Total Gameplay FAQ - Guide for Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

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Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Total Gameplay FAQ
v3.3 (05/15/2001) by ChrisMog2 ([email protected])

Table of Contents
  I. Drop List
 II. Item Effects List
III. Bonus Modes

Version History
v3.3, 5/15/01 Forgot to include the Thief Mode code in the last version.  That's
              the only fix.

v3.2, 5/10/01 Details on Thief Mode.  Probably the final release until the 

v3.1, 5/6/01 Found out what card the Imp drops (thanks tax!) Also added 
             Bracelet to Item Effects and more details on the Shooter Mode.

v3.0, 5/5/01 Added Bonus Modes section, added Bear Ring to Item Effects, changed 
             name of FAQ.

v2.0, 5/4/01 Added Item Effects section.

v1.1, 5/1/01 Corrected Sage's equipment and a few minor errors.

v1.0, 4/30/01 Initial release.

Section I - Drop List
This is a translation of the item guide at, using my own basic 
knowledge of Japanese and the (quite pitiful) elingo translation as guidelines.

Items in parentheses are those I'm skeptical about the translation of, but at 
least they aren't nonsensical.  And as much as I hate it, some of the names are 
nearly impossible to figure out, so "translator's license" is in brackets with 
original name outside them. (Only if I can't figure it out AT ALL)

Monster Name                  Item 1                    Item 2
------------                  ------                    ------
Dark Armor                    Platinum Plate            Double Grip
Catoblepas                    Heart Hi-Up               Military Uniform
Legion                        Cure Curse                Hi-Potion
Heat Shade                    Flashy Dress              Card - Jupiter
Frozen Shade                  Magic Glove               Star Bracelet 
aruraune [Venus Weed]         Magical Robe              X-Potion 
Demon Lord                    Potion                    (Titan's Bracelet)
Dullahan                      Platinum Plate            Card - Thunderbird
Siren                         Mind Hi-Up                Card - Griffon 
Evil Pillar                   Steel Plate               Toy Ring 
Minotaur                      Delicious Meat            Card - Golem 
Devil                         Hi-Potion                 Mirror Plate 
Wind Armor                    Potion                    Hi-Potion 
Nightmare                     Mind Up                   Needle Plate 
Imp                           Card - Salamander         Delicious Meat
Forest Armor                  Chain Plate               Rainbow Robe 
Poison Armor                  Cure Poison               Rainbow Robe 
Wind Demon                    Mind Hi-Up                Sage's Bracelet
Slime                         Cure Poison               Card - Venus 
Skeleton Soldier              Leather Plate             Bronze Plate 
Electric Skeleton             Card - Golem              Leather Plate 
Skeleton Bomber               Card - Salamander         Potion 
Skeleton                      Potion                    Leather Plate 
Spear-throwing Skeleton       Leather Plate             Cotton Robe 
Skeleton Knight               Leather Plate             Bronze Plate 
Boomerang Skeleton            Flashy Dress              Miracle Wrist 
Ghoul                         Prisoner's Clothes        Heart Hi-Up 
Gorgon                        Heart Up                  Meat 
Beast Demon                   Arm Guard                 Cursed Ring 
Flame Demon                   Potion                    Chain Plate 
Frankenstein                  Military Uniform          Ninja Suit
Devil Tower                   Potion                    Wristband 
Spirit                        Wristband                 Mind Up 
Mudman                        Clothing                  Mind Up 
Gremlin                       Wristband                 Mind Up 
Mummy                         Clothing                  Heart Up 
Coffin                        Clothing                  Heart Up
Hopper                        Clothing                  Gauntlet 
Trick Candle                  Card - Pluto              Heart Mega-Up 
Axe Armor                     Card - Mandragora         Leather Plate 
Poison Worm                   Cure Poison               Magic Glove 
Fleaflicker Man               Clothing                  Arm Guard 
Clinging Man                  Prisoner's Clothes        Miracle Wrist 
Will-O-Wisp                   Wristband                 Mind Up 
Zombie                        Clothing                  Potion 
Flame Armor                   Bronze Plate              Heart X-Up 
Brain Float                   Leather Plate             Mind Up 
Earth Demon                   Magic Glove               Card - Serpent 
Bat                           Wristband                 Heart Up
Stone Armor                   Hard Ring                 Card - Cockatrice
Zombie Thief                  Prisoner's Clothes        Lucky Ring 
Bone Head                     Heart Up                  Card - Mercury
Hyena                         Potion                    Ebony Clothes 
War Jaguar                    Gold Plate                Ninja Suit
Bloody Sword                  Arm Guard                 Card - Mars
Marionette                    Cure Curse                Mind Hi-Up
War Bear                      Cotton Robe               Power Ring
War Panther                   Wristband                 Card - Thunderbird
Thunder Demon                 Magic Glove               Card - Manticore 
Gargoyle                      Prisoner's Clothes        Heart Hi-Up 
Myconid                       Potion                    Mind Hi-Up 
Death Mantis                  Card - Cockatrice         Hard Ring 
Specter                       Mind Up                   Mind Hi-Up 
Killer Bee                    Cure Poison               Ebony Clothes 
Man Eater                     Heart Up                  Card - Diana 
Harpy                         Flashy Dress              Star Bracelet 
Hippogriff                    Meat                      Heart X-Up 
Hunter Fox                    Potion                    Meat
Wight                         Silk Robe                 Mind Hi-Up
Archdemon                     Cursed Ring               Card - Apollo
King Moth                     Cure Poison               Heart X-Up 
Thunder Armor                 Gold Plate                Steel Plate 
Poltergeist                   Mind Hi-Up                Cursed Ring 
Bone Tower                    Heart Up                  Heart Hi-Up 
Holy Armor                    Card - Serpent            Platinum Plate 
Succubus                      Card - Manticore          Intelligence Ring 
Lilith                        Mind X-Up                 Sage's Robe 
Grizzly                       Delicious Meat            Power Ring 
Golem                         Steel Plate               Ebony Clothes 
Dryad                         Heart Hi-Up               Heart Mega-Up 
Skeleton Athlete              Clothing                  Card - Griffon
Mimic Candle                  Heart Up                  Gambler's Bracelet 
Evil Hand                     Prisoner's Clothes        Intelligence Ring 
Lizardman                     Card - Mandragora         Chain Plate 
Ice Demon                     Rainbow Robe              Diamond Plate 
Witch                         Mind Up                   Magical Robe 
Spearfish                     Heart Up                  Heart X-Up 
Fish-head                     Chain Plate               Mind X-Up 
abyondaruge [Shock Crawler]   Potion                    Delicious Meat 
Merman                        Gauntlet                  Meat 
Ice Armor                     Steel Plate               Card - Neptune 
Arachne                       Heart Hi-Up               Heart Mega-Up 
Fallen Angel                  Card - Saturn             Heart X-Up 
War Horse                     Meat                      Durability Bracelet 
War Wolf                      Gauntlet                  Meat 
Fox Archer                    Cotton Robe               Silk Robe 
Earth Armor                   Gauntlet                  Gold Plate 
Scary Candle                  Heart X-Up                Card - Uranus
Medusa Head                   Wristband                 Hard Ring 
ririmu [Morrigan (hehe)]      Mind Hi-Up                Dark Plate 
Ectoplasm                     Wristband                 Mind Up 
Skeleton Medalist             Toy Ring                  Bear Ring 
White Armor                   Card - Unicorn            Hi-Potion 
Devil Armor                   Card - Black Dog          Hi-Potion 

