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Bayonetta: The Story So Far – Everything You Need to Know Before Playing Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta: The Story So Far – Everything You Need to Know Before Playing Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta: The Story So Far – Everything You Need to Know Before Playing Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta: The Story So Far – Everything You Need to Know Before Playing Bayonetta 3
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Please note that — as you might expect — this article includes extensive spoilers for the first two games in the series. Read at your own risk!


After years of waiting (quite literally), PlatinumGames’ Bayonet 3 is just around the corner, launching on Turn On October 28, 2022.

If you’re new to the franchise, you may have watched some of the recent trailers for the game and wondered what the hell was going on. What started the witch hunt? Who is this character Jeanne? What on earth is Lumen Sage?

We hear you; do not worry. While you can pretty easily play through a Bayonetta game and completely ignore the entire story and still have a pretty decent time, we reckon you’ll have a much better experience with Bayonetta 3 if you have a bit of a foundation to work with regarding the series experience.

Of course, the best way to succeed is to just play the first two games, both of which are available on Switch. But in case you’re absolutely dying to dive into the upcoming intro first without trying it out Bayonetta and Bayonet 2we’ll be breaking down all the main characters in the game along with a brief overview of the narrative so far.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so we’ll skip over some aspects of the story, but hopefully this will provide a good starting point to get you up to speed with the basics of Bayo.

Bayonetta Who’s Who – ‘Old’ Characters

The great thing about Bayonetta is that there aren’t really any that lots of characters to wrap your head around. The story so far revolves around a few key players who appear in Bayonetta and its first sequel. A few newcomers are introduced in Bayonetta 2, but it’s mostly the same group of people.

Still, it would be great to find out who these people are before we get into the third game, wouldn’t it? So let’s do it. This is your last spoiler alert!

Still here? Let’s start with the obvious…

Bayonetta

Bayonetta
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The titular protagonist of the PlatinumGames franchise, Bayonetta is an Umbra witch who awakens in the present day after a 500-year sleep with no memory of her past. What are Umbra Witches, you ask? Well, they’re essentially a clan of practitioners of the dark arts who, along with their counterparts, the Lumen Sages, work to keep the light and dark forces of the world in balance. Umbra witches are able to summon hellish demons, while Lumen sages team up with angels of heaven.

Born Cereza, Bayonetta’s parents, Balder and Rosa, were Lumen the Sage and Umbra the Witch. Bayonetta’s conception broke the sacred law between the two clans, leading to a deadly war in which most of the Lumen Sages were extinguished, leaving only Balder as the sole survivor.

After the war, Balder was tricked by the Angels of Paradise into setting in motion a series of events known as the Witch Hunt, which would ultimately lead to the destruction of the Umbra Witch Clan. After her mother’s death, Jeanne sealed away Bayonetta to prevent the angels of Heaven from reaching the left eye, a powerful treasure that makes up one half of the Eye of the World, while the other half is in Balder’s possession.

Jeanne

Jeanne
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Before the events of the Clan Wars and the Witch Hunt, Jeanne was next in command of the Umbra Witches. She grew up to be Bayonetta’s best friend and rival and was sealed away after the destruction of the Umbra clan and the death of Bayonetta’s mother, Rose.

In the present day, Jeanne is brainwashed by the corrupt Balder to ally herself with the Lumen Sages. She and Bayonetta meet and fight several times during the first game, after which she comes to her senses and breaks free of Balder’s influence. The two team up to defeat Balder and the angels of heaven before returning to normal, leading directly into the second game.

At the beginning of Bayonetta 2, Jeanne’s soul is drawn into the Inferno after Gomorrah, one of Bayonetta’s summoned demons, breaks free from its bonds and attacks Bayonetta. Jeanne is later absent for most of the game, but returns after Bayonetta travels to Inferno and retrieves her friend’s lost soul.

Enzo

Enzo
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Introduced at the beginning of Bayonetta, Enzo provides a good amount of comic relief throughout both games, acting as a bumbling, vulgar informant who thinks of nothing but his own well-being and wealth. After several narrow escapes from the Angels of Paradiso, Enzo was then absent for the rest of the first game.

He plays a similar role in Bayonetta 2, once again fouling the Angels of Paradiso’s awkward attacks. After an action-packed opening, Enzo returns to guide Bayonetta to Fimbulventro, the main location for the second game.

Although absent from most of the series, Enzo is nevertheless a key character and a fan favorite, if nothing else for his absurd mouth and unfortunate ability to consistently to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Port

Port
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As a boy, Luka accompanied his father Antonio to investigate the mysterious sealed coffin; coincidentally, the very one in which a dozing Bayonetta is located. After her reawakening, Antonio was attacked and killed by an unseen force, leading Luke to believe that Bayonetta was the culprit. Since then, Luka harbors an intense hatred for Bayonetta and uses his journalistic skills to hunt her down.

