History Videogame / CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia

24th Jun '17 10:03:46 AM SheldonDinkleburg
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* AIBreaker: [[spoiler:Albus has only one attack to hit Shanoa when airborne, an arcing flame kick that has a fair bit of startup and ending lag. If you time your jumps well, you can prevent him from using any other attack while taking advantage of his downtime to land hits on him, and if you get him facing close to a wall, he will be effectively immobilized. This works even on Hard mode, where his attacks come out much faster.]]
20th Jun '17 7:56:24 PM SheldonDinkleburg
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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Played with. A Knight in Argila Swamp will fight in tandem with an Owl. If you kill the Owl first, he will take time to rush over and mourn his beloved bird.
30th May '17 8:12:02 AM Antronach
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* AwesomeButImpractical: Surprisingly enough, the potions (at least, in normal mode, after you rescue Aeon). While they're useful for healing damage (and, of course, the more expensive potions heal more), they're less cost-effective than Aeon's food items.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: Surprisingly enough, the potions (at least, in normal mode, after you rescue Aeon). While they're useful for healing damage (and, of course, the more expensive potions heal more), they're less cost-effective than Aeon's food items. The only one that's useful is the Super Potion, and that only if you've grinded out so much that Aeon's foods aren't enough, which by then you probably don't ''need'' the healing.



* AwesomeButImpractical: The Super Potion. It's a full heal, but by the time you've unlocked the ability to buy them at the shop, you've probably unlocked the Thick Steak from Aeon's quests, which can do just about the same thing[[note]]Thick Steak heals 1000 HP, and Shanoa's HP probably won't be higher than that unless you grind like mad[[/note]] for a lot less money.
26th May '17 2:50:55 PM Tsukiyomaru0
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** Don't think that his dying pose is enough of a shout out? Try letting him corner you after his Main/OminousWalk and he will give you a hundred fists right in your face!
24th May '17 1:19:39 PM Antronach
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Shanoa- Looong dark hair and a personality to match (although we don't know what she was like pre-EmotionlessGirl status.)

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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Shanoa- Looong Shanoa. ''Long'' dark hair and with a personality to match (although we don't know what she was like pre-EmotionlessGirl status.)



* BloodMagic: The Glyph Union with all three Dominus glyphs. It does [[OverNineThousand 9999]] damage to everything on the screen. Including you. Which means that you die.

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* BloodMagic: The Using any of the Dominus Glyphs costs MP ''and'' HP. Furthermore, the Glyph Union with all three Dominus glyphs. It glyphs does [[OverNineThousand 9999]] damage to everything on the screen. Including you. Which means that you die.



* BoringButPractical: The Macir glyphs. Good damage, good range, good attack speed, not too harsh on the MP and quite a few enemies are weak to blunt damage. They might not be spells, nor the strongest weapons, but they give the most bang for your buck.



* {{Cameo}}: The first boss is VERY similar to the final boss of ''[[{{VideoGame/Contra}} Super Contra.]]''

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* {{Cameo}}: {{Cameo}}:
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The first boss is VERY similar to the final boss of ''[[{{VideoGame/Contra}} Super Contra.]]''



* CopyAndPasteEnvironments: Despite the visuals being genuinely very beautiful, there are many times when you'll see relatively distinctively complex map formations repeated verbatim in a conspicuously unlikely way. This is especially apparent in the caverns of the mountain area maps.
* CostumePorn / PimpedOutDress

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* CopyAndPasteEnvironments: Despite Due to the visuals being genuinely very beautiful, there are many times when you'll see relatively distinctively complex map formations focus on combat, most of the areas use the same repeated verbatim in a conspicuously unlikely way. This is especially apparent in segments over and over. While the caverns of the mountain area maps.
spritework is nice, it does lend itself to a rather repetitive vibe.
* CostumePorn / PimpedOutDressPimpedOutDress: Shanoa's battledress is quite elaborate in official artwork.



* CuteMonsterGirl: While all modern Castlevanias have these, this game is notable for its sheer proliferation. New enemies that fit this include Ladycats, Draculinas, Black Panthers(unrelated to actual black panthers in other games), and the boss of Somnus Reef, Rusalka.

