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Devil May Cry 4 - Anatomy of Distorted Real Impact

An explanation of the infamous Distorted Combo

Distortion is a fan named technique, previously considered as a bug, in Devil May Cry 4 that involves toggling Devil Trigger between melee attacks in order to multiply the damage dealt.


The usage of "Distortion" is simple but requires some skillful timing.

When using any melee attack, you need to time your Devil Trigger so that the transformation occurs upon contact with the enemy. That way, you will attack twice: in your "human form" and "devil form". This "double attack" has become a popular technique and has been used to kill bosses and difficult demons in a matter of seconds.

Do note that distortion can be triggered while being in either form. Therefore: Human form → Devil Form; Devil Form → Human Form. Although if used in the second way, attacks yield less damage but produce energy in the Devil Trigger gauge, while the first method does not.

Devil May Cry 4[]

Distortion was initially discovered in the original release of Devil May Cry 4 and was initially considered a bug until Capcom released a patch on PC and Distortion was left in the game.

List of popular and most powerful distorted moves:


Distorted Real Impact (sometimes abbreviated as D.R.I.). is the most popular Distortion technique due to Real Impact's slow wind up and its three separate hits making the attack easier to distort.

Distorted Gilgamesh Combo A and B - the finishers of the combos are the most powerful hits in the entire combo, in addition to Gilgamesh being able to be charged up to 2 levels and being released at perfect timing ("Just" attack), these attacks can rip any demon to shreds. Such attacks are used mostly on bosses, who cannot be fully hit by Real Impact (e.g Echidna).

Distorted Straight - if used just like the attacks listed above, this attack reaches the highest possible damage done in one hit.


Distorted Dance Macabre - while not being as powerful and as popular as Real Impact, the final slash of Dante's Dance Macabre deals heavy damage. The move is quite difficult to execute but will deal heavy damage not to just one demon but everyone caught in the radius of the hit.

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition[]

With the addition of Vergil, he is able to perform distortion with his attacks much like Dante does.


With Vergil being able to charge his Beowulf up to a third charge, activating distortion can potentially instantly kill any demon in the game with proper attacks.

Distorted Beowulf Combo A - the last double-roundhouse kick in this combo is a very powerful move. Distorting it makes it one of the most powerful attacks in the game.


DMC4SE Vergil Distortion Combo B.

Showcase of Combo B performance and damage output.

Distorted Beowulf Combo B - the last attack in this combo ends up with a Straight attack. With extremely proper timing, Vergil's Devil Trigger can trigger distortion two times during this attack. Therefore meaning, that this attack reaches the highest damage done by a single attack in the game.

Distorted Dragon Breaker - this attack is split in two, the first being mildly powerful and the second ending with a high-damaging propelling attack. The distortion can be triggered two times in this attack, making it an extremely powerful attack.


Distorted Yamato Combo A (Extended) - the final swing of this attack is just as powerful as Dante's Dance Macabre final swing. Meaning, that distorting this attack will become a great way to clean a group of enemies.


  • The origin of the name for this combo is when this combo is triggered, the player's character becomes distorted for a short while.
  • Originally this method was considered a bug, along with the Infinite Dreadnought Glitch and Infinite Nero Yamato attacks. With the release of Special Edition the latter two glitches were fixed, while the Distorted Combo was considered by Capcom as a legitimate technique.