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    How to Update Bayonetta 3

    In this article, you'll learn how to update Bayonetta 3.


    • This update must be applied in order to use the game’s online features.
    • A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the game's online features.
    • Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
    • The update will download and install automatically if the console is connected to the internet and the Automatic Software Updates setting is enabled. If there is not enough space in the system memory or on a microSD card to download the update, you will first need to expand or free up memory space and then follow the steps below.

    On 11 January 2023, a new software update for Bayonetta 3 became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

    Complete these steps

    1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
    2. From the HOME Menu, highlight the icon for the software you wish to update without actually starting the software.
    3. Press the + Button or - Button, then select Software Update, followed by Via the Internet.
    4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

    Update history

    Ver. 1.2.0 (Released 11 January 2023)

    Combat Adjustments

    • Adjusted Viola’s activation window for block and activation conditions for Witch Time.
      • Block activation window added after releasing the block (during the release animation).
      • Added an additional animation when Witch Time takes effect, making its activation easier to realise.
      • The allotted duration for Witch Time and its activation window have been lengthened.
      • Now, when block is activated when the player is attacked, the player will take damage, but block will succeed and activate Witch Time.
      • Now, a combo can continue (with Dodge Offset) when the player uses block to activate Witch Time.
      • If the block input is used repeatedly, the granted Witch Time duration will decrease.
    • Adjustments have been 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.
    • The weapons Simoon and Tartarus and Viola's charge attacks can now continue to hold their charge, even if dodged or blocked.
    • Wink Slave can now be activated using the combos PKP* and PKK* for the weapons G-Pillar, Dead End Express and Cassiopeia.

      *P is Punch and K is Kick

    • When equipping the accessories Infernal Communicator and Pulley's Butterfly to summon Little 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:

    Niflheim Stage Changed Conditions
    Chapter 2 Verse 5(Casual to Expert) 120-second time limit changed to 150-second time limit
    Chapter 3 Verse 4(Casual to Expert) Two lives increased to three lives
    Chapter 5 Verse 2 (Casual to Expert) 150-second time limit changed to 180-second time limit
    Chapter 6 Verse 8 (Casual to Expert) Two lives increased to three lives
    Chapter 9 Verse 8 (Casual to Expert) 60-second time limit changed to 80-second time limit
    Chapter 10 Verse 1 (Casual to Expert) 140-second time limit changed to 160-second time limit
    Chapter 12 Verse 5 (Casual to Expert) One life increased to two lives

    Game Modes

    • The 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.

    Other Changes

    • Adjustments have been made to the Golem chests found in stages.
      • Time limits have been increased and difficulty has been lowered.
      • Golem chest fragmenting animations can now be fast-forwarded with the B Button.
    • Adjustments have been made to reduce situations with poor camera visibility.
    • Adjusted game balance.

    Bug Fixes

    • 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 (hold P or K*) skill in certain situations would cause the enemies to die instantly.
    • Fixed an issue where using Crow Within (hold J*) with the weapons Scarborough Fair and Love is Blue would cause the player to move forwards significantly under certain conditions.
    • Fixed an issue where Bayonetta's animations would not play correctly when switching weapons immediately after using Crow Within (hold J*) with the weapons Scarborough Fair and Love is Blue.
    • Fixed a bug that caused Black Pearl Rain (rotate Left 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.

    *P is Punch, K is Kick, S is Shoot and J is Jump.

    Ver. 1.1.0 (Released 27 October 2022)

    Game Modes

    • Added some additional scenes for Naive Angel Mode, which decreases depictions of violence and nudity. Additionally, Naive Angel Mode can now be enabled by players upon beginning the game.

      *This mode can be enabled after starting the game as well by going to OPTIONS, then Screen Display. This mode cannot, however, be enabled from the OPTIONS menu during chapter play. It can be changed from the Main Menu, or from OPTIONS in CHAPTER SELECT.


    • With online rankings, players can now upload their scores and times.

      Upload Method

      • When on the chapter results screen, press the + Button.
      • Select CHAPTER MENU, then Online Rankings, choose a chapter you have cleared, select a difficulty, then press the + Button.
      • Select CHAPTER MENU, then Play History, choose a chapter you have cleared, then press the + Button.

      *In accordance with the online rankings, if a player had a score or time above the "Platinum" rating before the updated data was applied, the score or time will be revised to match the base value of the "Platinum" rating.

      *The total time for each chapter will be modified if the time is faster than a specific base value.


    • Adjusted game balance.
    • Fixed several other issues to improve the gameplay experience.