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Beloved
主神ジュベレウスに栄光あれ!(May The Creator, Jubileus, Grace You!)

–Beloved in Bloody Fate, Before Killed By Bayonetta.

Beloved is a type of giant angelic warrior that fights in Laguna's ranks. They are effectively the Laguna's heavies, wielding massive weapons in combat against Bayonetta. They are first introduced in Chapter I.

Hierarchy of Laguna

"Beloved is a member of the Second Sphere class Powers, ranked sixth in the angelic hierarchy. Its status is more that of a spiritual being, but it is also burdened with destroying the enemies of Paradiso. While still considered amongst the lower classes of angels, Beloved's power is of a far higher order than that of a human, and even those with strong spiritual powers are seldom afforded the chance to meet this being. Excelling in combat, Beloved are known for brilliant exploits in demonic battles."

Gameplay

Beloved appear as mini-bosses early on in the game but become more common in later chapters. They are slow but powerful fighters with giant axes that give them great range. All Beloved have a large pulsing red node on their back, attacking this node repeatedly will allow Bayonetta to stagger, and when their health gets lower, stun them. Once stunned, the Beloved can be knocked around the battlefield using Wicked Weaves just like a normal angel, making a kill quite easy. Beloved come in several different varieties.

In certain fights Bayonetta will be able to perform a Climax attack in which she summons the monstrous dragon demon Gomorrah. Once summoned, it clamps its jaws down on the Beloved and repeatedly bites it before either chewing it in half or devouring it completely.

Beloved A and B: Both carry a massive black and gold axe. However, the A has a child face while the B has a teenager face. Their basic and most common attack is a long sweeping 180 cleave. This attack is especially slow and easy to dodge despite its power and range. They also have an overhead vertical version of this attack that they will use if Bayonetta jumps high enough out of their reach. Their second set of attacks are executed if Bayonetta is behind them, if on the ground near its legs, the Beloved will reach down and attempt to grab her, if this succeeds if will begin squeezing her in its grasp and the Joystick must be moved back and forth quickly to allow her to break free. Its second attack in this set is when Bayonetta is in the air behind it, usually only when she's attacking the pulsating node on the Beloved's back. The Beloved will stand up straight and quickly turn 180 degrees in an attempt to backhand her. Its final attack is a stomping walk where it will attempt to crush Bayonetta under its heels. This attack also staggers her, and dodging it does not activate Witch Time. Killing the Beloved yields its axe for Bayonetta to use.

Beloved C: An even larger version and of Beloved that is more durable, powerful and has a old man face. It wields a much larger halberd-like axe and can use it to perform all the attacks of the basic A and B variations Beloveds. In addition, it also has tremendous magical power and is able to summon meteor storms. Using Moon of Mahaa-Kalaa to counter these meteors will knock them into the Beloved and cause significant damage. It can also channel a massive beam of golden light from its forehead, though this attack is easily avoided due to its long cue and only going in a straight line. Bayonetta usually fights these as mini-bosses.

Beloved D: A more technologically advanced looking Beloved. It wears black armor and a set of night-vision looking goggles over its face, and instead of a massive Axe it is equipped with a large rocket launcher. This particular Beloved appears only during Chapter XVI's missile riding sequence.

Beloved E: A variant of Beloved A who carries two golden tomahawks that features in Chapter XIII of Bayonetta 2. It is encountered in three verses. In Verse 8, this variant will try to reach its hand to Bayonetta, while she can damage its arm. It eventually fell into a lava pit. He later returns in Verse 9 when Bayonetta and Rosa are in the midway in a bridge. It pulls the bridge off and attempts to dip both witches into the lava. After dealing enough damage to its hands, it attempts to punch them only for the two witches to counter with their Wicked Weaves and pushes it into lava. Bayonetta can use it to across the other side when she uses the Witch Time. When the two reach the crescent-shaped table, they encounter the Beloved yet again, covered with lava and wielding twin tomahawks. After an arduous battle, it was eaten by Bayonetta's Labolas and Rosa's Gomorrah, ending the chapter.

In Chapter X: Paradiso - A Sea of Stars a pair of Beloved appear during the last verse, these Beloved function the same as type A and B however, their appearance is of their bodies coated entirely of strange, golden material, their axes are also entirely silver. Upon death, the Beloved will explode into very large sums of water that fill the ground of the area, their deaths are proceeded by golden-colored Inspired. This unique version of Beloved has no entry in the Hierarchy of Laguna or gallery model.

Role in Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

A Beloved makes an appearance in the animated adaptation of the first game. After Bayonetta defeats the angels in the church (and humorously lands on Luka's car), a Beloved appears and engages her in battle, demanding Bayonetta to relinquish her Left Eye of Darkness. Bayonetta manages to stun it by striking the red orb on its back, then summons Gomorrah to devour it. It's the only time it appeared.

Mythology

In Christian mythology, the Powers are a class of angels that oversee the balance of power amongst mankind. They also keep the history of Heaven and inspire conscience amongst mortal men.

Trivia

  • The Beloved C that destroyed the last bridge at the motorcycle riding in Route 666 was extremely big, even larger than any giant-sized "Sphere" Angels and Fortitudo.
  • The Beloved D is based on one of the enemies that carries a rocket launcher from Space Harrier,has a body of  MS-09B Dom and a head looks similar to MS-06E-3 Zaku Flipper.
  • It is revealed that all type of Beloved has three eyes instead of two, as the damaged appearance of all types of Beloved reveal a yellow eye on their forehead. Additionally, Beloved D's night vision goggles has three lens.

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