History YMMV / CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2

1st Mar '16 7:40:03 PM wrm5
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* AwesomeButImpractical: The Flame Claws skill. Sure, it's the most damaging move in-game (rivaled only by Counterstrike Punch, but, well, the former requires blocking a normal attack before it could be performed), but putting it to good use is impossible due to its unclear aiming, plus one such occurrence drains a ''quarter'' of your maxed-out, non-overcharged Chaos meter. You are better off spending that energy differently.
31st Oct '15 1:06:26 PM Megistos86
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* EightPointEight: Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 got mixed reviews by critics, but one of the most infamous was Edge's review that score of 4.0 / 10. And the worst part is that they score Rambo: The Video Game with a 5.0/10.
6th Oct '15 4:29:12 AM Aliya
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** Gabriel's [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle peculiar]] way of pronouncing his assumed name has led people to replacing the 'u' in 'Dracul' to a double 'o', resulting in a admittedly humorous 'Dra''cool'''. [[http://36.media.tumblr.com/10504f418e1a930ae8cb221ac2d23f42/tumblr_mwbfwmVqNT1rym2uyo1_500.png An image of him in shutter shades frequently accompany said gag.]]

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** "Dracool." [[labelnote:Explanation]] Gabriel's [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle peculiar]] way of pronouncing his assumed name has led people to replacing the 'u' in 'Dracul' to a double 'o', resulting in a an admittedly humorous 'Dra''cool'''. [[http://36.media.tumblr.com/10504f418e1a930ae8cb221ac2d23f42/tumblr_mwbfwmVqNT1rym2uyo1_500.png An image of him in shutter shades frequently accompany said gag.]] ]][[/labelnote]]



** The [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/540d80bdd95461a9a1413d7526c73f52/tumblr_n1tohpur531qhso87o2_500.png “Satan]] [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/1e466d555aa715cd83ac06f5f0f6aa8d/tumblr_inline_n1vpuremVi1r44gxs.jpg Expression.”]] [[labelnote:Explanation]] A.k.a. the SlasherSmile[=s=] both Dracula and [[spoiler: Satan in the possession of Alucard]] make.[[/labelnote]]

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** The [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/540d80bdd95461a9a1413d7526c73f52/tumblr_n1tohpur531qhso87o2_500.png “Satan]] [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/1e466d555aa715cd83ac06f5f0f6aa8d/tumblr_inline_n1vpuremVi1r44gxs.jpg Expression.”]] [[labelnote:Explanation]] A.k.a. the SlasherSmile[=s=] {{slasher smile}}s both Dracula and [[spoiler: Satan in the possession of Alucard]] make.[[/labelnote]]



** The Toy Maker. In his backstory, he was offered a home by the owner of Bernhard Castle, who ended up summoning a demon to curse him, forcing him to make deathtraps and such until the curse is broken by a child. Once he's reawakened, he suffers from temporary memory loss, and the blood of the castle transforms him into a demon, attacking Dracula. After he turns back to normal, he seems genuinely confused and concerned, and once he remembers who Dracula is (and presumably, what he's done), he breaks down crying.
** Dracula himself. It's quite clear poor Gabriel still retains what made him human, even if his humanity is ''long'' gone. And he's ''utterly miserable'' whenever his attempts [[CardCarryingVillain at enjoying being evil]] fall flat.

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** The Toy Maker. In his backstory, he was offered a home by the owner of Bernhard Castle, Walter, who ended up summoning a demon to curse him, forcing him to make deathtraps and such until the curse is broken by a child. Once he's reawakened, he suffers from temporary memory loss, and the blood of the castle transforms him into a demon, attacking Dracula. After he turns back to normal, he seems genuinely confused and concerned, and once he remembers who Dracula is (and presumably, what he's done), he breaks down crying.
** Dracula himself. It's quite clear poor Gabriel still retains what made makes him human, even if his humanity is ''long'' gone. And he's so ''utterly miserable'' whenever his attempts he tries to [[CardCarryingVillain at enjoying enjoy being evil]] fall flat.evil.]]
6th Oct '15 4:12:55 AM Aliya
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* BreatherBoss: Whilst trying to evade him in the garden maze is incredibly frustrating, the actual boss fight against Agreus is considered to be one of the easiest battles in the game due to his predictable attack pattern.

