Yamato is the signature blade of Vergil and appears in DmC: Devil May Cry. It was handed down to him by his father, Sparda. Vergil is able to alter the abilities of the sword by imbuing it with either Angel or Demon energy from his Nephilim soul. Despite its demonic nature, the sword can be seen outside of Limbo.
Yamato is a silver katana with a long and slightly curved blade, although it is slightly shorter than the classic Yamato and the straightness of its blade is more in line with a chokuto. Both the grip and scabbard are predominantly black, but unlike the original Yamato, the scabbard does not have a sageo attached. When in Angel Mode or Demon Mode, both the sword and scabbard become wreathed in the respective aura. Vergil wields the Yamato with a style similar to the Iaido technique, but when not in battle, Vergil keeps the Yamato in its scabbard and uses it as a walking cane.
Yamato is Vergil's only melee weapon, and its style varies depending on Vergil's mode. In default mode, the Yamato unleashes speedy combos, while in Angel Mode, it can attack multiple demons at once, and in Demon Mode, it becomes slower but more powerful. Yamato can be switched to Angel Mode by pressing//, and to Demon Mode by pressing//. Many of Vergil's techniques can be upgraded to an "Embed" version that leaves a phantom copy of the Yamato within the enemy. Furthermore, although each of his three chargeable attacks can be Just Charged, a specific technique must be purchased to enable this for each of them. The aforementioned attacks also provide invincibility frames for the instant when the weapon is Just Charged.
The "Enma" within Enma Katana (閻魔刀 Enmatou?) reference "Enma-O", the Japanese name for the Hindu judge of the afterlife, "Yama", so that the Devil Arm's name is idiomatically read in the same manner as Yamato (大和?). 大和 is a Japanese term referring to the people and traditional nationalistic spirit of Japan, and in the past to the nation itself. Thus, it is appropriate as the name of the weapon symbolizing Vergil's aesthetic and commitment to tradition and power, as opposed to Dante's personality of resistance symbolized by the Rebellion.
- ↑ DmC: Devil May Cry, Upgrade — Yamato: "Vergil's sword handed down to him by his father, Sparda."
- ↑ DmC: Devil May Cry, Upgrade — Yamato (Angel Mode): Vergil's Nephilim soul imbues the Yamato to perform unique attacks.
- ↑ DmC: Devil May Cry, Upgrade — Yamato (Demon Mode): Vergil's Nephilim soul imbues the Yamato to perform unique attacks.