Asterian Beasts are huge, hulking beasts of burden in Hell that are often used by Beast Tamers. Dante is able to take control of these massive beasts throughout his journey. He first takes control of one to break down the Gates of Hell. Asterian Beasts may be slow and heavy, but their massive strength is capable of destroying hordes of minions within seconds. In addition to brute strength, the beasts have the ability to breathe fire. These are also able to perform the Damned Climb. Dante uses the brutes to move huge objects and break down anything that stands in his way. After they have outlived their usefulness, Dante quickly dispatches them. In the Circle of Greed, they can be seen commanded by the Beast Tamers pushing the piles of gold cubes along rivers of molten gold .
Once the command to kill the Tamer appears, the commands during the mini-game is X, Y, B on the Xbox 360, and Square, Triangle, Circle on the PS3.
When commanding the Asterian Beast:
- Crush: X (360)/Square (PS3)
- Stomp: Y (360)/Triangle (PS3)
- Fire: B (360)/Circle (PS3)
- Grab: Right Trigger (360)/R2 (PS3)
- Slam: Y (360)/Triangle (PS3) (After grabbing enemy)
- Bite: X (360)/Square (PS3) (After grabbing enemy)
During the course of the game, Dante takes control of five Asterian Beasts (six if one counts the Gates of Hell Challenge):
- One to open the Gates of Hell
- One on Charon (also used to rip off the head of the living ship)
- Two in Greed
- A final one in Fraud (to escape the sixth challenge of the Malebolge)
- The origin of the term "Asterian" is unknown, but it could be a reference to the Asterius , or "rulers of the stars". The Asterii were two ancient Cretan mythological figures, the second of which was the Minotaur, a reference to some of the Asterian Beast's monstrous features (fur, horns).