The HP Max Up, also known as Life max up or Life Vessel, is a potion specifically made for the purpose of increasing the Max Hit Points of a character. They also completely restore one's life meter upon contact. Most of the entries in the series feature these potions spread throughout the castle and other locations that may be visited, though in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, HP Max Ups also materialize after defeating most of the game's bosses.
Due to the New Game+ feature introduced in Aria of Sorrow and the other Metroidvania styled games that followed, Konami has implemented a hard cap to the amount of HP Max Ups that may be in effect on a hero. Once that cap is reached, any further HP Max Ups will simply fully restore a hero's wounds.
Game specific informationEdit
In Portrait of Ruin, HP Max Ups increase the character's maximum health by 15 points each. When the hard cap for HP Max Ups collected has been reached, they won't appear anymore in any of the next locations where otherwise one would be found. In a Normal game, this translates to only one HP Max Up removed from the playthrough if all others have already been collected.
|Item Data: HP Max Up|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Increases the player's maximum HP (life) capacity.|| Item (standard)|
| Maximum HP + 5|| Find: Found throughout the Castle, often in containers.|
Drop: Most bosses.
| Effect: Restore all life and increases Max HP|
| Max HP +10|| Find: Catacomb, Abyss Stairway, Audience Room, Triumph Hallway, Outer Wall, Machine Tower, Chapel Tower, Underground Gallery, Underground Warehouse, Underground Waterway, Observation Tower, Ceremonial Room|| Effect: Fully restores HP and increases Nathan's Max HP.|
| Max HP +15|| Find: Dracula's Castle, Sandy Grave, Nation of Fools, Forest of Doom, Dark Academy, Burnt Paradise, Forgotten City, 13th Street|| Effect: Fully restores HP and increases a hero's Max HP (hard capped at 32)|
|Increases your maximum HP.|| Item|
| Max HP +20|| Find: Monastery, Kalidus Channel, Minera Prison Island, Tymeo Mountains, Skeleton Cave, Somnus Reef, Tristis Pass, Dracula's Castle|| Effect: Fully restores HP and increases a hero's Max HP (hard capped at 30)|