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Bayonetta 3 Gets New Update; Makes Viola Sucks Less

PlatinumGames and Nintendo has released a version 1.2.0 patch for last year’s character action game Bayonetta 3.

The patch has made a number of fixes, like lowering the difficulty of some stages and Niflheim challenges, and also tweaking some of Viola’s moves to make her suck less than usual. A lot of people have complained about Viola’s “Witch Time” activation conditions, so this is a welcome change.

The update also makes it easier for players to access the special picture book stage. Previously, you had to find 3 keys to unlock the old picture book. Thanks to the update, you now just need to buy the book at the Gates of Hell; it’s automatically unlocked.

Unfortunately, the patch does not fix Bayonetta 3’s biggest problem: the final boss and conclusion. If you can block that from your head, you can easily see why we put the game in our top 30 games list. Full patch notes after the video.

Bayonetta 3 Version 1.2.0 Patch Notes


  • Adjusted Viola’s activation window for “Block” and activation conditions for Witch Time.
    • Block activation window added after releasing Block (during the release animation).
    • Added an additional animation when Witch Time takes effect, making its activation easier to realize.
    • The allotted duration of Witch Time, and its activation window have been lengthened.
    • Now, when block is activated when player is attacked, player will receive damage effect, but block will succeed and activate Witch Time.
    • Now, combo can continue (with Dodge Offset) when player uses Block to activate Witch Time.
    • If the Block input is used repeatedly, the granted Witch Time duration will decrease.
  • Adjustments made to prevent Viola’s evasive input and Cheshire’s summoning input from activating Assault Slave while maintaining invincibility if they are used in rapid succession.
  • Weapons “Simoon”, “Tartarus” and Viola’s Charge Attacks can now continue to hold charge, even if dodged or blocked.
  • Wink Slave can now be activated from the combos “PKP*” and “PKK*” for the weapons “G-Pillar”, “Dead End Express” and “Cassiopeia”.
  • When equipping the accessories “Infernal Communicator” and “Pulley’s Butterfly” to summon Devils and Butterflies, it is now possible to cancel the summoning motion by dodging or blocking.


The following Niflheim stage conditions were changed to lower the difficulty:

  • Chapter 2 Verse 5 – 120 second time limit changed to 150 second time limit
  • Chapter 3 Verse 4 – Two lives increased to three lives
  • Chapter 5 Verse 2 – 150 second time limit changed to 180 second time limit
  • Chapter 6 Verse 8 – Two lives increased to three lives
  • Chapter 9 Verse 8 – 60 second time limit changed to 80 second time limit
  • Chapter 10 Verse 1 – 140 second time limit changed to 160 second time limit
  • Chapter 12 Verse 5 – One life increased to two lives


  • Conditions for obtaining the “Tricolored Keys” needed to unseal the “Old Picture Book” have been made easier.
    • “Tricolored Keys” will be automatically available on the chapter select screen once it becomes possible to access the “Gates of Hell”.
  • Even if the player already has access to the Gates of Hell, or has already obtained one or two keys, they will automatically obtain the remaining keys when going to the chapter select screen after applying the update.


  • Adjustments have been made to the Golem Treasure Chests found in stages.
    • Time limits have been increased, and difficulty has been lowered.
    • Golem Chest fragmenting animation can now be fast-forwarded with the B-button.
  • Adjustments have been made to reduce situations with poor camera visibility.
  • Adjusted game balance.


  • Fixed a bug in Verse 5 of Chapter 7 that prevented progress when certain actions were performed while controlling Cheshire.
  • Fixed a problem with the accessory “Hymn of Durga” in which its effect was not being applied to some attacks.
  • Fixed an issue where using Alruna’s “Bondage Whip (P or K* long press)” skill in certain situations would cause the enemies to to die instantly.
  • Fixed an issue where the weapons using “Crow Within” (J* long press)” with “Scarborough Fair” and “Love is Blue” would cause player to move forward significantly under certain conditions.
  • Fixed an issue where Bayonetta’s animations would not play correctly when switching weapons immediately after using the “Crow Within (J* long press)” with the weapons “Scarborough Fair” and “Love is Blue”.
  • Fixed a bug that caused “Black Pearl Rain (Rotate L stick + S*)” for Infernal Demon “Kraken” to trigger “Wink Slave” with abnormally high attack power.
  • Fixed a bug that caused “Devil Rodin” to be stuck for a time when using “After Burner Kick (?K* in midair)” continuously, immediately after rising up with a prior “After Burner Kick (J?K*)”.
  • Fixed a bug in which Viola’s Assault Slave was able to summon Infernal Demons in “Infernal Demon-prohibited areas”.
  • Fixed an error in the hand symbol seen in Cutie J’s transformation sequence viewable in Side Chapter.
  • Fixed other issues to make the game more enjoyable to play.

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