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Katakana 閻魔刀
Romaji Yamato[1]
Element Dark-forged[2]
Appearances Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry 3
Devil May Cry 4

The Yamato is Vergil's trademark dark-forged blade appearing in Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 3, and Devil May Cry 4. It is a legendary sword that was once wielded by his father, Sparda[3], and was left to Vergil as a keepsake.


Yamato is a katana with an ornate bronze guard; the exact details of how it looks change throughout the series. In the first Devil May Cry the Tsuka (? lit. "handle") has the traditional gold wrapping, with black ornaments, and the Tsuba (? lit. "guard") is octagonal. In later installments, the guard is an oval, and the tsuka-ito seems to be braided from white and black material. The blade features several intricate ornaments, most notable is a relief of a dragon at the endpoint of the hilt. The inside and back of Nero's Devil Bringer mimics the design of the blade's hilt.

The scabbard is black, made of traditional lacquered wood, and features several metallic ornaments on its far end. In Devil May Cry 3 it also features a yellow sageo, the cord used to tie the katana to the waist.

When Vergil uses it for his Devil Trigger, the scabbard changes and looks like a Malaysian traditional dagger, Kris's sheath, and is colored dark blue. Vergil's left arm also gains an additional appendage where the scabbard sticks to. While being held there, it can adjust position to allow Vergil to draw or sheathe his sword quicker. This also leaves Vergil's left hand free to wield the blade or other weapons.

Despite having a scabbard, Yamato is only occasionally worn on the waist; Vergil and Dante carry it with their hands during battle (though Vergil has been shown to wear it on his waist when not in use), Nero absorbs the Yamato within his Devil Bringer, and Sparda used to strap it to his back when he was alive.


That sword was used to separate our world from the demons.

—Dante, Devil May Cry 4

Although Yamato resembles a katana, it is even sharper than the Japanese blade,[4] and is imbued with tremendous magic.[5] The sword is said to be able to cut through anything,[6] even the very fabric of space itself. The only thing that has been shown to be capable of stopping Yamato's strikes is the Rebellion. Although when the user is weakened, the sword's ability to cut through anything also fades. This was seen in the end of Mission 13, when Lady blocked Vergil's slash with Kalina Ann.

Vergil utilizes an ability called Judgement Cut in which he swings so fast that Yamato doesn't appear to even leave its sheath. It creates a distortion in space that engulfs his target which is sliced multiple times by the blade in very rapid succession. The ability is capable of hitting any enemies that are within the rather large distortion radius.

Dante attempts to imitate this move in Devil May Cry 4 and the result is a similar ability called Slash Dimension but it lacks the precision and potency of Judgement Cut due to Dante's inexperience with wielding Yamato, unlike Vergil. Both abilities are able to strike far away opponents. Dante and Vergil demonstrate Yamato's ability to cut far away enemies with normal swings as well. Vergil, during Dante's battle with Arkham where Vergil appears and slices Arkham's hand off from atop a pillar a good distance away, and Dante, when he uses it to destroy the Hellgate with a single swing from a great distance away in Devil May Cry 4.

Similar to Dante's Rebellion, the Yamato is able (to an extent) to bring out it wielder's true potential. This is shown in Devil May Cry 4 during Mission 7. As Nero was about to die as the hands of Agnus' Bianco Angelos, his Devil Bringer resonated with broken Yamato and restored it, something not even Agnus could do. The sword awakened Nero's power, allowing him to access a Devil Trigger of his own.

Similar to the Sword of Sparda before it, Yamato was used to seal a pathway to the Demon World—in this case the Hell Gate on Fortuna. The gate is reopened by the Order of the Sword using Yamato, but later destroyed by Dante, using the same blade.[7]


Yamato once belonged to Vergil's father, Sparda, and according to the Order of the Sword, it was used to seal the "true Hell Gate". It was eventually given to Vergil as a memento, and he used it as his primary weapon. Devil May Cry 4

Vergil uses Yamato as his primary weapon while attempting to reactivate the Temen-ni-gru. When his attempt fails, Vergil and his Yamato fall into the Demon World, where he is found by Mundus. Vergil attempts to defeat the demon king like his father, but is defeated and reborn as Nelo Angelo, presumably along with his blade. Devil May Cry 3

At some later point, Yamato was found, shattered, by the Order of the Sword. It was kept in Agnus's Containment Room within Fortuna Castle, but is restored and taken by Nero when his dormant powers as an heir to Sparda emerge, and thereafter, Nero is able to use the sword while in Devil Trigger. However, it is taken back from him by Sanctus when he is absorbed into the Savior, and is then used by Agnus to reopen the Hell Gate. After slaying Agnus, Dante retrieves Yamato from the gate seal and uses it to destroy the gate, after which he wields it while in his Dark Slayer Style. While fighting the Savior, Dante uses the blade to free Nero, and sends it back to him so that the youth can finish the fight against Sanctus. After the battle, Dante charges Nero with keeping it. Devil May Cry 4


Although Yamato is said to be able to cut through anything[6], this aspect does not carry through to gameplay for obvious reasons. Enemies with shields, such as Dullahans, are still invulnerable, and background objects are not affected.

