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The Shield Rod is a weapon found only in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Because SotN is the only game in the Castlevania series with shields, it is also the only one to contain the Shield Rod. The Shield Rod is a low-end, slow club weapon that deals Hit damage and has a small defense boost, but its major utility comes from the "Shield Rod Spells" it can be used to cast.

To cast a Shield Rod Spell, Alucard must have a shield equipped in his other hand. Both attack buttons are then pressed: the resulting effect costs a set amount of MP, and what happens depends on the shield used, with a different effect for each. See below for a list of effects. It should be noted that persistent effects do not require the Shield Rod to still be equipped.

The Shield Rod also has a special command move that creates a Gradius "Option" in front of Alucard: while this may seem useless, this Option can block anything a shield can, functioning as a sort of temporary sub-shield.

The Mablung Sword ("Lemuria Sword" in the Japanese version) has an undocumented ability to cast Shield Rod Spells, and also higher damage output and the same defense bonus, plus it is slightly faster to wield, though it cannot create Gradius options.

Item DataEdit

Item Data: Shield Rod
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Shield Rod Icon Shield Rod - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Extra Effective With Shield Club
Alucard 
ATT +11, DEF +2
Find: Colosseum
Effect: Flail (slow)
Special: ←→ + [Attack] for Gradius Shield; Hold Shield + [Attack]x2 for equipped shield's Shield Rod Spell
Shields
Leather Shield Icon Leather Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Leather Shield - Low DEF Shield
Alucard 
DEF +1
Buy: $400 Find: Alchemy Laboratory
Drop: Slinger, Stone Rose
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (10 MP) - Defense Up (DEF +20)
Knight Shield Icon Knight Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Armored Knight's Shield Shield
Alucard 
DEF +2
Find: Colosseum (just outside Royal Chapel)
Drop: Spectral Sword, Slinger
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell - Attack Up (ATK +20)
Iron Shield Icon Iron Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Hard Iron Shield Shield
Alucard 
DEF +2
Buy: $3,980 Drop: Winged Guard
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (20 MP) - Giant Sword Attack
Alucard Shield Icon Alucart Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Resembles Family Shield Shield
Alucard 
DEF +0
Find: Marble Gallery
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (10 MP) - ? appears above Alucard's head, no effect but wasted MP. Equip with Alucart Sword and Alucart Mail for Alucart status (LCK +30)
Shaman Shield Icon Shaman Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Shield Used In Magic Ritual Shield
Alucard 
DEF +4
Find: Clock Tower
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (10 MP) - Intelligence Up (INT +20)
Herald Shield Icon Herald Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Shield With Heart Crest Shield
Alucard 
DEF +4
Find: Underground Caverns
Effect: Projectile Block that gains hearts
Special: Shield Rod Spell - Protection from Fire and Thunder
AxeLord Shield Icon AxeLord Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Favorite Shield of Axe Lords Shield
Alucard 
DEF +3
Drop: Axe Knight
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (20 MP) - Summon Axe Lord
Medusa Shield Icon Medusa Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Gorgon-Headed Shield Shield
Alucard 
DEF +1, ATK +13
Drop: Medusa Head
Effect: Projectile Block and shield attack
Special: Shield Rod Spell (30 MP) - Laser Attack
Skull Shield Icon Skull Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Shield With Knight's Crest Shield
Alucard 
DEF +4
Drop: Bone Ark, Yorick, Skull Lord
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (40 MP) - Giant Laser Attack
Goddess Shield Icon Goddess Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Engraved With Goddess Image Shield
Alucard 
DEF +4
Find: Necromancy Lab
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (40MP) - Protection from Dark
Dark Shield Icon Dark Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Unholy Dark Shield Shield
Alucard 
DEF +3, ATK +10
Drop: Malachi
Effect: Projectile Block and shield attack
Special: Shield Rod Spell (30 MP) - Meteor Attack
Fire Shield Icon Fire Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Shield With Fire Properties Shield
Alucard 
Attrib: Immunity vs Fire when equipped
DEF +4
Drop: Fire Demon
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (50 MP) - Flame Attack
Alucard Shield Icon Alucard Shield - Symphony of the Night [ edit ]
Strong Versus All Attacks Shield
Alucard 
DEF +5
Find: Starts with (and loses), Reverse Caverns
Effect: Projectile Block with increases hearts
Special: Shield Rod Spell (20 MP) - Offensive shield, 255 damage, Soul Steal, +1 heart and 3 seconds invulnerability on contact, 80 second duration (decreases only when shield is held up), holding shield drains MP
Satquip-ivy Woodland Shield - Symphony of the Night (Saturn-only) [ edit ]
The shield at which a tree soul dwell (fragrance of the rose) Shield
Alucard 
DEF +3
Drop: Venus Man Trap (Saturn only)
Effect: Projectile Block
Special: Shield Rod Spell (30 MP) - Vine Attack

Shield Rod spellsEdit

Note: The following names are not official.

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