This article is about the Devil Arm in Devil May Cry 4. You may be looking for the boss of the same name in Devil May Cry 5.

Gilgamesh is a set of gauntlets, greaves, mask, and back armor which appears in Devil May Cry 4. It is obtained by Dante from Echidna's Hell Gate, which it was used to power. Like similar weapons appearing in previous games, Gilgamesh focuses on slow but powerful attacks.

Description[edit | edit source]

Gilgamesh is an armor-like weapon made of a devilish metal which absorbs organic material and transforms it to steel,[1] and its techniques can be powered up by engaging the thrusters on the gauntlets and greaves. The gauntlets have small drills on each arm capable of extending during some attacks, while the greaves have small saws allowing Dante to cut through enemies with kicks. Whenever Dante is charging an attack, the mask covers his face, but its real function is never specified (though it seems to be implied that it prevents the user from breathing the gas which comes out of the thrusters during the charging process). Similar to the mask, the back armor, which resembles a pair of small metallic wings, doesn't seem to serve a real purpose during gameplay.

File[edit | edit source]

Devil May Cry 4[edit | edit source]

Library - Arms - Dante's Arms
Made of devilish metal that absorbs organic metal and transforms it to steel, this weapon will shock and awe enemies with brute force.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The Gilgamesh is obtained at the end of Mission 13: The Devil Returns, after defeating Echidna.

Gilgamesh is fundamentally a revision of the gauntlets in past games, sharing many of the same techniques and focusing on the same slow but hard-hitting combos. Almost all of its attacks can be charged, and offer significant damage with every hit. The Gilgamesh has two levels of charge, and when fully charged, the attacks are utterly devastating; a fully-powered, Devil Triggered Dash Straight can kill a Scarecrow (Leg) in a single hit, and a Devil Triggered Real Impact can even kill almost all lesser demons except for the Blitz. Both normal and Devil Triggered charged attacks can be "Just Charged" by releasing the charge button the instant the Gilgamesh flashes. This drastically increases the strength and Stylish Rank of the technique, as well as slightly modifying the technique animation.

If you are able to block or dodge a Mephisto's finger attack (Royalguard Style would help), then hit it with Gilgamesh, Dante will have a unique animation where he kicks away the finger, leaving the Mephisto staggered for a little while, making it extremely vulnerable and open to damage. This is the only known move in the game to not appear on any tutorial.

The jump-attack variant, Flush, can also easily execute the Jump Canceling trick, especially on the Mephisto and Faust.

Movesets[edit | edit source]

Action Command Description Preview
PlayStation Xbox
Gilgamesh Combo A B t.gif,B t.gif,B t.gif,B t.gif Bx y.png,Bx y.png,Bx y.png,Bx y.png Put foot to throat with this high-octane finisher. Any part of this combo can be charged by holding downB t.gif/Bx y.png. DMC4SE Action Gilgamesh Combo A.gif
Gilgamesh Combo B B t.gif,B t.gif,—,B t.gif,B t.gif Bx y.png,Bx y.png,—,Bx y.png,Bx y.png Lightning fast kicks rock an opponent with speed and fury. Any part of this combo can be charged by holding downB t.gif/Bx y.png. DMC4SE Action Gilgamesh Combo B.gif
Full House B t.gif (mid-air) Bx y.png (mid-air) Focus upon an opponent from mid-air and dive down feet first to send them on your full boat down the River Styx. DMC4SE Action Full House.gif
Draw B r1.gif+B d.gif+B t.gif Bx rb.png+Bx down.png+Bx y.png Quickly step backward and allow an enemy attack to fly harmlessly astray. DMC4SE Action Draw.gif
Straight B t.gif (hold and release) Bx y.png (hold and release) After retreating with a Draw, quickly leap forward with a powerful counter-punch. DMC4SE Action Straight.gif
Kick 13 B r1.gif+B u.gif+B t.gif Bx rb.png+Bx up.png+Bx y.png A dramatic display of power as you face down an enemy and unleash a flurry of powerful kicks. DMC4SE Action Kick 13 (Dante).gif
Flush B x.gif Bx a.png Transform simple jumps into damage dealing attacks. DMC4SE Action Flush (Dante).gif