Section II - Item Effects List
These are listed in the order that they are organized in my game, and are all 
done by personal experience.  If an item you have is not on here, email me with 
the EXACT position of the item in your list and its statistical bonuses.

Equipment Name         STR   DEF   INT   LCK   Special Conditions
--------------         ----  ----  ----  ----  ------------------
Leather Plate             0   +30     0     0
Bronze Plate              0   +50     0     0
Gold Plate                0   +80     0     0
Chain Plate               0  +100     0     0
Steel Plate               0  +120     0     0
Platinum Plate            0  +150     0     0
Diamond Plate             0  +210     0     0
Mirror Plate              0  +300     0     0
Needle Plate            +10  +400     0     0
Dark Plate              -10  +550   -10   -10
Shining Plate           +10  +500   +10   +10  Found at end of Battle Arena
Cotton Robe               0   +25  +100     0
Silk Robe                 0   +40  +140     0
Rainbow Robe              0  +140  +250   +15
Magical Robe              0  +200  +300     0
Sage's Robe               0  +250  +500     0
Clothing                  0   +20     0     0
Prisoner's Clothes       +5   +20     0     0
Flashy Dress            +10   +40     0     0
Ebony Clothes           +20   +60   +10     0
Ninja Suit              +30   +80     0     0
Military Uniform        +50  +120     0   +10
Double Grip             +75   +75   +75   +75  Must equip two for stat increase
Star Bracelet (right)   +25     0   +25     0  Different bonuses for each arm
              (left)      0   +25     0   +25
Power Ring              +50   -10   -10     0
Hard Ring               -10   +50     0   -10
Intelligence Ring       -10     0   +50   -10
Lucky Ring                0   -10   -10   +50
Cursed Ring             +30   +30     0  -100
Titan's Bracelet       +100   -25   -25   -25
Durability Bracelet     -25  +100   -25   -25
Sage's Bracelet         -25   -25  +100   -25
Gambler's Bracelet      -25   -25   -25  +100
Wristband                +5     0     0     0
Gauntlet                +15     0     0     0
Arm Guard                 0   +10     0     0
Magic Glove               0     0   +10     0
Miracle Wrist             0     0     0   +10
Toy Ring                  0     0     0     0  Item description reads: "A
                                               completely useless ring."
Bear Ring              -100  -100  -100  -100  Use Pluto+Black Dog to turn into
                                               a rocket shooting bear. (But save
                                               before you use it, you take 9999
                                               damage if you get hit!)

