DEVIL MAY CRY 4 Secret Mission Cross-Console Guide v1.10 (Feb 20, 2008) By Excruciatix Ver. History 1.10 - Updated and Fixed up some sections Also added in additional methods and tricks to Missions 06 (Vermifuge), 12 (Steeplechase), and 05 (Sky Scraper) by James. T (Thanks James!) 1.00 - Guide Created Missions 01 - 12 =========================================== =========================================== I wrote this guide as a compilation of my experiences matched with the guides I've seen so far. I've put more depth and detail to the actual missions, especially the problem missions like the Royal Guard one and the Unbreakable one. With this hopefully u can enjoy having all 12 shards easily and with less hassle than I went through. Lulz. By the way, these secret missions are a way to practice the basic skills that you need to do well in missions, especially the later ones. If you can finish these missions before you finish Son of Sparda mode, then your pretty well set to do well on them. Another note, when I was first looking through these guides, I was kind of dissapointed that the missions weren't laid out according to how you find them (as you will see, they aren't numbered in order), however, due to the difficulty of some of the missions requiring extra health, weapons, upgrades, etc, you won't be able to do them in order anyways, so just use that little hand ctrl-f function and you'll be fine. And one last note, even if you hate me for it, I did all these in "automatic mode" cuz it just makes my life a whole lot easier :) ================================================================== Secret Mission 01 (Annihilation): Pre-requisites: None Difficulty - Very Easy Location: Mission 02: La Porte De L'Enfer Directions: You really shouldn't miss out on this one, about 1/4 way through the map, and if u have tutorials on, you'll see a piece of paper with demonic writing on it stuck on a post and the tutorial will tell you what to do. Practices: Introduction to killing skills. Guide: This one's pretty straightforward and by far the easiest of all the secret missions. If you know how to combo and kill things quickly, then this shard will be yours. For those who need extra help or are just starting out, this should help. If you're just beginning, just stick with the Y,Y,Y,Y combo along with Buster (Your arm move [B]) and you should be able to take them out fast enough. ----------------------------------------- Secret Mission 02 (Alley-Oop): Pre-requisites: None Difficulty - Very Easy Location: Mission 04: Cold Blooded Directions: As you're going through the missions, you can't really miss this one as opening this secret mission is a requirement to progress through the level. When you see giant fireballs shooting down a corridor, ur at the right place. Where the fireballs emanate from, the secret mission is right behind it so use ur Anima Mercury on the Gyro Blade near the entrance and use it as a shield as u progress down the corridor, eventually hitting the fireball shooting thing. Animation occurs revealing this mission. Practices: Shows you how to use buster in the air continuously, specially useful since you use this tactic in an upcoming mission and higher difficulty levels. (no spoilers). Guide: This is an essential skill to use, but fairly easy to learn. Basically your supposed to stay in the air and keep using the Buster move on the mobs without touching the ground. This is a lot easier than it sounds. If you have automatic on like I did, all you have to do is go toward the middle, wait a bit for the Scarecrows to gather around you (not too long) then jump and spam the [B] button. this will essentially grab one, smash them to the ground, grab another one, etc.. If you don't have automatic on, I'd imagine you'd have to [RB] to target etc etc. But thats for you to figure out if u think your too good for Automatic xP ----------------------------------------- Secret Mission 03 (Nonviolent Resistance): Pre-requisites: Aegis Shield (From Mission 08, after you fight Angelo Credo Difficulty - Very Hard Location: Mission 05: Trisagion (Or 16 as Dante) Directions: I'm only going to list the Nero version since It's a lot easier to do with Nero. Entering the graveyard, kill the 2 Mephistos and move forward. You'll see a set of stairs with a fence to each side. Break one of the fences or leap over them, whichever u think is flashier, then go towards the backside of the stairs. Mission 03 awaits. Practices: This one pretty much shows you that you can get style points even if you don't attack. I guess it encourages using some of the skills that some people don't generally use. Guide: This one was one of the 2 most pain-in-the-ass missions that I encountered until I finally found a good method to it (found on the forums