A bit of a mammoth gaming session on this today, in several segments rather than in one go, however. In now particular order, I managed the following:
Got the Mist transformation, quickly followed by the Bat transformation and then all five Familiars. It seems the familiars all level up too, as you use them, starting out crap (where they don’t attack anything) slowly becoming more intelligent. My pet sword is actually pretty helpful now, especially when I was killing Legion.
Have defeated a few more bosses, and found Evil Richter Belmont in Dracula’s throne room. I couldn’t kill him. In fact, I barely scratched him, so I retreated and then found I probably reached him far too early, and explored more of the castle, finding armour and a sword which should help as they’re powerful versus Holy.
I’ve also got two rings now, gold and silver, which are telling me where to go next. I suspect it’s a quick stop somewhere before returning to Richter.