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Built from an alloy the Devil himself would kill to get his hands on. Don't break these, cause they're one of a kind.

–Rodin

ScarboroughFair

Scarborough Fair is the name of Bayonetta's signature and one of her favorite weapons from the first Bayonetta game, a set of four large caliber handguns that act as her default weapons. They are the only weapons that don't need to be unlocked by collecting Golden LPs, through clearing certain difficulties, or by completing a certain task. They are an all-around weapon and are very popular with both newer and veteran players.

Scarborough Fair: Video and Lyrics

Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair

Celtic Woman cover of Scarborough Fair.

Are you going to Scarborough fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
He once was a true love of mine

Tell him to make me a cambric shirt
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Without no seam nor needlework
Then he'll be a true love of mine

Tell him to find me an acre of land
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Between the salt water and the sea strand
Then he'll be a true love of mine

Are you going to Scarborough fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
He once was a true love of mine

To see the full lyrics of the century old ballad, please see Scarborough Fair on Wikipedia.
For the full break-down of the lyrics of the ballad in relation to the Bayonetta series, please see Scarborough Fair/Music

In-Game Description

"Crafted by the famed demon-smith Rodin, these four guns have been crowned with the names Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. Pushing Bayonetta's magic to its limits, these guns' rate of fire and stopping power are incredible."

Design

According to Muneyuki "Johnny” Kotegawa's blog, who designed and modeled all of the weapons in Bayonetta, he approached the design of Scarborough Fair as well as the game design in general based on three criteria. First that the lead character was female, second that she was a modern witch, and third the guns would have to be fired with both hands and feet. After a spirited debate with co-designers Mari Shimazaki (a.k.a. Shimako) and Hideki Kamiya they decided on a color balance based around pitch-black clothing, white skin, gold ornamentations, and the red ribbon accent. It was then that it was decided that the guns in her hand should be red which would not only compliment her color scheme but also allow the player to keep better track of her limbs during the fast-paced action combat.

With all that in mind, Kotegawa developed several weapon designs based on real-world guns so that the end product no matter how fantastic would still remain convincing. After working on various designs, co-designer Kamiya showed a preference to the gun based on the Derringer. Kotegawa had believed that Kamiya selected the Derringer because it was a gun capable of rapid fire, simple, and rugged, however when he asked his co-designer about the selection the answer was "This design would look hot in a girl's hand." The name "Scarborough Fair" is a reference to an old English ballad that focuses on four herbs; Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. The herbs became the names of each individual pistol with the idea that witches and herbs are closely linked.

Accordingly, Bayonetta's guns each have their name on them, with a complimentary saying. On each gun it says "Scarborough Fair, Made by Rodin" and under that, the name of the gun. In her right hand, green jeweled is Parsley, which says "Parsley, ever joyous". In her left hand, red jeweled, is Sage, saying "Sage, ever strong". Her right foot has Rosemary, blue jeweled, saying "Rosemary, ever reminiscent", and her left foot has Thyme, white jeweled, saying "Thyme, ever courageous". All of which are under Rodin's Copyright.

How to Obtain

Bayonetta

Bayonetta acquires Scarborough Fair by default after completing the Prologue.

Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta can acquire Scarborough Fair by beating the game on 2nd Climax Difficulty and purchasing the Super Mirror, which contains specific outfits and weapons from the first game.

Unique Traits

Scarborough Fair Use

Bayonetta using Scarborough Fair during an ambush in Vigrid.

Bayonetta

As the basis for Bayonetta's combat during the initial conception stages, Scarborough Fair acts as both a melee and long-range weapon. Using Dodge Offset will cause the guns to fire numerous rounds as Bayonetta flips out of harm's way.

All bullets fired by Scarborough Fair will ricochet off surfaces at least once and attempt to hit nearby enemies. When compared to other weapons available in the game, their damage is a bit low, but their flexibility of being efficient in melee and ranged combat make them quite valuable throughout the game's duration.

Bullet Climax: Bayonetta will stand motionless and take aim whilst firing off numerous rounds, the player being able to manually aim at various enemies on the screen around her.

Charge Modifier: Holding down the corresponding attack button will cause Bayonetta to fire off five shots before transitioning into her next attack. This allows the Scarborough Fair to accumulate combo points easily on smaller or slower Angels, or deal damage at safe distance from more dangerous enemies.

Bayonetta 2

Scarborough Fair acts in the same way as its incarnation in the first game, giving Bayonetta her move-set from the original game, although it has been tweaked to include particular finishing animations from Love Is Blue.

Bullet Climax: Scarborough Fair's Bullet Climax functions exactly as it does for Love Is Blue, with Bayonetta taking automatic aim at the enemies around her. Depending on whether she has magic stored in her gauge, the shots she fires will also be slightly more powerful than normal.

Charge Modifier: Like in the previous game and Love Is Blue, holding down the corresponding attack button will cause Bayonetta to fire off several shots before transitioning into her next attack.

Elfin Knight Variant

In Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, an anime film adaptation of the first game, Bayonetta initially wields a set of four red guns named "Elfin Knight". They appear to be based on earlier concept art for the Scarborough Fair weapons as the barrel shape and detail are almost identical. In the anime, Bayonetta uses these guns until her first encounter with Jeanne. The battle subsequently destroys the weapons to the point where they crumble to pieces. In her final battle with Jeanne, Bayonetta then receives Scarborough Fair from Rodin as an upgrade for the destroyed Knight.

The Elfin Knight's name is derived from an obscure, traditional Scottish folk ballad which shares similar lyrics to those of" Scarborough Fair." This coincidence fits with the Elfin Knight's design being an earlier variant of Scarborough Fair.

Gallery

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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

Trivia

  • Scarborough Fair canonically appear to be Bayonetta's preferred weapons of choice in combat during the first game as she uses them in every cutscene where fighting takes place.
  • The Scarborough Fair cannot technically be unequipped, as pressing the Shoot Button will cause Bayonetta to use one of them to fire at her current target regardless of the weapon currently held in her Hand slot in any given set.
  • The set name and the name of the guns get their name from the traditional British ballad, Scarborough Fair.
  • In the language of flowers, Parsley means festivity, Sage means wisdom and immortality, Thyme means strength and courage, and Rosemary means remembrance. By the end of the game, Bayonetta has all four of these qualities.
  • When Luka first appears, he mentions the smell of rosemary in the air, but Bayonetta says that his sense of smell is off as rosemary is a demon repellent. Oddly, one of the Scarborough Fair guns is named after a demon repellent.
  • The Umbran symbol can be found in the Scarborough Fair if two of the guns are combined on top of each other.
  • The Scarborough Fair is based on the real world Derringer pocket pistol, they are extremely large however in comparison to their real-world equivalent.
  • Despite the guns being initially replaced by Elfin Knight at the beginning of Bloody Fate and not received by Bayonetta until much later, promotional artwork for the movie still depicts them in favor of the Elfin variant.
  • If Bayonetta wears the Galactic Bounty Hunter costume while equipping these guns on her hands in the Wii U version of the first game, Scarborough Fair's shooting animation will be replaced with Samus Aran's arm cannon, which also fires energy bullets instead of actual bullets.
  • The Scarborough Fair appears in Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U, when using Bayonetta's costume from the first game.
  • In French, this weapon is named "Arsenal démoniaque". Among the others foreign names, the french is the only one who doesn't make any reference to the ballad of Scarborough Fair.

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