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Sss rank

The SSS rank in Devil May Cry 4.

Stylish Ranks are measurements of how "Stylish" the player's combat is, and is represented in the Stylish Rank Gauge. It is a constant struggle maintaining the steadily-depleting Style gauge in order to reap greater rewards from battle.


Operating on a letter grade system, which increases as the player uses a continuous stream of varying or difficult techniques, as well as parrying enemy attacks with their own. Each attack adds a certain amount of points to boost the Style gauge. Performing the same moves repeatedly will see diminishing returns on the boost, all but requiring variation in attacks and weapons. While firearms aren't normally a powerful form of attacking, they still have an important place when it comes to the Stylish rank; what they lack in power and points, they make up for in being able to steadily maintain the gauge, keeping it mostly the same. At the same time, Bullet Juggling can still boost the gauge if not done for too long for the move to become stale. Taunts also steadily increase the Style gauge when executed completely, but, like attacks, will not increase the Style gauge when done in succession.

Once the gauge fills up, a new Style grade is reached, denoted by a higher letter. The full names for each grade vary between the games, but it always starts with D, and ends with a variation of S. The Stylish Rank at the time of an enemy's death determines how many Red Orbs they will relinquish (and possibly Green Orbs), and it is a main component of the final mission score. This system is also used for the Combat Adjudicators, which will not break until a certain rank of stylish combat has been achieved against them.

In DmC: Devil May Cry, the Stylish system also increases Dante's speed the higher up the rank gets, urging the player to create better and crazier combos.


Devil May Cry Dull Cool! Bravo! Absolute!/Awesome! Stylish! N/A N/A
Devil May Cry 2 Don't worry Come on! Bingo! Are you ready? Show Time!! N/A N/A
Devil May Cry 3 Dope! Crazy! Blast! Alright! Sweet! SShowtime!! SSStylish!!!
Devil May Cry 4 (alpha/beta) Do it! Come on! Big up! All that! Slammin' Beat! SmaSh Hit!! StyliSh Showtime!!!
Devil May Cry 4 (final) Deadly! Carnage! Brutal! Atomic! Smokin'! Smokin' Style!! Smokin' Sick Style!!!
DmC: Devil May Cry Dirty! Cruel! Brutal! Anarchic! Savage! SSadistic!! SSSensational!!!
Devil May Cry 5 Dismal Crazy Badass Apocalyptic! Savage! Sick Skills!! Smokin' Sexy Style!!
Devil May Cry: Peak of Combat Dope Crazy Blast Alright Sweet Showtime Stylish


The player's Stylish rank will deplete through inactivity, or by continuously using the same attacks without much variation between them, which will not boost the gauge. The higher the current grade of Style, the faster the gauge will deplete. If struck by an enemy's attack, the Stylish rank is generally greatly affected.

In the original Devil May Cry, the Stylish rank completely resets if it is not maintained, and the time until it is lost is the shortest in the series (1.5 seconds), to the point that it is possible to completely lose Style rating by missing a single hit. It is often necessary to use firearms to maintain it while moving between enemies, or take advantage of the lack of knockback Stinger has to move quickly to a new target. Charging blows with Ifrit will pause the decay of the Stylish rank. Knocking an enemy into the air and juggling it with Ebony & Ivory will constantly increase the Style rank right up to S without any further combo variation. Unlike later games, taking hits has no effect on the Stylish rank at all.

Devil May Cry does not have the Style Point system adopted later in the series: the end-of-stage grade is worked out by comparing only the level time and number of Red Orbs collected. Presumably this is based on the assumption that if the player acquired a large number of Red Orbs quickly, they must have been playing stylishly to get them.

In Devil May Cry 4 and DmC: Devil May Cry, the Stylish rank is given a few minor retention factors; inactivity will empty the gauge, but otherwise keeps the grade itself unless the battle concludes. In Devil May Cry 3 and onward, being hit by an attack or otherwise interrupted will drop the grade down two or three ranks (usually to C), depending on how high the Stylish grade was before the strike. In Devil May Cry 4 and Devil May Cry 5, when the player character is damaged, the Stylish Rank will grade down two levels: at B, it goes down to D. With an A, rank drops down to C, and rank S/SS/SSS to B.


  • In Devil May Cry 3 and 4, it's possible to attain at least a high D grade by performing one full combo on an enemy, although variety is then required from then onwards
  • In Devil May Cry 3 and 4, after viewing the final cutscene for a mission (the point before the Mission Results screen appears), several bullets will "pierce" through the paused screen, just under the graphics for the Mission Results. The number of bullets will indicate the overall Stylish Rank for the mission score. Such that when the bullets would seemingly take up half of the screen, it will prove to be an S Rank, and lower number of bullets proves lower rankings. In addition, the bullets will also be fired to spell out a certain letter or symbol depending on the mission's scenario; typically in normal proceeding missions, A ranks will be a clean sideways A, while boss fight ending missions spell out certain kanji, where having an overall S will take it even further and overwrite the symbol into an infinity symbol.
    • Vergil also has a similar variation to this in Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, but instead of bullets, several blue slices will slash at the screen, and the number of slices will determine the Stylish Rank for that mission. For example, if the screen is filled with multiple slashes, it is a guaranteed S Rank.
  • The rank names in DmC: Devil May Cry empahises violence (ex: "Brutal!", "SSadistic!") compared to how stylish you're being in other games (ex: "Alright!", "Sweet!" in Devil May Cry 3).
  • In DmC: Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 5, the soundtrack will change based on the current style.
  • For Devil May Cry 5, when checking the game's files on PC, it's possible to see a rank below "D" (Dismal) that was unused, being the "E" rank with the word "Edgelord" tied to it.
  • In Devil May Cry 5, different characters will call out the Style Ranks starting from B and going all the way up to SSS. By default, a nondescript demonic voice (similar to Balrog, though confirmed to be a different character) calls out the Style Ranks, though other characters are available. Additionally, said characters will say something if the player gets hit while at a Style Rank of S or higher. This varies between the player character, however; for Nero and V, the style announcer is Nico; for Dante, it is Morrison, and for Vergil, it is Dante.
  • Nico's quotes:
    • B: Baller!/Not bad, eh?
    • A: Aww yeah!/Wow!
    • S: Sassy!/Trippin'!
    • SS: Super Sexy!/Groovy, baby!
    • SSS: Super Sexy Sexy!/One hell of a strike!
    • Damage taken at S Rank or greater: Told ya so!/It'll cost ya./Dude... are you for real?/Crap.../Dumbass!/Ew!/Loser!
  • Morrison's quotes:
    • B: Brilliant!/Back in business!
    • A: All right!/You work off that debt, son!
    • S: Superb!/Impressive!
    • SS: Super skills!/Ya got mad skills!
    • SSS: Stunning Sublime Style, y'all!/Takin' it to the next level!
    • Damage taken at S Rank or greater: Embarrassing!/Ha ha! Choked!/Aww, you stink!/Disappointing./Unbearable!/Choked!/Dumbass.
  • Dante's quotes
    • B: Countin' on ya!/Finish 'em!
    • A: Wanna have some fun?/So fierce!
    • S: *whistles* Nice one!/Woo! Hot damn!
    • SSS: It's showtime!/Jackpot.
    • Damage taken at S Rank or greater: C'mon! Show me whatcha got!/Aww, what's the matter?/You got me that time./You're not slackin' are ya?