Dark Slayer StyleEdit

Arrow Main article: Dark Slayer Style

Yamato is intimately linked to Vergil's signature Dark Slayer Style, which he uses in Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition and which Dante homages in Devil May Cry 4. As a warrior fallen from grace, Vergil can use the power of darkness to obtain new weapons and skills by leveling the style[8], and it interacts with his Yamato, Summoned Swords, Beowulf, and Force Edge. The style itself performs much like Dante's Trickster Style.[9] In Devil May Cry 4, Dante obtains this style after receiving Yamato, but instead of being based on teleportation, it allows Dante to imitate Vergil's skills with Yamato.

Devil May CryEdit

In Devil May Cry, Yamato replaces the Force Edge for Dante's "Legendary Dark Knight" costume. It behaves exactly the same as the Alastor, even to the point that Sparda carries it on his back when not in use and wields it as a broadsword rather than using the Iaido technique. When Sparda enters Devil Trigger, Yamato transforms into the Sparda sword.

Devil May Cry 3Edit

Vergil is the only character to use Yamato in Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition. When Vergil fights with Yamato, he uses both the scabbard and the blade in the Iaido style. When the Force Edge is equipped, Vergil fights with the Force Edge in place of the Yamato's scabbard. For Vergil's "Corrupt Vergil" or "Super Corrupt Vergil" costumes, Yamato transforms into Nelo Angelo's zweihänder when in Devil Trigger. This may also be related to how Yamato was broken between Devil May Cry 3 and Devil May Cry 4.

Devil May Cry 4Edit

Both Dante and Nero wield Yamato in Devil May Cry 4. Nero's use of Yamato is limited to when he is in Devil Trigger, and even then he only has a few attacks with it. While in Devil Trigger, Yamato also grants Nero the ability to use Summoned Swords. In contrast to Vergil and Dante's use of the Iaido technique, Nero wields Yamato without its scabbard.

When Dante obtains Yamato, he gains access to Vergil's signature Dark Slayer Style.

In the Special Edition of Devil May Cry 4, Vergil wields Yamato once more, and has by far the most extensive and relentless arsenal of moves, incorporating both sword and scabbard in a refinement of the Dark Slayer style, including his infamous Judgement Cut.


Devil May Cry 3Edit

Vergil's Devil Arm
Action Command Description
Yamato Combo B t,B t,B t A slick three hit combo. Vergil sheaths his sword after the combo is finished.
Aerial Rave B t (mid-air) An aerial attack, that can be used continuously in rapid succession.
Rapid Slash B r1+B u+B t Quickly charge towards an enemy, thrusting your sword deep into them. Level 2 is an even more destructive version.
Upper Slash B r1+B d+B t Unsheathe your sword then quickly slash an enemy, launching them into the air. Press B t again to follow up with a downward slice.
Judgement Cut B t (hold),B t,B t Unsheathe your sword with blinding speed to cut through far away enemies. Level 2 repeatedly skewers an enemy up to three times, with proper timing.

It is worth noting, that after executing Yamato Combo, Upper Slash or Force Edge Combo, if Vergil is able to successfully complete the sheathing animation, he will gain a Devil Trigger Orb and a small increase to Style points as well.

Also, performing a taunt with Yamato equipped, while there are enemies around, will cause Vergil to emit a black aura after a few seconds, that will replenish his Devil Trigger gauge on its own, as long as he is unharmed and stays in the taunting stance.

Devil May Cry 4Edit

Nero's Devil Arm
Action Command Description
Devil Trigger B l1/Bx lb Summon the power of Yamato to unleash the devil within Nero. Depletes the D.T. Gauge.
Summoned Swords B s/Bx x (Devil Trigger) Summon a magical blade and fling it towards a foe, piercing the enemy through sheer force of will.
Maximum Bet B r1+B d+B t+B c/Bx rb+Bx down+Bx y+Bx b (Devil Trigger) Yamato and the Red Queen combine to blow through enemies like a powerful wind. Holding, then releasing the buttons will dramatically increase attack strength.
Showdown B r1+B u+B t+B c/Bx rb+Bx up+Bx y+Bx b (Devil Trigger) Nero himself unleashes Yamato with an omnipotent barrage of slashes.
Trigger Heart Passive While Devil Trigger is active, the depletion of the D.T. Gauge will be reduced.
Dante (DarkSlayer)
Action Command Description

Combo S

B c,B c,B c/Bx b,Bx b,Bx b Execute the standard 3-hit combo used by Vergil.

