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Dream Smasher: Dante | Source Gaming

Dream Smasher: Dante | Source Gaming

On the cusp of the sixth era of video video games consoles got here a ton of landmark titles, and a type of titles was Satan Might Cry. Satan Might Cry set the industry-standard for how one can make a fast-paced motion recreation and its legacy can nonetheless be felt immediately. The collection retained relevancy after a disappointing second recreation with a bombastic return to type in its third entry. The primary, third, and fourth video games are beloved by followers worldwide and the model has seen a resurgence in 2015 with the Particular Version of Satan Might Cry four, and the upcoming Satan Might Cry 5. Hmm. Dante for Smash?

Splash artwork by TheRealHeroofWinds

Who’s Dante?

Dante is the protagonist of the Satan Might Cry collection and a fan favourite video gaming icon. Any motion recreation fan underneath the solar is aware of of Dante and his wild antics, and in case you don’t, properly, to cite Reggie Fils-Aime, “what’s fallacious with you?” He sports activities a satan might care angle and is an absolute pleasure to behold.

Significance to Nintendo and the Collection

Satan Might Cry, as said, set the usual for quick motion video games. Even present Smash fighter Bayonetta is very influenced by Satan Might Cry, and Dante, together with her first recreation making direct callbacks to Dante’s preliminary outing.That is largely as a result of Hideki Kamiya directed each Satan Might Cry and Bayonetta, however Kamiya has said that in his analysis for Bayonetta in taking a look at present motion titles he did reference Satan Might Cry four. Outdoors of the franchise’s affect on Bayonetta and motion video games as an entire, Satan Might Cry sadly has virtually no significance to Nintendo. No Satan Might Cry recreation has ever hit a Nintendo console and Dante himself has solely appeared in cameos and has a playable position in each Venture X Zone video games. However Cloud additionally solely appeared in spin-off video games on Nintendo platforms and he made it in to Smash because of the recognition of his character and significance of his recreation to the legacy of video video games, and Joker is in purely resulting from reputation and the acclaim of Persona 5, regardless of having little to know relevance to Nintendo and coming from a mega franchise with loads of different characters that had far more Nintendo significance that would have gotten in. I’m not mad.

Lengthy story brief, Dante is iconic sufficient that he doesn’t want Nintendo relevance to qualify for Smash.

Design and Colours

Dante can be utilizing his Satan Might Cry four design in my dream state of affairs. Not simply because I favor it, but in addition as a result of this text was written earlier than his design for five was absolutely revealed in a twitter ballot Hideki Kamiya ran asking which Dante followers want to see cross over with Bayonetta, DMC4 Dante gained. I’ve designed his alternate colours off all the opposite foremost characters within the collection (as much as four at least- sorry Nico and V!), his father Sparda, and a for-fun alt within the vein of the various “darkish” Smash alts based mostly on the Doppelganger boss from Satan Might Cry three.


How Would He Play?

Dante is a son of Sparda, making him half-human and half-demon. This lineage provides him immense power. Actually, he ought to win each battle no query, however as a result of he enjoys an excellent struggle and displaying off his expertise, he’s holding himself again for the sake of sportsmanship and to placed on a great present.

Dante has quite a lot of Satan Arms collected from boss monsters throughout his collection that would be the focus of this moveset. Simply because he’s Satan Might Cry four Dante doesn’t imply I’m solely taking strikes from that recreation, as I’ll attempt to incorporate a minimum of one transfer from the opposite video games. His signature weapons are the longsword Revolt and twin pistols referred to as Ebony and Ivory. I’m unsure of Sakurai’s stance on lifelike weapons, however screw it, he’ll use them anyway. I’ll designate what weapon Dante is utilizing within the transfer description to make it simpler to comply with.

Dante’s moveset may even incorporate his fashion switching mechanic from Satan Might Cry four. As well as, the fashion change will solely final till Dante takes injury or switches out his type, reflecting the collection’ give attention to not getting hit and searching as trendy as attainable by not utilizing the identical methods time and again.

