors from different eras are scattered about. His attention, however, immediately falls upon a grotesque stone bust of the legendary monster, Medusa. The head suddenly comes to life and greets him, detaching itself from its neck and flying forward, marveling at how Leon's body would make an excellent statue. Leon then realizes that the rest of the statues are in fact the petrified remains of prior adventurers who confronted her. A battle between them then ensues.
Leon emerges victorious and Medusa's agonizing head utters her last words, astonished by the power of Leon's whip and pointing out that it wasn't that powerful before. She asks him if the whip has already gained its complete form, to which Leon seems oblivious about what she's talking about...
|Item Data: Garden Forgotten by Time|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|A glove that uses up a jewel in your possession.|| Accessory|
| Find: Garden Forgotten by Time ()|| Effect: Allows the Jewel Crush skill to be used.|
|A ring with magic to make you more resistant to fire attacks.|| Accessory|
| Find: Garden Forgotten by Time ()|| Effect: Increased resistance to the fire element.|
|A ring with magic to make you more resistant to lightning attacks.|| Accessory|
| Find: Garden Forgotten by Time ()|| Effect: Increased resistance to the lightning element.|
|This incense burned by magic gradually recovers your HP.|| Relic|
| Find: Garden Forgotten by Time 1F ()|
|Lightning elemental added onto the Whip of Alchemy.|| Whip|
| Attrib: Lightning|| Drop: Thunder Elemental|
|Increases the amount of accessories you can equip.||Leon Belmont|| Find: Garden Forgotten by Time 1F ()|
|Magical Orb: Glows Purple.|| Orb|
| Drop: Medusa|| Special: Magic Missile (Knife), Axe Tornado (Axe), Cross Blazer (Holy Water), Michael's Sword (Cross), Shatter Plane (Crystal), Pumpkin Missile (Pumpkin)|
|An axe made of silver.|| Sub-Weapon|
|Consume: 4 Hearts|
|Water purified at a church. Bursts into flames near evil power.|| Sub-Weapon|
|Consume: 4 Hearts (normal and with Green or Yellow Orb), 5 Hearts (with Blue Orb), 6 Hearts (with Red Orb), 8 Hearts (with Purple or Black Orb), 10 Hearts (with White Orb)|| Effect: Can combine with different colored Orbs for a more powerful attack:|
Red Orb: Roaring Flames
Purple Orb: Cross Blazer
Blue Orb: Energy Gazer
Green Orb: Flame Sparks
Yellow Orb: Holy Symbol
White Orb: Aqua Disk
Black Orb: Energy Wave
|A stone that stores holy power.|| Sub-Weapon|
|Consume: 3 Hearts|
- The Red Phoenix Key can be found in this stage.
- Medusa's portrayal in this stage is a homage to her appearance in the original Castlevania, where she also appeared as a giant female bust that comes to life and floats about, releasing snakes from her hair.
|Castlevania: Lament of Innocence|
|Sara Trantoul - Rinaldo Gandolfi - Mathias Cronqvist|
|Joachim Armster - Walter Bernhard - Death|
|Elisabetha Cronqvist - Pumpkin|
|Undead Parasite - Golem - Succubus - Medusa - Joachim - Walter - Death|
|Flame Elemental - Frost Elemental - Thunder Elemental - Doppelganger - Forgotten One|
|Forest of Eternal Night - Castle Entrance - House of Sacred Remains - Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab - Ghostly Theatre - Dark Palace of Waterfalls|
Garden Forgotten by Time - Pagoda of the Misty Moon - Prison of Eternal Torture
|Castlevania: Lament of Innocence Original Soundtrack|
|Futabasha Guide - NTT Pub Guide - Shinkigensha Guide - BradyGames Guide|
|Bestiary - Inventory - Joachim Mode - Pumpkin Mode|