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Sparda (Force Edge)

Sparda Sword (DA) DMC4

Sparda Sword (DA) DMC2

Sparda Sword (DA) DMC1

Force Edge (DA) DMC4SE

Force Edge 3

Force Edge 1

Katakana スパーダ
Romaji Supāda
Title Legendary Sword (伝説の剣 Densetsu no Tsurugi?)
Element Demon-forged[1]
Appearances Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry 2
Devil May Cry 3
Devil May Cry 4
Gallery

The Sparda and its unawakened form, the Force Edge[2], is the beloved demon-forged sword[3] wielded by the The Dark Knight Sparda himself[4], and magically imbued with his power.[5] 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.

Appearence Edit

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.

StoryEdit

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[6], 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. Devil May Cry 3

Dante takes up the Force Edge as his own sword, calling it "Woozy"[7] 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. Devil May Cry

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. Devil May Cry 4

GameplayEdit

In Devil May Cry, the Force Edge is Dante's beginning sword and is a gift from his father, so he held onto it. In terms of its raw damage, it is weaker compared to the Alastor, but that is because it had no power to give alot of damage. However, as soon as it was awakened, the Sparda has its own version of Devil Trigger, functioning like its creator's anatomy and power, so it has the power to turn into three different weapon forms, such as sword, spear and scythe, and in its damage, it has become stronger. Also, the only issue is that since it is a weapon, it can't heal, nor Dante. The Sparda changes to spear-mode when using Stinger or Million Stab, it changes to its scythe-mode when using Round Trip. In its full potential or as basically a last resort, it can bestow a devil trigger to its user, most respectively Dante, who will turn to his father's demon form and at some point, extend the range of attacks and new moves given, most are Sparda's own versions to Alastor and Ifrit's. In the menu or CGI animation, the Sparda has a red flame and will shroud the game screen in red sparks that erupt.

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 so that they resemble Sparda.

In Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, Vergil can only utilize a portion of the Sparda's true power, because he lacks his father's love for humans, and in gameplay it somehow retained a function from Devil May Cry 3, where it can also be combined or used with Yamato. Accessable moves such as Drive and Round Trip for example come from Rebellion. With Trish, she has can use Sparda and have moves just like Vergil and Dante, however, she has her own "style" where she can now support her electric-combat to the sacred sword, in order to create more damage.

MovesetsEdit

Devil May CryEdit

Dante's Devil Arm
In the "HD Collection" Physical attacks have been changed, requiring players to press B t instead of B c.
Action Command Description
Sparda Combo I B c,B c,B c A quick 3-hit combo.
Sparda Combo II B c,B c,-,B c,B c 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 B c,B c,—,B c (rapid) Quickly stab the enemy with blinding speed creating enough momentum to blast them backward.
High Time B r1+B d+B c Swing the sword in an upward rising motion, bashing up enemies into the air. Continue holding B c to jump, and B c again to slash down.
Round Trip[8] B c (hold and release) Throw the sword like a boomerang.
Thrust Kick[8] B c, B c, B c B c (Round Trip) Tri-level attack that ends by kicking the enemy into the air.
Stinger[8] B r1+B u+B c With lightning speed, plunge the sword into enemies. Level 2 plunges the sword from an even further distance.
Air Raid[8] Story Become airborne and be capable of performing aerial attacks. Press B x/B s to shoot fireballs.
Vortex[8] B c (Air Raid) Damage enemies with an intense spinning body attack.
Meteor [8] B r1+B s (ground, Devil Trigger) Shoot fireballs from the fists. Holding B s increases the power of the attack.
Unnamed[8] B l1 (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
Action Command Description
3-hit Combo Direction+B t,B t,B t Dante slashes twice, follow by a sweeping slash that hits all enemies around him.
4-hit Combo B t,B t,B t,B t Dante slashes forward four times.
5-hit Combo B t,B t,B t,Direction+B t,B t Dante slashes forward three times, follow by a helm-breaker style slash and an upward slash, sending enemies flying.
6-hit Combo B t,B t,Direction+B t,B t,B t,B t Dante slashes forward five times, follow by a sweeping slash that hits all enemies around him. Also moves Dante forward significantly.
High Time B r1+B d+B t Slash an enemy up into the air.
Stinger B r1+B u+B t Powerful thrust unleashed after stepping forward.
Helm Breaker B t (mid-air) Overhead slash down on top of an enemy below.
Aerial Combo B r1+B u+B t (mid-air) Kicks twice mid-air, followed by a helm-breaker.
DT Million Stab B t,B t,Direction+B t (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 B r1 (mid-air, Devil Trigger) Become airborne and be capable of performing aerial attacks.
DT Aerial Round Trip B t (Air Raid) Spins the sword like a boomerang around Dante, damaging all enemies near Dante at his altitude.
Trish's Devil Arm
Action Command Description
Sparda Combo I B t,B t,B t A quick 3-hit combo.
Sparda Combo II B t,B t,-,B t,B t Four-part combo which knocks back nearby foes before slashing down on those directly in front of you.
Sparda Combo III B t,B t,—,B t (rapid) Quickly stab the enemy with blinding speed creating enough momentum to blast them backward.
High Time B r1+B d+B t Slash an enemy up into the air.
Stinger B r1+B u+B t Powerful thrust unleashed after stepping forward.
Round Trip B t (hold and release) Throw the sword at enemies.
Round Trip II B t (Air Raid or DT underwater) Throw your sword like a boomerang while in the air.
Slash B t,B t (Underwater non-DT) Slash the opponent with a sword
Thrust Kick B t, B t, B t B t (Round Trip) Tri-level attack that ends by kicking the enemy into the air.

