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Torture angels by summoning various devices from the underworld, which were once used to hunt the witches. These devices are infested with curses of slain witches that will magnify the power to terminate the angels."

–Bayonetta Game Manual


The "I'm a Bit...I Mean Witch" achievement icon.

When Bayonetta has a full magic gauge, she can submit her foes to a Torture Attack by pressing PunchLarge and KickLarge simultaneously when near an Angel. When a torture attack is executed, a button must be pushed repeatedly or the analog stick must be rotated to assure maximum damage and points. These attacks kill many lesser angels, such as Affinities, in a single hit and deal a massive blow to other enemy's health while also giving great combo points. Large enemies such as Beloveds and Kinships cannot be subjected to Torture Attacks. The devices bring about true fear in the angels, causing them to stand back and quake while their allies are brutally slaughtered.

Iron Maiden Edit

Torture attacks

"BIAH MICMA" (Behold my might) / "EMNA OL" (Jeanne: I herein make you)


This device is used when the command is given from in front of an Applaud, Affinity, or Ardor. Bayonetta first summons the iron maiden with her pose to stall the angel. When the angel looks back, Bayonetta kicks the angel into the iron maiden's spike-lined chamber. As the angel tries to break free, the maiden shuts its door and comically burps from the meal before exploding.



"PIR ZIXLAY" (Heavenly ones all stirred up) / "ZNRZA" (I swear)


This device is used when the command is given from behind an Applaud, Affinity, or Ardor. Bayonetta kicks the angel repeatedly in the back until they are set in the device. They are then promptly decapitated when Bayonetta snaps her fingers.

Pulley and ChainEdit

Torture 1

"PIADPH" (jaws)


This device is used when the command is given on an Applaud, Affinity, or Ardor while it and Bayonetta are both in the air. Bayonetta jumps on the angel's head, wraps the chain around its neck, and pulls the angel into the pulley. This device is especially useful as a combo finisher.



"CRNON" (HELL) / "YULCI" (Jeanne: Bring forth)


This device is used when the command is given on an Applaud, Affinity, or Ardor that is flat on the ground. The hands of Hell grab the hands and feet of the angel to hold it in place while Bayonetta summons a tombstone to fall from above. The more the button is pushed during this attack, the more extravagant the tombstone becomes. If the player reaches near maximum megatons, an enormous 10t(ton) weight will fall on the enemy.

Wooden PonyEdit

Torture 4

"MICMA" (Behold) / "YOLCI" (Jeanne: Bring forth)


This device is used when the command is given on a Joy. Bayonetta summons the pony and a chain whip. When the Joy attempts to run away, Bayonetta wraps the whip around her torso and pulls her onto the device. Bayonetta then tugs on the whip while pushing the Joy into the spikes with her heel.


Torture 3

"ALCRETE" (Fiery)


This device is used when the command is given on a Grace, Glory, Gracious or Glorious. The vise rises up and traps the angel between its hands. Bayonetta kicks the wheel into action and turns it as the angel tries in vain to hold the spiked hands apart. When the attack is completed the hands press together, crushing the angel.

Wheel of TortureEdit

Torture 2

"TELOCH" (Death)


This device is used when the command is given on a Fairness or Fearless. Bayonetta summons a giant spiked wheel of torture and slams it onto the enemy, pinning it to the ground. She sets the wheel spinning with a kick, the spikes ripping into the angel. A second kick sends the wheel and impaled angel rolling away; the wheel then explodes.


Torture 5

"ALCRETE" (Firey) / "ADRPAN" (Jeanne: Cast down)


This device is used when the command is given next on Harmony. Bayonetta jumps onto the Harmony's head and pulls an enormous chainsaw from behind her back. She revs the engine and swings it downward. The Harmony grabs the blade to stop it, but Bayonetta overcomes its resistance and cuts it in half. After the Harmony is executed, Bayonetta keeps the chainsaw as a slow but extremely powerful weapon.

Keeping the chainsaw at the end of the chapter provides one with more Arcade Bullets for Angel Attack.

Panther PuntEdit


Used on Dear and Decorations, as well as the "Rocket Heads" that appear when fighting Jubileus, when they are knocked to the ground. Bayonetta winds up a kick and punts the angel, which bounces around the area and damages other enemies. If the torture meter is maxed out, it will fly around until it dies. (By 5 Kilotons; Max 25 Kilotons)

Punish AttacksEdit

Another mechanic in the game accompanying Torture Attacks are Punish Attacks. Punish Attacks are used on stunned Angels on the ground or in the air by pressing a certain button repeatedly next to them. The Punish Attacks vary with button selection and weapons, but some include Bayonetta slapping the angel in the face with Scarborough Fair, stabbing them repeatedly with Shuraba, punching them with Durga, stomping on them with Odette, or whipping them around her with Kulshedra. If a Punish Attack move reaches its max, a Wicked Weave can be pulled off.

Bayonetta 2Edit


The new bear trap Torture Attack.


The treadmill Torture Attack.

Enrapture Torture Attack

Enrapture being tortured by a rack torture device

Bayonetta 2 confirms the return of Torture Attacks, including the addidion of brand new torture devices for her to use in combat. Similar to the Pulley Chain and Guillotine, the new attacks feature spiked trap cages and a redesigned bear trap.

The Spiked Cage traps the Angel behind it's bars after Bayonetta whips it inside with a 3-headed whip. After the door seals behind them, she snaps her fingers and causes a spiked plate to descend and crush the Angel into submission. 

The Bear Trap works similar to the Pulley Chain from the first game, with Bayonetta pulling at a large chain until the enemy is forced into the jaws of the waiting bear trap.

A brand new Attack introduced in Bayonetta 2 is a treadmill that leads to a wall of spinning blades. As the Angel tries to run to stay ahead of the blades, Bayonetta kicks it into them before leaping away.

The rack device is exclusive for Enrapture's tortures. It is grabbed by top and bottom and twisted until each part is separated.

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Fidelity being tortured in a demonic rotisserie

Fidelity's torture attack involves trapping it in a cylindrical cage with knives pointing inwards towards it. Bayonetta will then rotate the cage over an intense fire rapidly before finally leaving Fidelity to burn.

Demons can also be subjected to Torture Attacks as well, though they involve summoning the demons themselves instead of summoning demonic objects.

Hideous and Hatred's main torture attack involves Madama Butterfly's hand picking them up and smashing them against the ground, before she appears in full and slams both of her fists down on the demon. When performed in the air, Diomedes will uppercut them using his horn as he appears, before slicing them in half horizontally.

Greed's torture attack has Bayonetta summoning Mictlantecuthli, after which it flies head-first onto Greed's back and drills into the demon at high speeds, before tearing it apart.

Malicious' torture attack involves being slowly eaten alive by Kafka's demonic dragonflies.

Resentment's torture attack has Bayonetta summoning Baal, the toad demon then picking Resentment up with its spiked tongue and repeatedly slamming it to and fro on the ground, after which Baal pulls the demon into his mouth and devours it.

Sloth's torture attack involves Bayonetta summoning Hydra, who appears directly beneath Sloth and entangles Sloth's body with his heads, the demon's limbs sticking out of the mass. Sloth is then slowly squeezed by Hydra's heads until his limbs are torn off of his body.

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