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A Familiar (使い魔 Tsukaima) is an eidolon summoned by the player. Familiars can take many forms, such as bats, ghosts and imps, among many others, or they could be formed from the souls of captured enemies. Their most common purpose is to provide the player with support skills. Some Familiars may also use special attacks to assist the player in combat.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night marks the first appearance of any such summoned creature in the Castlevania series.

Game-Specific InformationEdit

Castlevania: Symphony of the NightEdit

Alucard can call five Familiars by locating Card relics scattered throughout the game's two castles. Only one of these may be active at any time during gameplay. They include:

The Demon Card can be found in the Abandoned Pit to the Catacomb. The player will find a switch in a wall that cannot be hit. The Demon Card can be found by going one room down and one room to the left.
The Faerie Card can be found in the Long Library. It is located at the top left door of the largest room. This room can be reached by changing into a bat or by jump kicking off of Spellbooks after acquiring the Leap Stone.
The Ghost Card is in the very top of the Castle Keep at the top of the map. It is at the top of the broken staircase, along with some other useful items.
The Bat Card can be found in the room where Slogra and Gaibon were fought at the beginning of the game. It is in the upper right corner of the room and can be reached either by using Bat Form or by double jumping to reach it.
The Sword Card can be found in Olrox's Quarters. Take the lower left door in the large room with the fountain. In this hallway, that leads to the Royal Chapel, find the breakable ceiling and go up.

In the Japanese and the Dracula X Chronicles version, there's also a Nose Demon Familiar and a Fairy Familiar, in addition to the pre-existent Familiar types.

Item Data: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Card Icon Faerie Card (Essence of Faerie) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Summons "Faerie" Familiar Relic (Familiar)
Alucard 
Find: Long Library
Card Icon Bat Card (Essence of Bat) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Summons "Bat" Familiar Relic (Familiar)
Alucard 
Find: Alchemy Laboratory
Card Icon Demon Card (Tiny Devil's Essence) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Summons "Devil" Familiar Relic (Familiar)
Alucard 
Find: Abandoned Pit to the Catacomb
Card Icon Ghost Card (Essence of Ghost) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Summons "Ghost" Familiar Relic (Familiar)
Alucard 
Find: Castle Keep
Card Icon Sword Card (Essence of Sword) - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Summons "Sword" Familiar Relic (Familiar)
Alucard 
Find: Olrox's Quarters
Card Icon N Demon Card (Essence of Nose Demon) - Symphony of the Night (Japanese and DXC-only) [ edit ]
Summons "N Demon" Familiar Relic (Familiar)
Alucard 
Find: Colosseum
Card Icon Fairy Card (Essence of Half-Faerie) - Symphony of the Night (Japanese and DXC-only) [ edit ]
Summons "Fairy" Familiar Relic (Familiar)
Alucard 
Find: Olrox's Quarters
Summon Suzaku (jpn) - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
' Spell (Summon / Familiar / (Holy Beast)
Maria 
Consume: 18 MP  Find: Starts with.
Sequence: ↑↗→↘↓ + [FIRE]
Effect: Summons an Owl Familiar


Castlevania: Aria of SorrowEdit

The only familiars used by Soma Cruz in this game are:

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowEdit

Soma Cruz can summon familiars after absorbing certain enemies' souls. All of them are guardian souls.

Castlevania: Curse of DarknessEdit

Main article: Innocent Devil

Creatures that aid Hector in Curse of Darkness are not called "familiars" but instead Innocent Devils.

Castlevania: Order of EcclesiaEdit

Order of Ecclesia - Term List - 11

Shanoa may summon the aid of some creatures by equipping certain glyphs on her back. These familiars vary greatly in speed, attack power, aggressiveness, and may even inflict status ailments to enemies, like Poison or Stone.

Each familiar can be leveled-up up to three times by absorbing more glyphs of the same familiar type. They can also level up by letting them kill enemies, although this process is much slower.

  • Absorbing 15 glyphs will increase the familiar to Level 2.
  • Absorbing 30 glyphs will increase the familiar to Level 3.

Familiars have a base ATK that is affected by Shanoa's own STR or INT at the time of summoning. They are also affected by Shanoa's Attribute Points. However, the familiar's ATK will not be affected by any changes after it is summoned. A good strategy to benefit from this behavior is by boosting Shanoa's own specific stats corresponding to those of the familiar that will be summoned, no matter the cost to other stats. After the familiar has been summoned, the player may then switch to any other apparel they want, while the familiar will keep its enhanced stats for the duration of the summon.

