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Griffon, Shadow & Nightmare are familiars wielded by V.
Shadow is a pitch-black panther demon based on the original Shadow.
Nightmare is a hulking monstrous demon composed of sludge and with a single, glowing eye, loosely based on the original Nightmare.
Griffon is an extremely talkative, foul-mouth, and wisecracking bird who constantly insult other characters or making digs at their expense. Shadow maintains the personality of an attack dog, aggressive yet disciplined, always awaiting for V to give the order before he attacks. Nightmare is the most difficult to control, he does not respond to orders and when summoned acts according to his own intuition.
The familiars possess a good relationship with V and often shows a softer side around him. While not above playfully teasing V and playing pranks on him, Griffon constantly worries about Vs's health throughout the game and usually tries to talk him out of fighting when he doesn't have to. In Nico's reports, she notes that Shadow is very docile around V, despite belonging to a demon species known for being aggressive towards humans, and often naps around him.
Though loyal to both V and Vergil, they recognize their continued existence will only bring him pain, so once they have outlived their usefulness, they intercepted and attacked Dante, forcing him to kill them.
Griffon, Shadow and Nightmare were born when Vergil separated his human and demon halves using the Yamato. Alongside V, the three demons were born of Vergil's nightmarish memories from his time as Nelo Angelo, their forms based on the namesakes of demons in Mundus' service. Recognizing the threat of Urizen's ambitions, the three worked for V with the goal of defeating the Demon King, accompanying V through Red Grave City as he worked to sabotage the demon's ambitions.
When V and Urizen fused back together into Vergil, the three realized that they would soon follow and that as a side effect, they would once again haunt Vergil's memories. The trio opted to hunt Dante down, in hopes that he would eliminate them for good.
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Powers and Abilities
The trio each has their own role to play on the battlefield together with V:
Griffon is a ranged attacker who makes use of bolts of lightning, attack distant enemies and forcing them back with radial blasts of energy. He also aids V with traversing the terrain by helping him reach high ledges and is capable of carrying him for short periods of time.
Shadow specializes in close range combat with the power of shapeshifting, transforming his body into a variety of sharp implements with the intent to skewer, stab and slash at his opponents. He can also transform himself into a literal shadow and allow V to ride on him at a heightened pace.
Nightmare is a giant creature summoned using V's Devil Trigger, by falling out of mid-air and crushing most opponents. In combat, it utilizes both its brute strength and an ocular energy beam. V can also jump onto Nightmare's back to manually direct his attacks.
V can spend his Devil Trigger energy to augment Griffon and Shadow's strength in combat, enhancing their attacks. Despite their power, however, the familiars cannot kill the enemies by themselves, relying on V to deliver the final blow with his cane. They are also not invincible, reverting to a dormant core state for a time, known as "Stalemate State", if they sustain too much damage, but can also be revived by V at an accelerated pace, if he is in close proximity to a core.
- Griffon, Shadow and Nightmare are based on their namesake bosses of Devil May Cry, whom Dante fought on Mallet Island.