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Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire is a 2D Gothic horror-themed fighting game developed and released by Capcom for arcades (using the CPS-2 hardware) on May 1997. The third installment of the Darkstalkers franchise (and the sequel to Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge), Vampire Savior further modifies the roster (replacing Donovan Baine, Huitzil, and Pyron with four new characters: young succubus Lilith, bee/human hybrid Q-Bee, schizophrenic psychopath B.B. Hood, and dark vampire savior Jedah Dohma) while adding two new gameplay enhancements: Damage Gauge System (which replaces the traditional round-based system, in which both player's lifebars are restored between rounds, with a multi-lifebar system, and allows players to slowly regain a portion of their lifebar by avoiding further damage) and Dark Force System (a manuever, activated by pressing a Punch and Kick button of the same strength simultaneously, that temporarily grants the player character special properties unique to that character). The game also includes two secret character variations ("dark" versions of Jon Talbain and Bishamon) and a special secret character (Shadow) who changes characters between matches to the last defeated opponent.

The story involves the resurrected dark messiah Jedah Dohma, who is displeased with the state of the Demon World and decides to recreate it.

Two minor updates were released to Japanese arcades simultaenously on September 1997, titled Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers' Revenge and Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire. Both games feature minor gameplay adjustments (such as tweaking the power of the Dark Force mechanic, removing character-specific boss fights and endings, and recoloring stages and CPU opponents), and only differ from each other by their character roster (Vampire Hunter 2 including the roster from Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge). Both updates also adds another special secret character (Marionette), who changes characters between matches to the current opponent (creating mirror matches).

An port of the original Vampire Savior was ported to the Saturn (in Japan only) on April 16, 1998, adding back in Donovan Baine, Huitzil, and Pyron. An enhanced port was released for the PlayStation (titled Darkstalkers 3 in the U.S. and Vampire Savior: EX Edition in Japan) on November 30, 1998, adding all characters and gameplay mechanics from all three versions (each character now has two modes: Dark Force Change for the original version and Dark Force Power for the updated versions) while adding new secrets (including new secret character variations and custom gameplay changes) and a custom character option (allowing players to re-color any character and build up their stats by earning experience points).

The game will be remastered in HD as part of Darkstalkers Resurrection for XBLA and PSN (alongside Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge).



Four new characters were introduced in Darkstalkers 3. Unlike in previous titles, some characters have to fight different characters for their final battle. Most characters do however have to fight against Jedah as their final battle. Also, if certain conditions are met, a character with extra dialog will challenge the player on the fourth round. Similar to Akuma in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, a more powerful version of Bishamon can be faced after the final boss if certain conditions are met. This powered up Bishamon is playable in the console via an input code in the character select screen. While not actual fighting game characters, Shadow and Marionette can also be selected to play as the last character defeated and the current character you are fighting against respectively.

New Characters

Returning Characters

Hidden Characters

Game Modes

Darkstalkers 3 has most of the standard fighting game modes that one would expect. Arcade, Versus, Training and Options are all present. Darkstalkers 3 also throws in an Original Character mode were the play can edit the name and colors of any Darkstalker. There is a Collection mode of game art and extra options that can be unlocked by playing and leveling up in the Original Character mode.


Fight through eight CPU controlled opponents with a player chosen difficulty between one and eight. When certain conditions are met the player may also fight against Oboro Bishamon or a special mid-boss.


Two human controlled players can fight head to head. Players may also choose their handicap and stage they wish to play.


The Training mode in Darkstalkers 3 gives several options to players when they pause the game and press select.

Original Character

Original character allows players to rename and recolor any Darkstalker and battle with them to level up and unlock game art and extra options. The player must win battles, perform special moves in order to collect enough experience. Three parts of the character can be leveled up, Health Stock (the number of bats a player has), Damage caused by attacks and how full the players Super Meter (SS Guage) is at the start of the battle.

When certain levels are reached the player receives a small reward.

  • Level 1: Page 2 of art in Collections is unlocked .
  • Level 2: EX Options are unlocked.
  • Level 3: Page 3 of art in Collections is unlocked.
  • Level 4: Page 4 of art in Collections is unlocked.
  • Level 5: DX Options are unlocked in the Options Menu.


Collection is a basic art gallery. Page 1 is unlocked at the start of the game and the rest of the pages must be unlocked in the Original Character mode by leveling up a character.


Some options directly effect gameplay, such as the difficulty level, which can be changed from 1 to 8; 8 being the hardest. Players may also choose what speed the game is in turbo mode, how many health stocks will be given during the match as well as how much damage the characters deal. Things like the timer, shortcut and dual shock vibrations can be toggled on or off. Other things can be adjusted such as screen position and controller layout.

EX Options

Ex Options must be unlocked by playing an original character and leveling them up to level 2. Once unlocked, EX Options can be found in the options menu by press L2.

DX Options

DX Options must be unlocked by playing an original character and leveling them up to level 5. Once unlocked, DX Options can be found in the options menu by pressing L1.


  • Shadow

To play Shadow Mode, highlight the "?" on the character selection screen and press Select five times and any punch or kick button. To select a character you'd like to play as first, select them and press select on them three times before pressing select five times on the "?."

  • Marionette

To play Marionette mode, highlight the "?" on the character selection screen and press select seven times.

