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Argosax the Chaos is the overarching antagonist of Devil May Cry 2. He was a demon king who for a time ruled the Demon World[2] and is considered the most wicked deity in the legends of Protectors of Vie de Marli.[3]


In his true form, the Despair Embodied, Argosax possess an androgynous appearance depending on the form in which he shifts (possessing both masculine and feminine traits), although both his male and female appearances feature a fire-like appearance in the formation of a human with horns protruding from the head.[4]


Argosax does not communicate or display emotion against Dante, but is described by the Protectors as supremely evil.[3] What he desires is destruction, chaos and despair.[5]


Main article: Dante's Mission 18

As the Chaos, Argosax is a compilation of different parts of the other bosses. While you will not have to fight every boss again, you will have to deal with some of their attacks, plus Griffon. Take out each boss one at a time until they are all gone: you have a huge advantage here in that they cannot move.

As the Despair Embodied, Argosax is fast. Focus on dodging its attacks and use your guns for a safe kill.


Devil May Cry 2 — File — Enemy — Argosax the Chaos

English version

The king once ruled most of the demon world and subdued all the demons, but was defeated by Sparda.

Japanese version


Wiki translation

Overlord of chaos that one time held in his hands most of the Demon World and subdued many demons but, defeated by Sparda, was waiting for the time of resurrection.
Possesses both forms and abilities of every demon.

Devil May Cry 2 — File — Enemy — The Despair Embodied

English version

Possessing an androgynous perfect body and awesome dignity, he is sometimes worshipped.

Japanese version


Wiki translation

Overlord Argosax's “true form.”
Having both male and female perfect appearance and possessing majestic dignity he was often worshipped as “God,” but his true nature is ultimate despair.


Before Devil May Cry 2[]

Argosax appeared over two thousand years ago, and waged a great war against the devil prince Mundus, who had eaten the fruit of the Qliphoth. The war between the two ended up splitting the Underworld in two sides, one ruled by himself and the other ruled by Mundus.[6] After Sparda's rebellion and Mundus's subsequent defeat at his hands, Argosax took control over the rest of the Underworld and installed himself as its ruler through sheer force.[2] Fire demon Balrog was his right-hand man at the time,[7] while the demon knight Bolverk was his most powerful soldier.[8]

More than a millennium later,[9][citation needed] a portion of the Vie de Marli began worshiping Argosax, eventually summoning him to the Human World.[10] The Protectors deemed him a threat to the safety of the island, and attempted to banish him back into the Demon World.[11] Unable to complete the task themselves, they were assisted by Sparda in sealing Argosax away with the Arcana relics.[4][12]

Devil May Cry 2[]

DMC2 - Argosax reveals his true form as the Despair Embodied

Argosax revealed as the Despair Embodied.

In the modern era, Arius tries to obtain the Arcana in order to release Argosax, take his power, and become a god.[13][14] The Arcana are four holy relics used to seal Argosax, and by uniting them at the solar eclipse, a gate to the Demon World will open.[15] Though Dante manages to interfere with Arius' ritual by replacing the Medaglia with his own double-sided coin, the doorway is still partially opened, and Arius absorbs part of Argosax's power.[16] Because the door is unstable, whoever enters may not be able to return, so Lucia demands to go, claiming she is expendable.[17] However, Dante puts the decision to his coin[18] and, after winning the coin toss, goes in, just like his father once did.[19] Inside the portal, Dante finds Argosax in its first form: a hideous pile of flesh composed of pieces of Phantom, Griffon, Orangguerra, Jokatgulm, Nefasturris, and Furiataurus.[4] During their battle, Argosax's power begins to possess Arius, whom Lucia defeats.[4]

DMC2 - Dante kills Argosax

Argosax is killed by Dante.

After slaying each piece, a stalk bearing an egg extends from the mass, and Argosax's true form, The Despair Embodied, hatches from it. As The Despair Embodied, Argosax appears as an androgynous, horned, angelic being composed of fire, able to change sexes at will.[20] Despite its new form, it proves ultimately ineffective to Dante, whom proceeds to defeat Argosax with a shot to the head, dissipating into nothing in defeat.

Powers and Abilities[]

Argosax is a powerful being, ranking above most demons and managed to have subdued all the demons within the Demon World that existed within it a few centuries ago[10] and having power equal to that of Mundus.[21] He was capable of challenging both Dante and Sparda, the latter needing the assistance of the Protectors to seal him away with the Arcana.[4] The demon knight Bolverk, who was powerful enough to be considered a nemesis to Sparda, was but a loyal servant of Argosax.

Argosax the Chaos form

Argosax's appearance when assimilating various demons.

