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    Bloody Palace Guide by Excruciatix

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    DEVIL MAY CRY 4
    Secret Mission Cross-Console Guide v1.10 (Feb 20, 2008)
    By Excruciatix
    
    Ver. History
    
    1.00 <02/20/08> FAQ Submitted
    0.80 <02/20/08> Started FAQ
    
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    Quite possibly the hardest "Mode" of DMC4 is the Bloody Palace. Taking you
    through 90 levels of pure and utter chaos without your mommy to hold your
    hand and comfort you, your only hope for survival is to hack and slash
    with both style and speed on your trek to become the King of the Palace.
    
    I myself am not very good at the Bloody Palace, but I will post an
    in depth-guide based on various information that I've found (with credit)
    on various message boards and forums into one place, to hopefully ease your
    pain while traversing this bloody palace. (Hah pun) Moving on...
    
    I don't normally put a table of contents in my FAQ's but for this one, I'm
    pretty sure it will be lengthy so I will make one for this as I go along.
    
    
    
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    (Use Ctrl-F with the code to jump sections.)
    
    Bloody Palace Explained..............[BPEXX]
    
    Timing is Everything.................[TIEXX]
         Demon Time Bonus List...........[DTBXX]
         Style/Stage Bonus List..........[SBLXX]
    
    The Stage is Set for Demons!.........[TSSXX]
         Stage to Demon Guide............[STDXX]
    
    Ultimate Monster Guide...............[UMGXX]
    
    XBOX Achievements....................[360XX]
    
    Credits and Other Junk...............[CREXX]
    
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    Bloody Palace Explained [BPEXX]
    
    The Bloody Palace is basically a times survival mode that 
    consists of 101 levels, each increasing with difficulty. The difficulty 
    increase can either be through more mobs, higher health, or a boss fight. 
    Boss fights occur every 20 levels, plus the 101st level where you have to 
    fight Dante (Dante vs. Dante?!?! IMPOSTER!).
    
    NO CHECKPOINTS, NO SAVES, NO ITEMS O_O
    
    In order to unlock Bloody Palace, you must first beat Devil Hunter mode. By
    no means however does this mean you are CAPABLE of doing well in Bloody 
    Palace once you have unlocked it.
    
    Basic Prerequisites:
    
    -A Full Health Bar
    
         This is a quintessential part of being in Bloody Palace. Unless you
         have no life at all, are some sort of gaming genius, or just very,
         very, very, very lucky; A full health bar is reccomended before
         getting in here.
    
    -A Full Devil Trigger Guage
    
         This helps you out 3 ways. Firstly it helps you get style points faster.
         Second, it helps you kill things a lot faster than normal, thereby
         helping you progress faster. Most importantly (!!!!) however, is this is
         your secondary source of health. The only mobs that give health orbs
         in bloody palace are Scarecrows (Very rarely), Chimeras (Rarely), and
         Gladiuses (Commonly). And even then, these only give you one or 2 bars
         of health per mob that drops, so having DT is VERY important.
    
    -Skill sets
    
         The skills you use directly impact your style points, and therefore
         your chances of survival and beating the clock. The skills that you
         know and want to learn are entirely up to you. The only thing that
         I would absolutely reccomend is having a full Style Skillset for Dante
         (Which you should easily get, only about 50k orbs), and the MAX-Act
         Skill for Nero which is very important to have and master for BP since
         this affects your style points as well.
    
    This being a timed survival mode, time is a crucial part of being able to 
    progress through the very end. You get time bonuses for various things
    in the game anywhere from what moster you kill, how high of a style rank you
    had when you killed them, wether you got hit or not, and various other things
    I will outline in the Timing is Everything section.
    
    Now onto the meat and potatoes! (Or fish if you prefer.)
    
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    TIMING IS EVERYTHING! [TIEXX]
    
    This section will explain the time mechanics of the game, how to get better
    time bonuses and other various hints.
    
