It appears the descriptions of two swords were accidentally swapped in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
The strongest sword in the game is the Muramasa—but not until you've leveled it up by bloodying it. At first I thought the secret to understanding how the sword works was too cryptic. Nowhere in its description does it say anything about growing in strength. But now I believe its description was swapped with a similar sword called the Gurthang.
Gurthang and Muramasa are the only two weapons in the game that pertain to blood, both are red, and both have similar healing effects when blood splashes Alucard's way. So there's plenty of reason to accidentally mix them up. But Gurthang's attack power doesn't increase through contact with blood the way the Muramasa does. So Gurthang's description, "Gets stronger when bloodied," makes much more sense when applied to the Muramasa. And the Muramasa's description, "Bloodthirsty sword," fits just fine when applied to the Gurthang.
I doubt this switch was intentional, but I wonder at what stage the error occurred. Is it in the Japanese version as well? Or was it a translation error? Can anyone with the Japanese version confirm how far back this error dates?
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Muramasa Gurthang Description Swap
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