Like the other alternate mode of several games, Joachim has no access to weapons, items or equipment, making his overall gameplay harder than Leon. However, to compensate for the lack of key items, all secret doors are already unlocked from the start.
He is only limited to using several floating Symbiotic Swords for his attacks. First of all, his attacks can reach a longer range compared to Leon. However up to five swords can only be used at a time, and the player has to wait for a few seconds to ready up the swords for the next attack. Each sword can also be "charged" by holding the square button. Charging a sword grows it in size with increased damage.
Joachim has two fighting "stances" which can be toggled using the Triangle button:
- Swords circling around Joachim: Lesser damage but more hits.
- Swords behind Joachim: More damage but lesser accuracy.
Joachim also has Special Attacks that consume MP, and since he does not have a Guard ability, the MP regenerates with every damage dealt to the enemy.
Several floating blocks also appear in this mode, in order to solve his lack of the Whip-Jump ability of Leon. This also applies to areas that require specific relics, like the Wolf's Foot.
|Item Data: Joachim Mode (edit)|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Destroys all enemies on screen.|| Item|
|Attack increased.|| Item|
| Find: Garden Forgotten by Time, Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab, Dark Palace of Waterfalls, Ghostly Theatre, Pagoda of the Misty Moon|
|Defense increased.|| Item|
| Find: House of Sacred Remains, Garden Forgotten by Time, Anti-Soul Mysteries Lab, Dark Palace of Waterfalls, Pagoda of the Misty Moon|
|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|