Death is the embodiment of the end of all things and the entity that all living things are fated to meet one day, when he comes to ferry them from the mortal world into the next realm.
Dante encounters Death in Acre, after he is stabbed in the back by an assassin. Time comes to a stop, and Death appears, informing Dante that he will suffer everlasting damnation for his sins. Death tells Dante to come with him to Hell.
Dante, refusing to believe he could be damned for actions, as his bishop told him were in the service of God he chooses to deny his fate and fights Death in a tunnel between the mortal world and the spiritual world. Though Death comes close to finishing him, Dante manages to wound and take Death's Scythe, and quickly uses it to kill the Grim Reaper, slicing him in half, releasing the millions of souls that he has claimed over the course of history. After defeating Death, Dante keeps his scythe and uses it as his weapon for the rest of his journey to Florence and through Hell itself.
- "Dante, your fate is decided: everlasting damnation for your sins."
- "Come, face eternity; soon you will be joined by those whose lives you have ruined, souls you have damned."
- "Mortal, you are mine!"
- "No one can cheat Death!"
- "You think you can cheat Death!"
- "Let me take you..."
- "Your soul is mine!"
- "Face your sins, Dante!"
- "Your time has come!"
- "You cannot win this..."
- "How dare you resist me, mortal!"
- "Impossible!" - When taking his Scythe
- "Help me!" - After taking his Scythe
- "Back away..." - After taking his Scythe
- "Stop! I can help you!" - After taking his Scythe
- "No! No, please don't!" - Death's last words
- "No! No, please!" - Death's last words
Even though he is only the first boss, Death can easily put up a rather impressive fight, and will teleport rapidly around the arena to avoid attacks and disorient Dante. He has a few attacks; the first is his basic slash combo. Death will either try to attack the player once or three times, either way the response is the same; his attacks can simply be dodged or blocked. For this boss battle, dodging is your better option as Death’s scythe gives him quite a bit of reach. It should be noted that none of Death's attacks can break the player's block.
Death also has a whirlwind attack, where he will unleash his scythe to spin around in a wild circle. This should be blocked. Death will telegraph this attack by twirling his scythe over his head.
After a certain portion of Death’s health is depleted (about 1/3 off the boss gauge), he will acquire two new attacks. The first is where Death grapples Dante. This is telegraphed by the screen going flush with a sort of gold colour for a moment. The second is an unblockable strike in which he stabs his scythe straight into the ground creating an area effect attack. This can be avoided by jumping, or by evading out of the area.
Eventually, Death will fall to his knees, allowing the player to finish him and execute a finisher to end the first boss encounter.
- Despite the fact that he has become synonymous with realms such as Hell in contemporary culture, Death never makes an appearance of any sort in Dante's Divine Comedy.
- Since people continued to die after Dante's battle with Death, Death's apparent destruction could have been exaggerated and he simply moved on to the next soul that is destined to die.
- In the original poem, Dante encounters the soul of Guido Da Montefeltro, who makes mention of a "black angel," that took him to Hell not long after his death. The black angel is generally interpreted to be a demon, but could easily be interpreted as Death, or the "Grim Reaper" by modern readers. Given the horns incorperated into Death's design in EA's Dante's Inferno (and wings in early promotion material), it's likely that Death was intended to be a reference to both the Grim Reaper and the black angel of Canto XXVII.
- Although the track to Death's battle is called "Battle With Adraman" there's no background information regarding the name. It could be suspected to be related to the name Ahriman, a figure in Zoroastrianism who is believed by some authors to be related to Satan.
- Dante may not have actually destroyed Death during their encounter since people continued to die afterwards. It is possible that Dante simply weakened him enough to dispel him and drive him away. This can be further supported by the fact that Dante had been dead since the beginning of the game, when he was stabbed in the back, meaning that Death was right when he said no one can cheat death.
- Although in contrary, Charon and King Minos both mention that Dante has "cheated Death once already", however this might simply refer to how he is exempt from how dead ones are normally processed.
- Death was voiced by Richard Moll and Dee Bradley Baker in the English version of the game and Norio Wakamoto in the Japanese version.
- He has never made any appearance in Dante's Divine Comedy, despite it being about the realms of the afterlife.
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