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"Death to you! The world is not yours to exist in!"
— Richter to Dracula in the DXC version of Rondo of Blood

Richter Belmont (リヒター・ベルモンド Rihitā Berumondo?, Richter Belmondo) is a descendant of Simon Belmont and a renowned vampire hunter. He is the main protagonist of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and has reappeared frequently as the supporting character in later games. He has a strong sense of justice and unwavering will. Every generation of the Belmont Clan has produced tougher, more dedicated vampire hunters — yet Richter stands as one of the most powerful in the family. Brandishing the legendary sacred whip which so many of his predecessors wielded, this hot-headed youth pushed Dracula to the brink.

Character's history

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Dracula, resurrected by evil humans who sacrificed a young virgin female's blood and life, commanded his forces to kidnap Richter's girlfriend, Annette, from the village of Aljiba, alongside the villagers, Maria Renard, Tera, and Iris. On his way to the village via wagon, he is ambushed by Dracula's second in command, Death, with the latter also "testing" him by using various attacks on him. After Richter dispelled the attacks, the Death took his leave, although not before vowing that he won't go easy on the vampire hunter in their inevitable next encounter. Richter, obligated to battle the Dark Lord in every incarnation, single-handedly slayed the Count's massive army, including Shaft, and arrived in time to save the women — proving to himself that he was worthy of his vampire-hunting destiny.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Mesmerized by Shaft, who had somehow survived the earlier defeat, Richter betrayed his people and resurrected Dracula: "Dracula rises once a century. One chance for each Belmont to shine, and then we're finished, forgotten. If I bring him back now, the battle can last for eternity!". It was Alucard who arose from his slumber, braved the evil castle, and with Maria's help freed Richter from his delusion. Shaft later revealed that he brainwashed Richter because, due to his status as a Belmont, he was supreme among vampire hunters and thus could not be defeated in a straight up fight between various ones, effectively acting as a deterrent regarding anyone trying to stop Dracula's resurrection.

Castlevania: Nocturne of Recollection

Richter sends a letter to Maria, warning her about vampire attacks in the village that she and Alucard were staying in, he also tells her to be wary of the vampire.

It wasn't long before Richter tracks down the vampire attacks. There, he encounters Cyril and Alexis, the self-proclaimed vampire hunters. He rescues the two from a skeleton, making himself known.

Later on, Richter rescues Maria, who was hurt by the potion that Cyril made. He brings her back to Alucard, there he tells him that the ones closest to him will be sacrificed once he gives in to his vampiric urges. He advises Alucard to tell Maria why he is letting her stay with him.

On his journey to find the vampire responsible for the attacks, he meets Cyril again. He tells Richter that Alexis had been kidnapped by a black-winged demon. Richter immediately knew it was Magnus and sets out with Cyril to rescue Alexis.

Richter and Cyril finally meet up with Alucard for the final battle against Magnus.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

The Vampire Killer is under the ownership of Jonathan Morris, who is unable to use the whip effectively. After Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Aulin cure Loretta and Stella from vampirism, the two sisters offer to aid Jonathan in learning to use the whip's full power.

This is an optional choice, up to the player, and if they choose to do so, the sisters accomplish this by sending Jonathan into another realm to fight the living memory of the last full Belmont to wield the whip — Richter Belmont. Richter fights the player using knives, boomerang crosses, holy water, axes, the Grand Cross item crash attack, a fast Dash strike and a fully powered version of the Vampire Killer. Once Richter's illusion is defeated, Jonathan's whip becomes one of the most powerful weapons in the game.

Gameplay

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Richter can back flip by pressing jump twice in quick succession. His greatest ability is to be able to perform an Item Crash with all the sub-weapons in the game. If Richter performs Item Crash without a sub-weapon equipped, he will instead empower his whip with fire. There are very few opportunities to do this because Richter will spend the vast majority of the game with an active sub-weapon.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Main article: Richter Belmont/Symphony of the Night

In Symphony of The Night, Richter was controlled by Shaft, you need to equip the holy glasses and destroy the little ball. As defeating Richter, players who complete the game and get the best ending are able to play as Richter by entering his name as the name of a new save file. In Sega Saturn version, he is always available (as well as Maria) and has an alternate costume. Richter also gains many new abilities which are executed with a combination of directional arrows and the attack button. Unlike Alucard, Richter does not depend on MP, thus he can use these abilities indefinitely. Richter can also sprint.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

As his second appearance as a boss in Portrait of Ruin, Richter is the only memory of the Vampire Killer. He's an optional boss; if you defeat him, the whip becomes stronger and one of the best weapons in the game. Richter is also playable in the game's Alternate mode along with Maria Renard. The mode can be unlocked after completing a game where Whip's Memory has been defeated. Richter plays much as he did in Rondo of Blood, except that he lacks item crashes. His partner in this mode is Maria Renard. This mode has no story.

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night

Main article: Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night/Arcade Mode

Richter appears as an opponent in story mode of Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night. He also is available as a playable character in Arcade Mode. He carries his Cross weapon into battle with him for his spells in Arcade Mode, which he can toss or crash.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Main article: Richter Belmont/Harmony of Despair
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"A descendant of the Belmont clan, the world's most powerful vampire hunters. Richter prefers the brute force approach, and excels at a wide variety of Martial Arts."
— Description


Richter appears as a downloadable character in the multiplayer game Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. He plays much as he did in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. He can use the Vampire Killer, several sub-weapons, and a variety of martial arts.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Richter Belmont - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 01

Richter doing his iconic Rondo of Blood peace sign.