Item Data: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (edit)
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Fidelis Caries Icon Fidelis Caries - Order of Ecclesia [ edit ]
Summon zombies that fight to the death. Back Glyph
Shanoa 
Attrib: Strike
Consume: 80 MP 
ATK +2
Steal: Necromancer
Effect: Summons Zombies.
Fidelis Alate Icon Fidelis Alate - Order of Ecclesia [ edit ]
Summon guardians to glide down from above. Back Glyph
Shanoa 
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 80 MP 
ATK +3
Drop: Winged Skeleton
Effect: Summons Winged Skeletons.
Fidelis Polkir Icon Fidelis Polkir - Order of Ecclesia [ edit ]
Summon Polkir to descend on your enemies. Back Glyph
Shanoa 
Attrib: Flame
Consume: 80 MP 
ATK +4
Drop: Polkir
Effect: Summons Polkir.
Fidelis Noctua Icon Fidelis Noctua - Order of Ecclesia [ edit ]
Summon owls to soundlessly descend. Back Glyph
Shanoa 
Attrib: Slash
Consume: 80 MP 
ATK +3
Drop: Owl
Effect: Summons an Owl.
Fidelis Medusa Icon Fidelis Medusa - Order of Ecclesia [ edit ]
Summon Medusa Heads in a strangely familiar pattern. Back Glyph
Shanoa 
Attrib: Stone
Consume: 80 MP 
ATK +1
Drop: Gorgon Head
Effect: Summons Medusa Heads.
Fidelis Aranea Icon Fidelis Aranea - Order of Ecclesia [ edit ]
Summon skull spiders to skitter about when needed. Back Glyph
Shanoa 
Attrib: Slash, Poison
Consume: 80 MP 
ATK +2
Drop: Skull Spider
Effect: Summons Skull Spiders.
Special: Poisons enemies.
Fidelis Mortus Icon Fidelis Mortus - Order of Ecclesia [ edit ]
Summon a lively assortment of the dead. Back Glyph
Shanoa 
Attrib: Strike, Curse
Consume: 80 MP 
ATK +5
Drop: Jiang Shi
Effect: Summons Jiang Shi.
Special: Curses enemies.


Castlevania: Harmony of DespairEdit

Soma Cruz is the only character able to utilize familiars in Harmony of Despair. He has a wide variety of familiars, including several "Retro" familiars to this game.

Item Data: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (edit)
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Ghost - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Summon a Ghost as a familiar. Guardian Soul (Familiar)
Soma 
Consume: 2 MP  ATK +4
Rarity: **
Steal: Ghost (2.8%)
Bat - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Summon a Bat as a familiar. Guardian Soul (Familiar)
Soma 
Consume: 2 MP  ATK +4
Rarity: **
Steal: Bat (2.8%)
Gaibon - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Summon Gaibon as a familiar. Guardian Soul (Familiar)
Soma 
Consume: 2 MP  ATK +8
Steal: Gaibon (3.5%)
First Obtained: Chapter 9
R. Raven - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Summon an 8-bit raven as a familiar. Guardian Soul (Familiar)
Soma 
Attrib: ATK +2
Consume: 6 MP 
Steal: R. Raven (5.5%)
First Obtained: Chapter 10
R. Vampire Bat - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Summon an 8-bit bat as a familiar. Guardian Soul (Familiar)
Soma 
ATK +2
Steal: R. Vampire Bat (5.5%)
First Obtained: Chapter 10
Effect: 1 MP
R. Ghost - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Summon an 8-bit ghost as a familiar. Guardian Soul (Familiar)
Soma 
Consume: 6 MP  ATK +2
Steal: R. Ghost (5.5%)
First Obtained: Chapter 10
R. Skele-Dragon - Harmony of Despair [ edit ]
Summon an 8-bit skele-dragon as a familiar. Guardian Soul (Familiar)
Soma 
Consume: 8 MP  ATK +2
Steal: R. Skele-Dragon (5.5%)
First Obtained: Chapter 10

TriviaEdit

  • The term "Familiar" has also been used historically as a reference to any of a witch's companion spirits. References to witches, witchcraft and associated practices are frequently used in the Castlevania series.
  • The concept of familiars is one of many series of elements borrowed from console role-playing games, where similar creatures are commonplace.

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