Summoned Swords

Summoned Swords

Summoned Sword

Appearances Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry 3
Devil May Cry 4

Summoned Swords are magically generated blades resembling the Force Edge, appearing in Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 3, and Devil May Cry 4.[1] They are wielded by Vergil during the final battle with his Nelo Angelo form during Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 3 and Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition.[2][3]

In Devil May Cry 4, Nero gains the ability to use Summoned Swords after obtaining the Yamato.[4] Instead of resembling the Force Edge as in other appearances, they appear to be two-pointed Shuriken.

Appearance Edit

Vergil Edit

In Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Vergil's Summoned Swords look like a blue-green, spectral replica of Force Edge that appear in a puff of blue and purple fire or smoke. They shatter after piercing the enemy releasing more a puff of blue-purple smoke. In Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, Vergil's Summoned Swords have a much more blue color and appear in a flash light rather than the smoke or flame.

Nelo Angelo Edit

Nelo Angelo's Summoned Swords look like blue-green, spectral swords with blue-purple electricity. Moments after impaling, they will shatter.

Nero Edit

Nero's Summoned Swords look like curved, two pointed shuriken with spikes protruding from the center. They glow light blue. While hovering around Nero they will spin. After being embedded in an enemy for a short amount of time, they will disappear in a blue-white smoke.


Devil May Cry 3Edit

Vergil's Summoned Swords are his equivalent for guns. However, unlike guns, they do not recoil and therefore cannot cause him to hover in mid-air. When using Spiral Swords, the Devil Trigger gauge is reduced by two full runes. Furthermore, because summoning the swords does not interrupt the current action, they can be used at any time, even during recovery animations and combos. Spiral Swords serve as a useful defensive technique, shielding Vergil from harm while performing attacks with long start-up or recovery.

As a boss, Vergil only uses Summoned Swords in "Dante Must Die" mode. Alternatively, during fights, Vergil will use the Spiral Swords if the player hasn't received any damage from him. He will create a shield around him, which pushes the player away and will create the Spiral Swords while saying "Don't get so cocky.". The player can then use Nevan's Jam Session to destroy all of Vergil's swords as he's summoning them.

Devil May Cry 4Edit

Nero's Summoned Swords function in much the same way as Vergil's, however; they can only be used while Nero is in Devil Trigger. Unlike Vergil, Nero will fire his Blue Rose in addition to the Summoned Swords, and using them affects his Devil Trigger Gauge; the gauge will deplete faster when Nero uses this skill. Because using Summoned Swords does not interrupt actions, Nero can use them while performing any action, including Buster, for additional damage.

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Nero's Summoned Swords in-game.

If he fires a Charged Shot, multiple Summoned Swords will appear simultaneously before skewering the enemy in quick succession, reminiscent of Vergil's Blistering Swords technique. The number of Summoned Swords in a Charged shot increase by 2 per level, with the Level 3 Charged shot giving a total of 6 Summoned Swords. Furthermore, Nero is allowed to "charge" his Summoned Swords during a Buster giving additional simultaneous swords during the sequence.

In several attacks, like the Maximum Bet and Showdown, Nero can utilize the Summoned Swords even without using the Blue Rose.

Devil May Cry 4 Special EditionEdit

Vergil's Summoned Swords-related moves from Devil May Cry 3 return, with most of their properties from said game being unaltered. Vergil gains a new move called Heavy Rain Swords which immobilizes enemies with a storm of swords from above. Unlike the other techniques, this one can be used without the use of Spiral Swords being active first. Summoned Swords have also become more integral to his gameplay as he can now warp towards any that have first been embedded by them and can also use this in place of Nero's Devil Bringer by latching onto glowing skulls. While in Devil Trigger, his Rapid Slash creates a Summoned Sword to impale any enemies he hits, which then detonate after sheathing his sword when transforming back.


Devil May Cry 3 (Vergil)Edit

Action Command Description
Summoned Swords B s Hurl magically generated swords at the enemy.
Spiral Swords B s (hold) Create a barrier of countless swords which surround and protect you.
Sword Storm B r1+B u+B s (Spiral Swords) Fire out swords at the enemy after executing a Spiral Swords maneuver. The swords surround an enemy then fire all at once.
Blistering Swords B r1+B d+B s (Spiral Swords) Fire out swords in rapid succession at an enemy after executing a Spiral Swords maneuver.

Devil May Cry 4 (Nero)Edit

Action Command Description
Summoned Swords B s/Bx x (Devil Trigger) Hurl magically generated swords at the enemy.

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition (Vergil)Edit

Action Command Description
Summoned Swords B s/Bx x Launch swords created from demonic power.
Spiral Swords B s/Bx x (hold) Creates a ring of Summoned Swords around you that acts as a shield. Depletes the D.T. Gauge.
Storm Storms B r1+B d+B s/Bx rb+B d+Bx x(hold) Countless swords surround an enemy, then attack all at once, launching them in the air. Depletes the D.T.Gauge.
Blistering Swords B r1+B u+B s/Bx rb+B u+Bx x(hold)

Create swords around you that launch themselves at your enemy one after another. Depletes the D.T. Gauge.

Heavy Rain Swords B r1+B d+B u+B s/Bx rb+B d+B u+Bx x Creates a deadly rainfall of Summoned Swords above your enemy's head, which temporarily stops them. Depletes the D.T. Gauge.

Other Appearances Edit

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Edit

The Summoned Swords appear in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, as one of Vergil's Hyper Combo moves. In their default state they resemble the Spiral Swords but they can be reconfigured (by sacrificing another bar of meter) to operate as the Sword Storm or the Blistering Swords. In addition to these is his LV3 Hyper Dark Angel which has him summon swords behind the enemy in rapid fashion as he repeatedly slices them with Yamato, only raining down on them after sheathing his sword.

DmC: Devil May Cry Edit

The Summoned Swords appear in DmC: Devil May Cry as the Sword Illusions.

See alsoEdit


  1. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Guns File — Summoned Swords: "Summon magically generated swords."
  2. Devil May Cry, Enemy File — Nelo Angelo: "By determining which way the phantom blades target, they can be easily dodged."
  3. Devil May Cry, Enemy File — Nelo Angelo: "The phantom blades protect the knight by circling around him. Destroy the phantom blades and create an opening to attack."
  4. Devil May Cry 4, Yamato — Summoned Swords: "Summon a magical blade and fling it towards a foe, piercing the enemy through sheer force of will. While in Devil Trigger mode, press B s."

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