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* BreatherBoss: BreatherBoss:
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Whilst trying to evade him in the garden maze is incredibly frustrating, the actual boss fight against Agreus is considered to be one of the easiest battles in the game due to his predictable attack pattern.



* BestBossEver: Although most of the bosses are awesome (The bosses are a highly praised feature of the game), special mentions goes to [[spoiler: Victor Belmont, for being an epic MirrorBoss, and, Inner Dracula for sheer Nightmare Fuel ]]

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* BestBossEver: Although most of the bosses are awesome (The (the bosses are a highly praised feature of the game), special mentions goes to [[spoiler: Victor Belmont, for being an epic MirrorBoss, and, Inner Dracula for sheer Nightmare Fuel ]]Fuel.]]
* CatharsisFactor: After being bossed around by the “scared-witless-of-the-Acolytes” Zobek for the vast majority of the game, after running countless errands for him, and ''after'' being repetitively pressured into doing his dirty work whilst he sat on his rump in his ivory tower in the heart of the city, it was ''extremely'' gratifying to deck him into his jawless skull-face at long last.



* CultClassic: Didn't do really well in sales, and got mixed reviews by critics, but got very positive user reviews, spawned a small, yet devoted fanbase, and is generally considered an improvement over the first game by Castlevania fans. Gabriel, and the portrayal of Dracula, as a character, is also very endearing to people who played the game.

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* CultClassic: Didn't do really well in sales, and got mixed reviews by critics, but got very positive user reviews, spawned a small, yet devoted fanbase, and is generally considered an improvement over the first game by Castlevania fans. Gabriel, and the his portrayal of Dracula, as a character, is also very endearing to people who played the game.



* CriticalDissonance: While it has mid sixties in critic reviews, it's done much better with an average of 80 (XBOX360), 79 (PS3), and 90 (Steam) from users.
* CrossoverShip: Folks at the ''Series/OnceUponATime'' fandom adore shipping Gabriel and Belle [[Creator/RobertCarlyle for some unusual reason]].
* DemonicSpiders: Dark Cultists. Cultists show up just before the game's finale for good reason; they always come in packs and all attack at once, all but one of their attacks is unblockable, they have standard health but can teleport away if they're not locked in a combo for more than three seconds in inclusion to already being able to fly, they can summon a demon portal that if you fail to close quickly will flood you with infected, and if five or more of them are present at once, they can fuse together to become a chaos demon that's hard to kill by normal means, and killing it just makes them turn back into the cultists. And during the endgame and post-game, these are just about the ''only'' enemies you'll fight in the City. Thankfully, the draw-in moves for the void sword and chaos claws (L2+Triangle or LT+Y) utterly destroys them.

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* CriticalDissonance: While Was panned by some critics, but it has mid sixties in critic reviews, it's done much better with an average of 80 (XBOX360), 79 (PS3), and 90 (Steam) did not stop the audience from users.unanimously giving it above-average marks across Steam and Metacritic.
* CrossoverShip: Folks at the ''Series/OnceUponATime'' fandom adore shipping Gabriel (or "Vampire Bobby" as they refer) and Belle [[Creator/RobertCarlyle for some unusual reason]].