    When you first get in the stage, you will start off with 2'00'00 (2 mins)
    on the clock. This immediately starts counting down as the first set of
    demons are summoned. You get time bonuses as you progress depending on style
    and what moster you've killed. The following is a list of time bonuses that
    each monster gives you (In order of appearance).
    
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    Demon Time Bonus List ---------------------------[DTBXX]
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    Scarecrow                   +5 Seconds
    Frost                      +10 Seconds
    Bianco Angelo              +10 seconds (White Angel)
    Mephisto                   +10 seconds
    Gladius                     +2 seconds
    Chimera (Un-attached)       +2 Seconds
    Chimera (Attached)         +XX Seconds (Depends on host)
    Assault                    +10 seconds
    Mega Scarecrow             +15 Seconds
    Faust                      +20 seconds
    Alto Angelo                +20 seconds (Gold Angel)
    Basilisk                    +5 seconds
    Blitz                      +30 seconds (LoL @ Bonus)
    
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    Now, that you have a general Idea of how you are timed for each demon,
    just take that into account with how you kill each mob (I played WoW so
    I call demons either monsters, mobs, or demons). I would suggest going
    through Son of Sparda mode or even Dante Must Die mode to see if you can
    achieve kill times LESS than the bonus given. This is essential to beating
    BP, now granted, you will be in situations sometimes where you are thrown
    on the ground, or grabbed or whatnot, wasting valuable time. But in general,
    you should be able to kill each mob, on a 1v1 scenario, under the bonus time
    that they give. If you can do this, a third of the battle is done.
    
    Secondly you get bonuses for your style and speed and survivability aspects
    of gameplay. You get these after every kill (Style bonuses) and at the end
    of each level. The following are the bonuses you get for each aspect:
    
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    Style/Stage Bonus List --------------------------[SBLXX]
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    Style Ranks:
    
     SSS - B Rank Bonus        +3 Seconds (Per Kill)
     C Rank Bonus              +2 Seconds (Per Kill)
     B Rank Bonus              +1 Second  (Per Kill)
    
    Stage Bonuses:
    
     Stage Clear
      Stage 1-19              +15 Seconds (At last kill)
      Stage 21-101            +10 Seconds (At last kill)
      No Damage                2x Stage Clear Bonus
    
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    As you can see, it is not essential to get higher than a B rank style, however
    it is still reccommended as if you get hit, you will have leeway to rank down
    instead of ranking from B to D. The ranking bonuses may seem small, but they
    definitely help with the mass killing missions (e.g. 9x Chimera Seeds or 44
    Bianco Angelos O.O). The No Damage bonus is exactly like the regular game
    where ANY hit that deals damage (Royal Block is the only exception) will
    forfeit the bonus.
    
    [Note: You ARE allowed to use Super Nero or Super Dante to clear the BP. This
           is by no means a bad way to go if you want to see the whole Palace
           as a whole. However score wise, you only receive 1/5th of your normal
           score. IE. if you were to get 100,000 as a score, you would only get
           20,000 instead. It is a BIG deduction so keep that in mind when
           choosing who to use.]
    
    Now to the fun part...
    
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    The Stage is Set for Demons!! [TSSXX]
    
    General overview for this section. Out of the 101 stages, the breakdown in
    difficulty is essentially from each set of 20 to the next, difficulty going
    up after every boss. Without further ado, here is the list:
    
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    Stage to Demon Guide-----------------------------------------[STDXX]
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    Stage        (Amount) Demon     Secondary           Tertiary
           
    1............3x Scarecrow
    2............4x Scarecrow
    3............6x Scarecrow
    4............2x Frost
    5............2x Bianco Angelo
    6............3x Mephisto
    7............6x Gladius
    8............9x Chimera Seed
    9............9x Chimera Seed,   3x Scarecrow
    10...........12x Scarecrow
    11...........2x Assault
    12...........2x Mega Scarecrow
    13...........2x Assault,        2x Bianco Angelo
    14...........1x Faust
    15...........2x Bianco Angelo,  1x Alto Angelo
    16...........6x Scarecrow,      1x Mega Scarecrow
    17...........2x Alto Angelo
    18...........1x Blitz
    19...........4x Basilisk
    20...........[BOSS] Berial
    
