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HP Values (Easy HP Value)
M3 M4/7
4,500 (3,375) 2,000 (1,500)
M16 M8
2,250 (2,250) 5,500 (4,125)


Phantom is the first boss that you'll fight. He's one of the many recurring bosses in the game and you first encounter him in Mission 3. He is also encountered as a non-mandatory boss fight during Mission 4 and 7 (You can fight him if you desperately need the orbs). The final encounter is at Mission 8, though he can also be fought one more time when Nightmare engulfs Dante in M16 and puts him in an Underworld arena with a Shadow Phantom. Players usually reset at this segement due to:

  • Failing to start and maintain the HB stun loop
  • Phantom's bad RNG pattern
  • Failing to meet SB requirement by taking damage (This applies the most in M3 with Any%)

Note: on DMD, Dante Deals 1/3 of Normal damage even in DT.


The idea is to keep the HB stun loop going, but the start up is different for both encounters. With Mission 3, the RNG is usually determined by how fast he ends his fireball pattern. For example, These are worst case scenario. You want to HB in DT as soon as possible and hope he doesn't perform fast fireball. Fast fireball pattern from phantom is the root of the problem.

At the beginning, the start up may looks like a JC but, that is the biggest misconception of this fight. At the same time, you can use it as a rhythm to get the critical hit loops timing right.

Slow Turn

Quick Turn

Once you get the inital hit then you have to maintain the loop. You have to be able to land another quick HB during phantom's stun animation then chase him. Make note of where dante could land on his back for the critical hit spot. This fight will go the same way as long as you execute it right.

Land Jump

Ideal Phantom I

Mission 8

It doesn't change much here because the idea is the same. What makes this different that you have to lure him into a spot where you are comfortable with. You also have an advantage with the air hike ability to not worry about landing on his back, but it's highly suggested to do the same idea for the consistency sake.

Corner Start

Face Start

Phantom will always start up with a stomp. The corner start up is usually the optimal one due to the ability of landing critical hit twice.There is a risk though as seen in the video. Compared to the Encounter in M3, you have to hit HB twice to get stun.

This means you can get his quick turn pattern which is much harder to salvage compared to his slow turn.

On the other hand, Face Start could be more consistent. Only down side is getting used to the camera and phantom's movement where you could potentially whiff your HB and hit on his armor instead of his vulnerable point.

Dante Must Die!

Dante damage is significantly reduced (refer to HP Value), which means it will take more HBs and such to kill. It's not necessary to aim for the perfect fight as DMD in nature is extremely polarizing difficulty.

Phantom Idle

Stinger Usage Example

You will notice after certain amount of stuns, phantom will get discharged and goes into idle state. He won't be doing anything for about 3 seconds then does a fireball. Note that most of these footage are not DMD, but it should help you to get the idea.

  • If you are not in DT or have enough runes to go back into that mode immediately, phantom will do his usual slow turn or quick turn.
  • You will likely end up chasing pahntom if things goes wrong. Use your stingers to build runes back and stun phantom whenever he tries to attack you. Use that opportunity to HB his critical spot.
  • During his idle state, it's better to land couple of Alastor hits before HB unless you locked him down into a stun loop and have enough runes to keep it going.

It's good to check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) if you have general questions regarding the bosses.