The fashion designates the present buffs Dante has to his stats: with Trickster, Velocity goes up; with Swordmaster, Smash goes up; with Gunslinger, Assault goes up; and with Royal Guard, Protection goes up. The stats will stay buffed till Dante modifications types or will get hit. In Satan Might Cry correct, altering types impacts which actions Dante can carry out, however that might be a bit too difficult for Smash, so this technique can be an efficient strategy to make holding monitor of what type you’re in and altering it to fit your wants essential, and combine it properly into Smash’s present mechanics. Consider it like Shulk’s Monado Arts, providing buffs to the required stats, the disadvantage being he loses them when he switches or takes injury.

Haven’t even picked a reputation for this joint and I already gotta record Dante’s stats:

  • Can they crawl: No
  • Can they wall bounce: Sure
  • What number of jumps have they got: 2
  • Is there any unique talents they’ve*: Sure (Fashion Switching & Royal Guard)
  • Weight Class: C
  • Peak Class: B
  • Velocity Class: B (B+ with Trickster)
  • Are they mirrored once they face left: No

*alike Peach’s float

(for a extra detailed take a look at the stats examine this hyperlink right here)

The collection emblem can be Dante’s Rebel. When Kirby copies Dante, he features his luxurious hair.

Boxing Ring Title: “Son of Sparda”

Collection Icon Inventory Icon Kirby Icon


Dante’s specialised HUD will present his present lively type (on this case, it’s Trickster). He additionally has a meter- I’ll come again to that later.


In-Depth Moveset

Transfer Identify & Motion Description
Entrance Dante jumps in from the highest of the stage, dealing with away from the display. He turns to the digital camera and flashes a cocky smile earlier than the digital camera flies away.
Idle 1 Dante’s idle from Satan Might Cry four.

Idle 2 Dante’s first idle animation from Satan Might Cry four. Dante places his arms on his hips, turns away to look behind him, and expresses his discontent with the shortage of motion.

Idle three Dante’s second idle animation from Satan Might Cry four. Dante stretches, scratches his face, and crosses his arms.

Strolling Dante walks ahead, slowly, however with swagger. His stroll from Satan Might Cry four.

Operating Dante breaks out right into a dash. He’s fairly quick however his chaps in all probability make operating harder than it must be. His run from Satan Might Cry four.

Leap Dante positive aspects an enormous quantity of velocity and launches upward. His double leap is the Air Hike, a capability he has in his video games. When he double jumps the Air Hike glyph for Rebel might be seen beneath him.

Injury Dante flinches in good spirit, understanding the blow doesn’t actually harm. He’s been impaled quite a bit.
Royal Guard:


This can be a distinctive mechanic to Dante. Dante’s shields ought to perform in another way to how the remainder of the shields in Final perform. Final modified up the Good Defend mechanic to be activated when the participant releases their defend. This complicates issues, because the earlier model of the mechanic would match like a glove over Satan Might Cry’s present guard and parry system. Whereas that’s all nicely and good to harp on about, we’ll should determine a special approach to match Royal Guard into this technique.

What’s Royal Guard? Properly, it’s one among Dante’s types and by extension one among his defining methods. Royal Guard permits Dante to dam incoming assaults, halving the injury taken from them, but when his timing is ideal he’ll block all injury. This gives a brand new risk-reward system for defend, as Dante cannot passively defend. The participant has to make an lively effort to dam on the proper time.

Upon urgent defend, Dante will shout “Royal Guard!” and change to the Royal Guard fashion mechanically, which can up his protection for the subsequent hit he takes.As said earlier than, Dante can’t passively defend, and can take injury from a traditional guard, so blocking efficiently will reduce off ½ the injury he takes. 

If timed good, releasing Royal Guard on the final second, Dante will execute a Royal Block and take no injury from the incoming assault. This matches over the present “Parry system” in place in Final. Whereas Dante doesn’t execute a flashy Parry routinely, pulling this off with him will nonetheless be useful in the long term.

That particular meter from earlier than? Right here’s the place it’s used. That is Dante’s Rage Meter. Since Rage is already a mechanic in Smash we’ll name it the Guard Meter. Every profitable Block will fill half a notch on his Guard Meter with power (as much as eight occasions), and if a Royal Block is executed he’ll achieve a full notch. The meter will stay even when Dante takes injury or switches his fashion.

