The Hunter Whip[1] is Nathan Graves' main weapon in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. It is a magical whip held between families for generations that can change its attack power and even its form as a result of the combination of different magical cards.


Unlike the holy whip known as the Vampire Killer, which can evolve from a leather whip to a chain whip with a spiked-ball tip, the Hunter Whip stays most of the time as a leather whip and it cannot be held limp. Instead, when the attack button is held, Nathan will spin it very fast around his body, doing minimal damage to anything that comes near.

This weapon was used by Morris Baldwin and Nathan Graves' parents to vanquish Dracula years ago. When Nathan's parents died, Morris took him as a disciple along with his own son, Hugh, intending to choose one of them as a successor when they had reached adulthood. While Hugh, as Morris's son and the better fighter (or so he claimed), expected to obtain the whip, Morris instead chose Nathan, leading to bad blood between the two disciples.


The Hunter Whip is a leather whip that does not evolve by collecting power-ups as the Vampire Killer did in most of the earlier games. Most games created after Circle of the Moon share this trait, although they all start the whip out in a more advanced form. This whip has a quick snap and instead of being able to go limp, Nathan can rapidly spin it in a manner that it can block projectiles and repeatedly (but weakly) damage enemies. This circular motion was later emulated in Harmony of Dissonance when the whip was combined with the Energy Circle, although in that game it didn't spin as fast.

While the whip cannot be powered-up in the traditional sense, it plays a more pivotal role in magic casting. By combining an Attribute Card with the Mercury, Diana or Mars cards, Nathan is able to imbue his whip with different elements, have it shoot projectiles, or even change it into other weapons such as swords, hammers and even a magic handgun.

For more information, see Dual Set-Up System/Combinations.

Item Data

Item Data: Hunter Whip
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Cotm-wp-whp Hunter Whip (jpn) - Circle of the Moon
' Whip
Attrib: Varies depending on DSS combination used.
Consume: Varies depending on DSS combination used. 
Effect: Varies depending on DSS combination used.
Evolve: Several things temporarily depending on the combination of DSS cards used.



See also


  1. Castlevania: Circle of the Moon instruction booklet, page 20: "Nathan Graves (player) is the chosen successor to wield the "Hunter Whip"."
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