somewhere, forgot who so credit to the community :P). When you start off, 3 mobs spawn, a Frost to your left, then after a second, a Scarecrow behind you and in front of you. You're going to need to wait for the scarecrow in front of you to appear fully before you can grab him or you'll just knock him down. Grab him then run to the corner nearest you then quickly face the other Scarecrow and Frost. Now, keep taunting so that they'll attack you. Essentially, any damage done by the other mobs to the mob your holding is counted, style-wise, as your damage. So as they keep attacking, eventually the poor Scarecrow will get too much of a beating and pop into a sea of red and green M&Ms. The moment this happens, you should have at least a D-Style ranking by now, grab the other Scarecrow and hold, staying in the same corner. Around the same time, another Frost should have appeared and will come curiously to inspect you. keep in mind that this is your last chance as the Frosts can only be held for a certain amount of time before freeing themselves. With the second scarecrow, just stay in ur corner and keep taunting. If you're lucky, both Frosts will cast Ice Nova on the Scarecrow and put you into the C-rank which gives you your shard. If this doesn't work, althought I haven't tried, if your second Scarecrow dies before you get your C ranking, grab one of the Frosts and hopefully that will boost you up the remaining style that you need. Good luck on this one. -------------------------------- Secret Mission 04 (Tracking Treasure Down): Pre-requisites: The Dangly Bit from the Toad Guy Difficulty - Medium Location: Mission 06: Resurrection Directions: When you get to a metal room with a catwalk in front of you, AkA the Angel Creation lab, to Nero's left, upon entering, you will see 3 guys whose souls were sucked to make the Angelos. Towards the left corner, beside the guy nearest to the entrance, thats where the mission is. You'll only see a vague sliver of red to signify where it is, plus your Dangly Bit glowing. But it's there. Practices: Shows you how to use your Dangly bit to find hidden stashes of red orbs and other secret missions. Guide: This one takes some getting used to if you haven't used ur Dangly Bit (DB) to find the red orbs before. Essentially if theres a hidden pocket of red orbs in the air, if you stand in the center of where they're at for a second, they will pop out and suck into you. Generally they are centralized wherever they are, so generally it wouldn't be right up against a wall unless it was a little enclave. If that confuses you, just ignore it. The main thing is to use your Dangly Bit to find them. When you get near a spot, you'll hear a slight whine from your Dangly Bit indicating that your near a spot. Your arm should slightly glow if your on the outside edge. Just move around the area and try to triangulate where the center is. When your at the very center or very near the center of it, ur arm will glow very brightly and have a bright blue thin halo glowing around it, thats the signal that you've found it. Now, to give you a general idea of where to look, here are some spots: -1F Right near your spawn, if you move a bit and u hear the whine, it should be either where the benches and chairs were or between you and teh fallen chandelier. -1F By the main entrance (Be careful with this one) if you hear the whine near the entrance way, then the orbs are in front of the door. Don't go too near the door or it wont activate, its slightly in front of it. And by no means press [A] or [B] or else you will fail the mission as that's one way to exit the mission. -1F In the Gyro Blade. For this one you will actually have to move the GB in order to center. -2F where the Hit Switch is to the right section of his Holiness' portrait. -2F in front of his Holiness' Portrait -2F near one of the columns. U have to go around from where the gyro blade is to either side to get these. It's right in the middle of the corridor wherever your arm starts to glow. -Roof, Use the bounce pad and you will be able to get it. --------------------------------- Secret Mission 05 (Sky Scraper): Pre-requisites: Wing Talisman, Grim Grip Difficulty - Hard Location: Mission 07: The She-viper Directions: As you go through the level, about 1/3-1/2 way through, you'll end up seeing a bridge in the area called the Lapis River. once you cross the bridge, you would normally go right to go to the next area, instead make a left towards the tree. Once you approach, the camera perspective will change and you'll see it. Practices: Using Jump pads properly. Not really essential to combat, but useful for timing and coordinating jumping nonetheless since you do this a fair bit in the game. Guide: This one takes a bit to learn, but with a bit of perseverance, you'll