Richter was confirmed to appear in the upcoming fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch along with fellow vampire hunter Simon Belmont, with Richter being an Echo character from the latter. His tagline is "Richter crosses over", which is presumably a reference to how his debut on a Nintendo system, Castlevania: Dracula X, was originally a heavily modified port for the game Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. It is also likely a direct reference to the Grand Cross item crash, which Richter uses in all of his appearances throughout the series.

He also appears in the trailer Vampire Killer, where he saves his ancestor Simon from Dracula's attack, and yells "Begone! You don't belong in this world, monster!", a variation of his famous line from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Quotes

Portrait of Ruin

  • I'm counting on you...

The Dracula X Chronicles

Events

  • What?!
  • Annette!

Battle

  • Hydro Storm!
  • Grand Cross!
  • (attacked) What?
  • (attacked) No!

Item data

Item Data: Richter Belmont
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Weapons
Vampire Killer RoB Icon Belmont family whip - Rondo of Blood (unofficial name) [edit]
' Weapon
Richter 
Find: Starts out with
Flame Whip RoB Icon Flame Whip - Rondo of Blood (unofficial name) [edit]
' Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 15 Hearts 
Sub-weapons
RoB DaggerDagger SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Dagger - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 1 Heart (10 by using his Item Crash) 
RoB AxeAxe SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Axe - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 1 Heart (10 by using his Item Crash) 
RoB CrossCross SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Cross - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 1 Heart (15 by using his Item Crash) 
RoB StopwatchStopwatch SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Pocket Watch - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 5 Hearts (30 by using his Item Crash) 
RoB Holy WaterHoly Water SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Holy Water - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 1 Hearts (20 by using his Item Crash) 
RoB Holy BookBible SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Magic Book - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 3 Hearts (10 by using his Item Crash) 
RoB KeyKey SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Key - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
any 
Consume: none  Find: 2. Entrance, 7. Clocktower
Items
RoB HeartSmall Heart SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Small Heart - Rondo of Blood [edit]
Increases the number of times you can use the special items. Item
any 
Heart +1
RoB Big HeartLarge Heart SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Large Heart - Rondo of Blood [edit]
Increases the number of times you can use the special items. Item
any 
Heart +5
Giant HeartExtra Large Heart SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Extra Large Heart - Rondo of Blood [edit]
Increases the number of times you can use the special items. Item
any 
Heart +50
Find: 3'.Caves
RoB Invincibility PotionPotion SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Invisibility Potion [alt] - Rondo of Blood [edit]
You become invincible for a short amount of time. Item
any 
RoB 1Up1 Up SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
1UP - Rondo of Blood [edit]
An extra life. Item
Richter 
Rob-magiccrystalMagic Jewel SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Magic Jewel - Rondo of Blood [edit]
You must obtain this to clear a stage; it will completely revive the player's health. Item
any 
Foods
RoB Pot RoastPot Roast SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Pot Roast - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Item (Food)
Richter 
RoB Giant RoastGiant Pot Roast SOTN DXC Icon
(PCE/PSP)
Giant Roast - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Item (Food)
Richter 
Find: 3. Cathedral
RoB Rotting Roast
(PCE)
Half-eaten meat - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Item (Food)
Richter 
Find: 3'. Caves

Enemy Data

See also: Belmont-Like Enemies
Enemy Data: Richter Belmont and Similar Enemies
Image Name - Game
Description
Statistics Items Location
Sotn-richter 140. Richter Belmont  [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night
Master Vampire hunter. Strong: Holy, Stone (both immune)
Weak: Dark
Level: 48
HP: 400
Exp: n/a
Castle Keep (Alucard only)
Richter-whipmem 135. Doppelganger [Richter]  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
A demon who assumes the form of its intended victims before killing them. Weak: Piercing
HP: 2000
Exp: 2000
Skill Pt: 99
Guard: Greatest Five
Nest of Evil
Richter-whipmem 153. Whip's Memory  [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin
A memory of the last Belmont to wield the Vampire Killer. Strong: Holy
Weak: Dark
HP: 5,000
Exp: 0
Skill Pt: 0
Master's Keep
Richter 
Encore of the Night
''Abil: Cross Toss - The opponent instantly does 20 damage to the player.
HP: 2550
Exp: +1 level
Steal: ~75 silver
Castle Keep

Notes

  • Richter is likely Juste Belmont's grandson, as Juste's battle takes place in 1748 while Richter's takes place in 1792. This would give the 18 year old Juste plenty of time to have a grandson.
  • Despite his lapse during Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Richter is said to be the most powerful Belmont, and is described by the game as "Master Vampire Hunter". As Alucard stated in the game: "...Richter's powers are supreme among vampire hunters. None other can defeat him." However, he may have been surpassed by his descendant Julius Belmont, as he is explicitly stated to be the most powerful vampire hunter in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, and also he was the only Belmont capable to completely destroy Dracula in 1999.
  • Even though Richter has a different character design in Symphony of the Night, his in-game sprite is the same one from Rondo of Blood, except in the Saturn version, which gives him the coat but neither the long hair nor the white shirt and pants underneath.
  • Richter has been portrayed using the Cross more than any other sub-weapon. It is seen in artwork for Rondo of Blood, the Dracula X Chronicles intro, as well as in Encore of the Night.
  • Richter can extend the Vampire Killer by pressing forward just as the whip reaches its maximum length.
  • It seems that Richter's sprite from the canceled game "Castlevania: The Bloodletting" might have been modified into Fake Trevor in Symphony of the Night.

Gallery

See: Richter Belmont/Gallery

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Page 12, the manual of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
  2. 2.0 2.1 Castlevania Timeline
  3. Page 6, the Japanese manual of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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