The Bangle of Time (時の腕輪, Toki no Udewa?) is an Item in Devil May Cry. It is a skeleton-motif bangle which allows Dante to stop time for nearby enemies by consuming his DT Gauge.[1] Most bosses are immune to its effects.

How to Obtain[edit | edit source]

The Bangle of Time is found on a high platform in Secret Mission 12: Hidden Bangle. It is not necessary to obtain the Bangle of Time to proceed with the game. Once obtained, it is carried over into New Game+.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

For it to take effect, the player must go to the item menu, select the Bangle, and choose to wear it: it is then "on" until the player goes back into the menu and unequips it.

While it is equipped, Dante trades his normal Devil Trigger abilities for its effects. Using it pauses all normal enemies and Nelo Angelo (in Missions 4, 11, and 20) in place until the Devil Trigger gauge is depleted or the player manually deactivates it. Paused enemies do not react to anything Dante does: they will not flinch, cannot be launched or knocked down, and will not die if they take lethal damage. All damage is applied to them at once after the effect of the Bangle concludes, and the Stylish Rank will also not update until the Bangle's effect ends. As a result, the Bangle is best used when the player has a good grasp of how many hits it takes to kill an enemy at the current difficulty level, as this will avoid wasting damage by "overkilling" enemies.

Enemies paused by the Bangle also cannot change states as they normally would: for example, a Death Scissors would normally switch to its invulnerable state after 1-2 Helm Breakers, but while paused with the Bangle, the player can deplete all of its health in one go. This is a double-edged sword, however, as it also prevents some enemies such as Shadows from entering their vulnerable states, and if an enemy is paused while blocking their guard cannot be broken.

It does not pause in-game timers, but can still be useful for dealing with the Devil Trigger timers that appear in Dante Must Die mode by rendering enemies helpless.

Movesets[edit | edit source]

Devil May Cry[edit | edit source]

Action Command Description
Unnamed Button ps4 l1.png Dante activates the Bangle of Time, freezing time for all minor enemies near him.

Development and background[edit | edit source]

The Bangle of Time was inspired by the time stopping abilities of The World in the manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.[2]

Other Appearances[edit | edit source]

  • In Bayonetta, the Bracelet of Time accessory is at one point called the "Bangle of Time". It is also stated that it was created by a witch named Eva who "entered into contract with a legendary dark knight". The Bracelet acts much in the same way as the Bangle, temporarily stopping time in trade for magical power. Visually, there are only slight differences, however the overall look remains the same.
  • In Viewtiful Joe, Dante mistakes the V-Watch for the Bangle of Time.
  • The Bangle of Time was added to TEPPEN via its "The Force Seekers" expansion. Interestingly enough, the flavor text of the card specifically mentions that the Bangle of Time is a memento of Eva, which seems to correlate with the Bayonetta description.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Devil May Cry, Items — Bangle of Time: "A mysterious wrist band that has the power to stop time."
  2. Hideki Kamiya on Twitter (February 4, 2013): Right. RT @gareth_hawke: is the bangle of time inspired by Za warudo?


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