Castlevania: Portrait Of Ruin Nintendo DS Cheats

Rating 15

Hard mode game level glitch

Start a new game with a copied cleared saved game file. When the game begins and Vincent appears, turn off the game as soon as you see him. Turn the game back on and select the same file. It should now appear as hard max lvl 1, 25,or 50; depending on which one you picked. Your level on that file will now be the same level as the one in which you completed the game with. You will also have all your items, map that were discovered, and  quests you previously completed. You will even start at the same location you last saved. Note: This doesn’t help you get the bonus item(s) that are normally unlocked by competing Hard mode.

Rating 14

Easy SP hints

  • First, make sure you can access the 13th Street portrait, have the Undead Killer, and have plenty of tonics. Head to 13th Street and use the warp to the second warp room. Exit the room and jump up on the platforms and into the next room. Use your subweapon (Knife, Javelin, Bible etc.) on the three Red Axe Armors, making sure your subweapon makes contact with all three Red Axe Armors. Then, equip the Undead Killer and destroy the three Red Axe Armors. You will receive 12 SP for each Red Axe Armor, giving you a total of 36 SP.

  • Use the following hint to easily max out Jonathan's sub-weapons. The Doppleganger in the Nest of Evil has 2,000 HP while also having 99 SP (the highest available). Before the fight, unequip all your armor and weapons. Then, enter the room and your enemy will have little or no defense against you. Once inside, quickly re-equip the sub-weapon you wish to build up. Once the Doppleganger is dead, leave the Nest Of Evil and repeat. Note: if you have the Master Ring, the 99 SP is doubled to 198. Two rings will net you 396 SP from one enemy.

Rating 13

Dagon strategies

  • First, make sure you have the maximum amount of potions and tonics before you fight Dagon. Reserve your MP for the team attack and use the Holy Lightning skill whenever you can, then pull back your partner so your MP doesn't decrease. Dagon also has a habit of sucking up all the water.

  • In the Forest of Doom, the following strategy is an easy way to defeat Dagon. First, use Jonathan only since Charlotte will only hinder you and lower your MP whenever she gets hit. Swim-jump to the surface and start dive-kicking Dagon's head. The first kick will bounce you up and give you a second chance to kick him, so keep kicking him when you can. Coordinate the jumps if you are ahead of the water. Also, be careful with the buoys Dagon drops. If you get hit and fall to the floor, use the Holy Lightning attack and immediately jump back to the surface. When Dagon starts sucking water, take the opportunity to dive-kick him as fast as you can since your kicks won't be slowed down by water. Remain above his head most of the time to will defeat him easily while suffering minimal damage.

Rating 9

Hidden Vincent dialogue

To hear a hidden Dialogue from Vicent the shopkeeper, play as Charlotte and stand in front of him while holding up until he begins speaking.

Rating 8

Maria's Grand Cross glitch

For a quick and easy way to turn Maria into a flaming death machine., first you must be in "Richter mode". Equip Richter with Grand Cross, then switch to Maria and press the R button for him to use Grand Cross. While Richter is charging, press the A button to banish him, and presto, the cross will jump from the disappearing Richter to Maria.

Rating 6

Bosses hint

Every boss, including Death and the vampire twins, usually use power hits when you're cornered or stuck somewhere. Be sure to equip your characters with powerful items and weapons. Also, your Attack, Strength, Defense, and Luck are vital when dealing with powerful enemies. For certain enemies and Bosses, control Charlotte for long range attacks while Jonathan deals close range attacks.

Rating 6


  • In the "Equip" sub-menu, where characters' names are displayed, Charlotte's name is misspelled as "Charotte". The manual lists her name as "Charlotte". You can also hear Jonathan shout "Charlotte!" during game play.

  • After getting the Samurai Leggings on 13th Street, go to the "Equip" menu where the item names are displayed. Notice that the word "Leggings" is misspelled as "Leggngs" with the "I" missing.

  • After unlocking Richter and Sisters modes, go to a blank file to start a new game. In the "Select A Character" screen, notice that "Richter" is misspelled as "Richiter".

  • There is an armor in the game called "Platinum Leggings" that is misspelled as "Platinum Lggns".

Rating 6

Legion strategy

During the fight against Legion, become Charlotte and use the Ice Needle spell. It should take around two to four fully-charged Ice Needle spells to take out a section. Use the Volcano Duel Crush, if you have it, to take out Legion from the top platform.

Rating 5

Changing skeleton

Go to the portrait that looks like a school (the one that you must complete to kill Brauner). There is a room that contains two witches that throw "Energy Light" spells. There is also a skeleton in the background. Exit and re-enter the room several times to see the skeleton covered in organs.

Rating 5

Duplicate quest rewards

To earn the same quest reward more than once, beat a quest and then talk to Wind to display the quest menu. Press A, A, and when you hear the reward chime, press Start to exit. You will have the quest reward and the quest will display as uncompleted in the list. Complete the quest again to get the reward again. Repeat as desired.

Rating 5

Start with full map

To start a game with a fully completed map with Old Axe Armor, Richter, or Sisters, beat the game with Jonathan. Select, the New Game+ bat icon located on your cleared game file with Jonathan. At the Normal or Hard difficulty screen, press B to cancel and go back. Go to any blank file and start a new game with Old Axe Armor, Richter, or Sisters with a fully completed map.

Rating 5

Completion bonuses

  • Complete the game with the Best ending to unlock Hard difficulty, Boss Rush Courses 2 and 3, Richiter and Sisters mode, Sound mode, and New Game +.

