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 | |   | |  `.   |   | |       | |       | | `. \    | |  `.   | | |   |   | |
 | |   | |    `. |   | |       | |___,|  | |   \ \   | |    `. |  \ `.___,' /
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                                       "Go to Hell"
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                               DANTE'S INFERNO
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                               FAQ/Walkthrough
                      Copyright (c)2010-2013 DomZ Ninja

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 Author: DomZ Ninja
 E-mail: domzninja[at]hotmail[dot]com
 Updated: 03/30/13
 Version: 1.0

 NOTE: This guide does contain spoilers!


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                              TABLE OF CONTENTS

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See that series of numbers to the right of each section? If you want to find 
a specific section in the FAQ, press CTRL + F to open a search box. Type in 
the series of numbers for the desired section that you're trying to find and 
press Enter. Whabam! The search function will take you there in an instant.


 [1] VERSION HISTORY.................................................. [0100]
 [2] CONTROLS......................................................... [0200]
 [3] WALKTHROUGH...................................................... [0300]
 
      Surface......................................................... [0301]
      Limbo........................................................... [0302]
      Lust............................................................ [0303]
      Gluttony........................................................ [0304]
      Greed........................................................... [0305]
      Anger........................................................... [0306]
      Heresy.......................................................... [0307]
      Violence........................................................ [0308]
      Fraud........................................................... [0309]
      Treachery....................................................... [0310]

 [4] ABILITIES........................................................ [0400]

      Unholy Abilities................................................ [0401]
      Holy Abilities.................................................. [0402]
       
 [5] MAGIC............................................................ [0500]
 [6] DAMNED SOULS..................................................... [0600]
 [7] RELICS........................................................... [0700]
 [8] SILVER JUDAS COINS............................................... [0800]
 [9] BEATRICE STONES.................................................. [0900]
[10] UNLOCKABLES...................................................... [1000]
[11] ACHIEVEMENTS..................................................... [1100]
[12] BESTIARY......................................................... [1200]

      Enemies......................................................... [1201]
      Bosses.......................................................... [1202]
       
[13] THANKS/CREDITS................................................... [1300]


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[1] VERSION HISTORY                                                     [0100]

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 Version 1.0 (04/11/10) - FAQ/Walkthrough complete and submitted.


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[2] CONTROLS                                                            [0200]

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|  D-Pad                      |  N/A                                         |
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|  Left Analog Stick          |  Move                                        |
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|  Right Analog Stick         |  Dodge                                       |
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|  Start                      |  Open Menu                                   |
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|  Back                       |  Options                                     |
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|  X Button                   |  Light Attack                                |
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|  Y Button                   |  Heavy Attack                                |
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|  A Button                   |  Jump                                        |
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|  B Button                   |  Holy Cross                                  |
|-----------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
|  Right Trigger              |  Grab                                        |
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|  Left Trigger               |  Block/Special Combo Modifier                |
|-----------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
|  Right Bumper               |  Interact                                    |
|-----------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
|  Left Bumper                |  Use Magic (LB + A, B, X, or Y)              |
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[3] WALKTHROUGH                                                         [0300]

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 NOTE: This walkthrough is based on the Zealot difficulty.
 

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The opening movie is pretty cool. I always thought the little comic book style
was a neat addition to the cinematics. Anyways, it won't take long before you 
are thrust into battle. Get ready!


--- Citadel of Acre ---

Dante's all by his lonesome as an army of civilians storm the dock. It's clear
that they aren't very skilled at fighting since groups often crowd around you 
like brain-dead peasants while one or two may take a swipe at you with their 
aged and rusty weapons. I never played the game once before, and on my first 
attempt I managed to unlock the achievement for getting a 200-hit combo. That 
alone is a testament to how little trouble you should have here.

Continue defeating civilians using the basic commands the game teaches you. 
Use the X and Y buttons for a light and heavy attack respectively. That's 
really all you need to know for now; the only hazards aside from the civilians
themselves are the occasional fireball that flies onto the dock.

Once the last numbskull is defeated, a flaming boat will crash into the north
end of the area. Jump onto the bow (double jump by tapping A twice), then hop 
up onto the ledge. Move forward for a scene. Dante manages to fall victim to a
sneak attack, and like any dying individual, he is greeted by Death. However,
Dante isn't ready for Death to order him around.


.============================================================================.
| BOSS: Death                                                                |
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You will need to know some advanced techniques if you want to survive against
Death (that's a weird statement...). In order to block, use the Left Trigger.
Dante can also dodge by moving the Right Analog Stick, which is quicker than
blocking and allows you to retaliate faster than if you were to block a move
head-on.

Death doesn't have many attacks that you need to worry about evading. His most
basic move is a three-hit combo with his scythe, so remember to block for all
three hits. He also have a wide-range attack as well, often preceded by him
teleporting away from you. This move has an incredibly wide radius, so you're
better off blocking than trying to dodge it. Death may attempt this attack two
times in a row.

If Death tosses his scythe at Dante, block and continue to hold down the Left
Trigger. It acts as a boomerang, so ready yourself as it comes back through 
you to reach its owner. His other long-range attack is a fireball attack that
can deal some damage if hit square in the face. Finally, Death can use an
unblockable attack to reel Dante in. If this happens, repeatedly press B to
free yourself from the boss's grasp.

The first half of the boss fight is a cake walk. You are never far away from
Death for long because he often teleports right next to you, so you don't have
to worry about not getting enough shots in. Block any attack he throws your
way, then use light attacks to counter. 

Once Death's down to about half health, he will begin to float in the air. You
can still attack while on the ground, but you may want to try aerial attacks
instead (you can still block while in midair). The battle is pretty much the
exact same as before but I guess jumping around can get annoying and may leave
you more vulnerable than before.

Once Death is down to a sliver of life left, he will fall to the ground and a
button icon appears over him. Press it to steal his scythe, then use it on the
boss. A second button icon appears: follow the button prompt to kill Death
(heh, another weird statement) and end the fight.

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Dante receives a wad of white Souls from the boss fight; Souls act as the 
game's currency as you can use them to purchase new abilities. A cutscene 
follows.


--- Florence, Italy ---

Dante discovers Beatrice's dead body in the cemetery, and her soul is dragged 
off to hell. Before Dante can give pursuit, the cemetery gets sealed off and 
Undead Minions rise from the earth. Dante has some new abilities since jacking
Death's scythe, so check 'em out by pressing Start and test some of them out. 
You'll likely earn enough White Souls to purchase an upgrade as well, though I
suggest waiting until you get 1,500 to pick up Repayment.

The fire wall lowers, and you will be able to follow the trail ahead. Save 
your game at the Beatrice Statue at the entrance of the building and replenish
your health using the Green Fountain. Open the door and walk towards 
Beatrice's body for yet another scene.

The building wall collapses, revealing a fiery inferno below. In order to slay
the flying Pests, use your new Holy Cross ability by pressing B. You have 
unlimited "ammo", so spam this new move all you'd like on the Pests. Just make
sure not to fall off the edge!

After killing a few Pests, the game teaches you about punishing and absolving 
enemies. If you noticed on the upgrade section of the menu, you have both 
Unholy and Holy abilities. In order to be given access to new abilities, you 
must level up. If you look at the abilities list, you can not purchase 
abilities that are on a right row than your level. Since you are at Level 0
right now, you can only purchase abilities on the row "0".

Naturally, you can gain levels by earning experience. You can earn experience
by punishing and/or absolving enemies. Press the Right Trigger to grab an 
enemy, and you'll be given the option to punish or absolve them. Punishing 
them (X), earns you Unholy experience, while absolving them (B) nets you Holy 
experience. You're basically given the option of good vs. evil, and I'm not 
going to steer you in any direction, so whichever path you take is totally up
to you.

Kill the remaining Undead Minions and Pests. A wooden cross falls from the 
wall, giving you an exit outta here. Use the Green Fountain in the alcove, 
then press the Right Bumper next to the yellow orb to grab onto the pole 
below. Shimmy down the pole to the basement.

A giant wooden wheel will begin rolling to the right as you proceed down a 
narrow hallway. You must defeat every last enemy to open the gate at the end, 
or else the wheel will catch up to you and you'll be crushed. Don't worry 
about punishing or absolving the Undead Minions as that wastes precious time. 
Simply hack and slash your way to the other side until the enemies stop coming
and the gate drops.

Slip through and destroy the White Fountain to obtain some White Souls. Drop 
down below and a flaming cross will block your path. Fire Minions emerge from
the flames to attack. In order to defeat these monsters, you must stun them 
with your Holy Cross before attacking. Once you've killed the last one, 
continue along the path to another White Fountain.

More Undead Minions arrive, and you must combat against them while avoiding 
the nasty flame jets positioned on the wall. Stand near the Green Fountain and
do battle so that if your health runs low you can immediately refill it.

Once the coast is clear, save your game up ahead and shimmy down the pole. 
Walk towards the ghastly figure to learn your first magic spell: Righteous 
Path. Equip it in the magic section of the pause menu. The game points out 
Purple Fountains, which restore mana (mana is consumed when you use magic). 
Test out your new magic on the Undead Minions and Pests until a bigger problem
arises. A much bigger problem.

The large Asterian Beast is controlled by the Beast Tamer riding on its head, 
but despite the intimidating nature of the monster, you should actually topple
him and defeat its master quite easily. He only uses two attacks: a fist slam 
which is pitifully slow and a stomp attack using his stubby feet. Always stay 
behind the Asterian Beast and attack his feet; when he raises one foot in the 
air, dodge away to avoid getting squashed.

You can end the battle much faster if your Redemption Meter is filled (the bar
on the bottom-left corner). If it's filled and glowing, press the Right and 
Left Bumpers simultaneously to enter Redemption Mode. While in this mode, 
Dante's attacks are much stronger and he moves quicker as well.

Once the Asterian Beast falls and the Right Trigger appears, you can press it
and follow the button commands to kill the Beast Tamer. Before you do so, make
sure to destroy all the fountains present if you have not already.

You can use the beast's slam attack by pressing X and stomp with Y. Also, you
can grab enemies with the Right Trigger and even breathe fire with B! Kill the
unlucky souls that patrol the ground below, then open the large door when 
prompted.

Save your game here and follow the yellow marker to grab onto the Wall of the
Damned. It's essentially a wall made entirely of dead people/lost souls. It's
a little freaky. Climb to the left and slide down, then make a pit stop on the
ledge down here to find a White Fountain. Resume climbing to the left. Press A
to jump across the gap to the other side of the wall.

Talk to the pale blue spirit, who by the way is the spirit of Virgil. Speak 
with him a second time to receive the DEATH BLADE relic. 

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| Silver Judas Coin 01
|
| After talking with Virgil and receiving the relic, jump up onto the alcove
| behind him to find another fountain. This is a Silver Fountain, and breaking
| it will yield a Silver Judas Coin. Collect these rare coins to earn Souls!
|

Drop down from the ledge and go forward to catch a glimpse of Charon, the 
ferryman who carries the souls of the undead across the river Styx. Well in 
this case, it looks like Charon is the ferry itself rather than the ferryman!


--- Shores of Acheron ---

Break the Purple Fountain and pull the lever to raise the bridge ahead. A few
Pests and Undead Minions spawn here as the bridge lowers. Defeat the Undead 
Minions here and the Pests; pull the lever again and cross the bridge before 
it retracts to its normal position. Use the White Fountain and slide down the
pole.

A Guardian Demon waits for you as something in the center of the room descends
into the floor. The Guardian Demon is big, but not that tough. His dagger 
attacks are weak, but when it glows red, dodge out of the way because it is 
unblockable. Once you deal enough damage, you will be able to grab the foe and
punish/absolve it.

Another Guardian Demon appears alongside some Hell Minions (these are just 
like the Undead Minions you've been fighting). Defeat the enemies for a lever
to reappear from the floor.

Grab it with the Right Bumper and move the Left Analog Stick to the right to
move the floor up towards the glistening gate. Once you're high enough, jump 
towards the glowing gate and strike it to break it, revealing a door.

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| Silver Judas Coin 02
|
| Before entering the door, return to the lever (the floor lowers when you are
| away from the lever) and continue raising the floor up, past the door. At
| the very top is an alcove with a Silver Fountain on the left. Step away from
| the lever and quickly double jump to the fountain and break it for the coin.
|

Drop down and raise the floor back up to the door, then go through. There are
two hidden White Fountains to the left and right of the door, so don't miss 
them.

Speak with Virgil until he disappears, then refill your health at the Green 
Fountain. Make sure to destroy the crates and other objects lining the path to
receive some White Souls. Eventually you are sealed off as Hell Minions, 
Pests, and Guardian Demons appear.

Defeat the enemies and head towards the door to find your first Damned Soul: 
PONTIUS PILATE. You'll find lost souls like him wandering throughout hell, and
you will be given the choice to punish or absolve them just like enemies. 
Punishing requires nothing, but in order to absolve a lost soul you must 
partake in a lil' minigame. Here's how it goes:

        | |         A cross-shaped object appears on the screen like the 
        | |         picture shown, with the four main buttons mapped out just
  ______|Y|______   like they are on your controller. Small red orbs appear at
  _____X   B_____   the ends of the cross and move inwards, towards the
        |A|         buttons. As soon as the orb lines up with the button, 
        | |         press that button to capture a sin. It's easy at first
        | |         because the orbs travel slowly and usually one at a time.
                    Things pick up though, and they'll travel much faster.

Continue capturing these sins until time runs out. In addition to absolving 
the Damned Soul and receiving Holy experience, you'll also receive a bonus of 
White Souls depending on how many souls you captured while factoring out any 
sins that slipped by (ones that managed to pass the button without you 
pressing it on time).

Punish/absolve him, then open the door. Focus on the Guardian Demon first, 
because more will appear regardless of the status of the first. A total of 
three appear, so focus on them all first while ignoring the Hell Minions. If
you can use Redemption Mode, now would be a good time to do so. The exit will 
open once all fiends have perished.

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| Silver Judas Coin 03
|
| Look behind the stone sculpture to find the Silver Fountain; break it open
| to receive the Silver Judas Coin.
|

Save your game at the Beatrice Statue, then grab onto the wire overhead. 
Shimmy over towards Charon for a demon to cut the wire, sending Dante down to
the bottom of the boat. Climb along the Wall of the Damned to the right while
avoiding random puffs of fire below. Ignore the first opening and continue to 
the right to find a defenseless demon curled up in the corner; destroy it for 
the CHARON'S OAR relic.

Return to the previous opening and slip inside to enter the ship's interior. 
Use the White and Green Fountains here, then move towards the metal box on the
left side of the room. Use the Right Bumper to grab hold of it, then pull it 
to the right side of the room and up the slight ramp. Push it into the alcove 
on the right side up against the grate on the wall.

With the crate now on the opposite side of the boat, head over to the lever in
the middle of the room. Turning the lever causes the wooden floor below you to
slide south. Continue pulling the floor as far as it'll go.

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| Silver Judas Coin 04
|
| With the wooden floor as far south as it can and the metal crate now on the
| right side of the room, pull the crate to the left side. Wedge it against
| the left wall and the corner of the wooden platform and jump on top to reach
| a well-hidden alcove containing a Silver Fountain.
|

Push the crate onto the north end of the movable floor, then pull the floor 
back to the north end. Use the crate to reach another Damned Soul for a 
cutscene. Punish or absolve ORPHEUS, break the Purple Fountain, and climb up 
the Wall of the Damned to reach the ship's deck.


--- The River Acheron ---

The battle will start off with a trio of Guardian Demons and a bunch of Hell 
Minions. Soon after, some Pests arrive. Since the three demons appear at the 
same time, you should probably deal with the Hell Minions first since they 
tend to get in the way. Remember to use magic like Righteous Path to knock 
enemies away so you can focus on others and not get swarmed. There is a Purple
Fountain on the south end and a Green Fountain on the north end.

After the first wave has been dispatched, an Acheron Beast climbs onto the 
deck and more Hell Minions appear. Don't worry about the minions, since the
Acheron Beast will probably kill them himself. Deal with the beast and kill 
the rider, then take the reigns yourself.

Guardian Demons and Hell Minions will arrive next. Use the beast's grab attack
to kill the Guardian Demons and the slam attack to defeat the Hell Minions. 
These punks should give you little to no trouble.

Next up: Charon. No one else is left, so walk up to the back of Charon's head 
and initiate the button sequence to rip his head right off the boat and fling 
it away like a ping pong ball. The boat will crash into a pillar and Dante 
(along with the beast) will grab onto the edge.

Climb up the side of the crumbling pillar (the controls are the same on the 
beast as if you were by your lonesome). Lunge with A upwards and hop across to
the adjacent pillar once you can no longer climb up. Once you reach the top, 
follow the button prompts to ditch the ride and climb over the edge.

You're not out of the woods just yet! Run forward across the bridge and you'll
soon be stuck on a pillar with no exit. As it topples forward, there is a very
quick window where you can hit the Right Bumper to swing to safety; keep your
finger on the button and ready to press down once the time comes.

Welcome, boys and girls, to the first level of Hell.


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Immediately save your game and then talk to Virgil until he disappears. Slide
down the Wall of the Damned and jump towards the cracked portion of the wall
below. A Charred Minion rises from the ground in front of you and readies to 
attack. Quickly grab him with the Right Trigger, then use the Left Analog 
Stick to point towards the crack in the wall. You'll toss the exploding 
monster into the crack, and the explosion does the rest.

Traverse through the hall to find Charon's head lodged in the wall nearby. 
Ignore his ramblings and use the Right Bumper when up against his head to push
it out of the wall and into the darkness below. See ya!

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| Silver Judas Coin 05
|
| Hug the left wall just before Charon's head to sneak out onto a balcony.
| You will find the Silver Fountain here, usually joined by a Guardian Demon.
|

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| Beatrice Stone 01
|
| Pass by where Charon's head was stuck to reach a dead end with a rare Gold
| Fountain; break it open to find the first Beatrice Stone. Finding all three
| Beatrice Stones allows you to automatically absolve damned souls without
| having to go through that little minigame.
|

Additionally, there is another Relic Holder demon next to the fountain. Kill 
it for the EYES OF ST. LUCIA. Return to the hole in the wall where Charon's 
face was embedded in and go right to a door. Open it.

And now we're given the privilege of killing naked, flaming babies with 
sickles for hands. Oh what a joyful and vibrant place Hell is. The Unbaptized
Children aren't really that threatening once you take into account the face 
that they ARE babies, so swiftly brush through them until the enemies stop 
coming.

Enter the hallway that opens up and chat with Virgil until he gives you LORD'S
BLESSING, another cool relic. Enter the door beside Virgil and avoid the 
spinning blade trap on the floor as you smash the White and Purple Fountains.
Open the door behind the trap to find another Damned Soul: ELECTRA. Do your 
business, then return to the hallway.

Continue down the hall to encounter some more Charred Minions. Keep them at 
bay with your Holy Cross so you aren't caught in their explosions. Replenish 
your health at the Green Fountain and pry open the door onto a balcony. You're
inching closer and closer to King Minos; we're almost there!

It's a neat sight to stand near the edge of the balcony near King Minos and 
just watch him sentence the souls to the different levels of Hell. I like how
you're able to see his throne in the distance throughout all of Limbo as you 
advance ever so slowly towards his location. It's almost a feeling of 
impending doom getting closer and closer. Nice touch added to the game.

Proceed along the balcony to find a few more enemies. Grab the Charred Minion
and send him crashing into the baddies behind to defeat them all, then take 
down the Guardian Demon and a handful of Unbaptized Children to open up the 
path ahead. Go through the door.

After the scene, talk to Virgil a few times and then break open the White 
Fountain across from him. Advance up the ramp and stock up on health and mana
at the Green and Purple Fountains. You can also destroy the statues lining the
room's walls for White Souls.

Stand next to the Green Fountain (or where it once stood) and jump south to 
reach a ledge overlooking where the White Fountain was below. Yank the lever 
here to cause the statue in the room's center to lower into the floor. Drop 
into the hole where the statue was lowered into and slay the Relic Holder to 
obtain SALADIN'S MERCY.

Save your game, then flip the switch near the yellow marker to open up a 
crane-like device hanging over the chasm ahead. Hold the Right Bumper while 
standing on the edge to latch onto the grapple point. Swing across, then press
A to jump and land safely on the other side, where King Minos, the Judge of 
the Dead, waits.


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| BOSS: King Minos                                                           |
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The battle begins with King Minos using his tentacles to attack Dante from
below. King Minos may be blind, but he won't have much trouble inflicting
damage on you. The tentacles that shoot from the ground below seem to appear
in random locations, so move around in circles around the arena while dashing.
While it'd be nice if you could stand in one place and hold down the Left
Trigger, this attack is unfortunately unblockable.

His second attack, King Minos will slam an arm on the ground, then drag his
entire forearm from one side of the arena to the other. Just make sure to
double jump when it comes sweeping by so you don't get smacked around. 

When King Minos leans back, run over to either side of the arena and grapple
over to the yellow marker that appears; this is the easiest way to avoid his
putrid breath attack.

The boss often follows this up with a tongue lashing. Like, the literal kind!
If you are ensnared in his forked tongue, follow the onscreen commands to free
yourself. Otherwise, this is a good time to get up and slash the boss's face
while he's lurched over. Use aerial attacks to attack King Minos's forehead so
you can easily avoid his tongue if it comes whipping out at you again.

Once you damage King Minos's face enough, he will pull himself backwards and
cover his face in agony. His lower stomach will be revealed - the fleshy red
portion of his stomach. Run over and begin hacking away at his weak point 
(Redemption Mode is always a good move here). Also don't forget about your 
magic spell as Righteous Path deals a nice amount of damage to King Minos.

Once the boss shifts back into his normal position, he will retaliate by 
summoning a few enemies. The first wave consists of some Hell Minions, but
later attempts will include Unbaptized Children and Guardian Demons.

The boss fight follows a distinct pattern. King Minos starts off with his 
tentacle attack, then next uses his breath attack. After that, he keeps his 
head lowered in preparation for his tongue strike.

tentacle attack -> breath attack -> tongue attack

If you manage to get his by the boss's tongue, the pattern will repeat itself
from the beginning. However, if you manage to slice apart the king's face 
enough, he will rear back in pain and allow you to target his weak point. 
After damaging his weak point enough, the boss will summon baddies and the
pattern repeats itself.

After inflicting a certain amount of pain on King Minos, he uses his arm sweep
attack. The hand stays lowered to the ground, giving you an opportunity to 
engage in a series of button commands. Doing so will expose his lower stomach
again. Attack it until the boss rears back and conjures up a wave of enemies
(this time it's Unbaptized Children and a Guardian Demon).

Afterwards, there is a slight change to the attack pattern. King Minos stops 
using his tentacle attack and replaces it with the arm sweep attack. He will 
now use the arm sweep move first, followed by the breath attack and finally 
the tongue attack. Continue slashing his face until he falls forward, then
follow up with a chain of button commands to end the fight in a gruesome
manner.

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Dante earns the TAIL OF MINOS Relic for his troubles. Use the grapple point 
behind the battle arena to swing over to a cave and head inside. Continue down
the trail to find a Green Fountain and a Beatrice Statue.

After saving, slide down the rope against the cliffside. Here, you'll have to 
rappel along the side of the cliff as you slowly descend downward. Slide down 
to the bottom of the rope, then hold the Right Bumper as you run back and 
forth alongside the wall to build up momentum. Once you've gained enough speed
and momentum to reach the rope to your right, double jump and cling onto it 
with the Right Bumper.

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| Silver Judas Coin 06
|
| On your descent into Lust, climb up the second rope to locate a Silver
| Fountain at the very top.
|

The next Relic is close by, but it's quite hard to obtain. Above the third 
rope are two poles. Stay on the second rope below the Silver Fountain and stay
about halfway down. Begin rappeling. If you go too low, you'll swing over to 
the third rope, but our destination is one of the poles above it. If you stay
at the halfway point of the rope and start rappelling, you should be able to
reach the first pole.

It takes a lot of trial and error, but be patient with your rappelling and 
don't get too overzealous when trying to reach it. If you miss, you'll likely
land on the third rope below, giving you a chance to rappel back to the second
rope and try again. Once you manage to successfully reach the pole, climb up
to find FRANCESCA'S BOOK.

Slide down the pole again and drop onto the third rope. Up ahead is another 
pole that you can slide down to reach another set of ropes.

Continue rappelling along the ropes until you reach a large glowing chain. As 
the game notes, you can attack while hanging from the ropes. Hold down the 
Right Bumper, then slash the glowing road block with X every time you swing 
towards it.

Once the chain is broken, jump towards the grapple point on the other side and
swing to the second rope. Some Pests appear, but you can kill them while 
simultaneously rappelling along the wall. Once you reach the next pole, slide 
all the way down for a cutscene. 

You will find FRANCESCA DA POLENTA lying on the ground here. If you want the 
"Forbidden Love" achievement, you best absolve her. After your decision, 
proceed along the purple-tinted cliff road to the charred and barren land 
ahead. Lust.


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A giant tower rises in the distance and Cleopatra scales the side, but not 
before coating the tower in an electrical shield and taunting Dante. The tower
is on the far side of a long, narrow track. At the far end, a ball of 
electricity will form on the track and move towards your location, pausing at 
several stops along the way. Each stop is marked by a circle on the track and 
flanked by two statues.

Once the ball lightning reaches a stop, it pauses and sends out a shock of 
electricity. The only way you can cross the track unharmed is by standing 
between two stops as the ball lightning passes. There's a lever on the base of
the left statue.

