The Vampire Killer is the greatest Combat Cross that Rinaldo Gandolfi ever created in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. It was entrusted to and used by Gabriel Belmont, the one foreseen to defeat the Lords of Shadow, but also fall into darkness.
While the origins of the cast iron body are shrouded in mystery, the main additions were made by Brotherhood of Light artisan and alchemist Rinaldo Gandolfi. Although some of his designs were rejected by the Brotherhood elders, he hid them away in Order mausoleums, hoping that the prophesied warrior would happen upon them in his time of need.
As Gabriel wanders through the Dead Bog, he finds the mausoleum containing the Hook Tip addition. The articulated metal tip can be used as a grappling hook, allowing Gabriel to climb, swing, and rappel around the environment. It is also used to grab enemies from a distance.
The second addition that Gabriel finds is the Spiked Chain, which is found in the underground caves leading to Agharta. Gandolfi made two different chains, although the Order elders disapproved of the Spiked Chain, deeming it too cruel for such a holy weapon. But instead of destroying the chain, he hid it away. The 1 1/2 inch long spikes allow Gabriel to saw through wooden obstacles with ease, but an added benefit allows him to "tame" large enemies that can be ridden on like mounts. Contrary to popular belief, the Spiked Chain does not increase the amount of damage that Gabriel deals.
While searching for a way into the Wygol Village abbey, Gabriel finds an Order mausoleum in the village cemetery which contains the Stake addition. Gandolfi wanted to give the Cross more options for hand-to-hand combat, leading to his adding a stake to its bottom. Due to the attachment being made specifically for destroying vampires, it gave the Combat Cross the nickname of "Vampire Killer". The stake has an additional purpose in allowing Gabriel to open floor-oriented wheel cranks that are without a crowbar. While it shows him breaking the stake off in Carmilla's chest, half of the stake still remains in a broken, frayed form, thus still very usable.
At the end of the Resurrection DLC, Gabriel takes the Vampire Killer in hand and shatters it into several pieces, leaving them lying broken and forgotten within the Underworld.
Mirror of Fate
In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, Gabriel's son, Trevor, uses a replica of the same weapon and as a tool to slowly descend down walls much like the shadow claws. Later, it is recovered in a weaker state by Simon, the son of Trevor. A Necromancer steals it, stating that his master, Zobek, wants it, and battles Simon. Simon defeats him and pulls the cross out of the Necromancer's remains, and is able to use the weapon to use grip and rappel points.
Trevor is able to upgrade his replica Combat Cross into the Improved Combat Cross with the attachment of Rinaldo Gandolfi's "last creation", a spike he hid inside of the Bernard family castle, that allows it to penetrate locked doors and shatter them.
At the end of the game, Alucard manages to find a piece of the original Vampire Killer, the stake attachment that broke off in Carmilla's chest in the first game, and absconds with it as the castle collapses.
Lords of Shadow 2
Alucard used the Vampire Killer's broken stake to forge the sword Crissaegrim that he used with his father's consent to put him into a deep slumber as part of his master plan. 1000 years later, Zobek, who had found the Vampire Killer's shattered pieces and rebuilt it, would offer to use it on Dracula in exchange for helping him prevent Satan's return, as he states the weapon is the only thing capable of ending Dracula's immortal existence. The weapon was taken by Dracula from Zobek after his defeat, and was used to kill Satan.
Although the Vampire Killer itself gets no permanent damage upgrade or has any outstanding supernatural powers, Gabriel can use either Light or Shadow Magic to augment his attacks in different ways.
Light Magic allows each attack that connects to heal Gabriel's wounds, with the chain presenting a blue aura. Shadow magic augments Gabriel's attack power, increasing the damage he deals and making the chain glow red, possibly replacing the earlier concept of a pyrokinetic chain.
The Vampire Killer is the only weapon capable of truly killing an immortal being. As such it is the only weapon that is able to kill Dracula for good and grant him his eternal rest, though it should be noted that only one Lord of Shadow, Carmilla, is actually killed by the Vampire Killer. Cornell is killed by his hammer's broken handle and Zobek, though burned by Satan in the first game, seems to have been killed by Dracula's Void Sword in Lords of Shadow 2. However, it appears to be the only weapon capable of killing Satan since Dracula uses it against him (suggesting the Void Sword being useless for the final blow).
