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Stinger is a technique in which the user unleashes a powerful thrust after lunging forward, plunging the equipped sword into an enemy. It appears in all playable installments of Devil May Cry to date, and is one of Dante's most recognizable moves. Because of its reach, Stinger is arguably one of his most useful attacks as well.
Though usually only animated for in-game combat, a full-motion video of Stinger is depicted in the first mission of Devil May Cry 4, when Dante uses it against Nero. In the animation, Dante appears to be dragged by his sword, as his feet literally slide over the ground after he simply thrusts Rebellion in Nero's direction.
The move also appears in DmC: Devil May Cry with a different animation.
It can be used as an offensive dash attack, and is performed by pressing ++/++ (or in the first Devil May Cry, ++). The attack also possesses a knock-back effect that will often send enemies flying. In most appearances the user lunges forward, but in Devil May Cry 2, they simply step forward, and in Devil May Cry 4, a Stinger performed while in Devil Trigger will continue to go through the enemy like a drill and depletes Devil Trigger faster. In Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, Vergil can execute this attack on the ground as well as in mid-air. The aerial version does not carry Vergil over a distance like the ground version
Stinger can also be used outside of combat to force the character into a long jump when performed off of a ledge. This can be useful to reach areas that are inaccessible with a normal jump, since characters will not perform a long jump off of an edge unless one is specifically scripted into the location.
In DmC: Devil May Cry, it can be bought from the shop for an upgrade point. It can be used by tilting the left stick towards the enemy twice then pressing /. It can be followed up by the Trillion Stabs by continually mashing the for an extended period of time. The move, however, unlike its counterparts from the original series, can only be used when Dante is on the ground and can not be used to reach far platforms.
How to ObtainEdit
The method of obtaining the technique varies between the games, and there is frequently a "Level 2" version of the technique available for purchase. The technique is a free ability in Devil May Cry 2, but in all other games it must be purchased.
Devil May CryEdit
Devil May Cry 2Edit
Dante can perform Stinger as a basic action for the Rebellion, Merciless, and Vendetta. Trish also has access to Stinger with the Sparda. Stinger is partially upgradable, as you can only upgrade Dante's swords themselves for more damage. Doing a Stinger with Merciless has more range but less raw damage compared to doing it with the Vendetta.
Devil May Cry 3Edit
In Devil May Cry 3, level 1 can be bought by Dante for the Rebellion with 2500 Red Orbs and level 2 for 10000 Red Orbs. The Gunslinger Style allows a similar ability with the Shotgun, named "Gun Stinger", in which the user thrusts the shotgun into the enemy and pulls off a point-blank shot.
- In Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition Vergil can buy the ability for the Force Edge at a cost of 5000 for level one and 10000 Red Orbs for level two.
Devil May Cry 4Edit
In Devil May Cry 4 it can again be bought for the Rebellion with Proud Souls, but the price varies depending on how many other abilities have been bought. The Gunslinger Style allows Coyote-A to use "Gun Stinger" in the same manner as in Devil May Cry 3.
- In Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, Vergil can purchase Stinger with Proud Souls for Force Edge to be used on the ground or in the air. The price varies depending on how many other abilities have been bought.
DmC: Devil May CryEdit
In Dante's cameo in Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, Stinger is a heavy single-target Almighty attack with a chance of a one-hit KO. Since it is an Almighty attack, it ignores all resistances.
In Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Dante's Level 3 Hyper Combo, Devils Must Die, consists of him performing four Stingers at the opponent, with the final one knocking the enemy into a ring of devastating demonic energy. This attack deals 440,000 damage points.
The regular Stinger is one of Dante and Vergil's command moves (F+Hard Attack for both characters). Dante is able to chain this move to a Million Stab or Bold Move upon connection.
Stinger is Dante's Level 2 Super move. In the game, he lunges with the Rebellion covered in energy, piercing through anyone in his way.
Characters aside from Dante and Trish can also perform some variant of this attack, with almost equal animation sequences as the original. Though they are not specifically named "Stinger".
With the Sword of Sparda, Sanctus's last ditch attack focuses on an empowered version of the Stinger. It is telegraphed by a demonic power aura forming around the sword while it changes shape as Sanctus yells "Behold! The true power of the Sword!". This attack can only be countered with Nero's Buster, and, if the player misses, Sanctus will launch out three more hits. Gameplay-wise, it deals a tremendous amount of damage even on normal difficulty, as it is the strongest attack of the final boss.
A minor variant of the Stinger is also used by Angelo Credo as a last ditch attack on difficulties harder than Devil Hunter. Credo will step backward and immediately lash out his weapon in anger. Although the attack is strong, it has a limited range.
- Nero can use a similar ability with Red Queen, called the Streak. However, instead of making a thrusting attack, Nero rushes forward, sweeping all enemies in his way in a horizontal slash. It has better reach than Stinger, but it is also slower. Streak can be upgraded, which increases its range. If revved up, its range is also increased, and on its Level 3 EX version, it becomes unstoppable, capable of sweeping through an area. It should be noted that the Streak is much more similar to Vergil's Rapid Slash than the Stinger.
- In Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition when playing as Vergil's Nelo Angelo form his Rapid Slash will be altered to an unnamed attack very similar to Streak.
- In an Electronic Gaming Monthly interview with series creator Hideki Kamiya, he mentioned that the Stinger is his favorite attack.