A demon; it possessed the Order's armor, that's not a good sign...

—Nero, after defeating the first Bianco Angelo, Devil May Cry 4

The Bianco Angelo and its stronger counterpart, the Alto Angelo, are knight-like enemies encountered in Devil May Cry 4. These false angels are results of the Order of the Sword's research into demonic power.


The Bianco Angelo (Ita: "White Angel") is an artificial type of demon created by Agnus. Wearing armor bearing the crest of the Order of the Sword and made from fragments of Nelo Angelo,[1] this hollow shell is animated by the souls of humans and demons that have been captured by Agnus.[2] The Bianco Angelo carries a lance with a throttle system similar to the Red Queen, and a shield which it can transform into wings with which to fly. The Bianco Angelo have no real self, and follow the Order's commands with mechanical precision.[3]

The Alto Angelo (Ita: "High Angel") is a knight of the Order of the Sword who has become a demon through the Ascension Ceremony, and has donned the armor of the Bianco Angelo in order to lead them in battle.[4] It also wields a much larger order sword, with which it fights more aggressively than the Bianco Angelos. It is able to command the Bianco Angelos to attack in formation and coordinate their attacks, and can empower them with greater strength and the ability to jointly form a massive sphere of energy. As such, they commonly appear with several Bianco Angelos. Sanctus animates a specific Alto Angelo after his Ascension Ceremony, although despite appearances he is not actually within the armor.


Devil May Cry 4Edit

Nero cathes Bianco Angelo's lance

Nero catches Bianco Angelo's lance

So much for friendly banter!

—Nero, realising Bianco Angelo is an enemy, Devil May Cry 4

Bianco Angelo

Bianco Angelos

The Bianco Angelo is first introduced within the Fortuna Castle Library, where Nero initially believes it to be an ally until it attacks.[5] They are used by Sanctus as foot-soldiers after his Ascension Ceremony. After awakening The Savior, Sanctus has demons released from the true Hell Gate, and then sends the Angelos and The Savior to slay them in order to prove their propaganda to the townspeople.

In the "Angel Creation" laboratory of the Order's research facility, several Holy Knights are seen inside the cages; the Knights are in a trance-like state, suggesting that their souls have been sucked out for the process in which they are transformed into the Alto Angelos. Also, an Alto Angelo armor is seen in the laboratory bathing in the same eerie, greenish light as the Knights in the cages. Nero encountered the first Alto Angelo at the entrance of the Headquarters of the Order. It alone is able to take down the two Assaults with one slash, after the Bianco Angelos shortly struggled. After his Ascension Ceremony, Sanctus acts through an Alto Angelo, until Dante destroys the armor and it is revealed that Sanctus's true body lies within the Savior.

Behavior Edit

Bianco Angelo Edit

Bianco Angelos have a variety of attacks.

Their main attack is lance charge: they charge up their lance (three times), blue smoke can be seen coming out of it and then they rush at you. They are vulnerable through the duration of the charge. They can also perform this attack in mid-air.

Their second attack is lance stab: they prepare to attack for a brief moment and then stab with their lance. Has a high attack range.

Their third attack is combo attack: they bash with their shield and then make a lance stab.

Their forth attack is upward stab: if are in mid-air and close to them, they will make an upward stab to reach you with it.

Their another attack is counterattack: if attacked from the front, they will raise their shield. If you attack the shield with melee attack two times, you will stagger and then Bianco Angelo is going to perform a combo attack (look above).

If you stand behind Bianco Angelo and do not attack it, it will then make a 180-degree spin and swing its shield, damaging in 180-degree arc.

Alto Angelo Edit

Alto Angelos pose greater threat, when accompanied by Bianco Angelos.

Their main attack is sword charge: they becomes outlined with gold glow and stand in a charging pose for a few second and then rush at you with a broad sword swing. They are vulnerable through the duration of the charge, however, to prevent them from attacking, you have to attack them multiple times (unlike Bianco Angelos). They can perform this attack in mid-air too.

Their second attack is sword combo: they perform a 3-hit combo, last being an upward swing.