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    21...........2x Mephisto,       1x Frost
    22...........2x Frost,          1x Faust
    23...........3x Assault,        2x Frost
    24...........3x Assault,        4x Basilisk
    25...........3x Assault,        1x Blitz
    26...........1x Blitz,          4x Basilisk
    27...........2x Frost,          2x Bianco Angelo
    28...........2x Assault,        8x Gladius
    29...........1x Blitz,          5x Gladius
    30...........4x Frost,          6x Assault,         1x Blitz
    31...........6x Chimera Seed,   3x Mephisto
    32...........3x Scarecrow,      1x Faust
    33...........2x Mephisto,       1x Mega Scarecrow
    34...........6x Mephisto
    35...........3x Mephisto,       1x Frost
    36...........2x Scarecrow,      1x Faust
    37...........2x Mephisto,       3x Assault
    38...........2x Mephisto,       1x Blitz
    39...........9x Chimera Seed,   1x Faust
    40...........[Boss] Bael
    
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    41...........9x Chimera Seed
    42...........5x Chimera,        5x Chimera Seed
    43...........4x Chimera
    44...........6x Chimera Seed,   6x Gladius
    45...........2x Chimera,        1x Blitz
    46...........2x Basilisk,       4x Chimera Seed
    47...........5x Chimera Seed,   2x Bianco Angelo,   1x Alto Angelo
    48...........1x Scarecrow,      6x Chimera Seed
    49...........3x Chimera,        1x Faust
    50...........6x Scarecrow,      12x Chimera Seed,   4x Assault
    51...........6x Scarecrow
    52...........3x Scarecrow,      8x Gladius
    53...........3x Mega Scarecrow, 2x Frost
    54...........5x Scarecrow,      1x Alto Angelo
    55...........1x Mega Scarecrow, 1x Faust
    56...........1x Mega Scarecrow, 2x Alto Angelo
    57...........4x Scarecrow,      3x Mephisto
    58...........1x Mega Scarecrow, 5x Basilisk
    59...........2x Chimera,        1x Mega Scarecrow,  4x Chimera Seed
    60...........[Boss] Echidna
    
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    61...........4x Bianco Angelo
    62...........2x Cutlass,        3x Bianco Angelo
    63...........1x Blitz,          2x Bianco Angelo
    64...........1x Bianco Angelo,  6x Gladius
    65...........7x Bianco Angelo,  1x Alto Angelo x1
    66...........1x Alto Angelo,    4x Basilisk
    67...........1x Blitz,          2x Alto Angelo
    68...........2x Bianco Angelo,  6x Scarecrow
    69...........1x Alto Angelo,    2x Frost
    70...........10x Bianco Angelo, 2x Alto Angelo
    71...........16x Gladius
    72...........1x Mega Scarecrow, 9x Gladius
    73...........8x Gladius,        1x Frost
    74...........2x Cutlass,        4x Basilisk
    75...........1x Alto Angelo,    3x Cutlass
    76...........4x Cutlass,        8x Gladius
    77...........10x Basilisk
    78...........2x Frost,          4x Basilisk
    79...........2x Cutlass,        2x Basilisk,        4x Gladius
    80...........[Boss] Angelo Credo
    
