The power of the Vampire Killer whip
|Type||Whip (Holy Weapon)|
|First Appearance||Castlevania (NES)|
|Used By||Rinaldo Gandolfi|
The Belmont Clan
Some games that featured the whip included several power-ups for the weapon. In the first few games they simply got more powerful and longer, and of course changed its appearance.
The original version of the whip was known as the Whip of Alchemy, forged by the alchemist Rinaldo Gandolfi in 1089. It was created after the Vampire Lord Walter Bernhard tainted his daughter, which resulted in the death of his wife and son. Swearing vengeance, he decided create a weapon powerful enough to destroy the creatures of the night. Gandolfi eventually challenged Walter but the whip was not powerful enough to even scratch him, Walter then allowed Gandolfi to escape so he would continue to "entertain" him.
 Becoming the Vampire Killer
In 1094, Gandalfi had since set up a shop in a cabin within Eternal Night to help those who wish to challenge Walter. This is when the whip is given to Leon Belmont, a man hoping to rescue his betrothed from Walter. Gandolfi hoped that Leon would be powerful enough to finally kill Walter, but the whip's magic was simply incapable of hurting a vampire of Walter's stature while in it's simple alchemic state. After Leon finds that Sara, his betrothed, has been tainted by Walter, Gandolfi reveals a secret he learned from "The Book" that belonged to Mathias and his family. The book told of a way make alchemic weapons effective against any creature of the night, but at a high cost. To complete the ritual, the owner of the weapon must fuse the tainted soul of a loved one into it. Realizing there is no other way, Sara wishes to be sacrificed to prevent others from suffering her fate. The decision is more difficult for Leon to face, but Gandafi convinces him that it must be done and participates in the ritual. After the debate is resolved Gandolfi recites a cryptic incantation, instructing Leon to strike Sara down at the right moment. As she died, her soul was converted into a brilliant flash of purple energy that was absorbed into the weapon. The result is the whip that would later be dubbed the Vampire Killer.