make it through. You don't take damage or anything, so however frustrating it might be the first few times, just stick with it and you'll get ur shard. You have one minute to get to the top, using 5 jump pads. Once you actually get it down, it takes less than 20 seconds to do everything, if u do it perfectly, so the time itself gives you room for error. Some people say Air Hike is necessary, but I don't find it so as it can be done without. Air Hike just helps the last jump pad method, which I will get to later. For this one, the entry jump is important since the angle that you grab onto the pylons determines your end location, so if you grab it at the wrong angle, your going to end up just slightly off course and miss the next jump pad. -For the first one, just run straight at the jump pad and Grim Grip twice very fast. Basically just hold [RB] while spamming [B] and you'll end up on the next jump pad. -The second one requires you to shift your positions as ur jumping to ensure that you get to the next jump pad. Once you hit the second jump pad, fly a little bit to the bottom left of the screen, as ur camera angle should be the same as mine was if u came in from the same side on the first jump. While your jumping, keep holding [RB] until you hear the targetting 'ping' then spam [B] again, this should guide you to your next pad. -The third jump requires you to destroy a fence in mid-air. One thing to keep in mind is that once you jump, you wont be able to change the direction your facing until you do the little flip at the very top of ur jump, once u flip, then [Important] press Y, turn the stick towards the fence, press Y again. This ensures that you fall back down to the pad instead of falling all the way down to the bottom, because if you move the stick first, you will stray your course away from the jump pad and might miss on the way down. -The fourth one requires a double Grim Grip or a bit of maneouvering. This one pretty much boils down to practice as the angle that you have from pad 3 to pylon to pad 4 does NOT align properly, so you can do one of 2 things. If you're good at timing, then from the 3rd pad, slightly fly towards the bottom of the screen, not too much though, while holding [RB]. Once you hear the ping, then grab and let go of every thing, including [RB], the moment u let go of everything, press [RB] again quickly and once you hear the ping, grab again, and that should make you have done a pendulum type maneouver that lets you get on the last pad. An easier one by my take is to get on the catwalk near the pylon and do it in 2 steps. First step is to get off the 3rd pad and stray towards the bottom of the screen a lot, then grab the pylon. This should put you towards the catwalk. After, just press [RB] while on the platform, align yourself to the pad, then fall off, wait 1/4 of a second, then grab the pylon. Though it takes practice, it should get you on the pylon. This last pad just takes practice since camera angles and such make it hard to explain. Once you get the feel of it, it should be cake. Additional Info: By James T. On the very last jump, if you jump to the very far right of the pad (knowing where the pad is beforehand is a must), then latch on to the pylon, you will be able to get on the pad with one maneouver. You need to know exactly where to place yourself with this method however, so just keep on practicing. --------------------------------- Secret Mission 06 (Vermifuge): Pre-requisites: {Trick} Aegis Shield, Air Hike {Normal} Shitload of skill Difficulty: {Trick} Medium {Normal} Near-Impossible Location: Mission 10: Wrapped In Glory (12 as Dante) Directions: The actual area this is located is easy to remember since its the only one of its type in the game. It's the chamber that has lazers that you have to jump past with the slow-mo dealy. At the end of the lazers, go to your right, perspective should change, and your challenge awaits. Practices: Fast Killing. Guide: I'm only going to explain how to do the trick for this one, because the normal way just requires you to know some good AoE moves to handle the chimeras. There are actually 2 tricks for this. One is with Dante and the ever powerful pandora, but that one takes some preparation and boils down to luck. The one with Nero is a lot easier. Missions starts, scarecrow spawns, wait for it to spawn completely or you'll just knock the poor guy down. Grab him and hold him with the Aegis Shield, then Air Hike towards your right, past the Gyro Blade and into the little corridor. Don't go too far into the corridor or else you'll get zoned out. Make sure to only Air Hike all the way here to prevent jumping chimera's from ruining your day. Slam the scarecrow to rest here then walk back to the chimeras and kill them in order