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The four basic styles in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening.

Styles are specialized movesets which appear in Devil May Cry 3, Devil May Cry 4 and Devil May Cry 5. They change the way that Dante and Vergil fight by determining the moves and actions they can perform by using the Button ps4 circle.png or Button xbone b.png buttons. The movesets of most of the Styles can be used whenever the Style is equipped, but the Swordmaster and Gunslinger styles require that the correct weapon also be equipped to allow use of certain techniques.

Devil May Cry 3[edit | edit source]

In the original and HD collection versions of Devil May Cry 3 (including the original Special Edition), only one style can be used at a time, by selecting it from the CUSTOMIZE menu at the Mission Start screen or at a Divinity Statue. Dante begins the game with the Trickster, Swordmaster, Gunslinger, and Royalguard Styles, and gains the Quicksilver and Doppelganger Styles by absorbing the souls of two defeated bosses. His original four styles can be leveled up by using them during missions, unlocking new sets of style-related moves.

Vergil, on the other hand, only possesses the Dark Slayer Style. Upgrading it unlocks both new Style actions, but also allows him to purchase higher level techniques for his weapons.

"Free Style" mechanic in the Nintendo Switch version of Devil May Cry 3, allowing players to change Styles on the go.

The Nintendo Switch version of the Special Edition introduced the Free Style mechanic which allows players to switch between Styles on the go without having to interact with a Divinity Statue.[1]

Styles[edit | edit source]

Dante
Trickster
Swordmaster
Gunslinger
Royalguard
Quicksilver
Doppelganger
Vergil
Dark Slayer
Free Style mode (Nintendo Switch version)[edit | edit source]
Dante Command
Trickster Button ps4 ls-up.png
Swordmaster Button ps4 ls-right.png
Gunslinger Button ps4 ls-left.png
Royalguard Button ps4 ls-down.png
Quicksilver Button ps4 ls-right.png,Button ps4 ls-right.png
Doppelganger Button ps4 ls-left.png,Button ps4 ls-left.png

Devil May Cry 4[edit | edit source]

All of Dante's Style switch animations in DMC4.

In Devil May Cry 4, Dante may switch between his four original Styles at any time by pressing the Direction Pad. When he changes styles, he calls out the name of the Style and flashes its respective color, and if Dante is standing still, he will perform a special action related to the selected Style. After obtaining the Yamato, he can also switch to the Dark Slayer Style by selecting a Style already in use. His original four styles can be upgraded by purchasing levels at the Mission Start screen or at a Divinity Statue, unlocking new sets of style-related moves.

Styles[edit | edit source]

Style Command
Trickster Button ps4 ls-up.png
Swordmaster Button ps4 ls-right.png
Gunslinger Button ps4 ls-left.png
Royalguard Button ps4 ls-down.png
Dark Slayer Button ps4 ls-up.png/Button ps4 ls-right.png/Button ps4 ls-left.png/Button ps4 ls-down.png (while in respective style)

Devil May Cry 5[edit | edit source]

All of Dante's Style switch animations in DMC5.

In Devil May Cry 5, the Style system works similarly to that of Devil May Cry 4. Dante is again able to switch his Style on the go by pressing the Direction Pad and he will shout the name of the Style once changed. Each Style can also be upgraded by spending Red Orbs on the Divinity Statue.

However, when he changes Styles, the colors of all of them is simply red. Dante also does not have the Dark Slayer Style anymore due to the Yamato not being in his possession anymore. In addition, Dante only has one line per Style this time, unlike in Devil May Cry 4 where he'd say a different line depending if he's in action or standing still.

Styles[edit | edit source]

Style Command
Trickster Button ps4 ls-up.png
Swordmaster Button ps4 ls-right.png
Gunslinger Button ps4 ls-left.png
Royalguard Button ps4 ls-down.png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to Hideaki Itsuno, each of the main styles has an inspiration for their design:
    • Trickster is referred to as the Devil May Cry 2 style, with the Style button previously being used for dodges in that game.
    • Swordmaster is referred to as the X-Men vs. Street Fighter style, with attacks being used as part of an air combo much like the Marvel fighting games. Aerial Rave is named after a similar term in the series.
    • Gunslinger is referred to as the Dante style, focusing heavily on Dante's prized pistols.
    • Royal Guard is referred to as the Street Fighter III style, known for its mechanic of parrying attacks with precise timing.

References[edit | edit source]

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