Fortitudo, the Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude

Fortitudo, the Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude and the Bringer of Flame, is an enemy boss in Bayonetta, one of the Auditio seeking to recover the Left Eye and revive Jubileus the Creator. He is the first Auditio to be encountered and fought in a Boss chapter (and only one to be fought outside a boss arena as a miniboss).

Hierarchy of Laguna

Amongst the spiritually powerful of the Middle Ages, it was thought Paradiso held for all a Divine Will, and as a result, they developed heavenly logic. The concept of the "Cardinal Virtues" was born of this logic, and classifies Paradiso's Divine Will into four broad groups. These Cardinal Virtues occasionally become physical manifestations of the great intentions of Paradiso, and are known as the Laguna, inspiring awe in the masses. Personifying courage and fortitude, Fortitudo has been depicted as a terrifying being of sporting an enormous face and two dragon's heads. He is said to be capable of summoning magma flows at will.


Fortitudo appears more frequently than most Auditio, as he leads the lower Laguna against the Umbra Witches. He first appears in the first scene in the game, far out of reach, where he fires fireballs at Bayonetta and Jeanne as they are fending off the warriors of Laguna. During the first chapter, he personally fights Bayonetta and two other witches in a flashback sequence just outside the ancient city of Vigrid, but retreats after sustaining enough damage. He later ambushes Bayonetta, but is defeated.

He appears yet again to taunt and persuade Bayonetta to assist them in reviving The Creator. After exchanging insults with the witch, Fortitudo vanishes to leave Bayonetta to her fate.

Afterwards, Bayonetta proceeds to a ruined colosseum, where Fortitudo once again appears and attempts to persuade her to aid the angels. Bayonetta remains unconvinced, so Fortitudo challenges Bayonetta to a final battle. During the battle, Fortitudo attempts to use his pyromancy and his fangs to subdue Bayonetta but to no avail. After sustaining brutal injury, Fortitudo retreats to the rim of the colosseum and reduces the arena to a lake of fire. Bayonetta pursues her foe using Witch Time to successfully navigate through the flying rubble. When she reaches Fortitudo, she pulls the hapless angel to the floor and decapitates one of his draconic heads. The detached head flounders helplessly while the hands of Inferno drag it into their realm. After Bayonetta removes his other head, Fortitudo obliterates the entire colosseum in a desperate attempt to kill his enemy. However, Bayonetta escapes on a floating chunk of masonry and attacks once more. Fortitudo attempts to use his bulk and his tail to defeat the witch. However, Fortitudo makes the fatal mistake of lashing out with his tail, as Bayonetta simply grabs his tail and flings him into the distance. With Fortitudo stunned, Bayonetta summons a demonic bird of prey named Malphas. Malphas then proceeds to jab at Fortitudo with its beak before tearing a hole through Fortitudo's face. Bayonetta then shatters the floating parts of the colosseum, strikes the loose debris toward Fortitudo, then deactivates her Witch Time. The debris, freed from Witch Time, fly toward Fortitudo with frightening velocity before striking him. The multiple blows are too much for Fortitudo and he is left mortally wounded.

Fortitudo, his face disfigured with a massive hole, speaks his final words, and compliments Bayonetta on her magnificent power. He then reveals to Bayonetta that he is just a small sacrifice for the resurrection of "The Creator." Uttering a final prayer, he is banished to the depths of Inferno.

In Bayonetta 2 it seems he escapes Inferno and is summoned by The Masked Lumen Sage.


  • Bayonetta
  • Bayonetta 2


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