* CrossoverShip: Folks at the ''Series/OnceUponATime'' fandom adore shipping Gabriel and Belle [[Creator/RobertCarlyle for some unusual reason]].
* DemonicSpiders:
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Dark Cultists. Cultists show up just before the game's finale for good reason; they always come in packs and all attack at once, all but one of their attacks is unblockable, they have standard health but can teleport away if they're not locked in a combo for more than three seconds in inclusion to already being able to fly, they can summon a demon portal that if you fail to close quickly will flood you with infected, and if five or more of them are present at once, they can fuse together to become a chaos demon that's hard to kill by normal means, and killing it just makes them turn back into the cultists. And during the endgame and post-game, these are just about the ''only'' enemies you'll fight in the City. Thankfully, the draw-in moves for the void sword Void Sword and chaos claws (L2+Triangle or LT+Y) Chaos Claws (Void Kata and Fire Cover, respectively) utterly destroys them.them, and the Apostle they can conjure can be undone with a single Void Projectile.
** Satan's Soldiers can become this to an unseasoned player. They're light on their feet, hit in a rapid succession, can teleport, spit blobs of slime that immobilizes you on the spot, detonate upon death in a wave of green energy, normally come in packs of two-four, and can even transform into a living “turret” (with their chest-burster-esque spirit attacking anything within the vicinity.) Luckily, they become more tolerable as you progress, learn their moveset, and realize that their headbutting attack can be sync blocked. They're still more annoying than their supposedly more powerful siblings, the Horned Demons, who are laughably easy to kite and stunlock with a heavy attack.
** The Infected, of all enemies. They don't pose a threat on their own, but they ''do'' come in throngs, – twenty-five and more ''at once'' as seen in one of the Kleidos Challenges – and later into the game they start getting upgrades, such as weapons and firearms. Those can vary from simple tire iron and fire-axes (which grant them the ability to perform an unblockable), to semi-automatic rifles and ''grenade launchers.'' Suffice it to say, getting multiple rounds and several grenades to the face can be... dangerous.



* EvilIsCool: Dracula. Highly badass? Check. Highly philosophical?. Check. Highly sympathetic backstory? Check. Monster? Check. Voiced by Creator/RobertCarlyle? CHECK. It's like this trope was made for him. [[spoiler:Then again, [[GoodAllAlong "Evil" is not quite the right term for him]].]]
* EvilIsSexy: Carmilla.

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* EvilIsCool: Dracula. Highly badass? Check. Highly philosophical?. Check. Highly sympathetic backstory? Check. Monster? Check. Voiced by Creator/RobertCarlyle? CHECK. ''CHECK.'' It's like this trope was made for him. [[spoiler:Then again, [[GoodAllAlong "Evil" "evil" is not quite the right term for him]].]]
* EvilIsSexy: Carmilla.EvilIsSexy:
** Carmilla. Oh, ''Carmilla.''



* FoeYayShipping: The Carmilla/Dracula ship started out strong, spawning several of one-shot fanfics, but with time lost most of its influence.

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* FoeYayShipping: FoeYayShipping:
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The Carmilla/Dracula ship started out strong, spawning several of one-shot fanfics, but with time lost most of its influence.



* GameBreaker: The Void Sword's Whirlwind move (Block [LT/L2] + Direct Attack [X/Square] + Move [Left Stick]). Ridiculously quick, costs a pint-sized amount of magic, easy to execute, can stunlock bigger opponents, is devastating to the majority of bosses at higher mastery levels, '''and''' cheesegrates multiple foes if they're stacked into a row. Because of the latter, it is laughably easy to recover ''your whole health bar'' in one single swipe as compared to other, less-effective moves from the same repertoire. Once you discover/master this move it is ''guaranteed'' you will not use anything else to regain health. One drawback? It is ground-based. Meaning any air (harpies, though you can force them to the ground), or otherwise armored foes (Abaddon) cannot be exploited. A must-have skill on [[HarderThanHard Prince of Darkness difficulty.]]

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* GameBreaker: GameBreaker:
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The Void Sword's Whirlwind move (Block [LT/L2] + Direct Attack [X/Square] + Move [Left Stick]). Ridiculously quick, costs a pint-sized amount of magic, easy to execute, can stunlock bigger opponents, is devastating to the majority of bosses at higher mastery levels, '''and''' cheesegrates multiple foes if they're stacked into a row. Because of the latter, it is laughably easy to recover ''your whole health bar'' in one single swipe as compared to other, less-effective moves from the same repertoire. Once you discover/master this move it is ''guaranteed'' you will not use anything else to regain health. One drawback? It is ground-based. Meaning any air (harpies, though you can force them to the ground), or otherwise armored foes (Abaddon) cannot be exploited. A must-have skill on [[HarderThanHard Prince of Darkness difficulty.]]



