|Sparda (Force Edge)
|Title||Legendary Sword (伝説の剣 Densetsu no Tsurugi?)|
|Appearances||Devil May Cry|
Devil May Cry 2
Devil May Cry 3
Devil May Cry 4
The Sparda and its unawakened form, the Force Edge, is the beloved demon-forged sword wielded by the The Dark Knight Sparda himself, and magically imbued with his power. Throughout the series, the sword is recognized as a source of god-like power, and in both Devil May Cry 3 and Devil May Cry 4, it was the main objective of the villains. It is Dante's default weapon in Devil May Cry, and Trish's in Devil May Cry 2 and 4 Special Edition. In addition, Vergil is able to summon spectral versions of the Force Edge as his Summoned Swords.
The Sword of Sparda has two forms: Force Edge and Sparda.
Force Edge, the unawakened form, resembles a basic sword. The guard takes a "W" shape, vaguely resembling Sparda's horns. It has a spiral handle that leads to four skulls on the pommel with a spike at the top.
In its awakened state, Sparda keeps the handle and cross-guard, but the spike on the skulls is split in half, with the frontward, more elaborate half forming a small blade that curves around the bottom of Sparda's blade (in Devil May Cry, the front half is a simple hook). Force Edge's blade is replaced with a spine-like structure attatched to two curved blades via an organic looking substance. Together the blades form one long blade when in sword mode. The top portion has a large glowing red gem-like object in the center. The other side has two significantly smaller gems, glowing orange and pink. Sparda's blades can reorient themselves to give Sparda various shapes to suit its needs. Dante and Trish shift the halves to create a scythe for Round Trip and point both blades forward for a spear for Stinger.
The Sparda was originally wielded by the Dark Knight Sparda himself, but when he closed the gate between the Human and Demon Worlds, he also sealed his demonic power inside his beloved sword in order to ensure the strength of the seal. Sparda also took the Perfect Amulet, causing the sword's own natural powers to fall asleep and become the Force Edge.
Many centuries later, however, Arkham conspired to obtain the sword, and through it, Sparda's power, which he would use to rule the world. He manages to manipulate Dante, Vergil, and Lady into allowing him to obtain the Perfect Amulet and opening the gate to the Netherworld for him, thus allowing him to both acquire the sword and awaken its power. After drawing the sword, he takes the form of Sparda, but because it does not resonate with him like it later did with Dante and Sanctus, and his inhumanity, he was unable to control its immense power and mutates into a hideous, blob-like form, which is quickly slain by Dante and Vergil. As Arkham's demonic form dissolves, the Force Edge and Perfect Amulet fall further into the Netherworld, and both Dante and Vergil dive after them. They fight over the weapon, and though Vergil is defeated, he retains his half of the amulet. Dante then returns to the Human World with the Force Edge.
Dante takes up the Force Edge as his own sword, calling it "Woozy" and takes it with him to the castle on Mallet Island in the Rebellion's stead. Throughout his mission there, he periodically encounters the dark knight Nelo Angelo, who is mysteriously shaken when he notices Dante's part of the amulet. After Nelo Angelo is finally defeated and revealed as Vergil, Dante obtains the other half of the amulet and the Sparda is reawakened. It later allows him to take Sparda's form in the final battle with Mundus. Afterward, he plants the sword as a memorial to the seemingly dead Trish, but when Trish is later revealed to be alive and carrying the sword, he allows her to keep it.
When not in use, Trish leaves the Sparda hanging on the wall of Devil May Cry. After Lady explains the problems she is having with the Order of the Sword to Dante and Trish, Trish takes the sword and leaves without asking Dante's permission. Disguised as Gloria, she gives the Sparda to Sanctus in order to win his trust and infiltrate the Order, since they need the sword in order to empower their greatest tool, The Savior. Sanctus later resonates with the weapon and uses it against Nero, though his inhumanity does not allow him to fully control it. After Nero defeats Sanctus and rescues Kyrie from being used as the core of The Savior, he gives the Sparda back to its rightful owner, Dante.
