“Cerberus. The Great Worm. As a dog who craves barking, then grows quiet as he snaps up his food, so are the foul faces of the demon Cerberus, who thunders over these souls.” — Virgil

Cerberus is the three-headed hellhound who guards the third circle of Hell, Gluttony.


Found in Circle 3

It is the fourth boss fought in Dante's Inferno. Dante fights Cerberus in order to continue through the circle of Gluttony, and defeats it by decapitating its first two heads with the scythe, then using his cross to make the middle head explode after being eaten. Defeating Cerberus earns the player the "The Great Worm" achievement/trophy.

====Powers & AbilitiesEdit

As a guardian of Gluttony, Cerberus is able to consume an indefinate amount of matter, be it filth or souls. Because of its many mouths it can feed on more of its meals and then burp out the souls to fire at Dante. He can stretch out to bite with efficient damage.


Cerberus appears in the animated film much as he does in the game, but he is more active, marching across Gluttony and eating souls. In order to pass through Gluttony, Dante allows himself to be swallowed, where he then makes his way through the monster's bowels, eventually destroying the beast's heart causing him to spew out a large amount of blood.

Dante's JournalEdit

  • Cerberus Inferno

    Cerberus as it appears in the poem.

    In Greek mythology, Cerberus was an actual three-headed guard dog of The Underworld; the domain of the greek god Hades.
  • The structure of the battle with Cerberus (the monster trapped in a corner, rarely moving from its place and killing heads one at a time), is similar to the battle with Cerberus in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, and the many Cerberus hounds in the God of War games. Both games are similar in theme and gameplay to Dante's Inferno.
  • In "The Inferno", Dante places Cerberus as the guardian of the third circle of Hell. With his three mouths, Dante saw Cerberus as a beast that was synonymous with the sin of Gluttony. Virgil gets past Cerberus by throwing mud in his three mouths temporarily choking him.


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Death ·  King Minos ·  Cleopatra ·  Marc Antony ·  Cerberus ·  Alighiero ·  Phlegyas ·  Francesco ·  Lucifer

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