  • Lilith with Morrigan's Voice

To play as Lilith with Morrigan's voice you must first go into options and set "short cut" to on. Then go into the game and highlight Lilith then hold down the select button and press any punch or kick. Remember you must have "short cut" on.

  • Play as Oboro Bishamon

To play as Oboro Bishamon, highlight Bishamon on the character select screen. Hold down the select button and press any two punch or kick buttons at the same time (i.e. light punch and medium punch or medium kick and hard kick). It should be noted Oboro has slightly different animations and transformations along with moves.

  • Play as "Image" Jon Talbain

To play as "Image" Jon Talbain, highlight Talbain on the character selection screen. Hold select and press all three punches at the same time.

  • Alternate Version of Rikuo

To play a different version of Rikuo, highlight Rikuo on the character selection screen. Then hold the select and press any attack button.

  • Alternate Version of Donovan

To play as a different version of Donovan, highlight Donovan on the character selection screen then press and hold select then press any attack button

  • Alternate Version of Victor

Highlight Victor on the character selection screen. Hold down select and press any attack button.

  • Alternate Version of Jon Talbain

Highlight Jon Talbain on the character selection screen. Hold down select and press any attack button.


  • To view all the images in the image gallery, simply place the Darkstalkers 3 disc into your computer and open the folder.
  • During Lord Raptor's Dark Force, he appears for a moment in a leather Jacket with his hair in a mohawk. There is a one in sixteenth chance he'll appear with an afro instead.

Sound Track

Vampire Savior Official Sound Track

Red Side (Disc One)Black Side (Disc Two)
  1. Opening Title
  2. Ranking Display
  3. Player Select 1
  4. Player Select 2
  5. Versus Screen
  6. Feast of the Damned
  7. Demitri Victory Theme
  8. Demitri Ending 1
  9. Demitri Ending 2
  10. Vanity Paradise
  11. Lei-Lei Victory Theme
  12. Lei-Lei Ending Theme 1
  13. Lei-Lei Ending Theme 2
  14. Story Demo 1
  15. Green Scream
  16. Aulbath Victory Theme
  17. Aulbath Ending Theme 1
  18. Aulbath Ending Theme 2
  19. Sasquatch Victory Theme
  20. Sasquatch Ending Theme 1
  21. Sasquatch Ending Theme 2
  22. Tower of Arrogance
  23. Felicia Victory Theme
  24. Felicia Ending Theme 1
  25. Felicia Ending Theme 2
  26. Abaraya 1
  27. Story Demo 2
  28. Abaraya 2
  29. Bishamon Victory Theme
  30. Bishamon Ending Theme 1
  31. Bishamon Ending Theme 2
  32. War Agony
  33. Lilith Victory Theme
  34. Lilith Ending Theme 1
  35. Lilith Ending Theme 2
  36. Bulleta Victory Theme
  37. Bulleta Ending Theme 1
  38. Bulleta Ending Theme 2
  39. Feast of the Damned Mix
  40. Announcer and Stage FX
  41. Red Side Voice & Effects 1
  42. Red Side Voice & Effects 2
  1. Deserted Chateau
  2. Morrigan Victory Theme
  3. Morrigan Ending Theme 1
  4. Morrigan Ending Theme 2
  5. Concrete Cave
  6. Gallon Victory Theme 1
  7. Gallon Victory Theme 2
  8. Gallon Ending Theme 1
  9. Gallon Ending Theme 2
  10. New Challenger
  11. Forever Torment
  12. Zable Victory Theme
  13. Zable Ending Theme 1
  14. Zable Ending Theme 2
  15. Victor Victory Theme
  16. Victor Ending Theme 1
  17. Victor Ending Theme 2
  18. Red Thirst
  19. Anakaris Victory Theme
  20. Anakaris Ending Theme 1
  21. Anakaris Ending Theme 2
  22. Iron Horse, Iron Terror
  23. Q-bee Victory Theme
  24. Q-bee Ending Theme 1
  25. Q-Bee Ending Theme 2
  26. Story Demo 3
  27. Fetus of God
  28. Jedah Victory Theme
  29. Jedah Ending Theme 1
  30. Jedah Ending Theme 2
  31. Shadow Victory Theme
  32. Shadow Ending Theme
  33. Continue
  34. Game Over
  35. Credits
  36. Special Ending 1
  37. Special Ending 2
  38. Deserted Chateau Remix
  39. Black Side Voice & Effects 1
  40. Black Side Voice & Effects 2
  41. Omake
  42. Versus Jedah

Vampire Another Selection: The Unreleased Takes

This disc contains some of the addition tracks added to Vampire Savior when it was ported as Darkstalkers 3.

Disc One
  1. Dirty Beret Logo
  2. Opening
  3. Player Select
  4. Revenge Roost
  5. Story Demo
  6. Phobos Winning Theme
  7. Pyron Winning Theme
  8. Donovan Winning Theme
  9. Oboro Winning Theme
  10. Limit Winning Theme
  11. Ending 1
  12. Ending 2
  13. Phobos Ending Theme 1
  14. Phobos Ending Theme 2
  15. Pyron Ending Theme 1
  16. Donovan Ending Theme 1
  17. Donovan Ending Theme 2
  18. Donovan Ending Theme 3
  19. Oboro Ending Theme 1
  20. Oboro Ending Theme 2
  21. Staff Roll
  22. Voice & Effects Collection

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