Gamer’s Guide To DmC: Devil May Cry
When I first started my journey into DmC, I felt this instant connection to it. I could just play it well and not completely and utterly suck at every enemy encounter within the game. See, I’m usually extremely bad at hack-and-slash games and even with the previous Devil May Cry’s I sucked a big one. But something just clicked inside of me with this game. I was throwing stylish moves and knocking out enemies like they were nothing in no time. Before I knew it I had played 60 hours in the space of 7 days (holidays are great) and got a full 1000 GamerScore for the game. For that I had to complete 5 difficulty levels, collect all the collectibles, kill 5000 demons total, do all the secret missions and finally get a SSS-rank on every mission on the Nephilim setting which is essentially the “Hard” difficulty.
As you can clearly see, I was pretty obsessed with the game. I didn’t sleep until I did absolutely everything I could. With this, I would now like to help you out with some of the techniques I figured out for different enemies and just usual survival tips that would help you not die and get those ranks quickly. Note that most of these tips are only fully usable if you’re doing a second playthrough with all your weapons and most of your upgrades, but it’s also useful for the first one.
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Survival And Rank Building
The only real survival technique you have on you is the ability to dodge. There are two types of dodges at your disposal if you upgrade them in your Abilities and those are Angel Evade and Demon Evade. Let’s start with the simpler of the two. Angel Evade gives you the skill to teleport yourself a lot further than the regular dodge. This can be a crucial tool in your arsenal especially with larger enemies with broad attacks such as the Butcher and the Tyrant. It’s also particularly useful with quick enemies that use quick attacks such as the Rage and the Witch. Make it a habit to use this dodge every time something attacks in quick succession or if the attack is big and is tough to avoid. The reason for this is that it grants you a little bit of invincibility that you can use to your advantage. You can be a teleporting madman waiting for the perfect time to strike if you so choose.
Demon Evade is the more useful of the two. When used correctly it gives you a significant damage boost to your weapons, most notably the Demonic weapons Arbiter and Eryx. This is amazingly useful because it dispatches enemies like they are nothing with its massive damage capabilities just as long as you don’t get hit in the process. When used right it can dispatch a high HP foe such as the Butcher in just a few seconds. The Demon Evade has to be done at precisely the right time before an enemy’s attack so it can be a little tricky to pull off at first, but with enough practice it can become second nature to you. By using Demon Evade effectively I have completed levels filled with strong enemies with almost no damage done to Dante at all.
Combat rank building almost directly coincides with Demon Evade seeing as just a few hits from a fully charged Arbiter can throw you into the S ranks in just one hit and more so if it’s done to a more powerful enemy. Rebellion is also a very good weapon to increase your rank score seeing as it does a considerable amount of damage. The combat rank system works in such a way that it mainly counts the damage you are doing to an enemy to improve the rank. This can be used to your advantage in more ways than one. You can use the mentioned Demon Evade trick or use Rebellion on weaker enemies in quick succession to improve your score. Once you get the hang of this you will get SSS ranks in no time at all.
Another skill that you can use to gain the upper hand is surprisingly the Angel Glide. Using that you can gain yourself some breathing time to formulate strategies or just use it to get away from more menacing enemies. This works surprisingly well against Rages when they, you know, rage and start spinning around Sonic the Hedgehog style.
There are many attacks available to you as you get your weapons, but the best attacks must be purchased with upgrade points. Thankfully, these are easily obtainable in the beginning of the game and before you know it you will have these attacks at your disposal. There are a lot more attacks, but I found these the most useful.
Rebellion’s Overdrive: An attack where you charge up your sword and it send out ranged slashes to your enemies. It has high damage and is capable of killing enemies from a distance very quickly. It’s also a very nice crowd control attack where it can attack multiple enemies at the same time. It builds ranks like crazy too. This attack is probably the most useful attack of the whole game because it’s both ranged and powerful. Two very important components for surviving. It’s also risky because when the animation plays for the attack, you can’t dodge so that leaves you vulnerable to attacks from nearby enemies.
