|“||Do as you wish, your attempts are futile.||„|
|~ Sanctus as an Alto Angelo.|
The Alto Angelos (アルト アンジェロス, Aruto Anjerosu) (Italian for "High Angels" (ヒ アンジェルス, Hi Anjerusu) or "Archangels" (アーカンジェルス, Aakanjerusu)) are angelic-loking knights with demonic powers and angelic appearance through the Ascension Ceremony and they are the most powerful of the Angelos (アンジェロス, Anjerosu) which is demonstrated by being obediently followed by Bianco Angelos at their command. They are enemies in Devil May Cry 4. These false angels are actually the transformed Holy Knights (Knights of the Order), religious soldiers and elite enforcers of the Order of the Sword, a militant faith whose sole purpose is to eradicate all that is evil in the name of Sparda. This was the results of the Order's research into demonic power.
The Alto Angelos donned the Bianco Angelo armor in order to lead their winged mechanical warriors in battle. Each Alto Angelo also wield a much larger sword of the Order of the Sword's design, with which it fights more aggressively than the Bianco Angelos. Every Alto Angelo is able to command the Bianco Angelos to attack in formation and coordinate their attacks, and can empower them with greater strength and the power to jointly form a massive sphere of energy. As such, they commonly appear with several Bianco Angelos.
Rise of the Alto Angelos
In the the "Angel Creation" laboratory of the Order of the Sword's research facility beneath the old Fortuna Castle, several Holy Knights are seen inside the cages emitting with a radiant, grim green aura-like energy swirling around them; the Knights are in a trance-like state, suggesting that their souls have been sucked out for the process in which they are transformed into Alto Angelos. Also, an Alto Angelo armor is seen in the laboratory bathing in the same eerie, greenish light as the Knights in the cages. Nero encountered the first Alto Angelo at the entrance of the Headquarters of the Order. It alone is able to take down the two Assaults with one slash, after the Bianco Angelos shortly struggled.
After his Ascension Ceremony, Sanctus, the beloved leader of the Order of the Sword and pious Vicar of Sparda, acts through an Alto Angelo, as he even lead his faithful disciples and their Bianco Angelos in saving the devout and innocent citizens of their home island of Fortuna from invading demons that arrived via the True Hell Gate as part of the Order's apocalyptic agenda to cleanse and rule the Earth with the aid of The Savior. That until Dante destroys the armor and it is revealed that Sanctus's true body lies within the Savior. This later led to Sanctus' demise at Nero's hands when he rescued Credo's sister Kyrie. This was the end of the Angelos and the reformation of the still living but untransformed members of the Order of the Sword, following the final death of His Holiness and the fall of the false "Savior".
Both the Bianco and Alto Angelos have a "life core" on their neck, chest and back depicting how much life each Angelo has. It starts out with the blue light signifying that an Angelo has full health. When the Angelo is damaged, it slowly changes color. When it starts blinking red, that Angelo is nearing death and will be shattered in the next hits.
Alto Angelos are more aggressive than Bianco Angelos. They usually charge at you from long distances and coordinate several Bianco Angelos to attack you simultaneously or fly circling you for distraction, making the Bianco Angelos deadlier and tougher to defeat. It can also order the Bianco Angelos to gather round and conjure a small sphere of energy and send it flying towards you, though it can be reflected back at them with the use of a well-timed Buster, a Charged Shot of any level, an Exceed powered move, a direct throw of Gladius or with Pandora, netting the player an immediate SSS rank, and usually an instant kill of the Angelos. If their vitality is high enough, Alto Angelos may survive this, but they will be severely wounded and stunned afterwards.
It is best to focus on the Alto Angelo first, as it is usually what makes the fight tougher. It seldom guards and does not immediately counterattack if it does guard. It also moves very swiftly and gets out of harm's way once you perform a combo on it. Alto Angelos are often clad in a defensive, orange aura that makes them invulnerable to Buster attacks; if Bustered while covered in their aura, the Alto Angelo will merely be knocked back a few feet, but not damaged. The aura can only be removed with weapon attacks. However, it is possible to make them open by using DT explosion and catching them with the Buster before it reaches land. Alto Angelos are also difficult to knock into the air, but if they are already flying, a Buster can often knock them out of flight.
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