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* CuteMonsterGirl: While all modern Castlevanias have these, this game is notable for its sheer proliferation. New enemies that fit this include Ladycats, Draculinas, Black Panthers(unrelated Panthers (unrelated to actual black panthers in other games), and the boss of Somnus Reef, Rusalka.



* EarlyGameHell: Present in all modes, but especially so in Hard mode. The ''tutorial'', of al things, plays more like a BossFight in this mode, teaching you that you don't have to expect any form of mercy from the game on this difficulty setting. It's only after a few levels, when you've been able to collect stronger glyphs, better armor, and more health/mana (and more/stronger healing items at the shop), that the game becomes a bit easier.

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* EarlyGameHell: Present in all modes, but especially so in Hard mode. The ''tutorial'', of al all things, plays more like a BossFight in this mode, teaching you that you don't have to expect any form of mercy from the game on this difficulty setting. It's only after a few levels, when you've been able to collect stronger glyphs, better armor, and more health/mana (and more/stronger healing items at the shop), that the game becomes a bit easier.



** [[LamePunReaction Har-dee-har.]]



* NotCompletelyUseless: The Scutum glyph will let you ignore Goliath's "punch debris from the ceiling attack." More importantly, this will nullify Dracula's destruction ray. Even more importantly, this glyph and another Scutum glyph is the easiest way to avoid Dracula's wave of bats...as well as Eligor's arrows.

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* NotCompletelyUseless: NotCompletelyUseless:
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The Scutum glyph will let you ignore Goliath's "punch debris from the ceiling attack." More importantly, this will nullify Dracula's destruction ray. Even more importantly, this glyph and another Scutum glyph is the easiest way to avoid Dracula's wave of bats...as well as Eligor's arrows.



** The Fidelis Caries glyph. The zombie you summon barely does any damage, but it does destroy projectiles.



* PowerCopying: That's how Shanoa learns many of her abilities. You want to summon Zombies? [[spoiler:Steal the ability from an enemy summoner.]] Fireballs? [[spoiler:From a fire demon.]] As a bonus, in many of these cases, you literally have to absorb the Glyph as the enemy is casting the spell, preventing it from going off successfully in the process.

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* PowerCopying: That's how Shanoa learns many of her abilities. You want to summon Zombies? [[spoiler:Steal the ability from an enemy summoner.Necromancer.]] Fireballs? [[spoiler:From a fire demon.]] As a bonus, in many of these cases, you literally have to absorb the Glyph as the enemy is casting the spell, preventing it from going off successfully in the process.



** RareRandomDrop: Of course, some drops won't be as easily gotten as others. Merman meat, only gettable with a 6 star chance from a merman-unrelated enemy (Lorelei), is quite the offender, as you need it for better potions. About chest drops, those only available in the brutal Large Cavern can be quite frustrating too.

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** RareRandomDrop: Of course, some drops won't be as easily gotten as others. Merman meat, only gettable obtainable with a 6 star chance from a merman-unrelated enemy (Lorelei), is quite the offender, as you need it for better potions. About chest drops, those only available in the brutal Large Cavern can be quite frustrating too.too, especially Alexandrite.



* [[spoiler:TreacherousAdvisor:]] [[spoiler:Barlowe.]]



* [[spoiler:TreacherousAdvisor:]] [[spoiler:Barlowe.]]

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* [[spoiler:TreacherousAdvisor:]] [[spoiler:Barlowe.]]TyopOnTheCover: The Vol Fulgur glyph is the only one you can get before the standard one. Considering how in [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]] it's called Fulgur without the "Vol" prefix, this seems to be the case.



* UselessUsefulSpell: Torpor stinks of it at first glance (it purports to freeze enemies), but is actually -very- nifty, especially in Hard Mode. Most enemies that are vulnerable to Slash glyphs can be frozen with it, and this just happens to include the [[DemonicSpiders Cave Troll]], Lizardman and Lizardman Blade, and other speedy nuisances that it helps to stop cold. Cubus is similar. It's seemingly useless, but in Hard Mode it can be your best friend in the Skeleton Cave as it is capable of blocking the fireball spam dished out by Bone Pillars well before you come into Vol/Melio Scutum (shield glyphs that actually cover you frontside), with a single cube if you duck. This is more than enough to allow you to get in and bash them with Vol Macir without getting shot to hell, making the proceedings a lot less painful.