Arbiter’s Trinity Smash: The powerhouse attack of your whole arsenal. It’s extremely powerful and can destroy enemies in no time. It’s a bit slow to initiate, but when you do it deals massive damage and devastates anything it touches. Even better when you have the Demon Evade bonus added into the smash.
Aquila’s Round Trip: The attack that will probably save you a lot of hassle. This attack can help you keep enemies away and lets you focus on tougher enemies that are busting your balls. It’s also useful to use the Arbiter at its full force especially on weaker enemies because it doesn’t send them flying off into a corner, it holds them in place. Couple this with Trinity Smash and you’re golden.
Aquila’s Tornado: This attack is the ultimate crowd control move especially against weaker enemies such as the Stygians and Minor Rages. When you use Tornado it takes all the enemies along with you so by the end of the attack you have multiple enemies bundled into one corner. You can then use Rebellion and deal damage against the large group at once or even better yet, use Arbiter.
Osiris’ Shredder: Shredder can help you immensely with Ghost Rages because it keeps them in the air and away from mauling you with their extremely fast attacks. It’s also useful when you want to juggle multiple opponents at once.
Stygians are the basic “cannon fodder” enemies that appear throughout the whole game. There are three types of Stygians: Lesser, Normal and Elite. All function basically the same, but with different health and capabilities. They are easily dispatched with any weapon you choose and no real strategy has to be implemented for them. Have fun and slash away.
Ravagers are enemies with chainsaw arms. Won’t get a better explanation than that. They are extremely annoying in pairs because they can just juggle you with their long attacks for as long as they want. they charge at you with considerable speed and it’s sometimes tricky to avoid them. The key to defeating them quickly is to keep them occupied as much as possible. The best way is to use the Aquila’s Round Trip attack seeing as it interrupts their storming attack in its tracks, but you can also just launch them in the air and dispatch them with Rebellion. A tricky, but effective method is to use the Rebellion’s Overdrive attack that can take them out from a distance. The risk of this is that they can sometimes charge at you and interrupt the attack.
Knights are enemies that use shields for their primary defense. They block almost all attacks except from demonic weapons and some angelic weapon moves. There are three types: Death, Frost and Hell. Death Knights are easy because they can be taken out with Arbiter or Eryx and the most effective method to defeat them is to use the Arbiter’s Tremor attack that sends them flying into the air and allows you to juggle them with Rebellion. Frost Knights are the most annoying because angelic weapons don’t do a lot of damage to them, but their weakness is the Osiris’ Shredder that sends them hurtling into the air and destroys their shield. It’s worth noting that Round Trip does a lot for you when they lose their shields. Hell Knights have the same tactic as Death Knights. Also note that on both the Death and Hell Knights you can use Demon Pull to remove their shields to make them a little easier.
Bathos And Pathos
These flying bastards can be a huge annoyance because they can mess up your combo if you don’t dispatch them quickly enough. The easiest method of taking them out is with Demon Pull and a subsequent shot from the Revenant into their faces. These enemies also carry around a shield sometimes and you just have to Demon Pull them twice and then shoot them in the face. Overdrive also works wonders, but it can be tricky to aim the attack at them especially if there are multiple enemies on the ground. Good camera angling can fix that problem.
Harpies deal quick attacks and are also very annoying when you want to build a combo because their attacks literally come out of nowhere sometimes. When you see a group make sure they take priority before you take anything else on. As the game explained when you meet them you can shoot their wings off with firearms. Revenant is a godsend when it comes to these bastards because it sometimes takes their wings out in one shot. Just Angel Lift towards them and shoot them right in their faces and take them out on the ground. A good strategy for when you don’t really want to deal with them is to shoot their wings off when they are flying above a hole in the ground or any place with a long drop and they will fall to their deaths.
