Castlevania: Bloodlines

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For the unreleased Sega Mega Drive game, see Vampire Killer (RazorSoft).


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Castlevania: Bloodlines
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo Switch Online
Publisher: Konami
Distributor: Majesco Sales (US re-release)
Sound driver: Konami/Vampire Killer
Genre: Action[1]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥7,800 (8,034)7,800e[2] T-95043
Sega Mega Drive
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£44.9944.99[6][7] T-95076-50
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online

Castlevania: Bloodlines, known in Japan as Vampire Killer (バンパイアキラー) and in Europe as Castlevania: The New Generation, is a Sega Mega Drive action platform game developed and published by Konami. First released in the United States in December 1993, it is the first title in the company's popular Castlevania series to be developed for a Sega system.

The game is a moderate departure from previous entries in the series, as gameplay is generally much faster and more dynamic, and for the first time, does not feature a member of the Belmont clan as a playable character (instead connecting the protagonists to those of the original 1897 Bram Stoker horror novel Dracula, and taking place exclusively in Romania.)


In 1897, Quincy Morris defeated Count Dracula, but died afterwards due to the wounds from the battle. His son, John Morris, and his friend Eric Lecarde witnessed it.

Twenty years later, a vampire named Elizabeth Bartley - who had been executed in 1421 - was accidentally brought back to life by a witch named Drolta Tzuentes. Once back, Elizabeth wants to revive her dead uncle - none other than Dracula.

Now, it's up to John and Eric - descendants of a clan of vampire hunters, the Belmonts - to find Elizabeth and stop her, before she brings Count Dracula back to the land of the living.

The ancestors of the Belmont family are doomed to confront the power of evil incarnate......Dracula!

In 1917, a countess sought to revive the long dead spirit of the vampire. Her name was Elizabeth Bartley.

To revive him, she needed to travel all over Europe, enlisting help from all the powers of darkness.

Two young vampire hunters set out to fulfill their destiny.... Push back the evil hordes and drive the vampire back into his dark netherworld.

— Opening sequence


In Castlevania: Bloodlines, the player travels through six different countries of Europe, controlling either John Morris — current owner of the "Vampire Killer" whip — or his childhood friend Eric Lecarde — a master lanceman. Macabre creatures such as zombies and skeletons are summoned by Countess Bartley to kill you.

Along the way the player can collect items to power-up their character's weapon (up to three times), as well as one of three special weapons, useful to hit enemies from afar. In order to use the special weapons, the player must collect jewels, which are hidden inside candles found all over the way.

By default A attacks, B jumps and C uses the special weapon; controls can be changed at the options menu. Special weapons normally require one jewel per usage, though holding Up while pressing C turns it into a smart bomb, which uses up four jewels. Also, if you collect three power-ups having at least eight jewels, the special weapon is temporarily replaced by an ultimate attack that costs eight jewels. Holding Down and pressing A midair performs a straight down attack.

Passwords are given at the end of each stage, once the stage boss is defeated. When passwords are used, the weapon level, jewels count and score are reset — the special weapon is also lost.

Playable characters

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John Morris (Johnny Morris in the Japanese version)
Born in 12 December 1895 in Texas, USA, he is the son of Quincy Morris (who died upon defeating Dracula in 1897), and a distant descendant of Trevor Belmont. His weapon is the sacred whip "Vampire Killer", used by the Belmonts for centuries and temporarily entrusted to the Morris clan, since the Belmonts are unable to touch it until the year of 1999.

Morris has only one special move: Swing with Whip (hold Up, press A midair — lashes the whip at ceiling blocks and swing forward).

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Eric Lecarde
Born in 3 May 1892 in Segovia, Spain, he is also related to the Belmont lineage, though details are unclear. Eric decided to become a vampire hunter after Elizabeth Bartley changed his girlfriend, Gwendolyn, into a vampire. His weapon is the "Alcarde Spear", entrusted to the Lecarde family by Alucard, the son of Dracula, to assist the Morris clan. He has the advantage of being able to attack upward and diagonally, by pressing the desired direction on the D-pad.

Lecarde has two special moves: Mega Jump (hold Down, press B — jumps three times higher) and Spinning Lance (hold A, press Left/Right — spins the lance back and forth).


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Awards the player an extra life.
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Bag of Kreutzers
Awards 100 to 2,000 points.
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Red Jewel
Adds 1 jewel for special weapon usage.
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Blue Jewel
Adds 5 jewels for special weapon usage.
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Powers up the player character's weapon.
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Mirror of Truth
Hits all enemies on screen.
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Mutton Chop
Restores one half of the player character's life.
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Spell Book
Causes a random effect, such as a weapon power-up.
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Black Orb
Makes the player character invulnerable for a short while.

Special weapons

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Battle Axe
The Battle Axe thrown up then falls down, making it difficult to hit enemies in certain cases, though it's great to reach the ones above you. At level 3, it summons three axes which fly straight forward.
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Crystal Blade Boomerang
The Boomerang thrown in a straight line then comes backward, possibly hitting enemies twice on its way. At level 3, it summons three boomerangs which fly forward forming a circle.
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Sacred Water
Like the Battle Axe, the Sacred Water is thrown up then falls down, and can damage enemies in the air, though when it touches the ground a sacred explosion is created. At level 3, it flies through the screen in a spiral movement, hitting a good area.