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* UselessUsefulSpell: Torpor stinks of it at first glance (it purports to freeze enemies), but is actually -very- nifty, especially in Hard Mode. Most enemies that are vulnerable to Slash glyphs can be frozen with it, and this just happens to include the [[DemonicSpiders Cave Troll]], Lizardman and Lizardman Blade, and other speedy nuisances that it helps to stop cold. Cubus is and Fidelis Caries are similar. It's They're seemingly useless, but in Hard Mode it they can be your best friend in the Skeleton Cave as it is they are capable of blocking the fireball spam dished out by Bone Pillars well before you come into Vol/Melio Scutum (shield glyphs that actually cover you frontside), with a single cube if you duck.duck or a single zombie. This is more than enough to allow you to get in and bash them with Vol Macir without getting shot to hell, making the proceedings a lot less painful.



* WakeUpCallBoss: Meet the Giant Skeleton. Pray he doesn't corner you.
** Brachyura, the GiantEnemyCrab after that, fits better. The first two bosses hit hard, but have simple attack patterns. (In fact, the Giant Skeleton comes back as a mook in a later level.) Cue Brachyura, a four-stage boss that renders your best weapons useless (Except Ascis/Axe) because he's beneath you. You ''have'' to learn his patterns in order to get to the top and deliver the now-famous finishing blow.

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* WakeUpCallBoss: Meet the Giant Skeleton. Pray he doesn't corner you.
Utilize the Magnes, Ascia and Macir glyphs properly or you'll die over and over.
** Brachyura, the GiantEnemyCrab after that, fits better. The first two bosses hit hard, but have simple attack patterns. (In fact, the Giant Skeleton comes back as a mook in a later level.) Cue Brachyura, a four-stage boss that renders limits your best weapons useless (Except Ascis/Axe) attack patterns because he's beneath you. You ''have'' to learn his patterns in order to get to the top and deliver the now-famous finishing blow.
19th May '17 9:08:23 AM MarsJenkar
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* EarlyGameHell: Present in all modes, but especially so in Hard mode. The ''tutorial'', of al things, plays more like a BossFight in this mode, teaching you that you don't have to expect any form of mercy from the game on this difficulty setting. It's only after a few levels, when you've been able to collect stronger glyphs, better armor and more health/mana, that the game becomes a bit easier.

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* EarlyGameHell: Present in all modes, but especially so in Hard mode. The ''tutorial'', of al things, plays more like a BossFight in this mode, teaching you that you don't have to expect any form of mercy from the game on this difficulty setting. It's only after a few levels, when you've been able to collect stronger glyphs, better armor armor, and more health/mana, health/mana (and more/stronger healing items at the shop), that the game becomes a bit easier.
19th May '17 8:47:27 AM MarsJenkar
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* LongSongShortScene: "Lone Challenger", the boss rush theme. It takes over a minute to loop, but it only plays at the entry room and results screen of the boss rush (where a player is unlikely to spend nearly so much time). It doesn't help that the tune is appropriately fast-paced enough that it could easily have been a boss theme itself, and played over the boss encounters instead of the normal boss music.



* NintendoHard: The only Metroidvania-engined Castlevania game to exceed the Website/GameFAQs difficulty voting threshold of 3.5 to qualify for Nintendo Hard. Taken UpToEleven in multiple stages: level 50 Hard mode, level 1 Hard Mode with a NewGamePlus, and level 1 Hard Mode without a NewGamePlus. Enemies deal absolutely INSANE amounts of damage and some of them are faster, demanding you to use everything you've got and come up with some new strategies.