Walk past the first set of statues towards the second set. Ignore the lever 
for now and continue to the third stop (where the ball lightnings appear). 
Search behind the left statue at the third stop to find a Wall of the Damned; 
the camera is a little clunky in the entire area here so search around blindly
and you should find it. Climb along the wall to find FILIPPO'S RAGE.

Return to the track. There is another Wall of the Damned in between the third 
and fourth stops, on the right side.

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| Beatrice Stone 02
|
| Descend down the Wall of the Damned between the third and fourth stops of
| the track to find the Beatrice Stone.
|

Climb back up and proceed to the fourth stop on the track.

.----------------------
| Silver Judas Coin 07
|
| Head over to the fourth stop. Again, search the left side of the stop to
| find another Wall of the Damned. Climb across to reach a Silver Fountain
| containing another Silver Judas Coin.
|

Now that we've found all the necessities here, it's time to enter Cleopatra's
tower. In order to break the shield surrounding it, we must use the ball 
lightning to our advantage. Return to the second stop and the lever. The lever
spins the direction of the stop backwards, which would send the ball lightning
to the third stop instead of continuing along the track to the first stop like
normal.

There are some timing issues with the lever, but pull the lever as the ball 
lightning materializes on the third stop. If timed correctly, it should be 
shot back to the third stop and continue north instead of south - right into
the base of the tower. 

The lightning will cut a hole in the shield at the tower's base, but it won't
last forever. Quickly run along the track and through the opening to reach the
tower's interior. Don't even bother talking to Virgil along the way.

A Temptress of Lust makes her entrance in all of her magnificent, skanky 
glory. Well, it's hard to expect anything else in a place like this. 
Temptresses of Lust are very agile foes and often slither behind you during a
combo and will interrupt with their sharp claws. They also have a large... who
knows what that emerges from her... who knows where, that can damage you from 
a distance.

The first Temptress of Lust is tough, but she's all alone. Unlike most enemies
you would encounter in Hell, she will take the time during battle to pause and
begin incessantly moaning, giving you an opening to interrupt her pleasure 
party. Two more appear after the first, meaning you'll have to juggle two 
dangerous foes at once.

Replenish your health at the Green Fountain once the fight is over and turn 
the lever on the opposite side of the room. The stone snake head will begin to
open, revealing its two fangs. Once the dial can be turned no longer, run over
and break its two fangs before the mouth lowers back into the ground. Return 
to the lever and turn it all the way.

Jump onto the stone snake's tongue to reach the ledge above. Speak with Virgil
twice to receive TRISTAN'S DESIRE. There are two platforms on either side of 
the ledge, both containing a Purple and White Fountain. There is also a large,
circular platform ahead that acts as an elevator.

Behind Virgil are two ramps leading below the circular elevator. On the right 
is a Green Fountain, while on the left is a Beatrice Statue and a lever. 
Regain any lost health, then jump up onto the elevator. Move the statue out of
the nook and anywhere onto the elevator. Go down the ramp on the left, save
your game, then yank the lever.

The elevator will move up towards the ceiling, but the statue prevents it from
going up all the way. Jump onto the now raised elevator.

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| Silver Judas Coin 08
|
| With the elevator slightly raised and the ceiling still closed off, jump to
| the ledge on the far left side of the elevator to find another coin.
|

On the far right side is another raised platform. Hop over to it, destroy the
White Fountain, then pull the lever. Quickly jump back onto the elevator as 
the ceiling opens up and the elevator is shot upwards, with you on it.

The elevator will rocket upwards, with Cleopatra climbing along the perimeter
of the tower with you. Enemies will appear on the elevator, ranging from 
Guardian Demons to Temptresses of Lust. Keep the Temptress of Lust at bay with
your Holy Cross, then follow up with light attacks.

Once the first wave is destroyed, Cleopatra will bust a hole in the tower and 
slam down on the elevator. As she does this, press the Right Bumper to grapple
to a grapple point to avoid getting spilled off the side of the elevator. Once
it repositions itself, drop back on and resume fighting a new wave of foes.

The second batch of enemies consists of a few Temptresses of Lust and a whole
lotta Hell Minions. Cleopatra appears once more, as the game zooms in on her 
cans to reveal that her nipples are actually mouths. Unbaptized Children are 
then burped out of her nipple and coughed onto the elevator. Wow. It only took
me two levels of Hell to realize how effed up this game is.

Defeat the Unbaptized Children until a platform containing a Green Fountain 
appears. Kill the babies and Hell Minions that swarm the elevator and use the
fountain if you are in need of health. After s'more fighting, a Purple 
Fountain appears on the other side of the elevator.

Between fighting lesser enemies, target Cleopatra's hand, which is resting on
the side of the elevator. Once she removes it in pain, the elevator will 
slowly rise. Head towards the left platform and jump up onto the ledge once 
the elevator is high enough. Pull the lever here to turn two snake statues on
either side of Cleopatra.

The statues should now be facing Cleopatra. Focus on her hand once more and 
try to ignore any Unbaptized Children or Temptresses of Lust. If you use light
attacks, you should be able to knock away any monsters while targeting her 
hand.

Once her hand is removed from the elevator, make your way to the right side 
and wait to jump up to the ledge here. Pull this lever to make the snake 
statues shoot out flames. If you performed this action swiftly, the snake 
statues should still be in place and they will scorch Cleopatra's breasts.
Cleopatra gets pissed off, like any woman with burnt breasts would, and climbs
up out of sight.

Dante's health will be fully restored after shooing Cleopatra away, and the 
elevator continues to rise to the top of the tower. A swarm of Pests float 
near the elevator and attack, while two Seductresses of Lust also appear. 
These enemies are tougher than Temptresses of Lust and can seduce Dante. Press
B repeatedly to avoid getting drawn in and hurt.

It's usually hard for me to differentiate between Seductresses of Lust and 
Temptresses of Lust. I mean, they're all creepy naked women, right? Try and 
deal with the two chicks first, because the sheer number of Pests means that 
trying to kill them all off first would take a long time.

Finish off the Pests lastly with Holy Cross or grab attacks as the elevator 
comes to a sudden halt. First, head to the right side of the elevator and 
destroy the White Fountain. PAOLA MALATESTA lies below the pole. Again, if you
want the "Forbidden Lovers" achievement, absolve him (you'll unlock it if you 
absolved Francesca da Polenta earlier).

Climb back up the pole and proceed to the left side of the elevator now. 
Restock at the Green and Purple Fountains, then descend the Wall of the Damned
below. Statues lining the wall will shoot out bolts of electricity, so time 
your climb along the wall.

Save at the Beatrice Statue at the end of the wall, then punish/absolve 
SEMIRAMIS. Hug the side of the cliff next to Semiramis and Dante will fall and
grab the edge. Drop down below to the ledge, then kill the Relic Holder to 
receive the ARROW OF PARIS. Jump to the left to grab onto the Wall of the 
Damned and climb back up to the save point.

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| Silver Judas Coin 09
|
| To the left of the Beatrice Statue is a gap that can be crossed in order to
| reach another Silver Fountain.
|

Continue up the second Wall of the Damned for a cutscene. Boss fight!


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| BOSS: Cleopatra & Marc Antony                                              |
'============================================================================'

Marc Antony is the foe you should be worried about. He carries around a large,
rectangular shield that will block most of your attacks. Not only is it used 
for defense, but he can hurt Dante when he smacks the shield in the ground; 
you will be hurt if too close.

In addition, Antony also has some basic sword combos that you need to deal 
with. The three-hit combo is usually followed up with a charged swing that 
cannot be blocked (any sword strike that is coated in flames cannot be 
blocked). The boss can also send a buzzsaw-like projectile at you if you are
too far away.

When the boss's health starts getting low, he will plant his shield straight 
up as swords pop out of the ground in pursuit of Dante. He will then follow up
with either a spinning swing or an overhead slam. The latter produces a 
shockwave that can be avoided by jumping. Additionally, Antony's sword will be
stuck in the ground, giving you a second or two to attack.

Cleopatra mainly stays on the sidelines and lets her man do the dirty work. 
She'll occasionally lend her support by slamming onto the arena with her fist
or even beefing up Marc Antony with a spell called Lust Storm. When Marc
Antony is surrounded by the purple tornado, avoid him at all costs. 

Once things start to get heated up, Cleopatra will lend a hand and begin 
healing her lover. Once you see Marc Antony become enveloped in a green aura, 
ignore him and run over to Cleopatra. Strike her hand several times to knock 
her off of the tower and interrupt the healing process. As a bonus, you 
receive some health! You now have a minute or so of uninterrupted action 
before Cleopatra climbs back up to the top.

Marc Antony blocks most of your shots, so the best way to damage him is to use
Repayment (your counterattack). Time your blocks just right so that you leave 
an open window to counterattack and lower Antony's defenses. Additionally, 
evade or dodge his sword swings, stun him with your Holy Cross, then retaliate
with light attacks.

As the boss's health wears down, Cleopatra will heal him more often. Just 
knock her hand away to resume targeting Marc Antony. As the fight nears, use 
Righteous Path more often to throw him off-balance and activate Redemption 
Mode for the finishing touch.

Marc Antony coughs up ANTONY'S STANDARD after kicking the bucket. Technically,
the fight isn't over as you have to confront Cleopatra. All you must do is 
follow a series of button commands.

I normally don't go in-depth with them, but I thought I'd point out one button
prompt that was a tad confusing. It's a picture of the Left Analog Stick; the 
top half of the circle is red while the bottom is black. It was confusing for 
me what they were asking me to perform. All they want you to do is move the 
Left Analog Stick in an upwards arc: start by pointing to the right, then move
up and left.

==============================================================================

After the tense moment, Dante earns Lust Storm. Equip it in the menu and exit
for the elevator to take you down to the bottom of the tower. Just like the 
ascent up the tower, going down requires you to fight monsters along the way 
as well.

Test out your new magic on the Hell Minions and Guardian Demons. Lust Storm 
protects Dante from incoming enemy attacks and slightly damages anyone who 
touches the bright purple barrier. As you fight Hell's minions, rocks will 
rain from the sky. Avoid the shadows and continue killing off baddies.

Eventually, boulders will drop down one by one, breaking apart portions of the
elevator. This leaves you with significantly less fighting room, so subsequent
enemy groups will be harder to take down. Soon you will be left with no
elevator below your feet.

As Dante plummets down the shaft, swing to the grapple point that appears and 
continue swinging along the statues to safety. Chat it up with Virgil, then 
walk past him to find a Green and White Fountain. Slide down the pole and 
avoid the flame jets to reach a rope. Rappel the rest of the way and continue
climbing downward to the third level.

Break the chain along the way and swing to the grapple point, then slide down
the pole. Drop down onto a wire below. Shimmy behind you (to the right) to 
reach a tiny alcove. Drop down and wait for the flame jet to stop, then slay 
the Relic Holder for the RAIN OF GLUTTONY.

Leap back onto the wire, then shimmy across while taking the occasional pause 
to avoid getting burned by the flame jets. Drop onto the ledge, then restock 
at the Green/Purple Fountains. Talk to Virgil, save your game, and continue
your descent.


.============================================================================.
| BOSS: Cerberus                                                             |
'============================================================================'

Rule #1: focus on one head at a time. That's the most important rule when 
fighting the three-headed dog-- err, worm. The square arena contains four 
shiny, glowing rocks near the northern end. Two on the left side, two on the 
right. If you stand near one of the rocks, the head facing directly in front 
will attack with a diving lunge. The preparation time is slow, giving you some
time to avoid getting run over.

After one of Cerberus's head performs the diving lunge attack, you have about
one second to get in a couple hits. There's a better way to deal damage, 
though. Run over to the closest rock (farthest from Cerberus) either on the 
left or right side. Pick one side throughout the battle, because you want to 
target one head at a time. Destroy the rock by pressing the Right Bumper, then
repeatedly mashing B. Be quick, or Cerberus will hit you with one of its heads
and finish you off rather easily.

Destroying the rock will reveal a flame jet, so any lunge attack used by 
Cerberus will result in a nasty burn. If timed properly, you will destroy the 
rock just before the head dives forward and it will be torched. The head will 
be dazed for a few moments, giving you plenty of time to attack.

The rock will be destroyed, but will return after a while. You can try to 
target and break the next rock, the one closest to Cerberus, but you'd be 
risking a higher chance of getting hit by its head. You can also play it safe 
and wait for the rock to regenerate to repeat the strategy. Simply run around 
while avoiding Cerberus's puke balls it sends your way.

Either way, once the head has taken enough abuse, you can follow a button 
command to sever the boss's head with one clean swipe. Now you have one less 
head to deal with and one less head to vomit projectiles at you. Also, 
decapitating one of the boss's heads gives you some health.

Focus on the other head now, using the same tactics that took down the first 
one. Lust Storm is a good spell to use to cut down on the damage dealt to 
Dante from Cerberus's puke balls and lunge attack. The vomit cannot be 
blocked, but using Lust Storm does prevent as much damage being dealt to you
as normal. Plus, with one head down, the middle head starts spitting out a lot
more puke than before. This makes destroying the rocks a bit harder than
before.

Once you are down to the middle head and the middle head alone, it will 
retaliate by using rapid-fire barf attacks. Seriously, it's like a machine gun
that spews vomit! Occasionally it will lunge at Dante, but since it's in the 
middle you don't know if it will lunge to the left or to the right. Hm.

You still need to destroy the rocks to expose the flames and stun Cerberus's 
middle head, but doing so is much harder due to the increased vomit attack. 
Instead, take the time to destroy the rocks immediately after the boss uses is
dive attack. Just as it dives forward and misses, it'll slowly move back into 
position; use this time to destroy one or even two rocks.

When the middle head dives forward and gets burned by the flame jets, it'll 
thrash about, but stay in the air. Don't worry, as you still damaged the beast
even though you can't reach it with your scythe. Continue burning Cerberus's 
middle head until it collapses, then complete one final button prompt to cut 
off the head a third time. Beware though, if you fail to complete the button 
commands in any way, Dante will automatically die and the battle will restart 
from the beginning! Don't mess up!

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Dante is awarded with AZRAEL'S APPRENTICE after a successful win. With the 
watchdog out of the way, Dante is granted access into Gluttony.


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Acid rain falls from above during your trek through Gluttony. Don't worry, it 
is only for aesthetic purposes and it does not hurt Dante.

Here in Gluttony, pay attention to the ground that you walk on, since nasty 
Gorger Worms lurk underneath. If you spot any cloudy, disturbed portions of 
the ground, avoid them or you will awaken a Gorger Worm. These tough foes have
a lot of health and can pack a wallop even though they cannot move far.

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| Silver Judas Coin 10
|
| In the entrance to Gluttony. This fountain is in plain view, just past the
| first Gorger Worm.
|

Use the Green and Purple Fountains, then slide down into the cavern below. You
can't help but wake up the Gorger Worms here, as you must defeat them all to 
open the path ahead. There are also a few Gluttony Minions down here in the 
cave. They are just like Hell Minions, but have much more health.

Once all four Gorger Worms and the army of Gluttony Minions are reduced to 
rubble, the rest of the cave opens up. CIACCO is resting next to the Beatrice 
Statue ahead. Determine his fate, then break the White Fountain and save your 
game at last.

When you exit the cave opening which is revealed to be a giant mouth, it 
closes. Make sure not to fall into the pool of bile, as it kills you 
instantly. Stay on the platform while defeating the Pests, then jump over to 
the next giant mouth. Wait for it to open, then jump inside to find another 
Damned Soul: CLODIA.

Jump back out and travel to the third gaping maw by using the horizontal wire.
Head down the throat to encounter Virgil along the way. Make sure to speak 
with him two times to earn CIACCO'S BILE. Up ahead is a strange portal, but 
you cannot access it until you defeat a horde of foes: Gluttony Minions, 
Guardian Demons, and one pesky Gorger Worm.

You can treat yourself to some health and mana at the two fountains ahead. 
After, step through the portal. Cutscene time.

The Glutton is basically a giant, fat steaming pile of man beef. Like a 
horribly disfigured sumo wrestler. With mouths for arms. As one could clearly 
deduce by taking one look at him, the Glutton isn't all that agile. As a 
bonus, he only has one attack: he spews vomit in an arc in front of him. Run 
behind the Glutton and attack, then wait for the toxic vomit to dissolve. He 
isn't too hard to take down; I just spammed Soul Stabber.

The room collapses, revealing a weird, disfigured chamber that kinda reminds 
me of an M.C. Escher painting. I would love to hold your hand through this and
offer you an ASCII diagram of the room, but the fact that the room is 3D makes
it near-impossible for me to provide you with a picture.

                                     ---

1. Run through the portal behind you. You will appear on the northern wall.
   Pull the lever here (lever #1) to move the first portal you went through,
   then go back through the portal you just came out of.

2. Ignore the lever (lever #2) here, then climb the wall to your right. Break
   the White Fountain open and continue up the Wall of the Damned.

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| Silver Judas Coin 11
|
| At the top of the portal room. Follow the instructions in the walkthrough to
| find out how to reach it.
|

3. After collecting the Silver Judas Coin, return to lever #2. Pull it to make 
   a platform appear, then go through the portal to the left to appear on the
   platform. Quickly jump down to reach the ledge before the platform moves
   out from under you.

4. Smash the White Fountain to your right and pay attention to the floating
   platform on the left side of the room. Wait for it to stop below the portal
   on the ceiling above. When the time is right, enter the portal to the right
   of the fountain to drop onto the platform.

5. Ride the platform. As it moves to the right towards the center of the room,
   double jump to the far right side of the room onto a ledge (the southeast
   corner of the room).

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| Beatrice Stone 03
|
| In the southeast corner of the portal room. Follow the instructions in the
| walkthrough to find out how to reach it.
|

6. Wait for the floating platform to hover underneath the portal on the
   northwest ceiling again, then fall into the portal next to you to drop onto
   the platform again.

7. Ride the platform as it eventually goes through a portal to exit the room.
   Wow, that was stupid and totally unnecessary, considering how I do not yet
   understand what teleporting mirrors have to do with gluttony.

                                     ---

Okay, this is more like it. Travel over to the Beatrice Statue, open the White
Fountain, then save your game. Slide down the pole and onto the rope, then 
swing over to the second pole. Climb up the pole instead of down to find a 
Silver Fountain and a Relic Holder.

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| Silver Judas Coin 12
|
| After exiting the portal room, slide down onto the rope and swing over to
| the second pole. Instead of sliding down, climb up to find the coin.
|

Also don't forget to snag OCTAVIAN'S GOLD before sliding down the pole. Avoid
the flame jets as you drop onto the tripwire, then shimmy over to another rope
below. Drop down from the rope and onto the floor. Grab the side of the rock 
below, then B for a few seconds. Release to push the rock to the left, 
temporarily putting out the flames blocking the path. With the flames out, 
jump back up to the rope and swing across.

Hack apart the giant chain and slide down the pole onto another wire. Five 
flame jets block your path, so time yourself as you go from right to left. The
flame jets activate in order, so follow each jet as you reach the other side.

Dead end? Not quite. With your finger kept on top of the Right Bumper, drop
down with A. Once you see the button prompt, quickly tap the Right Bumper to
swing onto a grapple point. Swing across some flame jets onto a rope, then
rappel across to one final pole.

At the bottom of the shaft, continue into the generic-looking cave. Double 
jump onto a ledge; before you pull yourself up, shimmy to the right behind a 
large rock structure. All you should be able to see are Dante's feet dangling 
below the bottom of the structure. Pull yourself up to enter a super secret 
hidden alcove containing the CROWN OF CARTHAGE.

Jump down and hop back onto the ledge, then pull yourself up. Access the Green
and Purple Fountains.

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| Silver Judas Coin 13
|
| Inside what I have now dubbed "Generic Cave". What? It just looks like a
| normal-ass cave! Certainly something you'd see in real life as opposed to
| Hell. Anyways, it's on a high ledge above the Green and Purple Fountains. To
| reach it, jump onto the ledge across from the two fountains, then double
| jump to the other side to reach the Silver Fountain.
|

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| Beatrice Stone 04
|
| If you were wondering, there is a ledge across from the Silver Judas Coin,
| but is blocked by a rock arch. It contains a Beatrice Stone, but it's pretty
| hard to reach. To do so, return to the first ledge and stay on the far north
| end. Perform a delayed double jump to reach it. It's really hard to get and
| you may want to skip it if you just want to get the stone somewhere else.
| Totally your choice.
|

Exit the Generic Cave. I guess the Generic Cave was a good transition, because
just like that, we are in a brand new Circle of Hell.


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Not the father-son reunion most people would look forward to. Talk to Virgil 
before jumping onto the moving platforms. Hop into the cauldron and cross the
platforms. That molten-hot liquid looks dangerous! Ride to the top and 
activate the lever to open a path.

Uh-oh! The path closes off again and molten hot liquid begins pouring through
the grate and into the cauldron below. As the liquid level rises up, you must
defeat groups of monsters before the cauldron fills up and overflows onto you.
Deal with the Pests first, then target the Guardian Demons. Fire Minions 
emerge next. Remember, stun them with your Holy Cross before vanquishing them.

Once the last of the enemies have been killed off, the lever reappears. Turn 
it to make the path open up, then dash onto it as the cauldron fills up. Close
call! Bust open the White Fountain and save your game. 

Jump along the moving gears next to you. Start up the first pile of gears and 
keep your footing, then jump across the gap to the next set.

Before moving downward towards the rock ledge, look up at the spinning gear 
against the wall in the gap. Perform a double jump to reach the gear. There's 
also a ledge to your right with a Damned Soul here, but a vertical gear 
prevents you from the easy access. Instead, time a double jump to leap around 
the gear and onto the base of the ledge. Pull yourself up and punish/absolve 
TARPEIA.

Return to the second pile of gears and make your way down the slope and onto 
the platform. Break the Green and Purple Fountains, then open the door and 
proceed through.

The door locks behind you and a Hoarder-Waster rises up from the ground. These
guys only have one attack, but it's a doozy. While you'd think that two 
conjoined zombies would have a tough time moving around, they squash those 
suspicions by performing a tornado attack. They'll spin around at great speeds
and shoot around the room with little control.

You cannot interrupt this attack with normal means (only magic will do the 
trick), so either use mana to hit the Hoarder-Waster as it pinballs around the
room or wait for it to stop. The Hoarder-Waster doesn't to much to defend 
themselves while you are wailing on them, so this should be an easy fight.

A band of Greed Minions will appear after the Hoarder-Waster kicks it. Unlike 
Gluttony Minions, Greed Minions are very quick on their feet and can annoy you
greatly as they jump around like monkeys and dodge your scythe. Like all 
minions, I find it easiest to grab and punish/absolve them for a one-hit KO,
since you don't get attacked during this sequence.

However, shift your focus to the two Hoarder-Wasters that soon appear. Use 
Vile Tornado to clear away the Greed Minions and focus on the Hoarder-Wasters.
Once you have cleared the room of enemies, a lever appears in the room's 
center.

You'll notice the moaning creepy orange zombie freaks crawling out of the 
walls. Well, you can eradicate them all with one simple yank of the lever, as
giant spike traps will lower from the ceiling along the walls, slicing the 
weird freaks apart like grated cheese.

.----------------------
| Silver Judas Coin 14
|
| After clearing the room of Hoarder-Wasters, grab onto the edge of the alcove
| and pull yourself up to reach the Silver Fountain.
|

These spike traps also double as platforms, so you have to use them to reach 
the room's exit. But first, a Relic to find. Pull the lever on the floor, then
immediately run and jump into the alcove. After some hesitation, the middle 
spike trap falls to the floor. But with you elevated on the alcove, you can 
climb onto the top of the spike trap. The safe part.

Step onto the top of the spike trap, then immediately jump onto the spike trap
on the right before it rises out of reach. From here, it should take you 
upwards towards another Relic Holder. Claim the DEMON'S WING, then drop back 
down to the floor.

Next up, getting the heck outta here. Climb into the alcove and use the lever 
here to open up the exit. It'll begin to close, but you should be safe if you 
are quick on your feet. Immediately after, jump down and activate the spike 
traps again. Like before, jump back into the alcove before the middle spike 
trap can plummet down onto you.

Ride the middle spike trap up and through the exit. Just avoid the spikes on 
the side of the door as it closes in on you. With perfect timing, you should 
slip right through without a scratch on you. Ride the elevator down and enter 
the next chamber.

A Beast Tamer in the distance locks the door between the two of you, leaving 
you stranded in this large room. Long blades radiate out from the structure in
the center and slowly move around the room like a fan. Jump over these blades
as they pass by you.

Jump down to the basement below. Normally this is the consequence for getting
pushed off the edge by a blade or unintentionally falling off of the ledge, 
but there is a Silver Judas Coin down here. Kill the Pests and Hoarder-Waster
first to reopen the path leading back up to the top.

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| Silver Judas Coin 15
|
| After killing the foes in the basement, open the Silver Fountain on the
| right-hand side of the area.
|

Climb up the Wall of the Damned to reach the top again, then begin your way 
around the room's perimeter. Jump across each of the gaps to reach the door on
the other side. Before going through, leap into the alcove on the right to 
find GESSIUS FLORUS. Do whatever you want to him, then return to the door and
head on through.

Before taking the next door, pull the lever that the demon pulled before. 
Doing so will stop the blades and open the cage in the central structure, 
revealing a Relic Holder. From the ledge that the door rests on, double jump
to the structure hanging from the middle of the room and collect WASTED GOLD,
then return to the door.

Open the door, smash the Green/Purple Fountain combo, and save your game. 
Continue forward to encounter the same Beast Tamer from before, who retreats 
through a closed door once more. Walk towards the dial and begin turning it to
slowly open the gate. The game stops you, and two buzzsaws on the south end of
the room move north along their track towards you.