* MemeticMutation: Gabriel's [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle peculiar]] way of pronouncing his assumed name has led people to replacing the 'u' in 'Dracul' to a double 'o', resulting in a admittedly humorous 'Dra''cool'''. [[http://36.media.tumblr.com/10504f418e1a930ae8cb221ac2d23f42/tumblr_mwbfwmVqNT1rym2uyo1_500.png An image of him in shutter shades frequently accompany said gag.]]

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* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
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Gabriel's [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle peculiar]] way of pronouncing his assumed name has led people to replacing the 'u' in 'Dracul' to a double 'o', resulting in a admittedly humorous 'Dra''cool'''. [[http://36.media.tumblr.com/10504f418e1a930ae8cb221ac2d23f42/tumblr_mwbfwmVqNT1rym2uyo1_500.png An image of him in shutter shades frequently accompany said gag.]]



** Satan's curiously placed wings – they jut out from his lower back – has earned him the nickname of “Buttwings”.
** The [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/540d80bdd95461a9a1413d7526c73f52/tumblr_n1tohpur531qhso87o2_500.png “Satan]] [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/1e466d555aa715cd83ac06f5f0f6aa8d/tumblr_inline_n1vpuremVi1r44gxs.jpg Expression”]], aka the SlasherSmile[=s=] both Dracula and [[spoiler: Satan in the possession of Alucard]] make.
** The fact that Google Romanian-English Translate reads the word “Dracul” as ''“the old gentleman”''. [[https://translate.google.com/#ro/en/Dracul Go ahead, try it.]]

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** Satan's curiously placed wings – they jut out “Shirt Allergy.” [[labelnote:Explanation]] Evidently, ''[[AbsoluteCleavage all]]'' [[NoShirtLongJacket vampires]] in the ''Lords of Shadow'' universe are ''duty-bound'' to dispose of everything that involves covering their upper bodies. Laura from his lower back – has earned him the nickname of “Buttwings”.
first game is the only exception. [[/labelnote]]
** The [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/540d80bdd95461a9a1413d7526c73f52/tumblr_n1tohpur531qhso87o2_500.png “Satan]] [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/1e466d555aa715cd83ac06f5f0f6aa8d/tumblr_inline_n1vpuremVi1r44gxs.jpg Expression”]], aka Expression.”]] [[labelnote:Explanation]] A.k.a. the SlasherSmile[=s=] both Dracula and [[spoiler: Satan in the possession of Alucard]] make.
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** The “The Old Gentleman.” [[labelnote:Explanation]] Named after the fact that Google Romanian-English Translate reads the word “Dracul” as ''“the old gentleman”''. [[https://translate.google.com/#ro/en/Dracul Go ahead, try it.]] ]][[/labelnote]]



*** Amusingly enough, none of his LargeHam moments were included into the final game.



--->'''Golden Knight:''' God is with me, monster!

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--->'''Golden Knight:''' --->'''Paladin:''' God is with me, monster!



* ThatOneBoss: The Hooded Man, [[spoiler: aka: Victor Belmont]]. He frequently parries your attacks, throws a flurry of projectiles that inflict a lot of damage if you get caught in the barrage, and rarely stays still long enough to hit him with a combo. If you try to jump up to evade his attacks, he will leap up and continue to strike you in mid-air, where you cannot escape his blows. However, parrying ''his'' blows and counterattacking makes him considerably easier.
** The Riders of the Storm are three separate opponents who aren't too challenging to deal with one on one. However, they will not hesitate to strike from behind whilst you are attacking one of the three warriors and they will constantly bombard you with projectiles if you try to create some distance between them. You WILL be slaughtered if you allow all three statues to mob you at the same time.

