Shooter Mode in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is an alternate mode where the utilization of sub-weapons is enhanced while other means of attack are handicapped.


In this mode, all of the offensive sub-weapons deal much more damage. The Axe, Holy Water and Crucifix sub-weapons also have their heart costs cut in half. In addition, if Nathan has the knife sub-weapon in his possession and he collects another knife, he can use the homing knife sub-weapon, which automatically seeks out an enemy, at the cost of reduced damage (though still more damage than using a standard attack).

A Shooter begins the game with the following stat values:

  • HP: 50 (+5 HP per level up, normally 100 and +10 respectively)
  • Strength: 71 (+7 STR per level up, normally 100 and +10 respectively)
  • Defense: 50 (+5 DEF per level up, normally 100 and +10 respectively)
  • Hearts: 250 (starts with 125 in possession, +5 Hearts per level up, normally 25, 50 and +2 respectively)

Nathan's MP, Intelligence and Luck stats are unchanged compared to the Normal Mode.

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