Devil May Cry 5 Guide - Devil May Cry 5 Tips for SSS Rank Combos

Here's our complete list of all the essential Devil May Cry 5 tips that you'll need for your journey through Redgrave City.

Devil May Cry 5 is now finally here, and it’s been greeted with near universal praise from critics. In our Devil May Cry 5 guide, we’ll be providing you with a list of essential Devil May Cry 5 tips that we’ve put together, based off our extensive time with Capcom’s sequel.

Devil May Cry 5 Characters

The first thing to know about Devil May Cry 5 is that there are three playable protagonists. There’s Dante, long-standing icon of the series, and Nero, his younger rival who was first introduced back in Devil May Cry 4. Then there’s V, a mysterious newcomer to the series who spends a lot of Devil May Cry 5 shrouded in mystery, with the other characters wondering if they can truly trust him.

Firstly, we’ll provide you with an overview of all three playable characters of Devil May Cry 5, including combat abilities, and backstory that you need to know coming into the game.


The legendary devil hunter has been doing this for a long time now, all the way back since the first Devil May Cry released near the beginning of the century. Dante’s older and a lot more wizened now, and Devil May Cry 5 kicks off with Dante running the Devil May Cry demon-hunting service, where things are business as usual, until a mysterious man named V shows up, and enlists his services in taking out a new demonic threat in Redgrave City…

Dante's looking good after many years of demon-slaying. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

In Devil May Cry 5, Dante starts out with his main weapon as the sword Rebellion, along with two pistols. While we’re not going to entirely spoil the later details of the game, you’re going to be unlocking a lot more weapons for Dante in the latter half of the game, including a shotgun, Dr. Faust’s hat, a rocket launcher, and other weapons. Dante is actually the slowest character in Devil May Cry 5, but he more than makes up for this by packing one hell of a punch.


You first saw Nero in Devil May Cry 5 back when the game was revealed at E3 2018, and it’s Nero that you’re going to spend most of your time playing as in the game. Prior to the start of Devil May Cry 5, Nero’s devil arm has been taken from him by an unknown assailant, but other than that, he’s been living with Kyrie and Nico, before journeying to Redgrave City to take on the new threat with Dante.

Nero, the hot-headed hunter. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

There’s a reason you start out Devil May Cry 5 playing as Nero: he’s by far the most balanced character of the game. He combines the power of Dante with the speed and agility of V, taking to battle with his Red Queen sword, and Blue Rose pistol. There’s a lot to love about the way Nero fights in Devil May Cry 5, and he’s definitely the fighter with the most options for both close quarters and ranged combat in the game.


There’s a lot that’s left unknown about V for most of Devil May Cry 5. Prior to the main events of the game, it’s V that notices the growing demonic presence in Redgrave City, and goes straight to Devil May Cry to enlist the services of Dante. He accompanies Nero throughout most of Devil May Cry 5, as the two fight to beat back the demonic invasion.

The enigmatic V (that's not his sword). | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

Director Hideaki Itsuno said that V was developed to bring a new protagonist to the series, and he was the most challenging part of the game to develop. V doesn’t actually fight himself, but rather has his demonic pets Griffon, Shadow, and Nightmare do the fighting for him. It’s a really neat twist and departure from the established combat of the series, and V brings a nice new flavor to Devil May Cry 5.

Devil May Cry 5 Tips

If you’re still wondering how each of the playable leads control and function, head over to our Devil May Cry 5 controls guide. Now for the tips that’ll help get you through the new adventure in Redgrave City.

How to Get an S Rank in Devil May Cry 5

As you can probably guess if you’ve played any previous Devil May Cry games, the highest rank you can achieve for a mission is an S. Although you can earn an S, SS, or SSS in single combat encounters, the maximum rank you can earn for a single full mission in Devil May Cry 5 is the S.

Uh huh, still got it. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

Obtaining an S rank for a mission is pretty difficult, and requires you to earn the maximum skill points possible in each enemy encounter. Hopefully with the tips below, you’ll be better equipped to reach the highs of an S rank.

Know Your Enemy

It’s really easy to just devolve to hacking and slashing away at anything that moves in Devil May Cry 5. I’ve lost count of the amount of times that I’ve hacked away at enemies with the same attacks, in an attempt to up the Stylish rating system that the game judges you on.

But, if you’re looking to truly master combat in Devil May Cry 5, then you need to know the attack patterns of every enemy in the game. For example, you’ll want to memorize that Death Scissors always executes two swirl attacks when you break one of their blades, and a Hell Antenora will perform an unstoppable attack whenever it takes damage.

Meet Death Scissors. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

Timing your dodges, evasions, and rushing back in with an attack straight after is going to guarantee you a higher rank in Devil May Cry 5. It always pays to know the attacks of your enemies.

Don’t Forget the Void

It’s really easy to entirely overlook the Void mode in Devil May Cry 5. Accessible from the main menu of the game, it’s basically a practice mode where you can play as either V, Nero, or Dante, and take on any number of enemies that you want.

The endless Void. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

This is excellent for two reasons. Firstly, it lets you try out and get to grips with any new weapons or abilities that you’ve unlocked for any of the three playable characters. Secondly, because you can customize which enemies you want to be put in the Void with you, it’s amazing for getting to know the attack patterns of enemies (going back to the previous point).

Know Your Devil Breaker

Near the beginning of Devil May Cry 5, Nico will kit Nero out with a replacement for his lost arm, which is known as the Devil Breaker. The game lets you choose between over 10 options for Nero’s prosthetic arm, and these are known as Devil Breakers.

There are Devil Breakers for every situation. Gerbera lets you zip around the battlefield for example, whereas Rawhide whips enemies up in razorwire. It’s knowing your Gerbera from your Rawhide, and knowing which Devil Breaker to use in the appropriate situation, that’ll net you an S rank in Devil May Cry 5.

You can even get Mega Man's Mega Buster arm. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

For a full guide that details every single Devil Breaker that Nero can find and use in the game, head over to our Devil Breakers guide.

Most Enemy Encounters Are Optional

Devil May Cry 5 will never actually explain this to you, but most enemy encounters in the game are optional. If Dante, V, or Nero want to simply run past a group of lowly Empusa, for example, they simply can, leaving them behind in the dust.

If an enemy encounter isn’t optional in Devil May Cry 5, then a transparent will be erected in the surrounding area. You’ll need to defeat all the enemies in this area if you want the wall to disappear, so you can continue ahead.

Get Revving Nero’s Sword

We mentioned that it’s easy to forget about the Void mode in Devil May Cry 5, but it’s equally easy to forget about the intricacies of Nero’s Red Queen sword. To begin revving up the sword at any point in the game, tap repeatedly on the left trigger.

The Red Queen at full rev. | Hirun Cryer/USG, Capcom

At the start of Devil May Cry 5, you’ll only be able to rev the Red Queen up one block. When revved up and glowing, the Red Queen deals severe damage to the next enemy that it strikes, so it really pays to get revving the sword up whenever you’re not in combat, getting ready for the next encounter.

For more Devil May Cry 5-related content, you can head over to our additional guide pages on Capcom's sequel. There's our Devil May Cry 5 Secret Missions guide to help you track down every hidden symbol, our Devil May Cry 5 Devil Breakers guide for Nero's unique abilities, and finally our Devil May Cry 5 controls guide, and Devil May Cry 5 Abilities guide for all three characters.

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