Summoned Swords also known as Phantom Blades[1] or Mirage Blades are magically generated blades resembling the Force Edge, appearing in Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Devil May Cry 4, and Devil May Cry 5.[2] They are wielded by Vergil during the final battle with his Nelo Angelo form, as well as his demonic half Urizen during Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Devil May Cry 4:Special Edition, and Devil May Cry 5.[3][4]

In Devil May Cry 4, Nero gains the ability to use Summoned Swords after obtaining the Yamato.[5] Instead of resembling the Force Edge as in other appearances, they appear to be two-pointed Shuriken.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Nelo Angelo[edit | edit source]

Nelo Angelo's Summoned Swords look like blue-green, spectral swords with blue-purple electricity. Moments after impaling, they will shatter.

Vergil[edit | edit source]

In Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Vergil's Summoned Swords look like a blue-green, spectral replica of Force Edge that appear in a puff of blue and purple fire or smoke. They shatter after piercing the enemy releasing more a puff of blue-purple smoke. In Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, Vergil's Summoned Swords have a much more blue color and appear in a flash light rather than the smoke or flame.

Nero[edit | edit source]

Nero's Summoned Swords look like curved, two pointed shuriken with spikes protruding from the center. They glow light blue. While hovering around Nero they will spin. After being embedded in an enemy for a short amount of time, they will disappear in a blue-white smoke. In Devil May Cry 5, after awakening his true Devil Trigger, Nero's Summoned Swords now look like kukri blades.

Urizen[edit | edit source]

Urizen's Summoned Swords looks like more demonic and menancing with multiple spikes covering the swords. They are purplish-pink in color and disappear magically out of thin air after attacking.

File[edit | edit source]

Devil May Cry 5 and Special Edition[edit | edit source]

DMC5SE Official website — Vergil

English version

Mirage Blade
Never a fan of firearms, Vergil instead relies on these piercing projectiles of demonic energy. While effective as a long-range attack, they're also capable of binding enemies or contributing to combo chains. Foes trapped in a storm of these blades will find no reprieve, only death.[6]

Japanese version

幻影剣
銃器を好まないバージルが、その代わりとなる魔力で生み出した飛剣。遠距離攻撃に用いるだけでなく、敵の拘束やコンボの追撃など、使い方は多種多彩。幻影の刃の嵐に巻き込まれた敵は、ただ、必殺の一太刀に断たれるのを待つばかりだ。[7]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening[edit | edit source]

Vergil's Summoned Swords are his equivalent for guns. However, unlike guns, they do not recoil and therefore cannot cause him to hover in mid-air. When using Spiral Swords, the Devil Trigger gauge is reduced by two full runes. Furthermore, because summoning the swords does not interrupt the current action, they can be used at any time, even during recovery animations and combos. Spiral Swords serve as a useful defensive technique, shielding Vergil from harm while performing attacks with long start-up or recovery.

As a boss, Vergil only uses Summoned Swords in "Dante Must Die" mode. Alternatively, during fights, Vergil will use the Spiral Swords if the player hasn't received any damage from him. He will create a shield around him, which pushes the player away and will create the Spiral Swords while saying "Don't get so cocky.". The player can then use Nevan's Jam Session to destroy all of Vergil's swords as he's summoning them.

Devil May Cry 4[edit | edit source]

Nero's Summoned Swords function in much the same way as Vergil's, however; they can only be used while Nero is in Devil Trigger. Unlike Vergil, Nero will fire his Blue Rose in addition to the Summoned Swords, and using them affects his Devil Trigger Gauge; the gauge will deplete faster when Nero uses this skill. Because using Summoned Swords does not interrupt actions, Nero can use them while performing any action, including Buster, for additional damage.

Nero's Summoned Swords in-game.

If he fires a Charged Shot, multiple Summoned Swords will appear simultaneously before skewering the enemy in quick succession, reminiscent of Vergil's Blistering Swords technique. The number of Summoned Swords in a Charged shot increase by 2 per level, with the Level 3 Charged shot giving a total of 6 Summoned Swords. Furthermore, Nero is allowed to "charge" his Summoned Swords during a Buster giving additional simultaneous swords during the sequence.

In several attacks, like the Maximum Bet and Showdown, Nero can utilize the Summoned Swords even without using the Blue Rose.

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition[edit | edit source]

Vergil's Summoned Swords-related moves from Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening return, with most of their properties from said game being unaltered. Spiral Swords is no longer needs to be active to use Blistering Swords and Storm Swords. While using Spiral Swords, you can fire Summoned Swords separately. Summoned Swords will no longer fire during recovery animations and taunts. Vergil gains a new move called Heavy Rain Swords which immobilizes enemies with a storm of swords from above. Summoned Swords have also become more integral to his gameplay as he can now warp towards any that have first been embedded by them and can also use this in place of Nero's Devil Bringer by latching onto glowing skulls. Yamato Combo B and Rapid Slash(only in Devil Trigger) can create a Summoned Sword to impale any enemies hit, which then detonate after sheathing his sword.

Devil May Cry 5 and Special Edition[edit | edit source]

Nero's Summoned Swords function in much the same way as they did in Devil May Cry 4.

Vergil's Summoned Swords are renamed to Mirage Blades in the English version of Devil May Cry 5 and its Special Edition.

Movesets[edit | edit source]

Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition – Vergil
Action Command Description
Summoned Swords Button ps4 square.png Hurl magically generated swords at the enemy.
Spiral Swords Button ps4 square.png (hold) Create a barrier of countless swords which surround and protect you.
Storm Swords Button ps4 r1.png+Button ps4 ls-up.png+Button ps4 square.png (Spiral Swords) Fire out swords at the enemy after executing a Spiral Swords maneuver. The swords surround an enemy then fire all at once.
Blistering Swords Button ps4 r1.png+Button ps4 ls-down.png+Button ps4 square.png (Spiral Swords) Fire out swords in rapid succession at an enemy after executing a Spiral Swords maneuver.

