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The Dual Set-Up System, abbreviated DSS in game, is a gameplay mechanic introduced in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. The game's protagonist, Nathan Graves, can collect magical cards and combine their effects for a variety of magical abilities, from changing his whip into different weapons, to summoning creatures to attack.

To create a DSS effect, Nathan must possess at least one Action Card and one Attribute Card, and select one of each type in the DSS menu. At first, the description of a specific card combination is still unknown (indicated by ???). The player needs to activate them in-game in order for the description to be displayed, along with the corresponding stat bonuses. These cards are dropped from specific enemies, and once obtained, are never lost or used up. DSS effects consume MP, some by each use of the skill and some by the amount of time the skill is deployed.

Action CardsEdit

Card Description Effect Dropped by Location
Mercury
Mercury
"Mercury, the messenger of the gods. Has the potential of strength." Alters Nathan's whip strength and element. Cotmbonehead
Bone Head
Catacomb
Venus
Venus
"Venus, goddess of love and beauty. Has the potential of enhancement." Raises Nathan's base statistics. Slime
Slime
Abyss Stairway, Audience Room, Catacomb
Jupiter
Jupiter
"Jupiter, god of the heavens and the leader of Olympus. Has the potential of defense." Creates barriers of various elements. Heatshade
Heat Shade
Machine Tower
Mars
Mars
"Mars, god of war. Has the potential of change." Alters Nathan's whip into other weapons. Bloodysword
Bloody Sword
Chapel Tower
Diana
Diana
"Diana, goddess of the moon and hunting. Has the potential of creation." Creates various projectiles thrown when Nathan swings his whip. Cotmmaneater
Man Eater
Underground Gallery
Apollo
Apollo
"Apollo, god of the sun, music, and prophecy. Has the potential to create explosives." Gives Nathan various abilities usable with the combination [Down, Towards, Up] + B. Archdemon
Arch Demon
Underground Warehouse
Neptune
Neptune
"Neptune, god of the seas. Has the potential of healing." Makes Nathan take MP damage from elemental abilities, while recovering his HP Icearmor
Ice Armor
Underground Waterway
Saturn
Saturn
"Saturn, god of agriculture and the father of Jupiter. Has the potential of a familiar." Summons a familiar that follows Nathan. Most attack in tandem. Fallangel
Fallen Angel
Chapel Tower, outside the Battle Arena
Uranus
Uranus
"Uranus, former god of the heavens. Has the potential of summoning." Allows Nathan to summon the Attribute creatures with the combination [Down, Towards, Up] + B. Scarycand
Scary Candle
Iron Golem boss room
Pluto
Pluto
"Pluto, god of the underworld. Has the potential of special." Bestows a number of strange and various effects on Nathan. Trickcand
Trick Candle
Cerberus boss room

Attribute CardsEdit

Card Description Dropped by Location
Salamander card
Salamander
"A lizard bathed in flames. Embodiment of the flame spirit, Salamander. Has the power of Fire." Bombskele
Skeleton Bomber
Cotm imp
Imp
Catacomb, Underground Warehouse
Serpent card
Serpent
"The Serpent is said to be a dragon swimming in the sea. Has the power of Ice." Earthdemon
Earth Demon
Holyarmor
Holy Armor
Catacomb, Underground Warehouse
Mandragora card
Mandragora
"The Mandragora is represented as a humanoid with roots instead of feet. Has the power of Plants." Axearmor cotm
Axe Armor
Cotmlizardman
Lizardman
Audience Room, Underground Waterway
Golem card
Golem
"The Golem is a mockery of man made from clay. Has the power of Earth." Elecskele2
Electric Skeleton
Cotmminotaur
Minotaur
Audience Room, Observation Tower
Cockatrice card
Cockatrice
"The Cockatrice is said to have the ability to turn things to stone. Has the power of Stone." Stonearmor
Stone Armor
Mantis
Death Mantis
Machine Tower, Underground Gallery
Manticore card
Manticore
"The Manticore is said to have the body of a lion and the venomous tail of a scorpion. Power of Poison." Thunderdemon
Thunder Demon
Succubus cotm
Succubus
Machine Tower, Audience Room
Griffon card
Griffin
"The Griffin is said to have the head and wings of a Eagle and body of a lion. Has the power of Wind." Skeleath
Skeleton Athlete
Cotmsiren
Siren
Audience Room, Underground Waterway
Thunderbird card
Thunderbird
"The legendary Thunderbird is said to have been able to release lightning. Has the power of Electricity." Werepanther
Were-Panther
Dullahan
Dullahan
Chapel Tower, Observation Tower
Unicorn card
Unicorn
"The Unicorn is said to have been white with a single holy horn on its forehead. Has the power of Light." Whitearmor
White Armor
Battle Arena
Black Dog card
Black Dog
"The Black Dog is said to consume darkness. Has the power of Darkness." Devilarmor
Devil Armor
Battle Arena

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