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The Mephisto is a lower-level demon that appears in Devil May Cry 4. The Faust is a larger relative of the Mephisto, and is considerably more intelligent, cruel, and violent, though it is still cowardly when unshrouded.[1]

DescriptionEdit

MephistoEdit

Mephisto

Mephisto

The Mephisto covers itself with a cape of black mist composed of a special gas that allows it to pass through solid objects and float through the air.[2] However, if the cape is removed through use of fire arms or the Devil Bringer, the Mephisto is revealed to simply be a red scorpion-like demon, unable to defend itself and a coward. The Mephisto is also able to extend its spear-like fingers, allowing it to impale a victim before they can react.[3] If the player destroys the cloak of a Mephisto and pays attention to the demon when it is on the ground, it can be noticed that its head is actually upside down, showing a mouth which the Mephisto opens in order to scream in panic. Hence, what it seems to be its forehead when in cloaked form is actually its chin. 
  

FaustEdit

DMC4Faust

Faust

The Faust's true body is white, somewhat larger than the Mephisto's, and possesses several tendrils around its head that give the appearance of hair; the mist that covers the Faust also takes the appearance of a fedora on its head. Like the Mephisto, they are able to extend their fingers, but can do this with more than one finger at a time, and can even detach their fingers to hover in the air and attack on their own. Faust are often accompanied by a pair of Mephistos. The same way than what happens with the Mephisto, Faust's head can be fully seen when the demon is on the ground, showing that its hair is actually a beard that covers a tiny mouth with sharp teeth. In addition, its head upside down is similar to a human skull. 


StrategyEdit

MephistoEdit

Mephistos' cloaks can be easily dispersed using Nero's Devil Bringer and Dante's Shotgun or Pandora. Once the cloak is gone, you should attack it relentlessly. It is best to use your powerful attacks to make sure it doesn't regenerate its cloak. It is possible to defeat Mephisto while its cloak is up using Charged Shots or the Coyote-A.

It is possible to counter the Mephisto's primary attack (which it extends its finger downwards) with a well timed Buster or any melee attack. Furthermore, its finger might still be stuck on the ground for a matter of seconds, which can still be hit. When this happens, the Mephisto will be forced backwards making it vulnerable to a higher damage.

As an added visual cue, Mephisto's hands are visible at all times; the demon sets them in a "wondering" pose when moving, but they appear different whenever it is going to attack.

FaustEdit

Fausts are like their weaker counterpart, but are much tougher to defeat. Use
Faust's Attack

Faust's extensible fingers

Nero's Buster and Dante's Shotgun while in midair to make their cloaks disappear as quickly as possible. Once their cloaks are gone, beat them up using your most powerful attacks, though they have the tendency to put their cloaks back up before you're able to kill them. Once they have little health left, they will release sentries that follow and attack you even when you are far away, with the Faust often attacking in conjunction, use evasive maneuvers to avoid damage. As with the Mephisto, it is possible to defeat Fausts while their cloaks are up using the same attacks.

Unlike Mephisto's, Faust's arms are not always visible, since they are not actually attached to the demon's body. In certain attacks, the red hands only appear just when the Faust is about to attack, making it more difficult to evade or counter its movements.

BothEdit

An easy way to remove the cloak of both Mephisto and Faust with Dante is to use Ebony & Ivory, Gunslinger Style and use Rain Storm directly above them. Remember pressing and holding the button will cause Dante to use the move longer. Using Fireworks with the Shotgun while jumping into one will also strip a considerable amount of cloak.

BackgroundEdit

Heinrich Faust is the main character of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Drama "Faust", in which he sells his soul to a devil named Mephistopheles. The name Mephistopheles means "one who fears the light". Before this, however, both characters called Faustus and Mephistopheles appear in the 1604 play "Doctor Faustus" by Christopher Marlowe. The relationship between the two are the same, Mephistopheles is a demon who serves Lucifer in Hell and in in a deal, bargains Doctor Faustus' soul in exchange for knowledge of the arcane arts.

Additionally, both Mephisto's and Faust's true bodies strongly resemble that of an earwig, a type of insect.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Devil May Cry 4, Lesser Demons File — Faust: "While closely related to Mephisto, Faust is leagues more intelligent and cruel. While its tiny, cowardly physical form is unchanged, Faust’s capacity for violence makes Mephisto seem like a mere infant. Gunfire can be effective in disrupting the effects of his magical black cloak."
  2. Devil May Cry 4, Lesser Demons File — Mephisto: "A floating demon wrapped in a black cape of special gas that allows it to pass through objects. Mephisto appears to its foes as a black demon of death; however, in truth its physical form is nothing but a tiny coward."
  3. The Art of Devil May Cry 4 (2008), pp. 35, Mephisto: "Mephisto is a lower-level demon that emits a black mist as it floats in the air. The black mist allows it to pass through solid objects. It can also grow and shrink its sharp fingers at will, making them into powerful weapons that can stab prey from long distances."


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