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* ThatOneBoss: ThatOneBoss:
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The Hooded Man, [[spoiler: aka: a.k.a. Victor Belmont]]. He frequently parries your attacks, throws a flurry of projectiles that inflict a lot of damage if you get caught in the barrage, and rarely stays still long enough to hit him with a combo. If you try to jump up to evade his attacks, he will leap up and continue to strike you in mid-air, where you cannot escape his blows. However, parrying ''his'' blows and counterattacking makes him considerably easier.
** The Riders of the Storm are three separate opponents who aren't too challenging to deal with one on one. However, they will not hesitate to strike from behind whilst you are attacking one of the three warriors and they will constantly bombard you with projectiles if you try to create some distance between them. You WILL ''will'' be slaughtered if you allow all three statues to mob you at the same time. time.
** [[spoiler: Satan]] had clearly done some homework, as here he can be unbelievably challenging, particularly on higher difficulty settings. He's swift, leaps all over the arena, nearly all of his attacks cover a sizable area and are twofold, only one of his swings can be parried, and oftentimes he will retreat to bombard you with globs of black goo that hurts if you walk over it. And the fact it takes nearly double the time and effort for Dracula to concentrate and refill his magic gauges only makes things more tangled.



* TheWoobie: The Toy Maker. In his backstory, he was offered a home by the owner of Bernhard Castle, who ended up summoning a demon to curse him, forcing him to make deathtraps and such until the curse is broken by a child. Once he's reawakened, he suffers from temporary memory loss, and the blood of the castle transforms him into a demon, attacking Dracula. After he turns back to normal, he seems genuinely confused and concerned, and once he remembers who Dracula is (and presumably, what he's done), he breaks down crying.

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* TheWoobie: TheWoobie:
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The Toy Maker. In his backstory, he was offered a home by the owner of Bernhard Castle, who ended up summoning a demon to curse him, forcing him to make deathtraps and such until the curse is broken by a child. Once he's reawakened, he suffers from temporary memory loss, and the blood of the castle transforms him into a demon, attacking Dracula. After he turns back to normal, he seems genuinely confused and concerned, and once he remembers who Dracula is (and presumably, what he's done), he breaks down crying.
16th Sep '15 10:09:42 AM Aliya
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* FridgeBrilliance: Dracula's dialog at times implies that he still thinks of himself as a sort of hero. Even when he's massacring villages he still acts like he's doing good, saying that he's sending them all to a better place. So, if Dracula isn't a monster, then why are there all these scrolls and memorials around describing him horrifically torturing people for fun? Simple. In the case of the memorials you find around the city in the present day those are all propaganda written by Satan's acolytes, intended to make Dracula out to be worse than he actually was. In the case of the Brotherhood's scrolls that litter the castle, almost all of them describe tortures being inflicted not by Dracula but by his minions who (as this game repeatedly shows) are all only barely controlled by Dracula if at all. While Dracula was definitely a villain prior to the events of this game, he was never as bad as people thought.



