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The Devil Trigger is first gained in mission 09, after helping Phineas recover his missing eye in the previous mission. In order to pay Dante back, Phineas guides him to Bob's Tower, and on the way points him towards the statue of another Nephilim, Assiel, which holds the key. After Dante comes back from her soul and getting a message from his mother alongside getting back her pendant, he unlocks the Devil Trigger, but hasn't unlocked his full potential. To symbolize this, Dante gains a strand of white hair (with his default skin), only on your first playthrough, up until the end of the game. In the aftermath of his battle against Vergil, Dante unlocks his full potential, and his hair becomes fully white.

Vergil has already unlocked his Devil Trigger before the game first starts[1], as seen notably during his boss fight, though it seems he hasn't unlocked his full potential by this point. During Vergil's Downfall, he loses his pendant up until mission 05 after beating Hollow Vergil. When he retrieves it, he unlocks his full potential as well.

After you unlock the Devil Trigger in your first playthrough, it is always available, even if you go back to a previous mission or if you start a new game.

Dante and Vergil are unable to enter Devil Trigger if they lose the pendants their mother Eva gave them.

As noted by Kat, the continuous use of this power seems to slowly devour the Nephilim's humanity, little by little transforming them from the inside by the vast amounts of demonic energy they are channeling,[1] as evidenced by Dante being on the verge of killing Vergil,[2] and when Vergil saved Eva just to inform her that he had lost his heart.[3]


Like in classic series, the Devil Trigger of DmC: Devil May Cry varies starkly between its two users, Dante and Vergil. While it grants both of them health regeneration, greater strength, and the ability to ignore the invulnerability of color-coded enemies, Dante's Devil Trigger focuses on slowing the flow of time and tossing lesser demons into the air, while Vergil's Devil Trigger focuses on generating a doppelganger that can either mimic Vergil's actions or act on its own. Devil Trigger is powered by a meter that fills when dealing damage, and quickly depletes while Devil Trigger is active. When activated, a small chunk of the meter is always consumed, and will disappear even if DT is prematurely ended. However, after that initial burst, the meter will drain at a slower pace.


"A manifestation of Dante's true power, Devil Trigger unleashed sends the world into chaos, throwing surrounding enemies helplessly into the air."
―In-game description.
Dante in Devil Trigger DmC

Dante's Devil Trigger.

Dante's Devil Trigger in the DmC universe is different from the DT of the numbered games. In this state, Dante uses what resembles a modified version of the Quicksilver Style, slowing down time and causing the world to be flooded with flowing light. Instead of transforming into a demon, Dante's hair flushes white, while the sclera of his eyes and his coat glow with a blood red aura. In addition to this, he leaves fiery red footprints whenever he touches the ground.

At the beginning of a Devil Trigger, all minor enemies are launched into the air where they float prone, allowing Dante to unleash a flurry of aerial combos. Dante can then slam all floating enemies against the ground and relaunch all grounded enemies using Eryx's stomp. Against bosses, however, additional different combat options can be accessed by using Devil Trigger, like new grapple points becoming available, or slowing down the boss' attacks.


"Vergil uses his inner devil to summon a doppelganger to fight with him."
―In-game description.
Mission 20 02 DmC

Vergil's Devil Trigger

Vergil is also capable of Devil Trigger, which he can perform so long as he possesses his pendant. Although his Devil Trigger increases his power, speed, and Vitality regeneration like Dante's, Vergil's Devil Trigger illuminates him within a ghostly blue aura, and focuses on generating a shadowy doppelganger rather than slowing time. Vergil is able to cause a delay between his attacks and the doppelganger's responses, as well as to force the Doppelganger to work within a certain moveset; from its default black state in which it copies Vergil's moves exactly, it can be changed to a white state that uses the standard versions of his techniques, a blue state that uses the Angel versions, and a red state that uses the Demon versions. During both gameplay and cut scenes, Vergil activates his Devil Trigger by plunging Yamato into the ground.

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Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale[]


Dante during his Level 3 Super

Dante's Devil Trigger operates almost identically to in DmC: Devil May Cry; upon activation, Dante's hair colour changes to white and his coat is stained blood-red, although the veins on his face do not pop. Meanwhile, the scenery fades into monochrome and enemies float helplessly in mid-air until they are attacked, and are killed with only one hit. It is useful to use your guns as they have long range.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Vergil: "Go, find some cover. I've got the Devil Trigger, and the skill to use it!" / Kat: "No...! The last time you used it, I knew there was something off about you, it changed you, you're being transformed by the demonic energy you're channeling, little by little. The next time you use could lose your humanity for good!", DmC: Devil May Cry: The Chronicles of Vergil
  2. Kat: "Dante... Dante don't kill him. Please. I am begging you. Please stop. For me.", DmC: Devil May Cry
  3. Eva: "Where is your heart?" / Vergil: "I no longer have one, mother.", DmC: Devil May Cry: Vergil's Downfall