The Sword of Sparda is a heavily used sword along with Yamato, however, the power capabilities and raw strength is different in two of its forms. In its incomplete mode, the power has a weak level and cant project as much energy attacks like its true form, which has access to a vast number of attacks and gaining enormous raw power. The appearances of its power are listed below.
In Devil May Cry, the Force Edge is Dante's beginning sword and is a gift from his father, so he held onto it. It shares a moveset with Alastor, but is weaker than it and is unable to take advantage of weakness to electric attacks. It also does not take a Devil Trigger, but its own shape gives it the ability to transform from a Sword, Spear and Scythe. Also, when the sword awakens, it overtakes Alastor considerably in sheer range and power. Its strength is able to topple down enemies.
In Devil May Cry 2, the Force Edge replaces the Rebellion for Dante's Devil May Cry costume. It behaves exactly the same as the Rebellion. The awakened Sparda is also the main weapon for the bonus character, Trish. Trish is able to use several moves taken from the original Devil May Cry which are unique to the Sparda.
In Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Vergil uses the Force Edge in conjunction with the Yamato. In addition, the Force Edge replaces the Rebellion for Dante's Devil May Cry and "Legendary Dark Knight" costumes. It behaves exactly the same as the Rebellion, except that it changes all of Dante's Devil Triggers into Sparda.
In Devil May Cry 4, Sanctus Diabolica is noticeably the only boss who actually used the Sword of Sparda, his own moveset was dependant on more energy-based attacks, bestowing him "Meteor" and energy bursts to "his" disposal. However, the power was incomplete in his hands, such as he couldn't transform the sword into a scythe or spear, only functioning in thrusts attacks. The benefit to his power as a boss was that other weapon's were weaker in damage properties.
In Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, Vergil is in possession of the unawakened Force Edge as well, though he mixes Yamato into his combat with it far less than he did in his previous appearance (while still using the sword one-handedly), and he's gained several of Dante's moves such as Million Stab and Drive. Trish also will use the sword in its awakened form and makes use of its transformative properties, such as golf-swinging the enemy away with the weapon extended as a scythe. While similar to Dante in moveset again, her abilities primarily range around the use of Round Trip to trap or harass far-away enemies, then close in and use her electric fists and kicks.
Devil May CryEdit
- Dante's Devil Arm
- In the "HD Collection" Physical attacks have been changed, requiring players to press instead of .
|Sparda Combo I ||,,||A quick 3-hit combo.|
|Sparda Combo II ||,,-,,||Four-part combo which knocks back nearby foes before slashing down on those directly in front of you. Once the Sparda is awakened, the combo finishes with a forward thrust.|
|Sparda Combo III ||,,—, (rapid)||Quickly stab the enemy with blinding speed creating enough momentum to blast them backward.|
|High Time||++||Swing the sword in an upward rising motion, bashing up enemies into the air. Continue holding to jump, and again to slash down.|
|Round Trip||(hold and release)||Throw the sword like a boomerang.|
|Thrust Kick ||, , (Round Trip)||Tri-level attack that ends by kicking the enemy into the air.|
|Stinger||++||With lightning speed, plunge the sword into enemies. Level 2 plunges the sword from an even further distance.|
|Air Raid||Story||Become airborne and be capable of performing aerial attacks. Press / to shoot fireballs.|
|Vortex||(Air Raid)||Damage enemies with an intense spinning body attack.|
|Meteor||+ (ground, Devil Trigger)||Shoot fireballs from the fists. Holding increases the power of the attack.|
|Unnamed ||(Air Raid)||Emit a giant spectral dragon which resembles Sparda. This attack consumes all of your DT Gauge and its power varies depending on how much the gauge was filled when summoned.|
Devil May Cry 2Edit
- Dante's Devil Arm
|3-hit Combo||Direction+,,||Dante slashes twice, follow by a sweeping slash that hits all enemies around him.|
|4-hit Combo||,,,||Dante slashes forward four times.|
|5-hit Combo||,,,Direction+,||Dante slashes forward three times, follow by a helm-breaker style slash and an upward slash, sending enemies flying.|
|6-hit Combo||,,Direction+,,,||Dante slashes forward five times, follow by a sweeping slash that hits all enemies around him. Also moves Dante forward significantly.|
|High Time||++||Slash an enemy up into the air.|
|Stinger||++||Powerful thrust unleashed after stepping forward.|
|Helm Breaker||(mid-air)||Overhead slash down on top of an enemy below.|
|Aerial Combo||++ (mid-air)||Kicks twice mid-air, followed by a helm-breaker.|
|DT Million Stab||,,Direction+ (Devil Trigger)||Quickly stabs the enemy with blinding speed. The longer the last attack button is held, the longer it last. Drains DT gauge faster, but deals incredible damage.|
|Air Raid||(mid-air, Devil Trigger)||Become airborne and be capable of performing aerial attacks.|
|DT Aerial Round Trip||(Air Raid)||Spins the sword like a boomerang around Dante, damaging all enemies near Dante at his altitude.|
- Trish's Devil Arm
Devil May Cry 3Edit
- Vergil's Devil Arm
Devil May Cry 4Edit
- Vergil's Devil Arm
Trish's Devil Arm
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3Edit
The awakened Sparda is used by Trish and the dormant form is used at the same time by Vergil and by Dante in his alternate costume.
