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

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Please note that – as you can imagine – this article contains extensive spoilers for the first two games in the series. Read at your own risk!


After years of (literally) waiting, PlatinumGames’ Bayonetta 3 is just around the corner and launching on Switch October 28, 2022.

If you’re new to the series, you may have watched some of the latest trailers for the game and lost a bit of what’s going on. What triggered the Witch Hunts? Who is this Jeanne character? What is Lumen Sage?

We hear you; Don’t worry. While you can play pretty easily bayonet completely ignore the gameplay and the entire narrative, but still have a pretty good time, we think you’ll have a much better experience with Bayonetta 3 if you have some grounding to work with the lore of the series.

Of course, the best way to get up to speed is to play the first two games, both of which are available on Switch. But if you’re definitely dying to dive into the upcoming intro thread first without As we try out Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, we’ll break down all the main characters in the game, along with a brief overview of the narrative so far.

There’s a lot to explain here so we’re going to skip some aspects of the story, but hopefully this will provide a good starting point to get Bayo’s foundations up to speed.

Bayonetta Who’s Who – ‘Old’ Characters

The great thing about Bayonetta is that it’s not actually there. He many characters to wrap your head around. The story so far has revolved around several key players who appeared in both Bayonetta and the first sequel. A few new players were introduced in Bayonetta 2, but largely the same group of people.

However, it would be great to find out exactly who these people are before we dive into the third game, right? So let’s do it. This is your final spoiler alert!

still here? Let’s start with the obvious…

bayonet

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Bayonetta, the protagonist of the PlatinumGames series, is an Umbra Witch who wakes up to the present after 500 years of sleep, with no memory of her past. What are Umbra Witches, you ask? In fact, they are a clan of dark arts practitioners working to maintain the balance of the world’s light and dark forces, along with their fellow Lumen Sages. Umbra Witches could summon Hell Demons, while Lumen Sages befriended Heaven’s Angels.

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

After the battle, Balder was tricked by the Heavenly Angels into starting a series of events known as the Witch Hunts that would eventually lead to the destruction of the Umbra Witch clan. After her mother’s death, Bayonetta was sealed by Jeanne to prevent the Angels of Heaven from taking the Left Eye, a powerful treasure that makes up half of the Eyes of Earth and the other half is in Balder’s hands.

Jeanne

Jeanne
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Before the events of the Clan War and the Witch Hunts, Jeanne was in line to lead the Umbra Witches. He grew up to be Bayonetta’s best friend and rival, and sealed him after the destruction of the Umbra Clan and the death of Bayonetta’s mother, Rosa.

In the present, a corrupt Balder brainwashes Jeanne into allying with the Lumen Sages. He and Bayonetta meet and fight a few times in the first game, after which he comes to his senses and escapes Balder’s influence. The duo teamed up to beat Balder and Angels of Paradiso before returning to normal and straight into the second game.

At the start of Bayonetta 2, Jeanne’s spirit is drawn into the Inferno after Gomorrah, one of Bayonetta’s demon summons, frees herself from her bonds and attacks Bayonetta. Jeanne is absent for most of the later play, but Bayonetta returns after traveling to Hell and retrieving her friend’s lost soul.

Enzo

Enzo
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Introduced at the beginning of Bayonetta, Enzo provides a good dose of comic relief in both games, acting as a clumsy, rude informant who cares about little other than his own well-being and wealth. After a few narrow escapes from Angels of Paradiso, Enzo is gone until the end of the first game.

He plays a similar role in Bayonetta 2, once again fouling the very disturbing attacks of Angels of Paradiso. After an action-packed opening, Enzo returns to guide Bayonetta into Fimbulventr, the main setting of the second game.

Despite being unavailable for most of the series, Enzo is still a key character and a fan favorite, if nothing else for his goofy mouth and unfortunate talent. continually He finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Luke

Luke
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As a young boy, Luke accompanied his father Antonio to investigate a mysterious sealed coffin; coincidentally, the host of the sleeping Bayonetta. After reawakening, Antonio was attacked and killed by an unseen force, causing Luke to believe Bayonetta was guilty. Since then, Luke has developed an intense hatred for Bayonetta and has used his journalistic skills to hunt him down.