Possession & Transformation: Argosax is capable of possessing other individuals like Arius, transforming them into hideous, demonic creatures and changing their appearance overtime as well as empowering them far further then they were. He is capable of doing this even when occupied in the Demon World.[4]

Reality Manipulation: Argosax had extremely powerful reality warping abilities, being even capable of fusing the Human World and the Demon World into one single realm just with his mere presence, even while a portion of his powers was bound away by the Arcana, as well as distort space and reality, turning the island of Vie de Marli into an inescapable maze[22]

Immortality: Arius described Argosax to be immortal. However, despite that, he is capable of being slain by powerful individuals such as Dante.[23]

Despair Embodied[]

In his true form, the Despaired Embodied, Argosax possesses various demonic capabilities and powers.[4]

Superhuman speed: Argosax is so fast that his movements are instantaneous and trascend time and space.[5]

Mental Manipulation: Argosax showed full mastery and control over the evil energy of the Underworld, which was capable of warping the minds of humans and driving them insane[24]

Time Manipulation: Argosax distorted and rearranged the flow of time together with the Demon World's approach, even creating paradoxes linking the past and together to allow some like Phantom to reemerge.[24]

Demonic wings: Most of Argosax's powers originate from the usage of his wings, which acts as some sort of conduit for his powers.[4]


Light Needles

  • Light needles: Argosax can create needles made up of light that rain down on opponents.[4][25]
  • Electricity: Argosax can launch an electrical-attributed attack towards his opponents with homing capabilities.[4]
  • Fireball: Argosax is able to launch fireballs created from his wings.[4]
  • Flight: Argosax is capable of moving freely above the ground for a long time.[4]

Shape-shifting: Argosax is a capable shape-shifter, able to turn his hands into blade-like weaponry or a whip. Furthermore, his shape-shifting allows him to even change sex at will, choosing to appear in the figure of a male or female depending on the attack he intends to put up. As a male, he uses his hands to create blades and as a female, he uses a whip.[4]


The name Argosax may be based on "Argos", the another name of Argus in Greek mythology. also, Argos is means "bright, shining" from Proto-Indo-European.[26]

Appearances in Other Media[]


Argosax was added to TEPPEN via the expansion titled "The Force Seekers". The card Argosax is featured was mistranslated, while the Japanese version names it アルゴサクス・ザ・ケイオス (Arugosakusu za keiosu, "Argosax the Chaos"?), the localization changed the name of the card to "Arius-Argosax".


  1. Devil May Cry 2 Official Complete Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 Devil May Cry 2, Enemy File — Argosax the Chaos: "This king once ruled most of the demon world and subdued all the demons, but was defeated by Sparda."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Devil May Cry 2 instruction manual: "One recent tale, only a few hundred years old, told of a great swordsman appearing from "the outside" to aid in exorcising the most evil god of all time.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 Devil May Cry 2
  5. 5.0 5.1 Enemy data
  6. Devil May Cry 5: Before the Nightmare'
  7. Devil May Cry 5: Before the Nightmare
  8. Devil May Cry 2 Bradygames Guidebook, Guidepost for the Hunters Chapter 9, Clause 6: "For the underground temple of Argosax is guarded by his most skilled warrior. He wields a spear and is obeyed by the wolves. His single eye possesses knowledge and misfortune."
  9. Mundus' defeat took place 2000 years before the series, while Argosax was defeated by Sparda a few centuries before Devil May Cry 2.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Devil May Cry 2 instruction manual
  11. Devil May Cry 2 Bradygames Guidebook', Path 2: The Protector
  12. Devil May Cry 2, Prologue: "One recent tale, only a few hundred years old, told of a great swordsman appearing from 'the outside' to aid in exorcising the most evil god of all time."
  13. Devil May Cry 2, Arius: "...I must obtain the power of Argosax...or I cannot transcend all living things!"
  14. Devil May Cry 2, Arius: "Now, I'll absorb his power. I, will become an all-powerful immortal!"
  15. Devil May Cry 2, Lucia: "We have until the Sun is completely eclipsed. are you going to enter the building? The entrance is..."
  16. Devil May Cry 2, Lucia: "What...? The ritual was incomplete... but the door to the Demon World is..."
  17. Devil May Cry 2, Lucia: "Once you enter the Demon World... you may never be able to return...I'll go... I'm expendable..."
  18. Devil May Cry 2, Dante: "Heads, I go; Tails, you go."
  19. Devil May Cry 2, Matier: "You must not worry, my dear; I am sure that he will return. Everything is just as it was with Sparda."
  20. Devil May Cry 2, Enemy File — The Despair Embodied: "Possessing an androgynous perfect body and awesome dignity, he is sometimes worshipped."
  21. Capcom's Devil May Cry Story in 5 Minutes video - Exact text: ムンドゥスと同等の力を持つ魔界の覇王 (Demon King with power equal to Mundus)
  22. Devil May Cry 2 Bradygames Guidebook: Mission 14
  23. Devil May Cry 2 - Arius:With them, my power will be complete, and I will become like the immortal, Argosax!
  24. 24.0 24.1 Devil May Cry 2 Bradygames Guidebook
  25. Specifically, this attack during his boss fight creates a rainbow, hence the assossiation with the attribute being light.
  26. デビル メイ クライ 2 - ダンテ:ボスバトル集