|Franchise||Devil May Cry|
|Debut||Devil May Cry|
The Yamato is Vergil's trademark dark-forged blade appearing in Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 3, and Devil May Cry 4. It is a legendary sword that was once wielded by his father, The Dark Knight Sparda, and was left to Vergil as a keepsake.
Yamato is a katana with an ornate bronze guard; the exact details of how it looks change throughout the series. In the first Devil May Cry the Tsuka (柄 lit. "handle") has the traditional gold wrapping, with black ornaments, and the Tsuba (鍔 lit. "guard") is octagonal. In later installments, the guard is oval, and the tsuka-ito seems to be braided from white and black material. The blade features several intricate ornaments, most notable is a relief of a dragon at the endpoint of the hilt. The appearance of Nero's Devil Bringer mimics the design of the blade's hilt.
The scabbard is black, made of traditional lacquered wood, and features several metallic ornaments on its far end. In Devil May Cry 3 it also features a yellow sageo, the cord used to tie the katana to the waist.
Despite having a scabbard, the Yamato is rarely worn on the waist—Vergil and Dante carry it in their hands, Nero carries it sheathed in his Devil Bringer, and Sparda carries it strapped to his back.
Although Yamato resembles a katana, it is said to be able to cut through anything as it is even sharper than the Japanese blade and is imbued with tremendous magic. In fact, this is the only thing shown to be capable of damaging the otherwise invulnerable Devil Bringer. The damage caused by the Yamato generally does not become apparent until the sword is resheathed.
Similar to the Sword of Sparda before it, Yamato was used to seal a pathway to the Demon World—in this case the Hell Gate lying on Fortuna. The gate is reopened by the Order of the Sword using the Yamato, but later destroyed by Dante, using the same blade.
Yamato (大和) is a Japanese term referring to the people and traditional nationalistic spirit of Japan, and in the past to the nation itself. Thus, it is appropriate as the name of the weapon symbolizing Vergil's aesthetic and commitment to tradition and power, as opposed to Dante's personality of resistance symbolized by the Rebellion.
- In Devil May Cry 4, Dante is shown with both the Yamato and its scabbard as he destroys the Hell gate, despite the scabbard not being seen to be retrieved by Nero, or carried by Sanctus or Agnus. When he returns the Yamato to Nero, the scabbard disappears once more until Nero offers to return it. Additionally, this scabbard is different from the one seen in previous games, as there are no sageo or ornate, gold designs.