The saw blades always stay on their track, so if you stand on the central 
strip at all times you should be fine. You must turn the dial to lower the 
gate while pairs of Guardian Demons attack. Use the buzzsaws to your
advantage, since they can slay a Guardian Demon in one hit.

Immediately begin turning the dial until the demons get in striking range, 
then stop and use your Holy Cross to push them along the saw blade tracks. The
part that makes this task so difficult is that you only have roughly two 
minutes to do this, or the walls will close in on you. Also make sure not to 
turn the dial the wrong way between pauses, as you always want to turn it 
clockwise.

Your best bet is getting a good head start. As soon as the game pans towards 
the buzzsaws and they start moving, dash towards the dial and start moving it.
It takes a good few seconds for the first wave of Guardian Demons to appear, 
so you should already get a great head start.

Once you make it through, Dante will have to deal with an Asterian Beast on 
the other side. Guardian Demons and Exploding Minions also join in on the fun.
Focus entirely on the Asterian Beast, only taking time to dodge the Exploding
Minions when they begin glowing and are ready to burst. Kill the Beast Tamer
and take control of the Asterian Beast.

Use the monster to destroy the fountains surrounding the room, then pry open
the door you just came from. Waste no time in running to the other side of the
room and prying open the door here. The Asterian Beast can't hold the door 
open forever, so make sure to slip through this door before the walls close in
on you.

Now that you're safe and sound, talk to Virgil for awesome insight and no
Relics. Boo. Begin up the side of the Wall of the Damned until you reach a
fork.

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| Silver Judas Coin 16
|
| At the fork, climb to the right. You'll notice that the wall angles down,
| leading into a small enclosed area. Descend to the ground to find the Silver
| Judas Coin.
|

Climb back up the wall and continue to the right, following the path all the
way to a second enclosed area containing the COIN OF PLUTUS Relic. Return to
the fork and climb upwards. Run over to the edge of the platform and swing to 
the grapple point. Swing across the gap and double jump onto the wire on the 
far side. Shimmy across the lava and drop down below.

Doing so will trigger the appearance of a Throne Demon. This guy is basically 
a Guardian Demon that was given a big axe and a fancy suit of armor. He has a
few interesting attacks, like hurling fireballs and a dash attack, but 
otherwise treat him just like a Guardian Demon.

The Throne Demon will fall, and the path opens back up. Access the White
Fountain and walk along the path.

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| Silver Judas Coin 17
|
| Found on the path that opens up after slaying the Throne Demon. Pretty hard
| to miss if you ask me.
|

Yank the lever at the end of the trail to lower a wall back where you fought
the Throne Demon. Return there to seal yourself onto the circular platform. A 
pair of Hoarder-Wasters attack, and needless to say, they are much more 
dangerous in close-range perimeters such as this platform. Try to target them
together so one doesn't use his tornado attack while you attack the other.

A second circular platform moves towards your location. Jump onto it before 
the one you're standing on tips over. Defeat the two Seductresses of Lust (why
are they here in Greed?) and the Pests to lower another wall up ahead.

Wait for the platform to take you across the lowered wall, then drop down onto
the trail. Replenish your health at the Green Fountain and your mana at the 
Purple Fountains along the walkway. If your health and mana are in check, then
leave them be.

Jump up onto the central pillar and activate the lever. A fireball shoots out
of the base of the pillar, destroying a pile of bones and revealing a dial 
down on the walkway. 

A Throne Demon and several Pests appear. It seems to me that the Pests keep 
appearing until the Throne Demon is dead, so focus on the big man. After he 
falls, two more Throne Demons appear together. If you can enter Redemption 
Mode, use it against the pair of freaks. Once they fall, eliminate the 
remaining Pests and head over to the dial.

Turn the dial clockwise to rotate the pillar. Now that the base is positioned
facing to the right, pull the lever to send a fireball to the right side of
the walkway, obliterating a statue and creating a stepping stone. Now do the
same for the other side of the room. 

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| Silver Judas Coin 18
|
| Use the pillar to send a fireball at the statue on the right. It lowers a
| spire into the lava, creating a stepping stone to the room above. Jump onto
| it and into the room to find the coin.
|

The left side leads to the exit, so head there next. Save at the Beatrice 
Statue before exiting the chamber. Open the two White Fountains before 
proceeding onto the elevator. Talk to Virgil on the other end and hop across
onto the large arena.


--- Plutus, the God of Wealth ---

The first wave of monsters that appear before the statue of Plutus are Greed
Minions and Hoarder-Wasters. Nothing too terrible. Next up: Exploding Minions
and Seductresses of Lust. Obviously, use the Exploding Minions against the 
Seductresses of Lust for an easy victory.

After the second wave, the enemies will stop and the Plutus statue's eyes will
open, sending out a beam of light as a gold block rises from the center of the
room. If the gold block is under the light, it'll stay solid, but will end up
disintegrating when cloaked in darkness.

Rotate the dial at the south end of the room to the left to make a larger gold
block materialize, then move the dial to the right back to its original 
position. You should have two gold blocks both showered in light and in sturdy
form. You can now climb up the two blocks and onto the Plutus statue. Open the
White Fountain and save your game, then take the door behind the statue.

Bust open the Green Fountain here and grab a hold of the horizontal rope.
Shimmy all the way across the gap and talk to Virgil a few times. Access the
White Fountain before grabbing onto the grapple point. Swing over to the Wall
of the Damned and ascend to the very top.

Four Seductresses of Lust attack. I hate these enemies so much. Activate Lust
Storm and go at 'em. A Glutton appears after a few have been killed, but deal
with the remaining ladies before taking on the fatboy. After that, some 
Exploding Minions arrive, which can be used to finish off the Glutton.

Next up, you will have to face off against more Exploding Minions and more 
Seductresses of Lust, plus a Throne Demon! Target the Seductresses of Lust 
using the Exploding Minions because they are FAR more annoying than a single
Throne Demon. Next, use Redemption Mode if possible and once again only target
the hoes.

Coming out victorious doesn't really earn you much, aside from a White 
Fountain an access to the exit. Guess that's good enough. Swing across to the
stack of moving gears. Two crushers will periodically... crush stuff along the
two gears, so you will have to dash underneath while moving against the gears.
Once you get across both, enter the door on the other side.

Climb along the Wall of the Damned and save your game at the end. Break the 
Purple and Green Fountains, then punish/absolve FULVIA. Pass through the door
and ride the elevator. Activate the lever at the bottom to raise a platform 
leading you to an Asterian Beast.

After finishing off the Beast Tamer, another one appears via the elevator and 
hijacks the beast from you. Grand Theft Monster! You'll pretty much have to 
repeat the previous strategy once more to take down the second Beast Tamer.

Once the second one is done with, you can freely ride the beast, taking out 
innocent Throne Demons with ease. Push the block at the north end of the 
platform out of the way, then follow the trail to a Wall of the Damned. Climb
along to enter another room containing a gold Plutus Statue. Slide down to the
ground; a waterfall of lava prevents you from backtracking.

Begin killing monsters left and right. An occasional Beast Tamer will appear
and try to kick you off of the reigns. If this happens, repeatedly press B to
foil his plans. If you're too slow, you'll get knocked off and have to slay 
the rider.

Continue stomping on Throne Demons and Greed Minions until a gold block 
appears in the northwest corner of the room. Like the ones in the previous 
gold room, they will slowly dissolve when not under the light given off by the
Plutus statue.

Move it onto the gold square switch on the right side of the room to lower the
Plutus statue into the ground. Climb back onto the Wall of the Damned (the 
lava waterfall disappeared, obviously) and jump to the left side of the room.
Continue along the Wall of the Damned to backtrack to the room where you had 
to fight all of those enemies. It was like five minutes ago, remember? Of 
course you do.

More Throne Demons will attack, as well as the occasional Beast Tamer. Again,
worry about the Beast Tamers first and use your stomp attack to clear the 
enemies down at your feet. I don't know if this could apply for everyone, but 
I noticed a glitch where I was able to walk through the northern wall. I would
walk straight through and kinda walk around in nothingness. Not normal, and 
not cool, so just avoid the northern wall entirely. >_>

Dante's father will confront him and offer up some father-son bonding time. 
Kinda. Open the northern wall to accept his invitation. The disc falls below 
and Dante lands on top of it... without the Asterian Beast. Just where exactly
did it go? I'd rather fight a boss battle on top of one of those things than 
just by my lonesome...


.============================================================================.
| BOSS: Alighiero                                                            |
'============================================================================'

Hopefully you have the counter abilities Repayment and Retribution. Not only 
because they are essential to your survival in Hell and you should have gotten
them a long time ago, but they really pay off during this boss fight.

Alighiero often uses his cross as a boomerang. He'll toss it at Dante in which
it'll smack him in the face, then keep coming back for more. During this 
abuse, block at the right time and counterattack with a light scythe attack to
send the cross back at your father. Now it'll boomerang into him instead!

If you get up close, the boss will use an unblockable cross swing. If it glows
yellow, then it is unblockable, so dodge instead of trying to block or 
counterattack. Alighiero is a fat wad, so he may have trouble moving around, 
but he is pretty quick at dishing out attacks.

After depleting a quarter of his health, Alighiero falls to one knee and the 
outer ring of the arena crumbles into the lava. Obviously, run to the center 
when he drops to avoid instantly dying, but also to attack the man while he's 
down. Alighiero starts using a new attack, which pretty much turns this fight 
from pretty easy to a "hoo boy this is really starting to get on my damn 
nerves" level of toughness.

Alighiero plunges his cross into the ground, leaving an imprint of the cross 
sticking up. This illusion will release an energy of shockwave periodically, 
usually once every second or so. The cross illusion will release about five or
six energy shockwaves before disappearing.

This kinda puts a damper on things because now you have to worry about one
extra hazard. Aside from dealing with Alighiero's close-range slams or long-
range boomerangs, you now have to jump over shockwaves. Blegh.

At this point, the only way to win is to be really good at countering. Or to 
be really careful, but at that rate it'll take like an hour to win the fight. 
You can counter the shockwaves, and since they appear at the same rate every 
time, it kinda helps with the timing. If Alighiero is close enough and you 
counter a shockwave, counterattack to damage the boss. Lust Storm also helps 
greatly here.

Once you get him down to a quarter health left, another portion of the arena 
falls apart, leaving things very hectic. Alighiero will also use a new attack 
very sporadically: he raises the gold cross in the air and it begins to shine 
with a very intense light. The boss gets coated with a strong aura, so simply 
run as far away from Alighiero as possible so you don't get creamed.

The fight gets harder with limited space, because it becomes harder to avoid 
Alighiero's unblockable cross swings. Also, he can create two cross illusions 
at a time, meaning you'll have to block two sets of shockwaves at a time. As 
the boss battle rages on, it basically turns into a raging counter-fest. 
Annoying as hell, pardon the pun.

==============================================================================

After sticking it to your dad, Dante receives the EYE OF ALIGHIERO Relic and a
new magic spell: Sins of the Father (Alighiero's boomerang attack). Refill 
your health at the exit and save your game. First, double jump onto the ledge
above the Green Fountain to find the HOARDER'S PURSE Relic, then drop down and
continue through the door.

Pull the lever on the elevator to begin crossing the chasm. A whole bunch of 
Pests will attack from a distance, but they're no big deal. I mean, you just 
killed your own father. I think you can handle a few bats. Some Greed Minions 
and a Hoarder-Waster are waiting for you on the other end. Execute every last
one. Break open the White and Purple Fountains, then activate the lever. 

Now at the bottom of the elevator, you'll begin your descent into Anger. Just 
for the record, there's nothing of worth here, so you can make a hasty climb 
down to the next level.

Continue to the cliffside and slide down the pole. Drop and grab the grapple 
point before swinging to the next pole. The falling rocks and giant meteors 
seem to be for show only, because I don't think any of them can hurt you. Drop
down onto the rope and break the giant chain, then swing to the grapple point.
Leap onto the final pole and slide on down into Anger.


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Destroy the White Fountain and speak to Virgil before heading off towards the
nearby swamp. You will see your destination in the distance. Jump onto the 
horizontal rope and shimmy over to the Beatrice Stone. Save, then continue 
along the stepping stones to reach a circular area. You'll be sealed in, as 
several Greed Minions attack. There are also two Gorger Worms here that you 
should worry about.

Defeat the pair of Gorger Worms, the Greed Minions, and some Pests to open up
the exit. Swing across the pool of murky water using the grapple point to 
reach a movable block and a gate.

.----------------------
| Silver Judas Coin 19
|
| Move the block slightly south and lean it up against the vines covering the
| right wall. Next, use the block as a stepping stone to reach the ledge high
| above. From here, break the Silver Fountain to retrieve the coin.
|

Move the block south onto the pillar, then jump on top of the block as the 
pillar begins sinking into the muck. This will reveal a cave below the gate, 
so wait for the pillar to move as far down as it can, then slip into the cave.
Talking with Virgil here twice will earn you MEDUSA'S CALL.

Break the White Fountain for some Souls. The yellow marker points you to a 
Wall of the Damned. There's kinda hard to spot here since they blend in with
the vines so well. Climb along; instead of continuing down, make a pit stop at
the White Fountain. Smash it, then return to the wall and start climbing down.
Leap across the gap to the other side and follow it to a tunnel.

There are two exits here, but both get sealed as some Fire Guardians appear. 
Like Fire Minions, Fire Guardians must be stunned with a Holy Cross attack 
before being killed. Unlike the ones we've seen so far, Fire Guardians can 
float around like a mist and their stun period is much shorter.

Kill a few Fire Guardians until some Seductresses of Lust appear, then deal
with them first. Use the Exploding Minions that ultimately arrive to make 
things easier on yourself.

The two exits open up. One is sealed with a wooden gate that's across from a 
pool of slimy water. Destroy it with a few Holy Cross attacks, then jump 
across to reach BOUDICA. Choose her fate, then take the second exit leading to
a long wire and a Green Fountain. Refuel, then shimmy all the way across.

.-------------------
| Beatrice Stone 05
|
| After shimmying across the rope and before dropping onto the circular disc
| in the water, open the fountain to find a Beatrice Stone. Again, if you
| already have three, then this will be a basic White Fountain.
|

Open the Purple Fountain here as well. Return to the wire and shimmy to the
middle, then drop onto the circular platform below.

It starts to slowly descend into the water, then stops. A Guardian Demon
emerges from the ledge above and attacks. The more Guardian Demons and Throne
Demons you kill, the more the platform rises up to the ledge. After about 
three or four of each, you should reach the ledge. Enter the tunnel.

.----------------------
| Silver Judas Coin 20
|
| At the top of the rising circular platform is a Silver Fountain, just at the
| mouth of the tunnel entrance.
|

Move through the cave, jumping over any pools of green water. I kinda imagined
Anger to be more like, fiery and explosive, ya know? Not a dark, murky swamp.
But I like it so far! Climb up the Wall of the Damned to reach a familiar 
trio: a Green Fountain, a Purple Fountain, and a Beatrice Statue.

Follow the walkway to the left for a brief scene. Punish or absolve HECUBA, 
then begin spinning the dial in the center of the room. Doing so will 
extinguish the flames on the platform above. Turn it all the way, then climb 
up on the platform. Run over to the gear on the wall and push it along the
track to the left. Be quick, or the flames will reach the platform and ignite 
the flame jets on the platform.

Once you move the platform up one level, a few Fire Minions arrive. Quickly 
kill them, then continue moving the gear along the track to avoid the oncoming
flames. Each level contains either Fire Minions, Exploding Minions, or a 
combination of the two. Along the way, rocks will block the tracks, so you'll
have to destroy them first before you can move the gear to the next level.

Once you reach the very top, push the gear into the end of the track to make a
Wall of the Damned appear to the left. Jump onto it and pull the lever at the 
top for a short cutscene. Continue along the edge of the tower roof. 

.----------------------
| Silver Judas Coin 21
|
| At the top of the tower, on a platform to the right of Virgil.
|

Jump past the Silver Fountain to find a Relic Holder with the GUIDING FLAME 
Relic. Drop back down and talk to Virgil a few times. We just spent all that 
time moving to the top of the tower, and now we have to make our way down. 

Fortunately, going down is a lot easier than goin' up. Slide down the two 
poles to reach the bottom, where you will find a Beatrice Stone and another 
Damned Soul: FILIPPO ARGENTI. Step onto the platform circle to begin moving 
into the Styx Marsh.


--- The Styx Marsh ---

Things will be pretty easy at the start, as only a few Pests will bother you 
for the first few minutes. Once you reach the other end of the marsh, however,
you will realize that you're riding on something much more than a simple 
platform.

Perform the button sequence to reach dry land.


.============================================================================.
| BOSS: Phlegyas                                                             |
'============================================================================'

This really isn't a boss battle at all, but I have my own specific reasons to 
include Phlegyas along with the other bosses (mainly because I have nowhere to
put his journal info). 

A handful of Greed Minions will be summoned by Phlegyas. He doesn't really 
attack aside from a single fist slam, so ignore him entirely as you deal with 
the Greed Minions. You cannot even damage the boss, so focus on the enemies 
entirely. Next up is a Hoarder-Waster along with some Exploding Minions. After
that, a nearby gate will lower, giving you access to a Green and White 
Fountain.

Walk past the fountains to a grapple point and swing across. Open the Purple 
Fountain, then activate a nearby lever to raise a bridge in the distance. It 
will begin to lower, however, and Phlegyas follows Dante over to his location.
Defeat the wave of Unbaptized Children that Phlegyas summons.

After those guys, some Seductresses of Lust and a Glutton appears. Try to use
Phlegyas to aid you in fighting these baddies, because his huge fist slam can
instantly kill most enemies. The final wave of monsters is a couple of
Seductresses of Lust and a Guardian Demon. After that, the gate opens ahead.

Use the Purple and White Fountains, then return to the lever and raise the 
bridge. Cross it and use the Green Fountain; go north along the walkway to 
initiate another enemy encounter.

Kill the lone Guardian Demon to make about six appear at one time. Phlegyas 
usually interacts more here, lending his hand by using a flame breath attack. 
Not only can it kill most enemies in one fell swoop, but it can hurt you too. 
If you are caught on fire, wiggle the Left Analog Stick left and right.

After some Guardian Demons, Throne Demons, Seductresses of Lust, Greed 
Minions, and Gluttons, you should be on your way. It sounds like a lot, and it
is, but at least Phlegyas cuts some of those numbers down. When it's all over,
he will punch the pillar to the right, revealing an opening. Two Throne Demons
jump out, so slay them before activating the lever inside of the opening. Good
job on the... boss battle? Ehhhh...

==============================================================================

Tongue action, yeah! Dante takes his anger out on Phlegyas and controls him
just like he would an Asterian Beast. Move down the long, winding path leading
to the City of Dis. Phlegyas controls the same as an Asterian Beast, but he is
clearly much bigger and much more powerful. Destroy the door leading to the 
City of Dis.


--- City of Dis ---

You can smash the giant towers here to receive Souls, but otherwise this is a
straightforward mission. Walk forward and destroy the bridge in your way, then
continue down the road. Step onto the walkway, where an army of unidentifiable
creatures attacks Phlegyas. They're probably Asterian Beasts or something, but
it's so hard to tell since they look like ants!

Use Y to stomp a few times. You will eventually destroy the walkway from under
you. Phlegyas plummets into the darkness, but Dante grabs onto a rope. Rappel
to the left and onto the third rope. There is a glowing structure to be 
destroyed. Once you break it, climb to the top of the rope and pull yourself
onto the ledge.

Save your game at the Beatrice Statue and walk to the left to find a dial. 
Turn it to cause the spike hazard along the cliffside to retreat into the 
wall. A few Greed Minions will interrupt you, so kill them. By now the spikes
have moved back into place, so turn the dial once more, drop onto the rope, 
and swing across before the spikes move back into place.

Slide down the pole and onto the wire. Avoid the flames as you shimmy along. 
Drop onto the rope, then rappel to the rope next to you. Either avoid or kill 
the Pests flying about. Swing to the left and time your jump so you aren't hit
by any flame jets. From here, slide down a series of poles. We're outta here!


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You can score another Relic early on here by talking to Virgil two times. 
After collecting the RAGE OF FARINATA Relic, bust open the Green and Purple
Fountains and open the door.

A Throne Demon will guard a lever here in the hallway. The hallway is doused 
with fire, so an easy way to kill him is to push him into the fire using your
scythe or Holy Cross attacks. After, pull the lever to turn off the flames in 
the hall. A Throne Demon, several Fire Minions, and a Fire Guardian appear at 
the other end of the hall. Quickly yank the lever to turn on the flames and 
kill the Throne Demon, then finish off the other guys.

Yank the lever once more to turn off the flames, then run down the hall and 
through the side door. Trek across the Wall of the Damned to another hallway. 
A Throne Demon on the other end of the hallway runs towards a lever. Dash to 
his location before the flames get turned on while you're still inside the 
hall. Kill him along with the Greed Minions, then pull the lever to deactivate
the fire.

.----------------------
| Silver Judas Coin 22
|
| Before proceeding forward, turn back around to the hallway and backtrack to
| the two fountains. One of them is a Silver Fountain.
|

Break the White Fountain here as well, then proceed towards the northern door.
Another Throne Demon arrives to foil your plan, so kill him before he can burn
you with the flames before you continue through the door ahead.

Chat it up with Virgil at the base of the cliff. After he disappears, stand to
the right of where he was and double jump. You should see the Right Bumper 
icon appear at the peak of your jump. Press the Right Bumper to latch onto an
unseen pole above, then climb to the top to reach a hidden ledge. There is a
White Fountain and a Relic Holder containing CALVACANTI'S BLADE up here.

.-------------------
| Beatrice Stone 06
|
| Also up here, next to the White Fountain and Calvacanti's Blade, is another
| Beatrice Stone.
|

Drop back down to the lower level and slide down the side of the cliff until 
you reach a horizontal rope. Move all the way across and drop down at the end
to find EMPEROR FREDERICK II alongside a Green and Purple Fountain.

Up ahead, Dante will encounter a Heretic. The first thing that should be noted
is the purple orb above their head. This means that they are immune to Holy 
attacks, so only use your scythe attacks on Heretics. Most of the time they 
use projectile lightning bolts to attack, but sometimes they will get up close
and personal with their staff. Their teleporting can get annoying, too.

After you kill the first Heretic, another one appears alongside some Greed 
Minions. Heretics can protect other allies as well, so any enemy that is with
a Heretic will also carry a purple orb above their head. You shouldn't have to
use Holy attacks on the Greed Minions, as you can grab and kill them in one 
shot. Do so, then finish off the Heretic.

Walk forward and climb along the Wall of the Damned. Pause at each gap and 
wait for the flame jets to cease before jumping across. Save your game at the
other end of the wall and open the two White Fountains.

Moving along the walkway triggers another battle. The Throne Demon and two 
Fire Guardians are nothing to worry about. The next wave features another pair
of Fire Guardians and a Heretic. You can only damage and kill the Fire 
Guardians with your Holy Cross attacks, but the presence of a Heretic makes 
those attacks useless. See how annoying these dudes can get? Deal with the 
Heretic first, then take out the two Fire Guardians.

The path ahead opens, revealing a lever. Pull it to create a chain reaction 
which raises the statue in the middle of the walkway up in the air. Move 
underneath the statue and proceed to the next room.

Move along the Wall of the Damned to meet up with Virgil. Once he leaves, 
destroy the Green and Purple Fountains and pass through another door.

The room ahead features a wall coated with active flame jets. Grab the stone
block on the west side of the room and push it onto the switch. This will 
cause a small platform in the middle of the north wall to slightly move 
upward. This doesn't do much good right now, but if we think long and hard
about this situation, we can probably think of something grand.

Stand on the south end of the block so you are facing the flame-coated wall. 
As you push the block onto the switch, the platform will shake a lil' bit 
before rising up. As soon as the block hits the switch, hold down B for a 
second and release to push the block forward onto the platform. The platform 
will raise up, allowing you to jump onto it and on top of the block to reach 
the top of the wall. Ta-da!

A Pagan will prevent you from moving forward. These guys look like Heretics, 
but they have ghastly grey skin and no purple orb above their head. You can 
use Holy attacks against these guys, but you may want to stick to scythe 
attacks anyways. Pagans teleport much more often than Heretics and have a few 
new projectile attacks. All in all, they are about as annoying as Heretics, 
but for different reasons.

Dispatch the Pagan to trigger the appearance of a Pagan and Heretic together. 
It doesn't matter which one you kill first unless you're a fan of Holy 
attacks. Either way, finish both off to open up a nearby gate. Pull the lever 
here to turn off the flame jets on the wall, then go through the open gate.

Punish or absolve CAVALCANTE DE CAVALCANTI, then climb up onto the Wall of the
Damned. Lava trickles down parts of the wall, but you can safely cross it. 
Just avoid the fireballs that fall down with it. On the other side, go through
the door.

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| Silver Judas Coin 23
|
| Ignore the cauldron and the lever here, then walk to the opposite end of the
| room to find a fountain in plain sight. Open it for a Silver Judas Coin.
|

Also open the Green and Purple Fountains. Next to the Silver Fountain is a 
stone block. Pull it back towards the lever, then activate it. Lava is tipped 
into the cauldron, which makes the statue back near the Beatrice Statue rise 
up even higher. Notice how when the tip of the statue moves into the beam of 
light, it is destroyed. Hmm.

In order to keep the cauldron in place, push the stone block in the nook to 
the left of the cauldron to keep it tilted in the air and the lava flowing.

Time to backtrack! For like, the first time ever! Along the way, you will 
encounter a new enemy: Fiends. They are basically the same exact thing as 
Pests, and just as easy. Backtrack all the way to the Beatrice Statue and 
fight the Pagan here. After, deal with the Heretic and Fire Minions (kill the
Heretic first, of course).