* FridgeBrilliance: Dracula's dialog at times implies that he still thinks of himself as a sort of hero. Even when he's massacring villages he still acts like he's doing good, saying that he's sending them all to a better place. So, if Dracula isn't a monster, then why are there all these scrolls and memorials around describing him horrifically torturing people for fun? Simple. In the case of the memorials you find around the city in the present day those are all propaganda written by Satan's acolytes, intended to make Dracula out to be worse than he actually was. In the case of the Brotherhood's scrolls that litter the castle, almost all of them describe tortures being inflicted not by Dracula but by his minions who (as this game repeatedly shows) are all only barely controlled by Dracula if at all. While Dracula was definitely a villain prior to the events of this game, he was never as bad as people thought.
16th Sep '15 10:08:35 AM Aliya
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* FriendlyFandoms: Expect a great deal of overlapping with the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' fandom on social media. The fact that Dracula shares a visibly comparable design with ''Hellsing''[='=]s [[spoiler: Dracula!Alucard]] does not help.
9th Aug '15 9:59:59 PM HerrBlitzDiktator
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* SignatureScene: [[spoiler: The reunion between [[MyGreatestSecondChance Alucard]] and [[GoodParents Dracula]] is fondly remembered by being a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and being a great case of ILoveYouVampireSon]]
3rd Jul '15 2:44:44 PM Aliya
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* MostWonderfulSound: The sound of transferring a skill mastery unto your weapon. It is a moist squelch.
3rd Jul '15 2:20:10 PM Aliya
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* GameBreaker: The Void Sword's Whirlwind move (Block [LT/L2] + Direct Attack [X/Square] + Move [Left Stick]). Ridiculously quick, costs a pint-sized amount of magic, easy to execute, can stunlock bigger opponents, is devastating to the majority of bosses at higher mastery levels, '''and''' cheesegrates multiple foes if they're stacked into a row. Because of the latter, it is laughably easy to recover ''your whole health bar'' in one single swipe as compared to other, less-effective moves from the same repertoire. Once you discover/master this move it is ''guaranteed'' you will not use anything else to regain health. One drawback? It is ground-based. Meaning any air (harpies), or otherwise armored foes (Abaddon) cannot be exploited. A must-have skill on [[HarderThanHard Prince of Darkness difficulty.]]

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* GameBreaker: The Void Sword's Whirlwind move (Block [LT/L2] + Direct Attack [X/Square] + Move [Left Stick]). Ridiculously quick, costs a pint-sized amount of magic, easy to execute, can stunlock bigger opponents, is devastating to the majority of bosses at higher mastery levels, '''and''' cheesegrates multiple foes if they're stacked into a row. Because of the latter, it is laughably easy to recover ''your whole health bar'' in one single swipe as compared to other, less-effective moves from the same repertoire. Once you discover/master this move it is ''guaranteed'' you will not use anything else to regain health. One drawback? It is ground-based. Meaning any air (harpies), (harpies, though you can force them to the ground), or otherwise armored foes (Abaddon) cannot be exploited. A must-have skill on [[HarderThanHard Prince of Darkness difficulty.]]


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** The Relics. You can carry up to five {{healing potion}}s and {{mana potion}}s which can be used in-battle, hourglasses which make the “do-not-break-any-shields” trials ''preposterously'' easy, and seals that temporarily increase the damage you deal. They would be a DiscOneNuke, if not for some hefty drawbacks – for example, the aforementioned mana potion erodes all of your “reserves” when the timer runs out, and the seals disrupt your weapon mastery progression. Still, the fact you have them is a valid argument on itself. If used carefully, you can beat even the toughest of bosses with ease... with the exception of [[spoiler: Victor, who disables your subweapons for the first part of his fight.]]
5th Jun '15 4:30:51 AM Aliya
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* MemeticMutation: Gabriel's [[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle peculiar]] way of pronouncing his assumed name has led people to replacing the 'u' in 'Dracul' to a double 'o', resulting in a admittedly humorous 'Dra''cool'''. [[http://36.media.tumblr.com/10504f418e1a930ae8cb221ac2d23f42/tumblr_mwbfwmVqNT1rym2uyo1_500.png An image of him in shutter shades frequently accompany said gag.]]
** His choice of garb, and in particular his frighteningly impractical belt, which normally wouldn't allow for an average person to bend forward, has been pointed out numerous times as well.
** Satan's curiously placed wings – they jut out from his lower back – has earned him the nickname of “Buttwings”.
** The [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/540d80bdd95461a9a1413d7526c73f52/tumblr_n1tohpur531qhso87o2_500.png “Satan]] [[http://38.media.tumblr.com/1e466d555aa715cd83ac06f5f0f6aa8d/tumblr_inline_n1vpuremVi1r44gxs.jpg Expression”]], aka the SlasherSmile[=s=] both Dracula and [[spoiler: Satan in the possession of Alucard]] make.
** The fact that Google Romanian-English Translate reads the word “Dracul” as ''“the old gentleman”''. [[https://translate.google.com/#ro/en/Dracul Go ahead, try it.]]
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