|Appearances||Devil May Cry 3|
Hell Vanguards are lesser demons in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening. It is first encountered as the level boss of Mission 2: The Blood Link, but it is not actually a boss as it is encountered as a standard enemy in subsequent missions.
The Hell Vanguard is known as the god of death, and is responsible for managing the souls of the dead. It is feared by other demons for its sadistic personality and combat tactics, including the abilities to teleport and fly. Unlike other Hells, it does not seem to manifest through the same kind of sand, but rather by a mysterious blue dust.
The Hell Vanguard's two most dangerous moves are both of its teleportation attacks. When it disappears, a water-like rippling effect on the ground or in the air will warn of where it will come from. If the ripple is on the ground, the Vanguard will burst out of the ground from beneath Dante and attack him as it flies into the air. If the ripple is in the air, the Vanguard will perform a highly damaging dash attack through Dante. Both attacks are signaled by the Vanguard throwing its head back and making a sound as if from a gong or low-pitched bell. When this sound is heard, focus on running and dodging.
Royalguard Style is effective against it if one can correctly time the Royal Block. Otherwise, simply counter its scythe attacks with standard sword swings and run and jump to dodge its teleporting attacks.
- ↑ Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Lesser Demons File — Hell Vanguard: "The god of death who manages dead souls. He is feared by even inhabitants of the netherworld for his wicked nature and fighting prowess. A deadly sand-based demon."
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