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    81...........1x Mega Scarecrow, 5x Scarecrow
    82...........4x Mephisto,       1x Faust
    83...........3x Frost
    84...........4x Chimera,        10x Chimera Seed
    85...........2x Blitz,          3x Chimera Seed
    86...........2x Bianco Angelo,  1x Alto Angelo
    87...........4x Basilisk,       7x Gladius
    88...........3x Cutlass,        2x Bianco Angelo
    89...........3x Mega Scarecrow, 1x Blitz
    90...........20x Scarecrow,     3x Mega scarecrow,  3x Chimera Seed
    91...........3x Faust
    92...........3x Alto Angelo,    4x Bianco Angelo
    93...........8x Assault
    94...........3x Chimera,        6x Chimera Seed,    2x Bianco Angelo
    95...........16x Basilisk,      4x Chimera Seed
    96...........8x Gladius,        3x Cutlass,         3x Bianco Angelo
    97...........6x Mephisto,       2x Mega Scarecrow
    98...........4x Chimera,        3x Chimera Seed
    99...........2x Alto Angelo,    44x Bianco Angelo (O_O)
    100..........[Boss] Angelo Agnus
    
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    101..........[Boss] Dante
    
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    Well that took forever to compile and organize. Now a few notes on several of
    the stages. By any means any stage is beatable, never think otherwise. All you
    need is the right technique and a little bit of luck. Also keep in mind the
    order you kill the monsters. For example, towards the beginning, you're faced
    with 9x Chimera Seeds as well as 3x Scarecrows. Although you have less
    Scarecrows to kill, it would be wiser to take care and immobilize the Seeds
    quickly so that you don't end up with a harder full grown chimera to deal with
    and thereby giving you less time bonus (1 kill instead of 2). Going through
    each stage is laborious and doesn't really work for everyone, so just look at
    the Mob Listing for each stage and figure out a tactic that works well with
    your style of play.
    
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    
    One of the biggest thing is to use your DT wisely. Keep in mind that you gain
    DT by hitting mobs, so unused DT is wasted DT. Wasted DT is wasted health.
    As you play BP, the more and more you play it, the more you know when you
    need to use DT to gain health, get speed kills, in relation to when you have
    an easy time killing things without getting hit. This is probobly the biggest 
    part of succeeding in BP and is brought on solely by intuition and experience.
    
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    
    One thing that might benefit you is some tips and tricks on beating
    certain monsters quickly and efficiently, to get the most out of your time.
    The next section will cover exactly that :D
    
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    ULTIMATE MONSTER GUIDE [UMGXX]
    
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    SORRY! THIS SECTION HAS BEEN MOVED
    TO IT'S OWN FAQ. LINK WILL BE PROVIDED
    PENDING APPROVAL OF FAQ!
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    XBOX 360 Achievements
    
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    Complete 10 Stages.................The First Circle (10G)
    Complete 20 Stages................The Second Circle (10G)
    Complete 30 Stages.................The Third Circle (10G)
    Complete 40 Stages................The Fourth Circle (10G)
    Complete 50 Stages.................The Fifth Circle (10G)
    Complete 60 Stages.................The Sixth Circle (10G)
    Complete 70 Stages...............The Seventh Circle (10G)
    Complete 80 Stages................The Eighth Circle (10G)
    Complete 90 Stages.................The Ninth Circle (10G)
    Complete The Bloody Palace.........Covered In Blood (40G)
    S Rank The Bloody Palace.........King of the Palace (50G)
    
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    All these achievemtns take is a little perseverance. After a few times in
    the bloody palace, going further and further, you will eventually get
    these achievements unlocked. Easy way to get these done is to finish
    the stages with a Super Charachter. Once you finish all the missions,
    redo them with a normal character so now you have a feel for the flow of
    the stages.
    
    Just keep on truckin' guys. Beat those japs on the leaderboards!!
    
    
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    Joe Guevara || inquitius@gmail.com || GT - Excruciatix
    
    Contact me via email (inquitius@gmail.com) if you have any questions, 
    comments, or suggestions about this guide. Just make sure that you put 
    the game name in the subject line, as I will delete the email thinking it 
    is spam if you don't.
    
    Your input will make this guide great!!! If you have any tips & tricks
    you would like to share in beating the Bloody Palace, please e-mail
    me with the info and what you would like to be referred to in the credits.
    
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