Devil May Cry 5 has joined PS Plus — let’s talk DMC platinum trophies

By Lee Brady,

The Devil May Cry series has added two more platinum trophies to PS Plus Extra with the arrival of Devil May Cry 5 on PS4 and Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition on PS5. To celebrate, let's talk DMC platinum trophies.

The Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition trophies for PS5 and Devil May Cry 5 trophies for PS4 have arrived on PS Plus Extra, immediately offering two of the hardest platinum trophies on PS Plus for trophy hunters to master. To mark the occasion, let's talk about just how brutal the Devil May Cry series’ platinum trophies can be.

Devil May Cry 5 PS Plus platinum trophyDevil May Cry 5 is the pick of the litter on PS Plus.

Devil May Cry trophies are absolutely brutal, and DMC5 is no exception

Not a single Devil May Cry game’s platinum trophy sits above 4% in PSN unlock percentage — not even 2013's DMC Devil May Cry’s platinum trophy went easy on players, and that game was designed by a completely different team from the other titles. The quote-unquote “easiest” platinum in the series is Devil May Cry 2's platinum trophy, which sits at a breezy and accessible 3.2% unlock rate.

That's a percentage that should stagger anyone who has actually played DMC2, which is hands-down the most broken game in the series, though that's precisely why players had an easier time busting this particular game right open. With its broken gun juggling turning all but the helicopter boss into a joke, the biggest challenge was simply having the patience to beat the game on Must Die Mode to earn Every Tongue Will Confess, or to tiptoe through with Trish to earn Barehand Beauty.

For Devil May Cry 1 and 3, the problem is — as it almost always is — Dante Must Die Mode. For Devil May Cry 3, there’s an added wrinkle in Heaven or Hell Mode, but the DMC3 platinum trophy’s generally higher unlock rate suggests people are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to master this all-time classic. Devil May Cry 1 is (broadly speaking) an easier game to master, but its early-days design will ward players away. Its I Read You Like a Book trophy is an exercise in frustration, forcing you to not only find every enemy in the game but also see every enemy’s move — some of which just do not appear readily at all.

DMC trophiesGetting the DMC3 platinum means putting up with this guy a lot.

DMC4 and DMC5 platinum trophies are the hardest in the series

Say what you want about the general PSN masses, however — when it comes to our own TrueTrophies community, it’s clear you all offer all of the mighty wheat and none of the chaff. While the Devil May Cry platinum trophy might only see a 1.9% clear rate around the world, we here at TT are sitting cosy at 11.6%. For the brutally hard Devil May Cry 3, TT has a soaring unlock rate of 16.4%. Sure, cynics might note that our sample size is considerably smaller than the global PlayStation-playing pool and that this is hardly representative of the whole — but take what petty comforts you can, chaff.

That said, there are three games even our mightiest wheat have struggled with, and that’s Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, Devil May Cry 5, and Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition. DMC4’s Devils Never Cry platinum trophy has an unlock rate on PSN of 0.5%, and only a fractionally superior 4.6% here at TT. DMC4 came absolutely stuffed with crushing additional modes, forcing players to buckle as they tried to clear all of the Bloody Palace stages with every character, including Trish and Lady, to earn House of Pain. Not to mention that you have to beat Dante Must Die Mode with an S ranking to earn Never Say Die... cruel stuff.

Despite a far bigger pool of active players, DMC5’s Devil May Cry platinum trophy fares even worse in terms of unlocks — 0.4% on PSN and 3.3% on TT. This time, it’s not even Dante Must Die Mode that’s to blame, with all credit going to the cretin that is Hell and Hell Mode. To earn the Highway to Hell trophy, you have to clear each stage with one-hit deaths and with enemies set to DMC5’s equivalent of hard mode. Even we can’t hold our mighty wheat to that sort of expectation.

Devil May Cry 5 screenshotWell, this trophy rating isn't going to convince haters that Nero's actually good now.

Finally, there's the latest release in the series, and as expected, Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition has the lowest platinum trophy unlock rate of all the Devil May Cry games. The latest platinum Devil May Cry trophy sits at 0.4% unlock rate on PSN, much like its PS4 equivalent, but is sat at 3.1% on TT. The list remains pretty similar, with the caveat that you'll have to clear Bloody Bowl with Virgil on top of the other characters now. Expect both of these games to get even lower scores when the PS Plus Extra crowd dip in before immediately noping back out.

What’s that? You want to know something about the DMC Devil May Cry’s platinum? Yeah, something called Nephilim difficulty stops people from getting the Jackpot! trophy. I’m afraid I can’t help you with whatever that means. Congrats to our exceptional wheat for their achievements and here's hoping some of you can master the latest PS Plus additions and claim glory. Let us know your plausibly weeping demon-related trophy tidings in the comments below!
Lee Brady
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Marvel's Spider-Man 2, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium, recent Sony news), and his secret third eye on the junk he really likes (Sonic Superstars, Final Fantasy XVI). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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