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Dante's Awakening

Devil May Cry 3 Dante's Awakening is a speedrun category in which the player tries to complete the game as fast as possible on a fresh file. The player must start and play the Original DMC3 game and reach the final hit against Vergil in Mission 20 as quickly as they can.

The leaderboards for this category are available here


Current and still best Dante's Awakening run is done by Psycochild in 2005.

Psycochild's comments

  • The run that Psycochild did was done in NTSC-U/C release. Which means, NTSC-J is faster because that port difficulties corresponds same as the Special Edition release. Therefore, it encourages usage of RG much more.
  • With TS, this run can hit 2:08:00, but not much further than that. To go lower than that, RG is going to have to be used.
  • The VoD for RG run 1:59:13 from Psycochild is not available.
  • This category is 20% slower due to the lack of Turbo.
  • To optimize this category, runners must get NTSC-J copy and apply NG Dante route.


(The rules here are specific to this category. Go to this page to find the rules that apply to all Devil May Cry 3 speedruns.)

  • You must play as the original DMC3 release. Also known as vanilla.
  • Timer stops on the final hit of Vergil in Mission 20.


Learning a speedrun in Devil May Cry 3 may seem to daunting, but at the early stage the game is generous once you follow beginners route. There are 3 stages of learning you could go through with dante.

Start beating the game with the safe route that involves less risky strategies to get comfortable with the game. It's important to note that each runners has their own adaptation with the route currency. Once that phase completed and interested in pushing the time further, you could start checking out Simoteus's tutorial.

Go through the tutorial then do an initial run through making sure to do the following things:

  • Follow the tutorial without checking any top runners. This helps you to understand the flow of the game.
  • Make savefiles before each part that you probably have issues with.
  • Make splits. Download a program like Livesplit and setup your splits. It does not matter how bad they are in your first run.

Once you have completed your first run and made savefiles practice the parts you are least confident with then try another run. When you get more confident you should stop getting safety routes and start tighten your currency.