from the scarecrow's area towards the spawn. The scarecrow can get himself into trouble cuz he tends to wander back towards the Gyro Blade area within 10-20 seconds of you slamming him down, so make sure that area is clear first before you clear the rest of the chimera's. Quick and easy way is to Buster Rip the chimeras, its a one hit kill. Clear all the chimera's and the shard is yours. Notes: Don't slam down the scarecrow more than once since it'll die. Additional Info: By James T. When you use the Buster Hold (Aegis Shield) on the scarecrow, you can streak forward from where you have spawned (or air hike) towards the staircase that leads to the entrance of the Combat Adjuticator building (where the water fountain is). This gives you a little more time and space to deal with the chimera's as they come up the stairs. ------------------------------------- Secret Mission 07 (Free Running): Pre-Requisites: N/A Difficulty: {Trick} Medium {Normal} Hard Location: Mission 12: A New Beginning (Dante), Mission 10: Wrapped In Glory (Nero Directions: You might have noticed this one as Nero in Mission 10 or you can do it with Dante in mission 12 if your going to do it legitly. As dante, it's in the room after you fight the Angelos in the circular room. It's directly accross from the Divine Statue. Practices: Various methods of evasion and blocking. Guide: There is 2 ways to do this. The Legit way is to use Dante with Royal Blocker stance on. Just go through the level blocking and activate your DT when you need health. You can't go through the level blocking alone so you will need to have some skill in jump dodging the Mephisto's attacks, but be careful of stray attacks that will get you knocked out of the level. Second way is to kill the Mephistos off first, then merrily make your way through without them bugging you. This is near impossible while on a platform since any stray attack will knock you off. So you have to activate the platforms via the Hit Switch, and then spawn the Mephistos then run back to the hit switch and kill them there, in the safety of non-dissapearing ground. Keep in mind that the Mephistos spawn off the second panel of the first set that appears (Theres 2 squares that spawn off the start). So you have to get on the second panel first then hop back to spawn. Once you've killed the mephistos, wait for the panels to reset (might take a while) then redo it and the fragment will be yours. *But of course theres always the Dante Missile pod way..but that's too cheap to explain here.. :P* -------------------------------------- Secret Mission 08 (Royal Blocker): Pre-Requisites: N/A Difficulty: Very-Hard Location: Mission 14: Forest of Ruin (You can get to this with Nero {Mission 07} but you need Dante to actually do it) Directions: At the very end of the stage (or almost the end), inside a little gazebo looking thing, go inside it and you'll see it. If your having trouble finding it, look for a big hollow log that normally has pods inside it. It's right next to it. Practices: Royal Blocking :) Guide: This one is a royal pain in the ass (hah pun, gimme cookie) until you figure out the frame animations and sounds for this. Be ready to spend a few K worth of life stars here unless you don't mind restarting the mission from the beginning. It is HIGHLY reccomended that you save this mission for last, or at least have 3/4 of your life guage filled already, as this will save you a glorious amount of retries. Also recommended to fill your devil trigger guage as you will be regenerating life with this to further lessen the amount of retries you will require. On with the good stuff. First and foremost, get rid of one of the mephisto's right off the bad. Just chuck a laser shot at it with pandora and slice it up. Try not to lose too much if any health at this point. Once your down to one Mephisto, we can get down to business. A Royal Block consists of pressing B within 1/10th of a second of an enemy attack hitting you. This is very hard to do in an actual game given the number of attacks, the different number of enemies, and the precision required to do it. However, this essentially is a block that lets through no damage whatsoever. Animation wise, a regular block is a red bubble that gets shown whenever an enemy hits you, a royal block is the bubble with a shockwave animation through it as well as a distinct clanging sound. Regular Blocks do not work and if you miss a royal block, then the counter resets. Mephisto's have 4 attacks. 