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Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow - Definitive Edition+

Hack of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow


Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow - Definitive Edition+ is ROM hack that serves as a vastly improved version of the original Definitive Edition hack.

This hack has a myriad of improvements, such as bug fixes, Quality of Life, and rebalancing changes to create the best way to play Dawn of Sorrow.

Here’s a showcase video of the added Definitive Mode in version 2.0:

Check out the readme TXT or the PDF within the 7Z archive for a list of every change made from the original Definitive Edition hack and in the added Definitive Mode of v2.0, excluding very minor changes like the de-capitalization of a letter or the removal of an extra space, or just summarizing some of the changes for the sake of not making the readme longer than it already is. (^^;

There are many patches in the 7Z archive, the Main Patches that include the Definitive Edition+ patches along with the Definitive Mode ones, and the Optional Patches which are miscellaneous changes that can be applied to a Dawn of Sorrow ROM with one of the main patches already applied for some customization options.

This hack only needs to be patched to a clean ROM of Dawn of Sorrow with a ROM patcher compatible with XDELTA1 files.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Castlevania - Dawn of Sorrow (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: DS (all) (v. 20180806-120027)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 47530FF87E608F88105A314FDF36DC385F8DEC94
  • File/ROM CRC32: 135737F6



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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Masked DededeDesignHead developer of the ROM hack
LagoLunaticOriginal HackingDSVEdit, ASM patches, explaining how to edit certain things
ShadowOne333Original WorkOriginal Dawn of Dignity character art hack
Thirteen 1355Original WorkOriginal Dawn of Sorrow - Definitive Edition hack
Dev AnjHackingCustom ASM patches and other modifications

User Review Information

A superb improvement, just one step from the "true" Definitive version!

Reviewed By: Aceearly1993 on 31 May 2022

This hack is no doubt the best QoL improvement we could get for a Dawn of Sorrow hack, almost everything is carefully rebalanced and I love almost every single bit of changes you guys have made. Keep up your good work heroes, you earned my respect.

As for the recently updated v2.0 patch, the correction of Julius’ super jump and startup invincibility during Grand Cross is simply gold. I feel these two should be the case in the original game at the first place! The Inclusion of Omnia Vanitas for Julius in v2.0 is also a very delicious addition. Although not as fancy as the actual Omnia Vanitas in AoS and HD, it’s outstandingly great as it is, I love this move so much! The inclusion of alternate mugshots imitating Ayami Kojima style is not 100% favorable choice to everyone, but it’s still good to see something different and the mugshot choice is fully optional. The Magical Ticket included for Soma in v2.3 is another thing that really gripped my interest. With its inclusion, now the three NDS Castlevanias are at the same general pace!

My only gripe would be the lacking of an “undub” version (restore the Japanese voice clips initially cut in vanilla western versions, in the style of, for example, Mega Man X4 undub) to be accompanied with this hack in order to be the “true” definitive version. But if the difficulty of voice porting really is as the FAQ says maybe it could have a long and long way to go… I hope someone else can deal with the porting one day.

EDIT: Oh… I noticed the hitbox size of Vampire Killer is smaller, is it intentional? Every time I need to clean the grass enemies (Une) as Julius while having low MP, I have to duck, turn around, then use backward hit detection of whip swing to hit it, that’s pretty strange. Hope it got fixed in later revisions.

Version 2.3 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Definitive with just very few exceptionsMetamoru02 Nov 20211.3Yes
A superb improvement, just one step from the "true" Definitive version!Aceearly199331 May 20222.3Yes
Son of darkness take my soul!Old_gamer05 Apr 20211.2.2Yes
The best DoS Rom Hack yet.Wisely05 Apr 20211.2.2Yes