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The Combat Cross ("Battle Cross" in the Japanese version), also called the Vampire Killer, is an ancient weapon created by Rinaldo Gandolfi and used by Gabriel in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. It is said to be given to high-ranking warriors in the Brotherhood of Light. While there are apparently many lesser Combat Crosses there is only one true Vampire Killer, the greatest weapon Gandolfi ever created. All other Combat Crosses are replicas of the weapon. The true Vampire Killer was entrusted to Gabriel Belmont, the one foreseen to defeat the Lords of Shadow, but also fall into darkness.

OverviewEdit

During Gabriel's journey, the Combat Cross is called the "Vampire Killer" by the surviving villagers of Wygol after saving them from a vampire attack.

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.

The officially sanctioned addition for the Combat Cross, and the only addition that Gabriel starts with, is the Iron Chain Whip. Forged of cast iron, then drenched in holy water and blessed, the chain whip is very effective against the evil creatures that roam the countryside.

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.

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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.

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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 make the Cross more options for hand-to-hand combat, which lead him to adding a stake to the bottom of it. 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 Combat Cross in hand and shatters it into several pieces, leaving them lying broken and forgotten within the Underworld.

Mirror of FateEdit

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 decend down walls 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 rapple 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 Combat Cross, the stake attachment that broke off in Carmilla's chest in the first game, and absconds with it as the castle collapses. [1]

Lords of Shadow 2Edit

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Gabriel reobtains the Vampire Killer.
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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 would offer to use the Vampire Killer 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.

Also, Dracula's last known descendent Victor Belmont was shown to carry another replica of the Combat Cross.

PowersEdit

Although the Combat Cross 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 the only weapon that is able to kill Dracula forever and grant his enternal rest.

GalleryEdit

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Combat Cross
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Combat Cross Components
Combat Cross Body - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
A heavy iron crucifix which hides a retractable chain inside. (...) Gabriel  Find: (start with)
Iron Chain - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
The iron chain was the first addition to the Combat Cross. (...) Gabriel  Find: (start with)
Hook Tip - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
The articulated metal tip can be used to grip objects and enemies from a great distance.(...) Gabriel  Find: The Dead Bog
Spiked Chain - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
With the spiked chain, the Combat Cross can be used to saw through obstacles and to 'tame' dangerous monsters.(...) Gabriel  Find: Underground Caves
Stake - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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
Direct Attack - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
A basic direct chain attack. Will only hit enemies directly in front of you. Skill (Basic Action)
Gabriel 
First Obtained: Start with
Sequence: [Direct Attack] = Square (PS3) or X (XBox 360) button
Area Attack - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
A basic area effect chain attack. Will hit all nearby enemies around you. Skill (Basic Action)
Gabriel 
First Obtained: Start with
Sequence: [Area Attack] = Triangle (PS3) or Y (XBox-360) button
Direct Attack Combo - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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)
Gabriel 
First Obtained: Start with
Sequence: [Direct Attack] x5
Area Attack Combo - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
A linked series of area attacks. Less powerful than a direct attack, but very useful for crowd control. Skill (Advanced Move)
Gabriel 
First Obtained: Start with
Sequence: [Area Attack] x8
Direct Heavy Combo Final - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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)
Gabriel 
Sequence: Hold [Direct Attack], [Direct Attack] x9
Chain Barrier Upgrade - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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)
Gabriel 
Sequence: Hold [Area Attack], [Area Attack]
Circular Chain - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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)
Gabriel 
Buy: 1000 SP (... Sequence: [Direct Attack], [Area Attack], [Area Attack]
Chain Saw - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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)
Gabriel 
Sequence: [Direct Attack], [Area Attack], Hold [Direct Attack]
Aerial Starters and Finishers
Rising Strike - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
This direct attack will lift up smaller enemies in front of you, allowing additional attacks to be combined with it. Skill (Advanced Move)
Gabriel 
First Obtained: Start with
Sequence: [Direct Attack] + [Jump]
Rising Assault - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
This area attack will lift up all surrounding smaller enemies, allows additional attacks to be combined with it. Skill (Advanced Move)
Gabriel 
First Obtained: Start with
Sequence: [Area Attack] + [Jump]
Guillotine Upgrade - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
After performing Guillotine: Hold the [Direct Attack] button longer to perform an upward blow after landing the Guillotine. Skill (Advanced Move)
Gabriel 
Buy: 1500 SP (... Sequence: Hold [Direct Attack] (after performing an aerial attack sequence while landing), Continue Holding [Direct Attack] (after landing)
Spinning Chain - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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)
Gabriel 
Buy: 150 SP (... Sequence: Hold [Area Attack] (while performing an aerial attack sequence)
Grabs
Grab & Interact - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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)
Gabriel 
First Obtained: Start with
Sequence: [Grab] = [Interact] = R2 (PS3) or RB (XBox 360)
Air Grab - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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)
Gabriel 
Buy: 200 SP (once Hook Tip acquired)  Sequence: [Grab] (while in the air near a small enemy on the ground)
Downward Punch - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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)
Gabriel 
Sequence: [Grab] (while in the air with an enemy in the air nearby)
Flying Kick - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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)
Gabriel 
Buy: 200 SP (once Hook Tip acquired)  Sequence: [Grab] (while in the air near a large enemy on the ground)
Other Attacks
Direct Counterstrike - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
Immediately after a synchronized block, you can unleash a devastating counter attack. Skill (Advanced Move)
Gabriel 
First Obtained: Hunting Path
Sequence: [Direct Attack] x3 (after a Synchronized Block)
Area Counterstrike - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
Immediately after a synchronized block, you can unleash a devastating area counter attack that affects surrounding enemies. Skill (Advanced Move)
Gabriel 
Sequence: [Area Attack] x3 (after Synchronized Block)
Somersault Strike - Lords of Shadow [ edit ]
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)
Gabriel 
Sequence: [Direct Attack] x3 (after Somersault, requires Cyclone Boots and Dark Gauntlet)


ReferencesEdit

  1. https://twitter.com/CastlevaniaLOS/status/311013685730627584

See AlsoEdit

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    • Yep, but now Dracula has his old weapon in his possession. Still want to know if he is ever going to go through with ending his and his so...
    • About that...https://twitter.com/kiddracul/status/445989837724995584
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