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Affinity is the most simple and basic enemy in Bayonetta. They appear often and in larger numbers than most other types of Angels. On top of this, they commonly appear in the company of various other angel types, especially Applauds and Beloveds.

In Bayonetta 2, only the 'A' variant of Affinity returns.

Hierarchy of Laguna

"Servants of Heaven that populate the lowest of the angelic hierarchy, a Third Sphere rung known simply as Angels. Humans with deep faith often feel these angels closest to their hearts. Descending from the heavens upon their pure white wings, it is believed that the glimmering halo atop an Affinity's head lights the path for those who have lost their way.

Humans who are deemed worthy of entering the angelic hierarchy are made to kill themselves in ritualistic fashion. Then their souls become Affinities, further bolstering the forces of Paradiso.

The religious articles they equip are all tools used to further their conviction to protect the righteous and can become powerful weapons used to strike down those with sullied hearts."

Gameplay

Affinities come in a variety of types, each wielding a different weapon and having some unique attacks. They have very low health and are quite weak and slow compared to most other Angels, though they can be overwhelming in numbers. When at low health and on the verge of dying they tend to do a war-cry and go into a berserk state. Like all angels, when in this state they attack much faster and have a very high resistance to staggering effects.

Affinity A: The most common type of Affinity, it carries a long golden staff that has a circular, spiked headpiece at its top. When preparing to swing, the top of the staff begins to spin, making a distinct high-pitched ring. On harder difficulties, the swing time for its attacks are much shorter and it tends to use a fast cleave that has no audible cue.

Affinity B: The ranged support of most groups of Angels. It carries a trumpet, which it uses to fire pink and gold orbs of celestial energy at Bayonetta from far away. When it's about to launch an attack, it blows on its trumpet, giving an audible cue that a ranged attack is incoming. Using this cue will allow the player to dodge its attacks even if it is off-screen. During Witch Time Bayonetta can target the launched orb and hit it, causing it to change black and purple, and launching it back in the direction it came from to damage to an enemy angel in its path.

Affinity C: The Angel's "heavy artillery", it carries with it a sousaphone, which wraps around its body and prevents it from flying. It attacks with a slow but powerful sweeping beam that arcs across the entire battlefield. The animation and audio cue for this attack is long and loud, as is the attack itself, giving Bayonetta ample time to evade the attack. Unlike most Angel attacks, this attack can damage the other angels fighting alongside Affinity C.

Affinity D: The heavy hitter of the Affinities. It carries a large black and gold flail, which it will spin over its head for a moment before attacking. This Affinity is incredibly resistant to stagger, much more than its counterparts, making it difficult to interrupt its attacks effectively. Its attacks do higher damage than other Affinities, but it still does low damage compared to most other Angels.

Affinity E: The most difficult of the Affinities to combat effectively. It carries a black halberd, and is wreathed in flames that cause Bayonetta to flinch and take damage if she tries to hit them with melee attacks. They can only be damaged with ranged attacks such as Kulshedra and gunfire, or with Durga Fire. During Witch Time their flames do not harm Bayonetta and they can be attacked normally with any weapon. Combo-ing them effectively during Witch Time will extinguish the fire that cloaks their bodies, allowing Bayonetta to deal with them more easily, however, when they recover, they will do a war cry or taunt and reignite themselves. Aside from this fiery state they act almost identically to Affinity A, however they appear to be slightly less aggressive. On harder modes this behavior is the opposite, with Affinity Es going for all-out attacks.

Recommended Weapons

Affinities, being the basic grunts of the Angel's armies, are easily dealt with through the use of any weapon in Bayonetta's arsenal. This means that they can be fought with your preferred weapon combinations of choice.

Mythology

In Judeo-Christian mythology, malakhim (messengers or angels) are the lowest order of the angels, and the most recognized. They are the most humanoid and most concerned with humans, and are usually depicted as the traditional winged humans with halos that pervade popular culture.

Trivia

  • Given that the car-shaped angel Irenic existed well before mankind, it's possible that the trumpets and sousaphones played by humans are made in resemblance of the Affinity's energy weapons and not the opposite.
  • The Affinities look similar to the Mass Produced Evangelions as seen in "The End of Evangelion" By GAINAX.

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