Fire Minions are small but vicious enemies who appear to be completely engulfed in hellish flames. They are not strong enemies, but their fire makes them completely immune to any attacks from the Scythe. Later in the game, Dante will encounter a similar but stronger foe known as a Fire Guardian.
Since Fire Minions are immune to Scythe attacks, the player must rely on the Cross. A single blast from the Cross will extinguish a Fire Minion's flames, and also leave them stunned. When they are in this state, they can be destroyed with a single swing of the Scythe.