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The Balrog is one of Dante's Devil Arms in Devil May Cry 5.[1]

Appearance and Description

Balrog is a set of gauntlets, grieves, and shoulder pads (Blow Mode only) created with the sealed power of the king of Fire Hell.[2]

All of Balrog's components are metal and plated in such a way that they look like magma once fire starts flowing through them. The gauntlets have yellow eyes on the back of the hands that have black slit pupils. The shoulder pads have to large spikes that curve out to the sides of Dante before curving upwards. During certain attacks, the gauntlets increase in size.


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The Balrog's "Blow Mode".

The Balrog has two different modes, a Kick Mode and a Blow Mode.

Kick Mode lets Dante perform powerful kicks on enemies. Dante seems to use a style similar to capoeira, incorporating a lot of flips and cartwheel-kicks. While using Balrog, Dante can perform a breakdance windmill, kicking any enemies around him. It has a backflip-kick rising launcher and a dive kick.

Blow Mode focuses on boxing-like punching and allows Dante to execute short dodges. Balrog has a quick jabbing attack while on the ground. It also has an attack where-in Dante dashes forward and delivers a large straight that can be followed with a powerful uppercut. Dante also has a can also execute a full spin into a backfist. While in the air, it has a three hit aerial combo that ends with a powerful punch that sends enemies to the ground.

A special mechanic known as "Ignition" allows the weapon to light up on fire and deal additional fire damage to enemies. Balrog will enter the Ignition state if Dante keeps punching opponents in Blow Mode or performs a special dance in Kick mode. If the weapon is inactive for a period of time, the fire will fade away, and it will have to be ignited again.

Devil May Cry 5

Action Command Description
Count to TenMake 10 successful Balrog attacks in Blow ModeSeries of punches activate Balrog, triggering ignition.

Activating Count to Ten and showing moves with Ignition.

IgnitionTriggered by "Count to ten"Activated by rapid tappings. Lets out an impulse of Balrog's overheated energy, temporarily increasing your attacks
Ignition 2 and 3 Passive ability Increases the duration of ignition.
Light BlowOn ground, pressBx y,Bx y,Bx y...Make a quick combination of punches.

Series of Light Blows

Heavy JoltOn ground, pressB r1 + (forward) +Bx yQuickly overcome the enemy's defence and strike it with a powerful punch.

Heavy Jolt and Fly Dragon

Fly DragonAfter "Power Push" pressBx yAfter charging forward with Heavy Jolt, send out your left fist to pound enemies into the air
Welter Move On ground, moveBx lsRide your own momentum after an attack to keep yourself clear of enemy counters. Tilt Left joystick left or right to dodge in that direction

Three dodges from Welter Move

Bantam Revenge After "Welter Move", pressBx y Execute a counter in the direction you dodged with Welter Move. Slip through enemy attacks and lay on the pain
Feather Combo In mid-air, pressBx y,Bx y,Bx yPerform a rapid three-hit aerial combo

Feather Combo

Action Command Description
Level 1
Middle BreakOn ground, pressBx bSpin up a high velocity punch attack that slams into the enemy with powerful cyclone winds

Middle Break

Cruiser DiveIn mid-air, pressBx bDeliver a brutal falling punch to a grounded enemy, coupled with an earthshaking shockwave that'll leave nearby enemies reeling

Cruiser Dive

Level 2
Minimum DragonOn ground, pressB r1 + (forward) +Bx bPenetrate the enemy's defenses with a defiant uppercut that'll launch them skyward
Rising DragonOn ground, pressB r1 + (forward) + rapidly tapBx bFocus your power into your fist, then release an uppercut so strong, it'll launch you like a missile

Balrog "dragons"

Level 2
Divine DragonOn ground, pressB r1 + (forward) + tapBx b even moreWith maximum power, launch yourself at full force drilling through an enemy like a drill.
Level 4
Real ImpactOn ground, in "Ignition", pressB r1 + (back) + tapBx b Stop an enemy with the hit of your body, then rip them by making a combo of uppercut and knee strike

Real Impact

Action Command Description
Balrog Combo AOn ground, pressBx y,Bx y,Bx yWhip yourself into a spin to deliver a whirlwind of three hard kicks

Balrog Combo A

Balrog Combo BOn ground, pressBx y,Bx y, thenBx y,Bx y,Bx y,Bx yA stylish Balrog Combo A spin-off. Your high speed spin kicks will pull in nearby enemies for more punishment
FrictionIn mid-air, pressBx ySlam downward with a powerful kick from mid-air


UpdraftOn ground, pressB r1 + (forward) +Bx bA high-flying flip kick that launches enemies upward. Great for intercepting airborne foes


Rolling BlazeOn ground or in mid-air, pressBx xJumping discharges a blast wave that damages nearby enemies

Action Command Description
Level 1
Break SpiralOn ground, pressBx bSpin around lightning fast to deliver attacks over a wide area. Extend your spin by tappingBx b repeatedly, and move around during the spin with L joystick

Break Spiral

FirestormIn mid-air, pressBx b,Bx bGo from a spin into a speedy one-two kick combo that launches enemies into the air


Level 2
Flint WheelOn ground, pressB r1 + (back) +Bx bMake the battlefield your playground, back flipping to get around enemies

Flint Wheel

Level 4
PyromaniaOn ground, in "Ignition", pressB r1 + (forward) +Bx b,Bx b,Bx b...Maul your enemy with series of molten kicks and sway them away.



SFV Nostalgia Balrog

Balrog, with the "Nostalgia" outfit in Street Fighter V.[3]

  • The name of the weapon is a reference to Balrog, a character in the Street Fighter series[4]. The name originally comes from an ancient creature in J. R. R. Tolkien's work, using the power of fire.
  • The Balrog was the first weapon the development team worked on.[5]
  • Director Hideaki Itsuno wanted two different weapons for punching and kicking, but he couldn't extend the weapon number that far, hence the weapon doing both at once.[5]
  • Producer Michiteru Okabe stated that he loves the Balrog, when he saw Dante performing the "Blow Mode" attacks with it he thought: "This game will sell well!".[6]
  • Balrog is the king of Fire Hell, suggesting that it might have been Berial's successor.
  • Balrog's voice is provided by Michael Schwalbe.[7]
  • As confirmed by Michael Schwalbe, Balrog is the default Stylish Rank announcer in Devil May Cry 5.


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