While I was farming for Alamaric Sniper and Ghost Dancer souls, I had something happen where it looked like a Sniper was going to give me a soul, but I didn't actually get one. Instead, this red magic circle-looking thing was left behind in the air for a few seconds, along with a pair of wings. Eventually, the wings disappeared, and the circle expanded and faded away.

Mysterious red magic circle with wings

Mysterious red magic circle without wings

Mysterious red magic circle fading away

I only had 7 Sniper souls at the time, so it wasn't that I was maxed out. I've tried researching it myself, but searches about "magic circle" tend to lead to Magic Seals, and searches about souls not dropping tend to lead to complaints about drop rates, so I haven't had any luck. If it matters, I'm playing on DeSmuME 0.9.7.

Is this an actual part of the game, or just a glitch of some sort?

In response to the Arc Demon suggestion: I've found a Dawn of Sorrow Arc Demon sprite sheet on this site. While they also use red magic circles, the designs aren't very similar, so I'm afraid that can't be it. Among other things, this circle has a star in the center, while the Arc Demon one does not.

Comparison of magic circles


It is probably a glitch. Arch Demons and other enemies use this sprite when spawning and attacking, so the game may have loaded the wrong sprite. Here is the link.

arc demon spawning

  • Do you have a source for this? – B. S. Morganstein Jun 5 '17 at 14:21
  • [castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/Arc_Demon] here is a link to the page. The section "dawn of sorrow" explains that arc demons 'summon magic seals to summon fire balls to attack' I can't remember the other enemies that use the 'magic seals' right now. – The Mattbat999 Jun 5 '17 at 15:24
  • [castlevania.wikia.com/wiki/Amalaric_Sniper] this page doesn't state of any intent of this of this, so it probably wasn't, therefore it being a bug/glitch – The Mattbat999 Jun 5 '17 at 15:35
  • This sounds promising. Could you edit the above information into your answer and provide a picture of the magic seal of the Arc Demon (or other enemy as appropriate) for comparison purposes? – Michaellogg Jun 6 '17 at 20:20
  • Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be it. I've updated my question with clearer pictures and a comparison. – Michaellogg Jun 8 '17 at 2:06

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