Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEditAlucard can find the Axe Lord Armor by using Gravity Boots underneath the Master Librarian's chair and lifting him up. Equipping it causes Alucard to yell "What?!" and changes his appearance and abilities to that of an Axe Knight. He moves fast but cannot jump very high while wearing this armor. He has a short axe that he can "hack" with which cannot be thrown. He is unable to use any of his other abilities or weapons in this mode. The armor gives Alucard a +15 Defense boost and a +2 Attack boost. It is also the only way to use an Axe primary weapon in the game.
After beating the game once, it is possible to play the entire game using the Axe Lord Armor. Entering the special name "AXEARMOR" in a new file on the Name Entry screen starts a new game with the Axe Lord Armor already in Alucard's inventory. It will be necessary to periodically take off the Axe Lord Armor in order to access certain parts of the game, however.
Castlevania: Portrait of RuinEdit
In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, the Old Axe Armor is a veteran zombie warrior. Killing 1000 or more of these enemies (found on the 2nd to last floor of the "Nest of Evil" and the north east portion of Dracula's Castle) on "Jonathan Mode" (the game's "regular playing mode"), unlocks Old Axe Armor as a new playable character. This is the only character mode in the game that doesn't give you a partner you can switch to.
The abilities of the Old Axe Armor have improved greatly in this game over its first appearance in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, perhaps as this mode is required to allow you to be able to play the whole game as the Old Axe Armor and not just "take it off" in order to access certain parts of the game.
There is considerable amount of debate and confusion over the Old Axe Armor's gender and identity. The character appears to have a male voice (Jonathan's), however, the game treats the character as if they were female (Zacchino presents the armor with a rose instead of a sword and Astarte's charm attack has no effect). Artwork, which may be official or simply fan service, found on the official Konami web page depicts an unknown female warrior wearing the armor.
The description of the enemy indicates that it is a "veteran zombie" which is wearing the suit of armor. This suggests that the playable character may be a zombie, but it could be someone else wearing the armor in the playable mode. When the Axe Armor gets on the high score board of Boss Rush Mode, two portraits are listed, one showing the Axe Armor with its helmet down, and an image of Maria Renard is shown as its partner. Also, the portrait shown in the end credits is Maria's. This suggests that Maria is the one who is wearing the armor. The artwork found on Konami's web site does not resemble Maria, however.
One possible explanation for this is that like all other modes in the game, this mode can be considered a two-character mode. One character is the armor itself and accounts for the male voice in the game. The other character is the one wearing the armor, who is female and accounts for enemies' behavior towards her. This may have been the intention for this character, but they did not want to spend any additional time on this bonus mode than they had to, so they took a shortcut and used Jonathan's voice for the male sounding armor and Maria's portrait to represent the female wearing the armor. Then after the game was created, they put up artwork of what the character is supposed to look like on their web site.
The true nature of the Axe Armor may never be known for certain without an official statement and may not be important, as the mode is non-canon to the series and has no storyline.
Old Axe Armor's Special AttacksEdit
Source: BradyGames Portrait of Ruin Official Strategy Guide page 99
- High Jump: Command: [Up + L button (L button white jumping)], MP Use: 0, Attribute: Slash, Invulnerability: No.
- Deadly Axe: Command: [Right, Down, Left, Up, Right + Y], MP Use: 80, Attribute: Slash, Invulnerability: Yes.
Castlevania: Harmony of DespairEdit
Old Axe Armor appears in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair in an unusual manner. When playing in a multiplayer mode, if one of the players selects one of the downloadable characters that you have not purchased, that player's sprite will be replaced with that of the Old Axe Armor. It will thus appear as if that character is wearing the Old Axe Armor, and thus their appearance is "covered up". The character's voice will not be heard, and attacks appear as if they were simple axe swings.
- Axe Armor - Caution, this video is a joke, but shows the "Axe Armors" in action.
|Enemy Data: Old Axe Armor|
|Image||Name - Game|
|'|| HP: 14|
| 2. Entrance, 4. Torture Chamber, 5'. Piers|
|'|| HP: 7|| 2. Entrance, 3. Hall, 5. Courtyard, 6. Clock Tower, 7. Dracula|
|A veteran zombie warrior wearing antique armor.|| Strong: Ice|
Weak: Blunt, Whip, Lightning
Skill Pt: 0
| Drop: Voulge, Ancient Armor|| Dark Academy, Forgotten City, 13th Street, Burnt Paradise, Nest of Evil|
|A zombie warrior in heavy armor, equipped with a devastating axe.|| Strong: Pierce, Ice|
Weak: Strike, Lightning, Petrify, Poison
| Drop: Axe (8.30%)|
Axe Knight Shield (2.30%)
Soul: Red (2.80%)
| Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,7|
|Item Data: Axe Lord Armor|
|Image||Name - Game |
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Wearer becomes an Axe Knight|| Body (Body Armor)|
| DEF +15|| Find: (Long Library (under Master Librarian)), |
Drop: Spiked Ball on top of Bone Pillar
|Jonathan Morris - Charlotte Aulin - Wind - Vincent Dorin|
|Brauner - Stella - Loretta - Death - Dracula|
|Richter Belmont - Maria Renard - Old Axe Armor|
|Main Game Bosses|
|Dullahan - Behemoth - Keremet - Astarte - Legion - Dagon |
The Creature - Mummy Man - Werewolf - Medusa
|Nest of Evil Bosses|
|Balore - Gergoth - Zephyr - Aguni - Abaddon - Doppelganger|
Fake Trevor, Fake Sypha and Fake Grant
|Entrance - Great Stairway - Buried Chamber - Tower of Death - Master's Keep - Throne Room|
|City of Haze - Nation of Fools - Sandy Grave - Forest of Doom|
13th Street - Burnt Paradise - Forgotten City - Dark Academy - Nest of Evil
|Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Original Soundtrack|
|BradyGames Portrait of Ruin Official Strategy Guide - Konami Akumajo Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth Official Guide|
|Bestiary - Inventory - Sisters Mode - Richter Mode - Old Axe Armor Mode|