Unlike the chain whip known as the Vampire Killer, the Hunter's Whip is a leather whip and cannot be held limp. Instead, when the attack button is held, Nathan will spin the whip very fast around his body, doing minimal damage to anything that comes near.
It was used by Morris Baldwin and Nathan Graves' parents to vanquish Dracula. When Nathan's parents died, Morris took him as a disciple along with his own son, Hugh Baldwin, 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.
It is a leather whip that does not evolve by collecting power-ups as most of the earlier games did (with the exception of Symphony of the Night and Simon's Quest). Most games created after it 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 use a limp whip, Nathan can rapidly spin it in a manner that 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 it did not spin nearly as fast.
Even the whip cannot be powered-up in the traditional sense, it plays a more pivotal role in magic casting than the Vampire Killer. By combining an Attribute Card with the Mercury card, Mars card and Diana card, Nathan is able to imbue his whip with different elements, have it shoot projectiles, and even change it into other weapons such as swords, hammers and even a magic handgun.
|Item Data: Hunter Whip|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
| 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.
- It's possible that the Hunter Whip is simply another name for the Vampire Killer, as it has not always been called as such on a game-by-game basis (e.g. it has been called the "Mystic Whip" in the earlier titles, and was only officially referred to in-game in Castlevania: Bloodlines, and evidence can be found in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia when both times the Vampire Killer is mentioned, it is referred to as "the holy whip" instead of by name). Either that or it was a similar whip made with alchemy (as it changed depending on which cards were equipped).
- The appearance of the Hunter Whip is similar to a real-life performance hybrid whip, which has a handle with an adjustable length.
- In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, Simon Belmont begins the game with the Beast Hunter, which may be a reference to the Hunter Whip.
- ↑ Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Manual page 20. Nathan Graves (player) is the chosen successor to wield the "Hunter Whip".