Tyrants were always my favorite enemy to fight because they gave me a SSS combat ranking in a matter of seconds. The trick here is to wait until they charge you and carefully Demon Evade out of the way. Then turn around and Demon Pull them to the ground and start whacking them with your charged Arbiter. Works wonders for your combo and also your score. Their charge is easy to avoid and with practice you can perfectly Demon Evade every time and kill them rather quickly. Just watch out when they go into rage mode because they can be quite formidable then. They do tend to cool off pretty quickly so you don’t have much to worry about.
Absolutely the most annoying common enemy on later difficulties. Their constant shields and swords will always manage to piss you off. The trick with them is to use Round Trip on them at all times even when it destroys their shield. Also a tactic to use is to Demon Pull her summoned swords and throw them back at her, sometimes breaking her shield for you. She’s pretty vulnerable when her shield goes down so once you get the shield down use Round Trip, Angel Lift to her and start going to town with either Arbiter or Rebellion.
These big saw-toting bastards can be a real challenge at times. They throw saw blades at you from a distance and their close range attacks also devastate your health. There are two ways to deal with these guys: the safe and slow way and the risky way. The safe and slow way is to just stay at a distance and use Overdrive. It works wonders and can sometimes take them out in only a few charges. Be careful though because they might throw saw blades at you while you’re doing the attack and you have no way to dodge them. The risky way is to go right at their tank and start hitting with Arbiter or Eryx. When he tries to hit you from close range, perfectly Demon Evade out of the way and use that wonderful damage boost to kill them quickly. The risks of this are obvious because you might not always evade on time. Just make sure you stay away when his tank starts exploding. Also, Angel Evade works well with their long range saw attacks.
These quick puppies can be a real nuisance at times because of their extremely fast and devastating attacks. Once again, Round Trip is particularly useful with them whether they’re in a pack or are individual. It keeps them incapacitated so you can use your heavy attacks against them however you want. There are also three types of rages similar to the Death Knights: Normal, Ghost and Blood. Normal Rages are simple enough if you follow the Round Trip trick and attack them whenever you can. Ghosts are the hardest of the bunch because they only take damage from angelic weapons, but like Frost Knights, Shredder works wonders for them as well as Round Trip. Blood Rages can only be damaged with demonic weapons so Round Trip is out of the picture, but you can use Eryx’s uppercut to quickly get them in the air and juggle them. Demon Pull is also very useful.
This goes for all three: When they start raging and start doing that powerful spin attack, your best bet is to jump and Angel Glide around until they are calm again. Don’t try to engage them when they are on full rage because they will make you a new asshole.
Saved the best for last. These lightning fast fuckers are probably the most annoying of all the enemy types. They are easy enough alone, but in pairs they are just horrible. Dreamrunners are super agile and can block or parry your attacks almost every time. They key to defeating one is to wait until he does that teleporting move he does, wait until you hear the sound of the next teleport spot and quickly Demon Evade out of the way. You have about a 3-4 second window in which he is vulnerable to your attacks and if you managed to get the Demon Evade perfectly you can hit him with Arbiter, but preferably Eryx because of its faster attacks. Another way is to use the Revenant’s Charge Shot when he comes out of the portal and make him explode while he is waltzing about, making him vulnerable to your attacks.
In pairs, these fuckers are horrible, but they only spawn in twos when you’re on a higher difficulty with remixed enemy waves. You can use the methods I have provided, but chances are you’re going to get slashed so your best course of action is to activate Devil Trigger and dispatch them quickly. They aren’t hard once you learn their pattern by heart so don’t worry about them too much. You can sometimes take one out without ever losing health.
DmC’s combat is all about practice. Once you learn how to take out enemies effectively you will have an absolute blast. After playing my 5 playthroughs, I started again on Nephilim for the SSS ranks and I hardly lost health let alone died. You can become absolutely amazing at this game if you just put some time into it. Now go out there and slay some demons.