For the weapon, see Morning Star.

The Morning Star (called "Chain" in Japanese versions, and sometimes Chain Whip, PowerUp or Power-Up) is an item that no vampire hunter should be without. Found in most action-platformer Castlevania titles by hitting candles (or occasionally dropped by an enemy), it powers up the player's weapon (usually the Vampire Killer whip) in two tiers, increasing attack power and/or range each time. These power-ups usually last until the player dies.


While the Belmont Clan have been the primary users of this item for the longest time, Alucard (son of Dracula) used these back in Dracula's Curse to make himself more powerful. Reinhardt Schneider, Carrie Fernandez, Cornell and Henry Oldrey also used these to power up their attacks in both Nintendo 64 Castlevania titles.

John Morris and Eric Lecarde are the only vampire hunters who don't use the Morning Star as power-up; instead, they use a variant called the "Coat of Arms". John's weapon would become a chain whip and then a morning star, as is the usual transformation for the whip, whereas Eric's Alucard Spear would elongate from a spear into a trident, then a much nastier-looking trident with folding blades. On higher difficulties, it's possible for players to obtain a third Coat of Arms which pushes the powers of the weapons a level further, engulfing the Vampire Killer in cyan electricity and the Alucard Spear with green flames (this state could also be achieved by finding hidden Spell Books in the walls of some areas). However, this power-up only lasts until the player is hit, at which point the whip/spear reverses to its second power level (taking more hits while in this state won't degrade the weapon any further).

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Morning Star
Image Name - Game
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Morning Star NES Icon Morning Star (Chain) - Castlevania [edit]
Power: Increases power of Whip in 2 different stages; Comment: Short chain for 1st level, long chain for 2nd level boost Item
Simon Belmont 
Morning Star CVIII Icon Morning Star - Dracula's Curse [edit]
' Item
Trevor C. Belmont, Alucard 
Morning Star SC4 Icon Morning Star - Super Castlevania IV [edit]
Increases the power of the Whip in 2 levels: short chain for 1st level boost, longer chain for 2nd level boost Item
Simon Belmont 
Morning Star CH Icon Chain Whip - Chronicles [edit]
Increases the power of your whip (2 levels). Item
Simon Belmont 
C64-mstar-1- PowerUp - Castlevania 64 [edit]
' Item
Reinhardt, Carrie 
C64-mstar-1- PowerUp [alt] - Legacy of Darkness [edit]
Increases your long-range weapon power. You can collect a maximum of 2 of these items. Item
Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms John Icon Coat-of-Arms [John] (Coat of Arms) - Bloodlines [edit]
Power-up John's whip to three levels. Item
John Morris 
Coat of Arms Eric Icon Coat-of-Arms [Eric] (Coat of Arms) - Bloodlines [edit]
Power-up Eric's lance to three levels. Item
Eric Lecarde 





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