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Stinger is a technique in which the user unleashes a powerful thrust after lunging forward, plunging the equipped sword into an enemy. It appears in all playable installments of Devil May Cry to date, and is one of Dante's most recognizable moves. Because of its reach, Stinger is arguably one of his most useful attacks as well.

Though usually only animated for in-game combat, a cinematic version of Stinger is depicted in the first mission of Devil May Cry 4, when Dante uses it against Nero. In the animation, Dante appears to be dragged by his sword, as his feet literally slide over the ground after he simply thrusts Rebellion in Nero's direction.


Stinger is a sword thrust move performed by pressing Button ps4 r1+Button ps4 ls-up+Button ps4 triangle/Button xbone rb+Button xbone ls-up+Button xbone y (or in the first Devil May Cry, Button ps4 r1+Button ps4 ls-up+Button ps4 circle).

Stinger can also be used outside of combat to force the character into a long jump when performed off of a ledge. This can be useful to reach areas that are inaccessible with a normal jump, since characters will not perform a long jump off of an edge unless one is specifically scripted to the location.

Devil May Cry[]

In Devil May Cry, Stinger can be bought for Alastor with 350 and 1400 Red Orbs for levels one and two, respectively. Purchasing it for Alastor also enables it for Sparda and Yamato (in Legendary Dark Knight mode).

Stinger is a dashing attack which allows Dante to move a significant distance when fully upgraded, ending in him performing a powerful thrust. The dash will be cut short if Dante contacts a targeted enemy during it, and the move becomes an instant sword thrust if it is performed in contact with the enemy. It is available for all swords except Force Edge, unlocking for Sparda and Yamato when it is purchased for Alastor. It does not have a lot of knockback, and is one of the main abilities for moving quickly between enemies to preserve the Stylish Rank.

Devil May Cry 2[]

Dante can perform Stinger as a basic action for the Rebellion, Merciless, and Vendetta. Stinger does not have any upgrades, though upgrading the power of the sword Dante is using will increase damage. Dante's Stinger does not have its usual dash effect, instead being a short forward lunge that travels only one step forward, but has heavy knockback.

Trish also has access to Stinger with Sparda nearly identical to its Devil May Cry animation.

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening/Special Edition[]

In Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, level 1 can be bought by Dante for the Rebellion with 2,500 Red Orbs and level 2 for 10,000 Red Orbs. Million Stab has to be purchased separately for 4000 Red Orbs.

Stinger returns into its most familiar form, resurrecting the dash from the first game while giving the move heavy knockback. When using Dante, Stinger can Crazy Combo into Million Stab.

In Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition Vergil can buy the ability for the Force Edge at a cost of 5000 for level one and 10000 Red Orbs for level two. It generally has less range for him but hits harder.

Devil May Cry 4/Special Edition[]

In Devil May Cry 4 Stinger can again be bought for the Rebellion and Force Edge with Proud Souls, but the price varies depending on how many other abilities have been bought.

Stinger retains most of its previous properties, but while performed in Devil Trigger will continue to go through the enemy like a drill and depletes Devil Trigger faster.

In Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, Vergil can purchase Stinger with Proud Souls for Force Edge to be used on the ground or in the air. The price varies depending on how many other abilities have been bought. Much like before, Vergil's Stinger covers less ground but does more damage The aerial version has very little lateral movement.

Devil May Cry 5/Special Edition[]

In Devil May Cry 5, level 1 can be bought for Rebellion, Devil Sword Sparda and Devil Sword Dante with 1500 Red Orbs and level 2 for 8000 Red Orbs. Once purchased for one of the swords, the ability becomes available for all of them.

As Vergil, Stinger is available by default as part of his Mirage Edge moveset. Level 2 can be purchased with 12000 Red Orbs. The aerial version covers more distance than it did in the previous game.

DmC: Devil May Cry/Definitive Edition[]

In DmC: Devil May Cry, it can be bought from the shop for an upgrade point. Its upgraded version covers a longer lunging distance and can be purchased for another upgrade point.

Because the original release of DmC has no lock-on, the command is a double-tap forward followed by Button ps4 triangle/Button xbone y. In the Definitive Edition, Stinger can be performed by holding forward and pressing melee while lock-on is enabled.

Stinger can combo into Trillion Stabs by continually mashing the Button ps4 triangle for an extended period of time. Unlike its counterparts from the main series, it will not trigger a long-jump animation if used near a ledge.


