There is a secret room in the place that you start the game with richter to fight dracula.right after climbing the stairs jump and attake the wall...the stairs coming down from the seiling climb it with(alucard or richter) you will find alot of items.
Get the Jewel Knuckles (with the hint below) and go to the holy chapel. Go up the large set of stairs and enter the room with the Spectral Sword (two rooms after). Then go back to the stairs and go to the spiked ball. These are hard to kill with normal weapons but there is a trick you can do with the Jewel Knuckles. Equip them and crouch close to the ball. Hold attack and keep holding it. The ball should be repetedly stricken with the Knuckles even though the animation has stopped. You will also get a few Critical hits which will make this quicker.
Go to the bottom of the outer wall. Kill the knight in purple and enter the room behind him. Knock down the wall at the other side and wait in the space for about 20 seconds. Don't overlap. Then, a purple, transparent platform will fall into the room below where there are the Jewel Knuckles and Mirror Cuirass. This means you don't have to wait until you get mist form to get them. Go back on the platform to go back up.
The best place by far to get quick experience when you get to a high level [70+] Is in the reverse caverns. The items that you need are Item Duplicator, two Bat Pentagrams, the Gravity Boots and at least one Mana Prism. Go to the reverse caverns, to where you fight the scylla [giant snake monster] in the first castle. Fight the doppelganger if necessary and continue into the next room. Equip Your best items, except use one accessory slot for the Item Duplicator, and equip Bat Pentagrams in both hands. Drop down into the hole and quickly press Square, Circle to use the Bat Pentagrams before you fall on the Dark Octopusses and take damage. Then use the gravity boots jump [down, up, X] to jump back out of the room and repeat. It only takes a second or two to do and you get 13 experience points each time. After you have used the Final Guards [in the reverse clock tower] to a certain point, they give less than 10 experience and take much longer to kill than the Dark Octopusses in the reverse caverns. When your magic runs out, simply switch out one of the Bat Pentagrams for the Mana Prism, use it, and switch back.
First you need to get the gold ring (beating succubus on Nightmare) and silver ring(going to the spiked hallway using spike breaker). Wear them when you're on the big clock. Clock will turn to 6:30 and the floor will open up.
You will speak to Maria and she will give you the HOLYGLASSES in where you would see belmont being possessed.
Go to belmont and wear the holyglasses and you will see the green ord on top of him. Dont kill belmont instead destroy the orb. Then you would go to a teleport station in where it would lead you to the inverted castle.
That's the level 2 of the game and you will fight stronger monsters and bosses, and also shaft(evil priest) and Dracula itself. You can easily finished the game when you can get Crissaeblade.
It's a drop item from the floating head monsters in where you can see the wolverines. It is actually located at the library of the inverted castle. It's a fast blade with a long distance from your point to the enemy.
Always make use of the faerie card or demon card to reveal secret rooms.
Have your bat card to level 99 and you will have 5 extra bats when you changed into bat. And easy way to level it up is to just stand infront of the hallway in the very beginning in where you can see a lot of mummies. Your bat will continously attacked them even if you're going to watch tv or doing something else. Cool huh?
To beat dracula and shaft, you need to get the 5 items of vlad from the bosses. You can see it in the relics. Then go to the clock and the ceiling which happens to be the floor on the upright castle will appear. The same place in where you spoke to maria for the holyglasses.
Secrets of the shield rod. Just combine it with any shield and press the square and circle together. Each shield has it's own special casting spell.