The built-up power could be launched at any time whereas holding defend, by urgent the particular button. As an inverse of the Inkling, who does the identical command to construct up their meter, Dante does it to bottom-out his saved power from guarding assaults. Dante can unleash the saved power at any time in a Launch through the use of this assault. Power and knockback will depend on the quantity of saved power, and timing.

If he releases proper when he’s about to be attacked he’ll carry out a Royal Launch which can generate extra knockback.

After initiating this assault, Dante’s protection can be elevated for the subsequent hit he takes or till he switches types.

And final, his dodge rolls can be straight from Satan Might Cry four.

Impartial Rebel Combo B (Satan Might Cry four): Dante does the B variation of Insurrection’s primary combo. If the button is mashed, it should transition into Million Stab earlier than ending with a robust stab.

Ahead-Tilt Gilgamesh Combo A (Satan Might Cry four): Dante does Gilgamesh Combo A which might be 4 hits chained along with 4 button presses, the final one having an extended windup and could have immense knockback.

Up-Tilt Nevan (Slash) (Satan Might Cry three): Dante makes use of Nevan in Scythe type to Slash. He slashes again to ahead. It’s a two-hit combo that may be chained with button presses.

Down-Tilt Agni and Rudra (Crawler) (Satan Might Cry three): Dante pulls out Agni and Rudra and stabs the bottom with them, making a faint shockwave in entrance of him (clearly not as far reaching as within the recreation). This assault will spike gamers hanging on a ledge.

Sprint Assault Insurrection (Stinger) (Satan Might Cry four): Dante flies ahead with Rebel, leaving a purple streak in his wake.

Ahead Smash Cerberus (Revolver) (Satan Might Cry three): Dante briefly pulls out his Cerberus nunchaku and makes use of Revolver, spinning ahead within the air, the nunchaku whirling round him, hurting anybody that is available in contact with them.

Up Smash Ifrit (Magma Drive) (Satan Might Cry): Dante makes use of Ifrit, performs an uppercut, and a pillar of fireside rises behind him.

Down Smash Nevan (Tune-Up) (Satan Might Cry three): Dante whips out Nevan and performs a sick guitar rift that causes an electrical explosion impact that hurts anybody round him. Whereas charging up this assault Dante performs a guitar solo.

Impartial-Air Riot (Aerial Rave) (Satan Might Cry four): Dante performs Aerial Rave with Insurrection. It’s a four-hit combo that may be chained with button presses. Dante shall be suspended within the air and won’t resume falling till the assault is completed.

Ahead-Air Agni and Rudra (Sky Dance) (Satan Might Cry three): Dante pulls out Agni and Rudra and makes use of Sky Dance, slashing every blade within the air.

Again-Air Nevan (Air Slash) (Satan Might Cry three): Dante performs the second slice of his Air Slash assault, which can hit behind him with out him even wanting.

Up-Air Cerberus (Swing) (Satan Might Cry three): Dante will carry out Swing with Cerberus. This assault can spike downwards.

Down-Air Ebony and Ivory (Rain Storm) (Satan Might Cry four): Dante spins round shouting “YAHOOO” and fires a hailstorm of bullets.

Seize Dante grabs his opponent together with his left arm.
Pummel Dante slaps his opponent.
Ahead Throw Dante kicks his foe ahead with nice pressure.
Again Throw Dante tosses his opponent over his shoulder as in the event that they have been a bit of rubbish.
Up Throw Rebel (Excessive Time) (Satan Might Cry four): Dante launches his opponent up together with his Revolt. This may be chained into an Aerial.

Down Throw Taking inspiration from his nephew, Dante overhand smashes his opponent face-up into the bottom, shouting “SLAM DUNK!”
Flooring Assault Dante does a break-dance spin to get off the bottom
Edge Assault Dante climbs up and slashes in an overhand arc with Revolt.

Impartial Particular

Gunslinger (Pandora): Dante shouts, “GUNSLINGER,” whips out Pandora and transforms it into PF013: Epidemic, a double bow styled rocket launcher that may shoot two rockets in entrance of him.

This Particular may be charged, and Epidemic will morph into PF124: Hatred, a triple-barreled rocket launcher the dimensions of Dante himself. It shoots three rockets.

Cost lengthy sufficient and Hatred will morph into PF398: Revenge, an enormous otherworldly cannon that shoots out an enormous laser, just like Robin’s Thoron.

