Devil Arms (魔具 Magu?) are demonic, variably sentient weapons that are commonly the manifestation of a defeated Demon's soul or power. In the Devil May Cry series, Devil Arms are considered to be the characters' most powerful weapons. When wielded, Devil Arms often convey their power to the wielder, provided they have been subdued first.
The process in which a Devil Arm is created was mentioned by Lucia in Devil May Cry 5: Before the Nightmare. According to Matier there are a two ways for Devil Arms to be created. A demon will turn into a weapon of overwhelming power if it has been defeated and becomes submissive, or a demon will change into a weapon if there is a strong emotional bond present.
In the same chapter Balrog has recognized Dante's strength and is turned into a Devil Arm. Balrog then explained that by travelling with Dante he will get stronger and after getting powerful enough, he'll challenge Dante in a duel yet again.
It's also stated in Devil May Cry 5: Before the Nightmare that the creator of the first Devil Arm was named Machiavelli. He made Artemis, the armor for Nelo Angelo, and the prototype Angelos.
In Devil May Cry 3, Dante receives new Devil Arms by defeating strong demons and their souls manifesting as weapons, although as is the case with the Sword of Sparda and with Balrog, a demon doesn't have to die to manifest its power as a Devil Arm.
The process of subduing a Devil Arm seems to differ from game to game. In Devil May Cry 3 Dante simply had to defeat a boss for it to agree to "help" him in recognition of his power, their souls then become Devil Arms. In Devil May Cry, the weapon is found by Dante and the process of subduing it requires Dante to survive the weapons' attempt to kill him.
Although Devil Arms are primarily used as weapons, they are also shown to be used for other purposes. The Yamato was used by the Dark Knight Sparda to seal the true Hell Gate, and Agnus used several other Devil Arms to power his imitations of that Hell Gate.
Devil May Cry 3Edit
At the start, Dante wields only Rebellion, the keepsake from his father. He eventually acquires new Devil Arms by defeating the demons guarding the Temen-ni-gru: Cerberus, Agni & Rudra, and Nevan. Vergil, on the other hand, gets only two other Devil Arms aside from Yamato: Beowulf, and Force Edge. After the second boss battle against Vergil, Vergil loses Beowulf and Dante acquires it for his own use.
Each Devil Arm not only grants the twins new powers and abilities, but also seems to exert some influence over their Devil Triggers: Dante's physical shape in Devil Trigger form changes depending on the Devil Arm he has equipped; while Vergil's form does not change that much, Yamato's scabbard changes to a green, scaly carapace reminiscent of the scales that cover Vergil's coat and body, and equipping Beowulf covers his chest in a glowing cuirass that somewhat resembles a ribcage.
Devil May CryEdit
The Force Edge is used by Dante as his default weapon in the first game. An alternative Devil Arm, the Alastor, can also be found with the capability of giving Dante new demonic powers. In order to wield the Alastor, Dante had to first prove himself to the spirit of the blade. He does this by surviving being impaled through the chest by Alastor. Yet another Devil Arm, the Ifrit, is also discovered. It lifts Dante off the ground by his arms and tries to pull him in two directions at once, but Dante is too strong for it to succeed, and it submits to him. Dante also recovers both halves of the Perfect Amulet and re-awakens the Force Edge, turning it back into Sparda.
While on Mallet Island, the Devil Arms Dante uncovers also alter his Devil Trigger form, just like the ones from the Temen-ni-gru.
Devil May Cry 2Edit
Dante only uses one Devil Arm on his journey to Dumary Island: Rebellion.
Devil May Cry 4Edit
Before the start of the game, the Order of the Sword collected several Devil Arms (Gilgamesh, Lucifer and Pandora) and used them to power several Hell Gates and keep them open. Only a few strong demons are able to use these Hell Gates to enter the human world, and when they are defeated, they do not relinquish their souls as Devil Arms. Instead, Dante takes possession of separate, already quiescent Devil Arms being used to hold the gates open.
Devil Arms can be broken, but fixing them is depicted as a feat of incredible power. Agnus was unable to restore Yamato no matter what he did, despite being an expert alchemist, but the sword is easily fixed by Nero when he awakens his Devil Trigger.
Devil May Cry 5Edit
Dante begins the game with two Devil Arms, his sword Rebellion and the gauntlets/greaves set Balrog. Trish also wields the Devil Sword Sparda during the mission to confront Urizen. When Rebellion is destroyed during his battle with Urizen, Trish throws the Sparda to Dante, but he is still defeated and left in a comatose state for a month, the Sparda impaled on a nearby wall, the sword concealing Dante's presence by drawing demons to itself instead.
After awakening, Dante wields the Sparda in place of his destroyed Rebellion, and uses the Sparda to defeat Cavaliere Angelo, with the demonic knight's armor fusing with two halves of a ruined motorcycle to create the Cavaliere Devil Arm, which Dante uses as a weapon and means of transport. Upon absorbing Rebellion's broken hilt and the Sparda into himself to unlock his Sin Devil Trigger, Dante forms a new Devil Arm by fusing both together, the Devil Sword Dante which he uses as his main weapon from then on.
Dante receives the Dr. Faust hat from Nico, who created it using her father, Agnus', notes, and battles the alpha of the Cerberus pack, King Cerberus, defeating the demon and receiving a new version of the nunchuku Devil Arm he previously wielded, this one having access to two different forms and elemental powers.
Nero previously held the Yamato in his Devil Bringer, but had the arm torn from him by a mysterious stranger, who turned it back into Yamato. The demon king Urizen uses the Yamato in the form of a red crystal of demonic power, from which he conjures his barrier. When V reunites with Urizen to reform Vergil, the elder Son of Sparda continues to wield Yamato as his main weapon once again.
DmC: Devil May CryEdit
Dante has only one melee weapon, the Rebellion, but it is capable of shapeshifting into multiple angelic and demonic weapons: the Ophion, Arbiter, Osiris, Eryx, and Aquila. The Arbiter and Osiris forms are awakened when Dante investigates the portraits of his father and mother while in the Limbo-version of his family's old mansion, while the Eryx and Aquila forms are awakened after Dante slays the demon lords Succubus and Bob Barbas.
- ↑ Devil May Cry 4, Dialogue: Nero: "Summoning, so it was you... who made the gate!" Agnus: "Yes, yes, the Hellgate. I created it merely as a reference in substitution for the real gate. But after utilizing an extremely powerful devil's arm... It proved sufficient."
- ↑ Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Guns File — Artemis: "A gun of the demon world that discharges arrows concentrated with demon energy."