Save your game for the heck of it, then head to the right side of the statue 
and open the Green and Purple Fountains. At the end of the Wall of the Damned 
is another door you can open up. Break open the White Fountain and approach 
the tall silo.

The platform here will move to the right, so stand on it. A platform across 
the silo will move up and down. Wait for the two platforms to meet (and for 
the flame jet between them to stop) before jumping to the second platform. As
the platform moves up, look to the left towards a small alcove on the other 
side of a flame jet. Jump inside to find FARINATA. Punish/absolve the Damned 
Soul, then return to the platform.

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| Silver Judas Coin 24
|
| In the silo, opposite of where Farinata is, is another alcove. From the
| platform, jump into the alcove to find the Silver Judas Coin.
|

Also destroy the Relic Holder for the SEAL OF EPICURUS. Return to the platform
once more and ride it up to the next level. Continue moving along the rotating
platforms to the top. Turn the lever here to deactivate the flame jets in the 
silo, then move along the catwalk.

Move along the wire to the other side; smash the White Fountain for some Souls
and yank the lever to activate another cauldron. This time, the statue is 
moved into a beam of light completely and is destroyed. Jump to where the 
statue was and into the opening. Save your game, then proceed through the 
door.

Climb along the Wall of the Damned and destroy the two White Fountains.

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| Silver Judas Coin 25
|
| Ignore the northern path for now and slide down the pole next to the two
| White Fountains. At the bottom is a tiny platform containing a Silver
| Fountain.
|

Also destroy the Relic Holder for FREDERICK'S RING. Climb back up and move 
north. The entire place will begin to fall apart, as stalagmites will rain 
down from the ceiling. The ground is marked where they will land, but 
sometimes it is still hard to avoid getting hit. The floor will crumble 
underneath your feet, so don't slow down at any time. Up ahead, the floor will
collapse, but you can still use a grapple point to cross.

Continue along the collapsing cave. Try not to dash, because you can easily 
slide right off the edge of a walkway or platform. At the very end is a Wall 
of the Damned. This part is difficult, because the platform underneath you 
will begin to fall. Before you can jump to the wall, a rock will slide down 
the wall, prevent you from reaching it. As soon as you see the rock ledge 
slide down the side of the wall, jump, then perform a hesitated double jump to
grab onto the Wall of the Damned just as the rock moves past you.

It'll take some retries most likely, but there's nothing you can do but 
perfect your timing. Once you are successful, climb up to the top and sprint
through the tunnel to escape.

Speak with Virgil a whopping five times to make him shut the hell up and 
disappear, then save at the Beatrice Statue. Maneuver down the pole and drop
down onto the horizontal rope to enter Violence.


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Weird spot to enter another Circle of Hell. On a tripwire? Whatever. Move to
the right to find two horizontal ropes below. Where to go, where to go...

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| Silver Judas Coin 26
|
| Drop onto the wire pointing north and stay here. Shimmy north, past the
| gargantuan demon statue to reach a ledge. Collect the Silver Judas Coin
| here as you drop down.
|

You will also find more goods here: the SHOE OF NESSUS and another Damned 
Soul: ATTILA. Return to the rope and shimmy back south. Position yourself 
above the third rope and drop down, then move along to the right. Drop, then
immediately grab onto the grapple point. Swing to the next wire and double 
jump onto it. Shimmy to the end and fall onto the rope here.

Don't worry about trying to rappel towards the chain; we cannot reach it. 
Slide down to the ledge below you and break the rock to reveal a lever. This
will cause the axe-wielding demon statue to rotate. Turn the dial to rotate 
the statue back to its original position, then let go to unwind it, smashing
its axe into the wall above you. Kinda like a weird lumberjack.

Crank it up and release it two more times to break the axe, sending it flying 
into the chain and splitting it in two. Rappel along the rope and onto the 
grapple point, then jump onto the pole and slide down.


--- The Phlegethon: River of Boiling Blood ---

Now we're REALLY in Violence! You'll get a nice introduction of the 
surrounding area, and judging by the name, it doesn't sound or look too 
pleasant. Talk to Virgil and open up the Green and Purple Fountains close by.
Jump up to the upper ledge as an Arch Demon explodes out of nowhere.

The Arch Demon is covered in armor just like a Throne Demon, but carries two 
swords and also has giant wings. He can use these wings to block your attacks 
and also fly in the air. Once you weaken the enemy enough, you will be able to
rip his wings off. Finish him off like you would with a Throne Demon.

Jump onto the island and grab onto the pole. Climb up to get a view of the 
ledge above. A giant furnace will coat the ground in fire from time to time, 
so only climb up when the flames stop. Run to the other side and use the 
grapple point to swing to the platform across the way.

Two Arch Demons rise up next to Dante. You will have to kill these two foes 
while dodging the two furnaces here (yes, the platform you're on is also a 
furnace). When you see the furnace glow, walk over to the grapple point to 
swing to the opposite furnace and avoid getting scorched. You can also use
this method to catch a breather when fighting the Arch Demons.

I found the easiest strategy is to get the Arch Demons to move in close, then
immediately swing to the opposite furnace. As they start to slowly fly towards
you, unleash a barrage of Holy Cross attacks. If you hit them enough, you 
should knock them out of the air. Assuming that they are flying towards you, 
you will knock them down between the two furnaces as they fall into the 
boiling blood below. Insta-kill!

Destroy the Green Fountain on the left furnace.

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| Silver Judas Coin 27
|
| Don't climb down the pole; instead, look to the right to find two bronze
| markers to the right of the fence. Walk over to the edge to fall down.
| Descend downwards onto a blended-in Wall of the Damned. Climb to the bottom
| to reach the Silver Fountain.
|

Climb back up the Wall of the Damned. Hug the left side of the wall and try to
move left as you go up. There is a well-hidden split in the path that takes 
you to the left. Follow it to move underneath the furnace. Continue along the
Wall of the Damned to find a platform containing ATTILA'S ARMOR.

Return to where you found the Silver Judas Coin and jump onto the metal scale
sticking out of the blood pool. As it slowly descends into the blood, the 
scale ahead of it will rise out, like a balance. Wait for it to stick out of 
the pool enough before jumping on it. Do the same with the next pair of scales
to reach the other end.


--- Wood of the Suicides ---

Speak with Virgil a handful of times, then save at the Beatrice Statue.

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| Silver Judas Coin 28
|
| Hug the left wall next to Virgil and begin walking back near the scales.
| Right next to the closest scale is a high ledge containing a Silver Judas
| Coin. Don't miss out on this one!
|

Up ahead, the game treats you to a cinema showing off what the Wood of the
Suicides has to offer. Suicide Trees will create black holes in the ground,
then lure unsuspecting victims to their death. Pass under the first one as it
is no threat. The second Suicide Tree will create a black hole. If you get too
close, Dante will begin to be drawn in. You won't be able to snap out of it no
matter how rapidly you press B, so you're pretty much done for.

Stay away from the Suicide Tree and instead focus on the glowing red trunk to
your right. Attack it to stop the Suicide Tree, then run underneath. You will
eventually be sealed in by a gate, so no backtracking for you.

You cannot target the trunk of the third Suicide Tree, so stay to the right 
and squeeze past it. The fourth one can be destroyed, so target the trunk to
destroy it. Bust open the Green Fountain and run underneath the tree. Up 
ahead, Dante will encounter a Heretic and a pack of Fiends.

You have two ways to win this fight. You cannot attack the Fiends directly due
to the Heretic present. You can either play it out normally and destroy the 
Heretic first, but the Fiends heckling you from above can make this difficult 
and annoying.

Instead, you can target the two red tree trunks on either side of the arena. 
Doing so will send a gust of air out of the tree, stunning the Fiends and 
knocking them to the ground: a level where you can target them directly.

Once the enemies have been destroyed, open the Purple Fountain and go down the
trail. Smash the White Fountain and proceed to find another Damned Soul. 
Punish or absolve PIETRO DELLA VIGNA and go forward. Dante will slide down a 
slippery slope to a new section of the woods.

Destroy the three fountains for health, mana, and souls. Grab the block on the
side and push it towards the other side of the area. Push it at the base of 
the slope, then hold B and release to push it upwards. With enough force, it
should reach the top of the slope and begin to slowly slide back down.

Once it reaches the halfway point of the slope, jump onto the block and double
jump to the top of the slope. Save your progress here and attack the trunk 
here to destroy a Suicide Tree in the distance. Walk forward and drop down the
step to end up near the entrance of the Wood of the Suicides. The tree you 
destroyed was the third Suicide Tree that we simply avoided.

Pass underneath the tree and a wall of flames will halt your progress. Waves 
of Greed Minions and Throne Demons will attack. The catch is that every so 
often, a patch of Suicide Trees will lower from the ceiling in order to sprout
black holes. As soon as you see it descend, attack the glowing trunk to send 
it back into the ceiling before you are instantly killed.

After slaying the enemies and avoiding the Suicide Trees, another cinema will
begin. After absolving your mother, Dante earns the Suicide Fruit spell. For 
whatever reason, the enemies don't stop, so you will have to finish off a few
more Greed Minions and Throne Demons, but at least this time the Suicide Tree
lingering above doesn't seem to bother you.

Once the wall of fire lowers, leap up onto the ledge and pull yourself up.


--- Abominable Sands ---

Talk to Virgil a few times, break the Green Fountain open, then save at the
Beatrice Statue. 

Walk forward along the road. Even though it looks like it's raining fire, the
stuff won't hurt you. Destroy the Purple Fountain and continue. Defeat the
Exploding Minions along the path and jump up the pillar leading to a high 
ledge alongside the road. Here Dante will locate BRUNETTO LATINI. If you'd 
like an Achievement, make sure to absolve him.

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| Silver Judas Coin 29
|
| Found on the high ledge overlooking the road, right next to the soul of 
| Brunetto Latini.
|

Fall back down onto the path and continue ahead. Defeat the Heretic that first
appears so you can then target the Fire Minions. After, hack apart the Heretic
and Throne Demon that are summoned after.

Go forward and jump over to the platform underneath the archway. Here, 
punish/absolve GUIDO GUERRA. I punished him. What else was there for me to 
do? His name was Guido! Of course, he didn't have orange skin or a popped 
collar or a blowout haircut, but I digress. He probably didn't fist pump 
when Dante plunged his scythe into his face, either. Moving on.

Jump back to the path and continue around the bend.

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| Silver Judas Coin 30
|
| Again, it's right on the road along the Abominable Sands. It's on a ledge
| near the corner, next to where you encounter Guido Guerra.
|

Enter the ruins and destroy the Green and Purple Fountains. You will soon be
stopped by a cutscene inside. The scene will introduce you to Damned 
Crusaders. They can block you attacks frequently with their shield, but using
heavy scythe blows will destroy their shield and render them useless.

More groups of Damned Crusaders will drop down from above. After surviving 
three waves of baddies, the path opens back up. As the ruins open up and 
reveal a pool of blood, a few Fiends appear overhead. Defeat them and jump
across the blood to a pillar. Double jump up onto a pillar to your right and
open the White Fountain.

Kill s'more Fiends and jump to the left to reach the top of the first pillar.
Slay the Relic Holder for the MEMORY OF ACRE. Return to the second pillar and
double jump north to the ground below. Move forward to reach a huge structure.
It's basically a giant cart with a platform on top, acting as a roof of sorts.

First, destroy the White and Purple Fountains here, then stand at the base of 
the cart and begin moving it north. As you do this, an endless stream of Greed
Minions and Throne Demons will prevent you from moving the cart to the other 
end of the track. Any time you let go of the lever, the cart will begin moving
back down to its original location.

This was a pain in the ass, but the best way to get through is to have a full 
mana bar (you should since you just opened the Purple Fountain) and use Lust 
Storm. The monsters won't be able to interrupt your progress, so by the time 
you have used up your entire mana bar with Lust Storm, you should pretty much 
be at the end of the track.

The cart will now stay in place. Ignore the remaining enemies and jump up onto
the steps to the left. Leap onto the platform on top of the cart and leap to 
the high wall. Refill your health at the Green Fountain and continue. Climb 
across the Wall of the Damned to reach Virgil, a Purple Fountain, and a 
Beatrice Statue.

Once you are ready, descend down the pole for a boss fight.


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| BOSS: Francesco                                                            |
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Brothers-in-laws. They can be such jerks. Aside from his big sword, Francesco 
also totes around a rather large shield. This prevents you from putting a dent
in his health. You can still hurt him, but the damage is minimal. In order to
really put a beating on the boss, you must destroy his shield.

Francesco follows a pretty strict battle plan, so it is very easy to memorize.
He only has two attacks. When you're nearby, Francesco will plunge his sword 
into the ground, releasing a ring of energy. If you keep your distance, he'll
toss his sword at you like a javelin.

You cannot block this attack, so evade instead. The sword will either fly off
the edge of the arena if you are near the outer perimeter or it will get stuck
in the ground. You want the latter to happen. With the sword in the ground, 
dash over to it and press the Right Bumper to throw the sword back at him.

Toss Francesco's sword back at him two times to break his shield. At this 
time, get in close and unleash your most powerful attacks. Attacks like Soul 
Stabber and Sacred Quake will deal a nice amount of damage to an unprotected 
Francesco. Soon after, Francesco will conjure up a new shield and summon some
Damned Captains to do his bidding.

Damned Captains are a bit stronger than Damned Crusaders. These guys aren't as
much of a threat as you'd think, since they are really slow and do not even 
attack that much. I found the easiest way to kill them is by using a charged-
up Divine Force, as it'll kill most in one blow. The only hard part is finding
enough free time to charge up for the attack.

Continue throwing Francesco's swords back at him. From time to time, an 
unlucky Damned Captain may get in the way and get hit with the sword as well,
but you will want to focus on Francesco. I wouldn't even bother trying to 
eliminate all of the captains first; just kinda leave 'em there are attack if
they get too pesky.

I found this to be arguably the easiest fight in the game. Francesco only has 
two main attacks, is easy to damage, and often lets minions do the dirty work 
for him. Even if you don't have some of the upgraded abilities that I 
mentioned beforehand, this fight should still be a breeze. Make sure to finish
him off with a button sequence once you have depleted his health bar.

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With Francesco's defeat, Dante receives FRANCESCO'S FORGIVENESS. 


--- Geryon's Back ---

The arena you are standing on will begin to plummet. Kinda like the elevator 
scene back in Lust, you pretty much have to stand around and fight wave after
wave of enemies until the game tells you to stop. The first group is a few 
Damned Crusaders. A Heretic will join the fight sometime in between.

After they all perish, a Heretic will join two Arch Demons. Try to kill the
Heretic first because they are really annoying with their whole "har har you 
can't use Holy attacks" gameplan. These should be the last set of enemies, as
their death triggers another scene. Next stop: Fraud.


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Access the Green and Purple Fountains and save your game at the Beatrice
Statue. Walk forward a few steps for a scene.

The Malacoda, from appearance alone, is a flame-covered Guardian Demon. He
certainly isn't as easy as one of those fools. Hit it once with a Holy Cross,
then begin attacking. Treat him just like a Throne Demon, because he pretty 
much has the same exact attacks.

Once the Malacoda is destroyed, walk forward into the damp cave. Jump onto the
ledge next to the door and punish/absolve THAIS THE HARLOT. Open up the door 
and activate the elevator to be lowered down to the next level. Use the Green
and Purple Fountains, then open the door ahead.


--- Panderers and Seducers ---

Ride the moving platform to the arena ahead. Fraud is basically divided into 
stupid little challenges because presumably the developers got lazy and 
decided to devote an entire Circle of Hell to just killing waves of enemies,
and we are at that unfortunate stage.

Infinite Magic
--------------
Kill all enemies using infinite mana
Bonus: complete in under 75 seconds

You have infinite mana, so go to work. Use a spell to protect yourself, 
whether that be Lust Storm or Divine  Armor, then go to town. The enemies 
start off with some Guardian Demons and Greed Minions. Don't bother to punish
or absolve the minions, since that takes far too much time.

In fact, don't even bother using normal attacks against any of the enemies. 
You have unlimited mana, so spam the hell out of Sins of the Father and 
Righteous Path. If any of these are leveled up, things will go much more 
smoothly. This is also a great way to earn the "Superstition" Achievement.

Next up are Seductresses of Lust. Juggle them in the air with Sins of the 
Father and use aerial slashes to quicken the pace. As for the Fiends, you 
should probably just use aerial grabs to eliminate them with one shot. The 
final set of enemies is a Pagan and Unbaptized Children. Go after the Pagan 
first, then focus on the babies with Righteous Path.

                                     ---

Once the challenge is completed, head across the bridge and climb down the 
Wall of the Damned to another cave. Use the Green and Purple Fountains, then 
save your game and head through the door.


--- Flatterers ---

The grapple point will become concealed for a second or two. Wait for it to 
open back up, then swing across to the arena.

100 Combo
---------
Get a 100-hit combo
Bonus: complete in under 30 seconds

First off, equip the Coin of Plutus Relic; it'll increase the timing window 
for active combos. The only enemies here are Greed Minions and Guardian 
Demons. This is a pitifully easy challenge, as all you have to do is run up to
the nearest enemy and use Vile Flurry (X, X, X, X). It is your fastest and 
weakest scythe combo, so it inflicts the least amount of damage on the enemies
while raising the combo as a fast rate.

The Guardian Demons should stick around, but you'll be killing Greed Minions 
left and right. If there is ever a lack of enemies around, quickly pan out and
find the nearest foe to hit and maintain your combo streak. If worst comes to 
worst and there is no one in the vicinity, use a Holy Cross attack to hit 
someone at a distance and keep the streak alive.

                                     ---

Cross the drawbridge and activate the elevator. Along the way, the chains will
snap and the elevator will fall down the shaft. Jump out once you see the cave
opening to avoid plummeting to your death. Again, use the Green/Purple 
Fountain combo to replenish yourself and save your game before moving on.


--- Simonists ---

There are two platforms which slide up and down. Wait for the first platform 
to slide up horizontally and jump on it. Wait for the second platform to move
into place and leap onto it before the platform slides out from under you. Hop
to the arena.

Air Kills
---------
Kill 5 enemies while they are airborne
Bonus: Complete in under 1 minute

Another easy challenge if you ask me. This is probably the easiest to complete
the bonus as well. You will face off against Guardian Demons and Damned 
Captains. If you have the necessary abilities (Divine Force, Diabolic 
Ascension), you should be good to go. And you should have those abilities, 
because you can get them really early on. If not, shame on you.

Back away from the enemies and use Divine Force to stun them. Next, use 
Diabolic Ascension (preferably on the weaker Damned Captains). While they are
in the air, repeatedly tap X to kill one rather quickly. Repeat this over and
over again and you should complete the challenge and the bonus.

                                     ---

Climb across the horizontal rope and drop onto the pole. Slide down to the
second rope and shimmy across. Drop down and punish/absolve TIRESIAS, then 
proceed onward. Refuel and save before going to the next arena.


--- Sorcerers ---

The next section is composed of a moving platform and a sliding platform from
the level above. Nothin' too complicated.

Stay in the Air
---------------
Stay in the air for 8 seconds
Bonus: Kill 2 enemies while completing challenge in the air

Another painfully easy challenge. Well, it's a bit harder if you want the 
extra Souls, but otherwise you don't have to break a sweat. Basically, double
jump in the air and mash the Y button; Dante should float in the air as long 
as he hits an enemy on the ground every few swings.

If you want the bonus, you will have to significantly weaken the enemies 
before taking them into the air. You only fight Guardian Demons here, so use 
Divine Force about two times. Gather the enemies together in a tight circle, 
then jump and begin hitting Y. It's tough because you have to simultaneously 
attack two of the enemies.

                                     ---

Run over to the elevator and destroy the glowing gear holding it in place. 
Like earlier, it'll drop without any control, so you have to time your escape
as you dive into the cave entrance before your death. Save and move on.


--- Politicians ---

Jump onto the bridge and turn the dial so that the bridge now faces the arena.
Tilt it a bit farther, then step away from the dial. As the bridge rotates 
back into place, run across and double jump onto the arena.

Protect Innocent
----------------
Destroy all enemies and protect the human
Bonus: Keep all innocents alive

This is actually a fairly difficult mission. It's insanely tough if you want 
to complete the bonus as well. The arena, a square, is divided into two 
halves. Two humans stand still on the southwest and southeast corners of the
arena. Exploding Minions will spawn on the northwest and northeast corners of
the arena. For the most part, the enemies will only attack the humans directly
below them.

You have two ways to kill the Exploding Minions and protect the innocent 
humans: your grab attack or your Holy Cross. For added effect, equip Lord's 
Blessing and Medusa's Call to increase your Holy and projectile attacks. As 
things start off, you can get away with using grab attacks. Grab an Exploding
Minion and toss him back to the starting point.

For the most part, try to stay as close to the center as possible. If you stay
on one side and things start to get crazy on the other, you'll have to run all
the way across and by then the poor guy will be toast. Your scythe has a long
range for grabbing so you don't have to be super close to the enemy.

Exploding Minions spawn more frequently, and can reach up to two at a time on 
each side. At this point, start using Holy Cross attacks exclusively, because
grabbing and tossing one enemy takes far too much time. Using Holy Barrage or
Holy Devastation should kill an Exploding Minion in one go, and if two are 
next to each other both will most likely be taken out.

Try not to let any enemy get too close. The halfway mark is the limit, because
any closer and the ensuing explosion will reach the human. One thing is for 
certain: if one human is killed in the challenge, it becomes much easier. Now
you only have to worry about one human, and the Exploding Minions on the 
opposite side have nowhere to go: they literally walk south and explode.

                                     ---

Cross the series of wires to the next level and save your progress.


--- Hypocrites ---

There is another grapple point that you must use to cross the gap. Wait for it
to appear, then swing across.

No Magic
--------
Kill all enemies without using mana
Bonus: Complete in under 1 minute

Personally, this challenge was a cinch for me because I seldom use magic.
Unequip any magic-related Relics and equip Shoe of Nessus, Death Scythe, and
any other Relics that would aid you in attacking foes directly.

The bonus is impossible to complete here. Like, literally impossible. Defeat 
the waves of Damned Crusaders and the Throne Demon first. Next, take on a 
series of Damned Captains and a Heretic. Deal with the Heretic first, then 
attack the captains using Divine Force. After only a few enemies remain, an 
Asterian Beast lowers the drawbridge itself and storms onto the arena.

Challenge cancelled! The game tells you to escape, but you really can't. All 
you can do is take on the remaining enemies and the Asterian Beast. We have 
dealt with many Asterian Beasts up to this point, so you know how to handle 
them. Yawn.

                                     ---

As soon as you gain control of the beast, a statue high above falls on top of
it. Tap B over and over again to prevent getting crushed. The statue crumbles
and Dante jumps onto a piece. As the game enters a slo-mo sequence, press the
Right Bumper when it appears onscreen to swing to a grapple point. Dante will
drop down the elevator shaft and onto a wire. Shimmy over and save your game
before moving to the next challenge.


--- Thieves ---

Jump across the two moving platforms to the challenge arena.

Losing Health
-------------
Kill all enemies before health depletes
Bonus: Complete in under 1 minute

Yeah, the challenge sounds redundant, but the catch is that your health is 
slowly being sapped away during the challenge. Honestly, I don't know how 
anyone can complete most of these dumbass bonuses. I managed to complete three
out of 10, and this one I only managed to defeat the first wave of enemies in 
an entire minute. So obviously I have no strategy for completing the bonus.

As for the challenge alone, Divine Armor is your friend. This spell slowly 
regenerates Dante's health, so it kinda negates the whole "sapping health" 
part of the challenge. The first set of enemies are easy, since it's a few 
Fiends and Greed Minions. Next, defeat the Seductresses of Lust and Guardian 
Demons.

Lastly, you will have to do battle against some Damned Crusaders and a 
Glutton. If you are having trouble during this challenge, I suggest using 
Divine Armor (or Lust Storm if you don't have it) and equipping the Eye of 
Alighiero and Francesco's Forgiveness Relics.

                                     ---

Walk across the drawbridge and ignore the elevator. Instead, use the Wall of 
the Damned as your mode of transportation. Refill your health and mana and 
save your game. We're almost done with this lame-ass Circle of Hell.


--- Evil Counselors ---

Jump onto the moving platform. Make sure to leap over the burning rope like a 
circus animal before crossing to the other side. Boy, this game always loves 
giving us some variety.

No Block
--------
Kill all enemies while unable to block
Bonus: Complete in under 1 minute

Get used to the Right Analog Stick, because you'll be evading everything left
and right instead of blocking and countering. The first two enemies are 
Hoarder-Wasters, and they are basically the reason why you didn't receive the
bonus if you did not get it. The strategy is to group both together and attack
them at the same time, because their tornado attack leaves them invulnerable 
for a good ten seconds.

At least when one dies, you can focus on other enemies if the Hoarder-Waster 
remaining is spinning around like a top. Otherwise, focus on these two punks 
before anyone else. The only other foes here are two Temptresses of Lust and a
few Greed Minions. Even though you cannot block, this challenge is still easy
because the game is giving you really weak enemies to combat against.

                                     ---

At the end of the drawbridge, slide down the pole and cross the horizontal 
rope. Drop down at the end to cling to the Wall of the Damned, then use this 
to reach the cave opening. Do your stuff, then pry open the door. Geez, I'm 
getting tired of sounding like a broken record...


--- Sowers of Discord ---

Another one of those rotating bridges, except there's a burning piece of rope
along the side! Use the dial to rotate it into place, then run across and 
double jump to the arena.

