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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

Definitive with just very few exceptions

Reviewed By: Metamoru on 02 Nov 2021

Definitely the best way to experience DoS. However there are still two aspects of the original game that can still be improved. First is hard mode being locked behind a new game+, if it was available from the start or became available after clearing the game once on any new game it would be great.

The second one would be customizable controls in Julius mode, there’s no access to the start menu so I don’t know if it’s possible, but would be a very welcome addition.

The new portraits available aren’t all the best quality and there aren’t variants of expression, Julius’s portrait looks specially jarring. But it’s still a nice to look at something different.

Version 1.3 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