3 of which are randomly used up close, and 1 of which is only used long range. I will focus on the 3 attacks as the last attack should never happen should you be positioned correctly. The first attack is the Whiny Finger of Doom. The Mephisto circles around you once, start's charging up his finger with an ominous whine, then pokes you with it. Then you go 'tee-hee'. Anyways..the trick I've found to countering this one is the whine itself. If you hear it enough, and aren't tone deaf, then you will notice that the whine only goes to a certain pitch before attacking. Once you know what that highest pitch is, thats when you press B and you will execute your Royal Block. The second attack is the Hard Scythe. The Mephisto twirls around on the spot first, then attacks you with a 'scythe' from under his pants. The trick to this is seeing the twirl, and timing the attack from that. Normally, I press B just as he's finishing the twirl and that gives me the Block, but depending on your reaction speed, this will change so just time it around that area and see when u get the block. The last attack is the Death Rush. The Mephisto moves back about 2 meters, then rushes towards you in 2 steps. The trick to blocking this one is waiting for that second "step". When the mephisto moves back, he'll be quit a ways back, then he'll dip down and back up to about a meter away, then from there, he rushes you very quickly. The time to press be is just at the end of his second step just before he rushes, because he rushes fast enough for it to count. Keep these in mind, position yourself in the middle of the room, and hold [RB] at all times and with a little bit of luck, the shard will be yours. ---------------------------------- Secret Mission 09 (Unbreakable): Pre-requisites: {Trick} Pandora, Air Hike {Normal} Tremendous amount of skill and reaction time Difficulty: {Trick} Easy {Normal} Very-Hard Location: Mission 15: Fortuna Castle Directions: During the mission you'll encounter a tall spiral staircase, at the very bottom of the staircase, without exiting, you will see the mission behind the wall underneath the stairs. It sounds odd in text but you'll see it. Practices: Not getting hit. Guide: This is by far the Hardest Mission to do legitimately since any hit will fail the mission, and if you've encountered chimeras before, u know those damn tentacles hit VERY randomly. Trying to do it legitimately, the first wave would be best to eliminate the chimeras first, then kill the Dino Dudes. But once the second wave comes along, There really isn't much to say except stay back and good luck? There is a very simple, however non-foolproof method to make your life a lot easier. Before doing this method however, make sure to have tried it normally a few times just so you can appreciate how much easier your life is. You need Air Hike, and Pandora and Dante in Gunslinger mode. Yes, that's right, we're using the God-Pod. Out of all the guns that Dante can use, the God-Pod does the most damage while being in the air. This is essentially the trick to not being hit, however isn't entirely fool proof since some of the mobs can jump (I only saw it happen once and it happened to quick for me to see which mob it was, but i think it was a dino dude). Either way, it boils down to luck and you not getting jumped on or landing on a chimera. This takes a bit of time, but no more than a minute or 2 at most. Just do the following: Start Round, Go to the Middle of the map, Jump, Airhike, Press [B] to activate the pod, Spam X to fire the heat seeking missiles (usually lets off 2 or 3 missiles at a time without having anything in your Disaster Meter) and repeat. If all goes well, then you should have the hardest mission complete. Note: It is important to be in the very center of the map to prevent the dino dudes from using their seed attack which can hit you in the air. ----------------------------------- Secret Mission 10 (Puppet Master): Pre-requisites: Anima Mercury Difficulty: Medium Location: Mission 05: Trisagion Directions: After the graveyard, you will end up in a bedroom that spawns some scarecrows then some angelos. Kill all those, then above the fireplace, you'll see a mirror. Break it and it'll lead into a section which has the mission. Practices: Moving Gyroblades quickly and Efficiently. Guide: Fairly easy mission to learn, boils down to how well you can position yourself and maneouver the GB. Theres really nothing to say since it's really all up to you find the towers first since its hard to explain all the positions but I will leave you with a few tips. When your going down straight away, use the Super Spin (By hitting the GB twice with ur sword) to give it some good speed. If your going through a bend or you only need a little bit of distance, just use the Regular Spin, it will only go about 3-5 meters at a time. And if you have to maneouver tight corners, like the last part of this mission, then dont put any spin at all and just nudge it with your buster. Now for the first part, you should be able to easily get the towers around you, dont