Single Combo
------------
Kill all enemies without resetting the Hit Counter
Bonus: Complete in under 1 minute

This challenge is actually really annoying, because if at any time your combo
ends, you automatically fail. At least there are only two sets of enemies you
have to fight.

Definitely equip Coin of Plutus and start attacking the Greed Minions that 
first appear. A Guardian Demon appears with them. Coin of Plutus really helps
even if it's at Level 1, because even if you get hurt your Hit Counter still 
stays in tact for a second or two. A neat way to keep your Hit Counter high 
when there aren't many bad guys around is to use Sins of the Father.

The second wave is where things get annoying. The Throne Demon really screws 
things up, because he's the only enemy in this challenge that can actually 
block Dante's attacks. As you defeat the Unbaptized Children around you, use
Holy Cross attacks to soften him up, then dash over and attack with your 
scythe.

The Throne Demon is really the only reason why this challenge is difficult. 
Getting hit by him usually doesn't matter, but if you are knocked down by his
charged swing or ram attack, you can consider yourself finished. Definitely
use Sins of the Father on him and juggle him in the air. When the Throne Demon
lands back on the ground, have no mercy and hack away at his body before he 
can get up.

                                     ---

Again, cross the bridge and use the elevator. It's a smooth and safe ride, so 
don't expect it to plummet down the hole. You will find MYRRHA down here, so 
punish/absolve her. Save your game up ahead and head to the final challenge.


--- Falsifiers ---

Another moving platform. As you cross the pit, hop across the two burning 
ropes to the arena.

Endurance Test
--------------
Kill all enemies
Bonus: Complete in under 5 minutes

If the bonus alone is to win in under five minutes, you know that this'll take
a while. Unless you are aiming for the bonus, this challenge isn't as bad as 
one would assume. Just play it safe and take your time, using magic such as 
Divine Armor and Lust Storm to play a little defense from time to time.

Of course, the challenge starts off with some fodder: Greed Minions and 
Guardian Demons. After, two Temptresses of Lust will attack. They aren't too 
bad, especially since we've been dealing with their stronger cousins for most 
of the game. A Pagan will then arrive, accompanied by a group of Unbaptized 
Children. Don't worry about grab attacks on the babies, since that wastes too 
much time. Use moves like Vile Tornado to scatter the babies, then use heavy 
attacks on the Pagan.

A Throne Demon appears, but he can be taken out exclusively by using the 
Exploding Minions against him. Do that, then use the remaining Explosive 
Minions on the Glutton afterwards. Use your Holy Cross on the Pests here. The
next wave consists of Damned Crusaders and a Hoarder-Waster. Focus on the 
Hoarder-Waster first, then use Divine Force on the Damned Crusaders.

Another Glutton arrives with some Greed Minions. Don't worry about using 
executions to punish or absolve enemies; just hack 'em apart to save time. If 
you already failed in the bonus, then you might as well execute them. I mean, 
you'll be getting some Souls, so it's better than none. Next up are some 
Seductresses of Lust and an Arch Demon. Deal with the two lovely ladies before
targeting the demon.

Nope, we're still not done! Kill as many Fire Minions as you can before the 
Heretic drops in. Make the Heretic your first priority, then take care of the
stragglers. A handful of Fire Guardians and Pests are next. After them are two
Guardian Demons. They should be easy. The final enemy is a Malacoda: 
extinguish his flames with Holy Barrage and Divine Force, then finish him off.

                                     ---

Success! Proceed across the bridge for a cutscene. You may have saved Beatrice
from eternal damnation, but we aren't done here just yet. Go around the bend 
to the left and speak with Virgil. Open the Green and Purple Fountains here. 
Punish or absolve FRA ALBERIGO and then save your game.

Quite the change of scenery here. Slide down the two poles and shimmy to the 
right. Drop onto the icy floor and begin killing the Pests here. The giant 
head in the background will begin blowing gusts of wind every few moments. You
can get pushed right off the edge if you aren't careful, so begin jumping back
to the north end of the platform when you see the wind blow.

After, you will have to slay two Arch Demons on this platform. There are a few
tricky parts to this battle, specifically when you can cut off their wings or
punish/absolve them. Only make sure to do these right after the wind has 
ceased. If you start to perform the sequence while the wind is blowing, you'll
get swept off the edge.

After killing both, grapple points will appear. Swing across onto the rope. 
Begin swinging across the rope and destroy the patch of icicles blocking your
way. Jump to the pole on the other end and climb to the top to find MORDRED. 
After punishing/absolving him, return to the pole and slide down into the 
final Circle of Hell. Hoo boy, you know who's down here!


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Talk to Virgil one final time at the entrance to Treachery. The ice bridge 
ahead is very unstable and can break at any moment. You have to find the right
areas to walk across, or you will slip right through the weak ice.


    The Ice Bridge                                        S - start
    --------------                                        F - finish
                                                          # - stable areas

          ____           _           _____                _____
      ___/    `.____    / |    __,--'  ###\__________,---'     `.__ 
___,-'######        `._|  '-._|##    #####         ########        `-----.___
     ###   ####                #######  ##         ##    ###             ## F
    ###      #######           ##       ##   ########     ####     #######
S  ####            ####      ####        ##  ##           #####    ##
_ ##### __,------.__  ########            #####           ######  ##
 `-----'            `._                 _                  ########       ,-'
                       \         ______| `-._          ___             ,-'
                        |_    __|            |       _|   |       _,--'
                          |__/               |__,---'     '--.___/

This is a really crude ASCII map of the ice bridge, so it might not help as 
much as I would want it to. Basically the ice bridge is as shown above, but 
you can only walk on the stable areas marked on the map. If you tread anywhere
unsafe, the ground will begin to rumble. If this happens, immediately try to
find stable ground and continue along before it crumbles from underneath you.
Dante will move incredibly slow as you trek across the ice bridge, which may 
be for the best.

Once you make it across, step to the left of the archway to encounter the 
final Damned Soul: COUNT UGOLINO. Do whatever you'd like to him, then bust 
open the Green and Purple Fountains before saving. Walk through the arch and
destroy the chain to send Dante down to the pit below.


--- Lake Cocytus ---

Ready for the final boss battle? There's certainly no turning back now.


.============================================================================.
| BOSS: Lucifer                                                              |
'============================================================================'

--- Part 1 ---

I should probably mention the recommended Relics used during this boss fight.
Assuming you have all four slots open, go with Eye of Alighiero, Francesco's
Forgiveness, Tristan's Desire and Lord's Blessing. After Part 1, switch Lord's
Blessing with Death Scythe.

You can't do much to damage Lucifer here. For now, all you can do is dodge his
extremely quick fist slam attacks. He moves a lot quicker than someone like 
Phlegyas, so you must react quickly to avoid the shockwaves that emanate from 
his fists.

After doing this for a little bit, a beam of light will shine down in the 
center of the pentagram on the floor. Press the Right Trigger to be shot up 
towards Lucifer's face, then use light scythe combos to hack away at his face.
Once Lucifer falls backwards, use your Holy Cross to attack his torso.

After, the boss will get a little ticked off. He sends a gust of wind that 
pushes you to the edge of the arena, then summons to raging tornados. If you 
are caught inside one, press A to reduce the amount of damage done. From now 
on, Lucifer will begin to use fist slams in quick succession. He will often 
slam one fist down, then the other, then finish off with a double fist slam.

From now on, stay on one side of the arena. That way you only have to avoid 
one of the boss's fists. Also perform a single jump to avoid the shockwave, 
because a double jump would screw up the timing and you'd land on the ground 
just as he unleashes his double fist slam.

After a while, another beam of light will appear. Run over and press the Right
Trigger, then slash the boss's face to stun him. Attack his torso with your 
Holy Cross. The battle will continue to repeat itself until you deplete
Lucifer's health bar.


--- Part 2 ---

The real Lucifer climbs out of the huge guy and fights Dante on the ground, as
you are given an automatic health and mana refill. Also, if you die here, you 
will start from Part 2. As if we haven't used this comparison enough 
throughout the game, Lucifer greatly resembles a Guardian Demon. Needless to 
say, we won't be carving through this guy as easily as we would a Guardian
Demon.

Lucifer often uses a three-hit sword combo. The third hit is unblockable: try
to counter the first two swings, but if you fail then roll out of the way of 
the third. Like in the battle with Alighiero, it's key to perfect your 
countering skills with Repayment and Retribution. Some of the best attacks to 
use are Death's Pillar and Divine Power. Also, Sacred Quake is another strong 
attack to use against Lucifer.

Lucifer's long-range attack is easy to avoid. He slices the ground: tiny 
sparks travel along the ground towards Dante before they eventually explode. 
They do not go far, so you can back away from them before they disappear. As 
for right now, he only has two attacks. One thing you want to note is that if 
you spam your Holy Cross too much, Lucifer will learn to counterattack it.

Every so often, you will take a chunk out of the boss's health bar, resulting 
in you receiving some health and mana. Lucifer will also float in the air and 
release a shockwave attack. Double jump over it, then resume attacking.

Lucifer eventually starts to teleport around the ring. He usually does it to 
get behind you and then hurls a couple fireballs at you. These are 
unblockable, and if you get hit by one you are likely to get hit by the 
others, resulting in about half of your health bar disappearing. Make sure to 
roll out of the way of the four to five fireballs.

After dealing around a quarter of his health, the boss will teleport, then use
a rapid-fire shockwave slam. This time, only use single jumps to avoid them as
opposed to double jumps. Also, try to run away from Lucifer because the 
shockwaves don't travel the entire distance of the arena.

As the battle starts winding down, don't be afraid to use magic to help 
yourself out. Lust Storm and Divine Armor are great shields, and Righteous 
Path can deal quite a bit if leveled up. Plus, don't forget about using 
Redemption Mode! It's a good deal-breaker, especially if you have purchased 
any Redemption Cells.

After you deplete enough of Lucifer's health bar, the next phase will begin. 
You won't have to take out the entire health bar: reducing him to around a 
quarter health will do the trick.


--- Part 3 ---

The final phase is really short, because you only have to take out a quarter 
of the boss's health. Lucifer will permanently float high in the air, making 
it harder to attack him than before.

Lucifer's range of attacks doesn't increase by much. He only uses long-range 
projectile attacks, not many of which are blockable. I wouldn't try to block 
any of them anyways; just evade as he shoots them. The Right Bumper often 
appears at the top of the screen. By pressing it, Dante will grab Lucifer and
yank himself up to the boss. At this time, use light scythe attacks to slowly
damage Lucifer before falling back to the ground.

Keep repeating this process: the button prompt appears as Lucifer uses any 
projectile attack, so it's pretty frequent. Holy Cross attacks are out of the
picture because like Heretics, Lucifer is immune to them in this stage of the
fight. Also, a good idea would be to use Sins of the Father to continuously 
damage Lucifer even without using up-close scythe attacks.

Once you deplete Lucifer's health bar, the ending button sequence will begin. 
He rises in the air and fires a laser beam to the ground. The edges of the 
pentagram float up in the air as grapple points appear on them. Use these 
grapple points to grapple around the edges of the pentagram, then up to 
Lucifer himself. After this, follow the commands onscreen to win the fight.

==============================================================================

The ending cinema is pretty sweet. The game will end afterwards, in which you
will unlock a bunch of cool stuff. Resurrection Mode allows you to play 
through the game with your current stats and abilities. Unfortunately, your
Silver Judas Coins reset, so you cannot simply replay through the game if you
missed a few coins; you'll have to collect them all over again.


______________________________________________________________________________
==============================================================================

[4] ABILITIES                                                           [0400]

==============================================================================

Abilities are unique moves that can be taught to Dante at the price of White
Souls. If you noticed on the upgrade section of the menu, you have both Unholy
and Holy abilities. In order to be given access to new abilities, you must
level up.

Naturally, you can gain levels by earning experience. You can earn experience
by punishing and/or absolving enemies. Press the Right Trigger to grab an 
enemy, and you'll be given the option to punish or absolve them. Punishing 
them (X), earns you Unholy experience, while absolving them (B) nets you Holy
experience.

Once you reach a level, you can purchase abilities corresponding to that 
level. So if you are Level 2, then you will be able to access abilities on the
row marked "2" on the ability tree, and can buy them assuming that you have 
bought the prerequisite abilities on the below levels. 


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        Level                                                   Level
        -----                                                   -----
                .---.   .---.
          7     | 33|   | 34|                                     7
                '---'   '---'
                  |       |  
                .---.   .---.
          6     | 31|   | 32|                                     6
                '---'   '---'
   
                .---.   .---.   .---.
          5     | 28|   | 29|   | 30|                             5
                '---'   '---'   '---'
                  |
                .---.           .---.   .---.
          4     | 25|           | 26|   | 27|                     4
                '---'           '---'   '---'
                                          |
                .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.
          3     | 19|   | 20|   | 21|---| 22|   | 23|   | 24|     3
                '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'
                  |                       |       |       |
                .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.
          2     | 13|   | 14|   | 15|   | 16|   | 17|   | 18|     2
                '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'
                                          |       |       |
                        .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.
          1             | 8 |   | 9 |   | 10|   | 11|   | 12|     1
                        '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'
                          |       |       |               |         
                        .---.     |     .---.   .---.   .---.
          0             | 4 |     |     | 5 |---| 6 |   | 7 |     0
                        '---'     |     '---'   '---'   '---'
                                  |       |               |
                                .---.   .---.           .---.
                                | 1 |   | 2 |           | 3 |
                                '---'   '---'           '---'


.============================================================================.
| Default                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 1. Death's Grasp ---

Cost: -
Requires: -

Pull the Right Trigger to grab an enemy with Dante's Scythe.


--- 2. Diabolic Ascension ---

Cost: -
Requires: -

Press and hold Y to launch nearby enemies in the air.


--- 3. Vile Flurry ---

Cost: -
Requires: -

Press X, X, X, X to initiate a Quick Combo.


.============================================================================.
| Level 0                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 4. Repayment ---

Cost: 1,500 Souls
Requires: -

Press the Left Trigger just before an enemy attack to counter. Press X or Y
after countering to counter attack.


--- 5. Impaler ---

Cost: 1,000 Souls
Requires: Diabolic Ascension

Press Y, Y to initiate a Fierce Attack that hits enemies multiple times.


--- 6. Diabolic Rupture ---

Cost: 1,500 Souls
Requires: Impaler

Press Y, Y while in the air to initiate a Fierce Attack and finishing move.


--- 7. Vile Wind ---

Cost: 1,000 Souls
Requires: Vile Flurry

Hold X to quickly dash backwards and then dash forward with a sweeping attack.


.============================================================================.
| Level 1                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 8. Retribution ---

Cost: 2,000 Souls
Requires: Repayment

Press X after countering a projectile to return the projectile back to the
enemy.


--- 9. Death's Reach ---

Cost: 2,000 Souls
Requires: Death's Grasp

Dante's grab attack now reaches enemies at a greater distance.


--- 10. Death's Pillar ---

Cost: 1,500 Souls
Requires: Impaler

Press Y, Y, Y, Y to initiate a Fierce Combo that knocks enemies to the ground
and breaks their blocks.


--- 11. Soul Stabber ---

Cost: 2,000 Souls
Requires: -

Pressing the Left Trigger + A will execute a high frequency Focus Attack 
combo.


--- 12. Vile Tornado ---

Cost: 2,000 Souls
Requires: Vile Wind

Pressing the Left Trigger + X will execute a sweeping Focus Attack.


.============================================================================.
| Level 2                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 13. Magic: Lust Storm Level 2 ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: Magic: Lust Storm

Lust Storm does more damage to enemies.


--- 14. Wisdom of Horace ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: -

The mana bar increases in scale.


--- 15. Fortitude of Hector ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: -

The health bar increases in scale.


--- 16. Diabolic Hammer ---

Cost: 2,000 Souls
Requires: Death's Pillar

Pressing the Left Trigger + Y will initiate a deadly Focus Attack combo for 
massive damage.


--- 17. Soul Crusher ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: Soul Stabber

Pressing the Left Trigger + A while in the air will thrust the Scythe down on
enemies with a Critical Attack.


--- 18. Vile Cyclone ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: Vile Tornado

Pressing the Left Trigger + X while in the air will slice enemies in the air
with a Focus Attack.


.============================================================================.
| Level 3                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 19. Magic: Lust Storm Level 3 ---

Cost: 5,000 Souls
Requires: Magic: Lust Storm Level 2

Lust Storm has an increased range and blocks ranged attacks from enemies.


--- 20. Redemption Cell ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: -

A cell is added to Dante's Redemption meter which extends its duration.


--- 21. Abominable Slam ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: Diabolic Slash

Holding Y while in the air will break enemy defenses from above with a 
Critical Attack.


--- 22. Diabolic Slash ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: Diabolic Hammer

Pressing the Left Trigger + Y while in the air will scar the ground with a 
Fierce Attack.


--- 23. Soul Shatter ---

Cost: 3,000 Souls
Requires: Soul Crusher

Pressing the Left Trigger + A during Soul Stabber will launch enemies into the
air with a forceful finishing move.


--- 24. Vile Hurricane ---

Cost: 3,000 Souls
Requires: Vile Cyclone

Pressing the Left Trigger + X during Vile Tornado will send enemies flying 
with a Critical Attack.


.============================================================================.
| Level 4                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 25. Magic: Sins of the Father Level 2 ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: Sins of the Father

Sins of the Father travels an increased distance.


--- 26. Relic Slot ---

Cost: 3,000 Souls
Requires: -

An additional relic slot is unlocked.


--- 27. Diabolic Guillotine ---

Cost: 3,000 Souls
Requires: Diabolic Slash

Mashing the Left Trigger + Y during Diabolic Hammer will unleash a fury of
Critical Attacks with a damaging finish.


.============================================================================.
| Level 5                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 28. Magic: Sins of the Father Level 3 ---

Cost: 5,000 Souls
Requires: Magic: Sins of the Father Level 2

Sins of the Father projects three blades at once instead of one.


--- 29. Wisdom of Lucan ---

Cost: 4,000 Souls
Requires: -

The mana bar increases in scale.


--- 30. Fortitude of Latinus ---

Cost: 4,000 Souls
Requires: -

The health bar increases in scale.


.============================================================================.
| Level 6                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 31. Magic: Suicide Fruit Level 2 ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: Suicide Fruit

Suicide Fruit has an increased range of destruction.


--- 32. Mental Sap ---

Cost: 4,000 Souls
Requires: -

Enemies release mana when destroyed by Dante's scythe.


.============================================================================.
| Level 7                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 33. Magic: Suicide Fruit Level 3 ---

Cost: 5,000 Souls
Requires: Magic: Suicide Fruit Level 2

Suicide Fruit has an increased range of destruction.


--- 34. Mental Sap Level 2 ---

Cost: 6,000 Souls
Requires: Mental Sap

Enemies release an increased amount of mana when destroyed by Dante's scythe.


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        Level                                                   Level
        -----                                                   -----
                                                .---.
          7                                     | 29|             7
                                                '---'
                                                  |  
                                .---.           .---.
          6                     | 27|           | 28|             6
                                '---'           '---'
                                  |
                        .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.
          5             | 22|   | 23|   | 24|   | 25|   | 26|     5
                        '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'
                          |       |
                        .---.   .---.
          4             | 20|   | 21|                             4
                        '---'   '---'
                          |
                .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.
          3     | 14|   | 15|   | 16|   | 17|   | 18|   | 19|     3
                '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'
                  |               |               |       |
                  |     .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.     |
          2       |     | 10|   | 11|---| 12|   | 13|     |       2
                  |     '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'     |
                  |       |       |                       |
                .---.     |     .---.   .---.   .---.   .---.
          1     | 5 |     |     | 6 |   | 7 |   | 8 |   | 9 |     1
                '---'     |     '---'   '---'   '---'   '---'
                  |       |        
                  |     .---.   .---.   .---.
          0       |     | 2 |---| 3 |   | 4 |                     0
                  |     '---'   '---'   '---'
                  |
                .---.
                | 1 |
                '---'


.============================================================================.
| Default                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 1. Holy Blast ---

Cost: -
Requires: -

Press B, B to unleash two waves of Divine energy.


.============================================================================.
| Level 0                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 2. Divine Force ---

Cost: 1,000 Souls
Requires: -

Holding and releasing B will break enemy defenses by releasing a concentrated
short range burst of holy energy.


--- 3. Divine Force Level 2 ---

Cost: 1,500 Souls
Requires: Divine Force

Holding B longer will increase the damage from Divine Force when released.


--- 4. Vindication ---

Cost: 1,500 Souls
Requires: -

Press B after countering to initiate a Critical Attack that sends enemies
flying.


.============================================================================.
| Level 1                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 5. Holy Barrage ---

Cost: 2,000 Souls
Requires: Holy Blast

Pressing B, B, B will unleash a three part attack of divine energy.


--- 6. Sacred Judgement ---

Cost: 2,000 Souls
Requires: -

Pressing the Left Trigger + B will initiate a two part Focus Attack that
violently pulls enemies toward Dante with divine might.


--- 7. Wisdom of Camilla ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: -

The mana bar increases in scale.


--- 8. Fortitude of Seneca ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: -

The health bar increases in scale.


--- 9. Magic: Righteous Path Level 2 ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: Righteous Path

Righteous Path deals more damage to enemies.


.============================================================================.
| Level 2                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 10. Divine Tempest ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: Divine Force

Holding and releasing B while in the air will launch enemies into the air with
divine might.


--- 11. Sacred Quake ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: Sacred Judgement

Pressing the Left Trigger + B while in the air will crash Dante down in a 
Focus Attack that stuns nearby enemies.


--- 12. Sacred Quake Level 2 ---

Cost: 2,000  Souls
Requires: Sacred Quake

Sacred Quake will do more damage and have a longer stun.


--- 13. Holy Protection Level 1 ---

Cost: 3,000 Souls
Requires: -

Dante will take 5% less damage from enemies.


.============================================================================.
| Level 3                                                                    |
'============================================================================'

--- 14. Holy Devastation ---

Cost: 3,000 Souls
Requires: Holy Barrage

Pressing B, B, B, B will unleash a devastating wave of holy energy.


--- 15. Magic: Divine Armor ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: -

Instantly blinds surrounding enemies and provides protection to Dante for a
short period of time.


--- 16. Sacred Justice ---

Cost: 3,000 Souls
Requires: Sacred Quake

Pressing the Left Trigger + B during Sacred Judgement will launch and stun 
enemies in the air.


--- 17. Redemption Cell ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: -

A cell is added to Dante's Redemption meter which extends its duration.


--- 18. Holy Protection Level 2 ---

Cost: 4,000 Souls
Requires: Holy Protection Level 1

Dante will take 10% less damage from enemies.


--- 19. Magic: Righteous Path Level 3 ---

Cost: 5,000 Souls
Requires: Magic: Righteous Path Level 2

Righteous Path deals more damage to enemies.


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| Level 4                                                                    |
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--- 20. Magic: Divine Armor Level 2 ---

Cost: 4,000 Souls
Requires: Magic: Divine Armor

Divine Armor will regenerate Dante's health while active.


--- 21. Magic: Martyrdom ---

Cost: 2,500 Souls
Requires: -

Dante sacrifices health and mana to deal a heavy amount of damage to any
surrounding enemies.


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| Level 5                                                                    |
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--- 22. Magic: Divine Armor Level 3 ---

Cost: 6,000 Souls
Requires: Magic: Divine Armor Level 2

Divine Armor will regenerate more of Dante's health while active and make him
resistant to enemy attacks.


--- 23. Magic: Martyrdom Level 2 ---

Cost: 4,000 Souls
Requires: Magic: Martyrdom

Martyrdom inflicts more damage to surrounding enemies.


--- 24. Wisdom of Galen ---

Cost: 4,000 Souls
Requires: -

The mana bar increases in scale.


--- 25. Fortitude of Brutus ---

Cost: 4,000 Souls
Requires: -

The health bar increases in scale.


--- 26. Relic Slot ---

Cost: 3,000 Souls
Requires: -

An additional relic slot is unlocked.


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| Level 6                                                                    |
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--- 27. Magic: Martyrdom Level 3 ---

Cost: 6,000 Souls
Requires: Magic: Martyrdom Level 2

Martyrdom inflicts more damage to surrounding enemies and has an increased 
range of destruction.


--- 28. Blessed Spirit Tap ---

Cost: 4,000 Souls
Requires: -

Enemies release health when destroyed by Dante's cross.


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| Level 7                                                                    |
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--- 29. Blessed Spirit Tap Level 2 ---

Cost: 6,000 Souls
Requires: Blessed Spirit Tap

Enemies release an increased amount of health when destroyed by Dante's cross.


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[5] MAGIC                                                               [0500]

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Dante learns his first magic spell early on in the game. Magic is a secondary
form of combat, as you can assign magic spells in the menu; they are used by 
holding down the Left Bumper while pressing the button you assigned the spell
to (X, Y, A, or B). Using magic consumes mana, and you can replenish mana by 
destroying Purple Fountains.


.============================================================================.
| Righteous Path                                                             |
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 Obtained: Florence, Italy (speak with Virgil)


--- Level 1 ---

Mana Cost: 40

Dante performs a dash attack and leaves a trail of icy shards in his wake.


--- Level 2 ---

Mana Cost: 45

Inflicts more damage to enemies.


--- Level 3 ---

Mana Cost: 50

Inflicts more damage to enemies.


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| Lust Storm                                                                 |
'============================================================================'

 Obtained: Lust (defeat Marc Antony)


--- Level 1 ---

Mana Cost: 20

Dante surrounds himself with a storm of dark energy that deals damage to
enemies.


--- Level 2 ---

Mana Cost: 25

Inflicts more damage to enemies.


