The Hunter Whip makes its only appearance in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon and is the main character Nathan Graves' weapon. Unlike the chain whip known as Vampire Killer Whip, the Hunter's Whip is a leather whip and cannot be held limp. Instead,,when the attack button is held, Nathan will spin the whip very fast around his body, doing minimal damage to anything that comes near.
It was used by Morris Baldwin and Nathan Graves's parents to vanquish Dracula. When Nathan's parents died, Morris took him as a discliple along with his own son Hugh Baldwin, intending to choose one of them as a successor when they had reached adulthood. While Hugh, as Morris's son (and the better fighter, or so he claimed), expected to obtain the whip, Morris instead chose Nathan, leading to bad blood between the two disciples.
In gameplay, the Hunter Whip plays a more pivitol role in magic casting than the Vampire Killer. Nathan is able to imbue his whip with different elements, have it shoot projectiles and even change it into other weapons such as swords and hammers- even a magic handgun.
It's possible that the Hunter Whip is simply another name for the Vampire Killer Whip. Evidence can be found in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia when both times the Vampire Killer is mentioned, it is referred to as "the holy whip" instead of by name. Either that or it was a similar whip made with alchemy (as it changed depending on which tarot cards were equiped).
- ↑ Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Manual page 20. Nathan Graves (player) is the chosen successor to wield the "Hunter Whip"