After multiple encounters with Bayonetta, Luke soon learns that it was the Heavenly Angels who killed his father. She then works to help Bayonetta throughout the first and second game, using her skills to gain basic knowledge to help our favorite Umbra Witch find what she’s looking for.

Despite his dark past, Luke is still a confident and charismatic character, often trying to flirt with women in both games. Despite this, he can often be clumsy, but has a deep sense of duty from start to finish.

rodine

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A key ally during the events of the first two games, Rodin is the owner of Hell’s Gates, a bar that moonlights as an evil arms dealer. She was once an Angel before she was banished to Hell, eventually entering the human realm and initiating the Hell Gates.

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 provides Bayonetta with crucial information in order to save Jeanne’s soul in the second game, before finally ropes in Luke to 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. Still, it is a powerful presence and ally, and will effortlessly dispatch enemies when needed.

bald

bald
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Balder is perhaps the most complex character in the Bayonetta series, serving as both foe and ally during key events. After the events of the War of the Clans, 500 years after Rosa’s death, he is sent to the future and encounters Bayonetta during the events of the second game.

After numerous fights with Bayonetta, the two form a truce to overthrow the Aesir, the God of Chaos and the former guardian of the Eyes of the World. After successfully defeating the Aesir, Balder traps the Aesir’s soul to prevent the God from returning once again. He accepts Bayonetta as his daughter before returning to the past.

Having absorbed the spirit of the Aesir, Balder breaks down and continues with the Witch Hunts. Years later, he hires Antonio Redgrave (Luke’s father) to help discover the whereabouts of Bayonetta’s coffin. Shortly after, he brainwashes Jeanne and starts the events of the first game. After his final defeat by Bayonetta and Jeanne, Balder frees himself from the clutches of the Aesir and dies peacefully, taking the God of Chaos with him.

Loki

Loki
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Introduced during the events of Bayonetta 2, Loki is a supernatural being who pretends to be the good persona of the Chaos God Aesir. When the Aesir created the Eyes of the World, his personality split in two, creating Loki and his evil colleague Loptr. The present-day Loki helps Bayonetta find Jeanne’s soul, but is constantly pursued by the young Balder and Loptr.

Loptr eventually captures Loki and absorbs his ‘Sovereign Power’, gaining both Left and Right Eyes and becoming Aesir once 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 balanced, Loki leaves and states that he must 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 Bayonetta 2’s main foe. Loptr, one of his two split personalities, reawakens when he reintegrates himself by gaining both the Eyes of the Worlds as well as Loki’s Sovereign Power.

Once defeated, the Aesir’s spirit tries to escape, but is absorbed by a young Balder. Traveling back in time to the point of the death of his wife Rosa, Balder is corrupted by the spirit of the Aesir, thus leading to the events of the first Bayonetta game. Therefore, Aesir can be considered the main antagonist of the entire Bayonetta series so far.

Bayonetta 3 New Characters

Viola

Viola
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Not much is known about Viola yet, which is good because it just ruins all the fun. But what we do know is that she is an Umbra Witch training from another reality. When Bayonetta 3’s new enemies – Homunculi – launch an attack on Viola’s world by fighting alternate versions of Bayonetta and Jeanne, Viola escapes and finds herself 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 her enemies. He will serve as a key playable character in Bayonetta 3, throwing a sword and knife as his primary weapons.

Cheshire

Cheshire
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Cheshire is Viola’s only demon companion in the Hellworld and takes on the face of a rather chubby cat resembling the Cheshire Cat. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Given that Viola is still in training, it’s possible to only allow one demon friend at the moment, while Bayonetta can summon several.

When Cheshire is revealed during the game, it cannot be directly controlled. Instead, he will attack at will, leaving Viola vulnerable as his presence is directly tied to Viola’s sword.


On the next page, we summarize the story events and narrative moves of Bayonetta 1 and 2…

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