A stronger version of Pests, Fiends are encountered by Dante later on in his journey through Hell. They appear as a large flying bug-like creature, with the power to blast unblockable, icy projectiles at Dante from afar. Also like Pests, Fiends tend to appear in large groups.
The strategy for fighting Fiends is very similar to that of Pests. They are vulnerable to aerial grabs, which Dante can use to dispose of them in a single swing if he is able to get close enough. Otherwise, an effective strategy for dealing with Fiends is to take them down from afar, using a barrage of Holy Blasts from the cross. If Dante becomes stunned by the Fiends' icy blasts, rapidly mash Circle (Playstation 3) or B (Xbox 360) to escape.