|Item Data: Combat Cross|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Combat Cross Components|
|A heavy iron crucifix which hides a retractable chain inside. ()||Gabriel|| Find: (start with)|
|The iron chain was the first addition to the Combat Cross. ()||Gabriel|| Find: (start with)|
|The articulated metal tip can be used to grip objects and enemies from a great distance. ()||Gabriel|| Find: The Dead Bog|
|With the spiked chain, the Combat Cross can be used to saw through obstacles and to 'tame' dangerous monsters.()||Gabriel|| Find: Underground Caves|
|Designed to give the Combat Cross even more options for hand-to-hand combat, especially against supernatural creatures of the night.()||Gabriel|| Find: Wygol Village|
|Normal Ground Attacks|
|A basic direct chain attack. Will only hit enemies directly in front of you.|| Skill (Basic Action)|
| First Obtained: Start with|| Sequence: [Direct Attack] = Square (PS3) or X (XBox 360) button|
|A basic area effect chain attack. Will hit all nearby enemies around you.|| Skill (Basic Action)|
| First Obtained: Start with|| Sequence: [Area Attack] = Triangle (PS3) or Y (XBox-360) button|
|A link series of direct attacks. The last hit of the sequence is a block breaker, and will expose an enemy to further attacks.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
| First Obtained: Start with|| Sequence: [Direct Attack] x5|
|A linked series of area attacks. Less powerful than a direct attack, but very useful for crowd control.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
| First Obtained: Start with|| Sequence: [Area Attack] x8|
|Press and hold the [Direct Attack] button to start a sequence of heavy direct attacks. Repeated [Direct Attack] button presses adds further hits to the combo. This upgrade adds a final blow to the combo sequence that's also a block breaker.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
| Sequence: Hold [Direct Attack], [Direct Attack] x9|
|Pressing and holding the [Area Attack] button to start a sequence of heavy area attacks. You can control the direction of the attacks during the combo with the left stick. Enemies in front and behind can be hit with this series of chain attacks, too. With this upgrade, you can finish the combo sequence at any time with a second press of [Area Attack], which performs a massive final hit that's also a block breaker.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
| Sequence: Hold [Area Attack], [Area Attack]|
|A combination attack useful in many different battle situations. It begins with a direct attack, closely followed by two area attacks. Use this to attack an enemy directly while keeping others at bay.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
|Buy: 1000 SP ()|| Sequence: [Direct Attack], [Area Attack], [Area Attack]|
|Shred any enemy in front of you with this chain spin attack. Holding the [Direct Attack] button at the end of the combo extends the duration of the spin.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
| Sequence: [Direct Attack], [Area Attack], Hold [Direct Attack]|
|Aerial Starters and Finishers|
|This direct attack will lift up smaller enemies in front of you, allowing additional attacks to be combined with it.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
| First Obtained: Start with|| Sequence: [Direct Attack] + [Jump]|
|This area attack will lift up all surrounding smaller enemies, allows additional attacks to be combined with it.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
| First Obtained: Start with|| Sequence: [Area Attack] + [Jump]|
|After performing Guillotine: Hold the [Direct Attack] button longer to perform an upward blow after landing the Guillotine.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
|Buy: 1500 SP ()|| Sequence: Hold [Direct Attack] (after performing an aerial attack sequence while landing), Continue Holding [Direct Attack] (after landing)|
|Press and Hold the [Area Attack] button while airborne to use this area attack as a finisher in any aerial attack sequence. Your chain will sweep around an hit any enemies around you as you land.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
|Buy: 150 SP ()|| Sequence: Hold [Area Attack] (while performing an aerial attack sequence)|
|Press the [Grab]/[Interact] button to grab enemies or interact with a glowing object. Small enemies can be thrown against other foes by moving the left stick in the desired direction while performing the grab action.|| Skill (Basic Action)|
| First Obtained: Start with|| Sequence: [Grab] = [Interact] = R2 (PS3) or RB (XBox 360)|
|Press the [Grab] button while airborne to grab an enemy and pull them into the air. Combine this with further aerial attacks to extend the combo. This attack only works on smaller enemies.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
|Buy: 200 SP (once Hook Tip acquired)|| Sequence: [Grab] (while in the air near a small enemy on the ground)|
|If you are airborne with an enemy in the air nearby, press the [Grab] button to blast it down to the floor below you.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
| Sequence: [Grab] (while in the air with an enemy in the air nearby)|
|Press the [Grab] button while airborne to grab an enemy and launch into them with a downward kick. This attack only works on larger enemies.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
|Buy: 200 SP (once Hook Tip acquired)|| Sequence: [Grab] (while in the air near a large enemy on the ground)|
|Immediately after a synchronized block, you can unleash a devastating counter attack.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
| First Obtained: Hunting Path|| Sequence: [Direct Attack] x3 (after a Synchronized Block)|
|Immediately after a synchronized block, you can unleash a devastating area counter attack that affects surrounding enemies.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
| Sequence: [Area Attack] x3 (after Synchronized Block)|
|After leaping over enemies using a Somersault, immediately press [Direct Attack] three times to attack them from behind before they can react.|| Skill (Advanced Move)|
| Sequence: [Direct Attack] x3 (after Somersault, requires Cyclone Boots and Dark Gauntlet)|