Item Name              Effects
---------              -------
Potion                 Restores 20 HP
Meat                   Restores 50 HP
Delicious Meat         Restores 100 HP
Hi-Potion              Restores 250 HP
X-Potion               Restores full HP
Cure Poison            Obvious.
Cure Curse             See above.
Mind Up                Restores 30% MP
Mind Hi-Up             Restores 50% MP
Mind X-Up              Restores full MP
Heart Up               Restores 10 Hearts
Heart Hi-Up            Restores 25 Hearts
Heart X-Up             Restores 50 Hearts
Heart Mega-Up          Restores 100 Hearts

NOTE: If a card has "activated" by its name, you must press L as normal to
power the DSS, and then use a pad rotation from down to up (half circle),
pressing the B button as you hit Up.  Those of you inept at fighter games, worry
not, it's very easy to perform and allows you quite a bit of time.

Card Name              Basic Effects
---------              -------------
Mercury                Whip modifier.
Venus                  Statistical modifier.
Jupiter                Defensive barriers.
Mars                   New weapons (my favorite).
Diana                  "Magic" whip projectiles.
Apollo                 "Magic" explosives/thrown weapons (activated)
Neptune                Elemental absorb.
Saturn                 Familiars.
Uranus                 Summon spells! (activated)
Pluto                  Very useful abilities (+Salamander is activated)

Salamander             Fire elemental/strength.
Serpent                Ice elemental/defense.
Mandragora             Nature elemental/luck and healing.
Golem                  Earth elemental/defense.
Cockatrice             Stone elemental/defense.
Manticore              Poison elemental/subweapon aid.
Griffon                Wind elemental/speed/intelligence.
Thunderbird            Lightning elemental/melee (strength and defense).
Unicorn                Holy elemental/healing and defense.
Black Dog              Darkness elemental/strength and magical damage.

Section III - Bonus Modes
A statistical and gameplay analysis of each of the game modes.  You receive a
password to access each one after beating the game, but you can't access them
until they appear on the "Data Select" screen.

Vampire Killer Mode
Basic mode.  You start the game using this one.
Strength:     100 start  +10 per level
Defense:      100 start  +10 per level
Intelligence: 100 start  +10 per level
Luck:         100 start  +10 per level
HP:           100 start  +10 per level
MP:           100 start  +10 per level
Hearts:        50 start   +2 per level
Items note:   Can and must find everything.

Magician Mode (name your character "Fireball")
First unlocked mode.  Physically weaker, but great magical capacity.
Strength:      71 start   +7 per level
Defense:       50 start   +5 per level
Intelligence: 400 start  +40 per level
Luck:         100 start  +10 per level
HP:            50 start   +5 per level
MP:           400 start  +40 per level
Hearts:        50 start   +2 per level
Items note:   Start with all 20 cards.

Fighter Mode (name your character "Gradius")
Second unlocked mode.  Best physical strength, no use for magic.
(This is basically classic Castlevania, for you purists!)
Strength:     141 start  +14 per level
Defense:      200 start  +20 per level
Intelligence:  50 start   +5 per level
Luck:         100 start  +10 per level
HP:           200 start  +20 per level
MP:            50 start   +5 per level
Hearts:        50 start   +2 per level
Items note:   No DSS effects, thus you cannot find cards.

Shooter Mode (name your character "Crossbow")
Third unlocked mode.  Weak with normal weapons; subweapons do massively increased 
damage, and consume half as many hearts.
Strength:      71 start   +7 per level
Defense:       50 start   +5 per level
Intelligence: 100 start  +10 per level
Luck:         100 start  +10 per level
HP:            50 start   +5 per level
MP:           100 start  +10 per level
Hearts:       250 start   +5 per level
Items note:   Cards are available as well as a new subweapon, homing daggers.
              (Simply find the dagger subweapon twice and they will become homing)

Thief Mode (name your character "Dagger")
Fourth and possibly final mode.  Very weak stats, except insane amounts of Luck. 
Strength:      71 start   +7 per level
Defense:       50 start   +5 per level
Intelligence: 100 start  +10 per level
Luck:        1600 start +160 per level
HP:            50 start   +5 per level
MP:            50 start   +5 per level
Hearts:        50 start   +2 per level
Items note:   You'll be able to find everything quicker than you ever have 

Copyright 2001 [email protected], you may distribute (either print or electronic)
WITHOUT modification.  If you want to make corrections, let me know and I will 
make them myself.

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