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.

HP Max Ups first made their appearance in Symphony of the Night and have been virtually a staple for the Metroidvania styled games, with some notable exceptions being Aria and Dawn of Sorrow.

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

Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit

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 DataEdit

Item Data: HP Max Up
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Life Vessel Icon Life Vessel [alt] - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
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
Castlevania CotM item-hp plus HP max - Circle of the Moon [ edit ]
' Item
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.
Life Vial Icon Life max up - Harmony of Dissonance [ edit ]
' Item
Max HP +5
Find: Marble Corridor, Room of Illusion, The Wailing Way, Castle Treasury, Luminous Cavern, Skeleton Cave, Aqueduct of Dragons, Clock Tower, Sky Walkway, Chapel of Dissonance

Castle A : Entrance, Shrine of the Apostates, Castle Top Floor

Effect: Fully restores HP and increases Juste's Max HP.
Hpup HP Max Up - Lament of Innocence [ edit ]
Increase HP Max. Item
Leon Belmont 
Attrib: Max HP +10
Find: House of Sacred Remains, Garden Forgotten by Time, Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab, Dark Palace of Waterfalls, Ghostly Theatre, Pagoda of the Misty Moon
HP Max up Icon HP Max Up - Portrait of Ruin [ edit ]
' Item
Jonathan, Charlotte 
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)
HP Max up Icon HP Max up (jpn) - Order of Ecclesia [ edit ]
Increases your maximum HP. Item
Shanoa, Albus 
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)