--- Level 3 ---

Mana Cost: 30

Increased range, and blocks ranged attacks from enemies.


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| Sins of the Father                                                         |
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 Obtained: Greed (defeat Alighiero)


--- Level 1 ---

Mana Cost: 35

A magic pendant protects Dante and attacks any nearby enemies.


--- Level 2 ---

Mana Cost: 50

Travels an increased distance.


--- Level 3 ---

Mana Cost: 65

Projects three blades at once instead of one.


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| Suicide Fruit                                                              |
'============================================================================'

 Obtained: Violence (encounter Bella)


--- Level 1 ---

Mana Cost: 50

Dante slams the rotting fruit of a Suicide Tree into the ground, stunning
nearby enemies.


--- Level 2 ---

Mana Cost: 50

Increased area of destruction.


--- Level 3 ---

Mana Cost: 50

Increased area of destruction.


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| Divine Armor                                                               |
'============================================================================'

 Obtained: Purchase (Holy Level 3)


--- Level 1 ---

Mana Cost: 50

Instantly blinds surrounding enemies and provides protection to Dante for a
short period of time.


--- Level 2 ---

Mana Cost: 75

Regenerates Dante's health while active.


--- Level 3 ---

Mana Cost: 125

Regenerates more of Dante's health while active and makes him resistant to
enemy attacks.


.============================================================================.
| Martyrdom                                                                  |
'============================================================================'

 Obtained: Purchase (Holy Level 4)


--- Level 1 ---

Mana Cost: 100

Dante sacrifices health and mana to deal a heavy amount of damage to any
surrounding enemies.


--- Level 2 ---

Mana Cost: 100

Inflicts more damage to surrounding enemies.


--- Level 3 ---

Mana Cost: 100

Inflicts more damage to surrounding enemies and has an increased range of
destruction.


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[6] DAMNED SOULS                                                        [0600]

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Damned Souls are souls (of usually famous individuals) that wander throughout
the nine circles of Hell. If you come across one, you are given the choice to
punish or absolve them like common enemies. Punishing requires nothing, but in
order to absolve a lost soul you must partake in a lil' minigame. Here's how 
it goes:

        | |         A cross-shaped object appears on the screen like the 
        | |         picture shown, with the four main buttons mapped out just
  ______|Y|______   like they are on your controller. Small red orbs appear at
  _____X   B_____   the ends of the cross and move inwards, towards the
        |A|         buttons. As soon as the orb lines up with the button, 
        | |         press that button to capture a sin. It's easy at first
        | |         because the orbs travel slowly and usually one at a time.
                    Things pick up though, and they'll travel much faster.

Continue capturing these sins until time runs out. In addition to absolving 
the Damned Soul and receiving Holy experience, you'll also receive a bonus of
White Souls depending on how many souls you captured while factoring out any 
sins that slipped by (ones that managed to pass the button without you 
pressing it on time). 


--- Pontius Pilate ---

Found: Shores of Acheron

"Judge at the trial of Jesus, Pontius Pilate deceived the Pharisees into 
allowing Jesus to die. His cowardice contributed to the suffering of one for
the sins of many, and now he bears the weight of all in Limbo."

Technically, Pontius Pilate is not found in Limbo. He is found on the Shores 
of Acheron, before boarding Charon. You can spot him next to the door leading
to the wire that takes you to Charon. Pretty much impossible to miss.


--- Orpheus ---

Found: Shores of Acheron

"Greek poet and musician, Orpheus failed to deliver his beloved from the 
underworld. Denounced for attempting to impede the fulfillment of God's will,
he suffers in the dark abyss of woe."

Another one that is impossible to miss. Orpheus is found inside Charon. After
moving the metal crate into place on the north end of the room, use it to 
reach the ledge leading to the ship's deck. Orpheus is found here on this
ledge.


--- Electra ---

Found: Limbo

"Argive princess who killed her mother to avenge her father's wrongful death.
She serves her punishment, which is to finally know about the wrath of the God
of which she was ignorant while she was alive."

In the hallway past Charon's head, you will find Virgil. Enter the door next 
to Virgil as opposed to continuing down the hall; Electra is found through the
door on a walkway outside.


--- Francesca da Polenta ---

Found: Limbo

"Love was her undoing, after she fell for her old and deformed husband's 
younger brother Paolo. When Francesca's husband discovered their adultery, he
had the young lovers killed."

Located just before the entrance to Lust. As you descend down into Lust, you
will eventually find her.


--- Paolo Malatesta ---

Found: Lust

"The object of Francesca's affection, Paolo Malatesta was killed by her side. 
He, too, must yearn for his beloved at arm's length, surrounded by feverous 
winds of Lust."

After scaring off Cleopatra for the first time, the elevator will come to a 
stop. Climb down the Wall of the Damned off of the elevator's right side to 
reach Paolo.


--- Semiramis ---

Found: Lust

"Semiramis was an Assyrian queen whose carnal cravings knew no bounds. So 
consumed by crude and bodily pleasures was she that even the most unspeakable
acts of lust such as incest were made law under her rule."

You will find Semiramis along the way to the top of the tower. She rests next
to the Beatrice Statue just before the tower's peak. Pretty hard to miss since
you have to pass her to reach the boss.


--- Ciacco ---

Found: Gluttony

"Anonymous citizen of Florence, Ciacco spent his life gorging his appetites 
and now spends eternity in the muddy depths of the third Circle of Hell."

Located near the start of Gluttony, down in the cave just past the Gorger Worm
room. Kill the four Gorger Worms to open up the cavern, then proceed through.
Ciacco is opposite a Beatrice Statue, kneeling down in a dark corner of the
room.


--- Clodia ---

Found: Gluttony

"A soul filled with grime and smut. This notorious gambler, seducer and 
drunkard of Rome, left a repulsive trail of rot in her wake."

Found just past Ciacco, actually. Exit the cave and defeat the enemies, then
jump to the island in the acid moat. The giant mouth to your left should open
up after all of the monsters have been vanquished, revealing Clodia.


--- Tarpeia ---

Found: Greed

"Insouciant with those around her, the vestal virgin of Rome opened the city
gates to allow the Sabines to attack Rome in exchange for Gold. The Sabines 
instead killed her."

On the stack of rotating gears, traverse to the top of the pile and onto a 
high ledge to locate her.


--- Gessius Florus ---

Found: Greed

"Roman Procurator of Judea, infamous for his public greed, splitting and 
paring innocent men for his own personal gain."

Inside the room with the spinning blades and the central structure. Jump 
around the perimeter of the room to reach the exit. The alcove containing 
Gessius Florus is to the right of the exit door.


--- Fulvia ---

Found: Greed

"One-time wife of Marc Antony, possessed by an unbearable greed. Called the 
Greediest Woman in all of Rome, she pursued any opportunity to seize power, by
exploiting her high profile husbands."

After passing the room containing the first golden statue of Plutus. Pass 
through another room containing spinning gears and stone crushers. Just past 
here, before an elevator, is Fulvia.


--- Boudica ---

Found: Anger

"After she was flogged and her children raped, the Vengeful Queen of the Iceni
Tribe tried to set fire to the city of Rome in a bloody revolt. Now she 
suffers the eternal fire of Anger."

Inside the cave where you first encounter Fire Guardians. After defeating all 
foes and opening the two exits, use Holy Cross attacks to destroy the wooden 
gate across the moat to reach Boudica.


--- Hecuba ---

Found: Anger

"Queen of Troy who watched as her city fell in battle. Her hapless wretched 
soul lies in the darkness of hell, besieged by the condemned who flog her at 
every turn."

At the base of the tower where you must use the gear lever to rise to the top.
The same one with the flame jets and all that crazy whatnot.


--- Filippo Argenti ---

Found: Anger

"Angry politician who opposed Dante's return to Florence. Their families were 
bitter rivals, and Argenti stole from Dante's family after he left Florence."

Lying next to the Beatrice Statue at the entrance to the Styx Marsh.


--- Emperor Frederick II ---

Found: Heresy

"The King of Romans with a never-ending thirst for war, Emperor Frederick II's
soul dwells in the Circle of Heresy. Because he was constantly at war with the
Pope, they called him "the Hammer of Christianity"

In the hallway just before encountering the first Heretic in the game.


--- Cavalcante de' Cavalcanti ---

Found: Heresy

"Cavalcante de' Cavalcanti is a merchant banker who was denounced as a heretic
for his atheist beliefs. He resides with the other heretics among their fiery
tombs."

Leaning up against a Wall of the Damned, just outside the room where you first
encounter a Pagan. Pretty hard to miss.


--- Farinata ---

Found: Heresy

"Farinata was a Tuscan aristocrat and military leader who believed that the
soul dies with the body, denying life after death. Condemned as a heretic for
those beliefs, his body was exhumed and burned."

Found inside the silo with the moving platforms. When you reach the platform
that moves up and down, position yourself on the left side. When you see the
alcove in reach, double jump to it to find Farinata.


--- Attila ---

Found: Violence

"Attila is a most feared enemy and emperor of the Huns. He is trapped in
Violence with others who desired that their souls be drenched in the blood of
man. His bloodlust and cruelty were so great that he was called the 'Scourge
of the Earth'."

As soon as you enter Violence, move along the wire and drop down onto the one
below you. Stay on this wire and shimmy north, past the axe-wielding statue.
Drop down onto the ledge at the end of the rope to find Attila.


--- Pietro della Vigna ---

Found: Violence

"Chancellor to Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, Pietro della Vigna failed to
defend the honor of his master. Imprisoned and ruined, he took his own life."

Inside the Wood of the Suicides. He's sitting right on the side of the path,
just before the area with the slippery slopes. Again, hard to miss.


--- Brunetto Latini ---

Found: Violence

"Brunetto Latini is an Italian philosopher and scholar who resides in the
Circle of Violence. His addiction to sodomy has been a sinful pleasure that 
has drug him down to the depths of Hell."

In the Abominable Sands. As you travel down the road, you will come to a high
ledge that can be accessed by a small platform. Jump up to the high ledge to 
locate him.


--- Guido Guerra ---

Found: Violence

"Wise warrior and leader of the Guelphs, Guide Guerra enveloped himself in the
blood of men and the pleasure of sodomy."

Found later on in the Abominable Sands, before entering the ruins where you 
find the Damned Crusaders. He's underneath an archway right next to the final
Silver Fountain.


--- Thais the Harlot ---

Found: Fraud

"A once undeniable beauty, Thais the Harlot is now stricken and broke. She
frolicked in the joy of watching many men kill one another over the chance to
embrace her body and desires."

On the first level of Fraud, just after defeating the Malacoda and before 
entering the first challenge.


--- Tiresias ---

Found: Fraud

"The blind prophet of Thebes, Tiresias is now in the Circle of Fraud. He
changed himself from a man to a woman, indulging in the pleasures of both."

Found on the fourth level of Fraud, just before the entrance to the fourth
challenge.


--- Myrrha ---

Found: Fraud

"Daughter of the King of Assyria, Myrrha lies in the deepest Circle, Fraud,
with only her insanity left. She is a disgusting mockery of one who disguised
herself to seduce her own father."

On the tenth level of Fraud, in the cave entrance leading to the final
challenge. Hard to miss.


--- Fra Alberigo ---

Found: Fraud

"Traitor to not only his country but to his family as well, Alberigo committed
the darkest of treacherous acts, murdering his own son for the sake of
revenge."

After completing the final challenge and after the cutscene, walk around the
bend to find him next to a Beatrice Statue.


--- Mordred ---

Found: Fraud

"King Arthur's illegitimate son, Mordred betrayed his father by raising his
sword against him in battle."

During your descent into Treachery. After defeating the two Arch Demons on the
ice platform, swing across the grapple points. Destroy the icicles in your way
and swing onto the pole. Climb up the pole to the top to find Mordred.


--- Count Ugolino ---

Found: Treachery

"Count Ugolino was an Italian nobleman and politician whose life was sewn
together only by the fibers of treachery. Always pitting one man against
another as blood spilled, he thought of no other than himself."

Found on the other side of the ice bridge, just before the entrance to
Lucifer's realm.


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[7] RELICS                                                              [0700]

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Relics are useful items that are found a multitude of ways: you can earn some 
by defeating enemies, killing bosses, or speaking with Virgil. Relics can be
equipped and often give Dante unique abilities that will help him on his 
journey throughout Hell.

You often need to meet certain requirements to equip and use Relics, mainly by
reaching a certain Holy or Unholy level. While you have Relics equipped, they 
will gain levels as you collect Souls. At first, Dante starts off with two 
Relic Cells and can only equip two Relics, but you can increase that number to
four by purchasing them.


--- Death Blade ---

Found: Shores of Acheron
Requires: Unholy Level 1

Increases the damage of all Scythe attacks and abilities.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 15%
Level 3: 20%

Found in the Shores of Acheron. The first time you run into Virgil here, talk
to him. Talk to him a second time for him to give you the Relic.


--- Charon's Oar ---

Found: Shores of Acheron
Requires: Holy Level 3

Absolving enemies and the damned grants an additional Holy boost.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 20%
Level 3: 30%

As you slide down the wire and end up on the bottom of Charon, scale the side
of the boat until you reach an opening inside. Ignore it and continue to the 
right to reach a small ledge containing a Relic Holder. Kill it to earn the 
Relic.


--- Eyes of St. Lucia ---

Found: Limbo
Requires: -

Dante has a chance to deflect an incoming attack, negating the damage and
pushing the enemy away.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 15%
Level 3: 20%

Early on in Limbo, you will find Charon's head lodged in a wall thanks to your
actions earlier on in the game. Push his head out of the wall and continue 
straight ahead to find a Relic Holder; defeat the defenseless creature to 
receive the Relic.


--- Lord's Blessing ---

Found: Limbo
Requires: Holy Level 1

Increases the damage of all Cross attacks and abilities.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 15%
Level 3: 20%

Pass through the hallway containing Charon's disembodied head to enter another
hall. The Relic will be yours once you speak with Virgil twice.


--- Saladin's Mercy ---

Found: Limbo
Requires: -

A successful absolution grants the player more health.

Level 1: 5%
Level 2: 10%
Level 3: 15%

Found in the room leading to King Minos's throne. Go up the ramp and onto the
balcony to the left. Double jump at the edge to reach an alcove. Pull the 
lever here to lower the central statue into the ground, revealing a Relic
Holder. Defeat it for the Relic.


--- Tail of Minos ---

Found: Limbo
Requires: Unholy Level 3

Punishing enemies and the damned grants an additional Unholy boost.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 20%
Level 3: 30%

Earned after killing King Minos.


--- Francesca's Book ---

Found: Limbo
Requires: Unholy Level 3

Every 50 kills from the Scythe Dante will gain additional Unholy experience.

Level 1: 100 EXP
Level 2: 150 EXP
Level 3: 200 EXP

As you descend into Lust, swing over to the second rope and position yourself 
about halfway to the bottom of the rope. If you look across to the third rope,
there is a pole above the rope; that is our destination. Swing back and forth
to build momentum, then double jump onto the pole above the rope. It takes a 
bit of trial and error, but you can always retry. Climb up the pole to find 
the relic.


--- Filippo's Rage ---

Found: Lust
Requires: Unholy Level 5

Dante can block previously unblockable Demon attacks.

Level 1: Dante can block previously unblockable Demon attacks
Level 2: Dante will auto-counter the attacks
Level 3: Increases damage return

Found along the track at the entrance of Lust. Search behind the left statue 
at the third stop to find a hidden Wall of the Damned. Climb down and around 
to reach the Relic.


--- Tristan's Desire ---

Found: Lust
Requires: -

Increases the damage of all Magic attacks.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 15%
Level 3: 20%

Enter the tower and slay the batch of Temptresses of Lust. Destroy the stone 
snake fangs, then raise it up to create a platform leading up to the elevator.
Before fiddling with the elevator mechanisms, talk to Virgil twice to receive
the Relic.


--- Arrow of Paris ---

Found: Lust
Requires: Unholy Level 1

Grab attack damage is increased.

Level 1: 25%
Level 2: 50%
Level 3: 100%

Near the top of the tower, right next to Semiramis. From the Beatrice Statue, 
walk to the right past the Wall of the Damned and against the cliffside. Drop 
down below onto a small ledge containing the Relic. To get back up to where 
you started, jump onto the Wall of the Damned on the left and climb back up to
the Beatrice Statue.


--- Antony's Standard ---

Found: Lust
Requires: -

Increases the rate at which Dante stores Redemption energy.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 15%
Level 3: 20%

You are awarded with this Relic after killing Marc Antony.


--- Rain of Gluttony ---

Found: Lust
Requires: Holy Level 3

Absolutions stun surrounding enemies.

Level 1: 5 seconds
Level 2: 10 seconds
Level 3: 15 seconds

As you descend into Gluttony, you will reach a horizontal wire. Before 
proceeding towards the Beatrice Statue, go the opposite way to find a hidden
alcove containing the Relic.


--- Azrael's Apprentice ---

Found: Lust
Requires: Unholy Level 1

Any successful block on an enemy has a chance to stun the enemy.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 15%
Level 3: 20%

Obtained after the battle with Cerberus.


--- Ciacco's Bile ---

Found: Gluttony
Requires: Holy Level 5

Grants Dante persistent mana regeneration. Leveling up this relic will increase
speed of mana regeneration.

Enter the gaping mouth of the giant head cavern and travel down its throat 
leading to the entrance to the portal room. Before reaching the portal room, 
you will encounter Virgil. Engage in a conversation with him two times to 
receive the Relic.


--- Octavian's Gold ---

Found: Gluttony
Requires: Holy Level 3

Grants the ability to perform an automatic Special Recovery attack whenever
Dante is knocked down.

As you descend into Greed, slide down the first pole and onto a rope. Swing to
a second pole and instead of sliding down, climb up to the top instead. Pull
yourself up onto the ledge to find your prize.


--- Crown of Carthage ---

Found: Gluttony
Requires: Holy Level 5

Dante is protected from ranged enemy attack damage by an additional
percentage.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 15%
Level 3: 20%

In the cave leading to Greed, you will have to jump up and over a ledge (it's
just before the Green and Purple Fountains and the cave's exit). Instead of 
pulling yourself up onto the ledge, stay on the edge and shimmy to the right. 
You should shimmy behind a rock structure, obstructing your view. You'll only 
be able to see Dante's legs dangling below the rock, but that's all you need;
from here, pull yourself up to enter a compartment containing the Relic.


--- Demon's Wing ---

Found: Greed
Requires: Unholy Level 5

Dante's aerial attack damage is increased.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 15%
Level 3: 20%

In the room where you first encounter the Hoarder-Waster, you can use the
levers to activate spike traps along the walls. Climb onto the central spike
trap, then jump to the one on the right. It'll begin moving up the side of the
wall, taking you to an alcove containing the Relic.


--- Wasted Gold ---

Found: Greed
Requires: -

Every successful attack increases the Redemption fill rate

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 20%
Level 3: 30%

In the room with the giant rotating blades. When you reach the exit, open the 
door. Pull the lever that the Beast Tamer pulled earlier to open up a cage in
the room's central structure. Double jump to the structure to access the 
Relic.


--- Coin of Plutus ---

Found: Greed
Requires: -

Increases the combo window that allows Dante to acquire Style Points and 
increment the Hit Counter.

Level 1: 1 second
Level 2: 2 seconds
Level 3: 3 seconds

After proceeding through the buzzsaw room, you should reach a Wall of the 
Damned. Climb up and go to the right to reach two enclosed chambers. One of 
them contains the Relic.


--- Eye of Alighiero ---

Found: Greed
Requires: Holy Level 3

Dante is able to absorb a certain amount of damage when attacked.

Leveling up this Relic increases the damage Dante can absorb.

Found after defeating Alighiero.


--- Hoarder's Purse ---

Found: Greed
Requires: Unholy Level 3

Increases the time window for a counter attack to be executed.

Level 1: 30%
Level 2: 60%
Level 3: 90%

In the same chamber where you fought Alighiero. Proceed towards the Beatrice
Statue. To the left is a Green Fountain and a ledge you can reach. It is found
on top of the ledge.


--- Medusa's Call ---

Found: Anger
Requires: Holy Level 5

Dante's ranged attack and projectile damage is increased.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 15%
Level 3: 20%

Speak with Virgil inside the swamp (closer towards the start of the level) two
times to receive the Relic.


--- Guiding Flame ---

Found: Anger
Requires: Holy Level 5

Dante is immune to excrement attacks such as the Glutton's ranged attacks.

After climbing the tower using the gear lever, jump onto the platforms to the
right of Virgil to locate it.


--- Rage of Farinata ---

Found: Heresy
Requires: -

All fountains are immediately broken upon use.

Talk to Virgil twice at the entrance of Heresy.


--- Calvacanti's Blade ---

Found: Heresy
Requires: -

Turns evade into an attack, knocking enemies back and dealing a small amount 
of damage.

Found near where you meet with Virgil for a second time. Stand to the right of
Virgil, hugging the wall, and double jump. You should grab onto a hidden pole.
Climb up the pole to reach a secret room containing the Relic along with some
other goodies.


--- Seal of Epicurus ---

Found: Heresy
Requires: Unholy Level 1

Chance to perform a Critical Strike on any is increased. Damage increases by
15% and enemies are knocked down when a Critical Strike is landed.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 15%
Level 3: 20%

Inside the silo with the moving platforms. When you come to the platform that
moves up and down, jump to the right to reach a small alcove containing the 
Relic.


--- Frederick's Ring ---

Found: Heresy
Requires: Holy Level 5

When Dante is low on health there is a chance to execute Divine Intervention,
which both stun enemies and heals Dante.

Level 1: 10%
Level 2: 15%
Level 3: 20%

Near the end of Heresy. Right before you enter the cave that begins to crumble
apart, slide down the pole to find a small platform below. Here you will find
the Relic.


--- Shoe of Nessus ---

Found: Violence
Requires: Unholy Level 5

All of Dante's Light Scythe attacks can no longer be evaded by enemies.

As soon as you enter Violence, shimmy across the horizontal rope. Drop down on
the one below and shimmy north, past the giant axe-wielding demon statue. Once
you've reached the other side, drop onto the ledge and kill the Relic Holder.


--- Attila's Armor ---

Found: Violence
Requires: -

Player attacks will not be interrupted if an enemy blocks them.

After defeating the two Arch Demons on top of the furnace. Once on the left
furnace, hug the left side of it to the right of the pole to find a hidden 
Wall of the Damned. As you climb down, stay to the left and you should enter a
tiny compartment underneath the furnace. Probably the hardest Relic to find.


--- Memory of Acre ---

Found: Violence
Requires: Holy Level 5

Dante can no longer be interrupted while executing Cross attacks.

There are two pillars just past the ruins where you encounter the Damned 
Crusaders. Jump on the one to the left, then leap to the top of the right one.
From here, you can leap back to the top of the pillar on the left. Do so, then
kill the Relic Holder for your reward.


--- Francesco's Forgiveness ---

Found: Violence
Requires: Holy Level 5

Dante is protected from all enemy damage.

Level 1: 5%
Level 2: 10%
Level 3: 15%

Obtained after defeating Francesco.


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[8] SILVER JUDAS COINS                                                  [0800]

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There are 30 Silver Judas Coins strewn throughout the game. Collect five to
earn 3,000 Souls. Having a keen eye and a sense of exploration certainly pays
off in the long run.

