Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
SotnCover.png
main platforms XBLA
PlayStation
Saturn
timing RTA
framerate ~60
style metroidvania
Leaderboards
community discord

The Castlevania: Symphony of the Night( or simply SOTN) speedruns focus on movement and efficient combat. Alucard, Richter and Maria have their own separate categories and unique playstyles. The runs feature heavy usage of many mobility-based special abilities with complex, fighting game style inputs.

Input Reader

The game requires every direction of a motion to be inputted exactly, no input approximation is included in the engine. For example J+874126+J would result in a failed wingsmash due to the missing 3 diagonal. An exception is the summon spirit spell, which works if you simply return to neutral after pressing the back direction instead of pressing forward.

Special move inputs are non exclusive and can be buffered into each other or from other actions. For example a jump can be inserted into the airslash move input just before pressing attack: 823+jump+attack

Inputs are buffered for 15 frames or 1/4s.

Some character states can ignore inputs or clear the input buffer entirely.

Timing

All categories are timed in RTA. Time starts upon gaining character control and ends at final boss death. Runs are submitted with second accuracy with the exception of top times. Guide for precise run timing: https://www.speedrun.com/sotn/guide/eho60

Alucard

Main article Alucard

Alucard runs feature the most wide range of mechanics and playstyles as well as the most heavy use of varioius glitches.

categories

Any% No Save Corruption

All Bosses

Glitchless Any%

Richter

Main article Richter

Richter runs start at full speed and never slow down. Very heavy in execution and extremely merciless due to his low hp.

categories

Any%

All Bosses

Maria

Main article Maria

Played on the Sega Saturn. Categories are separated between emu and console due to significant differences in performance. Maria starts with all of her powers unlocked like Richter, but is much more resilient.

categories

Any%

All Bosses

Version Differences for main Alucard and Richter categories

Platform Frame Rate Notes
Xbox 360 XBLA NA ~59.94 Some console models seem to lose additional time, we have not confirmed why yet. Significantly faster loading times. Playing while online causes lag due to xbla time attack leaderboards. No texture mapping glitches. No third outer wall warp glitch.
Xbox 360 XBLA EU ~60 Significantly faster loading times. Playing while online causes lag due to xbla time attack leaderboards. No texture mapping glitches. No third outer wall warp glitch.
psxjin ~60
Bizhawk Audio Throtle ~60
Bizhawk Clock Throttle ~59.29
PlayStation NTSC ~59.29
PlayStation PAL ~49.76
PlayStation 2 unconfirmed
PlayStation 3 PSN unconfirmed
PSP PSN unconfirmed