Sanada Yukimura's sixth weapon is two Sparda swords. Along with the Sparda, Yukimura is equipped with the Ifrit as arm guards.
The Force Edge is Tony Redgrave's primary weapon.
- The red gem on the awakened Sword of Sparda bears strong resembalance to Perfect Amulet's gem.
- If the Sparda Devil Trigger in the first game is obtained via gameshark or similar device, the damage output will make short work of every boss and enemy in the game except Mundus.
- The awakened Sparda bears some resemblance to the demonic sword Soul Edge from Namco's Soul series.
- In the epilogue scene of Devil May Cry Trish is shown wielding the Sparda while Dante wields the Force Edge.
- In first trailers, Force Edge has a more curved guard.
- The moves Drive for this sword is more unique because it has two colors. As Force Edge, its Drive was a black shockwave with a heatwave-like aura radiating from it. As for Spardas it resembled a black and red colored shockwave.
- In Devil May Cry 4:Special Edition when Trish takes off Sparda from its mount, it makes a clanking sound, which means the sword could be bulky. However, its parts are noticeably compacted, thus giving it less heft.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Combat Adjudicator — Force Edge: "I am the combat adjudicator. Only a demon-forged blade can move me."
- ↑ Devil May Cry, Devil Arms — Force Edge: "A memento of Dante's father, Sparda."
- ↑ Devil May Cry 2, Weapon File — Sparda: "The Dark Knight's beloved sword."
- ↑ Devil May Cry, Devil Arms — Sparda: "It's the true form of the Force Edge, the sword wielded by the Legendary Dark Knight, Sparda."
- ↑ Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Devil Arms File — Force Edge: "A sword magically imbued with Sparda's power. A powerful sword with great hidden potential."
- ↑ Devil May Cry 3, Vergil: "You should come to realize you cannot control the power of Sparda."
- ↑ Devil May Cry, "Informant Enzo Ferino's Testimony: "I seen him take on a dozen villains with only his strange sword... the one he calls Woozy."
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 This action is only available to the Sparda.
|Alastor - Force Edge & Sparda - Ifrit - Yamato|
|Dante's weapons: Merciless - Rebellion - Vendetta - Ebony & Ivory - Missile Launcher - Shotgun - Submachine Guns|
Lucia's weapons: Cutlaseer - Klyamoor - Zambak - Bow Gun - Cranky Bomb - Darts - Throwing Daggers
Trish's weapons: Sparda - Luce & Ombra - Nightmare-γ
|Devil Arms: Agni & Rudra - Beowulf (Devil Arm) - Cerberus (Devil Arm) - Nevan (Devil Arm) - Rebellion - Yamato|
| Nero: Blue Rose - Devil Bringer - Red Queen - Yamato|
Dante: Ebony & Ivory - Coyote-A - Rebellion - Gilgamesh - Pandora - Lucifer - Yamato