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| Silver Judas Coin 01
|
| Location: Florence, Italy
|
| After talking with Virgil and receiving the relic, jump up onto the alcove
| behind him to find another fountain. This is a Silver Fountain, and breaking
| it will yield a Silver Judas Coin. Collect these rare coins to earn Souls!
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 02
|
| Location: Shores of Acheron
|
| Before entering the door, return to the lever (the floor lowers when you are
| away from the lever) and continue raising the floor up, past the door. At
| the very top is an alcove with a Silver Fountain on the left. Step away from
| the lever and quickly double jump to the fountain and break it for the coin.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 03
|
| Location: Shores of Acheron
|
| Look behind the stone sculpture to find the Silver Fountain; break it open
| to receive the Silver Judas Coin.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 04
|
| Location: Shores of Acheron
|
| With the wooden floor as far south as it can and the metal crate now on the
| right side of the room, pull the crate to the left side. Wedge it against
| the left wall and the corner of the wooden platform and jump on top to reach
| a well-hidden alcove containing a Silver Fountain.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 05
|
| Location: Limbo
|
| Hug the left wall just before Charon's head to sneak out onto a balcony.
| You will find the Silver Fountain here, usually joined by a Guardian Demon.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 06
|
| Location: Limbo
|
| On your descent into Lust, climb up the second rope to locate a Silver
| Fountain at the very top.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 07
|
| Location: Lust
|
| Head over to the fourth stop. Again, search the left side of the stop to
| find another Wall of the Damned. Climb across to reach a Silver Fountain
| containing another Silver Judas Coin.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 08
|
| Location: Lust
|
| With the elevator slightly raised and the ceiling still closed off, jump to
| the ledge on the far left side of the elevator to find another coin.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 09
|
| Location: Lust
|
| To the left of the Beatrice Statue is a gap that can be crossed in order to
| reach another Silver Fountain.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 10
|
| Location: Gluttony
|
| In the entrance to Gluttony. This fountain is in plain view, just past the
| first Gorger Worm.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 11
|
| Location: Gluttony
|
| At the top of the portal room. Follow the instructions in the walkthrough to
| find out how to reach it.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 12
|
| Location: Gluttony
|
| After exiting the portal room, slide down onto the rope and swing over to
| the second pole. Instead of sliding down, climb up to find the coin.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 13
|
| Location: Gluttony
|
| Inside what I have now dubbed "Generic Cave". What? It just looks like a
| normal-ass cave! Certainly something you'd see in real life as opposed to
| Hell. Anyways, it's on a high ledge above the Green and Purple Fountains. To
| reach it, jump onto the ledge across from the two fountains, then double
| jump to the other side to reach the Silver Fountain.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 14
|
| Location: Greed
|
| After clearing the room of Hoarder-Wasters, grab onto the edge of the alcove
| and pull yourself up to reach the Silver Fountain.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 15
|
| Location: Greed
|
| After killing the foes in the basement, open the Silver Fountain on the
| right-hand side of the area.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 16
|
| Location: Greed
|
| At the fork, climb to the right. You'll notice that the wall angles down,
| leading into a small enclosed area. Descend to the ground to find the Silver
| Judas Coin.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 17
|
| Location: Greed
|
| Found on the path that opens up after slaying the Throne Demon. Pretty hard
| to miss if you ask me.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 18
|
| Location: Greed
|
| Use the pillar to send a fireball at the statue on the right. It lowers a
| spire into the lava, creating a stepping stone to the room above. Jump onto
| it and into the room to find the coin.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 19
|
| Location: Anger
|
| Move the block slightly south and lean it up against the vines covering the
| right wall. Next, use the block as a stepping stone to reach the ledge high
| above. From here, break the Silver Fountain to retrieve the coin.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 20
|
| Location: Anger
|
| At the top of the rising circular platform is a Silver Fountain, just at the
| mouth of the tunnel entrance.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 21
|
| Location: Anger
|
| At the top of the tower, on a platform to the right of Virgil.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 22
|
| Location: Heresy
|
| Before proceeding forward, turn back around to the hallway and backtrack to
| the two fountains. One of them is a Silver Fountain.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 23
|
| Location: Heresy
|
| Ignore the cauldron and the lever here, then walk to the opposite end of the
| room to find a fountain in plain sight. Open it for a Silver Judas Coin.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 24
|
| Location: Heresy
|
| In the silo, opposite of where Farinata is, is another alcove. From the
| platform, jump into the alcove to find the Silver Judas Coin.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 25
|
| Location: Heresy
|
| Ignore the northern path for now and slide down the pole next to the two
| White Fountains. At the bottom is a tiny platform containing a Silver
| Fountain.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 26
|
| Location: Violence
|
| Drop onto the wire pointing north and stay here. Shimmy north, past the
| gargantuan demon statue to reach a ledge. Collect the Silver Judas Coin
| here as you drop down.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 27
|
| Location: Violence
|
| Don't climb down the pole; instead, look to the right to find two bronze
| markers to the right of the fence. Walk over to the edge to fall down.
| Descend downwards onto a blended-in Wall of the Damned. Climb to the bottom
| to reach the Silver Fountain.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 28
|
| Location: Violence
|
| Hug the left wall next to Virgil and begin walking back near the scales.
| Right next to the closest scale is a high ledge containing a Silver Judas
| Coin. Don't miss out on this one!
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 29
|
| Location: Violence
|
| Found on the high ledge overlooking the road, right next to the soul of 
| Brunetto Latini.
|

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| Silver Judas Coin 30
|
| Location: Violence
|
| Again, it's right on the road along the Abominable Sands. It's on a ledge
| near the corner, next to where you encounter Guido Guerra.
|


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[9] BEATRICE STONES                                                     [0900]

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There are six Beatrice Stones in all, but you are only able to collect a total
of three. Once you have found three Beatrice Stones, you are given the choice
to skip the absolution minigame in regards to Damned Souls. The remaining 
three not found are replaced with White Fountains.

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| Beatrice Stone 01
|
| Location: Limbo
|
| Pass by where Charon's head was stuck to reach a dead end with a rare Gold
| Fountain; break it open to find the first Beatrice Stone. Finding all three
| Beatrice Stones allows you to automatically absolve damned souls without
| having to go through that little minigame.
|

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| Beatrice Stone 02
|
| Location: Lust
|
| Descend down the Wall of the Damned between the third and fourth stops of
| the track to find the Beatrice Stone.
|

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| Beatrice Stone 03
|
| Location: Gluttony
|
| In the southeast corner of the portal room. Follow the instructions in the
| walkthrough to find out how to reach it.
|

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| Beatrice Stone 04
|
| Location: Gluttony
|
| If you were wondering, there is a ledge across from the Silver Judas Coin,
| but is blocked by a rock arch. It contains a Beatrice Stone, but it's pretty
| hard to reach. To do so, return to the first ledge and stay on the far north
| end. Perform a delayed double jump to reach it. It's really hard to get and
| you may want to skip it if you just want to get the stone somewhere else.
| Totally your choice.
|

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| Beatrice Stone 05
|
| Location: Anger
|
| After shimmying across the rope and before dropping onto the circular disc
| in the water, open the fountain to find a Beatrice Stone. Again, if you
| already have three, then this will be a basic White Fountain.
|

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| Beatrice Stone 06
|
| Location: Heresy
|
| Also up here, next to the White Fountain and Calvacanti's Blade, is another
| Beatrice Stone.
|


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[10] UNLOCKABLES                                                        [1000]

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.============================================================================.
| Extras                                                                     |
'============================================================================'

--- Dante's Crusader Costume ---

How to Unlock: Complete the game on any difficulty setting


--- Gates of Hell Arena ---

How to Unlock: Complete the game on any difficulty setting


--- Infernal Difficulty ---

How to Unlock: Complete the game on any difficulty setting


--- Making the Baby Feature ---

How to Unlock: Complete the game on any difficulty setting


--- Resurrection Mode ---

How to Unlock: Complete the game on any difficulty setting


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| Artwork                                                                    |
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--- Shadow Lucifer ---

How to Unlock: Complete Limbo


--- Virgil ---

How to Unlock: Complete Limbo


--- "Asskicker" Room ---

How to Unlock: Complete Limbo


--- King Minos Arena ---

How to Unlock: Complete Limbo


--- Mezzanine ---

How to Unlock: Complete Limbo


--- Charon ---

How to Unlock: Complete Limbo


--- King Minos ---

How to Unlock: Complete Limbo


--- Brat ---

How to Unlock: Complete Lust


--- Lust Tower ---

How to Unlock: Complete Lust


--- Temptress of Lust ---

How to Unlock: Complete Lust


--- Coneheads ---

How to Unlock: Complete Gluttony


--- Cerberus ---

How to Unlock: Complete Gluttony


--- Alighiero ---

How to Unlock: Complete Greed


--- Hoarder Waster ---

How to Unlock: Complete Greed


--- Environment ---

How to Unlock: Complete Greed


--- Plutus Statue ---

How to Unlock: Complete Greed


--- Walls of Dis ---

How to Unlock: Complete Greed


--- Phlegyas ---

How to Unlock: Complete Anger


--- Beatrice, Queen of Hell ---

How to Unlock: Complete Anger


--- Flaming Tombs ---

How to Unlock: Complete Heresy


--- Throne Demon ---

How to Unlock: Complete Heresy


--- Priest ---

How to Unlock: Complete Heresy


--- Centaur ---

How to Unlock: Complete Violence


--- Minotaur ---

How to Unlock: Complete Violence


--- Suicide Woods ---

How to Unlock: Complete Violence


--- Suicide Tree ---

How to Unlock: Complete Violence


--- Fallen Francesco ---

How to Unlock: Complete Violence


--- Crusader ---

How to Unlock: Complete Violence


--- Bridge Connection ---

How to Unlock: Complete Fraud


--- Bolgia 9 ---

How to Unlock: Complete Fraud


--- Bolgia 5 ---

How to Unlock: Complete Fraud


--- Beatrice, Queen of Hell ---

How to Unlock: Complete Fraud


--- Malacoda ---

How to Unlock: Complete Fraud


--- Lucifer ---

How to Unlock: Complete Treachery


--- Lucifer ---

How to Unlock: Complete Treachery


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[11] ACHIEVEMENTS                                                       [1100]

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Here are all the Achievements found in the game, in alphabetical order.


--- Abandon All Hope (15) ---

Break through the Gates of Hell


--- Bad Nanny (10) ---

Kill 20 Unbaptized Children


--- Betrayed with a Kiss (10) ---

Find 20 pieces of silver


--- Bitter Sweet (50) ---

Save Beatrice


--- Brotherhood (40) ---

Defeat Francesco


--- Burning Eyes (10) ---

Send Charon back into the abyss


--- Confessional (10) ---

Kill 5 Heretics


--- Countermeasures (10) ---

Kill 20 enemies using a counter move


--- Dark Relics (20) ---

Find all Unholy Relics


--- Death's Apprentice (30) ---

Reach Unholy Level 7


--- Demon Slayer (10) ---

Kill 30 Demons


--- Footsteps of a Traitor (10) ---

Find 10 pieces of silver


--- Forbidden Love (20) ---

Find and absolve both Francesca da Polenta and Paolo Malatesta


--- Gates of Dis (35) ---

Enter the lower circles of The Inferno


--- Gates of Hell (60) ---

Defeat all enemy waves in the Gates of Hell Arena


--- Give Me Strength (10) ---

Open 20 Health fountains


--- Holy Man (30) ---

Max out the Holy path


--- Holy Warrior (10) ---

Kill 30 Minions


--- Indigestion (10) ---

Kill 5 Gluttons


--- Light in the Dark (30) ---

Reach Holy Level 7


--- Light Relics (20) ---

Find all Holy relics


--- Like Father Like Son (25) ---

Defeat Alighiero


--- Lovers Torn Asunder (25) ---

Defeat Marc Antony


--- Lucifer's Match (100) ---

Defeat the Emperor of the Woeful Realm


--- Man of Evil (30) ---

Max out the Unholy path


--- Masterpiece (10) ---

Perform a 200 hit combo


--- Old Friend (20) ---

Find and absolve Brunetto Latini


--- Poetry in Motion (20) ---

Perform a 666 hit combo


--- Power of the Cross (20) ---

Find all 3 Beatrice Stones


--- Precious (10) ---

Find a Beatrice Stone


--- Relic Hunter (10) ---

Find a Relic


--- Sentence the Judge (25) ---

Defeat King Minos


--- Slaughter at Acre (5) ---

Fight against the prisoner at Acre


--- Sorcerer's Apprentice (10) ---

Open 20 Mana fountains


--- Soul Reaper (50) ---

Collect 60,000 Souls


--- Superstition (10) ---

Kill 20 enemies using magic


--- The Damned (50) ---

Punish or absolve all 27 shades of The Inferno


--- The Great Worm (25) ---

Defeat Cerberus


--- The Guide (40) ---

Collect all Virgil commentaries


--- The Harrowing (35) ---

Escape Heresy


--- Warming Up (10) ---

Perform a 50 hit combo


--- Well Done, Judas (20) ---

Find all 30 pieces of silver


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[12] BESTIARY                                                           [1200]

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=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+
 ENEMIES                                                                [1201]
=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+

When I state the location, I am only referring to where you first encounter
the enemy. Most foes are encountered in multiple Circles of Hell.


--- Undead Minion ---

Found: Surface
Threat Level: Very Low

"Once living humans, these wretched souls now reside in the depths of Hell. A
great power has commanded them to leave the abyss for the Earth's surface."

Arguably the easiest enemies Dante will encounter in the game. They are so
pathetic, you don't even find these guys in Hell! You only encounter Undead
Minions in Florence, just after discovering Beatrice's body. They don't do 
much in terms of attacking, so use light scythe combos.


--- Pest ---

Found: Surface
Threat Level: Very Low

"Swarms of these foul beasts can be found throughout the nine circles, 
wreaking havoc and destruction. In greater numbers, they are even capable of
blotting out the sky."

These flying bats are found on the surface and, if I'm not mistaken, every
Circle of Hell. You'll be dealing with these foes in moderate-to-large groups,
as they tend to attack in numbers. Pests fly in the air and shoot fireballs at
you, but the easiest way to kill them is with your scythe's grab attack (it's 
a one-hit kill). Otherwise, stick to your Holy Cross if they are out of reach.


--- Fire Minion ---

Found: Surface
Threat Level: Low

"These fiends are forged from the sweltering fire of the middle circles. Only
the light of the cross can snuff out their infernal armor."

You see these foes a few times on the Surface, but then not until the later
circles. Fire Minions are coated from head to toe in flames, and cannot be 
hurt by Dante's scythe. You must first put out their fire with a Holy Cross
attack. Once they are stunned, hit their charred body with a few light scythe
attacks to destroy them.


--- Asterian Beast ---

Found: Surface
Threat Level: Very High

"Tamed long ago by the fallen, these mindless creatures serve as beasts of
burden. Steered by their masters, they labor away, ensuring everlasting pain
and suffering throughout the Inferno."

Asterian Beasts serve as mini-bosses of sorts, since you only face off against
a handful of them throughout the game. They are controlled by Beast Tamers, 
and in order to defeat an Asterian Beast you must first kill their master. The
Asterian Beast will stomp on you and use fist slams to squash Dante like a 
tiny bug.

Stay near its legs and weave between them while you hack at the monster's tree
trunk-like shins. They are slow, lumbering beasts, so if you focus on evading
the monster's attacks you should be relatively safe. After dealing enough
damage to the Asterian Beast, follow the button prompt that shows up to slay
the Beast Tamer.

Now you can take over the reigns and control the Asterian Beast! Press X to 
use a fist slam, Y to stomp, and B to breathe fire. You can also use the Right
Trigger to grab enemies and rip them apart! Asterian Beasts are usually needed
to perform tasks, like busting down walls or opening large doors, so their use
is limited.


--- Beast Tamer ---

Found: Surface
Threat Level: Very High

"These demons rule over the beasts of Hell, taming them to their bidding and
inflicting torture among Hell's residents."

Asterian Beasts serve as mini-bosses of sorts, since you only face off against
a handful of them throughout the game. They are controlled by Beast Tamers, 
and in order to defeat an Asterian Beast you must first kill their master. The
Asterian Beast will stomp on you and use fist slams to squash Dante like a 
tiny bug.

Stay near its legs and weave between them while you hack at the monster's tree
trunk-like shins. They are slow, lumbering beasts, so if you focus on evading
the monster's attacks you should be relatively safe. After dealing enough
damage to the Asterian Beast, follow the button prompt that shows up to slay
the Beast Tamer.

In a later level of Hell (specifically Greed), there will be times where Beast
Tamers will appear on the ground while Dante is in control of an Asterian
Beast. Make sure to single out and kill the Beast Tamer, because he has the
ability to climb up the Asterian Beast and knock Dante off. If this happens,
you'll have to attack the Asterian Beast and kill the rider all over again.


--- Hell Minion ---

Found: Limbo
Threat Level: Very Low

"Within Hell, these soldiers pursue fight with the relentlessness of a
starving hound. They are governed by the Ruling Class of Hell."

Hell Minions are just as weak as Undead Minions and roam around the first few
Circles of Hell. They attack in groups and don't really have good fighting
skills; jumping around and aimlessly slashing at Dante with their daggers. The
easiest way to kill them is with a grab attack, since it's a one-hit kill.


--- Exploding Minion ---

Found: Limbo
Threat Level: Low

"Their frail bodies are unable to contain the intolerable rage that burns
inside them. Their anger burns so hot, it lights to fire, culminating in a
sudden burst of fury."

Exploding Minions can really kick your butt if you are not careful. Exploding
Minions look just like Hell Minions, but are red. Their only attack is a
dangerous kamikaze attack, and if they get too close to Dante they'll begin to
glow and explode. Use grab attacks to throw them out of the way. You can even
use Exploding Minions as makeshift bombs in order to hurt other enemies!


--- Guardian Demon ---

Found: Limbo
Threat Level: Medium

"The third choir of fallen angels, these elite soldiers of Hell's army oversee
the punishment of the damned."

These guys may be elite at the start of the game, but the fact that you fight
them in every level of the game reduces them to fodder as the game progresses.
Guardian Demons wield daggers and have short, ranged slash attacks. Some of
their attacks cannot be blocked, such as when their weapons glow red.

Guardian Demons are the first set of higher-level enemies and have increased
sword skills. They can also block Dante's attacks unlike weaker minions that
you have been dealing with up to this point. They are your first true test to
see if you can make it in Hell, because you will have to block and evade their
attacks while dishing it out yourself. Focus on one at a time, and follow up
with an execution when the button prompt appears.


--- Unbaptized Child ---

Found: Limbo
Threat Level: Very Low

"Unbaptized children who were not shown the portal of faith before they died.
Without the ability to understand their fate, they lash out violently against
anyone they cross."

You will often find Unbaptized Children in large groups, as they are very
fragile on their own but have the ability to overwhelm you if together. They
are the weakest enemies in the game (aside from Pests), so light scythe 
attacks are the way to go. Take note that they are quick, so they can scuttle
behind you and slice your back with their sickle arms.


--- Temptress of Lust ---

Found: Lust
Threat Level: Medium

"The feverish winds of the second circle have maddened and disfigured these
creatures. Their lasciviousness has become and insatiable desire, one only
pacified by feasting on the blood of fornicators."

Temptresses of Lust are a bit more deadly that one would think a naked woman
with a hole in her chest normally would be. They are insanely quick and can
slither on the ground like a snake, often interrupting your combos midway
through with their sharp claws.

They also have a long-range attack where a large... who knows what that
emerges from their... who knows where, that can damage you from a distance.
This attack takes some time, so you can easily run to her side or back and
counter. Use Holy Cross attacks at a distance and light scythe attacks, and
always take the opportunity to deal some damage when the Temptress of Lust
stops mid-battle and begins to moan uncontrollably.


--- Seductress of Lust ---

Found: Lust
Threat Level: High

"Despite their pale and putrid visage, these wanton wretches are capable of
rousing the most carnal of passions in their victims. Only the truly chaste 
are able to resist their allure."

These lovely ladies are even more annoying than the Temptresses of Lust. The
Seductress of Lust has the same attacks, but she can seemingly control her
desires and doesn't give you an opening to attack by moaning and groaning. In
addition, she has a new attack where she will attempt to *surprise* seduce 
you. Unfortunately, it works! If you are hit by the giant pink lips, Dante 
will be drawn towards her. Repeatedly tap B before she can attack in your
vulnerable state.

Seductresses of Lust are first found in Lust, but start to appear frequently 
in later levels, effectively replacing the temptresses. She avoids your 
attacks much better than the temptress, so continue to use your Holy Cross at
a distance to weaken her. After, use Lust Storm to protect yourself and use
short, quick combos to finish the job.


--- Gorger Worm ---

Found: Gluttony
Threat Level: Medium

"This horrid creature lies burrowed beneath the surface. Patiently, it waits
for unsuspecting souls to wander by before snatching them up in its massive,
crushing jaws."

Gorger Worms lie underneath the surface; their homes easily distinguishable if
you look for the unsettled, cloudy circles on the ground. If you step over
their location, they'll rise from the earth and snatch you in their jaws.
Rapidly tap B to free yourself, then attack the worm. The Gorger Worm cannot
move, so you can avoid its swings or grab attack and attack with projectiles
or your Holy Cross for an easy victory.


--- Gluttony Minion ---

Found: Gluttony
Threat Level: Very Low

"Full of muck and filth, these bloated miscreants leave a mess of nauseating
waste in their wake."

Gluttony Minions look and act just like Hell Minions. They attack in groups 
and have very basic weapon skills. Their most common form of attack is 
actually after they die. Once a Gluttony Minion perishes, they leave behind a
pool of bile that can damage Dante if he steps in it. Like any minion, the 
most efficient way to eliminate a Gluttony Minion is with a grab attack; doing
so prevents them from releasing bile after their death.


--- Glutton ---

Found: Gluttony
Threat Level: Medium

"Driven by a voracious and indiscriminate appetite, this lumbering giant
wanders the Circles of Hell devouring everything in its path. Nothing 
satisfies its unyielding hunger."

Yes, the Glutton is big. Yes, the Glutton is the most durable of all foes in
the game. That doesn't necessarily make the Glutton dangerous. He technically
has two attacks, but mainly focuses on using one: his vomit attack that
stretches out in front of him in an arc. You are totally safe if you stand
behind the Glutton.

The Glutton can also use a running hug attack in which he tries to feed you to
his arms (yeah, his arms have mouths on them). All you have to do is 
repeatedly press B to free yourself from his hug of death. Simply standing
behind the Glutton and using heavy scythe attacks is the key to success. His
vomit attack will not reach you, and he's so slow in moving around that it
takes him forever to do something so simple as turn around.


--- Greed Minion ---

Found: Greed
Threat Level: Very Low

"Possessed by an insufferable greed, these creatures blindly pursue anything
that glitters with a kind of ferocity unmatched by their accursed brethren."

Greed Minions sacrifice strength for speed. They are the strongest of the
minions and hop around incessantly like evil demon monkeys. This, paired with
the fact that you always encounter at least five of them, makes for an 
annoying battle. You can use grab attacks for an easy kill; scatter them with
a wide-range scythe attack, then pick up the nearest one and finish 'em off.


--- Hoarder-Waster ---

Found: Greed
Threat Level: Medium

"While one hoarded his wealth, the other squandered it. Both obsessed with the
material world, they must now walk eternity together, their bodies fused yet
torn asunder."

Hoarder-Wasters only have one attack. Unfortunately, that one attack is quite
annoying and virtually unblockable. The pair will begin spinning, resulting in
a tornado that spins and bounces around the room like a pinball. You cannot
stop this attack and you cannot damage the Hoarder-Waster during this, so all
you can do is wait and stop.

Otherwise, they don't have much going for them. Immediately attack any
Hoarder-Waster that you see to prevent them from using their whirlwind attack.
This becomes especially important if you are facing off against other enemies,
as this attack makes it difficult to target other opponents. Use light scythe
combos to keep them off their feet and prevent them from dealing any damage.


--- Throne Demon ---

Found: Greed
Threat Level: High

"The second choir of fallen angels, these are the sergeants of Hell's army.
Found deeper within Hell, they keep the order."

Throne Demons look similar to Guardian Demons, but are much stronger. They
cashed in their pathetic daggers for a large axe and fancy gold armor. Aside
from a few basic slash attacks, the Throne Demon also has two long-range 
moves. They include an axe throw and an unblockable ramming attack. The Throne
Demons are the first enemy Dante comes across that uses the block ability 
well. He will frequently block with his shield and even counterattack at 
times. Light scythe combos don't seem to work so well.

Heavy scythe combos are a bit better as they're more impactful. The best way 
to damage a Throne Demon is to stun him with Holy Cross attacks. Divine Force
works especially well. Once the demon is knocked down, continue the assault
until the game gives you the option to punish/absolve it. One good piece of
information is that you rarely see more than one Throne Demon at a time.


--- Fire Guardian ---

Found: Anger
Threat Level: Medium

"Springing suddenly from the darkness, these wily beings lash out with fire
and flame before returning to their shadowy forms."

Fire Guardians are to be treated just like Fire Minions, but the method of
attacking them is a bit more difficult. They are often in their shade form; a
wispy black cloud that can float back and forth throughout the arena. You
cannot damage them in this form, not even with your Holy Cross.

You must wait for them to pause and resume their flame-coated form. When this
happens, quickly hit them with a Holy Cross and hack them apart (be quick,
because they don't stay extinguished as long as Fire Minions do). Fire
Guardians are often found in numbers, but they aren't too threatening because
they cannot hurt you while in their shade form. Pay attention when they appear
in their glowing red human form, then let the cross fly.


--- Heretic ---

Found: Heresy
Threat Level: High

"In life they were the worst of heretics, pagans who sometimes practiced the
dark arts. Within Hell they have been utilized by the Ruling Class as
guardians and protectors of Hell."

Heretics act as support groups. All Heretics, upon their entrance, cast a 
spell on any surrounding enemy that prevents you from damaging them with Holy
attacks. This is symbolized by a purple orb over the enemy's head. The Heretic
is also immune to Holy attacks, so the only way to break their spell is to
eliminate the Heretic. Heretics are often the first enemy you should focus on
when fighting multiple opponents.

Avoid their projectile lightning attack and strike up-close. Their pathetic
staff attacks should not bother you too much, since they're skinny, wrinkly 
old men. Have no mercy on the Heretic once it falls and quickly kill it to
break its support spell. Heretics become more annoying when facing enemies 
that can only be destroyed with Holy attacks, such as Fire Minions and Fire
Guardians. Just another reason to take them down first.


--- Pagan ---

Found: Heresy
Threat Level: High

"These priests once practiced the forbidden dark arts. They have been granted
the powers they desperately sought in life and are forced into Hell's service,
acting as keepers of the flaming tombs."

Pagans have more health than Heretics, but actually pose less of a threat. The
only way to tell them apart aside from their appearance (Pagans have dark gray
flesh): Pagans do not have the ever-so-annoying shield spell. They are
vulnerable to Holy attacks and cannot protect their allies the same way that
Heretics do.

Other than that, Pagans have the same magic attacks as Heretics. They can 
shoot either horizontal or vertical lightning bolts at Dante or whack him with
their staff if you get too close. Pagans seem to be a bit better at close-
range combat as they can block, evade, and counterattack better than Heretics.
Despite not being able to shield their allies, you should still take out 
Pagans before anyone else (unless there's a Heretic present).


--- Fiend ---

Found: Heresy
Threat Level: Very Low

"These pests were twisted by Hell's minions into flying instruments of 
capture. They patrol the rings of the underworld, trapping wayward shades
attempting to flee their eternal abode."

Fiends are exactly like Pests. They are blue instead of red/black and have a
projectile attack. Instead of fireballs, they can shoot ice shards at you. It
is unblockable and will seal Dante in a block of ice if hit. Repeatedly tap B
to free yourself, then use a single aerial grab to dispatch them.