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* NintendoHard: The only Only one of two Metroidvania-engined Castlevania game games to exceed the Website/GameFAQs difficulty voting threshold of 3.5 to qualify for Nintendo Hard.Hard (the other being ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon''). Taken UpToEleven in multiple stages: level 50 Hard mode, level 1 Hard Mode with a NewGamePlus, and level 1 Hard Mode without a NewGamePlus. Enemies deal absolutely INSANE amounts of damage and some of them are faster, demanding you to use everything you've got and come up with some new strategies.
13th May '17 12:03:50 PM MarsJenkar
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* LethalChef: Played with in the case of Aeon. While his backstory shows him to be a lazy "chef" whose restaurants have all failed, Shanoa (his only customer at this point) doesn't seem to mind his cooking too much, [[FridgeBrilliance probably because she's forgotten what good food tastes like.]] Also, Aeon eventually acknowledges that his failures were likely the result of a lack of ''effort'' on his part, and his explanation does makes sense. Aeon's food items are also more cost-effective at healing than the potions, and three of the food items unlocked by doing his quests (the Curry, the Killer Fish BBQ, and the Thick Steak) are some of the most effective healing items in the game, surpassed only by the Super Potion. He even gives you a serving of the latter two when you finish the relevant quests.

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* LethalChef: Played with in the case of Aeon. While his backstory shows him to be a lazy "chef" whose restaurants have all failed, Shanoa (his only customer at this point) doesn't seem to mind his cooking too much, [[FridgeBrilliance probably because she's forgotten what good food tastes like.]] Also, Aeon eventually acknowledges that his failures were likely the result of a lack of ''effort'' on his part, and his explanation does makes make sense. Aeon's food items are also more cost-effective at healing than the potions, and three of the food items unlocked by doing his quests (the Curry, the Killer Fish BBQ, and the Thick Steak) are some of the most effective healing items in the game, surpassed only by the Super Potion. He even gives you a serving of the latter two when you finish the relevant quests.
13th May '17 11:23:21 AM MarsJenkar
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* AwesomeButImpractical: The Super Potion. It's a full heal, but by the time you've unlocked the ability to buy them at the shop, you've probably unlocked the Thick Steak from Aeon's quests, which can do just about the same thing[[note]]Thick Steak heals 1000 HP, and Shanoa's HP probably won't be higher than that unless you grind like mad[[/note]] for a lot less money.



* LethalChef: Played with in the case of Aeon. While his backstory shows him to be a lazy "chef" whose restaurants have all failed, Shanoa (his only customer at this point) doesn't seem to mind his cooking too much, [[FridgeBrilliance probably because she's forgotten what good food tastes like.]] Aeon's food items are also more cost-effective at healing than the potions.

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* LethalChef: Played with in the case of Aeon. While his backstory shows him to be a lazy "chef" whose restaurants have all failed, Shanoa (his only customer at this point) doesn't seem to mind his cooking too much, [[FridgeBrilliance probably because she's forgotten what good food tastes like.]] ]] Also, Aeon eventually acknowledges that his failures were likely the result of a lack of ''effort'' on his part, and his explanation does makes sense. Aeon's food items are also more cost-effective at healing than the potions.potions, and three of the food items unlocked by doing his quests (the Curry, the Killer Fish BBQ, and the Thick Steak) are some of the most effective healing items in the game, surpassed only by the Super Potion. He even gives you a serving of the latter two when you finish the relevant quests.



*** In a sense, the game pretty much forces you to actively use spells, because the physical stats are only two of the many that cover attack damage. You can still get them stronger by maxing out their attributes, but it is much easier to spam Nitesco to max out light damage than it is to run up close to the enemy to whack them in the face.

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*** In a sense, the game pretty much forces you to actively use spells, because the physical stats are only two of the many that cover attack damage. You can still get them stronger by maxing out their attributes, but it is much easier to spam Nitesco to max out light and fire damage than it is to run up close to the enemy to whack them in the face.face. Also, you can find Drops items (Red Drops, Blue Drops, etc.) for enhancing your magic (by boosting the relevant attribute by 1000 points)...but there is no equivalent to the Drops for physical attacks.
25th Mar '17 11:06:11 AM nombretomado
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''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}: Order of Ecclesia'' was released for the NintendoDS in 2008.

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''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}: Order of Ecclesia'' was released for the NintendoDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS in 2008.
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