forget the one behind where you spawn. Towards the end, there are 3 around the same area, i would suggest getting the ones outside the cage first starting with the one on the farthest corner, then the one in front of the gate, then the one inside the gate. Logic being that from the one outside the gate, you have an easier time maneouvering into the gate with some speed, saving you some time. If you don't get it the first few times, it just takes some learning and a little luck with ur busters. Soon you'll have your piece. ------------------------------------ Secret Mission 11: Point of Impact Pre-requisites: Pandora with lazer attachment (Revenge) Difficulty: Hard Location: Mission 16: Inferno Directions: Showing you where this is through text is pretty tricky since it involves jumping around spots that don't really have any point of reference. So....I'll just show you a video of it. http://youtube.com/watch?v=msL_2hAZZ9c Mission 11 is at around 4:32. Practices: Aiming the Pandora Laser. Guide: This one I labeled as hard because it takes some doing to actually aim the blasted laser. This is probobly what most people wonder how to do and various people have found ways but they didn't work for me, maybe I was just doing it wrong. But the way I did find worked pretty well for me and I got this done on my third try. The one way I found to perfectly aim the laser is to use your running direction as a guideline. The statues on either side of you are both at the end of long corridors. I got the one on the bottom of the stairs first. As you run down, keep an eye on the angle that your going down the stairs. It sounds odd when you read it but you should know what your looking for when your actually doing it. As your running, make sure that the stairs are straight, if they aren't, adjust your movement slightly until your going directly down the middle of the stairs without veering off to one side. If all goes well and by the end of your run you are perfectly straight, at the bottom of the steps press X and activate the cannon, once the cannon is out fire right away. As you are getting the cannon ready, you should be able to notice if your going to shoot straight or not by the angle of the gun. If its still off, then its your change to change the angle slightly by moving FORWARD a bit then hitting X to activate and stop at the same time. To get it perfectly though, it's best to not have to do this or you won't have time. Once you get that one, run back up the stairs and start dashing through. The moment you shoot the statue should be at about 20 seconds give or take a second, if its more than that its too slow. For the second statue use the same method but since you don't have as much distance to adjust, this ones kind of a crapshoot, but as long as you get the first one down quickly enough, then the second one shouldn't take too long to get. Just make sure that your on the same level as the statue so that you dont have to adjust up and down on the laser, only left and right. Good luck with this one. --------------------------------- Secret Mission 12: Steeplechase Pre-requisites: Pandora, A Full Disaster Guage Difficulty: Very Easy Pratices: Done normally, this would help you with your jumping ability, but who needs to learn that anyways? :P Location: Mission 17: Adagio For Strings Directions: Going through the level, after you finish the street where you fight the Blob Slicers with the Scarecrows and Cannon Hounds, you go through a door. Right after the door, go right and there should be a trash can in front of a gate. Destroy the trash can and reveal the mission. Guide: For this one I'm not even going to bother with the normal method. You've done this before in slow mo, but this time it's faster and with harder jumps. And no slow mo since you can only do this with Dante. Easiest way is to come in the stage with a full Disaster Meter, double jump (air hike) as high as you can, then activate the God-Pod from the gunslinger special [B]. Afterwards, safely fly over those menacing electric currents and pick up your shard. A few things to keep in mind is that with a full Disaster meter, you have just enough juice to get you to the other side, so don't dilly-dally. And that is the last shard. Grand total of 4 bars worth of health. Good job! Now find those loose shards and you're ready for Bloody Palace!! Additional Info: By James T. If you don't have a full Disaster Guage for your Pandora, you can also leave it to chance and use Trickster with Airhike. If you Airhike and Air Dash over the lasers, and with a little luck of not landing on any lasers, you will be able to reach the shard within 2 or 3 dashes. ======================================= Well thanks for reading my guide. 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