Current Mission: Slay the Attackers.
This level is simple; you’re guided by the hand for the most part as the game gives you the lay of Gabriel’s basic abilities.
It’s now time to get used to Gabriel’s attacks. The direct attack is best for dealing damage to a single target, or attacking enemies that find themselves lined up in front of you, whilst the area attack is best when you find Gabriel surrounded on all sides.
Deal with the four Lycanthrope’s that appear by using a mix of your two attack types, direct works best. If you can’t see where a Lycanthrope has gone follow the villagers and don’t worry, you can’t harm them.
The game will prompt you to top up on health, do so. Fight off the one Lycanthrope that appears and the game will ask you to grab the dagger, pick it up and you’ll be set upon by seven more Lycanthrope’s.
Use your new silver daggers to dispatch the Lycanthrope’s with one hit each and now the game will teach you about xp. While this Castlevania lacks a true leveling system, you still accrue XP for killing enemies and solving puzzles, and this is used as currency to purchase skills and artwork.
Kill five more Lycanthrope’s and the game will tell you about buying abilities. Pick whatever you want; a good bet is the Guillotine as it’s a powerful way to land after a rising slash or jump. Fend off against four more Lycanthrope’s and then enjoy the cutscene.
As soon as the cut-scene finishes you’ll need to hammer on a face button, it could be any of the four but this is hard to fail.
For this fight the game will teach you about blocking and avoiding, these are crucial skills to doing well in your future combat. Familiarize yourself with the white glow and ‘swoosh’ sound effect, these always signify and unblockable attack that means you must dodge.
Simply keep your distance from the Warg and lay into it, use direct attacks, as you want to deal the damage quickly and efficiently.
After you deal enough damage to the Warg he will leap up to a nearby rock and regain health by howling at the moon. Get your finger ready over the use button, RT/R2 (see the way the pole glows? That signifies something Gabriel can use or investigate). When you regain control wait till the Warg’s eyes flash red, it doesn’t take long, then squeeze the use button and watch as the Warg impales himself.
Objective: Finish the Level, defeating the Great Warg with at least one civilian still alive.
Simply replaying the level will mean enjoying it without the badgering tool tips, and it’s an incredibly easy challenge in and of itself. Simply use daggers and direct attacks to see off the Lycanthropes easily, and once the Great Warg appears keep whipping it to keep its attention. It’s unlikely any villagers will die, let alone you be left with one.