Rave V

B c,B c/Bx b,Bx b (midair) Execute aerial 2-hit combo used by Vergil.
Slash Dimension F (Far) B r1+B u+B t/Bx rb+Bx up+Bx y Dante will slash at a blinding speed while pillars of light will come out and break, damaging anything caught within the radius (long ranged)
Slash Dimension C (Close) B r1+B d+B t/Bx rb+Bx down+Bx y Dante will slash at a blinding speed while pillars of light will come out and break, damaging anything caught within the radius (Short ranged)
Vergil's Devil Arm (Special Edition Only)
Action Command Description
Yamato Combo A B t,B t,B t,B t/Bx y,Bx y,Bx y,Bx y Four hit Yamato combo used by Vergil
Yamato Combo B B t,B t, — ,B t/Bx y,Bx y, — ,Bx ySend an enemy flying, then follow-up a Summoned Sword attack.
Yamato Combo C B tB tB t, — rapidly B t/Bx y,Bx y,Bx y, — rapidly Bx yAnnihilate your enemy with a countless number of slashes.

Rave A

B t,B t,B t/Bx y,Bx y,Bx y (mid-air) A multiple sword strike combo that deals devastating damage to airborne enemies.
Aerial Rave B B t,B t,—,B t,B t/Bx y,Bx y,—,Bx y,Bx y (mid-air)Carve up an enemy with a spinning slash, then send them crashing down.


B r1+B d+B t/Bx rb+Bx down+Bx y Launch enemies into the air with an upward strike from Yamato.
Upper Slash 2 B r1+B d+ hold B t/Bx rb+Bx down+ hold Bx y After launching the enemy, hold down B t/Bx y to follow them up into the air.
Rapid Slash B r1+B u+B t/Bx rb+Bx up+Bx y Dash forward, relentlessly slashing everything in your path.
Rising Star Hold B t/Bx y after Rapid Slash, A spiral cut that lifts both you and your opponent into the air.
Judgement Cut End B c+B t/Bx bBx y Slash your enemies to shreds with super speed. Can only be done while in Devil Trigger with maximum concentration.



Yamato (大和?) is a Japanese term referring to the people and traditional nationalistic spirit of Japan, and in the past to the nation itself. Thus, it is appropriate as the name of the weapon symbolizing Vergil's personal aesthetic and commitment to tradition and power, as opposed to Dante's personality of resistance symbolized by the Rebellion, though the kanji are different (閻魔刀).


  • The damage caused by Yamato generally does not become apparent until the sword is resheathed, although this seems to be a stylistic choice as resheathing the blade isn't a necessary action whenever damage is dealt in gameplay.
  • It's possible that Yamato was transformed into the huge sword wielded by Nelo Angelo, if this is the case it would explain how Yamato appears broken and damaged when first seen in Devil May Cry 4.
  • In Devil May Cry 4, Dante is shown with both Yamato and its scabbard as he destroys the Hell gate, despite the scabbard not being seen to be retrieved by Nero, or carried by Sanctus or Agnus. When he returns Yamato to Nero, the scabbard disappears once more until Nero offers to return it. Additionally, this scabbard is different from the one seen in previous games, as there are no sageo or gold ornate designs.

See AlsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The "Enma" within Enma Katana (閻魔刀 Enmatou?) reference "Enma-O", the Japanese name for the Hindu judge of the afterlife, "Yama", so that the Devil Arm's name is idiomatically read in the same manner as Yamato (大和?), a Japanese term referring to the people and traditional nationalistic spirit of Japan.
  2. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Combat Adjudicator — Yamato: "I am the combat adjudicator. Only a dark-forged blade can move me."
  3. Devil May Cry, Devil Arms — 閻魔刀: Yamato: "It's the legendary sword wielded by Sparda. It is said that it has the will and the power to divide and wipe out the darkness."
  4. Devil May Cry 3 Code: 1 — Dante, Vergil's Weapons File — Yamato: "Sharper than a Japanese sword. It is his aesthetic that compels him to never use guns."
  5. Devil May Cry 4, Nero's Arms File — Yamato: "A sword imbued with tremendous magic, it unleashes the latent power within Nero."
  6. 6.0 6.1 Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Devil Arms File — Yamato: "A memento from Vergil’s father. This samurai-esque sword’s blade is said to cut through anything."
  7. Devil May Cry 4, Dante's Arms File — Yamato: "A katana used by Dante’s brother, it is both the key to opening the Hell Gates, and to their very destruction."
  8. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Style File — Dark Slayer: "A warrior fallen from grace. The power of darkness gives birth to new weapons and skills."
  9. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Customize — Style: "Allows player to avoid enemy attacks using special evasive movements."

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