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Bistritz is a location in the Europe half of Shadow Hearts. Alice and Zhuzhen investigate Bistritz after reports from Terry that Bistritz is over-run by monsters.

Plot Significance

Long before the events of Shadow Hearts, Bistritz was ruled by the Valentine Family who lived in Blue Castle. Eventually the family died and the leadership was given to a Mayor.

Times became hard and Bistritz became poor – the current Mayor, Kevin had spent all his money and began to research ways of finding gold with the local item shop owner, Terry. Eventually, they discover that there may still be gold in Blue Castle, but it may be guarded by a vampire.

Kevin’s research takes a turn towards the supernatural. Kevin and Terry soon learns how to summon monsters. Around the same time, Terry makes plans to move to America with his family and ceases to help Kevin in his research The monsters begin to attack the townsfolk. The townsfolk cannot kill the monsters and many of them die. Worried about his reputation, Kevin looks for a way to leave Bistritz as soon as possible. A month after the monsters first started appearing, Terry goes to Prague to find some exorcists to help destroy the monsters.

A few days later, Alice and Zhuzhen arrive in Bistritz with the news that Terry was killed by monsters. They ask his widow Michelle and daughter Nina about the recent events.

Alice and Zhuzhen travel to Blue Castle to find more information, and during this time, Kevin kidnaps Michelle, in order to try and get a hold of a leather bag in Nina’s possession as he is convinced it is full of gold dust. When Alice and Zhuzhen (now joined by Keith Valentine – the true master of Bistritz) return, they find Kevin holding Michelle hostage in his house. Kevin turns into a monster and the party are forced to kill him.

Killing Kevin leaves the monsters without a master and they soon leave Bistritz and things return to normal. It is revealed that Nina’s leather bag is filled with wheat seeds which will even grow in Bistritz (which is known to have poor soil). Nina plants the seeds and they are seen to be flowering.

A few months after the town goes back to normal, Nina starts to see a Golden Light in the sky. Upon investigating, Keith discovers that it was his brother Joachim Valentine in bat form, flying around the town at night.

Enemies Encountered

  • Birdman
  • Mailman
  • Police Dog
  • Tindalos (Boss)
  • Shadow Hearts Walkthrough: Bistritz

    After Prague

  • Previous Level: Prague
  • [Cutscene]
  • Go through the gate
  • (party can save here)
  • Go to the right of this screen
  • Go to the house in the bottom right – this is the Item shop
  • Answer “I’m a friend of your father” and enter the Item shop.
  • [Cutscene]
  • Exit the item shop – monsters can appear now – and speak to everyone in the town by going to their house and examining it. Return to the item shop and speak to Nina.
  • After having received the East Gate Key from Nina, exit the item shop and go to the top-right of the screen. Investigate the gate here and exit towards Blue Castle.
  • Next Level: Blue Castle
  • After Blue Castle

  • Previous Level: Blue Castle
  • Monsters may attack you here. With Keith now in your party return to the Item shop and speak to Nina.
  • [Cutscene]
  • Exit the Item shop and go to the Mayor’s house – it’s in the top left of the screen with the save point.
  • Break into the Mayor’s House.
  • [Cutscene]
  • Boss: Tindalos
  • [Cutscene]
  • Return to the Item Shop.
  • [Cutscene]
  • Return to the Mayor’s House
  • [Cutscene]
  • Next Level: Blue Castle
  • Bistritz Items

  • Mana Seed – hidden behind the church, near the graveyard
  • Talisman of Wisdow – Near the East Gate
  • Seal of Strength – hidden behind trolley in Mayor’s House
  • Talisman of Wisdow – Chest near the portrait in Mayor’s House
  • Earth Gravestone – Speak to Nina after the Float is raised
  • Moon Card – In the shop
  • Moon Swallow – In the shop
  • Bistritz Shops

    There are two shops in Bistritz – the Item shop and the Armoury.

    The item shop in Bistritz used to be run by Terry and many of the townspeople including the mayor used it to buy items. After he dies, it is run by Michelle and Nina.

    Soul Benediction500
    Coral Lariat5050
    Pocket Watch5200
    Metal Belt3000
    Mirror Bracelet3240
    Leonardo’s Bear3330
    Thera Root300
    Mana Root500
    Talisman of Mercy820
    Thera Seed120
    Mana Seed230
    Pure Seed510
    Voodoo Doll5200
    Bell Bracelet3120
    Studded Cap1700
    Western Belt1700
    Rosewood Bracelet3000
    Bronze Arrowhead100
    Bronze Dagger200
    Silver Hourglass100
    Gold Hourglass200
    Shell Bracelet2770
    Bone Bracelet2960
    Pure Leaf230
    Talisman of Luck480

    The armoury opens once the fog turns red and the monsters begin to appear – it is beside the Mayor’s house.

    Tome of the Sun6020
    Royal Estoc6230
    Chainmail Vest 55005500
    Silk Bolero5940

    Bistritz Lottery

    Lottery Member #7 is found in Bistritz. They are in the house closest the the East Gate.

  • Red Prize: Oracle Earrings
  • Yellow Prize: Seal of Life
  • Blue Prize: Tea of the Holy One
  • Green Prize: Pure Root
  • Origin & Trivia

    Bistritz is most likely based on Bistrița – the capital city of Bistriţa-Năsăud County, in northern Transylvania, Romania – one of the locations visited in Dracula. Although during Shadow Hearts this was still a part of Austria-Hungary (similar to Prague).

    Terry says that Bistritz is a 2 day walk from Prague – in reality would take 1-2 weeks to walk to from Prague.


    Bistritz Map Shadow Hearts

    Bistritz on the world map

    Bistritz Gate Shadow Hearts

    The gate at Bistritz

    Church Mayors House Bistritz

    The church and the mayor’s house

    Bistritz East Gate

    The East Side of Town

    Bistritz Item Shop Shadow Hearts

    The Item Shop

    Red Fog Bistritz Shadow Hearts

    The Red Fog

    Battle Bistritz Shadow Hearts

    Bistritz Battleground

    Item Shop Bistritz Shadow Hearts

    Inside the Item Shop

    Mayors House Battle Shadow Hearts Bistritz

    Battle in the Mayor’s House

    Mayors House Bistritz Shadow Hearts

    Inside the Mayor’s House