Devil May Cry 4 – Nero
Action Command Description
Summoned Swords PS: Button ps4 square.png (Devil Trigger)

Xbox: Button xbone x.png (Devil Trigger)

Hurl magically generated swords at the enemy.

Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition – Vergil
Action Command Description
Summoned Swords PS: Button ps4 square.png

Xbox: Button xbone x.png

Launch swords created from demonic power.
Spiral Swords PS: Button ps4 square.png (hold)

Xbox: Button xbone x.png (hold)

Creates a ring of Summoned Swords around you that acts as a shield. Depletes the D.T. Gauge.
Storm Swords PS: Button ps4 r1.png+Button ps4 ls-down.png+Button ps4 square.png (hold)

Xbox: Button xbone rb.png+Button ps4 ls-down.png+Button xbone x.png (hold)

Countless swords surround an enemy, then attack all at once, launching them in the air. Depletes the D.T.Gauge.
Blistering Swords PS: Button ps4 r1.png+Button ps4 ls-up.png+Button ps4 square.png (hold)

Xbox: Button xbone rb.png+Button ps4 ls-up.png+Button xbone x.png(hold)

Create swords around you that launch themselves at your enemy one after another. Depletes the D.T. Gauge.
Heavy Rain Swords PS: Button ps4 r1.png+Button ps4 ls-down.png+Button ps4 ls-up.png+Button ps4 square.png

Xbox: Button xbone rb.png+Button ps4 ls-down.png+Button ps4 ls-up.png+Button xbone x.png

Creates a deadly rainfall of Summoned Swords above your enemy's head, which temporarily stops them. Depletes the D.T. Gauge.

Devil May Cry 5 – Nero
Action Command Description
Summoned Swords In DT,
PS: Button ps4 square.png
Xbox: Button xbone x.png
PC: Pc rclick1.png
Use demonic power to summon blades and send them flying at your foe.
More blades appear during Charge Shot for additional attacks.

Devil May Cry 5 – Vergil
Action Command Description
Mirage Blade PS: Button ps4 square.png
Xbox: Button xbone x.png
PC: Pc rclick1.png
Launch swords created from demonic power.
Mirage Blade 2 (DMC5 Red Orb.png7500): A stronger, faster and farther-reaching version.
Mirage Blade 3 (DMC5 Red Orb.png45000): The strongest, fastest and farthest-reaching form.

Levels 2 and 3 increase the number of Mirage Blades that can be summoned, and strengthens skills that use them.
Spiral Blades PS: Hold Button ps4 square.png
Xbox: Hold Button xbone x.png
PC: Hold Pc rclick1.png
DMC5 Red Orb.png1200
Creates a ring of Mirage Blades around you that acts as a shield.
Consumes DT Gauge when performed.
Storm Blades PS: Button ps4 r1.png+Button ps4 ls-down.png+ hold and release Button ps4 square.png
Xbox: Button xbone rb.png+Button ps4 ls-down.png+ hold and release Button xbone x.png
PC: Pc shift1.png+Pc up1.png+ hold and release Pc rclick1.png
DMC5 Red Orb.png4500
Countless swords surround an enemy, then attack all at once, launching them into the air.
Consumes DT Gauge when performed.
Blistering Blades PS: Button ps4 r1.png+Button ps4 ls-up.png+ hold and release Button ps4 square.png
Xbox: Button xbone rb.png+Button ps4 ls-up.png+ hold and release Button xbone x.png
PC: Pc shift1.png+Pc down1.png+ hold and release Pc rclick1.png
DMC5 Red Orb.png13500
Create swords around you that launch themselves at your enemy one after another
Consumes DT Gauge when performed.
Heavy Rain Blades PS: Button ps4 r1.png+Button ps4 ls-down.png to Button ps4 ls-up.png+ hold and release Button ps4 square.png
Xbox: Button xbone rb.png+Button ps4 ls-down.png to Button ps4 ls-up.png+ hold and release Button xbone x.png
PC: Pc shift1.png+Pc down1.png to Pc up1.png+ hold and release Pc rclick1.png
DMC5 Red Orb.png9500
Creates a deadly rainfall of Mirage Blades above your enemy's head, temporarily pinning them in place.
Consumes DT Gauge when performed.

Other Appearances[edit | edit source]

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3[edit | edit source]

The Summoned Swords appear in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, as one of Vergil's Hyper Combo moves. In their default state they resemble the Spiral Swords but they can be reconfigured (by sacrificing another bar of meter) to operate as the Storm Swords or the Blistering Swords. In addition to these is his LV3 Hyper Dark Angel which has him summon swords behind the enemy in rapid fashion as he repeatedly slices them with Yamato, only raining down on them after sheathing his sword.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Devil May Cry, File - Enemy - Nelo Angelo
  2. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Guns File — Summoned Swords: "Summon magically generated swords."
  3. Devil May Cry, Enemy File — Nelo Angelo: "By determining which way the phantom blades target, they can be easily dodged."
  4. Devil May Cry, Enemy File — Nelo Angelo: "The phantom blades protect the knight by circling around him. Destroy the phantom blades and create an opening to attack."
  5. Devil May Cry 4, Yamato — Summoned Swords: "Summon a magical blade and fling it towards a foe, piercing the enemy through sheer force of will. While in Devil Trigger mode, press Button ps4 square.png."
  6. Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition | CAPCOM
  7. Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition | CAPCOM


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