--- Arch Demon ---

Found: Violence
Threat Level: Very High

"The first, and highest ranking, choir of fallen angels. Arch Demons are the
lieutenants of Hell's army and are among the original fallen."

Arch Demons are the most powerful ranking of demon, above the Throne Demon and
Guardian Demon. The Arch Demon wields two swords and wears thick armor, and
also has two giant wings used to fly through the air. They are experts at
blocking and counterattacking. They can use sword combos and unblockable,
glowing sword strikes. Additionally, Arch Demons can also throw their two
swords at you like boomerangs.

If the Arch Demon begins to float in the air, he can use two more attacks. If
he shoots a stream of ice at you, you will be encased in a block of ice. Free
yourself by pressing B. He can also use a diving attack. If you dodge this
attack, the demon will become stuck in the ground. Run over and attack to keep
him grounded. Otherwise, use Holy Cross attacks and other projectile abilities
to knock him out of the air.

After losing about half health, you can perform a button prompt to rip the
Arch Demon's wings off. At this point, the battle is identical to that of a
Throne Demon. Use heavy scythe attacks and your Holy Cross to finish it off.


--- Damned Crusader ---

Found: Violence
Threat Level: Medium

"Promised salvation for their sacrifice, these warriors followed Dante only to
be led astray. They rise again, seeking vengeance against the soul responsible
for their damnation."

Damned Crusaders look just like medieval knights, carrying traditional swords
and shields. They have relatively low health, but spend most of their battles
on the defense. They frequently block - almost too much for their own good -
and will slash at you periodically. I found that heavy scythe attacks and
Divine Force were the best ways to defeat the Damned Crusaders.


--- Damned Captain ---

Found: Violence
Threat Level: Medium

"For the boldest and closest of his allies, Dante's betrayal stung the 
deepest. Forever doomed to walk the Abominable Sands, these warriors are now
the most fervent in his pursuit."

Initially seen during the fight against Francesco, Damned Captains are also
found later on in the game. They actually have less health than the already
weak Damned Crusaders, but can become immune to scythe attacks if their shield
begins glowing orange. Just like with the crusaders, Divine Force seems to
work the best against the Damned Captains.


--- Malacoda ---

Found: Fraud
Threat Level: Very High

"The fiery and elusive master of the Malebolge, guardians of the eighth 
circle. These demonic wardens allow no soul entry or escape lest it be 
ordained by on high."

These freaks are a cross between Throne Demons and Fire Minions. You must
extinguish the flames covering their body in order to damage them. Unlike the
Fire Minions, it'll take much more than a single swipe to down a Malacoda. 
Even worse, it will take more than a single Holy Cross attack to put out their
flames.

Initially, you will be able to attack a Malacoda after using your Holy Cross.
As long as you can see some part of their charred body, you can damage them.
The Malacoda will retaliate by catching itself on fire again and attacking 
with their axe (they have the same attacks as Throne Demons).

Use more powerful Holy abilities, such as Divine Force and Sacred Judgement
will continue to douse the flames. Once you put out a portion of the 
Malacoda's flames, attack with heavy scythe combos. At some point, you will
put out the flames entirely, in which you should attack without hesitation to
finish off the monster.


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| BOSS: Death                                                                |
'============================================================================'

"All are destined to face the ominous specter of Death. When the time arrives,
the harvester of souls severs the tie that binds body and spirit, and ushers
the newly departed into the next realm."

You will need to know some advanced techniques if you want to survive against
Death (that's a weird statement...). In order to block, use the Left Trigger.
Dante can also dodge by moving the Right Analog Stick, which is quicker than
blocking and allows you to retaliate faster than if you were to block a move
head-on.

Death doesn't have many attacks that you need to worry about evading. His most
basic move is a three-hit combo with his scythe, so remember to block for all
three hits. He also have a wide-range attack as well, often preceded by him
teleporting away from you. This move has an incredibly wide radius, so you're
better off blocking than trying to dodge it. Death may attempt this attack two
times in a row.

If Death tosses his scythe at Dante, block and continue to hold down the Left
Trigger. It acts as a boomerang, so ready yourself as it comes back through 
you to reach its owner. His other long-range attack is a fireball attack that
can deal some damage if hit square in the face. Finally, Death can use an
unblockable attack to reel Dante in. If this happens, repeatedly press B to
free yourself from the boss's grasp.

The first half of the boss fight is a cake walk. You are never far away from
Death for long because he often teleports right next to you, so you don't have
to worry about not getting enough shots in. Block any attack he throws your
way, then use light attacks to counter. 

Once Death's down to about half health, he will begin to float in the air. You
can still attack while on the ground, but you may want to try aerial attacks
instead (you can still block while in midair). The battle is pretty much the
exact same as before but I guess jumping around can get annoying and may leave
you more vulnerable than before.

Once Death is down to a sliver of life left, he will fall to the ground and a
button icon appears over him. Press it to steal his scythe, then use it on the
boss. A second button icon appears: follow the button prompt to kill Death
(heh, another weird statement) and end the fight.


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| BOSS: King Minos                                                           |
'============================================================================'

"The tyrannical judge of the underworld sits before the entrance to the second
circle, assessing the sins of the damned before sentencing them to their
eternal place in Hell."

The battle begins with King Minos using his tentacles to attack Dante from
below. King Minos may be blind, but he won't have much trouble inflicting
damage on you. The tentacles that shoot from the ground below seem to appear
in random locations, so move around in circles around the arena while dashing.
While it'd be nice if you could stand in one place and hold down the Left
Trigger, this attack is unfortunately unblockable.

His second attack, King Minos will slam an arm on the ground, then drag his
entire forearm from one side of the arena to the other. Just make sure to
double jump when it comes sweeping by so you don't get smacked around. 

When King Minos leans back, run over to either side of the arena and grapple
over to the yellow marker that appears; this is the easiest way to avoid his
putrid breath attack.

The boss often follows this up with a tongue lashing. Like, the literal kind!
If you are ensnared in his forked tongue, follow the onscreen commands to free
yourself. Otherwise, this is a good time to get up and slash the boss's face
while he's lurched over. Use aerial attacks to attack King Minos's forehead so
you can easily avoid his tongue if it comes whipping out at you again.

Once you damage King Minos's face enough, he will pull himself backwards and
cover his face in agony. His lower stomach will be revealed - the fleshy red
portion of his stomach. Run over and begin hacking away at his weak point 
(Redemption Mode is always a good move here). Also don't forget about your 
magic spell as Righteous Path deals a nice amount of damage to King Minos.

Once the boss shifts back into his normal position, he will retaliate by 
summoning a few enemies. The first wave consists of some Hell Minions, but
later attempts will include Unbaptized Children and Guardian Demons.

The boss fight follows a distinct pattern. King Minos starts off with his 
tentacle attack, then next uses his breath attack. After that, he keeps his 
head lowered in preparation for his tongue strike.

tentacle attack -> breath attack -> tongue attack

If you manage to get his by the boss's tongue, the pattern will repeat itself
from the beginning. However, if you manage to slice apart the king's face 
enough, he will rear back in pain and allow you to target his weak point. 
After damaging his weak point enough, the boss will summon baddies and the
pattern repeats itself.

After inflicting a certain amount of pain on King Minos, he uses his arm sweep
attack. The hand stays lowered to the ground, giving you an opportunity to 
engage in a series of button commands. Doing so will expose his lower stomach
again. Attack it until the boss rears back and conjures up a wave of enemies
(this time it's Unbaptized Children and a Guardian Demon).

Afterwards, there is a slight change to the attack pattern. King Minos stops 
using his tentacle attack and replaces it with the arm sweep attack. He will 
now use the arm sweep move first, followed by the breath attack and finally 
the tongue attack. Continue slashing his face until he falls forward, then
follow up with a chain of button commands to end the fight in a gruesome
manner.


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| BOSS: Cleopatra & Marc Antony                                              |
'============================================================================'

"The only thing more compelling than her beauty was her lust for power. The
Queen of the Nile is granted reign over the second circle, tormenting those
who were unable to overcome their lewd desires."

"The mighty Roman general who watches over the realm of his final lover. His
reputation as a formidable military leader is only overshadowed by the stories
of his vile and lecherous conduct."

Marc Antony is the foe you should be worried about. He carries around a large,
rectangular shield that will block most of your attacks. Not only is it used 
for defense, but he can hurt Dante when he smacks the shield in the ground; 
you will be hurt if too close.

In addition, Antony also has some basic sword combos that you need to deal 
with. The three-hit combo is usually followed up with a charged swing that 
cannot be blocked (any sword strike that is coated in flames cannot be 
blocked). The boss can also send a buzzsaw-like projectile at you if you are
too far away.

When the boss's health starts getting low, he will plant his shield straight 
up as swords pop out of the ground in pursuit of Dante. He will then follow up
with either a spinning swing or an overhead slam. The latter produces a 
shockwave that can be avoided by jumping. Additionally, Antony's sword will be
stuck in the ground, giving you a second or two to attack.

Cleopatra mainly stays on the sidelines and lets her man do the dirty work. 
She'll occasionally lend her support by slamming onto the arena with her fist
or even beefing up Marc Antony with a spell called Lust Storm. When Marc
Antony is surrounded by the purple tornado, avoid him at all costs. 

Once things start to get heated up, Cleopatra will lend a hand and begin 
healing her lover. Once you see Marc Antony become enveloped in a green aura, 
ignore him and run over to Cleopatra. Strike her hand several times to knock 
her off of the tower and interrupt the healing process. As a bonus, you 
receive some health! You now have a minute or so of uninterrupted action 
before Cleopatra climbs back up to the top.

Marc Antony blocks most of your shots, so the best way to damage him is to use
Repayment (your counterattack). Time your blocks just right so that you leave 
an open window to counterattack and lower Antony's defenses. Additionally, 
evade or dodge his sword swings, stun him with your Holy Cross, then retaliate
with light attacks.

As the boss's health wears down, Cleopatra will heal him more often. Just 
knock her hand away to resume targeting Marc Antony. As the fight nears, use 
Righteous Path more often to throw him off-balance and activate Redemption 
Mode for the finishing touch.

Marc Antony coughs up ANTONY'S STANDARD after kicking the bucket. Technically,
the fight isn't over as you have to confront Cleopatra. All you must do is 
follow a series of button commands.

I normally don't go in-depth with them, but I thought I'd point out one button
prompt that was a tad confusing. It's a picture of the Left Analog Stick; the 
top half of the circle is red while the bottom is black. It was confusing for 
me what they were asking me to perform. All they want you to do is move the 
Left Analog Stick in an upwards arc: start by pointing to the right, then move
up and left.


.============================================================================.
| BOSS: Cerberus                                                             |
'============================================================================'

"This three-headed monster stands guard before the third circle, rending and
flaying the sinners condemned to its post. No soul may pass without
confronting the beast."

Rule #1: focus on one head at a time. That's the most important rule when 
fighting the three-headed dog-- err, worm. The square arena contains four 
shiny, glowing rocks near the northern end. Two on the left side, two on the 
right. If you stand near one of the rocks, the head facing directly in front 
will attack with a diving lunge. The preparation time is slow, giving you some
time to avoid getting run over.

After one of Cerberus's head performes the diving lunge attack, you have about
one second to get in a couple hits. There's a better way to deal damage, 
though. Run over to the closest rock (farthest from Cerberus) either on the 
left or right side. Pick one side throughout the battle, because you want to 
target one head at a time. Destroy the rock by pressing the Right Bumper, then
repeatedly mashing B. Be quick, or Cerberus will hit you with one of its heads
and finish you off rather easily.

Destroying the rock will reveal a flame jet, so any lunge attack used by 
Cerberus will result in a nasty burn. If timed properly, you will destroy the 
rock just before the head dives forward and it will be torched. The head will 
be dazed for a few moments, giving you plenty of time to attack.

The rock will be destroyed, but will return after a while. You can try to 
target and break the next rock, the one closest to Cerberus, but you'd be 
risking a higher chance of getting hit by its head. You can also play it safe 
and wait for the rock to regenerate to repeat the strategy. Simply run around 
while avoiding Cerberus's puke balls it sends your way.

Either way, once the head has taken enough abuse, you can follow a button 
command to sever the boss's head with one clean swipe. Now you have one less 
head to deal with and one less head to vomit projectiles at you. Also, 
decapitating one of the boss's heads gives you some health.

Focus on the other head now, using the same tactics that took down the first 
one. Lust Storm is a good spell to use to cut down on the damage dealt to 
Dante from Cerberus's puke balls and lunge attack. The vomit cannot be 
blocked, but using Lust Storm does prevent as much damage being dealt to you
as normal. Plus, with one head down, the middle head starts spitting out a lot
more puke than before. This makes destroying the rocks a bit harder than
before.

Once you are down to the middle head and the middle head alone, it will 
retaliate by using rapid-fire barf attacks. Seriously, it's like a machine gun
that spews vomit! Occasionally it will lunge at Dante, but since it's in the 
middle you don't know if it will lunge to the left or to the right. Hm.

You still need to destroy the rocks to expose the flames and stun Cerberus's 
middle head, but doing so is much harder due to the increased vomit attack. 
Instead, take the time to destroy the rocks immediately after the boss uses is
dive attack. Just as it dives forward and misses, it'll slowly move back into 
position; use this time to destroy one or even two rocks.

When the middle head dives forward and gets burned by the flame jets, it'll 
thrash about, but stay in the air. Don't worry, as you still damaged the beast
even though you can't reach it with your scythe. Continue burning Cerberus's 
middle head until it collapses, then complete one final button prompt to cut 
off the head a third time. Beware though, if you fail to complete the button 
commands in any way, Dante will automatically die and the battle will restart 
from the beginning! Don't mess up!


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| BOSS: Alighiero                                                            |
'============================================================================'

"Wholly unconcerned with the suffering of those around him, Dante's father led
a life of excess and greed. He spent his life hoarding his wealth, cheating
those less fortunate, and abusing his family."

Hopefully you have the counter abilities Repayment and Retribution. Not only 
because they are essential to your survival in Hell and you should have gotten
them a long time ago, but they really pay off during this boss fight.

Alighiero often uses his cross as a boomerang. He'll toss it at Dante in which
it'll smack him in the face, then keep coming back for more. During this 
abuse, block at the right time and counterattack with a light scythe attack to
send the cross back at your father. Now it'll boomerang into him instead!

If you get up close, the boss will use an unblockable cross swing. If it glows
yellow, then it is unblockable, so dodge instead of trying to block or 
counterattack. Alighiero is a fat wad, so he may have trouble moving around, 
but he is pretty quick at dishing out attacks.

After depleting a quarter of his health, Alighiero falls to one knee and the 
outer ring of the arena crumbles into the lava. Obviously, run to the center 
when he drops to avoid instantly dying, but also to attack the man while he's 
down. Alighiero starts using a new attack, which pretty much turns this fight 
from pretty easy to a "hoo boy this is really starting to get on my damn 
nerves" level of toughness.

Alighiero plunges his cross into the ground, leaving an imprint of the cross 
sticking up. This illusion will release an energy of shockwave periodically, 
usually once every second or so. The cross illusion will release about five or
six energy shockwaves before disappearing.

This kinda puts a damper on things because now you have to worry about one
extra hazard. Aside from dealing with Alighiero's close-range slams or long-
range boomerangs, you now have to jump over shockwaves. Blegh.

At this point, the only way to win is to be really good at countering. Or to 
be really careful, but at that rate it'll take like an hour to win the fight. 
You can counter the shockwaves, and since they appear at the same rate every 
time, it kinda helps with the timing. If Alighiero is close enough and you 
counter a shockwave, counterattack to damage the boss. Lust Storm also helps 
greatly here.

Once you get him down to a quarter health left, another portion of the arena 
falls apart, leaving things very hectic. Alighiero will also use a new attack 
very sporadically: he raises the gold cross in the air and it begins to shine 
with a very intense light. The boss gets coated with a strong aura, so simply 
run as far away from Alighiero as possible so you don't get creamed.

The fight gets harder with limited space, because it becomes harder to avoid 
Alighiero's unblockable cross swings. Also, he can create two cross illusions 
at a time, meaning you'll have to block two sets of shockwaves at a time. As 
the boss battle rages on, it basically turns into a raging counter-fest. 
Annoying as hell, pardon the pun.


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| BOSS: Phlegyas                                                             |
'============================================================================'

"In a fit of unholy rage, the mightly Phlegyas set fire to the Temple of
Delphi. For his insolence against the divine, the King of the Lapiths is
forever condemned to ferry souls across the river Styx."

This really isn't a boss battle at all, but I have my own specific reasons to 
include Phlegyas along with the other bosses (mainly because I have nowhere to
put his journal info). 

A handful of Greed Minions will be summoned by Phlegyas. He doesn't really 
attack aside from a single fist slam, so ignore him entirely as you deal with 
the Greed Minions. You cannot even damage the boss, so focus on the enemies 
entirely. Next up is a Hoarder-Waster along with some Exploding Minions. After
that, a nearby gate will lower, giving you access to a Green and White 
Fountain.

Walk past the fountains to a grapple point and swing across. Open the Purple 
Fountain, then activate a nearby lever to raise a bridge in the distance. It 
will begin to lower, however, and Phlegyas follows Dante over to his location.
Defeat the wave of Unbaptized Children that Phlegyas summons.

After those guys, some Seductresses of Lust and a Glutton appears. Try to use
Phlegyas to aid you in fighting these baddies, because his huge fist slam can
instantly kill most enemies. The final wave of monsters is a couple of
Seductresses of Lust and a Guardian Demon. After that, the gate opens ahead.

Use the Purple and White Fountains, then return to the lever and raise the 
bridge. Cross it and use the Green Fountain; go north along the walkway to 
initiate another enemy encounter.

Kill the lone Guardian Demon to make about six appear at one time. Phlegyas 
usually interacts more here, lending his hand by using a flame breath attack. 
Not only can it kill most enemies in one fell swoop, but it can hurt you too. 
If you are caught on fire, wiggle the Left Analog Stick left and right.

After some Guardian Demons, Throne Demons, Seductresses of Lust, Greed 
Minions, and Gluttons, you should be on your way. It sounds like a lot, and it
is, but at least Phlegyas cuts some of those numbers down. When it's all over,
he will punch the pillar to the right, revealing an opening. Two Throne Demons
jump out, so slay them before activating the lever inside of the opening. Good
job on the... boss battle? Ehhhh...


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| BOSS: Francesco                                                            |
'============================================================================'

"The brother of Beatrice left Florence with noble intent, only to be misled by
his closest ally. Although Dante promised to protect his friend, he stood
silent as Francesco was condemned to death."

Brothers-in-laws. They can be such jerks. Aside from his big sword, Francesco 
also totes around a rather large shield. This prevents you from putting a dent
in his health. You can still hurt him, but the damage is minimal. In order to
really put a beating on the boss, you must destroy his shield.

Francesco follows a pretty strict battle plan, so it is very easy to memorize.
He only has two attacks. When you're nearby, Francesco will plunge his sword 
into the ground, releasing a ring of energy. If you keep your distance, he'll
toss his sword at you like a javelin.

You cannot block this attack, so evade instead. The sword will either fly off
the edge of the arena if you are near the outer perimeter or it will get stuck
in the ground. You want the latter to happen. With the sword in the ground, 
dash over to it and press the Right Bumper to throw the sword back at him.

Toss Francesco's sword back at him two times to break his shield. At this 
time, get in close and unleash your most powerful attacks. Attacks like Soul 
Stabber and Sacred Quake will deal a nice amount of damage to an unprotected 
Francesco. Soon after, Francesco will conjure up a new shield and summon some
Damned Captains to do his bidding.

Damned Captains are a bit stronger than Damned Crusaders. These guys aren't as
much of a threat as you'd think, since they are really slow and do not even 
attack that much. I found the easiest way to kill them is by using a charged-
up Divine Force, as it'll kill most in one blow. The only hard part is finding
enough free time to charge up for the attack.

Continue throwing Francesco's swords back at him. From time to time, an 
unlucky Damned Captain may get in the way and get hit with the sword as well,
but you will want to focus on Francesco. I wouldn't even bother trying to 
eliminate all of the captains first; just kinda leave 'em there are attack if
they get too pesky.

I found this to be arguably the easiest fight in the game. Francesco only has 
two main attacks, is easy to damage, and often lets minions do the dirty work 
for him. Even if you don't have some of the upgraded abilities that I 
mentioned beforehand, this fight should still be a breeze. Make sure to finish
him off with a button sequence once you have depleted his health bar.


.============================================================================.
| BOSS: Lucifer                                                              |
'============================================================================'

"Cast down for his rebellion against God, the Lord of the Inferno lies
imprisoned within a frozen pool of malice and sorrow. It is here he conspires
to overthrow Paradise and reclaim his former glory."

--- Part 1 ---

I should probably mention the recommended Relics used during this boss fight.
Assuming you have all four slots open, go with Eye of Alighiero, Francesco's
Forgiveness, Tristan's Desire and Lord's Blessing. After Part 1, switch Lord's
Blessing with Death Scythe.

You can't do much to damage Lucifer here. For now, all you can do is dodge his
extremely quick fist slam attacks. He moves a lot quicker than someone like 
Phlegyas, so you must react quickly to avoid the shockwaves that emanate from 
his fists.

After doing this for a little bit, a beam of light will shine down in the 
center of the pentagram on the floor. Press the Right Trigger to be shot up 
towards Lucifer's face, then use light scythe combos to hack away at his face.
Once Lucifer falls backwards, use your Holy Cross to attack his torso.

After, the boss will get a little ticked off. He sends a gust of wind that 
pushes you to the edge of the arena, then summons to raging tornados. If you 
are caught inside one, press A to reduce the amount of damage done. From now 
on, Lucifer will begin to use fist slams in quick succession. He will often 
slam one fist down, then the other, then finish off with a double fist slam.

From now on, stay on one side of the arena. That way you only have to avoid 
one of the boss's fists. Also perform a single jump to avoid the shockwave, 
because a double jump would screw up the timing and you'd land on the ground 
just as he unleashes his double fist slam.

After a while, another beam of light will appear. Run over and press the Right
Trigger, then slash the boss's face to stun him. Attack his torso with your 
Holy Cross. The battle will continue to repeat itself until you deplete
Lucifer's health bar.


--- Part 2 ---

The real Lucifer climbs out of the huge guy and fights Dante on the ground, as
you are given an automatic health and mana refill. Also, if you die here, you 
will start from Part 2. As if we haven't used this comparison enough 
throughout the game, Lucifer greatly resembles a Guardian Demon. Needless to 
say, we won't be carving through this guy as easily as we would a Guardian
Demon.

Lucifer often uses a three-hit sword combo. The third hit is unblockable: try
to counter the first two swings, but if you fail then roll out of the way of 
the third. Like in the battle with Alighiero, it's key to perfect your 
countering skills with Repayment and Retribution. Some of the best attacks to 
use are Death's Pillar and Divine Power. Also, Sacred Quake is another strong 
attack to use against Lucifer.

Lucifer's long-range attack is easy to avoid. He slices the ground: tiny 
sparks travel along the ground towards Dante before they eventually explode. 
They do not go far, so you can back away from them before they disappear. As 
for right now, he only has two attacks. One thing you want to note is that if 
you spam your Holy Cross too much, Lucifer will learn to counterattack it.

Every so often, you will take a chunk out of the boss's health bar, resulting 
in you receiving some health and mana. Lucifer will also float in the air and 
release a shockwave attack. Double jump over it, then resume attacking.

Lucifer eventually starts to teleport around the ring. He usually does it to 
get behind you and then hurls a couple fireballs at you. These are 
unblockable, and if you get hit by one you are likely to get hit by the 
others, resulting in about half of your health bar disappearing. Make sure to 
roll out of the way of the four to five fireballs.

After dealing around a quarter of his health, the boss will teleport, then use
a rapid-fire shockwave slam. This time, only use single jumps to avoid them as
opposed to double jumps. Also, try to run away from Lucifer because the 
shockwaves don't travel the entire distance of the arena.

As the battle starts winding down, don't be afraid to use magic to help 
yourself out. Lust Storm and Divine Armor are great shields, and Righteous 
Path can deal quite a bit if leveled up. Plus, don't forget about using 
Redemption Mode! It's a good deal-breaker, especially if you have purchased 
any Redemption Cells.

After you deplete enough of Lucifer's health bar, the next phase will begin. 
You won't have to take out the entire health bar: reducing him to around a 
quarter health will do the trick.


--- Part 3 ---

The final phase is really short, because you only have to take out a quarter 
of the boss's health. Lucifer will permanently float high in the air, making 
it harder to attack him than before.

Lucifer's range of attacks doesn't increase by much. He only uses long-range 
projectile attacks, not many of which are blockable. I wouldn't try to block 
any of them anyways; just evade as he shoots them. The Right Bumper often 
appears at the top of the screen. By pressing it, Dante will grab Lucifer and
yank himself up to the boss. At this time, use light scythe attacks to slowly
damage Lucifer before falling back to the ground.

Keep repeating this process: the button prompt appears as Lucifer uses any 
projectile attack, so it's pretty frequent. Holy Cross attacks are out of the
picture because like Heretics, Lucifer is immune to them in this stage of the
fight. Also, a good idea would be to use Sins of the Father to continuously 
damage Lucifer even without using up-close scythe attacks.

Once you deplete Lucifer's health bar, the ending button sequence will begin. 
He rises in the air and fires a laser beam to the ground. The edges of the 
pentagram float up in the air as grapple points appear on them. Use these 
grapple points to grapple around the edges of the pentagram, then up to 
Lucifer himself. After this, follow the commands onscreen to win the fight.


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