In contrast to different chargeable specials, this assault can’t retain its cost, so you’ll have to be devoted to utilizing it. Moreover, the assault can’t be unleashed within the air because of its immense pressure, however holding B within the air will nonetheless let Dante cost up Pandora and persevering with to carry it down will let him unleash its fury when he hits the bottom.

After initiating the assault, Dante will stay within the Gunslinger type, buffing his assault power till he will get hit or modifications type.


Aspect Particular

Swordmaster (Dance Macabre): Dante shouts “Swordmaster!” and begins Dance Macabre by dashing ahead. He pulls out Riot and does a bunch of fast slices. By mashing B, Dante will transition into Million Stab and execute some extra fast slices earlier than ending with a big swing. Dante will, in fact, shout “House Run!” with the ultimate blow of the combo.

Within the air, Dante will be unable to do his comply with up strikes, identical to Marth’s Dancing Blade, however he’ll nonetheless sprint ahead and slash twice.

After initiating the assault, Dante will stay within the Swordmaster type, inflicting his smash (knockback) to be boosted till the subsequent hit he takes or he switches types.


Up Particular

Trickster: Dante shouts, “Trickster!” activating his Trickster fashion, and makes use of Sprint within the path he’s dealing with.

If he’s within the air he can use Sky Star and he can bounce once more if he hasn’t already used his double leap.

Dante will stay in Trickster and his velocity will improve till he modifies types or will get hit.

Darkish Slayer:Down Particular Darkish Slayer(Yamato Combo S): Dante will shout “Get set!”, Yamato will seem in his left hand, and he assumes an Iai (quickdraw) stance. The sheath will gleam when the assault is about to execute.

Dante will then teleport (alike his brother Vergil’s Air Trick from Satan Might Cry four) within the path the management stick is held.

Lastly, Dante will unsheath his blade in a strong slash and sheath it, the sword vanishing from his hand in a blue hearth.

In execution this transfer can be quite a bit like Meta Knight’s Down Particular, Dimensional Cape. Identical to that transfer, if Dante makes use of this transfer within the air he’ll instantly go into freefall afterwards.

Darkish Slayer type is Vergil’s counterpart to Dante’s Swordmaster, and so it can increase the identical stat, Smash (knockback). Dante’s knockback is boosted till he switches types or will get hit.

Satan Set off:

Ultimate Smash

Satan Set off (Air Raid): Dante prompts his Satan Set off and takes to the skies. He then peppers the stage with lightning strikes that deal immense knockback and falls again right down to earth after his Satan Set off runs out.

Up Taunt A usually iconic taunt for the collection, one which’s been round because the first recreation! Dante taunts his opponent, beckoning them ahead for a battle, saying, “C’mon!”

Aspect Taunt Certainly one of Dante’s taunts from Satan Might Cry four. He shrugs and says, “Hey, what’s up?”

Down Taunt Considered one of Dante’s boss taunts from Satan Might Cry four. He waves his opponent away in disappointment after defeating them, saying, “Get outta right here.”

Victory Pose 1 The digital camera pans right down to reveal Dante is mendacity on the bottom in a seductive pose, consuming a slice of pizza.
Victory Pose 2 The digital camera flies in on Dante letting out a bunch of photographs, lastly, he places his hand in his pocket and strikes a pose harking back to his Satan Might Cry paintings, saying “Present’s over.”

Victory Pose three Dante spins round and motions goodbye identical to in the course of the ending of Satan Might Cry four.

Dante’s victory theme would then be an abridged model of the opening sting of the rock portion of ‘Devils By no means Cry’ from Satan Might Cry three, just like Bayonetta’s.

(Beginning at 1:26 and ending at 1:32, with some added flourish to raised pronounce its ending)


Closing Ideas

In ultimate, Dante is one hell of a man and his collection is known. I hope he involves Smash ultimately so the extremely anticipated Dante vs Bayonetta matchups can occur. It additionally positive can be good if the Satan Might Cry HD Assortment or Satan Might Cry four Particular Version might come to the Change and eat up all my free time ceaselessly. Perhaps Satan Might Cry 5 Particular Version may come to the eventual successor console if it may well deal with the RE Engine subsequent time.


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