  • Complete the game on Hard difficulty to unlock a permanent +50 Luck bonus.

Rating 4

Easy experience hint

Find a place bat spawn point while Charlotte is your sidekick. She will attack the bats while you do nothing. Connect your AC power cable to your DS and allow the game to idle for a while to gain levels easily. Do this as many times as desired, preferably near a save point.

Rating 3

Secret poses hint

If you get the Best Ending on any difficulty with Jonathan and start a new game (+), you'll unlock a secret pose for both characters. Hold UP and Jonathon and Claire will do the poses after about 10 seconds.

Rating 3


Unlock the following bonuses by performing the corresponding tasks:

Konami Man and +50 Strength Complete the game on Hard difficulty with Level 1 Cap
Magus Ring (regenerates magic points faster) Complete all of Wind's quests
Twin Bee and +50 Intelligence Complete the game on Hard difficulty with Level 25 Cap
Vic Viper and +50 Luck Complete the game on Hard difficulty with Level 50 Cap

Rating 3

Drinks from Skull Bartender

In the City of Haze, in the room across from the Bakery, there is a room with the Skull Bartender. Instead of killing him, stand at the end of the bar for a few seconds until he mixes a drink and slides it at you. The following is a list of all the drinks followed by their effects:

Short Blue Glass Damage (exact amount unknown). For example, you will take 150 damage on Axe Armor at level 20.
Short Orange Glass Petrify
Tall Blue Glass Heals you for 999
Tall Green Glass Poison
Tall Red Glass Curse

Rating 3

Old Axe Armor

To unlock the ability to play as an Old Axe Armor, kill 1,000 Old Axe Armors and beat the game. Then, start a new game.

Rating 3

Boss Rush Mode Unlockables

Unlock the following bonuses by completing the corresponding course within the specified time in Boss Rush mode:

Astral Ring Complete Course 1 in under one minute.
Illusion Fist Complete Course 2 in under five minutes.
Invisible Cape Complete Course 1 in under three minutes.
Record 1 Complete Course 2 in under three minutes.
Record 2 Complete Course 3 in under three minutes.
Scout Armor Complete Course 3 in under five minutes. 

Rating 3

Birthday cake

To make Vincent offer you a birthday cake for 3,000, change your birthday in the DS system settings to the current date.

Rating 2

Doppleganger strategy

  • The following strategy is useful after unlocking the Nest of Evil portrait. There is a save point near the last room of the final area. Return to the surface and restock on potions, high potions, tonics, and high tonics. Afterwards, go back to the Nest of Evil and go to the last save point using the teleport stones. Before saving, unequip everything off of both Jonathan and Charlotte. The last Boss of this portrait is the infamous Doppleganger, who takes on the form of either Jonathan or Charlotte. The Doppleganger will have the same equipment, weapon, and skill of either character it mimics once you enter the room. After entering the room, re-equip your characters with the strongest equipment, weapon, skill, and team skill available. You will be able to take out the Doppleganger easily. After the fight, you will receive the last team skill on the skill list.

  • Take advantage of a glitch with one weapon that allows you to attack the Doppelganger without being hit back. First, equip the Illusion Fist weapon to Jonathan (obtained after completing Boss Rush Course 2 within five minutes). Give Charlotte the Encyclopedia weapon and Berserker spell. Don't equip any armor on either character. When the fight begins, backdash against the wall and call Charlotte to use Berserker, which doubles your now-unceasing attack. If you are fighting Jonathan, he won't attack you back. If you're fighting Charlotte, switch to the Kaiser Knuckles weapon for Jonathan and Charlotte won't hit you. This is a great strategy, especially when you want quick SP.

Rating 2

Jonathan stat boost

Select Charlotte and equip her with the Str, Luck, Mind, Con, Int or All Boost. Then, call Jonathan as your teammate. Use a fully-charged boost with Charlotte, then become Jonathan and send Charlotte out (press A if your commands are set to the default). Jonathan will keep  the Boost (+600 instead of the smaller boost (+30). Use this trick when Charlotte is not strong enough to kill a monster or when looking for rare items, such as the  Medusa Whip, Eye Of Decay, or Summon Medusa spell.

Rating 2

Alternate dialogue

To toggle the dialogue from English to Japanese, at the main menu, while holding L press A.

Rating 0

Easy SP

To easily gain SP, you must be able to access the 13th Street portrait, have the Undead Killer, and a lot of tonics. Go to 13th Street and use the warp to the second warp room. Walk out the room, and jump up on the platforms and into the next room. There will be three Red Axe Armors walking back and forth. Use your sub-weapon, and make sure it makes contact with all three Red Axe Armors. Then, equip the Undead Killer and kill the three Red Axe Armors. You will then get 12 SP for each Red Axe Armor.

Rating 0

Ancient Armor hint

Obtain this from an Old Axe Armor in Forgotten City, Dark Academy, and Burnt Paradise. You have .69% chance of getting this item, which ensures that each damaging hit you take will only take off 10% off your max hit hit points. This is good for trying to go through the game on hard mode with Level Cap 1.

Rating 0

Alternate Vincent credits

To unlock an alternate portrait of Vincent during the ending credits, successfully complete the game under the hard difficulty setting.

Rating 0

Fully Powered Vampire Killer

To fully power-up the Vampire Killer, use the Sanctuary spell on Stella and Loretta when you fight them. The sisters will no longer be evil, and will offer to unlock the Vampire Killer's full potential. Speak to them to start an optional Boss battle. Win the battle to fully power-up the Vampire Killer.