Action Command Description Preview
PlayStation Xbox
Shock! B c.gif (ground) Bx b.png (ground) Slam your fist into the ground and unleash a shockwave that rattles everything in its path. HoldingB c.gif/Bx b.png increases the power of the attack. DMC4SE Action Shock!.gif
Shocking! B c.gif (mid-air) Bx b.png (mid-air) Shock attack executed in mid-air. DMC4SE Action Shocking!.gif
Beast Uppercut B r1.gif+B u.gif+B c.gif Bx rb.png+Bx up.png+Bx b.png Lunge towards an enemy and launch them into the air with a heavyweight uppercut. DMC4SE Action Beast Uppercut.gif
Rising Dragon B r1.gif+B u.gif+B c.gif(hold and release, 1st shine) Bx rb.png+Bx up.png+Bx b.png (hold and release, 1st shine) An uppercut infused with demonic power that rises to the heavens in an ascent that spells certain doom. DMC4SE Action Rising Dragon.gif
Divine Dragon B r1.gif+B u.gif+B c.gif(hold and release, 2nd shine) Bx rb.png+Bx up.png+Bx b.png (hold and release, 2nd shine) Filed with even greater power, this rising uppercut includes a deadly spin, truly adding insult to devastating injury. DMC4SE Action Divine Dragon.gif
Real Impact B r1.gif+B d.gif+B c.gif Bx rb.png+Bx down.png+Bx b.png After knocking the wind out of an enemy with a debilitating body blow, knock the life out of them with an attack that will rattle their ancestors. HoldingB c.gif/Bx b.png increases the power of the attack. DMC4SE Action Real Impact.gif

Note: Although the move "Shocking!" sets Dante is a charging stance, "Shocking!" cannot be charged regardless of hang time. Same goes to similar Beowulf's move Volcano.

Appearances in Other Media[edit | edit source]

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition[edit | edit source]

The Gilgamesh in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.

The Gilgamesh appears in Ken's Dante costume in the game, it can be used by inputting the alternate code.

Background[edit | edit source]

Gilgamesh was a quasi-historical king who is the central character of the Epic of Gilgamesh. He was a demigod of superhuman strength who became bored with his rule, and went on an adventure in which he became friends with the half-wild Enkidu and ended up seeking a method of immortality to prevent his own death.

The attacks "Full House", "Straight", "Draw", and "Flush" are references to Poker.

When Dante obtains the Gilgamesh, he uses a "One-inch punch" to destroy Echidna's Hell Gate, a move popularized by Bruce Lee. He then spirals upwards in a move bearing strong resemblance to a Street Fighter move called "Shinryuken", and cuts the pieces with another resemblance to a Street Fighter move called "Misogi".

"Rising Dragon" bears a resemblance to the "Shoryuken" from Street Fighter. Even the name "Rising Dragon" is similar to the Shoryuken's English name "Rising Dragon Fist". In addition, the Divine Dragon bears strong resemblance to the "Shinryuken"-"Divine Dragon Fist." Finally, Real Impact's two-step attack mirrors Ryu's "Shin Shoryuken" ("Real Rising Dragon Fist" in English) in both it's name and form.

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Devil May Cry 4, Dante's Arms File — Gilgamesh: "Made of a devilish metal that absorbs organic material and transforms it to steel, this weapon will shock and awe enemies with its brute force."
  2. Devil May Cry 5, Nico's Enemy Report - Gilgamesh: "Gilgamesh is a kind of metal that can be mined from the bedrock of the underworld. Fuse it with demon flesh, and you've got armor harder than steel." [...]

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