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|“||I hope for your sake you got something inside that big body of yours.||”|
|Mission 03: Destroyer of Ardor|
|Overcome the trial and acquire the "Pride of Lion".|
|Secret Missions||Secret Mission 1: Critical hit|
|Lesser Demons (1)||Sargasso|
|Key Items||Pride of Lion|
This mission introduces you to a new friend who will follow you for much of the game.
In the Cathedral, all doors leading out are blocked. Head up the set of stairs and examine the Pride of Lion. One of the doors will open, so head through
Outside is the Bridge area, called the Broken Bridge. Remember that name, because this area will be revisited later. As soon as you come through the doors, there is a red orb cache. Jump onto the awning, the left side is easier and then while facing right, jump on top of the protruded landing above the awning. Cross the bridge and examine the center structure before heading back. Do not fetch any of the red stones and you will get a pleasant surprise later in the game.
Avoid getting hurt, since a Boss fight will be the next thing you face.
Once they are all dead, step onto the center platform to warp back to the bridge above. The bridge is now broken, but you are on the Cathedral side. To get back to the other side, you need to jump all the platforms or head down and defeat the six skeletons again. Don't forget to grab the blue shard on the other end of the bridge.
Return to where you left the Pride of Lion. Grab it and the first boss appears.
This boss has several attacks, and you need to know them and when to expect them to win this fight. His primary attack is a sweep with his leg/pincer. He will do this if you are near, so just expect it. He will put his head into the ground, and 4-6 lava geysers will erupt. Just keep walking or running to avoid them. His signature move is his fireball, which he will charge in a white hot orb in his mouth, then release momentarily. Just roll out of its way. If you are feeling lucky, and are at some distance, you can reflect it with Alastor. Don't try to jump over it, as he will aim it and hit you. If you are on his back, he will try to use his scorpion stinger on you. It's not to hard to avoid.
The last attack, which I find most deadly, is his jump. He will jump at you, and land where you were. My best tactic is to jump, and keep hitting triangle so as to jump off of him while he's in the air. Then you will land on him, and it's all good.
To beat him, primarily you need to use melee attacks. The best way to get him is up on his back. Get up there, and start slashing away. Remember that only his attacks hurt you, he's not one of those bosses from Mario who will hurt you if you even touch him. Disregard the demo at the beginning of the game that shows Dante shooting him, as shooting does little damage. If you have it, use Air Raid. You can also Stinger him in the face to make him stagger for just a second, but this puts you dangerously close to his claw attack. If you have Ifrit (only on a replay game) then you can use the blazing jump to jump off of him repeatedly, then jump kick him. When he's at some distance, feel free to blast away at him with whatever you've got.
These strategies apply for all appearances of Phantom (yes, there are many) because he never really changes. The one thing he learns later on is a meteor attack, where fire comes out of his back, then rains down. As with the lava pillars, just keep running to avoid it.
If you want to get the secret mission, you have to return to the Broken Bridge after you defeat Phantom. Jump down to the underwater area to be transported to Secret Mission 1: Critical hit. To end the mission, simply return through the doors to the Long Hallway from the last mission.
- In the first cutscene with Phantom, Dante will be wielding Alastor even if the player has the Force Edge equipped.