When Alucard wields the Jewel Sword, it causes the enemies he kills to drop valuable gems at a very high rate. If the player inputs Down, Down-Forward, Forward + Attack, then between one and four golden coins will appear from the slash. These are not deducted from the gold Alucard is carrying, but they can be picked up, each coin being worth 1 gold. The sword can be found in the Entrance after using a secret trick with both the Wolf and Bat forms, or it can be dropped by the Discus Lord enemy in the Catacombs.
Getting the Jewel Sword in the Entrance requires a rather bizarre procedure: it requires Alucard to have the Bat Form and Wolf Form, and takes place in the large chamber with Mermen at the bottom. The huge stone in the centre of this room has destroyable walls on its sides which open up a hidden passage through the middle containing a Pot Roast. Alucard must fly through the passage from the left as a bat, then walk back through it from the right as a wolf. This will open a secret door at the lower-left of the room, leading to a room with the Jewel Sword. The same secret also exists in the Inverted Castle, and contains a Beryl Circlet.
Although the exact jewel drop rate is not completely known, Tanaris' guide on GameFAQs lists the following ratios for the jewels with respect to Zircons:
In other people's experiences, Garnets, Opals, and Diamonds have dropped, but are exceedingly rare. Equipping items to boost Luck can increase the chance of getting a jewel, but it will not improve the chances of getting a higher quality jewel.
In the Sega Saturn version of the game, equipping a jewel gives the Jewel Sword an additional ATK bonus as follows:
Equipping two Jewels will provide the combined attack bonus of both. The maximum boost of ATK +79 makes the Jewel Sword potentially one of the most powerful weapons in the game: only a heavily-grinded Sword Familiar, Badelaire or Muramasa can exceed this.
|Item Data: Jewel Sword|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Transforms enemies into jewels|| Short Sword|
| Attrib: Cut|| ATT +15|| Find: Entrance|
Drop: Discus Lord
| Effect: Sometime changes killed enemies to Jewels; In Saturn version, stats increase when Jewels equipped.|
Special: ↓↘→ + [Attack]: Swing creates a random number of $1 coins (1-8)
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