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Pandora

Pandora DMC4
Katakana パンドラ
Title Calamitous Ordnance (災厄兵器 Saiyaku Heiki?)
Appearances Devil May Cry 4

Pandora is a Devil Arm which Dante obtains in Devil May Cry 4. It is able to transform into 666 different and devastating forms[1], some of them powered by the weapon's Disaster Gauge into its function, although Dante only has access to seven of its forms.

GameplayEdit

The Pandora is acquired from the Hell Gate after defeating Dagon in Mission 15: Fortuna Castle. Although it is considered a Devil Arm per the plot, it is treated as a Fire Arm for gameplay purposes.

Pandora is potentially one of the most powerful weapons Dante collects throughout the Devil May Cry series. In terms of raw damage, it is only surpassed by the Gilgamesh, but its quality as a ranged weapon gives it a tactical advantage over the gauntlets. For example: "PF398: Revenge" can knock out The Savior with one direct hit, even with a low Disaster Gauge; "PF666: Omen" can instantly break enemy defenses such as shields, a Frost's ice cocoon, a Blitz's initial electric charge, and even Mephisto & Faust cloaks when fired at close range; and techniques powered by a full Disaster Gauge will kill any lesser demons in front of Dante. To compensate for this extreme power, Pandora's forms take a few seconds to activate.

While in Devil Trigger state, the button combination inputs to transform the Pandora are decreased, shortening their activation times. For example; PF124: Hatred will only need half the input of the left/right code, and PF398: Revenge will only need 1 spin. Furthermore, all of Pandora's forms, excluding "PF666: Omen", can be charged while in Devil Trigger.

"PF594: Argument" can also be used to float across a room as long as the Disaster Gauge lasts, much like Air Raid in previous games. It can be used to the player's advantage in two (7th and 12th) secret missions to easily finish them.

Whenever activating any of Pandora's forms, excluding PF594: Argument, Dante is rendered motionless and is therefore more prone to attacks from enemies, making it risky to use Pandora against fast enemies and enemies with ranged attacks, specifically: Cutlasses, Basilisks, Blitzes (unless electric shield is removed), Frosts, Assaults (normal or Chimera), Alto Angelos, and Gladii. To use Pandora against these enemies will require experience in tactics, timing, and speed. The most effective form against any of these foes is PF422: Grief and even PF594: Argument at ranged distances. Also to compensate for PF262: Jealousy being less powerful than Pandora's other forms, it fills the Disaster Gauge the quickest. Though Pandora is perhaps one of the most difficult weapons to use, once mastered, enemies don't stand a chance.

Disaster GaugeEdit

The Disaster Gauge is a gauge which is filled through successful use of Pandora's basic forms, though each form fills the gauge by differing amounts. The length of the gauge increases as Gunslinger is upgraded. The gauge determines the strength of Pandora's Gunslinger attacks, and is depleted through their use. The effect of the gauge varies between the techniques.

MovesetsEdit

GunEdit

Action Command Description
PF013: Epidemic B s/Bx x Transform Pandora into a bowgun capable of firing ravaging projectiles. Successful attacks will fill the Disaster gauge.
PF124: Hatred B s+<B l/B r,B r/B l,B l/B r>/Bx x+<Bx left/Bx right,Bx left/Bx right,Bx left/Bx right (wiggle motion)> Transform Pandora from a bowgun to a bazooka and turn enemies into ash. Successful attacks will fill the Disaster gauge.
PF398: Revenge B s+<Spin,Spin>/Bx x+<Spin,Spin> (Hatred) Transform Pandora from a bazooka to a laser cannon capable of searing blasts. Successful attacks will fill the Disaster gauge.
PF262: Jealousy B s/Bx x (mid-air) Transform Pandora into a Gatling gun and rain down a hail of hot lead upon enemies. Successful attacks will fill the Disaster gauge. Will fire Charged Shots while in Devil Trigger.

Gunslinger StyleEdit

Action Command Description
PF594: Argument B c/Bx b Transform Pandora into a mobile missile battery that fires a barrage of homing missiles. Press B s/Bx x to fire a missile. Press B c/Bx b to fire all the missiles (Works only if the Disaster Gauge is full or half at Gunslinger Level 2). Depletes the Disaster Gauge.
PF422: Grief B r1+B d+B c/Bx rb+Bx down+Bx b Transform Pandora into a boomerang and use it to slice through enemies. Depletes the Disaster Gauge.
PF666: Omen B r1+B u+B c/Bx rb+Bx up+Bx b Open Pandora's box and damage all surrounding enemies with the flash of a violated taboo. Depletes the Disaster Gauge.

GalleryEdit

FormsEdit

Other appearancesEdit

Monster Hunter Frontier GEdit

In Monster Hunter Frontier G, Pandora's Jealousy form is available to players as a weapon in the "heavy bowgun" class.

BackgroundEdit

Pandora's Box was a jar in Classical mythology which held all the evils of the world. It was given to the first woman, Pandora, as a gift for her wedding to Epimetheus, and because of her curiosity she disobeyed her husband and opened it, releasing all the evils of the world, except for "Hope". Pandora's ultimate move, "PF666: Omen", simulates this event.

"666" is considered the number of the beast mentioned in the Bible, while "13" is widely considered to be an unlucky number.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Devil May Cry 4, Dante's Arms File — Pandora: "A demonic weapon capable of 666 calamitous forms. It spells misery and disaster for countless foes."


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