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Julius Mode in Dawn of Sorrow

Julius Mode is a secret mode available to the player in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow by playing with Julius Belmont as the main character instead of Soma Cruz. The game is still somewhat the same but access to the Menu is denied in this mode: the game just pauses when the "START" button is pressed. Hammer is not present in his usual spot, therefore making the Shop inaccessible. Moreover, Julius can't equip weapons and must fight with the Vampire Killer whip. He can also use super-jumps, glides and sub-weapons like other Belmonts from the start of the series, such as Holy Water or Crosses. The playable characters in this mode also level-up (signified by the level on the upper-right corner of the screen), yet the player has no actual indication of the experience points accumulated.

Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

Julius enters the castle and runs through it with no cinematics with other characters. He can't buy items and can be healed only by saving the game or collecting a Boss Orb. In addition to healing Julius, collecting Boss Orbs increases the attack power of the Vampire Killer. His story ends with Graham Jones' death in the last stage. The Castle Corridor's music in this mode is now "Heart of Fire", and the Clock Tower's music is "Ruined Castle Corridor". Unlike in Soma's scenario, Julius and Chaos cannot be fought, and the Chaotic Realm cannot be accessed.

Some of Julius's moves are different from Soma's. Julius's high jump is an uppercut which can damage enemies on its path. Julius will not stick on the ceiling when hitting them. Julius's dash is the Omnia Vanitas, which can safely pass through enemies, and can be performed once in midair. Julius can do a comet kick without having to do a double jump first.

The playable version of Julius is quite different from the boss version. Omnia Vanitas is slower and travels less distance. Julius's animation for sub-weapons is simplified (sparks of energy no longer flash). His falling speed is also increased notably. Also, Julius cannot jump backward while facing forward, as shown in the boss battle. Grand Cross differs most significantly, as Julius does not rise up in the air, nor does he pull enemies toward him. The duration of the move is shorter and the overall shape of the cross is a bit different.

Julius's Sub-WeaponsEdit

Item Data: Julius Subweapon (edit)
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Crucifix - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
' Subweapon
Julius Belmont 
Attrib: Holy, Sword
Consume: 25 MP 
100 AP
Find: Starts with
Holy Water - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
' Subweapon
Julius Belmont 
Attrib: Holy
Consume: 10 MP 
80 AP
Find: Starts with
Axe - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
' Subweapon
Julius Belmont 
Attrib: Sword
Consume: 12 MP 
150 AP
Find: Starts with
AoS GrandCross Grand Cross - Aria of Sorrow [ edit ]
' Subweapon
Julius Belmont 
Attrib: Holy
Consume: 150 MP 
120 AP
Find: Starts with


Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

Please see the characters' own articles to learn more about them and their attacks in Julius Mode.
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Portrait in Throne Room during The Dark Lord/Dracula fight

Julius Mode in Dawn of Sorrow is unlocked by achieving the "bad" ending, in which Soma Cruz gives in to evil and becomes the new Dark Lord, and is also unlocked by receiving the "best" ending. The premise of Julius Mode is that Julius is keeping his promise to kill Soma, should that happen. Julius begins the adventure alone, but later in the game, he can add Arikado/Alucard and Yoko Belnades to his team. This mechanic is similar to the Partner System introduced in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. Yoko fights with a short staff and magic (very similar to Sypha Belnades from Dracula's Curse), and Alucard uses some of his Symphony of the Night attacks.

The game ends in the Abyss. Julius and his friends don't fight Menace but Soma, who became Dracula, in the Throne Room (where Soma fought Dario and Aguni). The game finishes when The Dark Lord/Dracula dies. Note that the room is different: with Soma there was a mirror used to fight the gigantic Aguni, while in Julius Mode, there's a huge portrait of an unknown character (possibly a more life-like rendition of Mathias Cronqvist). This portrait reappears in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair.

