Castlevania: 5 Weird Facts About Dracula's Body

There are many compelling video game antagonists, but few can match the notoriety of Castlevania's Count Dracula. This infamous villain has appeared in almost every entry in the series and is presented as the ultimate evil, opposed only by the monster-slaying Belmont clan. Dracula wouldn't be much of an antagonist if he didn't have the powers to match, but thanks to his strange anatomy as the Dark Lord, his abilities far outstrip even other vampires.

To truly understand Dracula's anatomy in Castlevania, it's important to keep in mind that this version of the Prince of Darkness doesn't share many of the weaknesses that vampires have in other media -- making him all the more dangerous. However, he isn't completely invincible. Dracula is still a creature of the night, so exposure to sunlight is deadly. Additionally, he wouldn't be much of a vampire if he didn't need to regularly feast upon the blood of humans, although this trait isn't even the weirdest part of the Count's anatomy.

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Dracula's Power Was Stolen From Another

Unlike lesser vampires, Dracula didn't gain his powers from a bite to the neck. He was originally a human named Mathias Cronqvist who served as a knight alongside his best friend, Leon Belmont. Mathias decided to search for a way to gain immortal life in order to spite God, whom he blamed for the death of his beloved. He eventually found the Crimson Stone, a profane artifact that would grant its bearer power over Death itself. The stone also offered immortality in exchange for another immortal soul.

To claim that soul, Mathias tricked a powerful vampire lord into fighting Leon, a battle that cost the vampire his life. Much to Leon's horror, Mathias absorbed the soul of the slain monster and became a vampire himself. Thus began the eternal rivalry between the Belmont family and the newly-ascended Count Dracula.

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Chaos Gives Dracula Unnatural Abilities

One of Dracula's most impressive abilities is his control over the endless legions of the night. He can summon demonic hordes that plague the residents of Transylvania or provide fodder for whichever Belmont is whipping their way through his castle. These monsters are far from weak though, as armies and even entire countries have been brought low by the demons under Dracula's command.

These otherworldly legions are commanded through Dracula's connection to Chaos, a dark god that feeds on the evil that resides within humans. The pact between Chaos and the Dark Lord is also the reason for the Count's seemingly endless resurrections, as it is humanity's own darkness that strengthens Chaos, and therefore, Dracula himself. As long as evil exists, Dracula can always be brought back.

Dracula's Castle Is a Part of Him

Castlevania is as much a part of the Count as his need for blood. The castle is no mere building, but an evil entity that symbolizes Dracula's magic power. When its master is defeated, the castle usually crumbles as well. Dracula's connection to Chaos allows him to resurrect, and his dark fortress is always brought back with him. It usually reappears somewhere in Transylvania or Wallachia, but the castle is not tied to any one physical location since it exists separately from the mortal plane. Much like the Count himself, Castlevania can teleport to any location its master desires.

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Dracula Can Take Many Forms

Dracula's appearance has varied wildly between Castlevania games, changes that are usually attributed to his different reincarnations. However, he also has the power to alter his form much more dramatically to make himself faster or better equipped to fight. For example, Dracula can take the form of a creature of the night, such as a bat or wolf. He can also dissolve himself into mist to avoid harm.

In moments of desperation, Dracula has one other transformation he can use to help even the odds: his true form. Here, Dracula becomes a grotesque and demonic creature that better reflects his evil nature. This form allows the Dark Lord to unleash his full vampiric power, and the transformation is so strong that it sometimes warps reality itself.

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Dracula Isn't Afraid to Turn Up the Heat

Vampires are often depicted as having a weakness to fire, but that's not the case with Castlevania's Dracula. The vampire king is unequaled in his magical power and actively uses fire as a weapon. Many of his magical attacks revolve around casting fireballs that only the most agile of Belmonts could hope to dodge.

Dracula's ultimate dark spell is called Demonic Megiddo. A few versions of this spell exist across the various Castlevania games, but it consistently depicts the Count summoning enormous amounts of fire to smite his enemies, whereas most other vampires would be incinerated by this attack. This mastery over fire is more proof that Dracula's strange anatomy puts him in a class far above others of his kind.

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