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How to Access the Return to Castlevania DLC in Dead Cells

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For players who enjoy a good side-scrolling metroidvania title or even roguelite, then it should be no surprise that Motion Twin’s Return to Castlevania DLC for the fan-favorite roguelite, Dead Cells is extremely fun! But if you’re just starting out with your Dead Cells adventure, or are maybe not sure how DLC content works in Dead Cells, then we can certainly help! Today, we’ll explain exactly how to access the Return to Castlevania DLC in Dead Cells, quickly and easily.

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How to Access the Return to Castlevania DLC in Dead Cells

Over the years, Dead Cells has been treated to numerous DLC expansions. Whether larger, new chapters that bring you, the Prisoner, to new islands entirely or small ones that give you access to costumes of epic characters from other similar games, Dead Cells is typically pretty similar in the way to access each new venture. Unlike many other games, Dead Cells doesn’t give you the keys to the kingdom so easily. In fact, you’ll need to put in a little legwork before even being allowed to try them out if you’re a total newbie.

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You see, if you’re a newbie, you’ll need to play the game a bit and venture through the Promenade of the Condemned, which is the game’s second location, past the one you spawn in, the Prisoners’ Quarters. Once you get near the end of the Promenade of the Condemned, you’ll gain access to the Vine Rune. Its location can be random, but once you find it, you can access your DLC, as your training wheels start to come off.

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After you get the Vine Rune and presumably die eventually, you’ll be back at the Prisoners’ Quarters, giving you a chance to find the DLC areas throughout the area which can be better maneuvered through the vines you can now string using the Rune. You’ll know that you’re approaching the staging grounds for the Return to Castlevania DLC when you happen upon a descending stone staircase.

The first time you do, a blue-clad Richter will greet you and ask you to meet him at the Castle. Continue down and open the door at the bottom of the stairs to begin the DLC. Every time you want to access Return to Castlevania from then on, you’ll need to search Promenade of the Condemned for the staircase once again.


Well, now you know exactly what you’ll need to do in order to get access to the Return to Castlevania DLC in Dead Cells! If this helped you out in any way possible, then be sure to check out some of our other great guides too such as “Motion Twin Looks to Bring Accessibility Options to Dead Cells”. And if you’re interested in getting all of the latest on Dead Cells content, including the review for the Return to Castlevania DLC, then consider liking Gamer Journalist on Facebook to do so!

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