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Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

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Slaughtervania in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Slaughtervania40 (20)

Rack up 10,000 enemy kills.

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Achievement Guide for Slaughtervania

Danny Dubs 86
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Danny Dubs 86
Achievement won on 07 Aug 10
TA Score for this game: 311
Posted on 08 August 10 at 14:22, Edited on 12 August 10 at 16:01
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This achievement requires you to kill a total of 10,000 monsters across all your characters – if you get 5,000 kills with Alucard and 5,000 kills with Shanoa, you’ll be fine. Fortunately, there’s a nice way to track your kills on the ‘Select Character’ screen, so you can always check to see how far you need to go.

I’d recommend waiting to start grinding kills until after you’ve completed all the other achievements. You’ll obviously accumulate kills working towards the other achievements and the equipment you’ll acquire will make the grinding process that much faster, so try to do everything else first.

As for the actual grind, you have a number of reasonable options:

If you’re planning to grind by yourself, you should probably do so on normal. With your hard mode skills and equipment, you should have no trouble slicing through nearly every enemy on normal difficulty, leading to a much higher kills per minute than if you were to try grinding on hard. Of course, if you’re still looking to get some sweet loot, hard mode is your best bet, although you won’t get this achievement quite as quickly.

With that said, one choice for grinding by yourself is to run through the chapters over and over. You should be able to clear out an entire chapter (minus the boss) in 5-10 minutes, so it shouldn’t be too bad. To break the monotony a little bit (or, rather, shift its focus), you might want to consider some non-achievement related goals, like trying to collect souls for Soma.

You might also consider avoiding the bosses. Fighting bosses, even when you can easily destroy them with superior items, is probably more time consuming than they’re worth. Instead, you might want to have a suicide option prepared – traps are effective because they always deal the same amount of damage, or you can remove your armor at a book in the stage and then ram yourself into an enemy. The key is to make it as fast as possible, though, so if it’s easier to defeat the boss than to kill yourself, go for it. The power is yours!

A second choice is to find a place with a bunch of enemies, kill them, then kill yourself and start over. A couple of my favorites are the recurring Imps in Chapter 3 (located near the lever for the hammer and related re-cocking mechanism; they’ll stop spawning after you’ve killed about 50) and the Medusa Heads in Chapter 6. There are probably some other decent places, but I found those areas to give me the most kills per minute (about 150 kills in 7-8 minutes for the Imps, about 40 kills in 2 minutes for the first set of Medusa Heads).

A somewhat slower but much more entertaining option is to play with other people. Just join a team and get at it, choosing paths that will allow you to rack up the most kills. In Chapter 1, opt to take the right path to clear out the area under the boss (and kill a bunch of those Zombies along the way). In Chapter 2, take a minute to kill several Ghosts in the numbered rooms on either side of the map. You might volunteer to babysit the switch in Chapter 3 so you can keep killing those Imps, and you can take some time during Chapters 5 and 6 to dispatch some Medusa Heads.

No matter what you do, though, this achievement is going to be pretty slow going. By the time I’d finished all other achievements, I only had about 6,000 kills, and it took me on the order of 10 hours to get the rest of them. Granted, I didn’t spend that entire time solo grinding, so it could be done quite a bit faster, but it’s still going to be tedious and time consuming.

Quick summary:

- Try to do the other achievements first, as they will naturally contribute to your kills making the grind a bit shorter in the end.
- For solo grinding, either rush through the chapters or kill the Imps in Chapter 3 or the Medusa Heads in Chapter 6
- For grinding in a team, try to do things that will increase your overall kill count without distracting too much from the team’s objectives
- Consider working towards other in-game goals, like getting new gear, collecting souls with Soma, leveling Shanoa’s spells, or absorbing spells with Charlotte, to take your mind of the grind
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