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It's the stench of betrayal. The odor of that accursed Sparda! I will annihilate every last blood relation of Sparda!

Beowulf, also called Lightbeast[1], was one of the gatekeepers of Temen-ni-gru, who was half-blinded and sealed away for 2000 years by Sparda.[2][3] He is one of the bosses that appears in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening.

Appearance[]

Beowulf is a very large demon comprised of mismatched parts from different animals (a Chimera.) His head, torso, and four-digit claws are similar to a Lion's with one eye missing, and a single curved horn atop. He has talons instead of feet, and four wings which can unfold from his back. He also has a scorpion tail, but doesn't use it to fight.

Personality[]

Beowulf is cruel, unforgiving and vindictive as was shown when he promised to annihilate every last blood relation of Sparda for the latter's betrayal of the demonkind. He's also ruthless and impulsive as shown when he immediately attacked Vergil after sensing his smell without making any attempt to confirm the identify of his enemy. Thinking that his opponent was still Dante, he underestimated Vergil and was killed by having his head split into eight by Yamato. During his last moments, he curses Sparda once more, saying "That excrement Sparda had two sons!" Afterwards, his power is used by Vergil (as well as Dante) when he becomes a Devil Arm.

Behavior[]

Beowulf has a moveset, closely resembling the attacks Dante does with this Devil Arm equipped. During first and second phases, he changes from a more held back to a feral state.

First phase[]

  • His "opener" and main attack is an attack combo: Beowulf throws two punches and then slams the ground in front of him.
  • His second attack is foot stomp: if you're very close, Beowulf stomps several times, trying to trample you.
  • His third attack is swinging off: if you hit Beowulf in the eye, he flails his arms in order to shove you away, mainly hitting if you remain the air.
  • His fourth attack is a punch: Beowulf throws a single powerful punch that knocks the player away.
  • His fifth attack is a spin punch: if you stand behind Beowulf, he'll quickly try to turn around reach you with a fist attack.

Second phase[]

Dealing enough damage to Beowulf (regardless if his eye was hit or not), will make him temporarily stunned which causes him to create a pillar of light around himself while spreading his wings; exclaiming "I WILL KILL YOU!" The first time this attack is triggered, he will change phases, adding new moves for him to use alongside his first phase attacks. He can trigger this attack again, which will make him start to use his cage-drop stomp intermittently through the fight.

  • His main attack is rush: He will roar at you and begin running towards the player on all fours.
    • After making a rush, he will either:
      • 1. Turn around and rush again.
      • 2. Follow the rush with a pounce attack.
  • After rushing, he will stand upright and stomp the ground to drop cages from the ceiling, and then launching them at the player.
    • These cages can be respectively launched towards Beowulf to deal heavy damage by hitting them with certain attacks like stinger, sword pierce, reverb shock or straight.
  • His second attack is Volcano: Beowulf will yell "Crush and Pulverize!" while slamming a bright fist into the ground, causing a large explosion around the point of impact.
  • His third attack is to summon projectiles: if the player remains too far from Beowulf, he will spread his wings and fire a volley of 6, pause, then 3 seeking projectiles towards the player, yelling "Sparda!"

Strategy[]

Main article: Mission 11

The main strategy to defeating Beowulf is to jump and slash at his one good eye, causing him to flail about.

Beowulf utilizes attacks similar to Dante's Beowulf Combo A and Volcano. If the player is behind the boss, Beowulf will sometimes spin around with his fist out, doing a 180 degree turn. He can also stomp on the ground, not only doing damage in front of him, but occasionally dropping cages from the ceiling, which he can attack, sending them flying towards the player. Beowulf will shout "Sparda!" before launching projectiles of light, which are easily absorbed by Royal Guard's Ultimate ability.

Biography[]

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening[]

When Dante enters the Torture Chamber, Beowulf senses that Dante has "Sparda's blood", and attacks. Dante defeats and blinds the creature, however it is able to run. But when Beowulf tries to chase down Dante's scent he instead finds Vergil. Assuming him to still be Dante, he tries to "annihilate every last blood relation of Sparda". However, Vergil immediately kills Beowulf and the demon falls apart, realizing his mistake in the process while cursing Sparda. Vergil then takes Beowulf's soul as a Devil Arm which is worn on the hands and feet.

Background and Etymology[]

Beowulf is the Geatish hero of the Old English poem of the same name. This poem is famous for being the oldest known piece of English literature.

The design for Devil May Cry 3 Beowulf is based on Pazuzu, which Daigo Ikeno mentions in the Devil May Cry: 3142 Graphic Arts book.[4] Pazuzu is a Sumerian wind demon with the body of a man, the head of a dog, the legs of an eagle, two pairs of wings, and a scorpion's tail.

Trivia[]

DMC4 SE cutscene - The Arrival (Beowulf poster)

A Beowulf poster in the "The Arrival" cutscene in Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition.

References[]

  1. Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Boss Room- Mission 18 "Lightbeast Reborn"
  2. Devil May Cry 3
  3. Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Boss File — Beowulf: "Gatekeeper sealed away by Sparda for 2000 years. He anxiously awaits his chance at revenge. His overwhelming strength and light attacks make him a force to fear."
  4. Devil May Cry: 3142 Graphic Arts. p.031
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