|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, some of them powered by the weapon's Disaster Gauge into its function, although Dante only has access to seven of its forms.
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'sice 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 have long activation durations.
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 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: Cutlass, Basilisk, Blitz (unless electric shield is removed), Frost, Assault (normal or Chimera), Alto Angelo, and Gladius. 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.
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.
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.
- ↑ 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."
|Agnus - Credo - Dante - Gloria - Kyrie - Lady - Nero - Sanctus - Trish|
|Bael & Dagon - Berial - Containment Room - Echidna - The Savior|
|Alto & Bianco Angelo - Assault - Basilisk - Blitz - Chimera Seed & Chimera - Cutlass - Fault - Frost - Gladius - Mephisto & Faust - Scarecrow|
|Nero: Blue Rose - Devil Bringer - Red Queen - Yamato|
|Buster - Dark Slayer Style - Gunslinger Style - Royalguard Style - Swordmaster Style - Trickster Style|
|Fortuna - Fortuna Castle - Mitis Forest - Lost Woods - Foris Falls|