When accompanied by Bianco Angelos, it can give them orders:

Regroup: it calls them to retreat and regroup.

Attack together: Alto Angelo and Bianco Angelos perform their charging attack all at once.

Attack: he swings his hand and then Bianco Angelos perform their combo attack. If you are far away, Bianco Angelos approach you with their shield raised.

Surround: Bianco Angelos surround and follow you. Then they charge at you all at once.

Energy Sphere: to use this command at least two Bianco Angelos must be present. They create a big energy sphere and shoot it at you.

Launch: Bianco Angelos become outlined with red glow and then Alto Angelo will launch them at you. Launched Angelos die afterwards.


Both the Bianco and Alto Angelos have a "life core" on their neck, chest and back depicting how much life the Angelo has. It starts out with blue signifying that the Angelo has full health. When the Angelo is damaged, it slowly changes color. When it starts blinking red, the Angelo is nearing death and will be shattered in the next hits.

Bianco AngeloEdit

Bianco Angelos are easily outmatched by Nero's Charged Shots and Dante's Devil Trigger. When they guard, their backs are vulnerable as well. Do not keep attacking their shields with melee attacks as they immediately counterattack. If their shields are destroyed, they are stunned and completely vulnerable to any attack other than normal gunfire. When they charge toward you in the air, it is possible to attack them in the air and, if timed well, this will do quite amount of damage to them. Using the Buster on them when they're vulnerable will cause Nero to wrest the lance away from them, impale them and charge it up by stabbing them before blowing them away with a huge attack.

Alto AngeloEdit

Alto Angelos are more aggressive than Bianco Angelos. They usually charge at you from long distances and coordinate several Bianco Angelos to attack you simultaneously or fly circling you for distraction, making the Bianco Angelos deadlier and tougher to defeat. It can also order the Bianco Angelos to gather round and conjure a small sphere of energy and send it flying towards you, though it can be reflected back at them with the use of a well-timed Buster, a Charged Shot of any level, an Exceed powered move, a direct throw of Gladius or with Pandora, netting the player an immediate SSS rank, and usually an instant kill of the Angelos. If their vitality is high enough, Alto Angelos may survive this, but they will be severely wounded and stunned afterwards.

It is best to focus on the Alto Angelo first, as it is usually what makes the fight tougher. It seldom guards and does not immediately counterattack if it does guard. It also moves very swiftly and gets out of harm's way once you perform a combo on it. Alto Angelos are often clad in a defensive, orange aura that makes them invulnerable to Buster attacks; if Bustered while covered in their aura, the Alto Angelo will merely be knocked back a few feet, but not damaged. The aura can only be removed with weapon attacks. However, it is possible to make them open by using DT explosion and catching them with the Buster before it reaches land. Alto Angelos are also difficult to knock into the air, but if they are already flying, a Buster can often knock them out of flight.

See alsoEdit

  • Dullahan - Suits of armor possessed by a demon.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The Bianco Angelo's file refers to Nelo Angelo by his title, the "Dark Angel".
  2. Devil May Cry 4, Lesser Demons File — Bianco Angelo: "A man-made soldier made from the fragment of a demon known as the "dark angel". Filled with either a human or demonic soul, it carries out its master’s orders with mechanical precision."
  3. Devil May Cry 4, Lesser Demons File — White Knight: "An armored demon bearing the crest of the Order of the Sword. While the armor covers a hollow interior, destroying the White Knight causes the expulsion of a soul-like being, leading one to believe something else may have been in control of the Knight."
  4. Devil May Cry 4, Lesser Demons File — Alto Angelo: "A knight turned demon via the Ascension Ceremony, the Alto Angelo has donned the armor of a Bianco Angelo to lead them into battle. It is said that an Alto Angelo can raise the abilities of the Bianco Angelo around it."
  5. The Art of Devil May Cry 4 (2008), pp. 37, White Knight: "The mysterious White Knight assails Nero out of the blue. On his armor is the emblem of the Order. However, he appears to be a demon in disguise..."