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The Black Dog Card is a DSS Attribute Card in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. It adds a Darkness attribute to a paired Action Card. When combined with other cards, it produces dark effects, such as summoning an Imp or turning into a Skeleton. When the Uranus card is used with the Black Dog card, the Black Dog itself can be summoned. It is rather weak, as it simply drains minimal amounts of life from the enemy and gives it to the player at a roughly equivalent rate based on the player's HP.

The damage done by all damaging Black Dog effects is dependent on Nathan's STR (as modified by the card combo if applicable) and the susceptibility of the target(s) to Darkness.

Item Data

Item Data: Black Dog Card
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Black Dog card.gif Black Dog - Circle of the Moon [edit]
The Black Dog is said to consume darkness. Has the power of Darkness. Attribute Card
Attrib: Darkness
Drop: Devil Armor (2.5%)
Mercury + Black Dog (Darkness Whip) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Darkness whip to attack and envelop enemies in darkness. DSS Effect
Attrib: Darkness
Consume: 40 MP/USE 
STR + 41%
Create: Mercury + Black Dog
Effect: Whip slightly slower. Clouds of darkness continue to deal damage a few seconds after being struck.
Venus + Black Dog (STR Emphasis) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Inflicted damage × 2 while defense is 1/2. DSS Effect
Consume: 8 MP/TIME  STR + 41%, DEF/2
Create: Venus + Black Dog
Jupiter + Black Dog (Black Hole Barrier) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
A black hole barrier will surround you, but HP is drained. DSS Effect
Attrib: Darkness
Consume: 8 MP/TIME 
Create: Jupiter + Black Dog
Effect: A black hole will protect Nathan from every side, dealing Darkness damage to anything it comes in contact with, but he takes 1% damage every second. Actually gives him the Poison status (it goes away as soon as the card combo is deactivated, but will simply return immediately upon returning to gameplay if cured with an Antidote).
Mars + Black Dog (Gun) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Attack with a gun. DSS Effect
Consume: 32 MP/USE  STR + 100%
Create: Mars + Black Dog
Effect: Nathan draws a pistol and fires straight ahead. The opening and ending delay are very significant, however.
Diana + Black Dog (Darkness Shells) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
8 shells of darkness are released with each attack. DSS Effect
Attrib: Darkness
Consume: 32 MP/USE 
Create: Diana + Black Dog
Effect: Each swing of the whip produces 8 balls of darkness in a circle around Nathan. They deal 2 times a normal whip swing's damage.
Apollo + Black Dog (Black Hole) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
A black hole is created. DSS Effect
Consume: 120 MP/USE  Create: Apollo + Black Dog
Sequence: ↓ ←(→) ↑ + Attack
Effect: Produces a black hole that stays on anything it touches, causing damage over several seconds.
Neptune + Black Dog (Darkness Healing) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Darkness attacks heal character while reducing MP. DSS Effect
Consume: 3 MP/TIME  Create: Neptune + Black Dog
Effect: Dark attacks, like the rings of the Nightmare, heal Nathan while reducing his MP. This particular element is very common. In general, attacks that can curse Nathan, or that make him take on a greenish hue while knocking him back, have the Darkness element (though, there are a few exceptions to this rule).
Saturn + Black Dog (Imp Familiar) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
An imp familiar that has power up attacks when attack is held. DSS Effect
Consume: 4 MP/Shot  Create: Saturn + Black Dog
Effect: Summons an imp that charges its attack while the attack button is held. When it is released, the imp unleashes a huge blast of energy. By jumping before attacking, Nathan can cause it to charge without having to sit still.
Uranus + Black Dog (Summon Black Dog) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
A Black Dog will be summoned to attack. DSS Effect
Consume: 100 MP/USE  Create: Uranus + Black Dog
Sequence: ↓ ←(→) ↑ + Attack
Effect: Very minor Dark damage to all enemies onscreen. Restores a little bit of health each time an enemy is damaged.
Pluto + Black Dog (Skeleton Transformation) - Circle of the Moon [edit]
Transforms into a skeleton. DSS Effect
Consume: 5 MP/TIME  Create: Pluto + Black Dog
Effect: Transforms Nathan into a skeleton. Any damage he takes is instant death and his attack is only 45% of his original STR, but he has 12.5% chance of throwing a large bone that deals amazing damage (as strong as 3,000 STR).


Main article: Dual Set-Up System/Combinations

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