Devil May Cry 3Edit

Vergil's Devil Arm
Action Command Description
Force Edge Combo B t,B t,B t,B t A flurry of strikes which links multiple hits from the sword and sheath into one deadly combo.
Helm Breaker B t (mid-air) A powerful swing that comes crashing down on the enemy's head. Level 2 is a quicker version.
Stinger B r1+B u+B t A powerful thrust attack that helps close the distance between you and the enemy. Level 2 is a stronger version that is quicker and covers more distance.
High Time B r1+B d+B t Use Force Edge to cut the enemy into the air. Hold B t to jump in the air for a possible follow-up attack.
Round Trip B t (hold and release) Hurl the Force Edge at a locked on enemy. You are limited to Yamato attacks while Force Edge is out of your hands.

Devil May Cry 4Edit

Vergil's Devil Arm
Action Command Description
Force Edge Combo A B t,B t,tap B t/Bx y,Bx y,tap Bx y A combo that does damage to all nearby enemies.
Force Edge Combo B B t,B t,-,B t/Bx y,Bx y,-,Bx y (continually tap B t/Bx y) A combo that utilizes both Force Edge and Yamato.
Helm Breaker B t/Bx y (mid-air) A devastating overhead attack powerful enough to shatter the sturdiest of armored helms or demonic skulls. Level 2 is faster.
High Time B r1+B d+B t/Bx rb+B d+Bx y A powerful attack that launches an enemy skyward. By holding down B t/Bx y, you will follow the enemy into the air.
Stinger B r1+B u+B t/Bx rb+B d+Bx y Skewer an enemy at high speed with an attack sure to send them flying. Level 2 is stronger and has more range.

This technique can also be performed in the air, however will not carry Vergil any sort of distance.

Million Stab B t/Bx y (hold after Stinger) A blinding whirlwind of stabs with enough momentum to blast an enemy backward.
Round Trip B t/Bx y (hold then release) Hurl Force Edge at an enemy. It will create an whirlwind of vacuum that sucks the enemy in while carving them up.
Drive B c+B t/Bx b+Bx y Attack even distant enemies with a shockwave from your sword.
Over Drive B t/Bx y (after Drive) Release another Drive shockwave. Hold B t/Bx y to increase attack power.

Trish's Devil Arm

Action Command Description
Sparda Combo A B c,B c,B c/Bx b,Bx b,Bx b A quick and powerful 3-hit combo.
Sparda Combo B B c,-,B c,B c,B c/Bx b,-,Bx b,Bx b,Bx b Dice up enemies behind as well as in front. Finish with a powerful sickle thrust.
Aerial Rave B c,B c,B c,B c/Bx b,Bx b,Bx b,Bx b (mid-air) A multiple sword strike combo that deals devastating damage to airborne enemies.
V-Divider B r1+B d+B c/Bx rb+B d+Bx b (on ground or mid air) Throw Sparda forward. It will bring faraway enemies right to your doorstep.
Round Trip B r1+B u+B c/Bx rb+B d+Bx b (on ground or mid air) Morph Sparda into a sickle and let it cut your foes down to size on its own for a bit. Use Round Trip to enhance power and duration of your attacks.
High Time B c+B t/Bx b+Bx y A powerful attack that launches you and your enemy skyward.

Other appearancesEdit

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.

Sengoku BasaraEdit

Sanada Yukimura's sixth weapon is two Sparda swords. Along with the Sparda, Yukimura is equipped with the Ifrit as arm guards.

Devil May Cry Volume OneEdit

The Force Edge is Tony Redgrave's primary weapon. 

TriviaEdit

Soul Edge SC2

The Soul Edge, as it appears in Namco Bandai's Soul Calibur series.

Early Forse Edge
  • 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.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Combat Adjudicator — Force Edge: "I am the combat adjudicator. Only a demon-forged blade can move me."
  2. Devil May Cry, Devil Arms — Force Edge: "A memento of Dante's father, Sparda."
  3. Devil May Cry 2, Weapon File — Sparda: "The Dark Knight's beloved sword."
  4. Devil May Cry, Devil Arms — Sparda: "It's the true form of the Force Edge, the sword wielded by the Legendary Dark Knight, Sparda."
  5. 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."
  6. Devil May Cry 3, Vergil: "You should come to realize you cannot control the power of Sparda."
  7. 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. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 This action is only available to the Sparda.


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