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The Room where the final battle takes place


Move ListsEdit

Julius Belmont's Move ListEdit

Source: Dawn of Sorrow Official Strategy Guide by DoubleJump Books, page 220 to 223.
Sub-WeaponsEdit

Yoko Belnades' Move ListEdit

Source: Dawn of Sorrow Official Strategy Guide by DoubleJump Books, page 222 to 225.
Sub-WeaponsEdit

Alucard's Move ListEdit

Source: Dawn of Sorrow Official Strategy Guide by DoubleJump Books, page 224 to 227.
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Alucard is back

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Fireballs (Hellfire)

Sub-WeaponsEdit


DialogueEdit

Dialogue Data: Julius Mode
Image / Participants Transcript Information
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (edit)
AoS-J DialogueJulius Belmont Bad Ending
(Julius enters the throne room to find a throne-bound Soma waiting)

Julius Belmont: Sorry I kept you waiting. Time to keep that promise I made you.

(Soma throws his wine glass to the floor, foreshadowing a battle)

Video:
Castlevania Aria of Sorrow Worst Ending & Best Ending03:13

Castlevania Aria of Sorrow Worst Ending & Best Ending


Game: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (Julius Mode)
Location: Top Floor (Throne Room)
When: If Soma has lost to Chaos
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (edit)
Julius DialogueJulius Belmont

Yoko DialogueYoko Belnades

Yoko Joins
Julius Belmont: Yoko?

Yoko Belnades: Julius! How rude of you to just run off without saying a word to me!
Julius Belmont: Sorry, but this is my duty. I belong to the Belmont clan, after all.
Yoko Belnades: Well, isn't that rather insulting? We Belnades have fought alongside the Belmonts to defeat Dracula.
Julius Belmont: That's true, but...
Yoko Belnades: You don't have to bear the grief alone. People support each other. I wish you would at least trust me a little more.
Julius Belmont: You're right. I'm sorry. I do have faith in you.

Yoko Belnades: And me in you.

Video:
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Julius Mode (Beginning, Yoko, Flying Armor & Balore Pt09:31

Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Julius Mode (Beginning, Yoko, Flying Armor & Balore Pt. 1)


Game: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Location: The Lost Village
Julius DialogueJulius Belmont

Alucard DoS DialogueAlucard

Alucard Joins
Genya Arikado: You're late, Julius.

Julius Belmont: Arikado? Or should it be Alucard?
Alucard: That doesn't matter. I had to transform to draw out my full power.
Julius Belmont: He's grown so powerful that you have to go that far?
Alucard: Yes. Failure isn't an option. I need your help.

Julius Belmont: That's why I came. You have my trust.

Video:
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Julius Mode (Dario, Alucard, & Puppet Master Pt10:59

Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Julius Mode (Dario, Alucard, & Puppet Master Pt. 2)


Game: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Location: The Lost Village
Julius DialogueJulius Belmont Julius vs. Soma
Julius Belmont: Soma... It's time I fulfilled my promise to you.

Video:
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Julius Mode (Soma Dark Lord Reincarnation Pt06:50

Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Julius Mode (Soma Dark Lord Reincarnation Pt. 9)


Game: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Location: The Abyss
Yoko DialogueYoko Belnades Yoko vs. Soma
Yoko Belnades: I'm sorry, Soma. I will free you from your torment.

Video:
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Julius Mode (Soma Dark Lord Reincarnation Pt06:50

Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Julius Mode (Soma Dark Lord Reincarnation Pt. 9)


Game: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Location: The Abyss
Alucard DoS DialogueAlucard Alucard vs. Soma
Alucard: Soma... I never wanted it to end this way... But I can't allow you to wreak havoc anymore...

Video:
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Julius Mode (Soma Dark Lord Reincarnation Pt06:50

Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow Julius Mode (Soma Dark Lord Reincarnation Pt. 9)


Game: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Location: The Abyss

TriviaEdit

  • In Aria of Sorrow, despite having no displayed animation, Julius has a Cestus equipped from the beginning of the game.
  • Some people in the gaming community called "Somacula" or "NeoDracula" to Soma's Dark Lord incarnation which appears at the end of Dawn of Sorrow.

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