First I whip it out! Then I thrust it...! With great force! Every angle...! It penetrates! Until...! With great strength! I... ram it in! And in the end...we are all satisfied...And you are set free.

—Dante, Devil May Cry 4

Lucifer is a devil arm wielded by Dante in Devil May Cry 4, which he obtains from Berial's Hell Gate, which it was used to power. It takes the form of a skull shaped backplate from which two wing shaped sheathes extend outward. These sheathes are able to spawn a countless number of swords that are supercharged with demonic power, allowing them to hover in mid air or be launched with explosive impact.[1] These swords can be rearranged, thrown, or wielded, and will explode either after a short duration, at a command from Dante such as a clap or throwing the rose held in his mouth, or once fifteen more blades have been spawned.


Dante Acquiring Lucifer

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Dante Acquiring Lucifer.

Like most weapons, Lucifer possesses its first form which is a ball of fiery light representing its element. However, in its material form, it takes the form of a metallic backpack with three deep red symbols on its forehead, an insectoid jawline holding a rose in between it until its host can carry it instead. It has two segmented wing-looking sheathes with three claws which can move around on their own or take an abnormal folded appearance. Its own sheathes produce red Rapier swords with a look that mirrors the respective sheathes which also have a pick-like hilt. The weapon takes on a perpetual dark aura with a hint of a dim red glow once it's examined closely.

Gameplay Edit

The key to using Lucifer is to position the swords around Dante as much as possible. Due to Lucifer's blades being pointed, they need to be stabbed into the enemy and most of its combos have a narrow area of effect. Combo D, however, will place swords behind Dante in a horizontal arc. Combo E will continue Combo A (a twirling attack of summoning stabbing blades) with a Million Stab-esque attack and have Dante throwing the swords in a compressed straight line. Pin-Up will place swords in front of Dante in a similar fashion. Any sword that does not pierce an enemy will float until an enemy makes contact with them, at which point they embed themselves in they enemy. Unfortunately the floating swords have little to no stopping power and will not stop an enemy from any action they may be performing.

The wings of Lucifer gives Dante the airborne move, Splash where he jumps and does a front flip to throw down swords in a style resembling a combination of Cerberus's Revolver and Beowulf's Lunar Phase.

There can be up to fifteen swords on the field at any given time. Putting new swords on the field will cause the earliest spawned sword to explode. All swords can be manually detonated at any time with Ecstasy. The swords will also detonate after a set amount of time according to when they were put out.


Devil May Cry 4Edit


Action Command Description
PS3 Xbox 360
Lucifer Combo A B t,B t,B t,B t,B t,... Bx y,Bx y,Bx y,Bx y,Bx y,... Position swords around you and pierce your enemies repeatedly. This assault of pure carnage never ends.
Lucifer Combo B B t,—,B t,... Bx y,—,Bx y,... The key to Lucifer's rage is the ring of swords around you. This assault of pure carnage never ends.
Lucifer Combo C B t,—,B t,—,B t,... Bx y,—,Bx y,—,Bx y,... Torture enemies with a barrage of piercing blades. Time the last B t/Bx y for the finishing attack.
Lucifer Combo D B t,B t,—,B t Bx y,Bx y,—,Bx y End an enemy's suffering by launching them into a new realm of pain.
Lucifer Combo E B t,B t,B t,B t,—,B t Bx y,Bx y,Bx y,Bx y,—,Bx y Pierce your enemies with this specialized combo!
Splash B t(mid-air) Bx y (mid-air) Flip in the air and scatter the blades of Lucifer around you.
Ecstasy B r1+B d+B t Bx rb+Bx down+Bx y Trigger the detonation of the blades positioned around you. The thrown rose is significant only in its insignificance.
Pin-Up B r1+B u+B t Bx rb+Bx up+Bx y Throw multiple swords and position them in the air in front of you.

Swordmaster StyleEdit

Action Command Description
PS3 Xbox 360
Discipline Any Direction+B c Any Direction+Bx b Reposition the floating blades of Lucifer around your body.
Climax B r1+B d+B c Bx rb+Bx down+Bx b Reposition the floating blades of Lucifer around you. The blades will then automatically detonate.
Bondage B r1+B u+B c Bx rb+Bx up+Bx b Reposition the floating blades of Lucifer to encircle an unfortunate enemy. They will then pierce that spot with no remorse.


Lucifer (lit. "Light Bearer" in Latin) is the title of a Babylonian king interpreted in Christian mythology to have been the name of the archangel Satan before his fall. Belial, another demon, is sometimes considered to be his father or son.

The scene in which Dante acquires the Lucifer is set to Flamenco music and has Dante making sexual innuendo while planting Lucifer's swords in the Hell Gate. This theme continues on with the named attacks of the weapon, which are derived from sexual terms, primarily those of BDSM. This may allude to the general belief that the Devil is seductive and beautiful, using sexual appeal and pleasure to manipulate mortals and exert his power over flesh and human desires and emotions.


  • The darts generated by Lucifer closely resemble the ones Dante was impaled with just prior to the final battle with Mundus. Mundus also drew basis from Lucifer.
  • Lucifer has two designs for its skull that are different from the game and the artwork that holds all the models of bosses, characters, etc. In the artwork the skull is larger and differently designed from the game, and in the game the skull is smaller, with a different design from the artbook.
  • Lucifer's Stationary Animation was with Dante standing still with his arms down and one of his feet lifted and the other all the way down, while with Lucifer's skull moving up and down with the sheath-wings moving, along with the claw tips, symbolizing Dante and Lucifer are preparring for combat.
  • When Dante hovered in mid air with Lucifer, if one looks closely at his coat tails, they always seem to spread out until they drop as he does.
  • Lucifer attacks resemble summoned sword attacks which Vergil and Nero can use as firearms.


  1. Devil May Cry 4, Dante's Arms File — Lucifer: "This netherworldy weapon spawns countless explosive blades that hover with the oppressiveness of impending doom."