Gun Stinger[]

In Devil May Cry 3, the Gunslinger Style allows a similar ability with the Shotgun, named "Gun Stinger", in which Dante thrusts the shotgun into the enemy and pulls off a point-blank shot.

The Gunslinger Style allows Coyote-A to use "Gun Stinger" in Devil May Cry 4 and 5 in the same manner as in Devil May Cry 3


After acquiring Devil Sword Dante, one of Dante's Swordmaster Style moves is "Stingers", where Dante summons four swords that lunge forward.

Sin Stinger[]

In Sin Devil Trigger, Dante can use the ability "Sin Stinger", where he himself drills into his opponent in a manner resembling the Vortex move of Alastor and Nevan.

Deep Stinger[]

While Vergil is in Sin Devil Trigger or while having a full SDT bar and Concentration Level 2, he can perform a variation of this technique as a Special Attack with the Mirage Edge, known as "Deep Stinger" where he spins like a drill at an enemy.

Stinger-like Abilities[]

Some characters can perform techniques very similar to Stinger, though they are not specifically named "Stinger".

Nelo Angelo[]

Nelo Angelo performs a lunging thrust with his greatsword. He will sometimes fake-out the player with the lunge and break into a combo instead of thrusting the blade.


Bolverk uses a Stinger-esque attack in battle. He will get into a Stinger pose and aim before suddenly launching himself at Dante. This attack has intense tracking, but if timed right, the player can stand on his sword.

Angelo Credo[]

A Stinger-like attack is also used by Angelo Credo as a last ditch attack on difficulties harder than Devil Hunter. Credo will step backward and immediately lash out his weapon in anger. Although the attack is strong, it has a limited range.

Sanctus Diabollica[]

With the Sword of Sparda, Sanctus's last ditch attack focuses on an empowered version of the Stinger. It is telegraphed by a demonic power aura forming around the sword while it changes shape as Sanctus yells "Behold! The true power of the Sword!". This attack can only be countered with Nero's Buster, and, if the player misses, Sanctus will launch out three more hits. Gameplay-wise, it deals a tremendous amount of damage even on normal difficulty.


In Devil May Cry 5, boss Vergil has an exclusive ability with Yamato in which he teleports and dashes forward, impaling the player similar to how he did to Dante atop Temen-Ni-Gru.

Other Appearances[]

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne[]

In Dante's cameo in Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, Stinger is a heavy single-target Almighty attack with a chance of a one-hit KO. Since it is an Almighty attack, it ignores all resistances.

Viewtiful Joe[]

In Viewtiful Joe, it is the final part of Dante's standard attack combo. In this game it can also be combined with the Slow and Zoom abilities to inflict a one-hit KO on the boss Fire Leo.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds[]

In Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Dante's Level 3 Hyper Combo, Devils Must Die, consists of him performing four Stingers at the opponent, with the final one knocking the enemy into a ring of devastating demonic energy. This attack deals 440,000 damage points.

The regular Stinger is one of Dante and Vergil's command moves (F+Hard Attack for both characters). Dante is able to follow-up this move to a Million Stab upon connecting, or cancel it instead into Bold Move.

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale[]

Stinger is Dante's Level 2 Super move. In the game, he lunges with the Rebellion covered in energy, piercing through anyone in his way.

Resident Evil 4 (2005 & 2023 Remake)[]

In the original Resident Evil 4, Jack Krauser can perform a Stinger-like attack as one of his melee attacks in Mercenaries Mode. In the 2023 remake, the attack itself is labelled as "Stinger" and it can be performed by simultaneously pressing L2 and R2 during Mayhem Mode.



  • Nero can use a similar ability with Red Queen, called the Streak. However, instead of making a thrusting attack, Nero rushes forward, sweeping all enemies in his way in a horizontal slash. It has better reach than Stinger, but it is also slower. Streak can be upgraded, which increases its range. If revved up, its range is also increased, and on its Level 3 EX version, it becomes unstoppable, capable of sweeping through an area. It should be noted that the Streak is much more similar to Vergil's Rapid Slash than the Stinger.
  • In Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition when playing as Vergil's Nelo Angelo form his Rapid Slash will be altered to an unnamed attack very similar to Streak.
  • In an Electronic Gaming Monthly interview with series creator Hideki Kamiya, he mentioned that the Stinger is his favorite attack.

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