Throughout Dante's journey, he would encounter many tortured souls that could be either punished or absolved. Punishing a soul would cause Dante to punch the shade in the abdomen, throwing him/her down and follow up with a stab in the face from his Scythe, granting the player unholy experience and souls. If the "absolve" option was chosen, a sin-catching mini game would commence, prompting certain buttons to be pressed as they appeared on-screen. The player was granted bonus souls depending on how many sins are successfully captured. If no sins are captured, the absolution was considered a failure and the shade would disintegrate. If this occurred, the player was not granted any souls or experience and would not receive any associated trophies for absolving or punishing them. (Failing once would lock the player out of the Damned trophy/achievement if an earlier save was not loaded. However, it was impossible to fail a punishment.) Once three Beatrice Stones are found, the player was granted the third option to auto-absolve them, forfeiting any bonus souls. This ability was carried over in Resurrection Mode.
List of Damned SoulsEdit
The following was a list of all twenty-seven Damned souls in the game from the first to the last as well as their respective locations throughout Hell.
1. Pontius Pilate: His cowardice contributed to the suffering of One for the sins of many, and now he bears the weight of all in limbo.
2. Orpheus: Greek poet and musician who failed to deliver his beloved from the Underworld. Denounced for attempting to impede the fulfillment of God’s will.
3. Electra: Killed her mother to avenge her father's wrongful death. She suffers her punishment, which is to know finally the wrath of God.
4. Francesca da Polenta: She fell in love with Paolo, the younger brother of her old and deformed husband. When the husband discovered the adultery, he had the lovers killed.
5. Paolo Malatesta: He committed adultery with Francesca, the wife of his brother. He too spends eternity yearning for his beloved, enveloped in the tumultuous winds of lust.
6. Semiramis: The legendary queen of Assyria was so given to Lust. She made legal those sensual vices of which she was often accused. Now she suffers for her desires.
7. Ciacco: Anonymous citizen of Florence who spent his life gorging his appetites and now spends eternity in muddy depths of the third circle of Hell.
8. Clodia: A soul filled with grime and smut. This notorious gambler, seducer and drunkard of Rome, left a repulsive trail of rot in her wake.
9. Tarpeia: Insouciant with those around her, the vestal virgin of Rome opened the city gate to allow the Sabines to attack Rome, in exchange for gold.
10. Gessius Florus: Roman Procurator of Judea, infamous for his public greed, splitting and paring innocent men for his own personal gain.
11. Fulvia: One-time wife of Marc Antony, possessed by an unbearable greed. Called the Greediest woman in all of Rome, she pursued any opportunity to seize power.
12. Boudica: She was flogged and her children are raped, the Vengeful Queen of the Iceni Tribe tried to set fire to the city of Rome with a bloody revolt.
13. Hecuba: Queen of Troy who watched as her city fell in battle. Her hapless wretched soul lies in the darkness of hell, besieged by the condemned who flog her at every turn.
14. Filippo Argenti: Angry politician who opposed Dante's return to Florence. Their families were bitter rivals, and Argenti stole from Dante’s family after he left Florence.
15. Emperor Frederick II: King of the Romans with a never ending thirst for war. His soul dwells in the Circle of Heresy as punishment for his constant war with the Pope and Church.
16. Cavalcante de Cavalcanti: Merchant banker of Florence who was denounced as a heretic for his atheist beliefs. He resides with the other Heretics among the fiery tombs.
17. Farinata Uberti: Tuscan Aristocrat and military leader who believed that the soul died with the body, denying life after death. He was condemned as a Heretic for his beliefs.
18. Attila: Scourge of the Earth. The feared Emperor of the Huns, who is forever trapped among those who desired to the drenched in the blood of men.
19. Pietro della Vigna: Chancellor to Holy Roman Emperor Frederic II, he failed to defend the honor of his master. Imprisoned and ruined, he took his own life.
20. Brunetto Latini: Philosopher and scholar of Florence, and early mentor to young Dante. He suffers in the seventh circle of Hell for the sin of sodomy.
21. Guido Guerra: Wise warrior and leader of the Guelps who enveloped himself in sodomy and the blood of men.
22. Thais: A once beauty now stricken and broke, she relished watching other men kill one another over the chance to sleep with her. She suffers here for the crime of flattery.
23. Tiresias: The blind prophet of Thebes, judged to the eighth circle of Fraud. He changed himself from a man to woman, indulging in the pleasures of both.
24. Myrrha: Daughter of the King of Assyria, who lies in the Inferno with only her insanity left. She disguised herself to seduce her own father.
25. Fra Alberigo: Traitor to family and country, he sits in the lowest circle of Hell. He murdered his own son for the sake of revenge.
26. Mordred: King Arthur's illegitimate son who betrayed his father and lord by raising his sword in battle against him.
27. Count Ugolino: Italian nobleman and naval commander. Aligning himself with Guelphs and Ghibellines alike, he switched allegiances often until his ultimate imprisonment and death by starvation.
- When absolving and/or damning these lost souls, they changed their appearances depending on how you judged them, they appeared to be how they are in life if absolved, but if damned, they appeared grotesque and decaying as they did in the game.
- According to Virgil in the animated film, there are more condemned souls in Hell than those that are liberated in Paradise.