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Stage 1 - Ruins of the Castle Dracula, Romania
The first stage is divided into eleven sections, featuring a Hellhound at the end of 1-5 and the stage boss — Armor Battler, a giant mecha knight.

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Stage 2 - Atlantis Shrine, Greece
The second stage has seven parts, featuring three mini-bosses — the Water Mage and two Armor Lords, all in 2-3 (the first one wielding a morning star and the other wielding an axe) - plus the stage boss — Golem, a stone giant.

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Stage 3 - The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

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Stage 4 - The Munitions Factory, Germany

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Stage 5 - Versailles Palace, France

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Stage 6 - The Castle Proserpina, England
There are three boss fights throughout this stage starting at 6-5, which is a fight with Death and rematches against the stage 2 through 4 bosses, Elizabeth and Medusa at 6-7, and a final battle with Dracula and Drolta at 6-9.



Castlevania: Bloodlines was the subject of much debate at the time, as even though it features considerable amounts of blood and violence, the Videogame Rating Council awarded the game a "GA" (the lowest rating possible.) This later affected the European release, which was heavily censored and renamed Castlevania: The New Generation as a result. Interestingly, the Australian release retains the European name, but remains identical to the American release in content.


Like most Konami games on the Sega Mega Drive, Bloodlines has become a highly desirable game and as a consequence is rather expensive. For many years, the game had never seen a rerelease on another system, which didn't help the game's rarity. In 2019, the game finally saw two re-releases - as part of the Castlevania Anniversary Collection on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Steam, and as one of the 42 games pre-installed on the Mega Drive Mini. The Mega Drive Mini re-release includes all regional versions of the game accessible by changing the system language accordingly.


The game utilizes a region lockout mechanism, but it can be disabled by holding down the A button during startup. Note that this doesn't affect the title screen and graphics modifications (so it's not possible to turn a censored PAL version into an uncensored NTSC-J or NTSC-U version). The PAL version included on all variants of the Mega Drive Mini disables all region lockout by default.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Castlevania: The New Generation Castlevania: The New Generation
English (US) Castlevania: Bloodlines Castlevania: Bloodlines
Japanese バンパイアキラー Vampire Killer

Production credits

The only regional difference in the ending credits is in the very first line, where it says "<regional game title> Staff". Also, if you beat the game in normal difficulty it ends with "Try Expert Mode!"; if you finish it in expert difficulty it changes to "Congratulations! You are the master of Vampire Killer".

  • Programmer MK1: Hanaten
  • Enemy Program: Takashi Takeda
  • Trap and Enemy Program: Kenichiro Horio
  • Wandering Programmer: Koji Komata
  • Program: Hidenari Inamura
  • Main Designer: Bunmin
  • Design: Mamuun
  • Special Design: Tat, Norio Takemoto
  • Sound Program: Atsushi Fujio, Osamu Kasai
  • Sound Design: Michiru Yamane
  • Package Design: M.Yoshihashi, Kaori Sasaki
  • Special Thanks to: H.Takeuchi, K.Iketani, K.Kinjyo, T.Shinguu, N.Tanaka, S.Yomota, H.Jyuni, A.Shizuno, T.Niimi, T.Yabe
  • Copyright by: 1994 Tokumashoten Intermedia Inc.
  • Supervisor: Yutaka Haruki
  • Producer: Tomikazu Kirita
© 1994 Konami All Rights Reserved
In-game credits
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Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Castlevania: Bloodlines/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Castlevania: Bloodlines/Promotional material.

Physical scans

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Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
Console Mania (IT) PAL
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Digitiser (UK)
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
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Max Overload! (UK) PAL
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MegaTech (UK) PAL
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Player One (FR)
Power Up! (UK)
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Score (CZ)
Secret Service (PL)
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
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Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
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Technical information

Main article: Castlevania: Bloodlines/Technical information.


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  20. Consoles +, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 92
  21. Digitiser (UK) (1994-03-21)
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  30. Hippon Super, "April 1994" (JP; 1994-03-03), page 61
  31. Hyper, "February 1994" (AU; 199x-xx-xx), page 46
  32. Joypad, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 112
  33. MAN!AC, "04/94" (DE; 1994-03-09), page 50
  34. Max Overload!, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-22), page 34
  35. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-xx-xx), page 22
  36. Mega, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-17), page 43
  37. Megablast, "2/94" (DE; 1994-03-30), page 32
  38. MegaTech, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-20), page 18
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  40. Player One, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 68
  41. Power Up!, "Saturday, April 02, 1994" (UK; 1994-04-02), page 1
  42. Power Unlimited, "Jaargang 2, Nummer 4, April 1994" (NL; 1994-03-23), page 36
  43. Score, "Červen 1994" (CZ; 1994-06-01), page 60
  44. Secret Service, "Październik 1996" (PL; 1996-10-01), page 72
  45. Sega Magazine, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-10), page 92
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  47. Sega Pro, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-02-24), page 60
  48. Sega Zone, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-24), page 46
  49. Sega Force, "3/94" (SE; 1994-03-29), page 8
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  56. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 9
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  58. Video Games, "5/94" (DE; 1994-04-27), page 99
  59. VideoGames, "March 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 67

Castlevania: Bloodlines

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Sega Mega Drive
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Castlevania Resurrection (unreleased)