After multiple encounters with Bayonetta, Luka soon learns that his father was killed by the angels of heaven. He then works to assist Bayonetta throughout the first and second games, using his skills to gain key knowledge to help our favorite Umbra witch find what she’s looking for.

Despite his dark background, Luka is nevertheless a confident and charismatic character, who often tries to flirt with women throughout both games. Despite this, he can often be clumsy, although he always maintains a deep sense of duty.

Rodin

Rodin
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A key ally during the events of the first two games, Rodin is the owner of the Gates of Hell, a bar that works as a dealer in demon weapons. He was once an angel before being banished to the Inferno, eventually breaking into the human realm and starting the Gates of Hell.

As an arms dealer, Rodin’s role in the games is to provide Bayonetta with new items, weapons, and abilities in exchange for Halos. He gives Bayonetta key information to save Jeanne’s soul in the second game before entering the Port to eventually promote the Gates of Hell.

Rodin is often portrayed as aloof, preferring to sit on the sidelines and watch Bayonetta put her products to good use. He is still a powerful entity and ally, and effortlessly takes down enemies if the need arises.

Balder

Balder
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Balder is perhaps the most complex character in the Bayonetta series, serving as both antagonist and ally during key events. After the events of Clan War, he is sent 500 years into the future after Rosa’s death, meeting Bayonetta during the events of the second game.

After more battles with Bayonetta, the two make a truce to take down the Aesir, the god of chaos and former guardian of the Eye of the World. After successfully defeating the Aesir, Balder captures his soul to prevent the God from returning again. He acknowledges Bayonetta as his daughter before going back in time.

After absorbing the Aesir’s soul, Balder becomes corrupted and continues the Witch Hunts. Years later, he hires Antonio Redgrave (Luca’s father) to help him discover the whereabouts of Bayonetta’s coffin. Soon after, he brainwashes Jeanne, triggering the events of the first game. After finally defeating Bayonetta and Jeanne, Balder breaks free from the Aesir’s grip and dies in peace, taking the Chaos God with him.

Loki

Loki
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Introduced during the events of Bayonetta 2, Loki is a supernatural being who acts as the good persona of the Aesir, the god of Chaos. When the Aesir created the Eyes of the World, his personality was split in two, creating Loki and his evil counterpart, Loptra. Arriving in the present day, Loki assists Bayonetta in locating Jeanne’s soul, but is constantly pursued by young Balder and Loptr.

Loptr eventually captures Loki and absorbs his ‘Sovereign Power’, gaining both his left and right eyes and becoming an Aesir again. However, Loki manages to use an alternate power to destroy the two Eyes, weakening the Aesir and allowing Bayonetta and Balder to defeat him.

With the world seemingly in a state of balance, Loki leaves, citing his need to take a break and potentially return at some point in the future.

Aesir

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The Aesir is known as the God of Chaos and serves as the primary antagonist of Bayonetta 2. He reawakens when one of his two split personalities, Loptr, obtains the two Eyes of the World along with Loki’s Sovereign Power, making himself whole again.

Once defeated, the Aesir’s soul tries to escape, but is absorbed by the young Balder. Traveling back in time to the point of his wife Rose’s death, Balder was corrupted by the soul of the Aesir, leading to the events of the first Bayonetta game. As such, Aesir could be considered the main antagonist of the entire Bayonetta franchise thus far.

Bayonetta 3 New Characters

Viola

Viola
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Not much is known about Viola yet, which is good, because that would spoil all the fun. What we do know, however, is that she is an Umbra Witch training from another reality. When Bayonetta 3’s new enemies — the Homunculi — launch an attack in Viola’s world, fighting alternate versions of Bayonetta and Jeanne, Viola escapes and ends up in an alternate reality.

In the “real world”, Bayonetta and her allies are attacked by the same Homunculi force, before Viola arrives to help and warn of the threat of their enemies. She will serve as a key playable character in Bayonetta 3, wielding a sword and throwing knives as her primary weapon.

Cheshire

Cheshire
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Cheshire is Viola’s only demonic companion from the world of Hell, taking the form of a rather fat cat that resembles the Cheshire Cat in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Since Viola is still in training, it’s possible that she’s only allowed one demon companion at this point, while Bayonetta can summon several.

When Cheshire appears during gameplay, he cannot be directly controlled. Instead, he will attack at will, leaving Viola defenseless as her existence is tied directly to Viola’s sword.


On the next page, we summarize the story events and narrative efforts of Bayonets 1 and 2…





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