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Richter Belmont

Richter Mode is a hidden alternate mode available in some games in the Castlevania series where it is possible to play as the powerful vampire hunter Richter Belmont. This mode is usually unlocked once the game has been completed in Normal Mode and can be accessed either by inputting a special code in the Name Entry Screen or simply by selecting the option to start the game in this mode once it becomes available.

Game specific information

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Main article: Richter Belmont/Symphony of the Night

After beating the game with Alucard, a new game can be started with Richter Belmont as the new protagonist by entering the name "RICHTER" in the Name Entry Screen. The player is then able to play as Richter through the entire game until they face Shaft.

This mode lacks a storyline and it is not considered to take part in the accepted canon. Likewise, certain areas of the map (such as rooms behind grates) cannot be accessed in this mode due to them requiring specific abilities only available to Alucard in the standard game.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Richter Mode pairs Richter Belmont with Maria Renard, allowing the player to switch between the two by utilizing the Partner System of this game. They also gain experience and level-up (although due to the lack of an in-game pause menu for this mode, the former is absent from view), and can acquire the HP Max Up and MP Max Up upgrades where they are found. Note that neither of the two gain Skill Points for weapon mastery, thus their sub-weapons cannot be upgraded. The player can select among their available sub-weaponry by pressing the SELECT button.

Sub-weapons

Item Data: Sub-Weapons
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Richter Belmont
Dagger PoR Icon Dagger - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 14 MP 
Find: Starts with
Effect: Throws knives in front of Richter.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
Axe Richter PoR Icon Axe - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter, Old Axe Armor 
Consume: 15 MP  Find: Starts with
Effect: Throws an axe in an arcing pattern.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode and Old Axe Armor Mode.
Holy Water PoR Icon Holy Water - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Attrib: Holy
Consume: 14 MP 
Find: Starts with
Effect: Throws a vial of holy water on the ground, with the flame quickly traveling forward.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
Boomerang PoR Icon Cross - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 18 MP  Find: Starts with
Effect: Throws a cross boomerang which returns to Richter afterward.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
Holy Book PoR Icon Holy Book - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Consume: 17 MP  Find: Starts with
Effect: Spreads pages around Richter, damaging enemies near him.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
Cross PoR Icon Grand Cross - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Richter 
Attrib: Holy
Consume: 60 MP 
Find: Starts with
Effect: A flaming holy cross hits enemies near Richter.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
Maria Renard
Bird PoR Icon Phoenix - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Maria 
Attrib: Fire
Consume: 14 MP 
Find: Starts with
Effect: Sends two birds simultaneously flying in opposite directions (diagonally) which return to Maria.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
Cat PoR Icon Byakko - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Maria 
Attrib: Electric
Consume: 14 MP 
Find: Starts with
Effect: Sends Byakko running toward the direction Maria is currently facing.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
Dragon PoR Icon Holy Dragon - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Maria 
Attrib: Ice
Consume: 14 MP 
Find: Starts with
Effect: Sends Holy Dragon forward at a fast speed, quickly damaging enemies in front of Maria.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
Turtle PoR Icon Genbu - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Maria 
Consume: 14 MP  Find: Starts with
Effect: Maria takes cover inside Genbu's shell while her CON and MND are increased.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.

Special attacks[1]

Item Data: Special attacks
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Richter Belmont
Drop Kick - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Flying drop kick. Richter rebounds and performs a back flip if it hits a wall. Action
Richter 
Attrib: Strike
Sequence: ↓ + B, then B
High Jump - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A Rising uppercut. Great for getting to high places. Action
Richter, Old Axe Armor 
Attrib: Strike/Slash
Sequence: ↑ + L button (or L button while jumping)
Back Flip - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Midair back flip. Invulnerable for a short period of time after being initiated. Action
Richter 
Invulnerability
Sequence: While jumping, ↓ + L button
Tackle - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Body tackle. Recovers instantly if it doesn't kill the enemy. Action
Richter 
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 30 MP 
Invulnerability
Sequence: ↑, ←, ↓, → + Y
Spinning Kick - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
A lunging spin kick. Action
Richter 
Attrib: Strike
Consume: 15 MP 
Invulnerability
Sequence: →, ↓, ←, → + Y
Combo - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Unleash many of Richter's skills back-to-back. Completely invincible to enemy attack from start to finish. Action
Richter 
Attrib: Strike
Consume: 80 MP 
Invulnerability
Sequence: →, ↓, ←, ↑, → + Y
Maria Renard
Guardian Knuckle - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
Restore HP when it hits. Can be used against breakable object for the same effect. Action
Maria 
Attrib: Holy
Consume: 30 MP 
Invulnerability
Sequence: ↑, ←, ↓, → + Y

Trivia

  • In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, Richter Mode is misspelled as "RICHITER" in the mode selection screen. This was fixed in the European version.
  • Maria's Genbu is the only ability in this mode that provides statistic boosts when activated (MND Boost and CON Boost at the same time).

References

  1. BradyGames Portrait of Ruin Official Strategy Guide, page 98.