For the animal characters appearing in Order of Ecclesia, see Cat (Order of Ecclesia).
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Cat (also known as Byakko or Bai Hu) is a summoning magic spell ability used as a sub-weapon by Maria Renard in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Portrait of Ruin, and by Soma Cruz in Castlevania: Aria or Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow with a Student Witch's soul. The ability summons a cat that runs along the floor damaging any enemy that gets in its way, until it hits a wall or exits the screen. This cat is a miniature version of Bai Hu, a white tiger with black stripes from Chinese mythology. The item crash for the cat unleashes the great Byakko himself, which has different incarnations depending on the game.


Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

A white black striped cat leaps from Maria's arms and runs along the ground, charging at any enemies in its path. If it strikes an enemy, it is stunned for a second, then leaps a little and continues moving forward. After a while it disappears. If it runs into a ledge, it will be stunned and then try to jump over it if it is small enough. It is found at the same locations where Richter would find an Axe.

Its item crash involves Maria riding Byakko, the giant white tiger. The tiger starts on ground level, then turns around at the end of the screen and races mid-screen, then reaches the end again, turns around, and races at the top of the screen.

In the ending for Maria Mode, when Maria blames Dracula for "being so mean to everyone" regarding his defeat, the cat is heard growling at him.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

When defeated, a Witch will turn into a small black cat and scurry away at full speed along the floor, inflicting minimal damage to the player if they stand on its path. This ability would return in later incarnations, such as in Aria of Sorrow, although in those cases the cat would merely appear for aesthetics and not deal any damage at all.

Wearing the Cat-Eye Circlet allows Alucard to restore some HP by being hit by these small critters. However, other feline enemies, such as the Lion or the Black Panther, will still deal full damage, nonetheless.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Saturn)

The Cat in the Sega Saturn version of Symphony of the Night is not a sub-weapon and does not resemble the Cat found in Rondo of Blood. Instead, it's a spell that Maria can use at any time. Maria calls upon the spirit of Byakko, the white tiger, which allows her to cast a great spell of flames that come out of her hands. Maria is invulnerable while the spell is being cast.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Student Witches can toss purple cats at Soma. When absorbing their souls he can duplicate this ability, which is similar to Maria's Cat sub-weapon. However, it is blue (to match Soma's color), unlike Maria's white-striped tiger cat.

Soma has ⅛ chance to throw a kitten instead of an adult cat. This is merely an aesthetic change, however, as it doesn't change its attack power.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

As in the previous game, Soma can absorb a Student Witch's soul to give him the ability to release a charging black cat.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

Maria's black and white cat is released and charges at enemies. In this game, it keeps on running through enemies instead of bouncing off of them. It also deals Electric damage, causing massive damage to armor type enemies, which are vulnerable to its ground based attack. The cat stops moving once it hits a wall and then disappears. It also disappears once its time has run out.

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

In The Dracula X Chronicles version of Symphony of the Night, Maria's cat behaves more like it did in the original Rondo of Blood and its 2.5D remake. It tries to jump over ledges and attacks enemies multiple times if they get in its way. For its Item Crash, a giant symbol for Byakko, the white tiger, appears and then the tiger appears behind Maria. For a time, whenever she attacks using her owls, tiger's claw swipe marks appear at various distances in front of her.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Maria's Cat appears as it does in Portrait of Ruin and deals out Thunder damage.

Item Data

Item Data: Cat
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
RoB Byakko.pngCat SOTN DXC Icon.png
Cat - Rondo of Blood [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Consume: 3 Hearts (20 by using her Item Crash
Summon Byakko (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [edit]
' Spell (Summon / (Holy Beast))
Consume: 30 MP  Find: Starts with.
Sequence: ↑↓↘→ + [FIRE]
Effect: Flame attack
Red Soul.png Student Witch - Cat's Run - Aria of Sorrow [edit]
Releases a lethal cat that runs full-speed at enemies. Bullet Soul
Consume: 20 MP  65 ATK
Rarity: 20
Drop: Student Witch
Bullet Soul.png Student Witch - Cat's Run - Dawn of Sorrow [edit]
Summon a cat. Bullet Soul
Consume: 12 MP  Rarity: **
Drop: Student Witch
Cat PoR Icon.png Byakko - Portrait of Ruin [edit]
' Sub-Weapon
Attrib: Electric
Consume: 14 MP 
Find: Starts with
Effect: Sends Byakko running toward the direction Maria is currently facing.
Special: Only available in Richter Mode.
Byakko SotN Icon.png Cat (Byakko) [alt] - Symphony of the Night (DXC-only) [edit]
' Sub-Weapon (Holy Beast)
Attrib: Thunder
Consume: 1 Heart 
Effect: Can run forward.
Special: Item Crash (15 Hearts).
Byakko Call - Judgment
' Spell
Find: Starts with
Cat PoR Icon.png Bai Hu - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Summon the White Tiger and let it run free. Sub-Weapon (Sacred Beast)
Attrib: Lightning
Consume: 10 MP 
ATK +9
Find: (starts with)





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